Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.
Sorry for two book posts in one week (my favorite 10 books of 2020 is here). But I didn’t want to miss giving you my December book recommendations.
Below are 7 books I recommend from those I finished reading in December. See all my recommended books here.
1. Always a Guest
Speaking of Faith Far from Home
by Barbara Brown Taylor
Barbara Taylor Brown gets to me. She puts things in ways that I didn’t think about, but immediately recognize. This book is a thoughtful compilation of some of her sermons.
2. Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man
by Emmanuel Acho
Have you seen his videos with the same name? Look on YouTube and watch one or two. They are excellent. So is this book.
3. Searching for Certainty
Finding God in the Disruptions of Life
by Shelly Miller
“In fear, we can miss the obvious—that your uncertainty is God’s opportunity to reveal his great love for you.” Unfortunately, Shelly died this fall in the prime of her life to a quick illness. I only knew Shelly through her blog through the years, but to those who knew her in person, her loss is especially heavy, and her words even more important. I’ll read this book again as part of my One Word 2021, Uncertainty.
4. How to Fight Racism
Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Racial Justice
by Jemar Tisby
Having just finished Jemar’s The Color of Compromise, I had to read his followup book for his practical suggestions on how to move towards racial equity. He writes from a Christian perspective (but you don’t have to be a believer to benefit from the book). It’s a helpful one.
5. The Worry Cure
Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You
by Robert L. Leahy
This book contains a lot of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) steps to apply to many different types of worries. It’s one of the more helpful books I’ve read about worrying.
6. A Promised Land
by Barack Obama
This book is long, and it only covers President Obama’s first four years in office, but it’s so well-written and the stories are so engaging that it’s worth the length. I didn’t always get the nitty-gritty policy stuff, but I loved the stories about his family life and the behind-the-scenes White House stuff.
7. Why Don’t They Get It?
Overcoming Bias In Others
by Brian D. McLaren
This short e-book is dense with information on multiples types of biases that we all fall prey to. I’m going to work back through it in 2021 to see which ones trip me up. Brian gives lots of examples from Jesus’s teachings to back up his material. The accompanying podcast series, Learning How to See, is also helpful.
- Total Meditation
Practices in Living the Awakened Life
by Deepak Chopra
The Power of Simple Decisions in a Distracted World
by Rob Hatch
- The Lazy Genius Way
Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn’t, and Get Stuff Done
by Kendra Adachi
- Charitable Writing
Cultivating Virtue Through Our Words
by Richard Hughes Gibson
- 40 Days of Grace
by Paul David Tripp
- Such a Fun Age
by Kiley Reid
What good book are YOU reading this month? Please share in the comments.
- 3 Steps to Choose One Word for 2021
- On the Blog—December 2020