“I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on, I go into another room and read a good book.”
– Groucho Marx
Well, I don’t do necessarily do that every time (Groucho Marx might not have either), but he does have a point.
Here are books I recommend from what I finished reading in September.
1. Now What?
How to Move Forward When We’re Divided
by Sarah Stewart Holland, Beth Silvers
Have you lost connection with someone you once were close to due to conflict over politics, religion, social issues, etc.? Sarah and Beth from the podcast Pantsuit Politics don’t offer a step-by-step solution in this new book, but they do offer a general path forward to finding peace again in spite of our seeming divisions. Helpful and encouraging.
“Life is about presence. Connection is not zero-sum. Our presence in one another’s lives has to become more visible than our conflicts.”
“Now what? Keep moving forward. Keep showing up with all of your gifts and your desires and your discernment about how you can contribute more by loving more, even when you disagree with your people about basically everything for always.”
2. Beating Guns
Hope for People Who Are Weary of Violence
by Shane Claiborne, Michael Martin
We’re all disturbed by gun violence. This book shows how gun deaths are both a heart problem and a gun problem. It’s full of statistics that reveal just how extensive our problem has been for many years. But it also points us to a way out, if we’re willing. I highly recommend this book for all of us. You’ll pick up on a Christian perspective in it, but you don’t have to be a Christian to benefit from this book.
“A gun is much more likely to be used in a suicide, a domestic homicide, or an accidental shooting than it is to be used to ward off a criminal.”
“We have been better at protecting guns than protecting people.”
“Every human is created in the image of God. We have love in our DNA. There is something in almost every person that recognizes that killing is wrong.”
3. Why I Left Church to Find Jesus
A Personal Odyssey
by Julie McVey
The title drew me to this Kindle Unlimited book (my free 3-month Amazon account will expire soon). Julie McVey explains her interesting yet painful journey in and out of organized religion in this short book. Many will relate to her story.
“I’d rather stand before God and Him tell me I loved too much and that my love clouded my judgment than Him tell me I didn’t love enough and that my judgment clouded my love.”
Reckoning with the Public Library
by Amanda Oliver
I frequent my library continually to borrow its many books. Why do you use the library? For many people, it’s more complicated than checking out books. Former librarian Amanda Oliver writes about her years as a librarian in Washington, DC, in a high-poverty neighborhood. She tells an important story about how we should think about modern libraries and how they’re evolving.
5. Get Untamed
by Glennon Doyle
This colorful journal is an accompaniment to Glennon Doyle’s bestseller Untamed. But reading the book isn’t a prerequisite. I worked through the journal with a small group of women in a zoom group. The questions provoked lots of thought and conversation among us. Like all journals, you get out of it what you put into it.
6. The Downstairs Neighbor
by Helen Cooper
When a teenage girl disappears in London, the neighbors in the apartment all become suspects through their own circumstances. Intriguing and well-told, this novel kept me wondering what would be uncovered next.
7. The Last House on the Street
by Helen Cooper
Highly recommend. This novel flips back and forth between 1965 and 2010 in a town in North Carolina. The search for justice ties both generations together in a mysterious yet important plot of social justice and family security.
- Nonviolent Communication
A Language of Life
by Marshall B. Rosenberg
- Share Your Stuff. I’ll Go First.
10 Questions to Take Your Friendships to the Next Level
by Laura Tremaine
- Beyond the Enneagram
An Invitation to Experience a More Centered Life with God
by Marilyn Vancil
- Radical Compassion
Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of RAIN
by Tara Brach
- 100% Right 50% of the Time
How to Prevent Fallacies in Decision Making
- Thing Explainer
Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
by Randall Munroe
What good book are YOU reading this month? Please share in the comments.
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