Here are 6 non-fiction books and 1 novel I recommend from what I finished reading this month.
Each book contributes a measure of hope to our world in its own way.
Books I Recommend
by Michelle Obama
What an inspiring story! Michelle Obama is a genuine patriot who put aside her own disdain for politics to encourage her husband and lift up our country. She gets really honest in this book, both in her years before Barack and her years in the White House. She gives me hope on so many levels. This book is very well-written and a delight to read.
“And here is what I have to say, finally: Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let go of the biases and stereotypes that unnecessarily divide us.”
2. I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening)
A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations
by Sarah Stewart Holland, Beth Silvers
This important book gives us hope as we have political conversations with each other. Sarah and Beth (of Pantsuit Politics Podcast) lay out a path for bridging gaps when we differ in opinions (and not just in politics).
3. The Coddling of the American Mind
How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
by Greg Lukianoff, Jonathan Haidt
This is a powerful book. It disputes three Great Untruths that are being fed to the next generation:
- The Untruth of Fragility: What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker.
- The Untruth of Emotional Reasoning: Always trust your feelings.
- The Untruth of Us Versus Them: Life is a battle between good people and evil people.
Lukianoff and Haidt provide lots of research and reason to hope as we refute these three lies in ourselves and in others.
4. How the Bible Actually Works
In Which I Explain How an Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers—and Why That’s Good News
by Peter Enns
Sometimes the Bible gets a bad reputation simply because we expect things from it that God might not have intended it to deliver. Pete Enns gives us a different perspective of how to read our Bibles so that we can recover our hope in how we find God and wisdom in it.
5. Mere Hope
Life in an Age of Cynicism
by Jason G. Duesing
This won’t make my top 10 list, but it’s a decent read about ways to live with more hope in Christ when we’re tempted to become discouraged or become cynical.
“For every act of terror in the world today, there are a thousand acts of sacrificial service and gospel proclamation.”
6. Eternity is Now in Session
A Radical Rediscovery of What Jesus Really Taught about Salvation, Eternity and Getting to the Good Place
by John Ortberg
This won’t be one of my favorites of the year either, but it provided enough solid truths for me to recommend it.
“Our greatest freedom is the freedom to direct what we think of. To be constantly mindful of God is salvation from worry, fear, and regret.”
by Rainbow Rowell
This was a fun novel set in 1999. Lincoln, a young IT guy, is tasked with reading company emails to check for misbehaviors. As he reads daily email conversations between two young female employees, Beth and Jennifer, he begins caring for these strangers that he’s never met. It then presents a moral dilemma for him.
“So, what if, instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow.”
- Tell Me More
Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say
by Kelly Corrigan
Hidden Biases of Good People
by Mahzarin R. Banaji
- The Universal Christ
How a Forgotten Reality can Change Everything We See, Hope for, and Believe
by Richard Rohr
- The Time Is Now
A Call to Uncommon Courage
by Joan D. Chittister
A Sexual Reformation
by Nadia Bolz-Weber
- Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram
A Handbook for Harmony and Transformation
by Adele and Doug Calhoun, Clare and Scott Loughrige
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What good book have you read this month? Please share in the comments.
This is day 27 of Practicing Hope for #Write28Days (1 more day – I may make it!).
- Get Your Hopes Up for Good Gifts Ahead
- 4 Places to Look for Hope