Here are 6 books I recommend from what I read in December. Once a month we share our current reading lists at Jennifer’s.
Books I Recommend
1. The Better Angels of Our Nature
Why Violence Has Declined
by Steven Pinker
Believe it or not, statistics show that the world is getting less violent, not more. This book is lengthy and detailed, but so worth the months it took me to read it. It’s one of my favorite 10 books of 2017.
2. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman
This is the story of a plain-Jane young woman who works in an office by day, and keeps to herself at night. Little by little, the story unfolds about the horrific past she has survived. The book picks up speed once you get past the first few chapters and reels you in to caring about Eleanor.
3. The Gatekeepers
How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency
by Chris Whipple
Such an interesting look back on history through the eyes of the former Chiefs of Staff for the modern Presidents of the U.S. The story proceeds in a chronological fashion from both Republican and Democratic Presidents and the behind-the-scenes workings of government and personalities.
4. Building a StoryBrand
Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen
by Donald Miller
This might be classified as a business book, but it’s really a book about communicating well. You can use it to apply to any area of your life, not just promoting a business brand. It’s another one of my top 10 books of 2017.
5. Ordering Our Affections
by Dr. Melissa McCrory Hatcher
This compact Advent devotional is different. It gives you scriptures readings as you would expect, but it also gives you space to stop and breathe, suggestions to look at a specific painting or listen to a suggested hymn, you write a letter to a loved one, etc. I found these distinctions breathed new life into my devotional time for Advent.
6. Come, Let Us Adore Him
A Daily Advent Devotional
by Paul David Tripp
This is another short devotional book that is wonderful for Advent. I don’t always appreciate his repetitiveness, but as is typical for Tripp, he does make me think more about God in all his beauty and glory.
- The Knowledge Illusion
Why We Never Think Alone
by Steven Sloman
- Homo Deus
A Brief History of Tomorrow
by Yuval Noah Harari
- What Unites Us
Reflections on Patriotism
by Dan Rather
- The Daniel Dilemma
How to Stand Firm and Love Well in a Culture of Compromise
by Chris Hodges
- The Trespasser
by Tana French
- Blessed Are the Misfits
Great News for Believers Who Are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like They’re Missing Something
by Brant Hansen
- American Grace
How Religion Divides and Unites Us
by Robert D. Putnam
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What good book have you read this month? Please share in the comments.
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