As you’re beginning to think about buying Christmas gifts for your family and friends, consider these 5 reasons from my friend Justin Childers for why you should give books.
- Good books tend to be gifts that last a long time. People don’t throw away good books. They pass them on to their children, grandchildren, and church libraries. Sweaters, ties, and fruitcakes are relatively short-lived.
- Good books are used by God to change people’s lives. I have never heard of someone’s life being changed by an ornament, an atomic clock, or a gift card to the GAP.
- Think of the cumulative effect of giving books for presents. If you give a certain person a book every year for 50 years, you help them build a library.
- Good books communicate care for a person. In giving someone a book you like, you are communicating something of how that book has helped you.
- Good books tend to open conversations about spiritual things easily.
-Always write a personal note in the front cover. That way, the person can look back decades later and remember your care for them. If you are unsure whether they have a particular book, write in pencil.
-Plan to tell the person why you chose that book for them. Encourage them to read it and let you know what they think.