“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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
7. Apples Never Fall
by Liane Moriarty
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 Cooper
- 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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