Since I focused on fiction last month, I thought I’d foray into non-fiction this month. Confession: I am PICKY about non-fiction. It can be very hard for me to stay focused with it. I need applicable stories and concise takeaways. I need step-by-step instruction and the why behind it. I need something to click and stay with me long after I close the book. (Told you—picky!)
So, without further ado, here are 5 non-fiction books that have changed my life.
According to Dr. Aron’s definition, the highly sensitive person (HSP) has a sensitive nervous system, is aware of subtleties in his/her surroundings, and is more easily overwhelmed when in a highly stimulating environment. (Quoted from https://hsperson.com/books/the-highly-sensitive-person/) THSP does an excellent job of not only outlining the differences you might feel from the person next to you but also celebrating the good that high sensitivity brings into your life. For me, it made me feel seen and understood and it gave me insight into how I can function well in the world and use my gifts without depleting them.
I had to read this one slowly, in pieces, because it deals with painful trauma stories and because of the scientific nature. But I’m so very glad I did. Not only does Bessel outline how the past affects our bodies, but he also gives ways to work through and heal from trauma. It gives insight into our own stories and grace and understanding for those around us.
The Hardest Peace
by Kara Tippetts
This is a beautiful read full of nuggets of wisdom and encouragement. Kara has such a poetic and raw approach to her writing, and she doesn’t hold back from the hard road of cancer she’s walking while writing it or the roads from the past that impact her present. It points to faith in the midst of heartbreaking circumstances, and both the book and the woman forever changed me.
It’s technically a children’s Bible, but it reads like poetry and impacts in big ways. The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones is beautifully written, and the simple truths it in have brought me to tears. Whether you have kids or not, this is a gorgeously designed, encouraging book of Bible stories.
I would absolutely love to hear what books have impacted your life (Fiction or non-fiction!) Drop a comment below, and also check out the huge book giveaway I’m taking part in this week that includes 32 Christian fiction books, including a paperback copy of The Veteran’s Vow! (Details on the entry page.)
So glad you’re here!