7 Books I Recommend—August 2022

“Who is each one of us, if not a combinatoria of experiences, information, books we have read…. Each life is an encyclopedia a library.
– Italo Calvino

Here are 7 books I recommend from what I finished reading in August.

[See previously recommended books here]

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1. WayMaker
Finding the Way to the Life You’ve Always Dreamed Of
by Ann Voskamp


With her trademark poetic prose, Ann tells the story of her marriage in its early years and how they decided on one more child. With the backdrop of God guiding the way, she lays her soul bare, admitting her faults, her weaknesses, as well as her faith. Even in the few spots where I differ in theology with Ann, I still draw inspiration from her beliefs and her honesty.

2. I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet
Discovering New Ways of Living When the Old Ways Stop Working
by Shauna Niequist

I Guess I Haven't Learned That Yet

Likewise, Shauna also shares a rough spot in her life in her latest book. She writes about her move to New York, her struggle with her family’s disgrace, and her new path of deepening her faith through uncertainty. I highly recommend.

3. Disarming Scripture
Cherry-Picking Liberals, Violence-Loving Conservatives, and Why We All Need to Learn to Read the Bible Like Jesus Did
by Derek Flood

Disarming Scripture

I’m always looking for books willing to challenge my blind spots regarding scripture and faith. This book shows examples in the Bible where Jesus (and Paul) shook up the current fundamentals of their day through a different interpretation of the Hebrew scriptures. We’re reminded that questioning our former beliefs can be an important part of a growing faith.

(This is a free Kindle Unlimited book, if you’re interested. I’ve been chasing these down while I have my free 3-month Kindle Unlimited subscription.)

4. Someday Is Today
22 Simple, Actionable Ways to Propel Your Creative Life
by Matthew Dicks

Someday Is Today

Another 5-star book from Matthew Dicks (see Storyworthy too!). This is a very practical guide to accomplish the things you want to. Matthew stresses the importance of capturing stray minutes, of being a chicken not a pig, of choosing our own finish lines, etc. You’ll be entertained as you’re guided and educated.

5. Grief Is Love
Living with Loss
by Marisa Rene Lee

Grief Is Love

After the loss of her mother, a pregnancy, and a cousin, Marisa offers her wisdom on grief: Let it be. She learned to stop running from her emotions, and instead let them run their course. Her book gives beautiful permission to view grief as proof of our love for the one we’ve lost.


6. Sins of the Tribe
by Mark. A. Salter

Sins of the Tribe

In this novel Wally is thrilled to join the Bastille University Tribe football team. But as the plot unfolds, he sees behind the curtain of tribalism that often surrounds college sports. As a college football fan myself, I appreciate the plot line as well as the moral implications hidden in this story.

[Read my review of Sins of the Tribe: “How Loyal Are You to Your Sports Team?”]

7. Apples Never Fall
by Liane Moriarty

Apples Never Fall

Where has the mother gone? After Joy Delaney disappears one day, her husband Stan and four grown children are left to analyze what went wrong. Liane Moriarty never fails to tell an intriguing story with interesting plot twists. Very good book.


  • Share Your Stuff. I’ll Go First.
    10 Questions to Take Your Friendships to the Next Level
    by Laura Tremaine
  • Immortal Diamond
    The Search for Our True Self
    by Richard Rohr
  • The Downstairs Neighbor
    by Helen 
  • Why We Did It
    by Tim Miller
  • Beating Guns
    Hope for People Who Are Weary of Violence
    by Shane Claiborne, Michael Martin
  • Reading Like a Writer
    A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
    by Francine Prose
  • How We Live Is How We Die
    by Pema Chödrön

What good book are YOU reading this month? Please share in the comments.

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23 thoughts on “7 Books I Recommend—August 2022

  1. Lynn

    Thank you for sharing these books, Lisa! I think I will now get Shauna’s book, for sure. I just finished Apples Never Fall. It was my first book I read by the author. I almost abandoned it 3/4’s the way through, but glad I kept going.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Glad to hear you liked Reading Like a Writer. That can motivate me to keep going. 🙂 So far it is good, but I haven’t gotten very far into it. I downloaded it free via Kindle Unlimited so I’ve got no money invested in it if I choose to stop reading it. lol.

  2. Joanne

    I enjoyed Apple Never Fall but did feel the last couple of chapters were a bit drawn out and unnecessary. I really like most of Moriarty’s book though.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I haven’t read Ann Voskamp’s blog in a long while, so I wasn’t up to date with the latest parts of her story. This book caught me up on a lot I had missed. She did go back and forth between the early days of her marriage and now, but most of it was new to me. 🙂

  3. Lynn D. Morrissey

    Lisa, very grateful always for your book recommendations & reviews! I’m adding to that book list I promised for you, but hope to send it soon. I have S. N.’s Bread & Wine–excellent, and this sounds worthy too. Thank you!!! not just for being a reader and writer but a share-er! Not a word, huh, but you still do it very well! 🙂

  4. JeanWise

    Love your list as usual with some overlaps onto my reading but some new ones too, You have some heavy reading upcoming. Rohr for example. I don’t think I ever go all the way through Immortal Diamond. looking forward to your comments on that deep reading. Thanks for sharing your list and your insights.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Somehow I missed reading Immortal Diamond in my journey through Richard Rohr’s books. I’m actually reading it alongside a course I’m taking through the Center for Action and Contemplation. I paid for the course (and the book), so it’s extra motivation to read it carefully. 🙂

  5. Lisa Kay Blair

    I appreciate your reading recommendations, Lisa! I have two recommendations for you: Jesus’ Silent Years: Exploring Facts the Gospels Do Not Tell Us by William Justice & Yesterday Framed in Today by Isabella Alden (pseudonym Pansy). I think you will find them interesting.

  6. Gretchen

    Looks like you had a good reading August and are starting on a good September. I like the sound of Grief is Love. It might be a difficult read, but one that would be helpful. Have a good September!

  7. Linda Stoll

    Really got into both Shauna’s and Marisa’s stories. They hit home in all the ways that I needed.

    I’m always impressed how many books you’ve got going at once, friend. So inspiring. But I’m still sticking with one, maybe two at a time. I think I’ve put down more than I’ve finished this year.

    No surprise!

  8. Lois Flowers

    Thanks for sharing your list, Lisa. I’m about three-fourths of the way through “Waymaker” … I’ve enjoyed many parts of it but have also found myself saying, “Give yourself grace, Ann” a lot. 🙂 “Someday is Today” sounds like it would be be a helpful read for me about now too …

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