5 Reasons to Give Books for Christmas

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


About Brent Osterberg

Ransomed sinner, husband to Keri, father to the kiddos three, associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX, and lover of most things epic. View all posts by Brent Osterberg

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