Here are four books I recommend from what I read in June. Once a month we gather at Jennifer’s to share what we’ve been reading.
Books I Recommend
1. Small Great Things
by Jodi Picoult
What a compelling and relevant novel! I hope this book is widely read. It begins with an African-American nurse prohibited to tend to a white supremacists’ baby (at the parents’ request). Both the plot and emotions run high from there forward. The author Jodi Picoult is an experienced novelist and it shows.
2. 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You
by Tony Reinke
We don’t just use our phones; our phones use us. We’d be wise to pay attention to how that works and what kind of changes are happening to us because of our phones. This is a balanced book; Reinke doesn’t recommend throwing away our phones, but he does encourage us to set up reasonable boundaries.
3. The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah
This beautiful novel is set mainly in France in World War 2 (although it dips occasionally into America in our times) and chronicles how the war affects two sisters and their country. It moved me to tears several times. The author does a wonderful job drawing you into the individual stories as she weaves them together back and forth.
4. Flee, Be Silent, Pray
An Anxious Evangelical Finds Peace with God through Contemplative Prayer
by Ed Cyzewski
If you ever feel guilty or anxious that your prayer life is beyond saving, Ed Cyzewski gives you hope in this book that there is another way to pray. He provides a great overview of contemplative prayer practices, without the guilt or anxiety. I love all Ed’s books, including this one.
- The Better Angels of Our Nature
Why Violence Has Declined
by Steven Pinker
- This Fight Is Our Fight
The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class
by Elizabeth Warren
- Born to Run
A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
by Christopher McDougall
- The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
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What good book have you read lately? Please share in the comments.
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