I’m so excited we’re entering the Christmas season! I’ve started my Christmas shopping and always try to give gifts I know the person will love and are meaningful. There’s already plenty of book related ideas around the internet and you can find plenty from my Fun Finds series, but today’s list is for the reader in your life and combines two things I’m passionate about, books and justice (you can read more on the Change the World!).
These are books I’ve read or have come highly recommended (thus waiting in my TBR pile) and I know will have a lasting impact on the reader.
Since some of these are a bit more serious, just sandwich them between two fiction novels to balance it out 🙂 I have plenty of ideas if you need and one can never have too many books!
Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just by Timothy Keller
It is commonly thought in secular society that the Bible is one of the greatest hindrances to doing justice. Isn’t it full of regressive views? Didn’t it condone slavery? Why look to the Bible for guidance on how to have a more just society? But Timothy Keller challenges these preconceived beliefs and presents the Bible as a fundamental source for promoting justice and compassion for those in need. In Generous Justice, he explores a life of justice empowered by an experience of grace: a generous, gracious justice. This book offers readers a new understanding of modern justice and human rights that will resonate with both the faithful and the skeptical.
Timothy Keller is an incredible voice in Christianity and anything he writes leaves a lasting impression, so a book about justice will not only be encouraging, but inspiring as well.
Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel. A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.
It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana . . . and an East Texas honky-tonk . . . and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda . . . an upscale New York gallery . . . a downtown dumpster . . . a Texas ranch.
Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this true story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.
What can I say? This book changed my life.
Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale: A Memoir by Rachel Lloyd
“Powerfully raw, deeply moving, and utterly authentic. Rachel Lloyd has turned a personal atrocity into triumph and is nothing less than a true hero. . . . Never again will you look at young girls on the street as one of ‘those’ women—you will only see little girls that are girls just like us.” —Demi Moore, actress and activist
With the power and verity of First They Killed My Father and A Long Way Gone, Rachel Lloyd’s riveting survivor story is the true tale of her hard-won escape from the commercial sex industry and her bold founding of GEMS, New York City’s Girls Education and Mentoring Service, to help countless other young girls escape “the life.” Lloyd’s unflinchingly honest memoir is a powerful and unforgettable story of inhuman abuse, enduring hope, and the promise of redemption.
I’ve had a couple of friends read this (and it is high on my list) and I’ve heard fabulous feedback. It’s not an easy read, but don’t let that deter you!
Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund
High-Stakes Drama Meets High-Tension Romance
In 1883 Michigan, Lily Young is on a mission to save her lost sister, or die trying. Heedless of the danger, her searches of logging camps lead her to Harrison and into the sights of Connell McCormick, a man doing his best to add to the hard-earned fortunes of his lumber baron father.
Posing during the day as a photographer’s assistant, Lily can’t understand why any God-fearing citizen would allow evil to persist and why men like Connell McCormick turn a blind eye to the crime rampant in the town. But Connell is boss-man of three of his father’s lumber camps in the area, and like most of the other men, he’s interested in clearing the pine and earning a profit. He figures as long as he’s living an upright life, that’s what matters.
Lily challenges everything he thought he knew, and together they work not only to save her sister but to put an end to the corruption that’s dominated Harrison for so long.
As readers of my blog know, Jody is one of my favorite authors. You can read the full review of this book here, but if you know historical fiction fans, this one is for them! Oh and part of the proceeds went to A21 (which fights against trafficking) – how awesome is that?!
Breaking Out of A Broken System by the Bolt Brothers (#1Book1Life)
Not only is this a fun (the design is awesome!) and extremely helpful book (check out my thoughts here and Chandler’s 4 Questions here), when you buy one it goes directly to the Palmetto Medical Initiative. You can tell people that for Christmas you helped them save a life. That’s a win!
Where to Buy: Amazon
How about you readers – what are some books you would add or ones that are on your Christmas list this year?
I’ll leave you with one of my all-time favorite Benedictions: