I still see great value in reading for both entertainment and education.

Some novels are riveting from the very first page, while others make you put them down not because they are uninteresting [though some certainly are] but because of the profound impact they have had on you.

Here is my reading list for November:

1. Twilight of Democracy: The Failure of Politics and the Parting of Friends by Anne Applebaum

Once in a while, I prefer to read books that are outside my area of expertise and this book was one of those books. In this book, Anne Applebaum takes us through the dynamics, workings, and threats that are making democracy untenable. Authoritarianism is on the rise around the world, according to Applebaum’s Twilight of Democracy. Modern authoritarian dictators have all followed the same formula. Her entire book is a description of authoritarian playbook strategies implemented in Europe and the United Kingdom during the past few decades.

2.  Do It Afraid by Joyce Meyer

The devil’s most effective tool is the use of fear. But we need not allow him to govern us through our fears. Joyce Meyer uses her own life to teach us biblical truth in “Do It Afraid,” and she leads by example in helping us face our fears of failure, rejection, and rejection to do what God wants us to do.

3. Finding Me by Viola Davis

Some stories have the power to affect your emotions. One of them was this. Authentic reflections on a difficult life by one of our finest actresses. Of course, there was also love, and Viola Davis exploited it to her advantage. She also put in a lot of long hard hours, too! This is an inspiring and authentic story.

4. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

The idea of the book is that tiny actions over a long time will have a greater, more useful, and successful effect on your life than huge steps in a shorter time [that most people won’t stick to]. This book explains the compound effect and its life-changing effects. Self-help and personal development books can assist build beneficial habits and routines. I enjoyed portions of this book and disliked others. It’s meant to be inspiring, but some of the author’s suggestions are unrealistic, at least for me. He advocates using RSS feeds to filter content relevant to your personal or professional goals instead than reading newspapers or watching the news. This would create an extremely restricted worldview. The author’s advice on breaking bad habits and starting positive ones was wonderful.

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