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Friday, November 26, 2021

Black Friday Gift Giving Suggestions that Offer Insight and Hope

by Barbara Latta

A giveaway at the end of the post! 

It’s that time of year. Christmas music flows through the airwaves on radios and store intercoms. In some parts of the country the weather has cooled off and the crisp air feels like snow and smells like evergreen. The Hallmark Channel is bursting with mistletoe and holly and the oldies we can’t find there can be viewed through DVD.

Black Friday sales have been advertised for weeks and now it’s time to shop. 

For the readers on your list, (and maybe one or two for you), here are some books I have bought this year and offer as Black Friday gift giving suggestions that provide insight and hope to help with your choices for giving to friends and family. These are all available on Amazon and the links are included with the descriptions.

365 Ways to Love Your Child
by Julie Lavender. As parents and grandparents we need all the help we can get to keep our kids safe, entertained, and educated. Julie offers a year’s worth of ideas for fun adventures to show love to our children. A helpful resource for a teacher, children’s ministry director, and homeschoolers. Check the Focus on the Family schedule to hear Julie's interview featuring her book.  https://amzn.to/3o26u2m

Dachshund Through the Snow by Michelle Medlock Adams. If you think
Rudolph had a bad time, wait until you read about Crosby. This sweet story will touch your heart and help children who feel different know they are still loved and accepted. https://amzn.to/3o26Wh4

Destination Hope, A Travel Companion When Life Falls Apart
by Marilyn Nutter and April White. We all face difficulties in life’s journey, and we can let situations rob us of hope that anything will ever get better. These authors share their personal stories along with those of other women who have traveled a hard road but survived with victory and hope. https://amzn.to/31rn6ZH

For the Love of Emma by Starr Ayers. A collection of correspondence from the past the author found in a trunk inspired this historical fiction love story. Travel back to the World War II era and uncover the mystery of the one who penned love letters and how they influenced the future of a family.  https://amzn.to/3bLbYZQ

Don’t Just Live…Really Live
by Martin Wiles. Learn new lessons from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount about victorious living by applying the principles the Lord gave to his followers. Abundant life is God's will for all of us.  https://amzn.to/3nSH9ru

A Faith Unleashed by Joshua McMasters. A rescue dog named Franklin taught this author a lot about love and life. Franklin’s rescue journey is coupled with devotions about how our heavenly Father rescues us, brings us into His family, and heals our broken hearts. https://amzn.to/3mTy6HT

Island of Refuge
by Terri Webster. A woman’s journey of healing from domestic abuse continues through this sequel to Journey to the Forgotten Coast. While this is a fictional account of this tragedy in our society, the circumstances are sadly too true in the lives of women all over the world. There is help and life after abuse as this story portrays and also gives sources for help. https://amzn.to/3nWdzSd

Soul Care When You’re Grieving
by Edie Melson. No matter what kind of loss we face, we grieve in some way. This book is the third in the Soul Care series and approaches handling grief through devotions, prayers, and simple art projects that help relieve stress and refresh the mind. A great gift for someone whose heart is hurting. https://amzn.to/3ka4RPc

Celebrating Christmas
compiled by Terri Kalfas. I was honored to contribute to this collection containing Christmas stories and memories from a multitude of authors. The wonderful warmth of Christmas will enter your heart as you traverse the holidays with each page you turn. https://amzn.to/2ZXmslS

The list of choices offers insight and hope, scriptural perspectives, and life-changing stories. You can enhance the holiday season with gifts of love for the mind and soul. And curl up with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee with a spectacular read. One way a Titus 2 woman can encourage is through reading inspiring books. You can't go wrong with any of these!

Comments left through midnight Friday, December 3 will be entered into a drawing for this 
beautiful Korean bookmark and pen. Check back next week to find out the winner. Please remember if your name is drawn, I will need your mailing address to send the gift. You can email or message me with the information after the winner is announced.

Thank you for your support and the time it takes to read and share your thoughts. And happy Thanksgiving. I hope your celebration was filled with blessings, family, and thankfulness.  

Do you have suggestions to add to this list? Feel free to share.


Black Friday Gift Giving Suggestions (click to tweet)

Shopping suggestions that offer great reading, insight, and hope.You can complement the holiday season with gifts of love for the mind and soul.(click to tweet)



  1. What a great idea this post is and what a gift to these authors. I’ve read most of these books and agree they will make wonderful gifts.

    As a recent winner of one of your wonderful give-always, I declare myself ineligible for this drawing.

    1. Thanks, Candi. I own all these books and agree they are all great reads. They do make wonderful gifts for readers while also blessing the authors through a purchase. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

  2. I definitely will be purchasing a few of these for me and for gifts. Thanks for the ideas!

    1. Pat, thanks for sharing. I know you will enjoy any of these books. Blessings!

  3. While I have a majority of these, I join you in your recommendations. Great gift ideas Ms. Barb. God's blessings ma'am.

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, J.D. I know you are a big supporter of authors and thank you for your recommendation. Blessings!

  4. What a wonderful and thouhtful gesture, Barbara. I've read some of these books and they are great. Some of the others are on my list to order. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I have not been disappointed with any of these books. Anyone with readers on their list will find a great gift for their friends and loved ones. Thanks for sharing, Katherine. Blessings!

  5. Great recommendations,Barbara!

  6. J.D. Wininger is the winner of the drawing. Congratulations, J.D. and thanks for sharing your thoughts!