Memoir. I almost put this one on the “must read” list. I had a lot of feelings reading this book about Ariel’s life and her experience through loss, love, fertility, addiction, grief, sexuality… a lot of heart-wrenching moments and so beautifully written.
Memoir (kinda). A great and short read, written as a letter to his son about race and life as a Black man in America.
Sub-title: The Search for Our True Self
Spirituality + Self-Development. A wonderful read about the process of uncovering our True Self, the Immortal Diamond within us. I’m all about anything Richard Rohr writes. This one is best read after Falling Upward, I believe.
Memoir. One of the most beautiful and heartbreaking books I read all year. Paul describes his journey of becoming a surgeon and being diagnosed with cancer. So many tears.
Sub-title: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colour-blindness
Non-fiction. This informative book was fascinating and infuriating to read. In short, it covers how the American justice system is biased towards incarcerating Black men and other People of Colour. So educational.
Sub-title: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science
Memoir/Science/Christianity/Atheism. Part one of this memoir is about Mike’s journey through Christianity to Atheism and his mystical experience with God on a beach. And Part Two is about finding God in science. Loved it and the combination of heart and head.
Sub-title: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
Non-Fiction/Spirituality. Oh gosh, what a book. Richard Rohr is an amazing spiritual genius and I can’t wait to read more of his books. He discusses our need for failing and falling in order to grow. He explains the “second half of life” which you could consider life after “becoming awake”. I’ll need to read this one again to really soak it in.
Historical Fiction. This was a great fictional story about a young slave’s escape from a plantation and search for freedom. A top recommendation for sure!
Sub-title: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness.
Memoir. A must-read for my fellow white people. Austin does an amazing job of bringing the reader into her world as a black woman, racism, white fragility, and more. Why do I think it’s required reading? Because we need to become more aware of our white privilege and our conscious and unconscious biases we have for POC.
Sub-title: Opening Your Eyes to Wonder
Memoir. A beautifully written memoir about Lisa's life in the church (and leaving it), meeting her husband Michael, struggling with fertility, and having kids (including one with Down Syndrome). She talks about doubt sparking deeper faith and beauty, about not clinging too closely to what you think you know, and learning to see the beauty around us. I can't recommend this one enough. It touched me deeply. One of my faves from the year.
Sub-title: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform The Way You Think and Feel About Everything
Bible. Rob explains and redeems stories and concepts in the Bible that are very confusing or bring up questions about ethics, and outlines an alternative view of the Bible: a library that chronicles humanity's expanding understanding of God using many different genres and point's of view. He addresses concerns you might have about the ethical dilemmas, errors, and inconsistencies throughout Scripture. I can't recommend this enough for anyone who might be searching or working through their beliefs.
Sub-title: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Self-help. My fave Brene Brown book, hands down.