Non Fiction I Want to Read
Do you enjoy reading non fiction? Steph Nickel looks at some of the books that she hopes to have read before the end of the year.
My Plan to Finish Four Non Fiction Books
My plan is to read / finish the following four nonfiction books by the end of the year.
I’ve already reviewed Nice: Why We Love to Be Liked and How God Calls Us to More by Sharon Hodde Miller, but I’ve only scanned it. I’ll be taking it with me on our camping trip in early September 2019 and hope to read most, if not all, of it while we’re away.
Your Journey to Becoming Unskippable
The Amazon product description says this: “In this life-changing book, Sharon Hodde Miller calls us to uproot the idols of acceptance, reputation, security, effectiveness, and idealism that keep us chasing after accolades from the world and cause us to bear the ugly fruits of falseness, self-righteousness, cowardice, corruption, and cynicism. Then she helps us prepare the soil of our hearts to bear good fruit so that we can be true followers of Jesus and witnesses to his power, love, and forgiveness to a hurting world.”
Unskippable isn’t simply a marketing book. It’s more personal than that. Plus, the principles the author shares encourage me to be more of the person I want to be in my day-to-day life, not just in the area of marketing and selling products and service.
Among others, I highlighted the following quotes:
“You begin the journey to becoming Unskippable in your business, life or career when you start believing that the impossible is possible.”
“Being Unskippable is when you create moments, stories, products and services that interest a specific person (a targeted customer) so much that they can’t stop consuming, and when they do, they’re sad and they want more!”
“Unskippable people radiate positivity, accept their own faults, give till it hurts and in general are people everyone wants to be around.” So far, this is my favourite quote. I’m not sure about the everyone part of the sentence, but I certainly want to be someone others want to be around.
Fix Her Upper: Hope and Laughter Through a God Renovated Life
The third nonfiction book I’d like to finish reading is Beth Duewel and Rhonda Rhea’s Fix Her Upper: Hope and Laughter through a God Renovated Life.
I’m connected with these authors online and wish we lived closer to one another so we could go for coffee on a regular basis.
They’re real, down-to-earth, and oh so much fun!
Does that mean their books don’t challenge readers to go deeper in their walk with God? Definitely not.
If I can’t grab coffee with Beth and Rhonda, at least I can read a chapter of Fix Her Upper and feel like I’ve connected with them.
I’m a Birth Doula
Because I’m a birth doula, it’s important that I keep current on the newest discoveries in the field of childbirth. Rebecca Dekker is the founder of Evidence Based Birth and I look forward to reading her book, Babies are Not Pizza: They’re Born Not Delivered.
The Amazon product description reads this way: “One in three births is traumatic. It doesn’t have to be that way. Rebecca planned to give birth at the hospital affiliated with her university, where she was an award-winning nurse researcher finishing her doctoral degree. But hospital practices and policies that were more than twenty years out of date left her with complications that seemed preventable. Worst for Rebecca, her healthy baby was whisked off to a nursery right away. She spent the first few hours after birth begging to see her own baby! A few years later and pregnant again, Rebecca put her research skills to work and examined the hard evidence on what went wrong with her first childbirth experience. She discovered shocking truths that not only impact millions of families every year but would change the entire course of her life. Embark on a journey with Rebecca as she exposes the stark realities of institutional care during childbirth and reveals inspirational solutions for parents and professionals alike.”
Non Fiction for 2020
The first four nonfiction books I want to read in 2020 are …
The first paragraph on the back of the book reads like this: “We all know it’s important to study God’s Word. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. What’s more, a lack of time, emotionally driven approaches, and past frustrations can erode our resolve to keep growing in our knowledge of Scripture. How can we, as Christian women, keep our focus and sustain our passion when reading the Bible?”
I belong to the Clutter Free communities on Facebook and love being part of “the kindest corner of the internet.”
In Clutter Free “you’ll discover the three magic questions that will set you free from the overwhelming pressure of having too much stuff: Do I currently use it? Do I really love it? Would I buy it again?”
This community and this book were the inspiration for me to begin my own journey to becoming clutter free.
I have recently begun listening to the Grit ‘n’ Grace Girls podcast with Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory … and I love it!
Their book, Exhale: Lose Who You Aren’t, Love Who You Are, Live Your One Life Well is also near the top of my To Be Read pile.
On the back of the book, it reads: “Rather than adding more to your to-do list, Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory show you how to lose the ill-fitting roles you’ve been trying to fill so that you can be lighter and freer; love your truest, God-created self with all your glorious gifts instead of trying to shove yourself into a mold; and live your one and only life in a way that you know truly matters.”
Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory teamed up to write You Don’t Have to Try So Hard: Ditch Expectations and Live Your One Best Life, and I look forward to diving in.
Who can’t relate to what it says on the back of the book?
“Worn down by the pursuit of perfection? Are you hustling through life, struggling to be everything to everybody and meet impossible standards? Do you ever wonder if there’s any rest on the other side of the rush?”
I really must learn to read faster.
How about you? What books are in your To Be Read pile?
Stephanie is a freelance writer and a contributor to our Christian internet radio station, HopeStreamRadio.
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