“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
– Charles W. Eliot
Below are books I recommend from what I finished reading in August.
1. The Comfort Book
by Matt Haig
This is a small book, but it is very packed with nuggets of wisdom. Matt Haig shares his little notes and stories that remind him of light in the world and of reasons to hold on. I highly recommend.
2. A More Christlike Word
Reading Scripture the Emmaus Way
by Bradley Jersak
Jersak aims to reconcile the “wrathful” God of the Old Testament with the loving perception of him in the Christian faith. He does this by pointing to Jesus, the living Word himself. I highly recommend this book if you want to understand more about the central tenet of Christianity: Jesus.
3. Dusk, Night, Dawn
On Revival and Courage
by Anne Lamott
I love Anne Lamott’s writings, and this book is no exception. Her storytelling skills bring me into the moment with her humility, her insights, her humor. She doesn’t avoid the hard questions in life, but she also doesn’t provide quick, pat answers to solve them. She lets us stumble alongside her in all our humanity and our imperfect faith.
4. Murder Your Darlings
And Other Gentle Writing Advice from Aristotle to Zinsser
by Roy Peter Clark
If you like reading books about writing, this is the book for you. Clark not only writes about writing, but in each chapter he shares about another great book about writing. I loved reading about his favorite writing books and also getting life lessons along the way. (He also added quite a few titles to my to-read list.)
Why Having Too Little Means So Much
by Sendhil Mullainathan
When someone doesn’t have enough (or even just perceives that they don’t have enough) of whatever (time, money, food, etc.), it changes their life in more ways than they realize. This book is a fascinating look at the psychology of how we respond when we think we don’t have enough.
6. Zero Fail
The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service
by Carol Leonnig
I love a good behind-the-scenes book about the inner workings of a major business or government entity. This book is an amazing look at behind-the-scenes of the Secret Service since its inception. The stories told are riveting about the JFK assassination, the attempt on President Reagan’s life, the break-ins at the White House, etc., all from the perspective of the Secret Service. I hated for this book to end.
7. Four Thousand Weeks
Time Management for Mortals
by Oliver Burkeman
If you live to be 80, how many weeks do you have? Just over 4,000 weeks. How are you spending yours? What I love about this book is it didn’t make me feel the need to be super efficient with my remaining weeks. Almost the contrary. It’s shifting me into realization AND acceptance that I’ll never get everything done. And that it’s okay.
- American Dirt
by Jeanine Cummins
- How God Works
The Science Behind the Benefits of Religion
by David DeSteno
- If God Is Love, Don’t Be a Jerk
Finding a Faith That Makes Us Better Humans
by John Pavlovitz
- The Doubters’ Club
Good-Faith Conversations with Skeptics, Atheists, and the Spiritually Wounded
by Preston Ulmer
- No Cure for Being Human
And Other Truths I Need to Hear
by Kate Bowler
What good book are YOU reading this month? Please share in the comments.
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