Day 4 of Armchair BEA is about Ethics and Non-fiction. I've done my post on ethics.
We bridge the genre gap from fiction to all things non-fiction. Do you read non-fiction? Why or why not? Is there a specific type of non-fiction that you prefer to read (i.e. historical, true crime, memoirs, biographies, etc)? What is the perfect book for a first-time non-fiction reader?
Um yes. Remember when I discussed fiction and I said I read MANY genres? Well non-fiction also falls into this category. I don't typically read much history, true crime, memoirs, or biographies (all the types mentioned above), but I will and would. Remember how I said for me what determines how I feel about a book is about the emotion behind the story. All of these categories are still about stories. If there are emotions involved, I'm there.
However, there's another kind of non-fiction that wasn't mentioned above. I know this is debatable (as most genre classifications are), but to me...anything that's not fiction falls into non-fiction (makes sense, right?). And so that type of non-fiction is SELF-HELP! I love me some self-help books.
Actually, I'm all about ANYTHING in life that can help me grow as a person, as an individual, as a Christian, as a blogger, as a wife, as a hopefully-one-day-mother, as an employee....basically if there's any aspect of my life in which I can grow--that would be all of them, right?--then I'm not only open to it, I'm eager to devour it.
I've actually found that I'm almost more eager to hand out my 5-Star rating to books that I feel really have helped me grow and those are typically self-help books. I realized about halfway into my first year of blogging that the only books I was giving 5 Stars to were self-help books--and most of those at least have religious undertones if not straight classified as Christian. I've remedied that by now of course by reading some pretty awesome 5-Star fiction books, but it did bring to my attention the fact that I really do enjoy books that can help me grow as a person. Of course, fiction can help you grow as a person too, but it's not always designed to do so.
My top 5-Star Non-fiction books are as follows--all of these are books I feel like EVERYONE should have to read:
The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian
Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
Honorable mentions are:
48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller
Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage by Stormie Omartian
What about you? Do you read non-fiction? Are there any must-reads on your list that I need to check out?