Gail Halladay from Deseret Book recommends these titles:
Deseret Book has a little something for all the booklovers on your gift list:
1) Mine Errand From the Lord by Boyd K. Packer
Over the course of his more than five decades as a General Authority, President Packer has powerfully and thoughtfully addressed many major doctrinal, moral, and social issues. Now his teachings on 25 key topics have been compiled in this encyclopedic guide to better understanding the principles and practices of the Gospel. With hundreds of quotations, his most memorable stories, and dozens of photographs chronicling President Packer’s service, this amazing reference tool is the most definitive book of our time on gospel questions and is a must-have for your personal library.
2) Broken Things to Mend by Jeffery R. Holland
Most of us feel broken at some time or another. We face personal trials and family struggles. We get discouraged and downhearted. Many are enduring conflicts fought in the lonely foxholes of the heart, feeling their lives may be broken beyond repair. In this extraordinary book, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s characteristic good cheer and brilliant insights offer the surest and sweetest remedy of all. He invites all readers, not just the poor in spirit, to come unto Christ and receive “the strength that comes from experiencing firsthand the majesty of His touch.”
This collection of some of Elder Holland’s most memorable recent talks inspires us to maintain hope and to rivet our attention on the one Person who has the power to heal us. Broken Things to Mend provides a stirring reminder that, if we come unto the Savior, He will make us whole.
3) Clear as the Moon by Chris Stewart
“We have this one chance,” Brucius told Sam. “If you can get him, if you can locate and extricate King Abdullah, then we can punish him. Justice will be served. We could stop the final world war. Find him, we’ll try him and hang him. Don’t, and we’ll have to retaliate.”
The United States, stunned by the nuclear detonation in Washington, D.C., and further crippled by the EMP attack on the whole country, is on the brink of destruction. The unscrupulous leaders who have banded together to toss out the Constitution and divide the ruling of the world between themselves have all but achieved their objective.
But they haven’t factored in one thing. They haven’t considered the chance, however slight, that good people remain who will continue standing up for what they believe in. A daring plot to reinstate Brucius Marino to his rightful position as president of the United States, with an even more audacious plan to bring King Abdullah to justice–everything hinges on the courage and skill of Sara and Sam Brighton and their friends. The thrilling conclusion to The Great and Terrible series will keep you riveted to the very end!
4) Fable Haven Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull
Strange things are afoot at Fablehaven. Someone or something has released a plague that transforms beings of light into creatures of darkness. Seth discovers the problem in its infancy, but as the infectious disease spreads, it becomes clear that the preserve cannot hold out for long.
In dire need of help, the Sorensons question where to turn. The Sphinx has always given sound advice—but is he a traitor? Inside the Quiet Box, Vanessa might have information that could lead to a cure—but can she be trusted?
Meanwhile, Kendra and members of the Knights of the Dawn must journey to a distant preserve and retrieve another hidden artifact. Will the Society of the Evening Star recover it first? Will the plague eclipse all light at Fablehaven? Find out in Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague.
5) Beloved Emma:The Illustrated Life Story of Emma Smith by Lori E. Woodland Illustrated by Liz Lemon Swindle
Revered as “an elect lady” and denounced as a “damned liar,” Emma Hale Smith had a life full of contradictions — trials and triumphs, sorrows and strength, fears and faith. Raised in a well-respected family, she gave up everything to marry a poor, uneducated farm boy. Her unwavering support of the Prophet Joseph through intense persecution and suffering is legendary, and although she lived in relative comfort and security in her later years, Emma’s life continued to be laced with tragedy and heartache.
This well-documented narrative provides a personal glimpse into the life of a woman who remains one of the most mysterious and misunderstood women in Church history today. With beautiful full-color illustrations by renowned artist Liz Lemon Swindle, the story is told using many first-person accounts. Readers will gain valuable insights into the remarkable life and character of Emma Hale Smith.
6) The Miracle of The Wooden Shoes by Deborah Pace Rowley Illustrated by Dan Burr
What would you do to create a miracle for another family? Walter needed one. Times were hard, and his father was very ill and had lost his job.
Walter knew the other children in his German town would be placing their wooden shoes on their doorsteps for St. Nicholas to fill with toys and candy. This year, however, there was little reason for Walter to think his shoes would be filled.
But the next morning, he gasped and his mother cried. There on the doorstep are Walter’s shoes brimming with candles and a scroll that reads, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12) For many nights, his wooden shoes are filled and needful gifts continue to appear, each with a scroll and scripture testifying of Jesus Christ. Then one morning, Walter and his family receive the best gift of all.
The Miracle of the Wooden Shoes is a moving story about pure love, anonymous service, and the sometimes unexpected gifts we receive from the Savior, who above all others knows what we need.
7) Reflections of Christ by Mark Mabry
Hundreds of thousands of people were deeply moved while watching Reflections of Christ, premiering exclusively at the Mesa Temple Visitor’s Center. Now, Mark Mabry’s spiritual journey to recreate and photograph the life and ministry of Jesus Christ , filmed by Cameron Trejo, can make a profound impact in your own home and classroom. From the manger scene to the setting of Christ’s baptism to the site of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, watch Mark Mabry recreate the Savior’s most awe-inspiring moments as if you were there witnessing the events first-hand. Hear powerful testimony and life-changing experiences from Mabry and many others who participated. Prepare to be spiritually moved. Prepare to come unto Christ.
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