Book Recommendations for Christmas! UPDATED

Last week when I ranted about Black Friday and the absurd over-commercialization of Christmas, I wrote:

“The littlest kids are getting gifts (small ones; hello chess sets!) — and everyone else is getting homemade cookies or Monastic soaps, cremes and candies — high-quality “things” that are quickly used and gone, and whose purchase helps sustain houses of prayer — or books that can actually change people’s lives by helping them to find a measure of true comfort and joy, those two genuine gifts of Christmas.”

I’m making good on that, today, and as George Weigel has put forward a really excellent list of great gift titles (including this one, which I’d not seen and of course desperately want) I thought I’d add a few titles. Unsurprisingly, Weigel is as hot for giving people copies of Catholicism as I am, and I’ve already told you why this book is also a great gift, but here are a few more:

for a busy mom!

for a Catholic who needs to vent!

for a Yout

for someone who still thinks it’s a “symbol”

for a guy who is a guy and needs a guy’s way of being faithful

for someone who misses fiction about nuns (come on, we all do!)

for someone who needs a hero

for a woman you love

for the best friend

for a deep-water diving companion

for someone who would like a gentle encounter with Truth, everyday

for a kid who likes comic books

for someone with great intentions and a short attention span

for exhausted girl who needs brain candy at night

And in DVD:
Pope John Paul II; the Man, the Pope and his Message

Okay, I’m exhausted — how about ya’ll pitch in? What books, DVD’s and kids things are you buying?

UPDATE: I just realized, I didn’t actually include a Christmas title in any of this. Here are two: the first is a Kindle single, Dakota Christmas by Joseph Bottum.

“Her hair was the same thin shade of gray as the weather-beaten pickets of the fence around her frozen garden. She had a way with horses, and she was alone on Christmas Eve. There is little in my life I regret as much as that I would not stay for just one cookie, just one cup of tea.”

And two more:

This because this is gloriously beautiful

And this — because the book is even better than the film!

UPDATE II: Webster Bull has A list of his favorite books

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Frances

    I donated to a national prolife group for their strong, new ad campaign in honor of my aunt. That will be my aunt’s gift. Non-material but helping culture and hopefully, saving lives.

  • Nancy Berube

    Trappistine nuns at Wrentham, MA also make miraculous candies & the monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, MA make heavenly jams & preserves. Both have websites that I’m too computer illiterate to link but easily found on the web–or if people are in New England, visiting the monastery shops is a treat in itself.
    I’ve asked my family to make donations to my favorite charities (Feminists for Life, Daughters of the Holy Spirit, Visitation House, & Pernet Family Health Services) for me as I’m drowning in “stuff”.

  • http://breadhere.wordpress.com Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

    Thanks – this is great!

  • Lawrence Cunningham

    Anchoress:
    Get the Short book on Newman – it is the best book I have read this Fall!

  • Mary H

    For a junior in high scholl looking for a college to attend – a subscription to First Things.

  • http://www.catholicmom.com Lisa Hendey

    Oh Elizabeth, I’m so psyched to be included on your list!! Find some of my recent suggestions at http://catholicmom.com/?p=23672 which includes my link to Katrina, who also has a great list going. Thanks for some awesome suggestions for my loved ones!!

  • Ellen

    I am watching (and savoring) Father Barron’s Catholicism. Best thing I have seen in YEARS!!!

  • Bren Rogers

    I would include “A Father’s Tale” by Michael O’Brien for those who are looking for a good novel. Taylor Marshall’s “The Crucified Rabbi: Judaism and the Origins of Catholic Christianity” is excellent. I am reading “Walking with God: A Journey Through the Bible” by Tim Gray and Jeff Cavins presently and it’s a great overview on Sacred Scripture. Oh, and did you mention Heather King’s “Shirt of Flame”? She allows one to journey with her as she embarks on a years journey with St. Therese of Lisieux. Exquisite! I agree that Fr. Barron’s “Catholicism” is a must have.
    Peace,
    bren

  • http://easternchristianbooks.blogspot.com Adam DeVille

    For those Eastern Catholics or Orthodox on your list, or those interested in Eastern Christianity, I put together a long list of recommended titles here: http://easternchristianbooks.blogspot.com/2011/11/books-for-christmas-some.html

  • Mary H

    Catholic Charities of Fort Worth has started selling scarves knitted by refugee women. You can read the article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram at http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/12/02/3567463/refugee-women-knit-scarves-as.html or go to http://www.wornforpeace.com to shop. This is a great way to support immigrant families in this country.

  • alcogito

    I looked up “A Christmas Story” on Turner Classic Movies’ website after following your link to the article. It will play Tues Dec 6 at 9 pm. I assume that is EST, so probably 6 pm on the left coast. Sounds like great nostalgia for those of us who remember the 50s.


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