“Here’s to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy.”
– Charlaine Harris
Below are 5 books I recommend from what I finished reading in September.
1. American Dirt
by Jeanine Cummins
This is a very moving story of a young Mexican mother and her 8-year-old son. Their family falls victim to horrific gang violence, leaving only the two of them to survive. They need to escape immediately from Mexico to the United States. I alternated listening to the audiobook and reading the hardback book (thank you, library) and highly recommend both.
Personally, I’ve had friends who’ve undergone a similar journey to the United States, so this book was harrowing to read in light of that. But it is powerful and written well.
2. How God Works
The Science Behind the Benefits of Religion
by David DeSteno
From a scientific and sociological perspective, how do religious rituals “work”? This research is fascinating to read. Regardless of your faith beliefs, this book is respectfully written from a scientific viewpoint.
3. If God Is Love, Don’t Be a Jerk
Finding a Faith That Makes Us Better Humans
by John Pavlovitz
Somehow we keep moving the the bar lower and lower. Can we Christians at least stop being such jerks? Pavlovitz is brutally honest in how Christians come across to others in the world. Jesus said our one job is to love. Are we blowing even that?
4. The Doubters’ Club
Good-Faith Conversations with Skeptics, Atheists, and the Spiritually Wounded
by Preston Ulmer
I want a Doubters’ Club in my city. Preston Ulmer explains in this book how he sets up non-confrontational gatherings between atheists, believers, doubters, etc., for friendly conversations. No one is trying to convert another; they’re just engaging each other in friendship and understanding. Ulmer writes from a Christian perspective but he does so in a non-judgmental way toward those who don’t believe the same.
5. No Cure for Being Human
And Other Truths I Need to Hear
by Kate Bowler
Kate Bowler is diagnosed with cancer at age 35. She shares her journey with us through her cancer treatment while still living life as a wife, a mother, a daughter, an employee, etc. Expect lots of profound statements from her here. It’s an excellent book.
The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response
by Andy Slavitt
- Where the Light Fell
by Philip Yancey
The Surprising Solution to Overthinking
by Jon Acuff
- Leaving the Witness
Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life
by Amber Scorah
- One True Loves
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- Shoutin’ in the Fire
An American Epistle
by Danté Stewart
What good book are YOU reading this month? Please share in the comments.
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