The rampant consumerism of the Christmas season is a deep challenge for Christians…
But many of us still want to give gifts,
and what better to give than books,
especially beautiful ones!
So here are our picks for 10 of the most beautiful books of the year, that include books fit for a wide range of readers:
( PLUS, one bonus classic, that is worth giving in any year…)
#8 The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir
By Thi Bui
This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.
At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home.
*** ALL Ten Books: