Day Zero: Top Eleven Non-Fiction Books

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I realized recently that I haven’t updated my “Day Zero” Master List in awhile! So I decided to sit down and do it today, and realized that I read some really amazing non-fiction books in the past year, and that I want to share my top ten with you! (Plus a bonus, to make it eleven!)


Top Eleven Non-Fiction Books I’ve read in the past year

  1. The Simplest Way to Change the World by Dustin Willis and Brandon Clements
  2. Killing Kryptonite by John Bevere
  3. Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio
  4. Troublemaker by Leah Remini
  5. Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner
  6. The Christian Atheist by Craig Groeschel
  7. 15 Successful Traits of Pro Bloggers by Jonathan Milligan
  8. Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  9. Behind Palace Doors by Colin Burgess
  10. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  11. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai


The Simplest Way to Change the World: Biblical Hospitality as a Way of Life by Dustin Willis; Brandon Clements

Not to long ago I had a discussion with a good friend about how no one knows their neighbors anymore, and I realized that I truly did not know my neighbors. But it wasn’t my fault. The neighbors on either side of me? Have no desire to know us – despite my reaching out to them. The people across the street are in and out all the time. We’re on our sixth neighbor in that house in the past 4 years. My excuses go on and on.

So when I saw this book? I knew I needed to read it!

I will likely never have the idealistic neighbors that I dream of. At least not in our current house. But? I have a fresh perspective on how to interact on a daily basis with those around me! And this book has some amazing tips for how to get that ball rolling! (After all, we’re supposed to shine that light into the world!)



Killing Kryptonite: Destroy What Steals Your Strength by John Bevere

The week before this book released, John Bevere spoke at a local church and all my friends were raving about this new book. (I had just finished Bait of Satan and so I was already in the mindset for his fabulous and hard punching style.)

John Bevere has a way of reaching into your mind, and speaking directly to you. Each time I grab one of his books, I feel like it was written just for me and Killing Kryptonite is no exception to that rule!

I was going through a session of Life Coaching at the same time I was reading this book, so I felt like it paired well with my need to set goals and really dig deep into why I struggle with not completing my goals. (I still can’t quite kick my eating addiction – but that will come! I’m working on it, slowly.) But the words in this book were powerful, honest and inspiring. I can’t recommend it enough.


Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants by Louie Giglio

The story of David and Goliath is one we’re all familiar with, and it’s the jumping off point for this amazing book by Louie Giglio.  (I’ve been on a bit of a Giglio kick this past year, reading 4 different books!)

I particularly love the idea that we are NOT David in this popular Bible story, but rather JESUS is David and the emphasis on allowing Him to fight our battles for us, seeing as he has already won them.

I was at a place in my life where I was struggling to put my trust in God, and this book really helped pull me out of that place and realize that I am focusing too much on things that don’t matter and not enough on what really does.

I quickly recommended this book to several friends, and keep toying with teaching a life group on it at church! (Maybe in the near future.)


Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

Who isn’t intrigued by Leah Remini and her show lately? I actually read Troublemaker when it first came out – but with her show Scientology and the Aftermath, I decided to give it a re-read!

I have been intrigued by cults – and more specifically Scientology – for a long time! So I absolutely love how Leah is no-holds-barred with her approach to exposing this cult for what it is!

While I’d read many Scientology books before? I have to admit, I found Leah’s approach to telling her story refreshing. There was something amazing about the peak into the celebrity side, and knowing just how different the privileged are within this cult – versus the “average church member”.  (It’s a great jumping off point for someone with limited knowledge and new interest in this “church”!)




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