If you’re like me, you want to jump straight to the list! A few disclaimers, I’ve just included books I read for the first time in 2015. If you notice, none of our book club picks are here 🙂 . . . though I loved them all, in preparation for book club, they were read the first time before 2015. And second, I’m sorry (but not really), I’m a non-fiction nut!!! The new-to-me fiction this year was okay, but not list worthy. So, fiction nuts, we need your recommendations in the comments! If you missed my list last year, here’s 9 Books I Loved in 2014. Finally you’ll notice I read at least two of these books because you emailed me and said, “Amy you must get this book!” I take you at your word and did. Keep ’em coming!
Gift of the Red Bird: The Story of a Divine Encounter by Paula D’Arcy—Kimberly Todd recommended this book and, if I recall correctly, she heard about it at MTI’s Debriefing and Renewal. While pregnant with their second child, Paula and her husband were hit by a drunk driver, killing her husband and child. In this spiritual memoir, Paula chronicles the spiritual lessons of the next twenty years. A key lesson is that she is loved by God simply because she is . . . not because of anything she does. A message many in this line of work need to hear repeatedly to counteract other messages we hear.
Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas—I like Metaxas’ writing style and vast vocabulary. Probably many of you are familiar with the basics of Wilberforce as he was instrumental in ending the slave trade in the United Kingdom. He wrestled with himself whether as a Christian he’d be better suited to be a clergyman or a politician. Wilberforce believed “God almighty has set before me two great objectives: the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners.” (Manners here refers to “habits” or “attitudes” he wished to bring civility and self-respect into a society that had long since spiraled into vice and misery. This is why I love history: Life isn’t as bad as we think now and a person can make a difference for the good of society.
Sticking Points: How to Get 4 Generations Working Together in the 12 Places They Come Apart by Haydn Shaw—a fellow Velvet Ashian recommended this book to me (thanks Beth!), saying that every organization needs to read it. I agree! For the first time in history, four generations are in the workspace together (it had been three before). Shaw looks at each generation and what’s formed them, fascinating and helpful! He then explored 12 areas: communication, decision making, dress code, feedback, fun at work, knowledge transfer, loyalty, meetings, policies, respect, training, and work ethic. With each area he provides helpful ways to get unstuck. This book helped me understand myself and others around me better!
Whew! There are so many good books, aren’t there? What did you read in 2015 that was a keeper? What should we add to our 2016 reading? What are your reading goals for the new year?
And January is our spiritual memoir month. Join us for Wild in the Hollow by Amber Haines. I just finished this book in preparation for book club and it is worthy of one of the best books I read in 2015!. Chapters 1-4 next week.
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