I love a good book recommendation so today I’m sharing some books with you. I used to read fiction and nothing else. I don’t know when I switched over, but these days I’m much more likely to reach for a non-fiction book. Our blog-tember prompt said to pick one we’ve already read, one we’re currently reading and one we want to read, but I couldn’t resist throwing in a few others.
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Cadavers – Mary Roach
WOW that’s an uplifting title, right? This is obviously not one for the faint of heart, easily nauseated, nor anyone who’s grieving. And you probably don’t want to read it over a meal. But I thought it was fascinating, thought-provoking and I learned a lot. If you like medical non-fiction or have ever been curious about the use of cadavers you might really enjoy this book.
A Girl Named Zippy – Haven Kimmel
I listened to the audio version of this book, read by the author. Normally I love a book that’s read by the author but this time I don’t recommend it – it had some weird places where music interrupted the flow of the narrative. No idea why. I also didn’t like this story as much as I thought I would – Zippy, the narrator, writes a series of vignettes from her childhood, as her childhood self. She never brings it back to adulthood and never really ties the whole thing together. It had a lot of fun moments but needed some kind of wrap up. But if you like memoirs, look into this one.
Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life – Glennon Doyle Melton
I wanted to love this book and definitely found pieces to treasure but I think what I loved most about this book though was seeing the impact it had on my friend. The overall theme is super popular right now – you may feel broken, but God can use your brokenness to help others if you’re willing to be open with it. Sadly this book suffers from the woes of “blog to book syndrome” so if you’ve been reading Glennon’s blog you may have already read a lot of this content. If you haven’t read the blog, you may wonder why the essays don’t follow a timeline and why the author comes across the way she does – tone and personality on a blog do not convey the way tone and personality convey in a book. But if you love blog style writing you might enjoy this book.
Don’t let the title of this book scare you away. There’s something for everyone in this book and I recommend it to all the Christian women in my life. The focus is on overcoming rejection (personal, professional, social – you name it) but it goes much deeper than that to healing both long passed and recent hurts with God’s truth. I’m not sure I would give it to someone who’s still feeling raw from a specific experience, but everyone else should pick it up. If you’re not a Christian you might enjoy it too, but I hesitate to recommend it outright since it is so scripture-based. The last thing I’d want is for you to feel left out of the book that’s about overcoming that feeling…sigh.
Becoming Myself: Embracing God’s Dream of You – Stasi Eldrege
This is what we’re using for our small group study this semester and let me tell you – I am loving it so far. It’s the kind of book I can’t actually read in bed because I’m likely to stay up way too late to keep reading. I’ve forced myself to follow our schedule and not read ahead so I’m only a short way in but I read this with a pen in my hand and my notebook nearby.
Want to Read:
Rooted: The Hidden Places Where God Develops You – Banning Liebscher
Unashamed: Drop the Baggage, Pick up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny – Christine Caine (I got a sneak peak of the content when she spoke at Code Orange Revival and loved it)
Nurture – Lisa Bevere
Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God’s Voice Above All Others – Steven Furtick
What are you reading and loving these days?