Non-Fiction Wrapup #1

Hey y’all! One of my goals for this year was to read more non-fiction. In an attempt to actually do this, I think I’m going to do a non-fiction wrap-up after I read four books. Here are the first four non-fiction books I have completed this year:

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race by Robin DiAngelo – This book eloquently said so many things that I think about but haven’t been able to articulate. Robin DiAngelo is able to state her points, without pointing fingers or blame. She shines light on the term white fragility and everything that it entails in her opinion. Each chapter reads like an essay. The only reason I didn’t completely love this one, was because I felt like she spent more time than necessary pointing out how she was different from other thinkers. I listened to this on audio and really enjoyed it. It was also a quick listen.

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown – This is an essay collection about Austin Channing Brown growing up living and working in “white spaces.” As someone who can totally relate to this, I really enjoyed this collection as a whole. I also really enjoyed the Christian spin because, again, I fully related to it. I would highly recommend this book. I would especially recommend this to church leaders who are struggling with changes in diversity at their church and how to interact with Black people. I literally read this book in one evening at home. I could not put it down.

Heavy: An American Memoir

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon – This was the best memoir I have read in a long time. The pure honesty of which Laymon writes this and talks about his struggle with food, his mother, being Black in the south, his gambling addiction. It was so raw that it almost felt voyeuristic. He opens up about his struggle with weight in a way that I have never read about previously. Also, his discussion about the toxicity of his relationship with his mother and how that shaped him as a whole. It was great. I read this physically, but hope to listen to the audiobook before the end of the year.

Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts

Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts by Jennie Allen – This is a Christian non-fiction book that discusses spiraling thoughts and what the Bible says about coming out of those thoughts. What I enjoyed about this, was the science that was infused into this Christian narrative. I especially liked how it acknowledges that depression and other mental behaviors require additional treatments. I don’t often see that in the Christian non-fiction that I pick up. The book is written in a conversational tone, that made this an easy read. In the end though, I felt like it was overly long and reiterated its point one too many times.

These are the four non-fiction books that I have recently read. I’m hoping to be able to do these throughout the year, because maybe it will motivate me to read more non-fiction.

What is a non-fiction book you recently read? Let’s chat in the comments.

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