“The only difference between a nonreader and a reader is that a reader has a plan for future reading and a nonreader does not.”
— Donalyn Miller
Books Beget Books
How long is your to-read book list?
Mine is a bottomless pit.
I had a goal this year to read through the Kindle samples I’ve had sent to me from Amazon (in addition to reading whole books). But before I get one sample read, I’ve already sent myself two more. Not to mention the actual books themselves. The list will never decrease at this pace.
Books beget books, yes? Books are contagious. Reading one leads to another two or three. The R number is above one. (Did we even know what “R number” meant before the coronavirus?)
So we do what we can; we read what we’re able. And if our list outgrows our lifespan, oh, well.
Here are 5 books I recommend from those I finished in August. Maybe you’ll find one to add to your to-read list. My apologies. See all my recommended books here.
1. Be the Bridge
Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation
by LaTasha Morrison
This racial reconciliation book is specifically targeted toward Christian believers. LaTasha Morrison does an excellent job leading us through a step-by-step healing process that, if followed, would result in a transformation in race relations today. Her roadmap taken from scripture principles isn’t a quick and easy one, but it is a critical one. It’s up to us what we do with it.
Be the Bridge is also the name of the nonprofit organization founded by Morrison to equip the church in practical ways. Find it here and its Facebook page here. I would love to find an in-person group to join locally.
2. A Way with Words
Using Our Online Conversations for Good
by Daniel Darling
If you’re on social media at all, you know we need this conversation. Daniel Darling shows Christians why and how we can redeem our online communication to make it God-honoring instead of harmful to other people. I picked up quite a few take-aways I hope to apply. Full book review coming soon.
3. Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints
by Daneen Akers
If you want to see an unorthodox list of faith heroes that you might not find grouped elsewhere, you’ll find 50 such people in this book. Some you’ll know from ages gone by; some are current to our times. They come from a range of faith traditions, but each one shines a light in our world in their own unique way.
4. The Four Laws of Love
Guaranteed Success for Every Married Couple
by Jimmy Evans
This uplifting marriage book reminds you to Pursue, Prioritize, Partner, and Purify your relationship with your spouse. Jimmy Evans is a pastor and the founder of Marriage Today. Even though I’ve been married almost 28 years, I like to read a marriage book periodically to stay on top of things. This is a good one.
5. The Giver of Stars
by Jojo Moyes
This novel is set in the a small Kentucky town in the 1940s. The local Bennett Van Cleve brings home a British wife, Alice, who has trouble assimilating to American culture. Until she joins the new traveling library. The plot involves five strong women of the library and an interesting storyline that pulled me in quickly.
- Stamped from the Beginning
The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
by Ibram X. Kendi
- The Color of Compromise
The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism
by Jemar Tisby
- Ask Again, Yes
by Mary Beth Keane
- Beyond Your Bubble
How to Connect Across the Political Divide, Skills and Strategies for Conversations That Work
by Tania Israel
- The Enneagram for Spiritual Formation
How Knowing Ourselves Can Make Us More Like Jesus
by A J Sherrill
- Love Matters More
How Fighting to Be Right Keeps Us from Loving Like Jesus
by Jared Byas
- After Evangelicalism
The Path to a New Christianity
by David P. Gushee
- Can’t Even
How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation
by Anne Helen Petersen
What good book are YOU reading this month? I love to hear (as if my to-read list isn’t long enough already…). Please share in the comments.
- 7 Healing Steps for Relationships
- We’ve Come to the Bridge—Let’s Cross It