I’ve been reading a little non-fiction lately. It seems that for whatever reason, I am able to rationalize spending an afternoon at the pool as long as I have a really great non-fiction book in my hands. You know, something about it being work, to learn something new, and all that.
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For the longest time, I collected non-fiction, self-help, how-to, and business books with the intention of studying them and learning new things, but I just couldn’t bring myself to read them.
Non-fiction can be SO boring!
(at least that is what I used to think…)
Then we moved here, where the sun shines and it’s in the 90’s and I don’t have a day job and we have this ah-mazing pool to enjoy. So I started going to the pool on nice days – which as I just mentioned was almost every day.
Over time, I began to feel a little guilty about just floating in the pool, listening to music or a great audiobook, or even reading a new novel. I felt like I wasn’t accomplishing anything at all! Side note: My greatest strength per strength finders is ACHIEVER – thus the need to be accomplishing something at all times. Just sayin’
So I grabbed one of the non-fiction books I have been wanting to read and suddenly the whole event at the pool turned into a work session. Learning about something. Studying a new topic. Growing. Achieving.
I’ve been reading a little non-fiction lately and I want to share some of these absolutely great books with you. I wouldn’t want you to feel guilty sitting by the lake, or on your deck, or resting mindlessly on your yacht. You’re Welcome.
by John Piper
I am a huge John Piper fan. In fact, I believe he is one of the few preachers that actually worships while he is preaching! He is a gifted speaker, author, preacher. An amazing man of God.
I was so excited that my Bible study was going to be talking about one of his books that I jumped right in. I wanted to love it, but I couldn’t finish it. I enjoyed the history of the author’s faith and the story of his personal journey, but the further I got into the book, the more confused I was.
I felt bogged down in the wordiness and the abstractness of what he was saying. Maybe I’m just not as spiritually deep as I should be. I don’t know, but it just confused me and eventually, I just gave up. Not my finest hour, I will agree.
In the end, I believe John Piper’s thesis is this. “Desire that your life count for something great! Long for your life to have eternal significance. Want this! Don’t coast through life without a passion.” (p.44, Don’t Waste Your Life)
And he does go on to explain how to do this… In great detail.
by Laura Vanderkam
While reading about uniting the desires of my heart with my ultimate passion I also was reading Off the Clock. I wrote pretty extensively about this one a couple of weeks ago, but as an overview, I will tell you that this book was great!
I loved the idea of tracking my time. That time is finite, yet abundant. And that we make choices every moment about how we want to spend it. Or as Mr. Piper might say, not waste it. 🙂
by Eric Zielinski, D.C.
This is a wonderful reference tool filled with recipes and uses for any kind of essential oil imaginable. The part that I spent diligently reading were the first six chapters:
- Fundamentals of Aromatherapy
- Basic Tools and Techniques
- Stocking Your Medicine Cabinet
- Quick-Start Guide to Using Essential Oils to Chane Your Life
- Getting Started: Your Essential Oils Daily Practice
- and Expanding Your Medicine Cabinet.
I know that I will read and re-read these chapters again and again because there is so much information. And the recipes that follow are amazing. I highly recommend this one, if you are interested in essential oils and are invested in reading a little non-fiction!
by Scot McKnight
I heard about this book from one of my favorite bloggers Emily P. Freeman. If you are not familiar with her, I highly recommend checking her out. Reading her writing is like taking a nice big breath of fresh air.
Anyway, I ordered it right away, and then it sat on my desk for quite a while. But then the whole pool thing, and well I thought I would give it a go!
Let me just say, this was one of my favorite books I’ve read lately.
And it’s non-fiction!
Mr. McKnight is a professor of Religious Studies at North Park University in Chicago. In a nutshell, his premise in the book is that as Christians, we are trying to tame the Bible. We pick and choose the parts we want to follow and believe when that is not necessary.
He labels the Blue Parakeet scriptures as those that stand out and seem to be misplaced within their part of the story. Statements, thoughts, and ideas that jump off the page and that are seemingly out of place. Yet they are not, are they?
All scripture is God-breathed,
therefore nothing is out of place.
“McKnight challenges us to rethink how we read the Bible, not just to puzzle it together into some systematic believe but to see it as a Story that we’ve been summoned to enter and to be a part of today.” (from the back cover of The Blue Parakeet)
I loved this book. And I intend to read it again, and again.
I’ve been reading a little non-fiction lately… The next one on the list?
by Brian Zahnd
What are you reading? I need a few non-fiction recommendations – please let me know in the comments or pop me an email.