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Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).


Friday, December 2, 2022

Give the Gift of Reading


by Barbara Latta

Christmas is just around the corner and our thoughts turn to giving. If anyone on your list is a reader, I have some great suggestions for giving the gift of reading. These books will bless the recipients over and over because books never grow old. 

Christmas Spirit published by Grace Publishing is their latest Christmas compilation. Join me and 32 other authors as we share memories of Christmas’s past and the meaning behind them.

Christmas is about Jesus and not our gifts. My contribution to this anthology tells of a holiday when plans went awry. I discovered ways to still emphasize Jesus’ birth without disappointing my boys due to the possibility of an empty tree on Christmas morning.

Jesus is our true and only gift. When we focus on Him, we find out that our material possessions don’t have the value we sometimes place on them.

This book will make a wonderful presentation for a friend and for yourself. You will be encouraged through these stories of hope, faith, and love.

What better offering can we give someone than to present them with ways to stay healthy? Katherine Pasour's book, Honoring God with My Body, shows us how to make better choices in food and activity. The difference in this book and many other health inspired tomes is she blends these recommendations with Scripture so we know we are following God's outline to thrive in life.  






Parents can always use a way to get the Word of God into kid's lives. Julie Lavender's Children's Bible Stories for Bedtime can give little ones peace of mind as they fall asleep learning about God's love. The stories are simple enough for children to understand but still contain the meat of the gospel message. 





For fiction lovers check out DiAnn Mill's latest novel, Concrete Evidence.  This FBI suspense story sprinkled with a touch of romance will take you on an adventure through the Brazos area of Texas, dodging bullets, hurricane winds, and the slanderous threat against a long standing reputation. You will stay intrigued as you flip the pages to unravel the mystery of who is innocent or guilty.


Holidays are busy with more than usual activities. We can learn to thrive in the chaos of life no matter what time of year we are in. Unruffled: Thriving in Chaos by Edie Melson and Rhonda Rhea will guide you through peaceful ways to face stress and unexpected moments in life. A great gift for those who find difficulty letting go of worry and frustration. 







Lighthouse Bible Studies latest collection is For Love's Sake. What better time to read about love than at Christmas when we focus on the greatest love ever bestowed upon mankind--Jesus! I also contributed to this compilation with an article comparing the story of Boaz and Ruth with the love of our Savior toward us. These stories and devotions will warm your heart and bring to mind the passion of God for His creation. 

You can also honor any of these authors by leaving a review on Amazon after you purchase their books. 

Blessings and happy reading! 

Please feel free to leave your thoughts and share about other books that would make wonderful contributions to the lives of people you know. 



17 comments:

  1. Thank you, Barbara, for listing Concrete Evidence.

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    1. I enjoyed that book as I do all of DiAnn Mill's stories. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings!

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  2. Some great recommendations Ms. Barb. I have nearly all of these, and join you in recommending each one. Praying traveling mercies upon you and your husband as you journey home from South Korea my friend. WELCOME HOME!

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    1. Thank you, J.D. We did arrive safely back home. I know you have enjoyed many of these books and have also recommended them to others. Thanks so much for sharing. Blessings!

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  3. What a great list for gift giving. Thanks, Barbara. God bless!

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  4. Great suggestions, Barbara! I've read some of these and need to take a look at the others. Books are always a great gift (for ourselves and others). Thanks for sharing these.

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    1. I agree, Leigh, that books make a lasting gift. Your blog listed some awesome choices too and I am thankful for those. Blessings!

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    2. Thanks for these suggestions! I’ve read some but not all these. Welcome home!
      Candyce

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    3. Thanks, Candyce. It's good to be home. I hope you have a chance to read the other books too. I know you will enjoy them. Blessings!

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  5. Such an honor to be included in the this list of great books. Thank you, Barbara! Like J.D., I have most of these, but I'm thankful for the other recommendations and for your kindness in including Honoring God with My Body. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year.

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    1. Thank you, Katherine, for stopping by. It is my pleasure to recommend your book that I know will be a blessing to anyone who receives it as a gift. Merry Christmas to you also! Blessings!

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing a list of great books and resources to give for Christmas gifts this year.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Joanna. Blessings!

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  7. Great resource. Thanks for sharing

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  8. I've already read several of these books, Barbara. I agree, they will bless anyone who receives them. I'll need to check out the others. Blessings to you!

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