So the key is, I give you "short, casual reviews of books I've been reading."
A Year of Biblical Womanhood, Rachel Held Evans
Self-proclaimed "liberated woman" spends one entire year trying to follow the Bible's commands for women in a literal fashion -- down to sleeping in a tent during her period and calling her husband "master." Really about how we interpret Scripture and live out faith, but fun and adventurous.
The Lemon Tree, Sandy Tolan
A non-fiction account of a friendship that develops between an two adults: one Arab, one Jew -- which two have ended up living in the same house at different points in time. Jacket claims that Tolan "brings the Israeli-Palestinian conflict down to its most human level." Just getting started.
Unexpected Love, Julie Zine Coleman
9 chapters of down-to-earth scholarship on Jesus' conversations with women, as they appear in the Bible. Jesus can be tricky sometimes, so Julie breaks down the cultural / historic significance of His conversations and brings to life His immense love for women (and people) in general. Will make you love Jesus more than you do today.
First Steps Out, Christy McFerren
Written from the highly controversial perspective of someone who has personally overcome homosexuality, Christy is writing to try and open up the Christian vs. homosexuality dialogue. Her mantra is love and truth, and trying to teach families and friends how to keep the conversation open.
Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas
It's a marriage book that can apply to pretty much any relationship or set of circumstances. The idea is we think marriage is happily ever after, but sometimes it seems like hardship ever after. Gary is about teaching that the true riches of marriage are the ways it makes us holier, more aligned with our God-given purpose, rather than the ways it makes us happy.
How to Cook Everything: The Basics, Mark Bittman
My sister gave me this one for Christmas. It's exactly what it sounds like, only way better because there are lots of full-color photos (1,000, it boasts on the cover), and it teaches you things such as what to keep on hand in your pantry at all times, so you're not running out to the grocery store in the middle of every recipe. Pretty much a book on how to do life.
Now go check out what Modern Mrs Darcy is reading, because she reads way more way faster with more variety than I. Worth it!