Some of my favorite books that I have read in the last couple of years (sans education texts):
Half the Sky by Kristof and WuDunn: It addresses women’s issues and suggests ways that we can make a difference.
Walking with the Poor by Bryant Myers: The author uses research, experience, and a Christian worldview to share with us how we should view poverty, its causes, and ways we can work together to make a difference.
Beyond Sex Roles by Gilbert Bilezikian: From a biblical and theological perspective, Dr. Bilezikian looks at the role of women in the family and the church.
Living Beyond the Limits by Franklin Graham: Graham shares stories about how others have lived beyond themselves so that they can live in sync with God.
I Am by Steve Fry: A thought provoking book where each chapter can stand by itself. This book should be read slowly so you can digest what Fry has to say.
Drive by Daniel Pink: How people are motivated is the theme of this book. Pink believes that when we attempt to primarily motivate people with extrinsic rewards that we are missing the mark.
Influencer by Patterson, et al: In this book behavioral scientist share steps on how to positively influence others. To demonstrate how to use these strategies the authors use powerful stories from around the world.
Mindset by Carol Dweck: Dweck is a Stanford University psychologist who explains the difference between fixed and growth mindsets and how these mindsets influence a person’s success. It is a good read for parents and educators to learn strategies to help children form a growth mindset.
Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina: A wonderful book that I would suggest for mothers and grandmothers.
Little Bee by Chris Cleeve is a novel that looks at two women’s lives (a Brit and a Nigeran) and how they intertwine. It is a though provoking read.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett is a good read that is set in Jackson, MS. I especially liked reading it because the sayings used in the book took me back to my childhood. It also demonstrates what a few brave women can do to help breakdown unjust societal barriers.