A good book can motivate you to change your habits, see the world in a new way, or inspire you keep going to reach your goals. A book at the right time in your life can pivot the future trajectory of your life script. I read Rolf Pott’s “Vagabonding” last Spring before we even started on our debt free journey and it gave me a clear practical picture of how a life of travel can happen. I know that book stoked the fire in my desire to slow travel with my family.
I haven’t always loved reading Non-Fiction books, because I found them boring. They aren’t usually filled with stories that transport me from my reality to an interesting realm. I challenged myself to read 6 Non-Fiction books in 2012. I ended up reading more than 6. I learned that I could read Non-Fiction if they were on subjects that interested me. I also learned that I could gain wisdom and encouragement from a Non-Fiction book in a different way from my beloved Fiction stories. Books give me a push when I need to keep going on my journey.
Here are 5 books to keep you motivated on your journey.
This is my first Holley Gerth book and it won’t be my last. I am only 2 chapters in and I love her gentle and direct style of writing. This is great book to read with another person and discuss with one another, because each chapter ends with questions to keep you thinking about what you just learned.
2. The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing [A Spiritual Memoir] by Jeff Goins
I loved Jeff Goins’ book “Wrecked.” I like how Goins speaks for a young generation without being mean spirited or accusatory. Anyone can relate to the premise about embracing the importance that waiting plays in your life before the next big thing. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.
3. The Dream Giver: Following Your God-Given Destiny (Dream Giver) by Bruce Wilkinson, David Kopp, Heather Harpham Kopp, Heather Kopp
A few friends have recommended this book to me. Just like Holley Gerth’s God Sized Dreams book and Jon Acuff’s “Start” this book will inspire you to overcome fears and follow your dreams.
This book may be geared towards ladies, but this tale of two society women who move West to teach is inspiring. The book speaks to a time when events moved more slowly and the world wasn’t full of conveniences and quick fixes. Every character worked hard for the life they had. The book is an easy read, but the characters are hardy.
5. When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself by Steve Corbett, Brian Fikkert, John M. Perkins (Foreword)
This book is on almost every Must Read for Missions book list I find. An excerpt from the synopsis:
Churches and individual Christians typically have faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty, resulting in the use of strategies that do considerable harm to poor people and themselves. Don’t let this happen to you, your ministry or ministries you help fund! A must read for anyone who works with the poor or in missions, When Helping Hurts provides foundational concepts, clearly articulated general principles and relevant applications. The result is an effective and holistic ministry to the poor, not a truncated gospel.
As a Christian and a traveler who will encounter the poor I want to know about how to help in an effective manner rather than an idea that I think will help. Poverty is a complicated issue, but I hope this book will shine some light on a subject that isn’t easy to understand.
I am not huge on parenting books, but I pleasantly discovered this book focuses on encouraging women to keep being good moms. I related with Sarah Mae on many levels. I really enjoyed the back and forth between Sarah Mae and Sally. A must read for any mom raising a lot of little ones.
How about you? Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? What books are on your bedside table?