Just in case you were wondering, there are only eighty-two shopping days left before Christmas. For some, this will prompt a nonchalant shrug of the shoulders. For others, it will induce panic. Allow me to suggest a few gifts you might want to consider giving this year; I’m easing the pre-holiday pressure.

Anyone of any age on your Christmas list would enjoy the book Mr. Tuck and the 13 Heroes. This book was written by our own John Harris and illustrated by Sophie Harris. It is a true story of how a school leader and some incredible children were instrumental in facing racial injustice during the integration of the first school in Henry County, Georgia. It’s one of those children’s books that appeals to everyone. We will take a break from our study of Leviticus on Wednesday evening, October 19, to hear a presentation on the book from John and Sophie, and you will have an opportunity to buy signed copies that evening.

And speaking of books, Becky Ramsey and I have co-written a book which will hit the shelves this November. (Yep, it’s just in time for Christmas.) What’s a Nice God Like You Doing in a Place like This? A Completely Unorthodox Devotional Guide is not for the faint of heart… or the overly pious… or the easily offended. Really, if you fall into any of those categories, just skip this one. This fiftytwo week devotional guide is not about butterflies, ocean waves, misty mountain tops and gentle breezes. It’s our record of finding God in some of the least likely – and sometimes near decadent – places in the world. It encourages the reader to keep an eye open for God everywhere…and we mean everywhere.

And speaking of devotional guides, our own Kae Childs has recently published a book about her passion for dance – Life Is a Dance: Who Is Going to Lead? Copies of Kae’s book are already available for purchase online and in our church library!

Any one of these volumes – or all of them – will make an excellent gift for the folk on your Christmas list. And if your friends and family don’t like to read… well…all three will look impressive on their shelves. Happy shopping!

— Jim