As you shop for family, friends, and neighbors, I would urge you to consider giving a book as at least part of your gift. Here are some reasons why:
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.
Have I mentioned that the cheapest, fastest, best place to get books is Westminster Bookstore?