The following is a gift guide featuring books from small publishers. It was difficult to just pick a few books to highlight, so I choose to feature books that have won awards and cater to a wide audience.
The Color of Grace, by Jennifer Neill (In the Wind Books $12.99)—This book was a recent winner of the Gold Moonbeam Spirit Award and the Young Voices Foundation Gold Award. A young boy uses his five senses to question his mother about grace while getting ready for bed.
The Prize Cake, by CBH Ministries (CBH Ministries $10)—This book was a recipient of the 2010 Homeschool Crew Seaworthy Award. Tori and her mom decide to make submissions to a cake competition but when things don’t turn out the way tori hopes, will she be able to find forgiveness in her heart?
Ten Things Every Kid Should Know About God, by Tina Bryson (Leeway Artisans $10.95)—Winner of the 2011 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award, this book walks kids through 10 essential things they should know about God.
I Can See the Shore, by Mike Dawson (Grace Acres Press $19.95)—Winner of the 2011 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award, this story is a biographical account written by a missionary to the Yanomamo tribe in South America.
Conventional Wisdom, by Alain Auderset (Atelier Alain Auderset $11.99)—This comic book is a Christian best-seller in Europe. Its vivid illustrations make you think about God and the meaning of life. Full of humor, this book is great for helping individuals toward more faith.
Picking Up the Pieces, by Paula Vince (Even Before Publishing $18.99)—This book won the 2011 International Book Awards Religious Fiction category. One terrible decision leads to another and the Parker and Quinlan families find out what it means to be in total despair. In a moment of recklessness, Blake Quinlan does something he never should.
Seasons in the Mist, by Deborah Kinnard (Sheaf House $13.99)—This book was a finalist in the Speculative Fiction category of the Grace Awards for excellence in faith-based fiction. Stranded in 1353 cornwall, american graduate student Bethany Lindstrom knows she must find a way back to her own time or face a life of falsehoods and peril.
Your Average Joe Unplugged, by Joseph Schneller (Nordskog Publishing $11.95)—This is a devotional book for men. Through 30 daily devotionals and a half-dozen humor articles, Joseph Schneller presents honest, often humorous encouragement for your Christian pilgrimage through this fallen world.
Real Spiritual Spinach: Faith for the Journey, by Tammy Real-McKeighan (Truth Book Publishers $17.99)—This book is a compilation of 59 faith-boosting weekly newspaper columns by Tammy Real-McKeighan. Each column dishes up commonplace, but encouraging stories that show how the Bible applies to people today.
If you are looking for a great book to give to someone this Christmas, consider these or other great books by small publishers! Books make great gifts.They are affordable, and they provide hours of surprise, escape, and discovery. Best of all, Christian books encourage your loved ones in their relationship with God.