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Best Christian Books and Gift Ideas 2016

My 10 Best Christian Books of 2016 PLUS 7 great gift ideas for Christmas. Though these were not necessarily all published in 2016, these are the ones I read this year that I think will be most helpful or appealing to readers of this blog (or just my favourites).

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Best Fiction Books 2016

I vowed to read some more novels this year, and – oh boy – I read some absolute gems. Here were the best 12 fiction books I read in 2016:

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Advent Resources 2016

Advent begins this Sunday, but if you’re quick you can get these Advent resources in time. Here are some ways you can mark Advent and prepare thoughtfully for Christmas – including EVERYTHING – Advent Courses, Books, Advent Calendars, Children’s books and Christmas music.

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What I’m Into Sep Oct 2016

Jon went to his first academic conference as a doctoral student, and I was left home-alone for a week. “How does someone with severe ME look after a child all week and cope alone?” I hear you ponder. The answer is: they don’t.

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Book Reviews Sep Oct 2016

All the books I’ve been reading in September and October 2016 – featuring Shauna Niequist, Karen Joy Fowler, Jessie Burton, Noah Hawley, Luci Shaw, Shelly Miller, A A Milne

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What I’m Into (Jul Aug 2016 – the late edition)

Last year, I wrote a popular post entitled ‘When Your Holiday is Not Heaven.’ I stand by that, but this year, my holiday was actually pretty darn close to heaven, and here’s some reasons why:

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Book Reviews July Aug 2016

(It seems I’m late on everything at the moment, but I’m hoping to improve… A bumper ‘What I’m Into’ will be coming soon – but in the meantime, these are the books I’ve read recently – some absolute diamonds here!)

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For Every Wannabe Missionary (Assimilate or Go Home)

To be drawn towards a people group or country doesn’t mean you swoop in to fix their problems, or try and make them assimilate to your culture, but to listen and adapt yourself to their culture. It is to open your eyes to the weaknesses and arrogance of your own culture, and to change not the people but yourself. True mission is not so much about giving as learning to receive; not so much about speaking as listening.

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