Christmas Book Gift Ideas

      With Christmas only weeks away, here are some of my absolute favorite books in different genres to help you find the perfect gift for those bookworms on your list. 

I try to include at least one book as a gift to my loved ones to help them discover the joy of stories and learning.   Now that we also have audible versions of books, you can also give books to those who don’t like to read, have trouble seeing, or just struggle with reading.    

       You can find out more about any of these books below by just clicking on the book title or picture.   

       This first book is one we listened to on a road trip when our son wasHank the Cowdog young and struggled with dyslexia and ADD.   Hank the Cow Dog by John Erickson  will entertain your kids with the silly antics of  Hank, a ranch cow dog and his sidekick, Grover. The author has written  73 books in this series and does all the voices for these funny stories.  I highly recommend it for kids who struggle with reading.   

     In the category of memoirs,  Where the Wind Leads  by Vinh Chung came up number one for me,  followed closely by, We Were The Lucky Ones by  Georgia Hunter.  Both of these books are absolutely amazing, heart wrenching, and inspiring!  The first is set in the time period of the Vietnam War and the second, during World War II.

History is a big love in our family and the book that I think will touch every  American’s heart is  The Only Plane in the Sky  by Garrett M. Graff.  This oral history of 9/11 was captivating to listen to because of the many voices retelling the  individual stories.  I learned so much about the events of this day that I didn’t know.  And for those who weren’t  old enough to remember 9/11, they will  learn from the people who actually lived through it.   I could hardly stop listening. 

Before We Were YoursUnder Historical Fiction, I struggled to decide between theseWater from My Heart  two favorites:  Water From My Heart by Charles Martin  and Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.   Both of these stories are based on actual events. The first in Central America and the second in the Tennessee Children’s Home  Society orphanage.   Riveting, astonishing, captivating stories you will never forget.  

Keep GoingTwo authors I discovered this past year in the category of self-help that were immensely encouraging, funny,  while also thought provoking  were:     Keep Going:  10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon and  Start:  Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters by Jon Acuff.  Start by Jon AcuffBoth were delightful, insightful reads that will inspire you when you are discouraged or just need the next step.    

Jana's bookCooking/Health category:  If you need help getting  a quick, healthy dinner on the table, check out this book:   Oh No!  What Am I Making For Dinner? by Jana Synder.  It is full of tips, templates, and worksheets to help you end that 5 p.m. panic.  Her plan fits your schedule and your recipes, with minimal effort.  Easy to read and implement for busy moms or dads!

Spiritual:   Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer  by Priscilla Shirer was the most important book I read last year in this category.  If you only focus on the goodness of God, but don’t realize you have an enemy set out to destroy all you cherish, this book is one you need to read.  Prayer is our offensive weapon and Priscilla will help you with this spiritual discipline.    


    Hope you find a book  from this list to help with your Christmas shopping.  I am an Amazon affiliate, so any purchase you make by clicking on the book picture or title is much appreciated.  Merry Christmas and  happy reading! ! !

Two girls reading books in the snow –  Thanks to:  benwhitephotography

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