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Give Books for Christmas 2017

Christmas shopping is upon us. I’m already seeing “Black Friday deals now” notices. As you’re buying gifts this year, consider buying books as gifts. As writers, let’s support the publishing industry.

Listed below are some of my recommendations for this year. I’ve read all the books on the list. I’ve provided links to author’s site or Amazon for those I did not review on my blog. See my book review blog here¬†for reviews of those without a direct link.


  • The Most Misused Stories in the Bible by Eric J. Bargerhuff, Bethany House.
  • One of the Few by Jason B. Ladd, Boone Shepherd Publishing.
  • Prayers That Changed History: From Christopher Columbus to Helen Keller, how God used 25 people to change the world by Tricia Goyer, Zonderkidz.


  • Hidden Springs Mysteries:
    • Murder at the Courthouse by A. H. Gabhart, Revell.
    • Murder Comes by Mail by A. H. Gabhart, Revell.
    • Murder Is No Accident by A. H. Gabhart, Revell.
  • Heart of the Frontier series:
    • Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson, Baker Books.
    • Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson, Baker Books.
    • Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson, Baker Books

On My Wishlist

Readers, what books are on your wish list this year? Do you usually give books as gifts? Share in the comments. Newsletter recipients, click on the title of the article to go to the site and scroll down to Leave a Reply.

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3 Responses to Give Books for Christmas 2017

  1. Cecelia L. Lester November 18, 2017 at 8:34 am #

    Emily: As I write this, am two and a half hours away from participating in an Artisan Fair at our local library. I would like to sign and sell several books today. In the past, we have given our son at least one book. He is a Civil War buff. So, we have helped him build a library of Civil War material. I have given Christian books to some of my close friends, not necessarily as Christmas gift but as a way of thanking them for their helping me through a difficult time in my life.

  2. Laurean Brooks November 18, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

    I would be deliriously happy to get nothing but books for Christmas. I give my sister a bag of books for her birthday and for Christmas. Nothing makes her happeir. Not so much if she’s arleady read it. LOL.

    My preference to read is historicals set in the Wild West, Namely Mail Order Brides.

    I’m searching for more favorite authors who write these. Susan Page Davis is at the top of my list, but I’d like to read Mail Order Brid books by other authors too, for variety.

    Any suggestions?

  3. Emily Akin November 18, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

    I don’t think I’ve read any historicals that were specifically mail order brides. I do like Susan’s books, though. I like all kinds of historicals. Angela Hunt writes fiction based on Bible stories. I loved her Dangerous Beauty series: Also, Lynn Austin writes a lot of historical fiction, some based on the Bible. Browse my book review blog for Austin’s and Hunt’s books:

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