***Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
I will definitely read it again and again knowing that I will get something extraordinary every time. I finished this book with so much to reflect on: the depth of my devotion to God was challenged, the complete obedience to God of martyrdom was explored, the challenge to act in justice rather than just talk about justice was presented, and I can go on and on. “WHO BETTER TO FACE THE GREATEST EVIL OF THE 20TH CENTURY THAN A HUMBLE MAN OF FAITH?…(keep reading the summary in the amazon link)” Wow, Bonhoeffer’s life forced me to self-evaluate over and over as I was turning the pages. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone, as I truly believe God will move your heart and open your eyes on how his commandments still need to be obeyed today in our present time.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
I was required to read this for a general education class my freshman year. While many of my classmates groaned, I was captivated and kind of nerded out over this book. “This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.”
Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent
The raw, true story told in this book is engaging, beautiful, and heartbreaking. This story will challenge your preconceptions and encourage you to see people past their presentations and into their stories. This knowledge develops a deep capacity to love and it brings us all back to the same level–human to human–despite social status. Highly recommend this book! Also, a movie is coming out based on this book in February 2017! Here is the trailer!
**7 Women and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas
Metaxas is probably one of my new favorite authors (as I found myself buying 2 of his other books while I was still in the middle of this one). This includes short biographies of Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Saint Maria of Paris, Corrie ten Boom, Rosa Parks, and Mother Teresa–which are full of inspiration, challenges, and the glory of God. While these biographies don’t go into too much depth, Metaxas does well at exuding the character and brilliance of these 7 women. I think everyone–men and women–need to pick up this book and discover something beautiful.