My students often ask me to tell them what a book in my library is about. I know from experience that I have about one sentence to really grab someone’s attention. I was thinking about this the other day in terms of non fiction books I’ve personally read, and I wondered if I could sum up what I took away from each book in one sentence. So here’s what I’ve learned from ten books I’ve read in the last few years.
The Allure of Hope: God’s Pursuit of a Woman’s Heart by Jan Meyers. Hope is risky and messy, but we must allow ourselves to hope if we want to fully live.
7: An Experimental Mutiny in Excess by Jen Hatmaker. We really have much more money, time, food, clothes, and media than we really need.
The Anxious Christian: Can God Use Your Anxiety for Good? by Rhett Smith. Anxiety is not necessarily inherently bad and may be God’s way of getting our attention.
Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture by Adam S. McHugh. The modern-day American church overwhelmingly caters to the extrovert, so introverts must make a conscious effort to find ways in which they can enter into community and fellowship while still honoring their God-given personality.
Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives by Richard Swenson. We need to resist the temptation to constantly be on the verge of our breaking points, and allow ourselves more breathing room emotionally, physically, and financially.
Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt. A strategic and thorough web and social media presence is crucial for anyone who has a message they want people to hear.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Despite the fact that our society generally sees extroverts as normal and introverts as anti-social, introverts have unique strengths that should recognized and nurtured.
Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? by Gary Thomas. Marriage was not designed to make us happy, but to make us more like Christ. [Okay, the title gives this one away, obviously!]
The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God by John Eldredge and Brent Curtis. God draws us to Himself through our desires, our hurts, and our loves.
A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master” by Rachel Held Evans. Despite the claims of many groups, denominations, and movements, there is no single definition of “Biblical” womanhood.