For The Love of Books

Staff Picks Christmas List

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Teresa

Christmastime is here!! As you get ready to get all the gifts for your loved ones, take a look at the RTA staff’s pick that’s topping their lists!

Leela

You Are by Emily Assell

You Are is the perfect gift for parents or children in your life! The words in this book are so encouraging and uplifting, filled with bible verses and the artwork of the little animals are darling. I took this book to a baby shower recently and moms were tearing up just flipping through it. Emily Assell’s books stand out and this would be the perfect gift for a new mom or child!

 

 


Brad

I’ll Push You by Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck

Having seen Justin and Patrick speak live, and now starting to read their latest effort Imprints, I can verifiably agree – these two gents are the real deal. Many types of people talk about living a life of deep meaning, impact, and even fame, but few people put their toes to the line and actually live it – big or small. Patrick and Justin are committed to a holistic life of following Christ’s lead and helping lead others to Him, and they’re an example many of our young men need today.

 

 

 


Bethany

The Chronicles of Narnia Collector’s Edition by C. S. Lewis and Paul McCusker

Perfect for bedtime, road trips, work commutes, and really almost anytime, audio dramas are a fantastic resource for embarking on adventures of cinematic quality without the hassle of getting stuck in front of a TV. Whereas an audiobook typically involves a single narrator reading the book’s text, an audio drama (also called “radio theatre”) whisks the listener away in a dramatized, movie-like experience and features a variety of voice actors, immersive sound effects, and soundtracks. This world-class production of The Chronicles of Narnia was recorded in London (with a runtime of nearly 22 hours!) and boasts of an award-winning cast in addition to being hosted by Douglas Gresham, stepson of C. S. Lewis. Even before the holiday discount, the full price of this special collector’s edition already offers savings of $32 when compared to the cost of buying all seven audio dramas separately. As an added bonus, this bestselling collection comes with an elegant map of Narnia and a beautiful tin for storing the CDs, so listeners can relive these cherished adventures again and again!


Charlotte

What Is a Girl Worth? by Rachel Denhollander

What Is a Girl Worth? is the inspiring true story of Rachael’s journey from an idealistic young gymnast to a strong and determined woman who found the courage to raise her voice against her abuser Larry Nassar. In this crucial cultural moment of #metoo and #churchtoo, this deeply personal and compelling narrative shines a spotlight on the physical and emotional impact of abuse, why so many survivors are reluctant to speak out, what it means to be believed, the extraordinary power of faith and forgiveness, and how we can learn to do what’s right in the moments that matter most. I hope this book gives women and girls everywhere the courage to stand up and use their voice to fight and expose evil.

 

 

 


Christine

Made to Create by Lauren Duncan

Imagine your favorite art teacher leading you on an inspiring devotional journey through scripture. In Made to Create with All My Heart and Soul, author and artist Lauren Duncan does just that! This beautiful devotional is a page-by-page delight for creative girls (and girls-at-heart). Reflections on Scripture, colorful illustrations, and fun art activities make devotions exciting and interactive while helping girls personally connect to God through their creativity. Made to Create also includes “art notes” with helpful tips on art terms and technique, patterned pages to cut out and use for the activities, and even quotes from C.S. Lewis. I’m going to gift a copy to a creative young lady on my list, but I secretly hope to find one under the tree with my name on it too!

 


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Charlotte is a Consumer Marketing Coordinator based in the Chicagoland area. Charlotte is originally from Minneapolis but moved "south" for college, where she fell in love with writing and her husband Mark. In her free time, she loves to swim, bake bread, and dance around the living room with her daughter.

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