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Give the Gift of Reading This Christmas (Gift Guide)

Welcome to my Holiday Gift Guide!

Yes, it's that time again--the holidays are just around the corner again. No matter what you gave last year, why not consider giving something really helpful this year? Instead of giving your teenagers mindless video games which have been proven to have dangerous effects or even movie DVDs which involve passive watching to turn the brain to jello, why not give the gift of reading? Yes, give them a good book to read. They may not get as excited about it at first, but they'll thank you in the future.

You can also give the gift of reading to those adults on your list. Instead of giving uncle Joe a tie or pair of socks of which he probably has enough already, why not give him an exciting adult novel or interesting non-fiction book to read?

You can even give the gift of reading to children. Instead of a toy of doll which will be broken in a few weeks give them children's books which they can read again and again and cherish forever.

Giving a book

Giving a book

Opening poll:

Is reading a lost or dying art? - Don't let this happen!-->

The death of reading

The death of reading

With all our fancy devices (iPods, Xboxes, blackberries, Nintendo's, DVD's etc.) How many us take the time these days to curl up with a good book? How many books have your read lately? How many do you think your friends or family have read? Maybe it's time to revive the art before it's too late.

David Ulin, former book review editor of the Los Angeles Times, discusses the act of reading and its place in our information overloaded age in his book "The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time.".

"The Gift of Reading" book

"The Gift of Reading" book

More on the gift of reading:

Although you could give the above-mentioned book, or one like it, or even the one pictured above ,-- although an excellent suggestion for parents and caregivers -- these are here mainly to support my thesis and plea: Give the gift of reading this year! So, I'll put it like this: not considering the one mentioned or the one pictured above, my serious gift book Suggestions begin with the next one (below).



My first choice: The Biblical novel, "Of Such Is The Kingdom." I'd sincerely recommed it even if haden't written it.

MY first choice for anyone from pre-teen through adult would be the unique historical, Biblical novel "Of Such Is The Kingdom." It makes an excellent Christmas gift, especially since Chapter 3 is a flashback to the coming of the Magi and the slaughter of the innocents. See the book trailer below:



The Slaughtor of the Innocents described in Chapter 3

From the synopsis:

Step back into New Testament times--to Ancient Jerusalem at the time of Christ and of the historical Roman Empire, and ask: What could a cynical, non-conformist dry-goods salesman, a disgruntled blacksmith, and a musing mendicant all have in common? The answer: Down deep, they all seek something better. But will they find the true fulfillment they are seeking?

[This novel has everything: Intrigue, suspense, mystery, romance, family living, conversation, poetry, stream-of -consciousness, searching and fulfillment, it has it all!]

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For more on why you should give this novel, and to order it, you can go here:

  • Give this book this Christmas:
    See why the Biblical Novel, "OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM" would be the very best Christmas gift you could possibly give to those readers or even potential readerson your list.

My 2nd choice: The Gift Edition of "The Christmas Victory"

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I'd recommend this one even if I didn't write it.

I recommend this book for any reader, but especially for anyone who has suffered a loss of any kind, particularly a tragic loss of a loved one. It can serve as a means of encouragement and hope to such, or to all of us, who might happen to do so in the future

The full-color gift edition of this powerful American historical fiction novel, with red ribbons at every heading and 16 beautiful relevant pictures at important points throughout, makes a great Christmas gift to give.


Here's one of the pictures:

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From a 5 Star review by Liz Konkel for Readers’ Favorite :

a delightful gift edition of an uplifting story of Christmas and faith, …. James M. Becher's story is light and uplifting, …centered on two well-known writers who pull themselves out of tragedy and bleakness to find their faith. These known figures' stories are taken from biographical information but the story is fitted around Christmas. The story weaves between Henry [W.Longfellow] and his son Charles, Mark Twain, and Jim Berk. T.,,, They influence each other as their stories link together through their struggles and how they come to discover their faith in God. Becher centers on tragedies and uses the darkest moments in Mark's and Henry's lives to explore how to not give up on happiness and turn to their faith [,]…capturing cheer and melancholy in the tone. Becher also includes a variety of colorful images throughout that add to the Christmas spirit, which is captured in the very meaning of Christmas found in the characters' struggles. [This book] would make the perfect gift to share with loved ones and is a story to enjoy as a family with its poignant themes of faith, family, and reconnection.”

Here's an example:

Historical fiction or alternative history?:

This novel is about one little sermon called “The Christmas Victory,” and one, even littler poem, called “Christmas Bells,” and how, fictionally, they both MAY have influenced and given hope to, not only the author of the poem, Henry W. Longfellow, but also his son, Charles, and Mark Twain, whom Charles meets.


For more about this inspiring novel, including how I came to write it, reviews, and more links to excerpts of both the original and the Gift edition, you can go

  • Unique Historical Novel: "The Christmas Victory"
    My 5th published book is a unique historical novel, called "THE CHRISTMAS VICTORY, A Gem of a Sermon All Wrapped Up in A Historicak Novel." It's about H.W. Longfellow, his son and and Mark Twain.

My 3rd choice: The one I wish I had written (The Shack) :

The Shack by Wm Paul Young

The Shack by Wm Paul Young

Someone gave a copy of "The Shack" for Christmas and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a well written fantasy which raises some theological questions. It stars out like a mystery about the death of the main character's daughter and then goes into a metaphorical fantasy as he is called to a vacant shack where he meets personifications of the members of the trinity. But, this novel is controversial, so you will surely want to check out the link below before deciding to buy it. Yet, despite what some may call a questionable presentation of the trinity it does manage to present nuggets of truth throughout and certainly causes the reader to think about God and truth. So. because of that it also would make a fine gift and in-spite of the controversy surrounding it, I offer it as my second choice for a gift book. However, you may want to look into it yourself to see why it is controversial and form your own opinion before purchasing. Thus, follow the link below.

For more on this novel and why it is controversial, plus polls and links to purchase it, check out the hub listed below:

  • The "The Shack" controversy
    Some people say "The Shack" has hidden heresies--that it presents a wrong or distorted view of God and some theological issues.

My choice for Sci-fi fans.

Impossible Journey, A Tale Of Times And Truth

Impossible Journey, A Tale Of Times And Truth

I would also recommend this book, even if I hadn't written it.

It's Sci-fi (time-travel) with a purpose. It's perfect for the sci-fi fan on your list.

"Impossible Journey is reminiscent of The Time Machine by H. G. Wells with a unique twist."--- Tami Brady.

Future scientists plan to time-travel to Eden to prevent the fall and thus put an end to all evil and disease in the world. But they can only travel 200 years, more or less, at a time.

For more on why this novel is unique plus synopsis, complete review and excerpts and "Buy" links, you can go here:

  • Unique Purposeful Time Travel Novel
    With all of the many Sci-fi novels which have been published and even all of the time travel novels, I still feel that mine is truly unique for several reasons.

My choice for children: Narnia:

C.S. Lewis, author of the trilogy pictured above, is a great writer both for adults and children. The Narnia Chronicles are a fantasy series especially written for children, though they can be enjoyed by adults as well, and they are highly recommended especially because of Lewis' use of symbols to represent Spiritual truths. For example, in the first one, "The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe," the death and resurrection of Christ is depicted by the death and resurrection of the lion. Thus, the series can serve as a teaching tool to help present spiritual truths to your children.

For more on Narnia and the symbolism involved, check out these hubs by fellow hubbers. You can purchase the Narnia set from the second hub listed:

My choice for non-fiction (For buisness prople or anyone seeking life-success:

Principles of the Kingdom (God's Success Principles)

Principles of the Kingdom (God's Success Principles)

Here's a link to the Chapter titles so you can see what's covered

Exit poll:

Comments? - Happy holidays!

kehsiberry on December 10, 2013:

This a good idea, sometimes people forget that gift giving is not about the items, it's the thought that counts. i love to receive a book, I never have received one yet. Happy Holidays to you...

Sami4u LM on December 22, 2010:

Hi,

A sprinkling of Angel Dust for Christmas :)

TheyCallMeVarmit on December 21, 2010:

Books are the only thing I ever ask for! Loving the lens, a lot of nice suggestions. :)

sponias lm on December 21, 2010:

I love reading! Thank you for your work!

ideadesigns on December 20, 2010:

Yes books should be given more often. Congrats on your new book link!! It looks fascinating!! I haven't read fiction in a long time and your inspiring me to begin again.

Loretta from United States on December 17, 2010:

Great job on this ~ I love the idea of reading being a gift, amazing and powerful.

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