Holiday Gift Ideas & Ways to Make a Difference

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Friends!

It’s so hard to believe my daughter Michele and I celebrated Christmas with the street children at the School in a Cart in Manila last year! (You can read about our Philippine adventure HERE.)

Holiday Book Giving Ideas

I hope you’ll give lots and lots of books this holiday season. They’re great gifts and buying them helps support both bookstores – especially local ones! – and authors!

Fiction Recommendation 

Florida Wildlife Warriors Connie Mann

I’m thrilled that the PRINT version of BEYOND POWER, the 2nd book in the Florida Wildlife Warriors series will be out on 1/26/21! If you pre-order it, you can have it delivered right to someone’s door when it’s released.

Also, did you know the e-book is already available? Sweet!

You can order by going to the BOOKS tab on my website.

Safe Harbor Series Connie Mann

The entire Safe Harbor series is also available – in print, e-book AND audio. Here’s the link to snag your copies of the series: BOOKS.

For more ideas, click HERE for the books I recommended last month.



Non-fiction Recommendations

These are great books I’ve read this year and highly recommend.

Fierce, Free and Full Fire: The Guide to Being Glorious You by Jen Hatmaker

The Dream of You by Jo Saxton

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

-The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles the Reveal How to Make Your Life Better by Gretchen Rubin

Charitable Giving Ideas

Because this year has been incredibly hard for so many, charities have been stretched even thinner. If you are looking to make a difference, here are a few suggestions:

Help a child get an education – My daughter and I visited the School in a Cart last Christmas and love the work they’re doing to help street children in Manila. Visit for more info.

Empower an artisan to break the poverty cycle – I love the products made by Ten by Three artisans in developing countries. They’re practical, beautiful AND make a difference. Visit

Order great coffee that helps the distressed earn what they need – We get fabulous Dignity Roasters coffee delivered right to our door every month. Great way to give back.

Donate to your local food bank

Take some gently used items to a local charity’s thrift store

Send an anonymous gift card to someone you know who’s struggling

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Merry Christmas & Happy Reading, Everyone!



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