Books to See Off the Old Year: The December Brilliant Reading List (#3 Will Make You a Stronger Debater…)

Curated book recommendations for Brilliant Writers

So, 2020 has been…interesting, to say the least. We’ve had global pandemics, violent protests, controversial elections, economic disasters, and more.

10 Books That Screwed Up the World by Benjamin Wiker

10 Books That Screwed Up the World by Benjamin Wiker

How can you resist reading a book with a title like 10 Books That Screwed Up the World? When I saw this book on a list, I nabbed it just because of that title. Because unlike the moms of my peers back when I was a child, (who wanted their kids to read anything at all, if they would only just READ) my mom had always taught me that not all books are good books.

One Small Step Can Change Your Life by Robert Maurer

One Small Step Can Change Your Life by Robert Maurer

“Kaizen” is the Japanese word for “small changes.” In other words, what turned Japan, after WWII, from a destitute, war-torn country into a productivity powerhouse in one short generation. In One Small Step Can Change Your Life, Robert Maurer explains what ikigai is, how it works, and how you can apply it to your own life, one small step at a time.

Tactics by Gregory Koukl

Tactics by Greg Koukl

If you’ve ever wondered how to counter bad ideas without making a fool of yourself, you need to give Koukl’s Tactics a try. Written from a Christian perspective, this book mainly focuses on worldview/religious/philosophical arguments, but the conversational and debate tactics referenced can also be applied to any important ideas in your search for truth.

Breaking Cover by Michele Rigby Assad

Breaking Cover by Michele Rigby Assad

If you want to hear the story of the real-life Mr. and Mrs. Smith, only with less Hollywood drama, check out Michele Rigby Assad’s Breaking Cover. In this memoir, Assad talks about the crazy adventures that she and her husband (both CIA agents) experienced while working in the Middle East post-9/11.

The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene

The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene

I usually prefer to read books rather than listen to them, but December was a more auditory month for me. I listened to The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene, and could see instantly why he is such a popular author. The man knows how to find the most interesting, obscure historical stories, and then write about and interpret them in a way that fascinates, entertains, and educates readers, that’s for sure.

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