27 January 2016

4 books that will make you a better human.

The power of written word amazes me sometimes. It can be empowering or challenging. Books can change how we see ourselves and our worldview.

Have you ever finished a book and thought "If everyone I knew read this, the world would be a better place?" 

These 4 books in my own life have done just that, helped stretch me as a person and open my horizons...and also happen to ones I think could benefit others too ;)

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be & Embrace Who You Are 
Dr. Brene Brown has coined a phrase "wholehearted living." Summary? Be who God made you to be and be that perfectly well. The premise is how to cultivate practices and a mindset to engage with people/the world from a place of self-acceptance and worthiness. One of my favorite books of hers so far! 

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life 
This perhaps is one of the most life-changing books I have ever read. I enjoyed it so much that's part of the reason I am in the process of working on an e-book about boundaries. It is something that will challenge you on a personal level, and also help you evaluate/learn how to implement these tools in all types of relationships, especially the crazy-making ones. 

The Way of Serenity: Finding Peace and Happiness in the Serenity Prayer
I got this book for Christmas a year ago. Since then I have read it probably 3 times. Over the last few years, I have grown to love and strive live out the words of the serenity prayer. Think of this book boundaries on a spiritual, faith level. Also very good!
Who the heck doesn't need more practice in accepting the things we cannot change?! I do. 

The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions
This book made challenged me and think  a lot. While I don't consider myself pro- death penalty, it really made me think about why and how the justice system as we know it today exists. It reaffirmed my understanding of the importance of this pro-life issue, and a good place to start in having that conversation well. 

What would you add to this list? I do love a good book recommendation:)

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  1. I seriously love Brene Brown! I went to the bookstore in search of The Gift of Imperfection, but they were sold out. So, I grabbed a copy of Daring Greatly and am LOVING it! It's sooooo good and so eye opening. I'm also in the middle of reading Boundaries! These books are just so chalk full of great advice and life changing messages. I'm definitely going to look into your other two!

  2. Those first two are favorites of mine as well. I haven't read the latter two but the last reminded me of one I recently finished called 'Just Mercy'. The author is a black lawyer who defends death row convicts, many of whom are innocent. He writes about how many in the colored and/or poor communities are victimized as criminals because of their skin and/or circumstances. It was a good, albeit tough, read, and really great during this Year of Mercy.

    1. Another two I would add to this list: "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl and "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande. The first is the author's reflection on finding meaning for life during his stay in a concentration camp during WWII; the second is about what is happening as we age, now that life expectancy has been increased but the elderly are not taken care of in the context of an extended family, but more often placed in care homes.

  3. Have you read Left to Tell? That book definitely stuck with me for quite a while after I read it!


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