Here are four books I recommend from what I read in August. Once a month we share our current reading lists at Jennifer’s.
Books I Recommend
1. Reading People
How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything
by Anne Bogel
If you wonder about the strengths and weaknesses in the most popular personality typing systems and quizzes (Myers-Briggs, Enneagram, 5 Love Languages, etc.), this book is the perfect primer for you. Blogger, podcaster, and author Anne Bogel (also known as Modern Miss Darcy) presents a great breakdown. I thought I already knew a lot, but I learned so much more in this book.
“Truly knowing yourself is one of the hardest things you can do, but it’s also one of the most valuable. The sooner you begin, the sooner you’ll begin to see the payoff.”
2. The Happiness Prayer
Ancient Jewish Wisdom for the Best Way to Live Today
by Evan Moffic
Such an inspiring book. Rabbi Evan Moffic shares a 2,000 year old prayer practice in 10 disciplines that can be practiced by anybody, every day. I’ll be re-reading this one and looking for more books by Moffic.
“Our presence can also symbolize God’s presence. . . .
We make God’s invisible presence visible when we are there for one another.”
3. The Turquoise Table
Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard
by Kristen Schell
Yes, it’s another book on hospitality. But this one is very laid-back, and focuses more on relationships than anything else. It might not take a whole book to make the point, but author Kristen Schell does share lots of personal stories of her own and of her friends.
“Hospitality begins in the heart, not the oven.”
4. Small Victories
Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace
by Anne Lamott
This is classic Anne Lamott. It’s a collection of stories of her life, some that make you laugh, some that make you cry, and all that make you think. She shows us that victories, however small, do come and deserve to be celebrated.
“Nothing can be delicious when you are holding your breath. For something to be delicious, you have to be present to savor it, and presence is in attention and in the flow of breath.”
- The Light Between Oceans
by M. L. Stedman
- The Tiger’s Wife
by Téa Obreht
- Organizing Solutions for People with Attention Deficit Disorder
Tips and Tools to Help You Take Charge of Your Life and Get Organized
by Susan C. Pinsky
- The Power of Moments
Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact
by Chip and Dan Heath
- How to Listen So People Will Talk
Build Stronger Communication and Deeper Connections
by Becky Harling
- Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?
And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House
by Alyssa Mastromonaco
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What good book have you read lately? Please share in the comments.
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