“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
– Stephen King
Below are 7 books I recommend from what I finished reading in June.
1. The Making of Biblical Womanhood
How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth
by Beth Allison Barr
Our pride often tells us *we* understand what the Bible means, not only for today’s audience, but also for its original audience. Including understanding women’s roles. But Beth Allison Barr takes us back through history to show us the path that led us here. Maybe our idea of “biblical womanhood” isn’t so biblical after all? I highly recommend this book. I give it 5 stars.
Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling
by Matthew Dicks
This is another 5 star book. Author Matthew Dicks is an award-winning oral storyteller (and an elementary school teacher, a novelist, a wedding DJ, etc.). This book is a fascinating compilation of how Matthew tells true stories from his life to win storytelling competitions. I have zero plans for that. But I I do want to better write and remember my own stories for myself. I picked up lots of great tips here. (I also love the podcast he hosts with his wife Elysha, Speak Up Storytelling, as well as his daily blog.)
How do you remember the stories of your life? Watch Matthew Dicks TED talk here on Homework for Life. He explains how and why he keeps up with his stories. He also explains it in chapter 3 of Storyworthy. I’ve started doing it myself (but not daily).
3. How to Tell Stories to Children
And Everyone Else Too
by Silk Rose West and Joseph Sarosy
Not intentionally, this is a second book I read this month on storytelling. But the focus here is totally different from Matthew Dicks’ Storyworthy. How to Tell Stories to Children is about spontaneously telling fiction stories to entertain and engage children in your life. This doesn’t come naturally to me, so I appreciate the encouragement and advice in this book on ways to improve.
by Glennon Doyle
If you like honest and vulnerable memoirs, Glennon Doyle’s books should be on your list. In this one, as in her other books, she explains how she’s choosing to live her life with bravery and authenticity, as a mother, a wife, an activist, a believer, and as just a fellow human being in this world.
5. The Influential Mind
What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others
by Tali Sharot
Do you wish you could change someone’s mind about an issue you disagree on? Likely we all do. This book authored by a neuroscientist explains why some of our first instinct tactics often fail (such as, just show them the data!) because that’s not how our minds works. Fascinating information here.
6. Divine Echoes
Reconciling Prayer With the Uncontrolling Love of God
by Mark Gregory Karris
How does God actually work in our world? What is the best way to pray to him? What should we ask him for (and not ask for)? Nobody can answer these questions with complete certainty. The author Mark Karris suggests we may be putting too much responsibility on God in our prayers and not enough on ourselves. This book offers interesting insights I hadn’t considered.
7. The Biggest Bluff
How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win
by Maria Konnikova
Because my One Word this year is Uncertainty, I was drawn to this book. It’s written by a journalist who took a year to become a professional poker player. She wanted to learn how uncertainty, chance, skill, etc., intersect not only in poker, but also in life. Her journey is interesting, even if you’re like me and know absolutely nothing about poker.
- Think Again
The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know
by Adam M. Grant
- Kent State
by Deborah Wiles
- White Awake
An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White
by Daniel Hill
- We Need to Talk
How to Have Conversations that Matter
by Celeste Headlee
A Flaw in Human Judgment
by Daniel Kahneman
- Black Buck
by Mateo Askaripour
- The Book of Longings
by Sue Monk Kidd
What good book are YOU reading this month? Please share in the comments.
sharing with Modern Mrs. Darcy
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