2020 Book Recommendations
I hope you'll support your local bookstore and I've included links to Indigo Books and Amazon here. I know at times it is difficult to get out (especially right now) to your local bookstore. They also may not stock these books. These are affiliate links meaning that I will benefit from your purchase at no additional cost to you.
For the 'People-Pleaser" on your list.
Until my book is available I am going to recommend The Courage To Be Disliked for people-pleasers everywhere. It takes courage to be disliked. We want to be popular. We want to have followers and people who like our posts. This book challenged me to stop making excuses for being stuck in my life. This book has sold over 3 million copies.
For the 'Spiritual But Not Religious Person' on your list.
I resonated with Anne Bokma's book, My Year of Living Spiritually, and was drawn to her insight and honesty. Her story about leaving her childhood religion and embarking on a year-long exploration of spiritual practices led me to consider my own ways of exploring spirituality I interviewed Anne Bokma on Reframe Your Life. You can listen to the episode here.
For the parent of a 'rare disease' child.
My podcast co-host released her book at the worst time possible - right at the start of the pandemic when stores were closed and publishers hadn't figured out how to promote books online. I interviewed her about her book. Listen here. It's beautifully written and a powerful story about how a rare disease impacts an entire family.
For the fiction reader on your list.
I have always been a fan of Sue Monk Kidd. I recommend her book Dance of the Dissident Daughter more than any other book. Her latest book did not disappoint. From the publisher: Grounded in meticulous research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus’s life that focuses on his humanity, The Book of Longings is an inspiring, unforgettable account of one woman’s bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture devised to silence her. It is a triumph of storytelling both timely and timeless, from a masterful writer at the height of her powers.
For the person who doesn't get 'Black Lives Matter'
For many of us in 2020, we stepped up and started to explore systemic racism and how our own white privilege shows up in our lives. I chose Me and White Supremacy as the starting point to help deepen my understanding. It's not a comfortable read and that's a good thing! We should be uncomfortable when talking about racism and oppression.