The time for me to host my first ever Nonfiction November prompt is finally here!
This week, I’m asking you to share the book or books that have changed the way you see the world.
One of the greatest things about reading nonfiction is learning all kinds of things about our world which you never would have known without it. There’s the intriguing, the beautiful, the appalling, and the profound. What nonfiction book (or books) has impacted the way you see the world in a powerful way? Do you think there is one book that everyone needs to read for a better understanding of the world we live in?
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I decided on Worldview Changers for my topic because for a while I’ve wanted to make a post about all the books that I simply think everyone ought to read. So not only do I get to share some of my favorites with you but I get to see everyone else’s great recommendations, too! I find that a great deal of my books find their way to the “everyone needs to read this” pile, because I’m always specifically searching for these foundational books. I’ve listed a few below which stand up to the testimonials’ praise of “must-read,” “the answer,” and “the path to . . . survival.”
I chose a diverse selection of books to show that a worldview changer can be from a wide range of genres. Here are the worldviews that these books might challenge.
Social Justice worldview changers
Men Who Hate Women by Laura Bates will open your eyes to the insidious “manosphere” and highlight the undeniable connection between violent online misogyny and real life acts of deadly violence by incels and others.
Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts and Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall will change the way you view feminism and reproductive rights as a white-centric, abortion-focused fight, introducing you instead to intersectional feminism and full-fledged reproductive justice.
Religion worldview changers
The Power Worshippers by Katherine Stewart shatters any notion you had that church and state are actually being kept separate in America.
How Jesus Became God by Bart Ehrman explains just who Jesus actually was and puts into perspective the way the Gospels portray him. If you’ve ever heard the C.S. Lewis trichotomy that Jesus must have been “the Lord, a liar, or a lunatic,” then this is a must-read.
God’s Philosophers by James Hannam flips on their head commonly held beliefs that the Middle Ages were a backward, religious time in which the Church halted all scientific progress for 1,000 years.
Science worldview changers
The Disordered Cosmos by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein debunks the idea that science is a neutral, forward-looking beacon of progress that benefits all of humanity.
Cosmos by Carl Sagan and For Small Creatures Such as We by Sasha Sagan make a great pair. The first (save for its factual errors) puts into perspective just how small we are in the grand scheme of things, and the second explains why and how we can and should celebrate that. Together, they helped me to integrate meaningfulness into my atheist worldview in a way that I never had without them.
Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab is a fast read that will inevitably help anyone to manage the relationships in their life.
These have been my own entries for this challenge that I’m so excited to introduce to you! Don’t forget to link up your blog post for this week below, and/or share a picture of your worldview changers on Instagram on the 23rd using #nonfictionbookparty and tagging Jaymi!