Do books still matter? In a quote taken off from January 2008, Steve Jobs said that electronic books would fail because forty percent of people in the US read one book or less in the previous year. But shortly thereafter a response on indicates that books are the most purchased item online by 57.5 million people or 38% of internet users. The written word does seem to have gone out of vogue – newspapers and magazines are failing and some wonder at the ability of youth to read with the advent of texting and twittering. And yet each year, more than 200,000 books are published in the US alone.

So, do books matter? I like books. I collect more books than I can read. I don’t like books so much for answers, although at times they can be helpful for that; but rather, I like books for the questions I have when I read them. I like books for the creative sparks they can ignite in my thinking. I like books for the characters and the people and places I meet and get to know. They help me to understand me better as well as the people around me.

The most-sold book of all time is the Bible. I read that book, too. I have a number of Bibles in different translations and paraphrases. I’m not sure I get more answers than questions when I read it, but I do know my thinking can be ignited and creativity sparked when I spend some time in the Bible. One of my favorite scripture references that comes to mind when I hear the word “book” is from the Biblical paraphrase, The Message, by Eugene Peterson.

God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. When I got my act together, he gave me a fresh start. Now I’m alert to God’s ways; I don’t take God for granted. Every day I review the ways he works; I try not to miss a trick. I feel put back together, and I’m watching my step. God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes. Psalm 18:20-24

There are many books out today that help me to hear God’s voice, that help me be alert to God’s ways and review how God works. I give thanks for books and the fact that God is still speaking! From December 1 - 24, you will find a new book posted on the GGCC blog that has been recommended by a staff member. It is our hope that you find a book that speaks to you and helps you to connect with God, yourself and those around you in a new way. Happy Reading!


Day 1                                               

Angela and the Baby Jesus
By Frank McCourt

Category: Children’s Picture Book (title also available in an adult edition)

Renowned author Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes) tells a tender Christmas story about his mom from a child’s perspective on the nativity scene. This sure-to-be classic belongs in every child’s (& adult’s) library. ~ Vikki

Link to book on Amazon

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