What Non-Fiction Book Should I Read and Review for June?

Hey everyone! I can’t believe it’s time to pick out June’s book already! This year has just flown by!

June’s theme is non-fiction, and I have a variety of books on different subjects this time! So pick which one you think I should review and look forward to the results!

Choice #1: Writing by Faith by Allyson Kennedy

Is writing your spiritual gift? Do you feel as if God has placed the calling on your life to write and publish books for Him?

Fantastic. Because Writing by Faith is the exact book you need to get started. 

In Writing by Faith, Christian author Allyson Kennedy shares her testimony of the ups and downs of her author career thus far. Covering twelve aspects of Christian authorship, Allyson explores how to:

• Create and maintain a faith-based mindset for writing
• Combat seeds of doubt and discontentment sown by the Enemy
• Allow God to lead the way to fulfilling His purpose for you

Writing by Faith is not a get-rich-quick scheme for Christian authors, teaching you how to make millions in the Christian book market. Instead, this book guides Christian authors, whether you are just starting out, or have published several books, in how to align your mindset and goals with God’s and make Him known in the book community.

Complete with reflection questions at the end of each chapter, by the end of the book, you will have cultivated a fresh, God-centered attitude toward your purpose of being a Christian author, and will be spiritually charged to take it on, with God by your side.

I got this book last year sometime, and as a Christian writer, it looks like it may have some useful content in it!

Choice #2: The Archeology Book by David Down

Developed with three educational levels in mind, The Archaeology Book takes you on an exciting exploration of history and ancient cultures. You’ll learn both the techniques of the archaeologist and the accounts of some of the richest discoveries of the Middle East that demonstrate the accuracy and historicity of the Bible.

In The Archaeology Book you will unearth:

  • How archaeologists know what life was like in the past
  • Why broken pottery can tell more than gold or treasure can
  • Some of the difficulties in dating ancient artifacts
  • How the brilliance of ancient cultures demonstrates God’s creation
  • History of ancient cultures, including the Hittites, Babylonians, and Egyptians
  • The early development of the alphabet and its impact on discovery
  • The numerous archaeological finds that confirm biblical history
  • Why the Dead Sea scrolls are considered such a vital breakthrough

Filled with vivid full-color photos, detailed drawings, and maps, you will have access to some of the greatest biblical mysteries ever uncovered. With the enhanced educational format of this book and the unique color-coded, multi-age design, it allows the ease of teaching the fundamentals of archaeology through complex insights to three distinct grade levels.

Fun fact: I actually wanted to be an archeologist during my freshmen and sophomore years of high school. Though now I’m aiming towards being an author and editor, I still love archeology and want to go on a dig sometime.

Choice #3: The Power of a Praying Nation by Stormie Omartian

The bestselling author of The Power of a Praying Wife challenges Christians to pray for the land they call home.

I don’t know about you, but this nation really needs our prayers. Spotting this book on the bookshelf, I knew I needed to put this on the list.

Choice #4: It’s (Not That) Complicated by Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin

Ever been confused about friendships with boys? How to handle crushes? How friendly is too friendly? How close is too close? What to do when a guy is being way too friendly? What guys think about all this? What it means to be a “sister, in all purity”? Guy-girl relationships have always been complicated, but perhaps never more so than today. It’s (Not That) Complicated is a humorous, hopeful, and deeply thought-provoking new look at guy-girl relationships in our times. Dealing practically with such complications as online interaction, Hollywood expectations, undefined relationships, and unrequited love, the Botkin sisters offer enduring biblical principles that can make it all much simpler.

I’ve had this book on my shelf for YEARS and just have never gotten around to reading it. It’ll be an interesting book since I’ve not read too many books focusing on this topic, especially since I’m not interested in marriage, but it would definitely be useful to know.

Choice #5: On Stories by C.S Lewis

A repackaged edition of the revered author’s collection of essays on writing fiction.

C. S. Lewis—the great British writer, scholar, lay theologian, broadcaster, Christian apologist, and bestselling author of Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Chronicles of Narnia, and many other beloved classics—was a professor of literature at Oxford University, where he was known for his insightful and often witty presentations on the nature of stories. This collection assembles nine essays that encapsulate his ideas about fiction, including “On Stories,” “The Death of Words,” and “On Three Ways of Writing for Children,” as well as eleven pieces that were unpublished during his lifetime.

This book looks so good! Not only because I’m a fantasy writer, but also because C.S Lewis was a master storyteller. I actually wanted to read this last year but read something else instead, so we’ll see if I get to it this year or not!

The day of the deadline, I’ll write the winning book in the comments.

Have you read any of these books? Do any of them look good to you? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for participating! ~ Kay Adelin

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