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I know it's been ages since I have been on my blog. I swear there's a good explanation. If you remember a post from a few months ago, I announced that we were losing our home of the past 9 years. Well, the Lord worked things out for the best and we are now living in a 100 year old craftsman bungalow, in the downtown area of our town. It's my dream house honestly. Yes, we are only renting-and it's definitely a lot smaller than our old house-but honestly, I find myself being more in love with it!
That being said, it took a lot to move and get the kids back in a rhythm with their schooling. We also faced a few hardships and sicknesses, so writing had to be placed on the back-burner. Life seems to be falling back into place and here I am!
With the holidays around the corner, I am super excited to celebrate Christmas in our home! We didn't have our own place last year-so this year I am going to try to make it really special. Thinking about gifts I wanna give out, books always come to mind. I thought I would share my top 10 favorite books to give as gifts!
1. The Play-Along Bible by Bob Hartman. This is an adorable book for you to pass on to the little people in your life. Not only does it tell the wonderful stories of the Bible, but it gives you hand motions to bring the stories to life! Stunning illustrations fill the pages. I have no doubt your tiniest loves will certainly adore unwrapping this on Christmas morning!
The Writer's Market. If you have any writer's in your family-THIS is the book to gift. It's filled with all kinds of valuable information such as tips, bios of agents, and websites that accept content. It's a writer's bible and every person who love to put pen to paper NEEDS this on their shelves!
Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I put this on the list for the guys out there. My hubby isn't much of a reader, but he read it and loved it. We have always been moved my Francis Chan and his contagious love for Christ-this book is no exception to that. This book is worth reading over and over again for the way that it makes you want to weep in awe over who God really is. It's simply beautiful.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling. Umm, do I really need to explain this one? It's the entire first book of Harry Potter, ILLUSTRATED! I've flipped through this one in the store and literally drooled all over it. I WANT IT SO BAD! It's big like a coffee table book, and probably the most amazing book of it's kind. The second one, The Chamber of Secrets just came out and I want it too!
Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal. I actually have this one, and it's SO COOL. It's a little smaller than a typical paperback, but it's filled with complete awsomeness! Think of an adult coloring book and a journal combined and you have this book! The pages are beautiful with parts for you to color or write on, while having scripture, praises, and uplifting quotes to help you meditate on the day. The pages aren't completely black and white-which is why I like it so much. The layout of the cover is what is really carried on throughout the book. It makes a gorgeous place to doodle while also jotting down you most intimate praises for the Lord.
Deep Run Roots by Vivian Howard. For all of your culinary loves, THIS is the cookbook to give. It's really a memoir and cookbook in one-and it's outrageously cool! It's close to 600 pages and packed with the most amazing recipes from the wonderful state (my state!) of North Carolina! If you don't know, Vivian is an award winning chef and owner of the restaurant Chef and the Farmer. She is also the star of her own show, that follows her wonderful journey called "A Chef's Life" aired on PBS. My thoughtful sister (who is also a chef) met Vivian not too long ago and got me a signed copy of this. Let me tell you, the recipes in here are so darn yummy and authenic-it blows my mind. Many recipes she has in here are EXACTLY the way my grandma would make things. If you have a foodie who is big on the farm to table movement-get this. It's the biggest and baddest cookbook I own and I display it front-faced PROUDLY!
Can I Really Know Jesus by Carolyn Larson. The kids and I go over this book each and every morning. It has 101 very simple questions pertaining to Jesus. Things like, "Why was Jesus Baptized?", "Is Jesus God's Son?", "Did Jesus have Brothers & Sisters?". The book answers each question with a short, precise, response that is backed by scripture. It takes us less than 10 minutes to go over this. I think this would be a great gift for kids as well as new Christians. The book itself is small, but really beautiful. The motif and fonts on the front are carried throughout the entire book. I love adding this to our morning routine, because it even helps me understand a simpler way of explaining Jesus to non-believers.
The Man in the Moon by William Joyce. Okay, honestly just insert ANY book by William Joyce, especially his The Guardians of Childhood series. OH EM GEE. The stories and illustrations blow my mind. He has become an absolute favorite of our house. These are pure treasures in my collection.
You may recall a movie a few years back called, Rise of the Guardians. That movie was based on this series of books. Each book follows a different guardian. We only have The Man in the Moon and The Sandman. Both are equally stunning with a sort of "steampunk" element to the illustrations. I seriously would gift this to any book lover or anyone with children.
Celebrations by Danielle Walker. I had to include this because I just LOVE Danielle Walker, and all that she has done for the gluten-free community. I got this book in and just ooed and ahhed over it. Each section is broken up into holidays and their means opposed to just being split up my entrees, desserts, etc. There is so much yumminess in between the covers of this book! Even if you're not gluten-free, this is still a worth-while read. Danielle's food is far from weird or inedible. I would bet, that your family wouldn't even know that what they were eating was GF if you fixed one of these recipes! So if you have someone who is looking to get a little healthier, or maybe they just discovered that they have some food allergies-this would be a good gift. Also, if you're going to a party and looking for a hostess gift-Celebrations would be a nice change from the bottle of wine (although throwing in the wine too would still be appreciated!).
This is my list of 10 Great Books to Give as Gifts! What are some books you love to give? What are some books you are hoping to score this season?
*Some of these titles were sent to me for honest review. My opinions are 100% my own.*