Favorites Friday -- Part 6

I have a confession to make. 

I don’t read many non-fiction books. 

I know, I know. Reading non-fiction is good for you. I just don't gravitate toward that genre. In an effort to change that fact, this year my reading challenge to myself is to read one non-fiction for every five fiction books, and for me that’s a lot.

Confession over with, now time to let you in on another secret. I can’t pick just one favorite non-fiction book. So, in keeping with Favorites Friday, here’s a list of some really great non-fiction books. I’d even read them a second time, and most of them I have!


Quiet by Susan Cain

Shy, reclusive, bookish. In this world of self promotion and “look at me!” attitudes, introverts are often misunderstood or viewed as anomalies. Susan Cain explores what assets introverts bring to the table. 

If you are an introvert, or, maybe more importantly, if you aren’t, read this book. Cain gives hope to introverts who feel they can’t measure up to the world’s extrovert standards, and understanding to extroverts who don’t relate to the introverts in their life. This book holds the potential to transform your relationships.

For a similar book with a Christian bent, try Introverts in the Church.


MWF Seeking BFF: My yearlong search for a new best friend by Rachel Bertsche

Being an adult is hard, you guys. When we were young, friends seemed to magically appear. The girl you sat by in Kindergarten became your best friend when you and she wore the same shirt one day. The other bench warmer on your basketball team struck up a conversation and then you started hanging out after school. But what about now as an adult? What about when you move away from your hometown and into a place where you don’t know anybody? 

In this hilarious account, Rachel Bertsche wonders that very thing. She is happily married, but has moved to a new town and needs some friends outside of her husband and her work. She gives herself a challenge of meeting with 52 new people in one year, one date per week. With quick insight into the world of friendship, including what makes a good friend, Bertsche’s book will have you laughing and nodding or at the very least let you know you are not alone. 


Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg

In order to better understand the words of Jesus, we need to understand the world He lived in. The parables He told, the reprimands He gave, even the people Jesus walked among are more fully understood as we study what life was like for a first century Jew. 

In their book, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus, Spangler and Tverberg describe how Jesus would have understood the Torah (the Jewish Scriptures) and the teachings of the rabbis. They untangle some of the harder to grasp pieces of Jesus’ life and ministry. Dive into this book and gain a new respect for the nuances of the Bible you read every day.

I’m looking forward to reading Lois Tverberg’s new book, Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus.



The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

A man woke up to find a leg in his bed. When he threw the leg out of bed and onto the floor, he was surprised to find that it was attached to his own hip. He didn’t recognize his own leg. In this series of essays neurologist Oliver Sacks gives his readers a glimpse into the life of many of his patients who, through stroke or other traumatic brain injury, no longer see life in the same way.

All of Sacks’ books fascinate me. Our complex brains are capable of so many weird and wonderful things. I believe the human brain is the surest sign of God’s creative genius. I urge you to read at least one of Oliver Sacks’ books this year. When you do, let me know and I’ll send you a treat. That’s right, I’m bribing you to read a book, just go with it.


Your turn. What non-fiction books should I add to my reading list this year? And, will you send me a treat??