Julie Taylor's Christmas Book Recommendations

Often, as Christmas approaches, we are launched into the throes of baking and decorating and shopping. However, for some, this is the time of year there is finally time to sit down with a good book. With the millions of books out there, it's hard to know what to choose or even how to narrow it down. Whitworth University's own first lady has provided a list of recommendations for all ages this Christmas.

Books for any age:

The Tale of Three Trees, Angela Elwell Hunt
This picture book beautifully portrays Christ's birth, ministry on Earth, death and resurrection.

The Crippled Lamb, Max Lucado
A sweet story of a young lamb's response to the birth of Christ.

The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams Bianco
One to read any time of year. And during the Christmas season, it's the perfect excuse for snuggle time with a child.

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Christmas time is the perfect time for classics.

The Gift of the Magi, O. Henry
A short tale packed with virtue.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
For those who enjoy the tradition of Santa Claus, this is beautifully illustrated picture book of Robert Frost's poem.

Books for adults:

Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand
This memoir is so inspirational and definitely unbelievable at points in the telling. Zamperini's journey is full of struggle, perseverance, the timely intervention of grace, and hope.

Peace Like a River, Leif Enger
This book strikes various chords with readers. In my opinion, this author incorporates the miraculous interrupting the mundane more authentically than any other.

Books on my list to read this Christmas:

Unwrapping the Gift, Ann Voskamp
A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley