Here are five books I recommend from what I finished reading in March. Each month we share what we’ve been reading at Jennifer’s.
The Power of Passion and Perseverance
by Angela Duckworth
This is a powerful book about sticking with it. Grit is often a better predictor of success than skill or personality or talent. Keep showing up at something day after day. Endurance counts.
Grit is well-written, well-researched and a very interesting book; I highly recommend it for your own life or as a parent or teacher.
2. Wolf Boys
Two American Teenagers and Mexico’s Most Dangerous Drug Cartel
by Dan Slater
Disturbing, but important. I know relatively nothing about the world of Mexican drug cartels and their recruitment process of teens.
This book chronicles two American teens in Texas who turn into killers for the Zetas. The author does a great job in moving along the narrative as he lets us peek behind the curtain of things we could never imagine on our own.
3. Toxic Charity
How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It)
by Robert D. Lupton
I know I do this wrong at times. We can “serve” the needy in ways that encourage dependence, instead of helping them grow independent.
This book helps explain the difference and offers suggestions for making permanent healthy changes. It’s a short book but it’s not light reading.
4. Becoming Wise
An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living
by Krista Tippett
Do you listen to Krista Tippett’s podcast On Being? It’s enlightening. She interviews a wide spectrum of guests on spiritual and life matters. This book is a compilation of insights and words from some of her best interviews.
5. Slavery by Another Name
The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
by Douglas A. Blackmon
Did you think slavery of blacks by whites ended when the Civil War was over? It didn’t stop. It just changed forms. Derived on much research, Douglas Blackmon shows that blacks instead were arbitrarily arrested and forced to work off their “debts” in coal mines, lumber camps, farm plantations, etc.
This book was too dense for me (almost 500 pages—I skimmed over tedious details), but the meat of the content was excellent and sobering. I haven’t seen the PBS documentary of the same name so I intend to watch it online soon.
- Democracy in Black
How Race Enslaves the American Soul
by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
- The Naked Now
Learning to See as the Mystics See
by Richard Rohr
- Invisible Influence
The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior
by Jonah Berger
My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble
by Dan Lyons
- Practicing the Power
Welcoming the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Your Life
by Sam Storms
- The Enneagram
A Christian Perspective
by Richard Rohr
- Grace Behind Bars
An Unexpected Path to True Freedom
by Dudley Mitchell
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