Seven. That is a super random number, but I'm just going with it. Today, as you probably figured out, I am here to talk about my favorite nonfiction books.
Let's All Be Brave – If you have been a reader for any amount of time, this one should come as no surprise. And I wouldn't be surprised if you're tired of me talking about it. I just love it so much and it is firmly placed in my top favorite books ever (btw, the order of the books in the collage is completely random). I'm not going to rave about it here: you can check out the full review here and I also talk about it here.
Knowing God – I read this book a couple years ago when my dad and brother went through it too and we'd meet at Starbucks to talk about it. It is such an awesome, solid, no-nonsense book about how to know God. J.I Packer talks about how we were created to know God and how when we grow closer to God, He draws nearer to us. Written in a way that is utterly profound, but also clear and understandable, Knowing God is one of those books that changed my life. J.I. Packer is amazing, by the way. I hope to reread this book again in the near future (oh hey, avalanche of to-be-reads).
Jesus On Every Page – Now here's a book that changed. my. life. Like, wow. I have never read a book that so dramatically changed the way I thought about and read the Bible. Before I read this book, I had a basic understanding of the Bible: I knew the Gospel, mostly stuck to reading the New Testament, and Psalms was my favorite Old Testament book. I had a foggy idea about why the Old Testament was even in there...we learn lessons from the stories of David, Esther and Daniel, but not much else. Well, I read this book and it turned that completely upside down. The entire Bible is about one person: Jesus Christ. Every story that fills its pages speaks about the Messiah. The stories in the Old Testament I thought were lessons about how to live? They speak of one person: Jesus. Now, I get excited about reading the Old Testament. I look out for and recognize words, stories, people that/who point to Jesus. My understanding of the Bible is so much more complete or balanced rather (when is our understanding of anything about God complete?). I want every Christian everywhere to read this book.
The Screwtape Letters – I could not have a list of my top nonfiction books without C.S. Lewis making an appearance once or twice. He is one of my top authors, and I absolutely loved the Screwtape Letters. It was such an eye opening book about how Satan tempts believers and I need to add it to my collection so I can reread it every six months or so. There were so many times reading this that I just put it down in amazement. It's fantastic.
Eats, Shoots, & Leaves – Gah, I love this book. It's written by a fellow Grammar Nazi (one of the most Nazi-ish), Lynne Truss, and it is brilliant. Equal parts snarky, entertaining, and enlightening, Eats, Shoots, & Leaves is a tirade about how grammar is being put to death all over the place, and how you and I can join in the cause to rescue it. Truss's love of grammar and the English language shines forth in her book that rights every guilty abuser and galvanizes every lover of language. She fills her book with examples of both punctuation used well and punctuation sorely neglected to make her case for respecting the abused marks of the English language. I absolutely love this book, and even if you aren't super passionate about punctuation, I bet you'll still enjoy it.
Mere Christianity – This is one of those books that is impossible to read quickly or easily. It's not easy reading, but C.S. Lewis is such a phenomenal writer and he lays out his points in such a way that it doesn't seem like you're reading a theologically heavy book. I love every part of MC, but my favorite part is the earliest chapters where he starts from the ground up in building a case for the existence of God. I find that stuff fascinating. Mere Christianity is a smart, practical, utterly confident and trustworthy book about the basics of Christianity that is an excellent read whether you're a Christian or not. I highly recommend it.
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy – Yep, you knew it was coming! Like Let's All Be Brave, this is another book I talked about quite a bit last year on TGW, and one that is definitely on my list of favorite books ever. I have written lots about it already, so I will link to those posts, but I wanted to make mention of it here again, because it is certainly one of favorite books of the 7. You can check out my full review here and I also talk about it here.
And that wraps up my top 7 nonfiction books as of now. As I continue reading, I'm sure a few of these will get bumped out, but for now, these are my faves.
I will be back tomorrow to talk about some stuff I've been enjoying. Thanks for reading! xo, Ella