Here are 2 fiction books and 3 non-fiction books I recommend from what I finished reading in November, including a 1-minute video review of a favorite.
Once a month we share our current reading list at Jennifer’s.
Books I Recommend
1. A Prayer for Owen Meany
by John Irving
This is a sweet, poignant, coming-of-age (any age!) novel about two best friends navigating the 1950s and forward. First published in 1989, it was a top 100 pick this summer from PBS’ The Great American Novel. And deservedly so.
The first sentence:
“I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice—not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother’s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.”
2. The Last Ballad
by Cash Wiley
This novel is inspired by the true life of Ella May Wiggins, an ordinary woman who stumbled into working for human rights for textile workers in 1929 in North Carolina. It’s hard, tender, surprising, and important. My nephew-in-law, Colton, recommended it to me months ago. I’m glad I finally got to it.
3. Raise Your Voice
Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up
by Kathy Khang
There’s so much in this book about using your voice to talk about important issues. Regardless of who you are. Regardless of your platform or lack of one. Everybody has a voice and everybody is entitled to speak up.
4. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
by Yuval Noah Harari
What’s happening to our world? Harari writes about 21 issues we all experience in various genres of our lives: political, technological, social, and religious.
I’m not sure if I feel scared or comforted after reading this book. But I do feel more informed, on issues such as artificial intelligence, immigration, spirituality, and more.
“Fear of the unknown can paralyze us more than any tyrant. . . . Questions you cannot answer are usually far better for you than answers you cannot question.”
5. Art of Focus
3 Easy Steps to Build a Life You Love and Control Your Time
by Curtis McHale
This is a great book of practical steps on making things happen (not just on setting goals). About finding your purpose, not just following your passion.
I’ve been reading McHale’s blog for awhile now. I find his book as likable and informative as his blog. McHale is authentic in sharing what works and what doesn’t work in managing your business (whatever that happens to be) while keeping your relationships healthy.
“If you’ve built a great business but have a broken marriage and relationships YOU’VE FAILED.”
- The Radium Girls
The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women
by Kate Moore
- Resist and Persist
Faith and the Fight for Equality
by Erin Wathen
- Remember Death
The Surprising Path to Living Hope
by Matthew McCullough
- The Line Becomes a River
Dispatches from the Border
by Francisco Cantú
- The Ministry of Ordinary Places
Waking Up to God’s Goodness Around You
by Shannan Martin
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What good book have you read this month? Please share in the comments.
- No Dead End Here
- You Have a Voice – Use It