You're running out of time. But you still want
to buy a Christmas present for a friend or loved one that conveys the spirit of
this holiday, as well as your good feelings for the recipient. All of these CD's,
books, DVD's, Bibles, or books related to the Bible would be relatively easy to
find at the last minute and still be as meaningful as you'd like your gift to
be ... all without breaking your budget.
Top Christmas Music CD's
Christmas is known for its music. During the season people flock to church
for a performance of sacred music or to sing a few carols with friends. Why not
bring the glory of the season into your own home? These CD's are sure to uplift
and inspire, filling your home with joy!
Nothing could contribute more to a person's long term spiritual health than an
excellent edition of the Bible ... and the appropriate tools to interpret it.
Having a Bible around the house which is never read benefits no one. Here's my
recommendation on the very best Bible out there for study and reflection, and
a shelf full of books to unlock its secrets.
If you want a Christmas gift that you can share why not consider
giving a video that communicates something particularly meaningful to you. This
way you can discuss it with your friend of loved one. Plus, a good movie can be
a permanent part of one's collection, or eventually passed along to another, thus
perpetuating the value of your gift for a long time to come.
If you don't like to encounter difficult ideas or engage in controversy, don't
even think about reading these books. On the other hand, if you are interested
in learning what's happening at the forward edge of thought within Christianity,
try reading any of these books: all are highly recommended for thoughtful, progressive
Also, you might want
to consider making a contribution to a disaster relief or development agency that
will channel your gift to those who need it even more than your dearest friends
and relatives. Make a gift in the name of someone you love or admire and let them
know about you generosity.
Further ... not every gift will cost
money. One of the greatest, is the gift of prayer. Here is a list of prayers you
could recite at Christmas, either alone, as a gift for your self, or with friends
and family, as a gift of love.
If you want to talk with someone in person, please feel free to call 212-864-5436
The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and
Executive Director of CrossCurrents.
He is the author of God and Science (John Knox Press, 1986).
A revised and expanded version of the book is appearing here. God and Science (Hypertext Edition,
He is also editor of a new book, featuring articles by world class scientists and theologians, and illustrating the leading views on the relationship between science and religion: Faith, Science and the Future (CrossCurrents Press, 2007).
Charles also tracks the boundry between the virtual and the real at his blog: Next World Design, focusing on the mediation of art, science and spirituality in the metaverse.