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Contrary to what some believe, women enjoy reading more than romance novels and cupcake/knitting/bookstore mysteries!
Personally, I love fiction, especially mysteries, but I would get bored if I didn’t throw some non-fiction into my reading pile as well. Non-fiction has so many fun categories, such as biographies, inspirational books, and books to help you learn pretty much whatever you want to learn!
The following books are selections from my non-fiction favorites. These are books that I believe every woman should read at some point in her life in order to learn from others and maybe be a bit challenged in her way of thinking.
Let’s face it, being a godly woman can be hard sometimes. We hear so many mixed messages on what womanhood should look like: go have a successful career, stay at home and raise children, do both at the same time while also volunteering for everything!
Written in the midst of the sexual revolution, Elisabeth Elliot gives us a look at what it means to be a woman following Christ, no matter what stage of life you’re in. I love her practical, timeless advice; there are some things that never change! This is one of those books that deserves a good read every few years, there’s always something to be learned!
Have you ever been frustrated at how many times you try to start a new habit, only to fail after a few weeks? It really bugs me when I have set a goal, but realize a few weeks later that it’s just not working out. I feel like a total failure and figure that I must not have been trying hard enough or putting enough work in.
Many of us have read books about productivity and how to get a million things done in a day. This book is different. Instead of telling us what goals we should set, Gretchen Rubin teaches how to set goals that will work for you. She explains that everyone is different, falling into four main category types, and because of this, certain ways of setting goals will be more successful than others depending on your personality.
As someone who love to be productive and do things well, this book was super helpful. It’s a relief to know that there are certain strategies that work better than others and that if I know myself better, I can structure my goals in a way that might actually work.
This book has surged to popularity this year. As de-cluttering and minimizing gather interest, women want to know how to purge once and for all! I mean really, who wants to clean out the front closet AGAIN? Wouldn’t it be nice to have it stay organized?
I read this book early last year and thought that it was excellent. Kondo declares that:
“the best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. This is not only the simplest but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge.” ~The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
This idea of only keeping things that spark joy has been one of the most popular themes from the book that has women all over the world taking a second look at their home. I’ve found that there are millions of reasons that we hold onto things, but some of these reasons don’t hold up if I ask myself the right questions. Does it spark joy? Is it useful? Useful things can spark joy too. Even though my vacuum doesn’t “spark joy” in and of itself, I love having a nice vacuum that gets all of the hair and dust out of our apartment.
Whether or not you agree with everything Kondo has to say, this book is worth reading, if only for good inspiration to finally go through your clothes or book collection.
Have you ever wondered how we’re supposed to give thanks in everything and find joy in the hardest of situations? I know I have. In this book, Ann Voskamp shares her journey of learning to give thanks. She begins practicing giving thanks by keeping a list of things that God has blessed her with, things she is thankful for. As she learns more and more about giving thanks she states:
“A life contemplating the blessings of Christ becomes a life acting the love of Christ.” ~One Thousand Gifts
Voskamp writes in a very poetic and descriptive way that tell her story beautifully. I was challenged by this book, especially as I realized that I often forget to give thanks for the everyday things. This book is best read in small pieces and given time to sink into your heart.
This is an excellent biography of Amy Carmichael was a missionary to India in the late 19th-early 20th century. She worked to save children in need, especially girls who were mistreated, and wrote many books on faith as well.
I read this book in college and was struck by Carmichael’s faith and willingness to give up so much for Christ. The strength and fortitude she showed even while being persecuted by the community she ministered to is incredible, and it shows how great her faith was.
Although we are not all called to be missionaries in another country, we are all missionaries in our own community. This book has helped me to remember that and inspired me to trust God all the more in my everyday life. I believe that women should always be learning from other women, and this is a godly woman we can all take wisdom from.
Have you read any of these books? What would you add to the list?