Giving Gifts

December Staff Picks Part II — Here are some more books we love to give.

Cindy is giving The Gardener by Sarah Stewart and David Small because “my granddaughter planted her first garden this year and was thrilled to see things sprout and grow. I think this children’s book will be a great gift for her.” (We hope none of Cindy’s family happens on gift spoilers on the blog!)


Ed likes giving Return of the Prodigal by Henri Nouwen because he feels like this is a book he can give to anyone.


Heather suggests giving Home by Marilynne Robinson because she likes giving prize-winning fiction to unsuspecting relations.


Carolyn suggests John Jensen Feels Different by Henrik Hovland because “I gave this lovely Norwegian children’s book to myself recently, and I may give it to my goddaughter when she is a little older. If you don’t fall in love with John Jensen in 30 seconds, it’s not my fault, nor is it the fault of Hovland or his brilliant illustrator, Norwegian-Canadian Toril Love.”


Sheila suggests The Experience of God by David Bentley Hart because it is a good book. We all know that Sheila always suggests good books.


Connor, following the colouring book trend, suggests giving All the Libraries Toronto by Daniel Rotsztain because “It’s fun, and another way to connect with Toronto’s growing library system.”


Andrew suggests giving The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky because “Everyone should read at least one classic novel at Christmas time.”brothers


Tis the Season…

… to be giving. And books make great presents. Our staff picks for December are books that we’ve given or are giving.

Cindy is giving The Abbey by James Martin, S.J. because “when I started reading this book I didn’t want to put it down; I’m planning on sending it to my mother.” (We *hope* Cindy’s mother isn’t reading the blog!)


Ed is giving Lila by Marilynne Robinson because it is on his wife’s reading list. (His wife *might* have chosen Ed’s staff picks without his knowledge this month.)


Carolyn suggests giving Dog-Kissed Tears by Lambert Zuidervaart because “I found this book comforting in the wake of losing my beloved dog. It is a lovely gift for anyone who is grieving the loss of a pet this Christmas.”


Heather recommends giving An Experiment in Criticism by C.S. Lewis because it is the perfect gift for reading friends as it is a Lewis work that few people have read. (And it is Lewis. How can you go wrong?)


Sheila regularly gives Becoming Human by John Behr because she loves the book and it has a great cover. (Fr. Behr’s books is not to be confused with the published Massey Lectures of Jean Vanier, also called Becoming Human.)


Connor is going to give Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl because, he says, it is “not cheery, but not to be missed: I’m giving a couple copies as gifts.”


And last but certainly not least,

Andrew suggests giving Terrapin by Wendell Berry, because “people don’t read enough poetry–especially modern poetry and especially modern Christian poetry.”