At this incredibly busy time of year, people often ironically find themselves, shall we dare say, bored over the Christmas break. I learned this for the first time when I worked for a movie theatre and found out that Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day were the three busiest days of the year.
So this year, why not read instead of watching movies or TV, you spend some quality time reading. Of course, don’t miss Elf (Infinifilm Edition), A Christmas Story (Full-Screen Edition), or National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Special Edition) (we should always use caution with that last one – the TV version cuts the language). But in addition, reading a short book that will feed and enhance your soul could be just what the doctor ordered.
And it doesn’t have to be expensive! Here are some great deals on Kindle books:
God Will Use This for Good: Surviving the Mess of Life by Max Lucado is $1.99. Some suffering with the holiday blues would really benefit from reading this.
The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller is only $1.62. Definitely short enough to read over the break, and definitely thought-provoking enough to grow you spiritually.
Sexual Detox: A Guide for Guys Who Are Sick of Porn by Tim Challies for $5.78. Not exactly light Christmas-time reading, but anyone who struggles with sexual immorality can have a much better 2015 with the help of this book. Wives, this is not a bad gift for hubby’s for Christmas, even if they don’t struggle.
The Company We Keep: In Search of Biblical Friendship by Jonathan Holmes is brand new for only $5.99. I haven’t read this yet, but it looks really good. We all need friends, yes, but we need the good kind.
The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper is $4.79. Piper shines in the area of making Advent more God-Centered and Gospel-focused. This short work will enhance your celebration.
What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me? by David Platt is only $.94. It is not Radical, but this short work is convicting, challenging, and great Christmas reading.
Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis Signature Classics) is $4.99. I little more expensive, but still a great bargain on this classic. If you’ve never read Lewis, this is the place to start. Lewis’ style, wit, and charm are unmatchable.
The End for Which God Created the World: Updated to Modern English by Jonathan Edwards is $1.99, updated to modern English by yours truly. This is not light Christmas reading either, but everyone I know who has read and understood this work has reaped enormous benefits.