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Five non-fiction books – International Book Giving Day

Five non-fiction books – International Book Giving Day

With international book giving day taking place today, this entirely volunteer-based initiative is aimed at giving awareness and sharing the love of books. Originating in the UK, volunteers and book lovers alike join in on the yearly celebration worldwide by giving the gift of books to others with the hope of instilling in them an affinity and enthusiasm for books.

Increasingly becoming popular each year, people can join in and take part in the celebration in a variety of ways. Some volunteers go to their local libraries and make donations, as well as school libraries for younger readers and other public community centres.

With this in mind, SPCK has picked five books from their non-fiction list as an opportunity to gift to others on this day.

Reconciliation by Muthuraj Swamy. With Lent fast approaching, it is therefore appropriate to include this title as the first in this list. Calling on all church members to fortify the relationships between them, this book aims to build stronger connections within different faith denominations, calling for more open attitudes between the religions. With the author being the Director of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, there is no other author more suited to shed new light on old teachings, equipping people with a newfound gospel wisdom.

Love The World by David Adam. It is easy to get distracted and lost in the fast-paced world that we live in today. This book reminds us to stop and make time for ourselves, to take things a bit easier, to appreciate what is in our lives and what we have, and the world around us. Hopefully, this will enable us to approach our lives in a different manner.


I Thought There Would Be Cake by Katharine Welby-Roberts. Ever thought life is not turning out as you expected? This touching and readable book will set out the reader on a journey of self rediscovery, to embrace one’s self-worth and acknowledge our value in the world. Painfully honest and true to life, this will provider readers encouragement in the face of uncertainty and vulnerability that life brings.


Long Story Short by Andy Frost. Every person’s life is a different story, shaped by the different circumstances that one comes face to face with. Much like the previous titles in this list, this one invites readers to find their place in their lives, which is the one story big enough to live for. Deeply encouraging and significant, this book presents us with a narrative to help us become who we are meant to be in the world.


Learning To Breathe by Rachael Newham. The final book in this list follows a similar trajectory as the other ones in this list. A moving memoir that hits deep within, this book accounts the author’s voyage in her battle with depression. Raw and real, she shows us how God is truly with us every step of the way in the deepest and darkest corners of our lives, enabling us to rise up bigger and better than ever.


Provision yourself into becoming a better, stronger human being in the world today with this list in mind. At the same time, include yourself in the commemoration of International Book Giving Day by using the hashtag #bookgivingday on social media. By doing this, you will be helping in spreading awareness on the importance of International Book Giving Day, giving other people the power and opportunity to do the same in their community wherever they are in the world, an opportunity that can ultimately lead in making a change.

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