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I was quite sure that I was not going to like e-books as much as I like real books. And then I read Stephen King’s 864 page 11/22/63 without the arm strain and decided that they are pretty much the best thing ever. I’ve been a fan ever since.

With the holidays fast approaching, I wanted to let you know about a few ebooks that you can gift to your friends or keep for yourself (the following are all affiliate links – thanks for helping support this blog with your purchases!).

Robb Ryerse was a fundamentalist of the not-so-nice sort, until he discovered that he was no longer content with the things he had always believed. He details the move from fundamentalist pastor to emergent church planter in his new book, Fundamorphosis. I appreciated this book because we often hear stories of how someone entirely leaves their faith when faced with these questions. Instead, Robb’s story offers hope to those who may feel as though they have to choose between a fundamentalist faith and no faith at all.

I had the chance to spend some time with Hemant Mehta in September when he graciously allowed me to crash at his place during the Story conference. We talked about his new book a bit then, and I was really excited to read it. The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide is a book written for young atheists in the school system, but I think that it is an important read for anyone who wants to see bullying stopped among our young people. Some of the stories Hemant tells are chilling and we can’t hope to change things if we’re unaware. Hemant’s book offers suggestions for students, but also for adults on how to help make things better for ALL students, including those of no faith.

It’s nearly Christmas and I just devoured John Blase’s new ebook, Touching Wonder: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas. I love John’s writing, and this is no exception. He goes through the Christmas story in Luke, first with a passage from The Message, then adding his own thoughts, then closing with a prayer. His writing is stunning and this would be a gorgeous devotion for people through the Advent season. Don’t miss this one!

Andi Cumbo just released her first ebook, God’s Whisper Manifesto: The Makings of a Dream. I love that she is pursuing her dreams so boldly in her life and sharing about them so candidly in this book. Andi is an inspiration as a woman and a writer, and this short book is no exception. Her 10 principles are something that we can all benefit from in our relationships with one another, with the earth, and with God.

Creating Space: The Case for Everyday Creativity is a new book from my friend Ed Cyzewski. Ed offers practical advice and fantastic encouragement to seek out ways to create. This is a quick read, but it is packed full of potentially life-changing information about giving yourself permission to create. I cannot recommend it highly enough and at just a dollar, you have nothing to lose.

And if you’re still a traditionalist, here’s a book for you! My friend (and one of my favorite authors) Shawn Smucker co-wrote a book with his lovely wife Maile about their travels on the big blue bus in How to Use a Runaway Truck Ramp. I loved reading about their adventures on their respective blogs, and this book gave so much more depth to their stories. They share about their adventures with humor and grace. It’s an amazing story of following dreams even when they don’t seem entirely sane (and I mean that in the best possible way!).  Be sure to check out Shawn and Maile’s blogs!


What recommendations do you have? What books should I be requesting for Christmas?

  • http://www.inamirrordimly.com/ Ed_Cyzewski

    Thanks Alise! John is such a solid writer and editor. I’ve been reading All is Grace and I keep noticing how well the story moves. That is an editor’s touch for sure!

  • Shawn Smucker

    Thanks, Alise! The e-book version of Runaway Truck Ramp will hopefully be available by the end of the week.

    Moby Dick is free on e-readers…I’m enjoying that one again, right now.

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  • http://twitter.com/seekingpastor Matt Cannon

    I picked up “The Year of Living Biblically” by A.J. Jacobs at a used book store. Really enjoyable read so far.

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