10 Books for the People in Your Life

One of my favorite gifts to give and to receive is books. As I look at some of books I’ve read (or hope to read) this year, I thought about the different people in my life I would give them to so of course, I made a list. Maybe this list will help you, too?

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Several of these I’ve mentioned here before, but this time I wanted to give you an idea of specific people in your life who might enjoy receiving one of these books:

For your Teenage Niece, Babysitter, or Little Sister: Speak Love: Making Your Words Matter by Annie Downs

For the New Father: Know When to Hold ‘Em: The High Stakes Game of Fatherhood by John Blase

For the New Mother: Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn by Melanie Shankle

For the Writer: The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life by Julia Cameron

For the College Student: The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing by Jeff Goins

For the Contemplative: Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship and Direction by David G. Benner

For the Cook: Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table by Shauna Niequist

If you’re thinking of picking up one of my books, here are some people in your life who might enjoy them:

books by emily p. freeman

For the woman who needs a break: Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try Hard Life

For the teen girl who may be under a lot of stress: Graceful: Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life

For the person who is starting something new (but is terrified): A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live

Recently I did an interview with Joe Brookhouse at Frequency.FM about A Million Little Ways. The podcast is live now and if you need a little company as you wrap the Christmas gifts, maybe Joe and I can be that for you. We talk about art, writing, and creativity. And there’s a little Christa Wells and Ellie Holcomb music worked in, which might be why I enjoyed this interview so much.

You can listen to it here.

Just a quick reminder: I hope to see you back here tomorrow where we will unwrap our Tuesday gifts for the last time this year.

Finally, a little glimpse into my writing life. Lately it’s been a struggle for me to write. It’s a combination of the natural post-partum-esque (I’m making up words now) discouragement that comes a few months after releasing a book combined with the simple fact that I haven’t been writing consistently. Today at (in)courage, I share with you some of my thoughts on that struggle.


  1. Chelsea says

    I just finished “Speak Love!” by Annie Downs and LOVED it! Ordered her other book “Perfectly Unique”, and should be getting it in the mail any day now! 😀
    I’ve also read “Graceful” and “A Million Little Ways”. Let me just say, those are 2 of the best books I’ve ever read in my life (and that’s saying a lot compared to how much a read!) Thank you for sharing your God-given gift of writing with us!! ?

  2. Marinalva Sickler says

    I loved your list. It’s so interesting to imagine you in a hard spot to go back to writing. Thank you for sharing your post-partum feelings.

  3. says

    Great selection! I find it is hard to give books, because you never know if someone has it already or has already read it. I guess I could ask…

  4. says

    Thanks Emily!! Love this list. Gonna have to get my hands on The Right To Write and The In-Between.

    And I am DETERMINED to finish Grace for the Good Girl while I’m home for the holidays. There’s no college homework to get in the way of my reading time now!

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