Once a month we share what we’ve been reading for What’s on Your Nightstand. Here are the books I recommend from my November reading.
BOOKS I RECOMMEND
1. Go Set a Watchman
by Harper Lee
I didn’t enjoy this novel as much as To Kill a Mockingbird (I did a quick reread last month). This one starts with Scout at 26 years old returning to Maycomb to visit Atticus. It was too heavy in philosophical and confusing conversations for me, much through the words of Dr. Finch (Uncle Jack), and too light in plot (although it had great potential). Then it was over before it ended.
But still. It’s worth reading.
Uncle Jack: “Remember this also: it’s always easy to look back and see what we were, yesterday, ten years ago. It is hard to see what we are. If you can master that trick, you’ll get along.”
2. True Worshipers
Seeking What Matters to God
by Bob Kauflin
A very encouraging book about worshipping God, approached from many different angles. Bob Kauflin writes clearly and passionately with a God-honoring attitude throughout. It’s not all about singing either, although if you’re interested in hearing more about worship and singing, chapter 7 is excellent in answering questions about singing styles and song choices, etc.
3. Accidental Saints
Finding God in All the Wrong People
by Nadia Bolz-Weber
This isn’t for everyone. But if you like to think about how God works in unconventional people (and well, isn’t that all of us to some degree?), this book will give you many examples of real-life people who’ve come to know God outside of our traditional venues.
4. Permission Granted
Take the Bible into Your Own Hands
by Jennifer Grace Bird
Another book that isn’t for everyone. But if you find it beneficial to question yourself from time to time about why you interpret scripture a certain way, this book is for you. The author isn’t pushy; she’s not trying to convince you to come to her way of thinking, but she does encourage you to think for yourself and at least hold space open for new thoughts.
5. The Time Paradox
The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life
by Philip G. Zimbardo, John Boyd
Everybody has a personal time zone, an internal time perspective that you live by, usually unconsciously:
Drs. Zimbardo and Boyd share years of research on the optimal blend of time perspective that leads to the most contented lives. I read this book 7 years ago (my original book review here), but reread it for my year of Now, and it’s just as intriguing the second time around. Excellent!
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