The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
I hadn’t planned on this being a productivity month, but three of these five books are loosely themed around getting things done. Yet they’re all different. January was a good month to read them. But another month would be good, too.
Below are 5 books I recommend from those I finished reading in January. See all my recommended books here.
1. Don’t Overthink It
Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life
by Anne Bogel
I first listened to this as an audiobook last summer. But I needed to see the words because, as an overthinker myself, they resonated with me so much. I read it this month to participate with Linda Stoll’s book club.
Here are some of Anne’s tips when you get stuck thinking about the same thing again and again.
- Pay attention to your thoughts
- Look for the good
- Consider a different point of view
- Brush it aside, for now
- Schedule time to overthink
- Write it down
- Distract yourself
- Move your body to move your mind
2. 40 Days of Grace
by Paul David Tripp
This is a great little devotional book. It’s 40 short sermonettes about the beauty and importance of God’s grace, both receiving it and giving it. I hope to reread it this year during Lent.
The Power of Simple Decisions in a Distracted World
by Rob Hatch
If you’re too easily distracted to accomplish what you want to, this is a practical how-to guide on how to focus. Hatch keeps it simple—Think small-big-small; Decide before you have to; Design your systems; etc. Excellent book.
4. The Lazy Genius Way
Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn’t, and Get Stuff Done
by Kendra Adachi
This is another great book to help you do what you want/need to do without causing yourself extra trouble. Adachi’s advice includes: Decide once; Set house rules; Batch it; plus more.
5. Such a Fun Age
by Kiley Reid
This novel is about Emira, a young black woman, who is the family babysitter for Alix, a white blogger. Their relationship gets sticky when an old boyfriend resurfaces. The plot gets a little raunchy at times so be forewarned, but it’s an interesting story about race and privilege. The audiobook is a fun listen.
- Charitable Writing
Cultivating Virtue Through Our Words
by Richard Hughes Gibson
Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World
by Andy Stanley
- Invisible Women
Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
by Caroline Criado Perez
- Difficult Conversations
How to Discuss What Matters Most
by Douglas Stone
- Faith after Doubt
Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do about It
by Brian D. McLaren
by Stephen King
What good book are YOU reading this month? Please share in the comments.
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