Many, especially in this space, know me as an author, but I have always been an avid reader—reading somewhere between 50-100 books a year. Friends often ask me for my “best picks” for what to read next. So if you’re looking for books to put on your Christmas wish list, or books to buy for your reader loved one, you’ll definitely want to check out these 32 great gifts for readers and book lovers. They are perfect Christmas gifts for the Christian readers on your list.

If you need more ideas for Christmas gift shopping, check out my other recent posts: 36 great Christmas gifts for 2020 that You Can Find on Amazon and 60 Top Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Teens, Adults & In-Laws.

Best New Bible

The Fresh Start Bible Deluxe version in imitation leather

The Fresh Start Bible
Sometimes we need a fresh start. A do over. Thankfully, we get that fresh start every single day with God. It doesn’t matter what our past held, we repent and start over. Gateway has a new study Bible, the Fresh Start Bible. The Fresh Start Bible will help you understand Scripture in a fresh way as you learn to fully live for God. The Fresh Start Bible gives all the biblical passages in the Bible but also includes two in-depth programs for the reader to explore at their own pace, or to use in a weekly format over the course of a year. It offers an amazing, daily devotional, study tool, small group lessons resource planner for beginners and long-time Bible reader’s alike. The study resources are written by influential and Godly pastors, worship leaders and theologians that are priceless. Buy on Amazon

 

Best Multi-Media Study Bible

Life Essentials Study Bible

Life Essentials Study Bible–a recent gift from a friend. The side notes include QR codes that will pull up short video tutorials on the subject. 250 hours of video total over 1500 subjects. Also available in Kindle version. We have given numerous copies of this Bible as gifts after a copy was gifted to us. Buy on Amazon

 

Best New Book About Sharing the Gospel

Upset The World by Tim Ross

Upset the World by Tim Ross
In Upset the World, Pastor Tim Ross explains that when we come into a relationship with Jesus, it’s because He has “upset our world,” but in a good way. Once we come into that relationship, we can no longer live life from the status quo. And now our mandate as disciples is to upset the lives of those around us. Sometimes it’s through a random act of kindness, sometimes it’s through taking the time to listen, sometimes it’s through sharing how our own lives have been changed. In Upset the World Tim teaches us how to create a new way of relating to others, practice listening and obeying the Holy Spirit’s voice, do everyday evangelism, love everybody, and change people’s preconceived notion about Christianity. Buy on Amazon

 

Upset the World Study Guide by Tim Ross

Upset the World Study Guide by Tim Ross
The Upset the World Study Guide is a perfect companion guide for Pastor Tim Ross’s new book Upset the World. This is perfect for individual reflection or small group Bible study. Buy on Amazon

 

Best New Book to Help You Heal from Your Past

Half the Battle by Dr. Jon Chasteen

Half the Battle: Healing Your Hidden Hurts by Dr. Jon Chasteen
Public victories are often the results of winning private battles. So often we struggle with feeling like we have to hide our struggles. In Half the Battle, Dr. Jon Chasteen explores Old and New Testament examples of those God invited into a healing process through confronting the pain they felt convinced they had to hide. This book helps the reader acknowledge the struggles they’ve been avoiding, let go of shame and regret, partner with God in their healing, and find freedom and lasting peace. Buy on Amazon

 

 

Best Devotional for Those Grieving

Every Mourning by Donna Fagerstrom

Every Mourning by Donna Fagerstrom
While this book isn’t necessarily advertised as a devotional, each passage is short and includes Scripture, a reflective thought, a couple of paragraphs of encouragement, and then concludes with a prayer. Donna understands that grief is real, it’s okay to grieve, God is present in our grief, and grief can help us grow. Donna has experienced grief and comes alongside her reader as an understanding and compassionate friend. You’ll find no pat answers or platitudes here, just wisdom, compassion, and encouragement. Buy on Amazon

 

Best New Book for Parents with a Prodigal Child

Help! I Have a Prodigal by Judy R. Slegh

Help! I have a Prodigal: How to Gain Hope and Healing When Your Loved One Has Gone Astray by Judy R. Slegh
I’ll chat with Judy Slegh on an upcoming episode of Your Hope Filled Perspective podcast, about how she handled, healed and recovered from having a prodigal child so be on the look out for that episode. With wisdom from her own experience with a prodigal child, Judy Slegh offers compassion and hope to those hurting by the turmoil of loving someone who has turned away from the faith and value systems they were raised with. This devotional-style guide combines interactive prayer with thoughtful guidance to help readers identify components of emotional wounds, release pain, set boundaries, learn to hear God’s voice, recognize spiritual forces at work, and develop God-directed declarations for specific situational prayer. Buy on Amazon

 

Best New Book for Encouraging You to Walk Closer to Jesus

The God Dare by Kate Battistellli

The God Dare: Will You Choose to Believe the Impossible? By Kate Battistelli

Through engaging and memorable true stories (both her own, as well as those in the Bible), Kate challenges and encourages her reader to discover how God has specifically designed them for this time, their place in the world, and their role in His overall plan for this world. This book will challenge you to think big and dream bigger. Be on the lookout for my upcoming interview with Kate Battistelli (mother of Grammy Award-Winning Artist, Francesca Battistelli) on the Your Hope Filled Perspective podcastBuy on Amazon

 

 

Best Book for When You Want to Give up Sugar in Exchange for the Sweet Presence of God in Your Life

The 40 Day Sugar Fast by Wendy Speake

The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation by Wendy Speake
Every year around this time, or shortly hereafter, people start thinking about their New Year’s resolutions, which so often include losing weight. While getting off sugar can most certainly aid in that endeavor, The 40-Day Sugar Fast is for those who not only want to change to a healthier diet, but those who want their lives changed even more. In this book the reader will learn to stop fixating on food and fix their eyes on Jesus, pinpoint the triggers that send them running to sugar, lose weight as they gain faith, and turn to the Most High instead of the next sugar high. (Stay tuned, Wendy will be discussing this very issue on an upcoming episode of Your Hope Filled Perspective podcast!) Buy on Amazon

Best New Book for Those Wanting to Lose Weight

Weight-Loss Hero by Christine Carter

Weight-Loss Hero: Transform Your Mind and Your Body with a Healthy Keto Lifestyle by Christine Carter
Christine Carter lost over 150 pounds and has kept it off using a Keto lifestyle. In this book, she shares her 4-phase Keto plan, a 4-week workout guide, as well as grocery lists and recipes. She wants to help her reader get off the diet roller coaster once and for all, develop insights into their chains of habits, and provide practical tips for choosing what they want most over what they want now. Stay tuned, because Christine and I will be chatting very soon on an upcoming episode of Your Hope Filled Perspective podcast. Buy on Amazon

 

Best Book for Starting Off the New Year Clutter Free

How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White

How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White
I don’t know about you, but something about putting all the holiday decorations away after the first of the year just makes me want to get the rest of my house in order also. Well known as “a slob comes clean,” Dana speaks from experience, in a humorous style, as a decluttering expert, and walks alongside the reader as she helps us establish healthy habits, learn how to tame the chaos, and gives practical tips that are immediately implementable. Buy on Amazon

 

Best New Book for Exchanging Our Online Distractions for Real-Life Devotion

The 40 Day Social Media Fast by Wendy Speake

The 40-Day Social Media Fast: Exchange Your Online Distractions for Real-Life Devotion by Wendy Speake
I not only endorsed this book, but I asked Wendy to be a guest on an episode of Your Hope Filled Perspective Podcast where we’ll discuss all things social media and what we can do about it. The 40-Day Social Media Fast is a challenge to all of us to turn from what our behavior proves is our first love (all things online) to the One who desires to be our first and only love. Wendy helps us to see that in and of itself, social media is not inherently bad, but when we turn to it to cope rather than to the God with all wisdom, we trade that which will last for eternity for momentary gratification. If you’ve found yourself growing disenchanted with life, I’d recommend you pick up a copy and read The 40-Day Social Media Fast, and intentionally and purposefully re-engage with the One who died to have a relationship with you. Buy on Amazon

 

Best New Book to Encourage You When a Friend or Loved One is Incarcerated

Appeal to the Courtroom of Heaven: Petitions for Prisoners and Prison Families by Shonda Whitworth
Recently, I interviewed Shonda Whitworth about her experience after her son was arrested and put in prison. She very candidly shared their story and the hope that they maintain in the face of every parent’s worst nightmare (Hope for Parents of Incarcerated Children – Episode 48). In Appeal to the Courtroom of Heaven, Shonda shared how she went from deferred tope to a hope-filled life. Her book will help you identify biblical heroes who were lawbreakers, understand the prosecutor’s strategy, and make effective prayerful appeals on behalf of yourself and your loved ones as your hope is restored, and you confidently plead your case to the courtroom of heaven. Buy on Amazon

 

Best New Book When You’re Doubting God

It’ll Be Okay: Finding God When Doubt Hides the Truth by Sheryl Giesbrecht Turner

It’ll Be Okay: Finding God When Doubt Hides the Truth by Sheryl Giesbrecht Turner
When we go days, months, even years with our heartfelt prayers seemingly unanswered, it can be easy to doubt God or lose our faith. Many Christians confuse doubt with unbelief and are afraid to admit those fears, but God is not threatened by our questions, and doubt does not negate our faith. In fact, when our questions are answered by trust, faith is fed and our doubts transform into deeper belief. Sheryl G. Turner helps her readers recognize that when we address doubt head-on, faith can grow; God has a plan in the good and bad that life brings, and God can heal our wounds and turn our past mistakes around. Buy on Amazon

 

Best New Book for Finding God’s Purpose for Your Life

A Redesigned Life: Uncovering God’s Purpose When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned by Tracy Steel

A Redesigned Life: Uncovering God’s Purpose When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned by Tracy Steel
Tracy is a former interior designer and Bible teacher, who shares with readers through A Redesigned Life how to recognize God’s purposeful design in your life so you can experience peace and contentment even when life doesn’t go as planned. Stay tuned for an upcoming episode of Your Hope Filled Perspective podcast where I talk with Tracy  Steel about maintaining our hope even when life doesn’t go as planned. Buy on Amazon

 

Best New Devotional for Weathering Life’s Storms

Weathering Storms: Finding Treasures in the Ruins by Dr. Teimitope Keku

Weathering Storms: Finding Treasures in the Ruins by Dr. Teimitope Keku
Out of her own painful storms in life, Tope Keku searched for treasures and found that God offers peace and hope even when it feels like he’s not paying attention. In this encouraging, practical devotional, readers will draw inspiration from Tope’s stories as well as those in the Bible, to inspire them to draw close to God as they weather their own storms. Buy on Amazon

 

Best New Book for Developing a Greater Lifestyle of Worship

Appetite for Worship: Creating a Hunger for His Presence by Marina McLean

Appetite for Worship: Creating a Hunger for His Presence by Marina McLean
On a recent episode of Your Hope Filled Perspective podcast, I chatted with Marina McLean about finding our purpose in life, and growing in intimacy with God (Hope for Finding Your Purpose – Episode 81). In Appetite for Worship, McLean explores the notion that while worship in heaven will be unparalleled, ultimate worship happens right here on earth, and through that worship, we are drawn into the intimate presence of God. This book leads readers into a personal encounter with the one who adores them, the one whose signature they bear, and the one whose breath and life fills and sustains them. Buy on Amazon

 

Best New Book for Those Who Struggle with Their Relationship with Their Parents

My Father's Daughter by Tanya Glanzman, LPC

My Father’s Daughter: Embracing Your Identity as a Daughter of the King by Tanya Glanzman, LPC
My Father’s Daughter helps the reader recognize whose they truly are and empowers the reader to live the life of worth, value, and purpose for which you were created. Glanzman shares from her own story of having walked a difficult path of abuse and neglect, and she shared how she found healing and true identity in the love and acceptance of her Heavenly Father. Buy on Amazon

 

Best New Book for Pursuing a Life of Joy

Joykeeper by Suzie Eller

JoyKeeper: 6 Truths that Change Everything You Thought You Knew About Joy by Suzanne Eller
Suzie Eller helps her reader replace the need to hide emotions with honesty about how you feel, redefine joy from an up-and-down feeling to who God is in the right-now, discover how joy guides you through the hard places as well as the good, and confront everyday joy stealers to live day-to-day as a “JoyKeeper.” She includes 30 practical and inspirational daily exercises so you can intentionally practice these truths. Buy on Amazon

 

Best New Memoir to Encourage Looking to God During the Hardest Times in Life

Robin Luftig experienced a sudden seizure which led to the discovery of a brain tumor. She had 10 days to get her affairs in order. Robin shares about her walk with God during the greatest trial of her life.

God’s Best During Your Worst: Living Under His Umbrella by Robin Luftig
Robin was a recent guest on an episode of Your Hope Filled Perspective podcast, during which we talked about the difficult and painful time in her life when she was given only 10 days to live secondary to a brain tumor (What Would You Do if You Only Had 10 Days to Live? – Episode 66). I was honored to read Robin’s book in the early stages of writing, and to offer the forward. In God’s Best During Your Worst, Robin shares the story of her brain tumor diagnosis as the foundation for offering insight about how to handle the tragic times in our life. If you’re going through a tragic circumstance now, this book will encourage you. Buy on Amazon

 

Best New Book for Overcoming Comparison

The Burden of Better show the true joy of living a comparison free life.

The Burden of Better: How a Comparison-Free Life Leads to Joy, Peace, and Rest by Heather Creekmore
I recently had the opportunity to interview Heather Creekmore on an episode of Your Hope Filled Perspective podcast (How To Stop Comparing Yourself to Others – Episode 77). Comparison effects all of us, but what if God is calling us to give up the burden of better in order to experience His best in our lives? Written with Heather’s usual humorous style while she attacks a serious real life issue that threatens to steal our joy and peace. Buy on Amazon

Best Book for Overcoming Grumbling, Complaining and Negativity

The Goyer family with two parents, eight kids and one grandma decided to tackle the impossible: a grumble-free year. They share how they did it.

The Grumble-Free Year: Twelve Months, Eleven Family Members, and One Impossible Goal by Tricia Goyer
Who doesn’t grumble, complain, or lapse into occasional negativity now and then? Author Tricia Goyer and her family realized this was a real problem in their family of eleven (!!) and they took on what seemed like an impossible challenge of overcoming grumbling and complaining. In The Grumble-Free Year, they invite the reader into their mess, their victories, and their challenge to become grumble-free as well. We chatted about how to overcome all the grumbling and complaining on How to Overcome Grumbling, Complaining, and General Negativity – Episode 64, a recent Your Hope Filled Perspective podcast.   Buy on Amazon

 

Best Book for Southern Gardeners

The Grumpy Gardener by Steve Bender

The Grumpy Gardener: An A to Z Guide from the Galaxy’s Most Irritable Green Thumb by Steve Bender
A perfect blend of gardening know-how and humor from the south’s most irritable green thumb featured in Southern Living Magazine, this makes for a humorous but educational read for any gardener coast to coast. Buy on Amazon

 

Best New Christian Who-Dunnit

Mind Games by Nancy Mehl

Mind Games by Nancy Mehl
This is the first in the Kaely Quinn profiler series, and once you finish this one, you’ll quickly return to find the next and the next. Author Nancy Mehl does a beautiful job keeping up the intrigue while weaving in a little light romance. I’m ready for her next book to come out! Buy on Amazon

 

Best New Read in Christian Fiction

Rooms, a Novel by James Rubart

Rooms: A Novel by James Rubart
Admittedly, I don’t read as much fiction as I used to. My novel reading usually gets put on the shelf until a vacation when I don’t want to ponder all of life’s significant problems. I had this book in my stack much too long. In Rooms, James Rubart effectively uses plot and character to help the reader consider the rooms in our own heart that we keep closed or hidden from God. Buy on Amazon

 

Best Book for Conquering Worry, Fear, and Anxiety

Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises by Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises by Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Ours is an age of anxiety. We worry about our children, jobs, homes, health, and finances. News and social media feed our fears. Even the fear of missing out leads to anxiety. The solution isn’t to rid ourselves of the sources of anxiety but to recognize that anxiety originates from a spiritual influence–and then use the weapons of power, love, and a sound mind to fight back and live in God’s peace. This book provides tools to cope with the crushing emotional burden of anxiety now, and, more importantly, shows you how to reclaim God’s peace as a way of life so that you can break anxiety’s grip. Buy on Amazon

 

Best Book for Coping With Depression

Hope Prevails by Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengtson

I treated patients for 20 years with conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and everyday stress, before I, too, suffered and then realized that unless we treat the spiritual root of disease, we are effectively only attempting to put a band aid on an infection and hoping it will get well. “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression” is written from a dual-perspective of a board certified clinical neuropsychologist, but also someone who has walked through depression’s valley. It explains where depression comes from, what keeps us trapped in its valley, how to break free, as well as the limits God places on depression’s impact. It also offers end of chapter application “prescriptions,” encouraging song playlist recommendations, and a prayer for the reader. For those who purchase the book, there is a link for a bonus chapter regarding how to help a depressed loved one. By 2020, depression will be our greatest epidemic worldwide, and one in four will be diagnosed in their lifetime. Even if you don’t struggle with depression, you have a friend or loved one who does and who would benefit from this resource! “Hope Prevails” won the 2017 Christian Literary Award. Buy on Amazon

 

Best Bible Study When Struggling With Depression or Anxiety

Hope Prevails Bible Study by Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Hope Prevails Bible Study by Dr. Michelle Bengtson

In response to reader requests following the release of “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression,” there is now a new companion “Hope Prevails Bible Study” to take you even deeper into God’s word for greater help, hope, and healing. The “Hope Prevails Bible Study” was written for those struggling with depression, or those who desire to better understand depression to support their friends, loved ones, and fellow church members who suffer. It was written so that it could be a side-by-side accompaniment to the original “Hope Prevails,” or could be studied independently. It was also intentionally written so that an individual could study it by themselves, or in a small group environment. True to the original “Hope Prevails,” it also offers end of chapter application “prescriptions,” encouraging song playlist recommendations, and a prayer for the reader. Buy on Amazon

 

Best Book for Improving Your Personal Time With God

Secrets of the Secret Place by Bob Sorge

Secrets of the Secret Place by Bob Sorge
Have you ever felt like you spend time with God but don’t get as much out of it as you could? Or maybe you’ve found it hard to get in a habit of a personal quiet time with God. “Secrets of the Secret Place” will inspire your intimate alone time with God and take you into a deeper, more intimate, and more rewarding relationship with Him. It’s one of those books that I have tabbed, highlighted, written in the margins, and reread at the start of every year. Buy on Amazon

 

Best Socks for Readers

Do Not Disturb - I'm Reading, Reading Socks

Do Not Disturb Reading Socks
Ever the fan of novelty socks, I had to include these on the list of items for readers. They are the most humorous, if not subtle, way of letting any passerby know not to disturb a reader enjoying a good read.

Best Pillow for Book Lovers

 

Book Lover Pillow
This pillow is a must-have for readers like me who just can’t stop until they finish the chapter. It’d make a perfect gift for avid readers amongst your family or friends.

Best Scarf for Book Lovers and Readers

Out of print scarf for book readers

Literary and Book-Themed Lightweight Scarf
What a clever idea to pair our love of reading with clothing to make these creative lightweight scarves. Many styles and colors to choose from! You might even get creative and wrap your book lover’s favorite book in one of these scarves to make the perfect gift. Buy on Amazon

I’m always looking for a great book to read. I’d love to hear some of your favorite books you’ve read this year, and why, in the comments below. Who knows—maybe they’ll be featured in one of my upcoming “Best Of” series!

 

If you have a bookworm on your shopping list, look no further! These 32 great gifts for readers and book lovers are perfect Christmas gifts for Christian readers. #Christmas #bookworm #booklover #reader #gifts

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