10 Nonfiction Books To Read


'BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS' photo (c) 2005, jm3 on Flickr - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/I’m running a series on my other blog about increasing your energy.  One of my points is that keeping your mind sharp and always being willing to learn can’t hurt.  In fact, I believe it can actually help tremendously.  So I decided to do a list this week of 10 nonfiction books I think everyone should read.  Here we go.

1.  Visioneering by Andy Stanley.  I think this is one of the first nonfiction Christian-based books I read.  It made me fall in love with the story of Nehemiah and the process of seeing a vision through.  Good words all through this book.  I love that it teaches about the miracle of vision, focus and hard work.

2.  Crazy Love by Francis Chan.  We read this in Sunday School a few years ago.  I’ve seen Francis speak once last year at Catalyst, and he and I will both be there again this year.  I can’t wait.  The man just has incredible things to say.  This book is just soooo good.

3.  Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell.  Specifically I can’t remember a whole lot about this book.  I do remember that after reading it all I wanted to do was read every book he’d ever written.  I like this style.  It’s a good and quick read for me…most of the time.

4.  Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller.  I hadn’t thought about Christianity in a way any different that what I grew up learning until I read this book.  To say that my eyes were opened to a whole new view to the way the world view Christianity after I read this book would be an understatement.  Still, hands-down, one of my all-time favorite books.

5.  A Million Miles In A Thousand Years by Donald Miller.  This book can be a game-changer in your life if you let it.  When you decide to take a long hard look at your life and look at in the way we look at a good story, you’re going to be surprised by what you find.  Am I really living this life that God has given me to the fullest?  Am I experiencing all that He wants me to, or am I too scared to move?  Read the book.  Then we’ll go hike Machu Picchu together next year.

6.  Love Does by Bob Goff.  Speaking of living a life that people will tell stories about, this is one guy that lives it to the max.  He’s incredible.  His stories will make you laugh or cry or both.  Such a fun read.  This will make you want to live a story of incredible love.

7.  Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst.  I ordered this book based off of a recommendation by Mandisa on Twitter.  Yes.  I realize how cool that makes me sound, and I’m okay with it.  What I was hoping for was a quick and easy way to curb my appetite by using God and Scripture to somehow magically make me lose weight.  What I got was a story of a woman a lot like me with struggles and insecurities that is fighting the same battles.  And she writes a good book at that.  Such good words from Lysa.  Plus she was probably my favorite lab session from last year’s Catalyst conference.  Much love for this book.

8.  1,000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp.  I’m not going to lie to you.  I haven’t actually finished this book.  When I tried to actually read it I didn’t make it through the first chapter.  So I downloaded it on audiobook, and have loved every minute of it.  There is power in being thankful.  Especially when you’re making a point to be thankful even during the hard times and the times we don’t understand.  Her style is poetic.  Her words are beautiful.  That’s why it was better for me to have her read them to me!

9.  Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey.  I credit this book and these teaching for practically saving my life.  I made a lot of bad decisions financially early on.  Those decisions resulted in stress and stomach issues and tension migraine headaches that would have continued to have gotten worse and worse until I decided to do something about it. Enter this book.  At a desperate time in my life = life saver.  Now my home is paid for.  My car is getting there and I can now afford to do things that I only ever dreamed of had I stayed in that lifestyle.

10.  Today Matters by John C. Maxwell.  This book got me interested in this style of books.  But this book in particular was just really good.  Practical practices that you can do every day to just be more productive all around.  Stuff everyone should be doing, but not many are.

So what nonfiction books would you recommend?

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  • rojopaul

    I am an AVID reader but I admit I’m more of a fiction reader than a non-fiction reader. But I read a Women of Faith blogpost recently recommendating the Ann Voskamp book so I immediately ordered a copy from the library. I was horrified by the brief description and I thought, “I must read this book.” It just came in from the library last week, so I am anxious to read about Ann’s journey.
    A couple girlfriends I know read and enjoyed the Velvet Elvis but I haven’t read that yet, so may add that to my list. And I’m very interested in the Dave Ramsey book. I need any advice I can get since we have been dealing with a job loss and trying to stay on top of everything.
    Thanks so much for these suggestions, Julie!

    • rojopaul

      *recommending* (duhhh)

      • My pleasure. I think Financial Peace should be required reading before any kid graduates high school. It’s that good. Another of this that totally outlines his plan is Total Money Makeover. It’s a step-by-step outline and good, as well. Financial Peace was the first I read so that’s probably my favorite. Keep with Ann’s book. It’s incredible. It was just hard for me to focus, but I have trouble focusing anyway, so it might have just been me 😉

      • rojopaul

        Just sharing that I finished Ann’s book on Sunday. Talk about a life-changing book! I learned so much and it really helped me realize how much I really need to change my focus. There were so many zingers I would have to stop and read the line or the paragraph again. Definitely not a book to read “on the fly” but I loved it. Now to read Financial Peace! 🙂

      • Awesome!

  • When I finish the fiction book I am reading right now, I plan to start on Sons of Grace by Mark Hughes. After that Love Does by Bob Goff. My top non-fiction reads are: 1. Death of the Modern Superhero by Chris Lughtsbaugh 2. Walking on Water by Madeline L’Engle and 3. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. There might be more, but I have forgotten. I will be bookmarking this for later.

    • esauproject

      Walking On Water has been on my list forever. I really need to read it soon.