Holiday Gift Guide, 2013
Colt McCoy and Matt Carter. The Real Win: A Man’s Quest for Authentic Success.
Colorado Springs, Colo.: Multnomah Books, 2013. 224 pages, $19.99.
Co-authored with the pastor of a large community church in Austin, Texas, NFL quarterback and Church of Christ member McCoy challenges men, using Scripture and personal stories, to trust in God, not self, and to be a leader in the home and outside it.
Other great gifts for guys include “Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle”
by Si Robertson and “Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness”
by Eric Metaxes — biographies of the faith and courage of significant men in history.
Kay Robertson. Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen: Faith, Family, and Food–Bringing Our Home to Your Table.
Brentwood, Tenn.: Howard Books, 2013. 256 pages, $29.99.
This cookbook includes more than 100 original recipes, from Jase’s Favorite Sweet Potato Pie to Phil’s own Crawfish Fettucine. Old family photos and favorite stories from the Robertson family dinner table also are included.
Women might also like “Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home”
by Gloria Furman, a missionary’s wife living in the Middle East and caring for her young children, and “For Women Only: What You Need to Know about the Inner Lives of Men (Revised and Updated)”
by Shaunti Feldhahn, based on scientific research of men’s minds and how women can make spiritual applications.
Alan Robertson. The Duck Commander Devotional.
Brentwood, Tenn.: Howard Books, 2013. 401 pages, $16.99.
Compiled by the oldest Robertson brother, who recently joined the popular A&E show, this book includes entries by four generations of Robertsons and a few family friends. Each entry includes a Bible passage, a short devotional thought, and the author’s personal prayer. The book is available in brown or pink.
Jefferson Bethke. Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough.
Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson, 2013. 214 pages, $16.99.
Bethke became a YouTube sensation in 2012 after he posted a video titled “Why I Love Jesus, But Hate Religion.” His first book develops that video’s message of grace, often employing his unique prose-poetry to do so.
More good teen reads are “Perfect Glass”
by Laura Anderson Kurk, a Church of Christ member in Texas, and “Get Lost: Your Guide to Finding True Love”
by Dannah Gresh, a guide to loving God before seeking romance.
Stan and Jan Berenstain. The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)
. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zonderkidz, 2013. 256 pages, $16.99.
Children who like this classic series will enjoy seeing 23 Old and New Testament stories illustrated in the same style and told in the same folksy voice.
Other books for kids: “Audrey Bunny”
by Angie Smith, a picture book about a girl’s imperfect, but beloved stuffed animal; “The Elk Hunt: The Adventure Begins (The Adventures of Wilder Good)”
by S.J. Dahlstrom, a Church of Christ member, the first in a series of short chapter books about a boy who hunts and works on a ranch.