John Stonestreet on Four Books to Gift This Christmas

It’s a little late to still be doing Christmas shopping (like I am), especially for anything that needs to be shipped. Even so, books that pass on Christian worldview are worth the hassle, and I’ve got four to recommend for you this Christmas. In fact, you might want to self-gift some of these …

The first is the best book I know of that teaches the “how” of communication in a tough culture: “Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions” by my friend Greg Koukl. Every Christian needs this book because every Christian, in this day and age, will find themselves in conversations about controversial topics, called upon to defend their beliefs, and even Christianity itself. “Tactics” teaches, well, tactics. In other words, this book gives you the rhetorical strategies you need to speak up in such a way as to generate light, not heat.

If you’re thinking, “Wait, hasn’t that book been out for a while?” Yes, it has. Ten years, in fact. And now, it’s been expanded and re-released in a 10th– anniversary edition. This edition not only has updated stories of Greg’s tactics in action (which are very helpful), it has more tactics. Honestly, I didn’t think this book could really be improved, but Greg has done it.

He and I discussed the book on the BreakPoint podcast at BreakPoint.org. As I told Greg, the book should come with a warning: Anyone who reads it no longer has an excuse for not sharing their beliefs and convictions, even on the tough topics.

The second book is for children, especially for little girls: Rachael Denhollander’s “How Much Is a Little Girl Worth?” Denhollander, as you might remember, is the force of nature that bravely and persistently worked to expose the hundreds of cases of abuse by U.S.A. Gymnastics doctor Larry Nasser.

Rachael Denhollander understands that in a culture that victimizes little girls in so many ways, they need to know who they are, as made in the image of God. Her beautifully written and illustrated book teaches that their worth is beyond price, and that they can meet any challenges they will face with God’s help. It’s an especially important gift for the little 4- to 8-year old girl in your life, but I bought it for my daughters, who are older.

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