World Magazine was kind enough to ask me to participate in an article in which they asked several interviewees about what books they’d want to receive or give during the coming holiday season.  

The link (which will only be valid a few days) is here:    
And my four recommendations are here

  • Randy Alcorn, Heaven
  • Billy Collins, The Trouble with Poetry
  • Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • David Pogue and Adam Goldstein, Switching to the Mac
(And that last title is a bit of a joke for my friends who, like me, have “seen the light”  and switched to the Mac. That book really was a godsend as I learned the new system.) 

Tomorrow–we begin the book of the month for December:  The Note!  (Surprise!) Everything you wanted to know and a little bit you didn’t.  🙂 



  1. Accidental Poet

    I’m impressed – there’s a poet on your list!

  2. Carrie K.

    I just recently read The Trouble with Poetry – I enjoyed it very much.

  3. Shauna

    I just finished A Thousand Splendid Suns today, and it’s the best book I’ve read this year (I also read The Kite Runner a few months ago, which was incredible). I don’t remember ever reading a book that made me sob before. I’ve been looking up agencies and organizations that aid Afghan orphans and women all afternoon.

  4. Randy


    What a nice surprise to make your list. And right up there with the Mac book! Have a Merry Christ-centered Christmas, dear sister. Warm greetings to Gary.


  5. Suzanne

    I’ve already set the DVR to record The Note…just in case I happen to forget! I don’t want to miss it.

  6. Anonymous

    I have been a subscriber to WORLD for quite a while now – always loved it – and now that they have chosen you as one of their participants in this project, I love them even more! (BTW – Drew Klavan and his wonderful family are very active in my church. Fun to see him in there, too!) Clyde


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