There are two books that are perfect for gift giving this time of year.
One of them is The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things by Neil Pasricha. In the book are small awesome things that we may find in you every day lives that makes you stop for a moment and say, Awesome! After each awesome moment is a brief story or explanation- many will leave you nodding your head yeah that is awesome! We have started a tradition where we read one awesome moment at dinner every night- it is a simple reminder to appreciate the small awesome moments in our lives.
I also had my students come up with their own small awesome moments as a writing spark!
Examples from the book include: Wearing underwear just out of the dryer, Being the first table called up for the dinner buffet at a wedding, When the vending machine gives you two things instead of one, The first shower you take after not showering for a really long time, When cashiers open up new checkout lanes at the grocery store, Sleeping in new bed sheets etc…
Another great book to give to others that I read is: God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours by Regina Brett. What I like about this book is that there are 50 short life lessons that are meaningful to many people at different stages of life. This is a book that you can read and then keep coming back to and re-reading as there are different parts that will resonate each time it is read. I have given this book to a few friends and they have loved it!
This is a summary from Publisher’s Weekly about the book: “On turning 50, Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Brett wrote her most popular piece ever, containing the cancer survivor and single mom’s most important life lessons. Here she expands and expounds on that column, incorporating other essays penned over her 14 years as an opinion columnist, to make a rousing inspirational collection. Most of her pieces-dedicated to substantive but familiar ideas like “Overprepare, then go with the flow,” “Stay put in the day you are in,” and “God loves you because of who God is”-are short, sweet, and frequently resonant (if at times overly simple). Complimenting her own experience with anecdotes from friends and others, as well as poems, prayers, psalms and excerpts from treasured books, Brett employs a veteran writer’s knack for keen observation and thorough self-knowledge, delivering hard-earned wisdom with deceptive ease.”