Here are five non-fiction books and two novels I recommend from what I finished in February. Each month we share what we’ve been reading at Jennifer’s.
1. Words on the Move
Why English Won’t—and Can’t—Sit Still (Like, Literally)
by John McWhorter
If you’re a word person, you’ll likely love this book as much as I do. McWhorter walks us through the way language evolves, reminding us not to get so attached to the “right” words because language is always changing.
2. Seeking the Light of God’s Comforter
When Challenges Dim Our Hope
by Lynn L. Severance
Life is challenging. How do we maintain hope in the midst of the tough times? Lynn walks us through 60 devotionals based on her own challenges—and victories. This is a beautiful book birthed from Lynn’s experiences in victorious faith. I’ll be reading through the last 40 devotionals for Lent.
Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool
This will likely make my Top 10 of 2017 books. Contrary to what we often think, the secret to expertise isn’t innate talent or IQ, but focused, deliberate practice. Whatever the skill, Ericsson makes a scientific case from research that, “Generally the solution is not “try harder” but rather “try differently.” Fascinating information!
4. When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi
Beautifully written, this is the heart-wrenching story of the 36-year-old author’s discovery of stage IV lung cancer, just as he was about to complete his final training as a neurosurgeon. Lesson I learned from it: Be present in your daily life now; pay attention to what you’re doing, who you’re with, why you’re here. Excellent book.
5. Idiot Brain
What your Head Is Really Up To
by Dean Burnett
Another interesting book on the brain. As marvelous as the brain is, it’s also fallible, funny, and confusing. This book is engaging and humorous, but also seriously researched by its neuroscientist author. One takeaway for me? Don’t trust my memory 100%. Our brains are very biased to tilt events toward our favor instead of what really happened. (Maybe it really wasn’t me that always saved the day?)
6. The Lake House
by Kate Morton
This novel is a mystery set in England. It begins with 16-year-old Alice Edevane and goes back and forth in time between her youth and old age, to resolve the disappearance of her baby brother. I love books that catch me off guard, and this one did repeatedly.
7. Gods in Alabama
The title drew me in since I live in Alabama. This novel is about Arlene who left Alabama after making three promises to God if he would do her a favor, yet finds herself having to break her promises to return there. It’s a mystery about lies and truth. This book does have some disturbing scenes and bad language, so if that would bother you, skip this one.
- Becoming Wise
An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living
by Krista Tippett
- Slavery by Another Name
The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
by Douglas A. Blackmon
- The Naked Now
Learning to See as the Mystics See
by Richard Rohr
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What good book have you read lately? Please share here.
- Seeking the Light of God’s Comforter – Book Review
- On the Blog – February 2017