A Christmas Blessing

Merry Christmas!

As you celebrate the birth of the Savior this year, may you be blessed as this Irish Christmas blessing states.

“May you be blessed
With the spirit of the season, which is peace,
The gladness of the season, which is hope,
And the heart of the season, which is love.”


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Christmas Peace to You!

Merry Christmas!

Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world. Let us be glad and rejoice in it!

Sometimes Christmas carols become so familiar that we stop listening to the words. Today, stop and ponder the last two verses of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” written by Edmund H. Sears in the 1800s.

And ye, beneath life’s crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow,
Look now! for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing;
Oh, rest beside the weary road
And hear the angels sing!

For lo! the days are hastening on
By prophet bards foretold,
When, with the ever-circling years
Shall come the age of gold;
When Peace shall over all the earth,
Its ancient splendors fling,
And the whole world give back the song,
Which now the angels sing.

May the peace of Christ rule in your hearts today and throughout the year to come!

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6 Reasons Books Make Great Gifts

Books make great gifts. In fact, more than 25% of all book sales in the United States happen in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The holiday shopping season is here. Christmas is a great time to market your book as a gift. Check out these six reasons books make great gifts. Then use them to encourage your readers to give your books as gifts this season!


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Do You Give Books as Gifts?

I think that anyone involved in the publishing industry, whether you are an author, publisher, distributor, bookseller, editor, publicist, or literary agent, should give books as gifts.


1. It’s good for business.

Giving books as gifts means more books are being purchased. This is good for business. We need books to sell to keep the business of publishing and selling books alive and active. The more people you expose to a good book, the more people you win as enthusiastic fans who will help you promote that book, resulting in more book sales.

2. It promotes reading.

According to statistics, reading is decreasing in the United States. Giving books as gifts encourages people to read. The more people read, the more books they purchase. It’s simple math.

3. Books have the power to change lives.

Ultimately, only Jesus has the power to transform lives, but books still have the power to change people’s lives. Books provide people with insight and information that can help them learn to think and act in new ways. Most importantly, good Christian books can lead people to a better understanding and relationship with God.

I encourage you to give books as gifts this Christmas season and throughout the year. Books make wonderful gifts and last a long time.

Need some ideas of good books to give as gifts this Christmas? Let me suggest you check out the great books offered by member publishers of Christian Small Publishers Association. Just click on the CSPA 2009 Product catalog below and flip through it to be inspired!

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Books Make Great Gifts

Believe it or not, Christmas is just around the corner. The Christmas holiday makes up a large portion of retail sales. If you want to cash in on Christmas shopping for your books, start planning now.

Books make great gifts! Listen to why these celebrities think books make great gifts.

Go forth and market your books as great gifts; not just for the Christmas holiday season but for gift occasions all year round!

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