10 Books to Read this Winter

10 Books to Read This Winter

Looking for a good book to read? I’m sharing 10 must-read books to add to your Winter reading list. Books to inspire, encourage, and keep you up way past your bedtime.

1.    THE ONLY STREET IN PARIS | Elaine Sciolino: The former Paris bureau chief of the New York Times shares her love for her adopted working-class neighborhood in this delicious and detailed look at the rue des Martyrs. If you like food, architecture, history, art or simply human stories, you will not be disappointed

2.    BRONNER: A JOURNEY TO UNDERSTANDSherri Burgess: Sherri Burgess and husband, Rick Burgess of The Rick and Bubba Show had a perfect life: careers they loved, five beautiful kids, and a barn in the country. They were happy, until Sherri found their two-and-a-half-year-old son, Bronner, in the pool dead. Since losing Bronner, Sherri has experienced a powerful faith transformation, and she tells the story of their eight-year journey in her new book, Bronner: A Journey to Understand.

3.    IN A DIFFERENT KEY: THE STORY OF AUTISM | John Donvan and Caren Zucker:  ABC News correspondents John Donvan and Caren Zucker  have teamed up to tell the story of Mary Triplett, a mother whose efforts to diagnose her son Donald’s condition, eventually identified as autism, not only helped him but also opened doors for millions of children who followed.

4.    THE LISTENING LIFE | Adam S. McHugh: Listening is an essential skill for healthy relationships, but it seems like everyone wants to talk, but no one wants to listen. The chapter on listening to people in pain is very insightful. Adams writes, “When we try to help someone in pain, we often end up saying or doing things, subconsciously, to assuage our own anxiety. Let’s be honest: we often want others to be okay so we can feel okay. We want them to feel better and move on so our lives can return to normal. We try to control the conversation as a way of compensating for our anxiety. Our approach to people in pain can amount to self-therapy.”

This book is such a good reminder of both why listening is important, and how we can better listen to God, those around us, and ourselves.

5.    HOW NOT TO DIE | Dr. Michael Greger: Dr. Michael Greger is an internationally recognized lecturer, physician, and founder of the popular website, NutritionFacts.org. In his new book, Dr. Greger examines the fifteen top causes of death in America and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.

6.    CHOOSE JOY: FINDING HOPE AND PURPOSE WHEN LIFE HURTS | Sara Frankl and Mary Carver: Sara Frankl knew she had a terminal disease, but she didn’t let it stop her from living. In the face of immeasurable pain, Sara chose joy again and again. Her message of hope and purpose lives on, even after her death, in her words. Choose Joy is a compilation of the lessons Sara learned while she was dying, written in her words and sewn together by her close friend Mary Carver. It is a reminder to see the beauty in life, even when it looks nothing like you hoped or planned.  You can read Sara’s story on her blog. To assist in continuing Sara’s discipleship, visit ChooseJoyFoundation.com.

7.    THE ART OF WORK | Jeff Goins: The Art of Work is about discovering your true calling. If you’ve ever wondered what you were born to do or how to find meaning in your work, this book is what you need.

8.    WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR | Paul Kalanithi: When Dr. Paul Kalanithi is given his cancer diagnosis, he is forced to see this disease, and the process of being sick, from the human perspective as well as the scientific ones.  The neurosurgeon comes to discover what really matters in life. The book will capture you from page one and still have you thinking long after the final sentence.

9.    DISCIPLINE WITHOUT DAMAGE: HOW TO GET YOUR KIDS TO BEHAVE WITHOUT MESSING THEM UP | Dr. Vanessa Lapointe: An encouraging book about how to discipline and connect with children better using a few simple tips. Dr. Lapointe encourages parents to think “How do I be what my kid needs?” rather than “What do I do?” when approaching a situation where your child needs direction and discipline.

10.  THE FIRST TIME SHE DROWNED | Kerry Kletter: The First Time She Drowned is about a young woman trying to come to terms with a dark past and to reconcile her relationships with her family after being committed to a mental hospital for something she says she didn’t do. Most of the story takes place in college, just after she is released from the hospital and she is trying to adapt to her new life while struggling to deal with the buried secrets she is uncovering about her past. Though it is dark, it is also a very hopeful story about resilience, the power of love and friendship, and forging one’s own path.

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