There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
Here are 4 books I recommend from those I finished reading in September. See all my recommended books here.
1. Love Matters More
How Fighting to Be Right Keeps Us from Loving Like Jesus
by Jared Byas
Very good! Jared Byas (co-host of the podcast, The Bible for Normal People) writes about putting love first, as Jesus commanded. He reminds us that what we know is important, but perhaps more important is remember we don’t know everything. A life lived in truth is a life that prioritizes love.
2. The Enneagram for Spiritual Formation
How Knowing Ourselves Can Make Us More Like Jesus
by A J Sherrill
After a few pages, this book seemed vaguely familiar. I believe it’s a rewrite with a new publisher from Sherrill’s original book, Enneagram and the Way of Jesus, which is no longer for sale. But even so, it’s a tighter book now. Sherrill explains how to use the Enneagram to enhance our spiritual growth in Christ, yet without feeling preachy or like a self-help book. He gives specific upstream and downstream practices for each of the 9 types.
3. Beyond Your Bubble
How to Connect Across the Political Divide, Skills and Strategies for Conversations That Work
by Tania Israel
A book for these times. The political divide feels sharper than ever. Tania Israel gives us skills here to bridge the gap through conversations and connections available to each of us. I also appreciate the staged conversations she set up between “Kevin” and “Celine” to show us how it can be done, to disagree yet still remain friends.
4. Ask Again, Yes
by Mary Beth Keane
This heart-wrenching novel tells the stories of two rookie NYPD officers and their families. They live next door for years, and then tragedy strikes that threatens to tear their friendship apart. Except for a love relationship between their children. A tough but beautiful story.
Also finished but not really recommending:
How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation
by Anne Helen Petersen
Maybe the timing wasn’t right. I trudged through this book, but never got excited about it. Petersen does make valid points about legitimate reasons that millennials feel burnout. Their generation faces different uphill obstacles that my generation, the boomers, didn’t have (my daughters are both millennials) on the job, in parenting, with technology, etc. But in the end, I hear Petersen’s stereotype when she writes: “…what I’ve come to understand as the boomer refrain: Stop whining, millennials — you don’t know what hard work is.” I don’t go that far. I do believe that millennials know hard work, as much as anybody else. But still, the book felt too long and too dark for me.
- Too Much Information
Understanding What You Dont Want to Know
by Cass R. Sunstein
- Compassion (&) Conviction
The AND Campaign’s Guide to Faithful Civic Engagement
by Justin Giboney, Michael Wear, Chris Butler
- One by One
by Ruth Ware
- How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
- Stamped from the Beginning
The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
by Ibram X. Kendi
- The Color of Compromise
The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism
by Jemar Tisby
What good book are YOU reading this month? Please share in the comments.
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