Week 4: (November 21-25) – Worldview Changers: One of the greatest things about reading nonfiction is learning all kinds of things about our world which you never would have known without it. There’s the intriguing, the beautiful, the appalling, and the profound. What nonfiction book or books has impacted the way you see the world in a powerful way? Do you think there is one book that everyone needs to read for a better understanding of the world we live in? (Rebekah @ She Seeks Nonfiction)

As a veterinarian, l’m accustomed to thinking about quality vs length of life. This book helps to move that mindset into human medicine. When the goal is to defeat death at all costs, what do you lose? How to do help people to age well? I don’t have children. I think a lot about how I will structure my life to try to age peacefully. This book is necessary reading for anyone who is getting older.

Women hold up half the sky. Giving women and girls the opportunity to use their talents and skills benefits all of society. It is sad that for some people this is such a revolutionary concept. This book highlights programs and women who are working to make opportunities available at the local level for everyone. I’ve invested more in microfinance through Kiva.org since reading this book.

see no stranger valarie kaur

Valarie Kaur is a Sikh woman who traveled across the U.S. in the months following the attacks on 9/11 to interview victims of violence in the Sikh community. She has dedicated her life to working with communities that have faced violence. Her work involves bringing people together so true healing and reconciliation can take place. It is hard work but it is necessary to communities to heal from issues such as police harassment and mass shootings.