Books Make Great Gifts… FREE Book Giveaway!

On Tuesday evening, CTI hosted a “Christmas Shoppin Drop-in” fundraiser. Byron and Beth Borger of Hearts & Minds Bookstore provided an opportunity for friends to purchase books with the proceeds going toward the ongoing ministry of CPYU/CTI. A good time was had by all. (The picture is a stack of books from one happy customer!) During the evening someone said to me: “I love getting a book for Christmas. And, you know, I love giving a book for Christmas!” It’s true for me too. I love when I see a book under the tree. And, I love deciding on books to give to friends and family.

I’ve been thinking about the best books I’ve been given and have given. The first book that comes to mind was from my brother-in-law. He was studying in London, England for a semester and made a special trip to Westminster Abbey to have N.T. Wright sign a copy of The Challenge of Jesus (European edition). This was before Dr. Wright became the mega-seller-author (and somewhat controversial theologian) that he is today. It’s one of my favorite possessions.

As for books I’ve loved to give as gifts, three come to mind rather quickly: the novel Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry (I even gave one to my barber); Finding Calcutta: What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Meaningful Work and Service by Mary Poplin; and To End All Wars by Ernest Gordon. I have easily given dozens of copies of each of these books as gifts over the last ten years. Wow. That’s a lot of money come to think of it!

Tis the season for giving gifts and I’d like to give away a FREE book. Here’s how it works: Answer the question below in the comment section. There needs to be at least 5 comments to qualify. Winner will be chosen randomly from the list of participants on Tuesday, December 11.

What is one of the best books you have received as a gift and what is one of the best books you have given as a gift?

(Only one comment per person, please. The winner will be given a list of FREE books to choose from!)


  1. John MacArthur Study Bible for my ordination. I continue to give out The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennaon Manning

  2. Will says:

    Henry Nouwen’s In the Name of Jesus.

    And for giving, I would say Kevin Deyoung’s Just Do Something. It is a freeing read for older high schoolers who feel pressured to find God’s will for their life.

  3. The Art of Listening from Pembroke

    Sifted: Rick Lawrence

  4. Mike says:

    Received: The Reason for God, by Tim Keller
    Given: A bio of Ty Cobb to an older gent who’s a lifelong Detroit Tigers fan.

  5. Given: Finding Calcutta
    Received: A separate Peace

    *Do I get bonus points if I say one of the best received: A signed copy of “The Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness?” ;)*

  6. Sarah says:

    Received: Cold Tangerines from your lovely wife
    Given: Cold Tangerines…what can I say?…really loved that book!

  7. Judy Koontz says:

    Received: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
    Given: One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voscamp

  8. dmelleby says:

    Mike: You are the winner! Send me an email to claim your prize!

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