I got an earlier start on this last year, I know, but I thought I’d try to get you a Christmas list before it was too late to order from Amazon. Plus, people have been asking me for my gift recommendations, and it’s easier to give a link in response. I’m lazy that way.
This year, I went with a few brand new books, a couple oldies but goodies, some Christian, some mainstream, and all for women. But I’m sure there are some men who might like a few of these as well. If you’d like to see last year’s recommendations, please check them out here.
In no particular order, here are my gift suggestions for this year.
In simple terms, this book addresses Christ’s work in our lives to transform us into new creations. It gives hope to those of us struggling with habitual sins about how Jesus can help us bear good fruit in place of that old, bad fruit. This is a great gift for a friend struggling to break free from sin’s hold or for someone who is in a ministry that supports people who need this kind of message. An exciting new way to talk about the gospel.
I’ve written another review of this book elsewhere, which you can read here, so I won’t go into detail now. But this is a great book for the person who has a heart for serving the world in practical ways. It’s the story of one ordinary man who makes a difference in war torn Afghanistan, by educating girls.
I admit, I’m a big fan of this PBS show, hosted by a Vermonter. It features recipes that have been tested by expert chefs then tried out on taste testers until they find the best recipe. There are great cooking skill tips and even some hints about what sort of gadgets to buy for your kitchen. And yes, a cookbook is a book, so it counts. Don’t be snobby.
If you haven’t read anything by Marilynne Robinson, you’d better start now, and Home is a good place. It’s great holiday reading, since it’s on the topic of homecoming and family. I’ve reviewed this book before, so I’ll provide you with that link, should you desire more information.
I listened to this woman talk about her book on the Midday Connection radio show, and I was greatly impressed by her wisdom. I’ve since read portions of the book and think it speaks to an epidemic problem we have today of busyness. But, the Mary and Martha story demonstrates that it isn’t just a problem for today. It’s been going on for awhile.
A classic, written by a monk who learned to serve and worship Jesus even in the middle of the most tedious tasks of life. We all could learn a lot from his perspective. It’s very short.
This is Gregory’s latest book, in her series of books on the wives of Henry VIII. You don’t have to read any of the others before you read this one, but I highly suggest The Other Boleyn Girl. I also reviewed this one awhile back. For the woman who loves romance, history, and inspiring women.
Just out this fall, this Bible is an incredible resource. It has an amazing amount of useful footnotes, charts, and maps. It takes your daily Bible study to a whole new level. Plus, it’s in the ESV version, which is my personal favorite.
Be very careful about giving this book as a present. I have it in mind for a very good friend with whom you hope to commit to studying it, because in all other circumstances, it could really backfire on you. Since it’s technically a study on dieting and your relationship with food, a husband is asking for trouble if he gives this to his wife. But Dee Brestin writes incredible studies, and this one in particular spoke to me more than any other Christian book on the topic of food and eating.
Did you see this one coming? With all the continuing hype of The Shack, I want to encourage you to provide a theologically sound alternative that has stood the test of time. Wrap it up and package it as the “anti-Shack” if you’d like. Feel free to print up and include a copy of my Shack review and the counter proposal for the Pilgrim’s Progress, if you think that would make the gift complete.