Thursday, November 10, 2016

Book Lover’s Gift Guide

I read to refuel, reimagine, and relax.  Most often, though, I read to learn.  I love a good nonfiction book (it's sort of my thing).  Through reading, I’ve rediscovered my faith, created space for good conversation, strengthened friendships, and become a more passionate and truer version of myself.  Words on a page stay with me forever, like a good friend ready to be re-consulted, loved again, and captivated by over and over.  I keep my most favorite books in a pile together, all of them worn and weathered by creased page corners, underlined sections, and notes in the margins.  And I often find myself reaching for one, looking for a partially remembered quote to encourage a friend or the paragraph I know is somewhere in chapter 9 that will reframe some struggle I’m moving through myself. 

I read a spectrum of topics, but I especially love science and theology books.  Undoubtedly, my favorite books of each year will fall into one of those two categories.  I appreciate a book that stretches both my understanding and my comfort levels; and honestly, most of the books I read now I would never have touched 5 or 6 years ago.  All the books have changed and shaped me.  For the better, I hope. 

I love to gift books.  I barely need an excuse to do it.  And with Christmas just around the corner, I thought I’d pair each of my favorites this year with something perfect in a Book Lover’s Gift Guide.   At the least, it will give you some good book recommendations (I’ve read them all—they are ALL top notch), a few shops to check out, and maybe inspire your own book “pairing” for a friend on your list this season.  Also, there is a free download at the end of the list if you’d like to print and/or color a bookmark to slip inside the crisp pages of a gifted book.  Everyone should always put a bookmark in a new book—it’s just right. 


**Click -->HERE<-- for downloadable bookmarks** 
Happy Holidays and early shopping!
And, as always, happy reading….

PS…Feel free to share what you are reading!!  I pursue all good recommendations.
I really do.  You should see my living room bookshelves!
 

14 comments:

  1. Great post Krista and what a gorgeous bookmark! Thanks hun, your generosity as always overflows. Sending big hugs and wishes for happy family days. Wends xoxo

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  2. Oooh I love books and passed the lovebonto my little guy too!! At the moment I am on my last book of the Miss peregrine series, Library of souls so I need to line me up a new book for when I am done!!! My love of books started with terry pratchett novels when I was 10! Huge hugs and love hunny xxx

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    1. Is that the movie that is out with the little children who are different-- the movie looks a little creepy, but really cool???... I think those books are probably really good!

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  3. Thanks hun. Truly beautiful as always.

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  4. Love this you are so generous. Thank you so much for this awesome bookmark

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  5. Thanks for the bookmark, love the book recommendations and the "I love Jesus, but I cuss a little" t-shirt...that's SO me! :)

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    1. Yeah, I have that one and I get a lot of "oh, that's so me..." It's a good shirt:)

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    2. Present over perfect, Crazy Love The Message Bible.... these are all books that have helped me mature in parenting my adult children. It has given me A New Perspective and I have been able to apply what I have learned from this book with my people. These books have weld me in new ways and have comforted me in old ones. Thanks for these recommendations with the exception of The Message Bible ( that one was a Greg Hill recommendation). I love that when you think you think in book titles.

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    3. I love that you listen to me as I tell you all my book recommendations and that you read them too! And that you host mega-awesome book club events around the table. 💛😘

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  6. Present Over Perfect...I just picked this up in my church book store and I can't wait to dive in! Love your new blog BTW.

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    1. You will LOVE that book!! Its so so good-- and thank you for the kind words!
      Hugs, K

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