Vera Nazarian, an Armenian-Russian American writer of fantasy and science fiction, said, “Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.”

I believe it, and so does my wife, Gena. We love to read. In fact, we wouldn’t be the people we are without the books we’ve read. And we’ve read a score of them over the years.

I have been fortunate to have written several bestselling books, and one of my favorite is an encouraging one I wrote so that it would lift the spirits of soldiers and fit easily in their military backpacks or gunny sacks. It is my 101 favorite jokes and stories about myself, “The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book.”

But my intent here is not to push my own books, but three others I think everyone should have on their Christmas wish list. They would also make great Christmas gifts for others.

The first book I recommend for Christmas is Tim Tebow’s new book, “Shaken.”

Tebow entered professional sports as a Heisman Trophy winner. He quickly attained athletic acclaim, with a career that spanned from NFL football to MLB’s Instructional League. Playing on amazing teams like the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Mets, Tim has clearly demonstrated his amazing athletic abilities and sportsmanship.

Through it all, however, Tim has endured pervasive public and professional scrutiny, often times because of his outspoken faith and popularity. Tim is a first-class athlete and gentlemen, but even those qualities can backfire in backroom and locker-room politics.

In his inspiring new book, “Shaken,” Tebow shares his journey of persevering through personal highs and lows, and staying grounded in the face of heartache, criticism and intense media scrutiny. I believe Tim’s story of overcoming challenges will be a powerful encouragement to anyone enduring hardships and needing a boost of faith.

Another inspirational read and the second book I recommend this Christmas is the latest best-selling book “Happiness,” by my friend and prolific author Randy Alcorn. (It’s available right now at half price through his website.)

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In a world that seeks happiness in all the wrong places, and even thinks it might find it wrapped underneath the Christmas tree, “Happiness” is one ginormous resource to help us discover real Christmas joy, peace and contentment. It will help you regain health and balance in your soul and even relationships.

I highly encourage people everywhere to master the art of being happy and content by reading “Happiness.” What better resolution could there be for your new year?

The third book I recommend this Christmas is Joseph Farah’s brand new book, “The Restitution of All Things: Israel, Christians, and the End of the Age.”

Farah is a pioneer of online news media, a bestselling author and the editor and chief executive officer of WND, the Internet’s largest independent news site. He’s also our friend. Farah is a political genius, and he knows world affairs and particularly the Middle East better than most university professors.

He recently returned from leading over 400 mostly American Christian pilgrims on what has become an annual WND tour of Israel, where he helped them to discover, or rediscover, the Hebrew roots of their faith. If you didn’t make the trip, his new book will help you to understand many teaching points on the tour.

“The Restitution of All Things: Israel, Christians, and the End of the Age” combines Farah’s expertise of Israel and the Middle East with his mastery of Scripture and the End Times to produce a power-packed investigation that answers seven critical questions:

  • What does the Bible clearly teach about the ultimate solution to the Middle East conflict?
  • Is the story of the New Testament really grace versus Old Testament law?
  • What is the ultimate destination of redeemed mankind – heaven or earth?
  • Why is there so much focus in the prophecy world on events leading up to the return of Jesus and so little about what follows?
  • What is the central conflict Jesus has in the gospels, and what was the great error of the Pharisees?
  • Is it possible today’s believers in Jesus could be making the same error as the Pharisees of His time?
  • Have Christians replaced Israel as the people of promise?

“The Restitution of All Things: Israel, Christians, and the End of the Age” is a great book by a great author for people who admire the Good Book!

Merry Christmas, and happy holiday reading!

Are you hungry for a fresh, inspiring look at the Bible? “The Restitution of All Things: Israel, Christians and the End of the Age” is available now for Christmas and Hanukkah.

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