Today I’m having a delightful, deep conversation with guest Sarah Bessey about writing very personal nonfiction, and what might spur an author to write a book unlike anything they’ve written in the past. We also talk about why she can’t resist talking about reading.
Last week I talked a bit about how books can expand hearts and minds, and Sarah has so much to share with me about what books have shifted her perspectives for the better. We’re also touching on the books everyone is talking about in Canada!
Ready for some bookish introspection? Let’s get to it.
You can find Sarah Bessey online at sarahbessey.com, and @sarahbessey on Twitter and Instagram. To subscribe to her delightful newsletter, Field Notes, and get Sarah’s consistently incredible holiday gift guide, visit sarahbessey.substack.com.
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Books mentioned in this episode:
● The Inspector Gamache series, by Louise Penny
● Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner
● Jayber Crow, by Wendell Berry
● Hannah Coulter, by Wendell Berry
● Author Margaret Atwood (try The Robber Bride)
● The Boat People, by Sharon Bala
● The Break, by Katherena Vermette
● The Marrow Thieves, by Cherie Dimaline
● Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God, by Sarah Bessey
● The Writing Life, by Annie Dillard
● Scouting the Divine: Searching for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey, by Margaret Feinberg
♥ A Circle of Quiet, by Madeleine L’Engle
♥ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
♥ Persuasion, by Jane Austen
▵ The Excellent Wife, by Martha Pearce
● Jesus Feminist, by Sarah Bessey
● Five Wives, by Joan Thomas
● The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
● I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation, by Chanequa Walker-Barnes
● Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God’s America, by Jeff Chu
● City of Girls, by Elizabeth Gilbert
● The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett
● Belong To Me, by Marisa De Los Santos
● Love Walked In, by Marisa De Los Santos
● I’ll Be Your Blue Sky, by Marisa De Los Santos
● Hum If You Don’t Know the Words, by Bianca Murray
● If You Want to Make God Laugh, by Bianca Murray
● Euphoria, by Lily King
● Writers and Lovers, by Lily King
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What do YOU think Sarah should read next?