Read books that are relevant to what you want to achieve and reading will never seem boring.
It took me a long time to finish some of these books! But it was worth it. It just goes to show you: reading just a few pages a day will eventually get you through even the longest of books. Just keep at it.
Here are 7 books I recommend from those I finally finished reading in October. See all my recommended books here.
1. “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”
A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity
by Beverly Daniel Tatum
And it’s not just kids. I often notice Whites sitting with Whites, and Blacks sitting with Blacks in all kinds of social settings. Why? This book helps us understand. Originally written several years ago, it’s been updated and is as relevant as ever.
2. How to Be an Antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi
Hardly anyone thinks they are racist. But Ibram X. Kendi shows us otherwise. He defines racism and antiracism in terms we can understand. And helps us understand what we can do to change. He also shares much of his own personal journey.
3. Stamped from the Beginning
The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
by Ibram X. Kendi
This is a much longer book by Ibram X. Kendi about the history of racism in the United States. It is eye-opening to learn how much of American history we have omitted because it makes us uncomfortable. Well-researched and documented, if you can stick with this one, you will likely learn lots of new things. I did.
4. Hood Feminism
Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot
by Mike Kendall
Whether you call yourself a feminist or not, this book is another eye-opener from the Black female perspective. Mikki Kendall shares from her own experience as well as her research about our modern culture’s effects on women of color.
5. Compassion (&) Conviction
The AND Campaign’s Guide to Faithful Civic Engagement
by Justin Giboney, Michael Wear, Chris Butler
We don’t have to choose between social justice and Christianity. There is room for both. The AND Campaign is working hard to bring Christians together to engage and witness within the culture in positive ways. Politics, in various ways, affects everyone. Instead of withdrawing from it, we can learn to engage it responsibly and lovingly.
6. The Listening Life
Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction
by Adam S. McHugh
As God listens to us, we should learn to listen more to Him and to each other. Adam McHugh writes with a gentle touch but a strong message to help us improve how we listen, building healthier relationships and more loving bonds.
7. One by One
by Ruth Ware
I read all of Ruth Ware’s novels. They catch me off guard with their plot twists. This one is about a tech company’s retreat at a ski resort in the French Alps. And then an avalanche occurs.
- Too Much Information
Understanding What You Dont Want to Know
by Cass R. Sunstein
- The Color of Compromise
The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism
by Jemar Tisby
- Furious Hours
Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
by Casey Cep
- A Month of Sundays
Thirty-One Days of Wrestling with Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
by Eugene H. Peterson
- Always a Guest
Speaking of Faith Far from Home
by Barbara Brown Taylor
- The Store
by James Patterson
What good book are YOU reading this month? Please share in the comments.
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