1. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
I learned about this book, which is credited with helping kick-start the second wave of feminism in the 1960s, in my women and television class. Friedan, who went on to be the first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), writes about the phycological patterns she saw among stay-at-home mothers. I have a deep interest in continuously educating myself about feminism for myself and for the sake of being engaged with public policy and social issues. I recently started on the first chapter of this book, and it's already rapturing.
I had never heard of this book before, but was familiar with the authors, who are pastors of a church in San Francisco. As I grow further into my twenties, the possibility of getting married and starting a family within the next decade becomes more and more real, especially as I see close friends becoming involved in serious relationships, and even getting engaged. Marriage, while wonderful, can be a scary thought. But I love to hear realistic perspectives on relationships and commitment.
I bought this book for my mom, who is the reason for my interest in feminism, a few Christmases ago. As a Christian, feminism has been a confusing subject. Interpretations of the Bible have made it seem like the two don't mix. I used to believe that, but over the past few years have gained wisdom and insight on how the two subjects are not necessarily exclusive. I'm excited read the author's argument and her evidence from the Bible.
If there has been one big theme of my year, it has been setting boundaries. Last year I received wisdom from others on how to gracefully say no, for the sake of preserving myself, as well as loving others better. Like many people, I often drain myself going places and doing favors for others to the point that I am no longer doing them out of love. A friend of mine, who is often doing the same thing, was recommended this book, which I can't wait to learn through as well as be convicted by.
This is the only book on my list right now that is technically classified as "fiction." Before I came to college I didn't really know too much about C.S. Lewis outside of The Chronicles of Narnia. Last year I read Lewis's The Great Divorce with my mentor and it literally blew our minds. Lewis has such a creative mind that gives you so much insight about Christianity and the Kingdom of God. Screwtape Letters is written from the perspective of demons who are trying to make a human fall away from Christ. From this unique perspective Lewis shows the different ways the devil tries to ruin our walk with God.
Do you have any book recommendations? I would love for you to share them with me!