Here are 4 non-fiction books and 1 fiction book I recommend from what I finished reading in August, including a 1-minute video review of a favorite.
Once a month we share our current reading list at Jennifer’s.
Books I Recommend
1. The Secret Lives of Introverts
Inside Our Hidden World
by Jenn Granneman
Are you a social introvert? Or a thinking introvert? I learned a lot about introverts in this enlightening book. Jenn Granneman has done her homework. If you don’t have time for the book, read some of her blog posts at Introvert, Dear. So good.
Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again
by Rachel Held Evans
This is an interesting take on Rachel’s journey with the Bible. Her questionings didn’t erase her faith in God, but rather they increased her faith. This isn’t my favorite book of Rachel’s due to her style choices this time: it was written in many different formats—poetry, script, prose, retellings, etc. (Notably, so are the writing in the Bible itself.) But this book is still valuable reading.
40 Days of Practice
by Justin McRoberts
Sit with a one-sentence prayer. Gaze at artwork about it. Pray it throughout the day. This small book is more about what you do with it instead of what it offers you. It gives you seeds which you can plant on your own in your prayers with God.
4. The Desert and the Sea
977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast
by Michael Scott Moore
A true pirate story. Ironically, Michael Scott Moore was an American journalist in Somalia writing about pirates, when he was kidnapped by pirates in 2012. For the next 2½ years, he was kept on sea and on land by Somali pirates. He tells a compelling story of his life during those years and shortly after his rescue. Highly recommend.
5. Lincoln in the Bardo
by George Saunders
After five minutes in this book, I stopped reading and googled it instead. What is this book? I didn’t realize it was an experimental novel. It’s written almost like a play, with many voices, fictional and historical, alternately speaking during one night in a cemetery in February, 1862, where President Abraham Lincoln had just buried his eleven-year-old son Willie. I’m glad I stuck it out; it’s a weird but fascinating tale.
- Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel
- The Handmaid’s Tale
by Margaret Atwood
- How to Be a Perfect Christian (a satire)
Your Comprehensive Guide to Flawless Spiritual Living
by The Babylon Bee
- Raise Your Voice
Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up
by Kathy Khang
- Bring Me a Vision
A Story of Redeeming Hope
by Pam Ecrement
- Resist and Persist
Faith and the Fight for Equality
By Erin Wathen
- God of Tomorrow
How to Overcome the Fears of Today and Renew Your Hope for the Future
by Caleb W. Kaltenbach
- Reframing the Soul
How Words Transform Our Faith
by Gregory Spencer
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What good book have you read this month? Please share in the comments.
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