A Gift That Keeps on Giving
By Margaret Daley
It’s the Christmas season, and if you are like me, you have to decide what to give people on your Christmas list. Sometimes that can be a difficult task, especially for people who have “everything.” I have a gift that can go across all generations and it covers a wide area of interest: a book.
A book can either be fiction, non-fiction or a combination of both. You can discover what a person likes to read, and then you can find a Christian book that covers that subject or genre. If a friend or family member is dealing with a difficult situation, you can give them a book that deals with the same type of problem. It can be a non-fiction book concerning the subject–like grief. But that same subject can be in a fiction book where the story shows how the characters handle their grief, what problems they encounter and how they go through the stages of grieving.
At American Christian Fiction Writer’s FictionFinder.com website, you can put in a subject, geographical area, a time period, and/or a social issue and search for fiction books that cover them. For instance, my book, Shattered Silence, is about bullying. If you are looking for a book about dealing with bullies, you could check the list of social issues for all the books on the site that deal with bullying.
Another way to get a specific book on a subject or genre for a person you want to buy a gift for is to talk with a salesperson at a Christian bookstore. The staff will often know what others have been reading, recommending and saying about certain books. The staff can be a great resource to help you pick the right book for a gift for someone on your list.
Why give a Christian book for a present? It is a personal gift, one you’ve put thought into. There is an array of topics that have books covering them whether fiction or non-fiction. Books can be given to all ages, male and female. A book whether purely entertaining or informational gives something to the reader–spiritual depth, affirmation of his faith, enjoyment and knowledge. Giving a Christian book is an extension of your stewardship, a way for you to spread the Word. What a great gift to give a person you care about, not just at Christmas but also throughout the year.
I’ve been writing for over thirty years. In 2000 I was led to write for the Lord, but I resisted at first because I didn’t think I had what it took to write a story with a faith element in it–to help others with their faith. But God had other ideas. He kept giving me stories perfect for the Christian fiction market–stories about forgiveness, redemption, trusting the Lord, hope and many other themes involving faith. I want to leave the reader uplifted. My writing is my ministry, and from letters I have received, I’ve helped people with some of their problems but also entertained them in the process. That is the power of a book.
Come join me with giving books for this Christmas to your loved ones and friends. I have been buying some throughout the year to give. With four granddaughters, I especially want to give them books to read. I’ve gained so much enjoyment from reading over the years. It’s important for me to pass it on to my granddaughters and what better books than Christian ones–clean, well written and faith based.
So make out a shopping list of types of books you can get for different people on your Christmas list and head for your nearest Christian bookstore. You can’t go wrong. Books are the gifts that keep on giving. They can be shared and reread. Have a merry Christmas.