This week’s topic for #Nonficnov is Book Pairing, connecting a fiction book with a nonfiction book.
Here are my suggestions from books I read in 2020.
If you like Jodi Picoult novels—she takes on the hard topics in story form—you’ll like A Spark of Light. In it, Picoult takes you inside an abortion clinic where hostages are being held and hurt by a pro-life activist. While Picoult doesn’t try to convince you of the right or wrongness of what’s happening in the book, she does help you better understand the wide variety of characters involved as she unfolds the story.
For a nonfiction pairing, try Compassion (&) Conviction: The AND Campaign’s Guide to Faithful Civic Engagement by Justin Giboney, Michael Wear, and Chris Butler.
Its premise is that life often isn’t binary. It’s not always this OR that. Sometimes it’s this AND that.
Written from a Christian perspective, this book educates us on how to be both Christian AND political, with grace and with love. Using examples from the Bible itself (Joseph, Moses, Daniel, etc.), the authors state, “To refuse to engage in politics is to refuse to take advantage of a useful tool for God’s work.”
It encourages Christians to identify social issues that we can help with. If we’re to love our neighbor, we need to learn how to stand up for each other in all realms of life.
“Christians should engage politics because doing so provides us with a robust opportunity to love our neighbor by acting justly, promoting human flourishing, and seeking the prosperity of our community.”
3 More Pairings
Here are three more fiction/nonfiction pairings I suggest:
- If you’re a Harper Lee fan (the author of To Kill a Mockingbird), you’ll also like the nonfiction Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep. It’s about the story of a serial killer in Alabama in the 1970s, and Harper Lee’s desire to write a book about it.
- If you like The Giver of Stars about the traveling librarians in Kentucky in the 1930s by Jojo Moyes, you’ll also like The Library Book by Susan Orlean. It’s the amazing history of American libraries written in a very nonstuffy way.
- If you like The Store by James Patterson about an Amazon-type company that is taking over the country, you’ll also like Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch. It explains how even our language is changing as a consequence of technology and the internet.
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What fiction and nonfiction books would you pair? Share any favorites in the comments.
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