Friday, December 15, 2023

Need Any Christmas Gifts Still?

Here are a few ideas that have touched my heart.


The emergency: a year of healing and heartbreak in a Chicago ER by Thomas Fisher, (Board-certified emergency medicine physician). A wide open, heart-felt description of medical care in a poor, Black Chicago emergency room, during the first nine months of the Covid outbreak.


3:16: the numbers of hope by Max Lucado. Beautiful descriptions of God’s great love for us which caused him to give the gift of his son.


Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar. A story of Corinth of the New Testament, including some well-known names from the Bible. Describes a family’s tragedies, sorrows, and their road to the grace of Jesus.


Choices of the Heart by Laurie Alice Eakes. A family feud in the mountains of Virginia in 1842, and a reminder that “There is therefore now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.”


This promise of change: one girl's story in the fight for school equality by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy. A brave story from one of twelve students who agreed to be the first Blacks to attend a Tennessee high school in 1956.


The watchmaker's daughter: the true story of World War II heroine Corrie ten Boom by Larry Loftis. I was already familiar with this story; I’m sure I read The Hiding Place. But it is good to keep this history fresh in my thinking, and to remind myself of what people will do, even in the darkest valley, to share the love of Jesus.


Millie’s Christmas by Kathy McKinsey. This precious children’s story that God gifted me with at Christmas a number of years ago. 


  1. Thank you, Kathy, for sharing these books with us!! I'd reread The Hiding Place a few years ago and it was sooo encouraging to see what God can do in a heart willing to forgive and love!!! Merry Christmas and lots of love, Erma :)

    1. Thank you, Erma. Merry Christmas to you and yours. From Kathy

  2. Hi Kathy. Thank you for this list of suggested great reading! Wishing you and your family a Merry, Blessed, and Joy-filled Christmas!

    1. Thank you, Patti. Merry Christmas to you and yours. From Kathy