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Fall 2017 Upcoming Books Preview Part 4–Nonfiction

Fall 2017 Upcoming Books Preview Part 4–Nonfiction

There are quite a few books I’m looking forward to reading this fall! This is part four featuring Non-fiction releases. The final post will feature Young Adult. You can also check out the  Christian Fiction  and Mainstream Fiction , Mystery/Suspense/Thriller pages.

Some of these I have already read for review in another publication, I will post the reviews and links as soon as they are live, but know that everything I’m choosing to post is highly recommended. Without further ado…here are my most anticipated fall releases. This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure statement for details:

Church of the Small Things by Melanie Shankle is subtitled “The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life”. This novel centers on women, looking at the different, seemingly mundane acts that make life whole and worth living, yet we often ignore or overlook those things while looking for something more grandiose and showy. Shankle uses the humor her blog and book readers have come to know and gently instructs us on how grace can be found in the ordinary.

Releases October 3, 2017


Everything is Awful and Other Observations is by the hilarious Matt Bellassai. You might have seen his videos “Whine About It”, where he drinks an entire bottle of wine, complains about things, and tells why they are “The Worst”. Here’s one of my favorite examples, The Worst Things About Fall:

I’m really looking forward to his book, because I love his snarky sense of humor and how he can always find the entertaining “worst” in any situation. He makes it clear in the blurb that this isn’t a memoir, because he’s not nearly old enough to write a memoir. This is a collection of his observations on life. If he’s even half as funny as he is on video, it will definitely be worth a read.

Releases October 24, 2017

Nourished: A Memoir of Food, Faith, and Enduring Love by Lia Huber includes some of my favorite things–traveling, food, and the stories surrounding them. Huber chronicles her journeys all over the world, experiencing other cultures and their food and drinks. She also takes readers on a spiritual trek with her and the steps she takes to hone her faith. Any book that contains recipes is great for me as well, because I want the opportunity to cook and bake the dishes the author so beautifully describes.

Releases October 24, 2017

Continuing on the same vein of travel foodie memoirs, The Comfort Food Diaries by Emily Nunn follows a similar theme. Emily’s life completely fell apart, so one drunken night she spilled her sorrows on Facebook. The next morning, she is shocked to discover that she had been invited to visit and cook with many of her friends, relatives, and even acquaintances around the country. So Emily started on The Comfort Food Tour around the U.S., cooking, laughing, talking, and healing. This is the chronicle of that trip, and it sounds fantastic.

Releases September 26, 2017

Uncomfortable is a book by Brett McCracken. It focuses on “The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community”. I’m especially interested in this book because it looks quite challenging–anything that uses the word “Uncomfortable” might make a person, well, uncomfortable. There is a movement in Evangelical Christianity called the Seeker Movement, which has pushed churches to become more friendly, less “in your face” and less confrontational in order to attract people who might not otherwise step foot into a church. On the surface, this isn’t a bad thing, but it has led to many churches preaching “Christianity Lite” and watering down the gospel so that it gets lost. This book is a challenge to embrace the real, sometimes difficult teachings of Jesus and not just rest in what is comfortable and convenient.

Releases September 30, 2017

Any non-fiction books you’re looking forward to reading this fall?

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