We are in the home stretch of 2017 and I for one am going to try to take the rest of the year as slow as possible. There are few ways better to do that than to find a comfy chair, grab a cup of tea, and settle in with a good book. This month’s theme is adventures in overcoming hardship. Want to read along with me? See below for the books that made it on to my November Library List.
- Small Victories by Anne Lamott
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- Spoken & Heard by Elaini Garfield
1: Small Victories by Anne Lamott
First of all, who doesn’t love Anne Lamott? Bird by Bird is one of my faves. Anne is a writer’s writer. She’s a best-selling author, novelist, non-fiction writer, memoirist, and essayist. If you appreciate wise and witty stories told with sincerity and self-deprecating humor, chances are you will like her writing style.
Her book Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace is a collection of essays about hope, joy, and faith. In it, Lamott writes about “forgiveness, restoration, and transformation; how we can turn toward love, even in the most hopeless situations.” It explores tiny, everyday triumphs and the resilient nature of the human spirit, making it the perfect book with which to head into the holiday season.
2: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Before there were influencers, there was Mark Twain. Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.” I haven’t read this classic since I was a kid, but I have it sitting on my shelf and thought it was a good time to revisit what’s lovingly referred to as the first great American novel.
With much irony, Twain tells the story of Huck, a boy who fakes his own death to escape the pre-Civil War south and the trappings of his drunken father. Along the way, he befriends Jim, a runaway slave, and is morally conflicted about the subject of freedom. This book, though over a century old, offers a timely reminder that “a sound heart is a surer guide than an ill-trained conscience,” (Mark Twain).
3: Spoken & Heard by Elaini Garfield
Ya’ll, the power of prayer is real. Often when I am dealing with something difficult, I turn to my friends and ask them to pray for me. One of the friends I turn to is Elaini Garfield. Elaini is the queen of encouragement and she is led by a spirit of remarkable faith.
In Spoken & Heard, she invites you to have a bold, heartfelt, and honest conversation with God. Over the course of 31 days, her devotional walks you through talking to God about tender topics such as purpose, worth, change, waiting, giving, hope, and peace. Each beautiful prayer reminds you, scripturally and poetically, of God’s undying love, His faithfulness, and His perfect timing.
With each whispered prayer, you’ll feel inspired, equipped and prompted to speak, in your own words, to God directly. Which, my friends, has the capacity to change everything.
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