Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty—and vise versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you.
– Doris Lessing
Here are 6 books I recommend from what I finished reading in March.
1. Permission to Feel
Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive
by Marc Brackett
Do we undervalue and disrespect our emotions? Often, yes. This book teaches us how to better understand our emotions and use them properly. Our emotional intelligence is often woefully lacking and it causes great harm in the world. Excellent book!
“Research showed that emotions give purpose, priority, and focus to our thinking. They tell us what to do with the knowledge that our senses deliver. They motivate us to act.”
2. The Expectation Effect
How Your Mindset Can Change Your World
by David Robson
Another great book. We may intuitively know this, but this book uses science to sort it out: What we think will happen often changes what does happen. Whether regarding medicine, exercise, old age, etc., our expectations can influence outcomes to some degree. Each chapter focuses on a different category and what we can realistically change through adjusting our expectations.
“What we feel and think will determine what we experience, which will in turn influence what we feel and what we think, in a never-ending cycle.”
3. Love Letters to God
Deeper Intimacy through Written Prayer
by Lynn Morrissey
Many of you know this author Lynn Morrissey through the beautiful and insightful comments she leaves on our blogs. I was blessed to be gifted a copy of this beautiful book she wrote a few years ago. Her testimony of God’s faithfulness through her practice of prayer-journaling is encouraging me to continue my own “sacred writings” to God. Thank you, Lynn!
“Written prayer is the key to my consistent conversation with the Lover of my soul. It is an intimacy that I can enjoy anytime, anyplace. I simply open my journal, lift my pen, and pour out my heart.”
4. 37 Motivational and Life-Changing Lessons from Thich Nhat Hanh
by Christine Jay
This very short book (26 pages) contains snippets of peaceful wisdom from the recently-departed global spiritual teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on January 22, 2022.
“I asked myself what is not wrong and I longed to work on the things that are not wrong at that time. Within myself there were precious elements like joy and gratefulness.”
5. The Five Wounds
by Kirstin Valdez Quade
This won’t make a top 10 list for me, but it’s an interesting story about a young unwed mother, Angel, in New Mexico and her divorced parents and dying grandmother. I finished it two weeks ago, but the characters and their story still live in my head.
6. The Book of Form and Emptiness
by Ruth Ozeki
This novel is also a bit quirky, but interesting. After the death of his musician father, teenager Benny Oh begins hearing disturbing voices from inanimate objects around him. It doesn’t help that his mother Annabelle is a hoarder and has lots of things. (You’ll find shadowing in this book of Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.)
- The Power of Regret
How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward
by Daniel H. Pink
- Love People Use Things
Because the Opposite Never Works
by Joshua Fields Millburn
- Stupid Things I Won’t Do When I Get Old
by Steven Petrow
The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
by Kristin Neff
- Good Enough
40ish Devotionals for a Life of Imperfection
by Kate Bowler
by Sherri L. Smith
What good book are YOU reading this month? Please share in the comments.
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