“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”
– Fran Lebowitz
Every month I share the best of the books I just finished. Here are books I recommend from September’s readings.
Books I Recommend
1. The Nickel Boys
by Colson Whitehead
“Most of those who know the story of the rings in the trees are dead by now. The iron is still there. Rusty. Deep in the heartwood. Testifying to anyone who cares to listen.”
We do care to listen. Colson Whitehead tells a riveting story about a young African-American man who gets sent to a reform school in Florida. The saddest part is that it’s based on a real school. Excellent novel.
Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
by David Epstein
Such an interesting book! The paths we think lead to success aren’t always successful. For example, Epstein says,
- Rarely does a “head start” end successfully, if narrowly focused.
- It’s better to diversify than be too narrowly specialized.
- Slow and hard learning may last longer than quick, guided learning.
- Know when to give up; don’t have too much grit.
This book kept my attention from beginning to end.
3. The Death of Politics
How to Heal Our Frayed Republic After Trump
by Peter Wehner
This is a book to make you think. You may or may not agree with all of it, but you won’t come away unconvicted. It steps on my toes in places, and encourages me in other places to love more deeply instead of giving up in resignation.
“Our politics is deeply divided because we the people are deeply divided.
“White evangelicals got a seat at the table of power, something that in his life Jesus never did. But this ascent to power has come at a devastating cost to evangelicalism’s moral integrity and credibility, damage that might take generations to heal, if it ever does. To put the case bluntly, evangelicals and others were correct to say that religion should inform politics—but they let down their guard against politics corrupting religion.”
4. Happy Money
The Science of Smarter Spending
by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton
Another fascinating book. Would you rather buy a material possession or an experience? Depending on the situation, the authors in this book suggest you’d be happier in the long run if you invest in the experience. Here are five ways to spend your money that their studies show might make you happier.
- Buy experiences.
- Make it a treat.
- Buy time.
- Pay now, consume later.
- Invest in others.
5. The Death of Mrs. Westaway
by Ruth Ware
This mystery novel by Ruth Ware is about Hal, a poor woman in England, who receives a mysterious letter saying she’d inherited money from her recently-deceased grandmother. But Hal knows she’s the wrong recipient. The plot moves quickly as Hal meets the family anyway and uncovers secrets that had been hidden for years.
- Gospel Allegiance
What Faith in Jesus Misses for Salvation in Christ
by Matthew W. Bates
- Something Needs to Change
A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need
by David Platt
How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
by Nir Eyal
- Reborn Again
Crucifying Christendom & Resurrecting a Radical
by Christopher Vanhall
- The Lying Game
by Ruth Ware
- A Thousand Lives
The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown
by Julia Scheeres
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What good book are you reading this month? Please share in the comments.
sharing with Modern Mrs Darcy
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