Every month we share what we’ve been reading at Jennifer’s.
This month I also shared my Top 10 Nonfiction (and Fiction) Books of 2016.
I didn’t complete my 2016 Reading Challenges this year, but I got close enough. I stopped reading some picks out of boredom, I couldn’t find others at the library, and I discovered many more books that I did want to read instead, especially books published in 2016.
For 2017? I’ll likely skip a year of reading challenges and instead read books off my Kindle and interesting library finds.
For December, here are six books that I recommend and why.
On Homecoming and Belonging
by Sebastian Junger
We all need to belong. Junger looks at soldiers returning from war and others who have known, then not known community, and the effects it has on us.
“Humans don’t mind hardship, in fact they thrive on it; what they mind is not feeling necessary. Modern society has perfected the art of making people not feel necessary. It’s time for that to end.”
2. The Great Spiritual Migration
How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian
by Brian D. McLaren
McLaren wants to see the church continue to move forward, not grow stagnant. He presents some encouraging challenges for the church in this book.
“Repeating sixth grade six more times won’t teach you what you’ll learn in seventh through twelfth grades, so it’s time now to grow up and move on in liberation.”
3. 7 Days of Soul Care
A Guide to Letting God Do the Extraordinary with Your Ordinary
by Dolly M. Lee
Who doesn’t need to take better care of their soul? Dolly walks us through a seven-day journey of personal stories, scriptures, journal questions, and prayers to help us better connect with God.
“Every act you do with our extraordinary God isn’t ordinary— it’s exceptional because it is infused with his holy presence.”
4. A Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman
I almost stopped reading this book after 50 pages because it was slow. I’m glad I didn’t. Although it appears to be a simple story of a grumpy old man and his interactions, you realize it’s much more as Backman unveils the backstory of Ove’s life.
5. The Sparrow
by Mary Doria Russell
This novel was written in 1997 and set in 2019 and beyond (which made it interesting to see what they incorrectly predicted for us). In a very mysterious plot, the story unfolds about a Jesuit priest and his companions who travel to a newly-discovered inhabited planet. There is a sequel, Children of God, that I hope to read in 2017.
6. The Prophet
by Kahlil Gibran
This re-read of Gibran’s poetry was equally as good as the first time I read it. Originally published in 1923, this is a series of spiritual musings by a fictional prophet who discusses life with a group of people before he sails home.
“You have been told that, even like a chain, you are as weak as your weakest link. This is but half the truth. You are also as strong as your strongest link.”
- Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing
by Jamie Holmes
- Wherever You Go, There You Are
by Jon Kabat-Zinn
- The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload
by Daniel J. Levitin
- The Search for Significance: Seeing Your True Worth through God’s Eyes
by Robert S. McGee
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What are you reading this month? Please share here.
- Listen for the Other – 5 Favorites of 2016
- On the Blog – December 2016