Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof. From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen.
Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott. It is these three prayers – asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us – that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward. In Help, Thanks, Wow, Lamott recounts how she came to these insights, explains what they mean to her and how they have helped, and explores how others have embraced these same ideas.
Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong, The twelve steps she suggests begin with “Learn About Compassion,” and close with “Love Your Enemies.” In between, she takes up self-love, mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and “concern for everybody.” She shares concrete methods to help us cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion, and provides a reading list to encourage us to “hear one another’s narratives.”