I spend a lot of time here interviewing fiction authors, because I love to read and write fiction. But I’m also an avid fan of non-fiction. Here are three of my favorite non-fiction books published in 2023.
GOD NEVER GIVES UP ON YOU: WHAT JACOB’S STORY TEACHES US ABOUT GRACE, MERCY, AND GOD’S RELENTLESS LOVE
From the publisher
God Never Gives Up on You is a book for the members of the Lost Halo Society. For the strugglers among us and the fumbler within us. For those of us who are part saint, part scoundrel. We mean well, but we don’t always do well. We have breakthroughs and breakdowns, often in the same hour. We need no reminder of our failures, but we could always use a refresher course on God’s perfect plan to use imperfect people to do great things.
Jacob’s story invites us to believe in a God who sticks beside the unworthy and underachievers and leads us safely home. If God can use Jacob to further His kingdom, He can use us too.
This book is for anyone who has ever thought about giving up. In short, I dare say, it’s for EVERYONE. I originally bought it for a friend, who encouraged me to read it first. And I’m glad I did. Non-stop.
Max Lucado has a gift for words. And for edifying. And Jacob of Genesis fame provides the perfect subject matter. Remember Jacob? He’s the guy who is famous for wrestling with God. Enough said?
It all worked out for Jacob, and it can for you too.
A MINUTE FOR CAREGIVERS: WHEN EVERY DAY FEELS LIKE MONDAY
From the publisher
Family caregivers struggle with keeping their heads above water while caring for an impaired loved one. Most caregivers feel their well-being is sacrificed for the well-being of those they love. But caregivers can live a life of meaning and not just simply survive. A Minute for Caregivers offers families or single caregivers with special needs children, aging parents, wounded warriors, and any other chronic impairment the practical, emotional, and spiritual help they need.
As somewhere who was a caregiver for more than a decade, I sincerely believe that every caregiver will be blessed by this book. Each chapter is a one-minute inspirational (and informational) read. I’ve read all of Peter Rosenberger’s books and listened to countless episodes of his radio show. Caregivers are a special breed of love-givers in this world. If you are one, or know one, check out this book.
YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP: LIFE LESSONS FROM SPECIAL KIDS
From the author
Throughout my career, I discovered new ways to teach students with special needs that were certainly not described in the lessons from the college courses and associated textbooks. Following my 42-year teaching career, I felt compelled to share the students’ stories and provide glimpses of their struggles, triumphs, and educational journey while in my classroom. You Can’t Make This Stuff Up! was a statement that fellow teachers and I would say when we encountered what often was funny or unique when teaching our students with special needs.
You don’t have to be a special needs parent or teacher to appreciate this book. Or to love special needs kids. Debbra Laneville shares heartwarming stories that will make you laugh, cry, and understand just how special these kids really are. She also includes ten valuable life lessons, providing useful information for teachers, parents, and anyone who interacts with those with special needs. Check out Debbra’s blog here for additional insight!