I got home from camping today, and a new book was waiting for me. I heard this author, Dennis D. Adams on a radio show, and decided I wanted to read his book. It's called "Honest, Direct, Respectful: Three simple words that will change your life." It's a teeny, weeny book in size, but BIG on practical, usable content about everyday communication. This guy is a therapist, pastor and public speaker. He gets hired by secular corporations to come speak about healthy communication in the workplace. Anyway, it probably took me all of an hour to read it, and I plan on reading it again and putting the tips into practice!!
Reading this book started me thinking about my favorite non-fiction books (the one I just mentioned is now on my list). A book is crowned "my favorite" if it helps me extremely, and if it is something I wish everybody could read, too. So here are ten of my favorite, most recommended books in my library:
1. Telling Yourself The Truth, by Marie Chapian (about solving a lot of our issues by addressing our misbeliefs)
2. The Intimacy Factor, by Pia Mellody (overcoming obstacles to true intimacy)
3. Courageous Leadership, by Bill Hybels (the hope of the church, and being a leader in it)
4. Nice Girls Don't Change The World, by Lynne Hybels (depression/being who you God made you)
5. What Every Mom Needs, by Elisa Morgan (every mom should read this - it's about taking care of our needs when we're mothering young children)
6. Burn Out, By Dr. Herbert Freudenberger (secular book on burnout)
7. The Gift of Sex, by Clifford and Joyce Penner (Christian authors, sex handbook)
8. The Beauty of Spiritual Language, by Jack Hayford (articulate, intelligent book about speaking in tongues)
9. Boundaries, by Henry Cloud and John Townsend (relationships - read any of their books, really)
10. Give Them Wings, by Carol Kuykendall (preparing for the time teens leave home)
11. She's Gonna Blow, by Julie Ann Barnhill (moms and anger)
12. Camping! Washington, by Ron Judd (rated camping spots in the state of Washington & contact info for them)
OK. So, that's twelve. I thought of a couple more. What's your all time favorite book to read and recommend?