Gifts for the Book Lovers on Your List

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Christmas gifts for book lovers

How was your Thanksgiving? Our family spent the day together, just the 8 of us and we had a wonderful time together. I rekindled my love for cooking and baking the old-fashioned way and I’m thankful for the opportunity to enjoy that. It seems that on a weekly basis, I find myself using a lot of short-cut cooking due to our busy schedules. We all had a wonderful time together and I feel grateful indeed.

Because I’m a book lover, I wanted to share some of my favorites from this year. These suggestions would make great gifts for the book lovers on your list. I tried to balance the list, but if you’ve been around here long, then you know that I’m partial to Christian nonfiction.

With that said, here we go:

1. Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things
I just finished this book a few weeks ago after a friend mailed it to me. Literally I had wished for the book the night before when it crossed my virtual path and the next day, the book arrived in the mail. I knew it was God-sent. My personal experience with this book is different than most of the Christian nonfiction I read. I typically enjoy easy to read books; this book uses a more poetic language style and for me, that requires more time. BUT, believe me when I say that if you are like me and typically a straight-forward person, you will still love this book and be challenged by it. I feel as though I could easily read it again and gain just as much depth as the first time through. This book is perfect for any family in the midst of struggles or busyness, especially those dealing with marital issues, infertility, or adoption.

2. The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands
I am super excited to lead a Bible study using this awesome book beginning in January. The book hits home with me as I have always been a “yes girl” and I often overcommit. One of the best things I have ever accomplished in the past couple months has been learning how to use the power of the small no, which I discovered in this practical and very engaging book. This book is perfect to start the new year off right!

3.Jesus Prom: Life Gets Fun When You Love People Like God Does
What can I say? This book is my very favorite book I read this year and it’s the only book I can ever remember recommending that I wish every Christian read. It is surprisingly special, easy to read and yet full of depth. You’ll be thinking about it for days after you complete it!

4.The Joshua Code: 52 Scripture Verses Every Believer Should Know
Saturating our lives with Scripture is critical for Christians. God’s Word is our road map for living and this book teaches wonderful methodology for getting God’s Word in our lives. This book would be a great pick for anyone, but I think parents especially can benefit from this book.

5.I Can Learn the Bible: The Joshua Code for Kids: 52 Devotions and Scriptures for Kids

Perfect to accompany the Joshua Code gift for parents, this book is the children’s version of the Joshua Code. 52 Devotions and Scriptures make this book very doable by focusing on one a week. The new year is a wonderful time to start this book with your family! Stay tuned for more info on this book coming this week!

6. Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas
I just ordered this last night and I can’t wait for it to come so we can begin an Advent journey together as a family! You may not be able to wait until Christmas to give this one.

7. The Color of Rain: How Two Families Found Faith, Hope, and Love in the Midst of Tragedy

You may recognize this book from my summer list of Christian nonfiction. I cried a lot of the way through this book and loved every moment in this story. It’s an interesting read from two different perspectives that are beautifully blended. This book is an encouraging read for anyone going through trials of any kind, including suffering, disease, and death of loved ones.

8. Misfits Welcome: Find Yourself in Jesus and Bring the World Along for the Ride

I’m reading this book right now and I’m about halfway through. If I can be frank with you, I honestly feel like a “misfit” often. My brain doesn’t seem to work in the same fashion as others. Much of the time, I don’t feel or think that certain things are as important as others think they are. My priorities don’t seem to line up with others, even in Christian circles. There are just some things about me, personality or looks or thought processes, that have always made me feel like I just don’t fit in this world. But I’ve already learned so much through this book. If you’ve ever thought the same way about yourself, this is the book for you. Or maybe someone you know.

BONUSYour Life Still Counts: How God Uses Your Past to Create a Beautiful Future

This book is perfect for the Christian who wants to be used of God but is struggling to get over the past. Goodness, in some ways, that category includes all of us, right? The author and my friend, Tracie Miles, speaks to the heart of letting God use our past to bring us into a beautiful future. He doesn’t see us as we are, but as who we will be. Wonderfully encouraging book to give!

Ok, Friends. Those are my 8 picks for gifts for the book lovers on your lists. Blessings on a new week and I’ll see you tomorrow with the Bible Reading Challenge check-in!

What are you reading? I’d love to know!


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  1. I bought “Your life still counts” on Saturday! If I have any toes left when I finish “I want God” I will walk my way through it.

  2. I am reading “I Want God” by Lisa Whittle and I’m crazy about it! ❤

  3. Oh, forgot about Jesus Prom! That is a must read but I am waiting to see if some of the older athletes and families from my Special Olympic team and the Best Buddies Program might want to read it together, like a weekly book club! Have a great week!

  4. Rachel, your list is inviting. I am just finishing the Best Yes. Made it halfway with P31 OBS but many divine family interruptions sidetracked me. Same with Before Amen! I am loving this one. Prayer both simple and intimate with God. I am hoping to read Your Life Still Counts very soon. I have been reading the devotional for beginning readers with Andrew and we both love it! Learning scripture verses and reading through the devotions with words he is familiar with or ready to learn is so exciting! Thank you so much!
    So glad you had a blessed and peaceful Thanksgiving! It was also just the 8 of us, my children and grandchildren and my son’s girlfriend. Tara and I cooked together and Andrew even had a “taste”of it all! Even in the recent raging storms of life in my family, we were blessed to surrender it all to God and in humble thankfulness and gratitude enjoy His Peace, Joy and Love. God is good! God bless!

    1. Oh I haven’t read Before Amen yet and I really want to! Keep me posted on that one; I’d love your thoughts when you are finished. So glad you had a great family time together for Thanksgiving!

  5. Love the list Rachel! I have read some or have some still to read and you listed some new ones I will need to check out. Sounds like The Color of Rain will be at the top of my list. Happy Sunday!

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