Have you started your holiday shopping yet? And what about those birthdays that also land (inconveniently) this time of year? (psst… hint)
As for me, I’m a perfectionist when it comes to gift buying, which only means I end up procrastinating to the point of scrambling at the last minute to snag those oh-so-personal (sarcasm filter off) plastic gift cards for all my nearest and dearest. But not this year! The muses of All Nine have joined together to ensure that your gift-buying experience – and mine – is infused with joy, friendship, and inspiration.
The following gift recommendations include art, music, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction works by friends, from friends, for friends. We are truly blessed to hang with such a talented tribe.
Await the Divinities, by Christi Williams – A pen and marker drawing inspired by Martin Heidegger’s essay “Building, Dwelling, Thinking.”
C. S. Lewis Calendar, by Joel Heck – Drawn from his massive, meticulous, exhaustive chronology, this tent-format calendar features events in Lewis’s life for nearly every day of the year and beautiful pictures of places in Lewis’s world.
Clay in the Potter’s Hand, by Diana Pavlac Glyer – A delicate, strong-minded, piercing devotional meditation on all the ways God molds us from the clay in the earth to the vessels He crafts to hold His glory.
Dog in the Gap, by Lisa Colon Delay and Doug Jackson – Short, powerful volume of essays lavished with superb photos, Dog in the Gap probes questions about trust, mutuality, ownership, personal and spiritual growth, grief, and joy through the acute lens of canine care-taking and guardianship. (E-Book)
How Do We Know God Is Really There?, by Melissa Travis, illustrated by Christopher Voss – An engagingly illustrated children’s book that tackles an important question for the Christian faith.
If This Be Love by Calvin Miller – A collection of sonnets written by the author for his wife as a gift on their fiftieth anniversary. Miller accompanies each sonnet with the story of the season in their marriage that inspired it. (Out of print. Available on Amazon – prices vary)
Keening for the Dawn, by Steve Bell – A non-tradition Christmas album filled with piercing songs of simple complexity and singable melodies. Steve’s insights stir; his collaboration with Malcolm Guite on “Descent” is worth the price of the album many times over.
Kindness, by Steve Bell – Twelve beautiful acoustic and vocal tracks from Canada’s troubadour; poetry set to music.
Life As Prayer: Revived Spirituality Inspired by Ancient Piety by Lisa Colón DeLay – A book on prayer drawing from the insights of Brother Lawrence’s Practicing the Presence of God (E-book)
Mere Christians: Inspiring Stories of Encounters with C. S. Lewis, edited by Andrew Lazo and Mary Anne Phemister – Personal accounts from fifty-five Christians whose spiritual lives have been dramatically altered by reading Lewis’s books.
Miraculous: A Fascinating History of Signs, Wonders, and Miracles, by Kevin Belmonte – A richly researched text of wondrous things that have taken place from ancient times to the present.
My Sister, Alicia May, by Nancy Tupper Ling – Based on the lives of two sisters, this story expresses the challenges and joys of growing up with a sibling who has special needs.
Mystery Keeps you, by Amy Petty – Art, mystery, and spirituality influence and infuse these poignant songs. Often compared to Sarah McLachlan, Eva Cassidy, Alanis Morrisette and Jonatha Brooke, Amy Petty has a signature voice and style both familiar and oh-so-new.
Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis, by Michael Ward – The ground-breaking literary study on the Chronicles of Narnia – perfect for this year, the 50th anniversary of Lewis’s death!
Sounding the Seasons , by Malcolm Guite – A stunning, stirring collection of seventy sonnets for the church year, full of wisdom and beauty. Guite captures moments steeped in tradition and faith, and uses them to hold up helpful mirrors to our own everyday lives.
The Heart of a Ready Scribe, by Melanie Stiles – A one-year journal offering weekly encouragement and advice to writers of all levels
The Martyr, the Grizzly, the Gold, by Timothy Bartel – An interesting collection of poems, structured on the golden ratio.
The Scrapbook of Miss Gail Standish Ward, by Miss Gail Standish Ward – In the first collection of her poetry, Gail Standish Ward invites us into the world of what she says inside her head when no one else is around.
The Singing Bowl, by Malcolm Guite – Malcolm’s second collection of poetry promises more enlightening reflections on art, faith, and the spiritual poignancy of the human experience. U.S. release date: November 29. Link for Canterbury Press: http://www.canterburypress.co.uk/books/9781848255418/
Three Ways of Searching, by Kelly Belmonte – A collection of haiku, tanka, and other micropoetry written out of the author’s experience of looking for lost things and finding her way.