“Readers know…in their bones something we forget at our peril: that without books—indeed without literacy—the good society vanishes and barbarism triumphs.”
– Steve Wasserman
Here are 10 books I recommend from what I finished reading in July.
1. MWF Seeking BFF
My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
by Rachel Bertsche
This was a fun book recommended to me by my friend Ashley. The author set out to meet 52 new friends in one year in her new city of Chicago. She chronicles the different methods, different personalities, different struggles—and successes!—that she has over the year.
Making new friends as adults might take work, but it’s possible.
2. Reader, Come Home
The Reading Brain in a Digital World
by Maryanne Wolf
While not everyone reads books, they say the average person in the U.S. reads the equivalent of a novel everyday—much of it is just through screens. It’s changing our brains.
Bottom line: don’t do all your reading on screens. Don’t let your children do all their reading on screens.
3. Whole Brain Living
The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life
by Jill Bolte Taylor
Know your brain. After she recovered from a stroke, Dr. Taylor researched the Four Characters of our brain, including the “justice-demanding judgment of the dominating left brain (Characters 1 and 2) and the merciful characters of our compassionate right brain (Characters 3 and 4).”
This is an interesting book with practical takeaways.
4. Do the Work!
An Antiracist Activity Book
by W. Kamau Bell, Kate Schatz
This is a very interactive, thought-provoking book designed to get us moving to dismantle white supremacy.
5. Finding God in the Waves
How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science
by Mike McHargue
This is Science Mike’s story from six years ago. He chronicles his journey from Christianity to atheism and back to Christianity through science and an experience with God. He writes very personally (and sometimes very scientifically). I enjoyed it all.
A Theory of Awkwardness
by Melissa Dahl
Do you ever feel awkward? This book is a fascinating look behind the psychology of awkwardness. It’s funny. It’s relatable.
“The best way to be comfortable with that part of yourself again is to share the awkwardness with someone else. It’s the choice between contemptuous cringing and compassionate cringing, but directed toward yourself. You bring back the pushed-away piece of you.”
7. Write for Your Life
by Anna Quindlen
You likely already know if you like to write or not. If you do, you’ll enjoy this soothing book about reasons to keep writing. If you don’t like writing, you’d still benefit by Anna Quindlen’s advice on learning more about yourself through your written words.
“We are all made of nouns, live by verbs, enlarge and entertain ourselves with adjectives and adverbs.”
8. Jesus Unbound
Liberating the Word of God from the Bible
by Keith Giles
I often wonder if some Christians worship the Bible more than they worship Christ. This book addresses that.
“Why does any of this matter? Here’s why: because the apostles wanted us to understand that it was important to have a relationship with a person named Jesus, not with a book that they were still in the process of writing down.
Jesus even warns us not to fall in love with a book, not even with the Scriptures (John 5:39-40).”
9. All That Fills Us
by Autumn Lytle
I don’t know much about eating disorders. But I learned a little more by reading this novel.
Written by a recovering anorexic and exercise addict, I heard through the main character Mel Ellis how devastating anorexia can feel, both physically and mentally. The plot is a little thin for me (Mel decides on a whim to hike from Michigan to Mt. Rainier in Washington, all alone with no preparations), but the action moves forward at a rapid enough pace to keep me interested. (I received this book from NetGalley for review.)
10. Run, Rose, Run
by Dolly Parton, James Patterson
Dolly Parton co-wrote this novel about an aspiring young singer/songwriter in Nashville who is being mentored by a famous older female star (in the audiobook, Dolly reads this part). It was a fun book to read and to listen to.
- Apples Never Fall
by Liane Moriarty
- Necessary Losses
The Loves Illusions Dependencies and Impossible Expectations That All of Us Have
by Judith Viorst
- I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet
Discovering New Ways of Living When the Old Ways Stop Working
by Shauna Niequist
- Sins of the Tribe
by Mark. A. Salter
Finding the Way to the Life You’ve Always Dreamed Of
by Ann Voskamp
What good book are YOU reading this month? Please share in the comments.
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