Last-minute Christmas gift ideas for Christians, non-Christians alike

If you have procrastinated completing your shopping list, here are some great items to consider.

Bibles are always a great seller each Christmas season. An estimated 100 million Bibles are sold each year. Very cool versions made my top list for the Christian in your life:

The Word of Promise: http://www.thewordofpromise.com/ An audio Bible, dramatized by an all-star cast of Hollywood actors. It’s like learning the New Testament, Old Testament or entire Bible at the new theater of radio. The all-star cast will not just read each word of the New King James Version, but bring it to life with full sound effects, including a full musical score by Stefano Mainetti. It’s very reasonably priced.

Clear Playhttp://clearplay.com/ Why does every director from Hollywood feel the need to add sex, violence and adult language to each movie produced? It is becoming more difficult each year to find videos for the entire family. ClearPlay is the solution. ClearPlay is a DVD player designed to remove content unsuitable for your guests, family and children. The ClearPlay DVD player seamlessly skips and mutes content based on 12 category presets selected by a viewer or parent. The company designed downloadable filters for a very wide range of movies. It’s a great gift for the entire family. It requires a monthly membership fee to obtain movie filters for newly released movies.

GLOhttp://www.pressvillage.com/glo/ I was privileged to receive a “Special Pre-Release copy of this software from Family Christian Stores. http://www.familychristian.com/ It is way too cool – a Bible for the digital world! GLO is an interactive computer software Bible which brings God’s Word to life. It is the NIV study Bible on steroids, with hours of HD video, interactive photos, artwork and maps. I don’t have enough space to sing the praises.

NOWBible http://www.familychristian.com/shop/product.asp?prodID=59469 A digital audio Bible. Read and listen to the Bible using a full-color hand-held PDA. This is the most expensive of the list, however, it is very cool. You can get your favorite Bible translation pre-loaded direct to the PDA. It also supports MP3, MP4 and MPEG video. A great memorization aid, it can be set to retrieve your choice of books, chapters, and verses. Comes with a charger and ear buds and can be hooked up to external speakers.

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Gift suggestions for non-Christians. Books and music are inexpensive ways to share your faith.

Casting Crowns; “Until The Whole World Hearshttp://www.castingcrowns.com/ – Grammy Award and Dove Award winning Christian artists Casting Crowns have a sound to hook any listener. If you want to introduce a new believer or non-believer to the new day music of Christ, this is it. Georgia-based youth leader Mark Hall and his band offer a diverse selection of Christian music which has broad appeal.

Uncommon by Tony Dungyhttp://www.coachdungy.com/ In the pages of this fascinating memoir, Tony Dungy reveals the secrets to his success, principles, practices, and priorities that have kept him on track despite overwhelming obstacles, personal trials, firings and stereotypes. The former Indianapolis Colts head coach and current NBC commentator is a man of faith who speaks with common sense terminology.

Game Plan For Life by Joe Gibbshttp://www.gameplanforlife.com/ A blueprint for living a fulfilled life. Three-time Super Bowl and NASCAR champion Joe Gibbs’s “Game Plan for Life” is an “average Joe’s” guide to what the Bible has to say about the eleven most-important topics for men. Topics such as: finances, relationships, living a life of purpose, finding the right vocation, physical, emotional, and spiritual health, and overcoming sin and addictions.

The Shack by William P. Younghttp://theshackbook.com/ This is a top selling fictional book. It chronicles the struggles of Mack, a man whose daughter is kidnapped and brutally murdered. A few years after her murder, Mack receives an invitation from God to meet Him at the shack where they found his daughter’s bloody clothes. Mack goes and works through the meaning of suffering as he spends the weekend with the Trinity.

Fearless by Max Lucado http://www.maxlucado.com/fearless/ We all face fear. Fear of death, terrorism, job loss, foreclosure, etc. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to the threats, trials and tribulations of life? This book offers promise to everyone. Bestselling author and renowned pastor Max Lucado offers up a different twist in this gem of biblical advice to anyone who favors self-help reading.

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For The Person Who Has Everything – Offer them a child. Sponsor a child and change the life of an unfortunate child who just happened to grow up in the wrong place and the wrong time. Change the life of a child and offer hope to generations to come through World Vision, Compassion International or a wide array of Christian child sponsorship non-profits easily accessible online.

May God bless you and all you love.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  1. searchingfortruth said:

    I loved The Shack. I thought the theme of the breadth of God’s love was such an important reminder. For me, it answered so many questions, as well as opening up new ways of thinking of things. Another book I recently read builds on this: Gita Nazareth’s Forgiving Ararat. This book too explores themes of judgment and forgiveness and love in the face of violence. As a fan and publicist for this book, I’m interested to see what parallels are drawn between the two.

    December 22, 2009
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  2. “The Shack” was indeed excellent. Another interesting read is “unChristian” by David Kinnaman, an editor for The Barna Group. If you enjoy parsing through statistics and understanding some of the major challenges Christianity faces and is likely to face in the coming years, it has some thought-provoking data.

    December 22, 2009
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  3. Stelphoe said:

    I loved your idea of sponsoring a child. I also find The Shack to be a thought-provoking read building on religion, albeit in fiction. Like searchingfortruth, I would also recommend Forgiving Ararat, alongside The Shack and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold in raising issues on religion for an intellectual debate. Happy New Year!

    January 2, 2010
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