“A recipe for getting more out of what you read:
Start more books. Quit most of them. Read the great ones twice.”
– James Clear
Below are 6 books I recommend from those I finished reading in May.
1. The Great Sex Rescue
The Lies You’ve Been Taught and How to Recover What God Intended
by Sheila Wray Gregoire
This book is a fantastic resource on sexuality intimacy in marriages (even though it may cause you to question other popular Christian marriage books we’ve all read). Sheila Gregoire did extensive research and compiled the data here in 13 interesting chapters, plus a valuable appendix about other books, both helpful ones and not helpful.
2. Dwell on These Things
A Thirty-One-Day Challenge to Talk to Yourself Like God Talks to You
by John Stange
I enjoyed this book about taking 31 days to speak God’s truths to yourself. I will re-read it again later with more intention, actually taking the challenge instead of just reading through the book.
America’s Best Chance
by Pete Buttigieg
Forget politics. This book is about Americans, in general, losing trust in each other and in our institutions. Buttigieg doesn’t necessarily offer solutions, but he sounds an alarm that distrust can be lethal. Rebuilding trust is crucial.
4. Goodbye, Things
The New Japanese Minimalism
by Fumio Sasaki
Although I lean toward minimalism, this book was too extreme for me. However, the general advice seemed valid (even though there are always exceptions). Take it to whatever degree you’d like.
“When you discard something, you gain more than you lose.”
“Let go of someday. Things we don’t need now will probably never be needed.”
“Ask yourself, ‘If I were to somehow lose this, would I want to buy it again at full price?'”
5. Home Fire
by Kamila Shamsie
This novel is about three sibling refugees who live in London, and the three very different paths they take as they enter adulthood. It is suspenseful as it takes you down roads you don’t expect to travel.
6. Twenty-one Truths About Love
by Matthew Dicks
I’ve never read a novel written entirely as lists. But it was fun! The plot was easy to follow along as you read the lists written by the main character, Dan, about his job as a failing bookstore owner and his wife who wants to have a baby.
Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling
by Matthew Dicks
- The Making of Biblical Womanhood
How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth
by Beth Allison Barr
- White Awake
An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White
by Daniel Hill
- How to Tell Stories to Children
And Everyone Else Too
by Joseph Sarosy
- The Influential Mind
What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others
by Tali Sharot
What good book are YOU reading this month? Please share in the comments.
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