Here's what I read in December!
Bonus pick that accidentally got left off my November list: Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett: I got lost in this novel of a dysfunctional family, spending an entire afternoon reading on the couch until I finished the book. I wondered how a not-that-long novel could span multiple decades of time, but the story flowed seamlessly.
Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life, by Donald Whitney: This one took me months to get through, but I'm glad I did. The book encourages discipline in the pursuit of God without a trace of legalism.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot: Nerd alert! I loved this book. I still remember viewing HeLa cells in my high school biology class, feeling like I was looking at something sacred. If you have any interest in biology or just a great story, give this book a try.
When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi: Another excellent book. Kalanithi was a neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer in his thirties. This memoir is such a beautiful look at facing death well. It was not depressing in the slightest, but I teared up as the poignant story came to a close. I highly recommend this one.
Food Freedom Forever, by Melissa Hartwig: This book basically explains how to live the rest of your life after doing a Whole30. I like her approach to food: eat very healthy food nearly all the time, and make exceptions for food and drinks that are truly "worth it" to you. A good read, as I'm about to embark on my third Whole30 attempt.
Essentialism, by Greg McKeown: This book has been highly recommended on many of the blogs I read. It was a good read for me at a time when I'm rethinking how I spend my time now that two of our kids live out of the home. I didn't read anything groundbreaking, but it was a good chance to focus on this topic as I read.
That's it! Look for a year-end post of my favorite books of 2016 later this week.
What did you read this holiday season?
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