Sunday, November 30, 2014

Best of the Bunch: November 2014

Today I'm sharing the best book I read in November.

Of the 10 books I read this month, four of them earned 5-star reviews from me:

Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

These were all excellent books that I highly recommend, but there is no doubt that the best of the bunch was...

You don't often find books this honest, and you almost never find a "Christian book" this honest. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would have. Bolz-Weber immediately dispels the idea that becoming a Christian does some kind of Extreme Makeover for your life. She swears a lot (including in the book, just as a heads up), she has a lot of tattoos, and she calls herself a misanthrope who gets irritated with other people really quickly. But she also loves Jesus and sees God's work everywhere, so she's not going to walk away from her faith just because she doesn't fit the mold of what other people expect. She separates Christianity from the many trappings it's acquired over time and talks about living in the way she feels called to live as a person of faith, which is a lot more difficult when it can't be reduced to "don't swear" and "be friends with these kinds of people." A really excellent book.

What is the best book you read this month?

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