Who doesn’t love to read a good book? While I enjoy a good fiction book, I also love to read non-fiction books that add meaning and perspective to my life. I’m going to share with you four of my favourites.
God Speaks Your Love Language
“How to Feel and Reflect God’s Love”
by Gary Chapman
Dr. Chapman presents the five different love languages and explains that each of us has a dominant one. This is the language that makes us feel the most loved, and what we speak to show others our love. In human relationships, it is sometimes hard to understand the love languages that others are speaking. Also, it can be difficult to learn how to speak a new language so that you can positively connect with someone (although it is definitely worth it). The amazing thing is, that because God created each of us uniquely and gave us each a specific language, He completely understands and speaks all five love languages. Dr. Chapman explains that as we connect more deeply with God by speaking our love language, we will also see a major impact on our relationships with others.
I also have The Five Love Languages Singles Edition. Dr. Chapman has written editions for couples, teenagers, and children.
“Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul”
by John and Stasi Eldredge
In a world where women are given many different messages about what femininity means, this book takes us right back to the Garden of Eden with the first woman Eve and explores three God-given desires and needs of a woman’s heart. The first time I read this book, it was like a gentle healing balm to my spirit. I truly began to understand myself as a woman and how much womanhood is a reflection of God’s own character. This book has nothing to do with the roles that women expected to play, but rather talks about what is hidden deeply within a woman’s heart. Not only do I encourage my female followers to read this book, I encourage the male ones, too. It will give a you glimpse into a woman’s heart and help you in your relationships.
I have yet to read it, but John Eldredge also has written a book for men called Wild at Heart. Let me know if you’ve read it and your thoughts in the comments below.
Yes or No
“The Guide to Better Decisions”
by Dr. Spencer Johnson
Written in story format, this book tells of a young man on a weekend hike ascending a mountain in the company of a guide and several experienced executives. While on the journey, he discovers three practical and three private questions to ask himself when making decisions. He also hears stories from his companions about professional and personal failures as well as triumphs and successes. Through hearing these stories, he realizes the importance of making good decisions. My version of the book also includes “The Map to Better Decisions” in a punch-out credit card-size format to carry with you. I encourage you to get a copy of this amazing book today!
“When to Say Yes How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life”
by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
The inside cover flap of this book says, “Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle…boundaries define who we are and who we are not.”
I’ve also had a giving personality and a desire to help others. That has been a great asset in many of my relationships, but it has also been a great liability. Too often, I have tried to “rescue” people from themselves. After reading this book, I finally realized that each person is ultimately responsible for their own behaviour and the consequences that follow. While I still strive to not be selfish, reading this book has helped me to see that God does not expect me to be continually hurt by others who are selfish and unwilling to help themselves. God loves me too much. Cloud and Townsend also point out that God has boundaries, and He sets an amazing example for us to follow. They discuss setting boundaries with parents, spouses, children, friends, coworkers, and even ourselves.
While I have found these books very inspiring, I would encourage you not read these in place of God’s Word but as amazing supplemental resources. I hope you enjoyed these reviews. Be sure to share your favourite non-fiction books in the comments.