On the Giving Side…

A couple of weeks ago, I asked what YOU wanted for Christmas that had to do with your passion. This week, I want to know what you might give to someone else. Since this blog is all about writing, books, etc., I want to know what top three books you would give to somoene. If you knew nothing about their likes/dislikes, but just wanted to show them the best of the best, what books would you choose?

My top 3 are

1. This Present Darkness, Frank Peretti (Yeah, I know, I have no idea if they even believe in God, but this book is enough to get anyone thinking! Can I get an AMEN?)

2. Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers (Same as above, it makes you think, makes you question why a person would do the things he does in this book. That’s my kind of hero!)

3. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis (Or anything else by him! Okay, seriously, I don’t think I know a single person who does not like this story–if they’ve read it–do you?)

Books can change lives. They can change hearts. What we do with the power of those words has the potential to change the world. They don’t have to be our words to be shared with others.

About Ralene Burke

Whether she’s wielding a fantasy writer’s pen, a freelance editor’s sword, or a social media wand, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to make it SHINE! She has worked for a variety of groups, including Realm Makers, The Christian PEN, Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, and as an editor for a number of freelance clients. Her first novel, Bellanok, is being published as a 4-part serial! When her head’s not in the publishing world, she is wife to a veteran and homeschooling mama to their three kids. Her Pinterest board would have you believe she is a master chef, excellent seamstress, and all around crafty diva. If she only had the time . . .

3 comments on “On the Giving Side…

  1. What do you do if the recipient already has all of the above? 😀

    I love giving books to people, but it has to be something they’ll read. I don’t want to give gifts that they’re just going to chuck in the dumpster or donate to the library for a sale. Amazon wishlists are great for this.

    For instance, for my mom, I’d shop cozy mysteries. For my brother, snarky fantasy/sci fi like Terry Pratchett and his ilk. For my husband, supernatural thrillers. For my kids, the Frog and Toad collection by Arnold Lobel. 😀

  2. I love making stuff for people and finding out what they like especially, then giving them that. as for books, I’m kind of in the same court as Kessie, depending on what they like, but to answer your three book question, at the moment I would have to say, based on my favorites:
    1. Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
    2. Harry Potter and the Sorceress’s Stone
    3. ……

    disclaimer: this is really hard, and I don’t want to be looked upon as…cheesy..by selecting one of the alumni’s books. ha!

  3. The best of the best?
    1. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. A Pulitzer Prize winner and a fantastic portrayal of a Christian at the end of his days, penning a diary for his young son, whom he won’t see grow up. Can’t recommend this one enough.
    2. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. Wonderful writing, wonderful story.
    3. Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice. Loved the audacity of this one – the story of Jesus as a young child, told from His POV? Wow. But she pulls it off, in my opinion. An intriguing look at the question of “When did Jesus know that he was the Son of God?” Also a historically accurate representation of Palestine at the time of Jesus. This one made me think, taught me lots, and deepened my faith. I would give this one with Book 2 of the series, On the Road to Cana, which I enjoyed even more. Both of these books deepened my understanding of Jesus and the times He lived in.

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