As a reader and writer, my guests receive books for Christmas. Here are my picks:
First, the children. Children always receive a game with the book. Life is more than reading and I never want to give the impression that reading does not accompany fun.
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
|Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story|
For adults, always a Christmas book or DVD:
|The Voice Revealed: The True Story of the Last Eyewitness: The Gospel of John|
The Voice Revealed is a fresh look at the Gospel of John.
|The Promise : A Christmas Tale|
|Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas|
Writings from some great writers.
The Nativity Story - A Novel
A Christmas Carol DVD (This is the one with Alastair Sim as Scrooge and is the best production I have ever seen.)
Books for Writers:
I have read all or part of these and they are listed in no particular order:
|Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life|
|The Rock That Is Higher: Story as Truth|
My favorite book on how short stories and novels convey truth.
|The Writing Life|
A book on the process of creative writing by a creative writer.
|On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft|
The first half is a memoir; the second a how to.
|The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers|
An excellent classic handbook for all fiction writers.
|Letters to a Young Novelist|
Mario Vargas Llosa, a recent winner of the Nobel Price in Literature, pens letters to an aspiring novelist elucidating the principals of a successful novel.
|The Forest for the Trees (Revised and Updated): An Editor's Advice to Writers|
The first half covers what editors wish writers would learn; the second, publishing.
The Soul Tells a Story: Engaging Creativity with Spirituality in the Writing Life
|Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print|
An excellent book for any fiction writer at any stage of the writing process. The best book to read before you submit your work to an agent or publisher.