What I read // March
My reading this month was heavier on non-fiction than usual with 6 books read and only 1 of those fiction. 4 were books from my unread shelves that I've been looking forward to reading for a long time. 1 was for book club and had been on my radar as a book I wanted to read, so I was happy it was chosen and I had an excuse to read it sooner than later. 1 book was one that I purchased this year because I knew I would read/use it right away and that it would add to my life.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander - I've intended to read this for so long, and it’s a book I feel like everyone would benefit from reading (especially those of us who are white). I don't know why I put it off for so long other than that I knew it would be heavy, and maybe that it wasn't necessarily new information to me. I'm so glad I finally dove in. It’s important to me to be aware of the brokenness in world around me, so that I can meet it with Love. If that's important to you, I highly recommend this book.
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore - This was chosen for my book club in March. I started reading it on kindle, but when I realized how long it was I knew I would not be able to finish it before our meeting. I checked and one of our library apps had it available in audio so I switched over to that. I didn't love the narrator. She wasn't horrible but for some reason the way she read it made it feel dry to me. Still, the story was very fascinating and a piece of our history I knew nothing about previously. During World War I, women were hired to work in a clock and watch factory and paint radium on the dials so they would glow. Not much was known about the affects of radium and as the girls got sick and their bodies literally started falling apart, the company continually denied there was any sort of problem.
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson - Since I only read one fiction this month, I'm glad I picked a really good one! This book sucked me in from the start, and I still think about it a month after reading it. (I listened to the audio. It was great.) It's a story about consequences, love, family, and complicated choices. I don't want to tell you too much about the story, because it's full of surprises; but the main character is a female comic book artist and author. The story also deals with history and race in, what I think, are valuable ways. I recommend it.
The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming by Henri J. M. Nouwen - If you follow my blog or social media, it won't take you long to see that I LOVE LOVE LOVE Henri Nouwen. If he was still alive, I would write him a letter and thank him for all the ways he has blessed me and helped me to understand deep things in the Spirit. This book was, like all of them, a gem of a treasure. It looks at how we are all like, not just the prodigal, but also the older brother in the parable of the prodigal son; and, reveals how we are called to be like the father. It certainly spoke to me in deep places.
Prayer: 40 Days of Practice by Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson - I've shared about this a few times already on instagram and in last week's Treasures from the Hunt post. If you go to Treasures highlights on my instagram, I showed a few glimpses of the inside. It's basically a tool for contemplative prayer, with artwork paired with brief words to get you started. I really enjoyed using it.
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown - I'm a big big fan of all her work, but hadn't read this one. I found that a lot of the content was overlap from her first book, I Thought It Was Just me (but it isn't). I wasn't mad about that at all though. I need to revisit these truths often - and I have a lot of growing to do in these areas. I'm quite confident that a lot of things from this and other of her books will find their way onto this blog quite often, whether directly or indirectly.
Have you read any of these? Or do you plan to? Let me know in the comments below. (PS Thanks to those who let me know that comments were not working. I think I fixed it.)