Books on topics such as faith, spirituality, the saints and more can make great Christmas gifts. Here are recommendations we received from our Mercy Spirituality Center friends.
In The Manger by Max Lucado. “Our Women's Faith Sharing group is reading this book for Advent. We chose this book for the inspirational messages for the season.”—Rochelle B.
I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening) by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers. “I was having a difficult time understanding different political points of view without taking them personally and even had a spat with a family member concerning our opposite views. This book has a faith-based and grace-filled approach to dealing with political conversations, using Bible quotes, research and personal experience to open my mind and show me various perspectives.”— Bonnie Kieffer
The Flowing Grace of Now by Macrina Wiederkehr. “The book’s format is a reflection for every week of the year, encouraging you to look for—and at—the teachers in your life. Will be welcome in January!”—Kathy Vernam
Sensible Shoes by Sharon Brown and the series. “I loved this book, which is a lighter, easier read. I could relate to each character in the book and what each struggled with spiritually.”—Linda Demme
My Life with the Saints by James Martin SJ. “I really enjoyed this book. It was a great gift for our pastor, but I'd recommend it for anyone. The book and the author are very real and help us to think about how the saints can help us to find our way.”—Jane Daly Seaberg
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. “Such a poignant story.”—Connie K. Duff
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön. Recommended by Rhianna Brandt Bangs
Nearer My God by William F. Buckley, any book by Matthew Kelly, and A Town Like Alice by Neville Shute. Recommended by Gary Brandt
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. “This is a daily reader that I often go back to, and I have given as a gift.”—Annette Meade
The Will of God: Understanding and Pursuing His Ultimate Plan for Your Life by Charles F. Stanley. Recommended by Bob DeMallie.
Rediscover the Rosary by Matthew Kelly. “His Gospel selections, meditations and prayers for each mystery have turned my praying of the rosary into a deeply spiritual experience.”—Jane Sutter Brandt