Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Non-Fiction November

Okay, I know Non-fiction November is not real thing.  You have to admit that it is a catchy title for a month where people write full length novels and men don't shave their beards.   Truthfully, I didn't just read nonfiction this month, but those books are the ones that stood out.  Once again, I am writing short reviews on books I have read this month and linking up with Modern Ms Darcy and others as they highlight books they have read.

Nonfiction is always harder for me to read.  First of all, I have to read just a chapter at a time if I want it all to sink in.  Then the subject matter needs to be timely otherwise I get distracted.  Lastly I am guilty of getting caught up in a fictional series and promising myself that I will finish or continue my non fiction book after I have completed the series.  

The best time of day for me to read nonfiction is in the morning.  My mind is clear and ready to absorb what I am reading.  If it is later in the day, I bribe myself with a fiction book for after I have read one or two chapters of nonfiction.  

Here are my nonfiction reads for the past month.  There are only two, but two is better than none.




1. When Godly People Do Ungodly Things by Beth Moore

In this book, Beth talks about spiritual warfare.  She gives clear teaching on how to seduce proof your life as well as how to deal with your past failings.  I like how the book was practical but steeped in scripture.  Here are a few of my favorite quotes...
Satan knows that the nature of humankind is to act out of how we feel rather than what we know.  One of our most important defenses against satanic influence will be learning how to behave out of what we know is truth rather than what we feel. (p.22)
Many times we don't have a knowledge problem; we have an obedience problem. (p.110)
Much too often we have adopted a relative standard based on the wickedness of the world rather than the holiness of God.  Because we don't do and watch most of the stuff out there, our minds are clean.  One of the seductive lies of Satan is to name things harmless that are anything but. (p. 194)
The theme of the book is that we as Christians would be sanctified through and through so that we will not give in to Satan's schemes.

2.  Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis by Stephan Bauman

There is a lot of misinformation about refugees floating around in the news, Facebook, and in face to face conversations.  The book describes the refugee process and what is involved in a refugee getting settled in the United States.  Using facts and real life stories, the author makes a case for the church getting involved with refugees.  The author also addresses the fears that many have concerning refugees and does not shy away from it being a hard process.  The book was well documented with the actual book taking up 67% of the book and the documentation the other 33%.  I was actually able to read more than just two chapters in one sitting since it was such an easy read.

What nonfiction have you read in the last few months that you consider a must read?  Any advice on doing a better job of reading nonfiction? 

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