6 Books I Recommend—September 2023
—Grace & Truth Linkup

“The goal of reading is not to get anywhere, but to open where we are.”
– Mark Nepo

Here are 5 nonfiction books + 1 novel I recommend from what I finished reading in September. 

[See previously recommended books here]


1. Falling Down and Getting Up
Discovering Your Inner Resilience and Strength
by Mark Nepo

Falling Down and Getting Up

Mark Nepo writes with great insight on our falls. If you need encouragement to get back up again, again, and again, this book will inspire you to look reality in the face, yet still continue forward. 

[Read my full review here of Falling Down and Getting Up]

2. “All the Real Indians Died Off”
And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

This is the October selection for our online Moms Demand Action book club. Some of these myths I already understood to be false about Native Americans, but other chapters taught me lessons I needed to learn. The writing is a bit more academic than I’d prefer, but it’s definitely readable and engaging.  

3. Saving Us
A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World
by Katharine Hayhoe 

A valuable book. I learned so much about the harm we’ve been doing to our planet, but more importantly I also learned what we can do about it other than groan. The book addresses our treatment of Earth from many perspectives—science, psychology, and the author’s Christian faith.

4. Speak Your Truth with Love and Listen Deeply
A Training in Mindfulness-Based Nonviolent Communication
by Oren Jay Sofer

I listened to this audiobook from Hoopla in a couple of days. It’s about how to have respectful communication without arguing, blaming, or judging. As a student of Marshall Rosenberg’s method of Nonviolent Communication, Sofer’s principles here are familiar to me but still worth listening to in his own words.

5. A Life in Light
Meditations on Impermanence
by Mary Pipher

Although engaging and well-written, I didn’t read this memoir word-for-word. Until I got to the last few chapters. Then I slowed down and read every word that Mary Pipher said (she also wrote Women Rowing North, a fabulous book about aging and one of my top 10 books I read in 2019). Her wisdom about life’s many changes is valuable. 


6. The Golden Couple
by Greer Hendricks

The wealthy couple Matthew and Marissa Bishop agree to marriage counseling with the renegade therapist Avery Chambers. The mysterious plot takes you behind the secrets that everyone is holding on to. An interesting story! I alternated between listening to the audiobook and reading the hardback.


  • Language Power
    100 Things You Need to Make Language Work for You
    by Norbert Schmitt
  • American Idolatry
    How Christian Nationalism Betrays the Gospel and Threatens the Church
    by Andrew L. Whitehead
  • Nobody Needs to Know: A Memoir
    by Pidgeon Pagonis
  • I Never Thought of It That Way
    How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times
    by Monica Guzmán
  • I Didn’t Sign Up for This
    A Couples Therapist Shares Real-Life Stories of Breaking Patterns and Finding Joy in Relationships, Including Her Own
    by Dr. Tracy Dalgleish

What good book have you read lately? Please share in the comments.


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10 thoughts on “6 Books I Recommend—September 2023
—Grace & Truth Linkup

  1. Linda Stoll

    ‘communication without arguing, blaming, or judging’

    wow, Lisa. our homes, our churches, our politics, our world, our witness would look a whole lot different.

    and thanks for sharing ‘what are you writing’ …

  2. Lynn D. Morrissey

    Always love your recommendations and reviews, Lisa! And this book by Pipher changed my lfie and effected how I communicate difficult issues. We underwent, years ago, a horrific incident w/ our daughter and some unsavory curriculum. My letter (15 pages, single-spaced and written in the way that Pipher suggests) began a two-year dialogue w/ school admin and ultimate removal of the offensive stuff. But the principal told me he appreciated my attitude, even though I was calling them out. How we talk, how we write, how we relate difficult subjects makes all the difference in the world to the possibility of reciprocal communication and changed lives!

    Here’s the book: https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Change-World-Inspiring-Transforming/dp/1594482535/ref=sr_1_9?crid=1OZIK8N77IZEY&keywords=books+by+mary+pipher&qid=1696184634&sprefix=books+by+mary+piph%2Caps%2C882&sr=8-9


  3. bella

    Wow, you have read a LOT of books.
    I love the sound of The Golden Couple. Secrets are always interesting. I’ve been venturing into audiobooks too, because I’ve been suffering from eyestrain. Might have to check this one out.
    Thanks for the ideas

  4. Kathy Martin

    Looks like an intriguing assortment of books. I seldom read nonfiction but a couple of these drew my eye. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  5. Nancy Andres

    Thanks for sharing your book recommendations here Lisa and at the Oct Edition of the Hearth & Soul Party (where I saw it). I’m a first time visitor to your link-up. My shares at the H&S party are #29-33. Wish you’d check them out. I’ll pin your post so I can find some of your books later on.

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