We read books for a variety of reasons.
The reasons vary as much as the people do.
But one reason we often read is this:
To become a better person.
Looking over the nonfiction books I’ve finished so far in 2021, here are 7 new books that carry potential to make us better people. But only if we practice the good ideas in them.
I’m guilty to often just read the words, but not live them out. The message lies dormant if I don’t let it move me into action.
Reading alone won’t change us.
But reading can inspire us to put in the work and be changed. These 7 books below are inspiring me to change. See what you think about them. And add your own book suggestions in the comments.
(Note: books that help don’t all fall into the self-help category; helpful books are found in every category!)
• TIME MANAGEMENT
Four Thousand Weeks
Time Management for Mortals
by Oliver Burkeman (2021)
The average person’s lifespan is around 4,000 weeks. This book isn’t about organizing your time per se, but about realizing you can’t squeeze it all in. So choose wisely.
An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White
by Daniel Hill (2017)
If we want to be better human beings, we need to be aware of own culture (even when we think we don’t have one) and how it affects other people. As painful as it sometimes is, this book lays it out for us from a moral and spiritual perspective.
We Need to Talk
How to Have Conversations that Matter
by Celeste Headlee (2017)
Practice these five strategies to have better conversations: be curious, check your bias, show respect, stay the course, and end well. While we often would rather avoid having hard conversations, sometimes relationships can’t improve until we do.
The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know
by Adam M. Grant (2021)
Don’t forget to sometimes question what you think you already know. The way to learn new things is to question old things. Doubts are beneficial when we use them appropriately.
The Power of Writing It Down
A Simple Habit to Unlock Your Brain and Reimagine Your Life
by Allison Fallon (2021)
Writing isn’t necessarily about publishing. Having a personal, daily writing practice can help us better understand ourselves and each other, even when no one else will ever read our writings.
The Comfort Book
by Matt Haig (2021)
Haig compiled little notes and stories in this book that show love and light in the world. This small book is packed with nuggets of wisdom to help us all be kinder to each other and to ourselves.
If God Is Love, Don’t Be a Jerk
Finding a Faith That Makes Us Better Humans
by John Pavlovitz (2021)
At a bare minimum, can we Christians at least stop being jerks in the world? Pavlovitz is brutally honest about how Christians can come across to others. And how we can do better. Jesus said our one job is to love. We have room for improvement.
What is your favorite nonfiction book of the year? What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
- 5 Reasons to Read Nonfiction
- How to Read More Than One Book at a Time
- Why Fiction and Nonfiction Books Are More Alike Than You Think
This is Week 1, “Your Year in Nonfiction” for Nonfiction November. Visit Rennie to link your own posts.
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