For the month of December – in honor of Dressember – I’ll be blogging everyday! Thoughts on anything from fighting for justice to feminism, from dresses I’m wearing to books I’m reading, and everything in between.
I’m a fan of reading any time, any season. But there’s a certain magicalness in curling up with a good book around Christmas. Maybe it’s because it’s actually cold, so the blanket and candle I always crave while reading isn’t so strange to people. Maybe it’s because I get to sip hot chocolate while doing so. Maybe it’s simply the excitement of Christmas in the air.
I think holiday book lists are even more fun than summer reading lists. There’s so many “best of 2015” lists out right now, I can barely keep track of it all (PTL for GoodReads, amen?). Here’s what I’m reading this holiday season!
Problem with Pain, C.S. Lewis
A life goal of mine is to read / collect all of Lewis’ work (…except the sci-fi novels). Confession: I started this book 2 other times throughout this year and couldn’t make it through the first chapter. So. Incredibly. Dense. I decided to power through – third times the charm, right? – and I am loving it! Lewis can do no wrong, in my mind.
So far, he’s pointed out how too many people deny the existence of a loving God because there is too much pain in the world. Yet he argues that if there were no supreme being, we wouldn’t understand pain as a bad thing – there would be no Goodness to compare it to. The existence of pain actually points to the existence of God. Don’t follow? Read the book.
7 Women: and the Secret of their Greatness, Eric Metaxas
I know half of you are going to skip over this as, “oh, this silly feminist and her empowering women books”. But please don’t, because THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD.
Metaxas wrote that Bonhoeffer book everyone in the church obsessed over a few years ago as well as Amazing Grace (Wilberforce’s story) – he’s a brilliant biographer. He wrote 7 Men, as a short look into the lives of seven outstanding Christian men. He decided to do the same with women, not as some crazy “women are better than men” statement or feminist proclamation – but because he believes there are outstanding Christian women the world needs to know about. His intro is just SPOT ON about women, equality, and our world today. And the women he writes about are interesting and inspiring – spanning from the dark ages to present day. As soon as I finish this book I’m going to buy all the rest of his work, because Metaxas is a beautiful writer.
A Cure for Suicide, Jesse Ball
I found this via one of those wonderful “best of 2015” lists that have been floating around. I can’t tell you much, as I literally picked it up from the library yesterday. But I’ve been craving a good novel lately, so I’m hoping this is it!
About To Read: (aka physically sitting on my bookshelf, next on my list)
Out of Sorts, Sarah Bessey
I cannot wait to finally pick this up! Bessey is sassy, truthful, vulnerable and ever other wonderful quality you can think of. Her Jesus Feminist is basically THE BEST, so I can’t wait to see what’s inside this gem!
For the Love, Jen Hatmaker
Did I first hear about this book on Shauna Niequist’s Instagram? Yes. Did I then read a wonderful article in Relevant by Hatmaker? Yes. So I’m excited to see for myself what I’ve heard so much about: her open, honest truth bombs.
Daring Greatly, Brene Brown
I actually won this for free in an online contest a few months ago! (I never win things. But this time I won a book!) I am such a fan of Brown’s work but sadly haven’t read too much of her stuff. I’ve heard great things about this one.
Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis
Like I said, I want to eventually read all of Lewis’ work. But this is probably one of the ones I hear the most about and still haven’t read, luckily I just scored a copy from my favorite used bookstore! My family actually went to a play adaption of the book a few years ago that was really good, so I’m interested to see how it compares.
Really, Really Want to Read at the Moment: (aka what I asked Santa for this year)
Reclaiming Conversation: the Power of Talk in a Digital Age, Sherry Turkle
I wish I could tell you how many times this book has come across my path, but I’ve lost count. From articles I’ve read, articles people have sent me, conversations I’ve had. I love discussing the effect of technology on communications and relationships, it honestly fascinates me. The idea that we are forgetting how to speak to others is crazy. I just really need to read this book.
Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott
I have always, always heard such great things about this book and about Lamott. The little I’ve heard from her (quotes, articles, Twitter), I love. So I think it’s time I cracked open some of her work.
Safe People: How to Find Relationships that are Good for You and Avoid People who Aren’t, Dr. Henry Cloud
I think 80% of the advice I give my high schoolers involves the word “safe people”. I think it’s such an important lesson in life. I absolutely loved Cloud’s Boundaries and learned so many practical skills from it, so I think it’s time to actually read up on this idea I talk so much about.
What is everyone else reading this holiday season? Have any feedback on any of the books I mentioned? Have any recommendations for me?? I really need to add some novels to the list!