To the avid reader, it's always exciting to find a book under the tree. Below are some of our most popular books to gift, perfect for any book lover in your life.
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It's easy to view our online presence as fake, to see the internet as a space we enter when we aren't living our real, offline lives. IRL, Chris Stedman's insightful exploration of authenticity in the digital age, shines a light on how age-old notions of realness can be freshly understood in our online lives. Stedman invites us all to consider how we use the internet to fulfill our essential need to feel real, online and off.
On the surface Liz Petrone looks as if she has it all. But, like many women, she is desperately lonely and dealing with ghosts of her own. Raw, unflinchingly honest, and surprisingly funny, The Price of Admission is written from a universally understood place of struggle, whether that is the deep darkness of grief or the demanding, yet joyful, haze of everyday life spent caring for ourselves and our families. Liz provides a timeless reminder to world-weary readers that, often, it is because of our pain that we grow, survive, and–yes–thrive.
Johnny Cash sang about and for people on the margins. He famously played concerts in prisons, where he sang both murder ballads and gospel tunes in the same set. In Trains, Jesus, and Murder, Beck explores the theology of Johnny Cash by investigating a dozen of Cash's songs. In reflecting on Cash's lyrics, and the passion with which he sang them, we gain a deeper understanding of the enduring faith of the Man in Black.
Meta Herrick Carlson
The ordinary moments of life can be sacred, if we simply take time to notice. From gifted poet and empathetic pastor Meta Herrick Carlson, Ordinary Blessings is a collection of prayers, poems, and meditations offering a brief respite from the hectic, harried pace of our days. Pause, take a deep breath, and open these pages to find that you've been standing on holy ground all along.
Cliff Edwards, a well-known Vincent van Gogh author and scholar, explores Van Gogh's second gift—the surprising written works of Van Gogh in the form of letters to his brother, fellow artists, and friends. Van Gogh's Second Gift gives us another side of Van Gogh, whose poetic, creative, and original mind opened up startling insights on the creative process. Focusing on more than 40 letter excerpts, Edwards illuminates Van Gogh's vision and creative process, and offers suggestions for reflection and personal engagement.
Melinda Emily Thomas
For many, yoga is a source of both physical and mental wellness. In Sacred Balance, certified yoga instructor and spirituality blogger Melinda Emily Thomas helps you bring balance to mind, body, and spirit through two timeless traditions: yoga and the Benedictine Way. Studded with illustrations of basic yoga poses and ideas for wellness, prayers, and meditations, Sacred Balance offers an abundance of wisdom for daily life that guides us toward peace and wholeness.
Enrich each day with wisdom from our greatest spiritual thinkers. Through brief daily readings and reflection questions, the 30-Day Journey series invites readers to be inspired and transformed. By devoting a moment to meaningful reflection and spiritual growth, readers will find deeper understanding of themselves and the world, one day at a time. These devotionals are just the right size to be the perfect stocking stuffer.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- St. Hildegard of Bingen
- Martin Luther King Jr.
- Dorothy Day
- Jane Austen
- Emily Dickinson
Brian D. McLaren
Bestselling author Brian D. McLaren followed his love of nature (specifically, tortoises) all the way to the Galápagos Islands. There, he paid close attention to the flora and fauna around him but also to what was happening within him, how the natural world awakened his soul in a way that organized religion could not. Even though many of us will never visit the Galápagos Islands, we can travel with McLaren and experience the beauty and fragility of this extraordinary place.
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