“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
– Joseph Brodsky
Every month I share the best of the books I just finished. Here are books I recommend from August’s readings.
Books I Recommend
Reflections on the Gifts of Being an Introvert
by Beth Buelow
I sometimes struggle being an introvert in an extroverted culture.
But Beth’s book helps uncover the strengths of introversion.
See more from Beth’s book here: 7.5 Reasons to Celebrate Introverts
2. The Moment of Lift
How Empowering Women Changes the World
by Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates (Bill’s wife) has a large platform of wealth and power. How wonderful that she’s using it to strengthen those without wealth and power. Inspiring book and good info about the work going on around the world to empower women.
When women are lifted up to an equal status with men, everyone rises.
I listened to this one on audio, read by Melinda Gates herself (which was surprisingly delightful; I typically don’t prefer the authors for audio).
3. Stop Being Reasonable
How We Really Change Our Minds
by Eleanor Gordon-Smith
We each think we are the reasonable ones. It’s other people who don’t think logically. If only they’d listen to us, we could change their minds. But probably not, says Eleanor Gordon-Smith. She doesn’t provide quick solutions in this book, but she does help us see the difficulties in thinking we can reason our way out of disagreements.
“Why can’t they hear what I keep saying? It makes you feel choked and frustrated and like language won’t work, and it’s no wonder that so many people terminate arguments like this by simply storming away: the one communicative gesture that can never be misunderstood.”
4. What If God Wrote Your Shopping List?
52 Ways to Find Freedom from “Stuff”
by Jay Payleitner
What we buy says a lot about us. Jay Payleitner helps us rethink our purchases (literal ones and figurative ones) in light of spreading God’s love. Quick and easy read.
The list includes things such as comfort foods, items that evoke memories and sharing stories, and even character traits like ambition and frugality.
5. The Art of Mindful Reading
Embracing the Wisdom of Words
by Ella Berthoud
Do we miss out on living if we read too much? This book answers no! So naturally I love it. It addresses all things about reading: how to read widely, the advantages to reading, help for auditory and visual readers, reading poetry mindfully, and much more.
“As a bibliotherapist, I believe that every novel you read shapes the person that you are, speaking to you on a deep, unconscious level, and altering your very nature with the ideas that it shows you.”
6. While the World Watched
A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement
by Carolyn Maull McKinstry
This is a painful story. Carolyn Maull McKinstry was 14-years-old on September 15, 1963, in Birmingham, AL. That morning, the Klan exploded a bomb in her beloved 16th Street Baptist Church, killing four of her friends. Carolyn recalls the events leading up to that day, the day itself, and how it affected who she is now. She tells her story with integrity and grace, yet with conviction. Even though it hurt, I’m glad I read it.
7. Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens
This novel lives up to its hype. It’s the story of Kya Clark, the “Marsh Girl,” who lives basically alone on the North Carolina coast. When a local boy is found dead in 1969, fingers point to the Marsh Girl. The story unfolds in a beautiful setting despite harsh realities at the time.
Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
by David Epstein
- The Death of Mrs. Westaway
by Ruth Ware
- The Complete Enneagram
27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge
by Beatrice Chestnut
- Afraid of All the Things
Tornadoes, Cancer, Adoption, and Other Stuff You Need the Gospel For
by Scarlet Hiltibidal
- Garden Spells
by Sarah Addison Allen
- The Death of Politics
How to Heal Our Frayed Republic After Trump
by Peter Wehner
- Gospel Allegiance
What Faith in Jesus Misses for Salvation in Christ
by Matthew W. Bates
- Happy Money
The Science of Smarter Spending
by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton
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What good book are you reading this month? Please share in the comments.
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