My Favorite Nonfiction of 2017
Here is my list…
1. The Poverty of Nations by Barry Asmus and Wayne Grudem
2. Confessions of a Transformed Heart by Nancy Sheppard
3. Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn
4. Never Unfriend by Lisa Jo Baker
5. At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider
“I like my passport full of stamps but I need a drawer to keep it in.” (from the above book)
6. The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction by Adam McHugh
“Servant listening is an act of surrender, in which we lay down our verbal weapons, our preconceived notions, our quick advice, and our desire to steer the conversation toward ourselves. We release our grasp on the terms and direction of the conversation.”
The Listening Life would be a great book to read through and discuss with a friend. Anyone interested in joining me for the second time around?
7. The Blue Parakeet:Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Scot McKnight
8. The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel
The part of the book that impacted me the most was the part about nonviolence. Here is what I wrote about it in an earlier post…
In their book, The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb, Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel wrote a chapter called “The Power of Love”. In this chapter, they talked about Martin Luther’s philosophy and interviewed a man named John Perkins who was also part of a similar movement. Both men knew the real enemy was evil in the person not the person. They also believed that love not hate would win. As they protested, they needed to love their enemy not let hate control them. John Perkins talked about not hating in his heart as he resisted. It was an inward thing as well as an outward thing. This was not easy. For John Perkins, he was beaten for no reason than that he was black. He wanted to give into hate but God sent him someone who loved on him helping him forgive and be able to live loved. What would happen if we loved like that?
9. When God Doesn’t Fix It by Laura Story
10. Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better by Brant Hanson
“I’m not entitled to anger, because I am me. I can’t handle anger. I don’t have the strength of character to do it. Only God does. We can trust him with it. Jesus gets angry, but his character is beyond question, so He is entitled to it.” p.20
“It’s not a side issue, not a secondary concern, not a strategy. Again: Choosing to be unoffendable out of love for others in ministry. And real ministry forces us to abandon our relentless search for approval from others. That frees us to love… beautifully and recklessly.” p150
Looking back on my life, I see multiple areas where my anger or being offended kept me from being the light I wanted to be. I can not go back and change the past, but hopefully in the future, I can be less offendable or unoffendable.
What books did you read last year that you are either still thinking about or impacted you in some way?
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What a great list! I am especially interested in The Poverty of Nations, which I've never heard of before. Thanks for the recommendation!
Some of the books I read last year that I can't stop thinking about: Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray, Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin, Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Lathum, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, and Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward.
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Thank you Marilu for your suggestions. I hope you enjoy the Poverty of Nations.
Hey TJ! So good to connect with you this week … I'm a big Adam McHugh fan and will probably be doing a bit of a Book Club on The Listening Life before long.
I'm always in awe of the number of books out there, just waiting to be read. Thanks for filling us in on some unknowns to me.
Bless you …
I LOVED The Kitchen Counter Cooking School! I have made the roasted chicken so many times using her easy-to-follow directions! I also loved At Home in the World (I used some of it to prepare for my October trip to France and Italy!), and learned SO much from The Listening Life.
Here are my December reads: https://elle-alice.blogspot.ca/2018/01/december-book-reviews.html
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