13 Book suggestions for under the tree this Christmas

Are you a last-minute Christmas shopper? Or are you one of those folks that had everything bought and wrapped 6 months ago? Do you have some folks that are hard to buy for?

Well, if you are still struggling for some gift ideas here are some book suggestions for Christmas that might help.book suggestions for Christmas

Financial Basics

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

Financial Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey

If you’ve been reading here very long it probably hasn’t been hard to pick up on the fact that I am a huge fan of Dave Ramsey. The stuff he teaches radically changed our family’s financial state, and after leading several Financial Peace University classes, I have seen it make a big difference in many of my students’ lives. These two books really provide the basis for what he teaches. They are similar in content but The Total Money Makeover approaches it more from the question of how do I make the changes I need and Financial Peace Revisited focuses more on the question of why.

The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton

If the thought of a “financial book” seems dry and boring, The Wealthy Barber might be a good choice for you. It teaches many of the same concepts but does so in the context of a fictional story. The book centers around a fictional barber named Roy, who dishes out financial advice to his clients as they are getting their haircut. He does it in a witty entertaining way that provides a great financial education without being dry or boring.

The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley

This remains one of the most impactful books I have ready on financial success. We live in a “keeping up with the Jones’s” world and it is very easy to get caught up in that. Stanley has interviewed hundreds of millionaires and distilled the common themes he found down into 7 common traits which he detailed in this book. The bottom line is that most millionaires don’t really lead the lifestyles of the rich and famous like we imagine. They live quiet, modest lives and that’s how they built their wealth. In fact it could be your next door neighbor and you might not even know it.


The Truth About Money by Ric Edelman

This is a great reference book for investing and really all areas of finance. Chapters are short and easy to read. Ric does a very good job of explaining more complex financial concepts in a way that is simple and easy to understand. I’d prefer that he were a little stronger against debt (my Dave Ramsey bias showing through) but generally speaking this is a very good primer for getting your financial house in order.

The Sound Mind Investing Handbook by Austin Pryor

This book teaches investing with a Biblical perspective. It walks you through how to invest and prepare for things like retirement. The advice given is always grounded in secure Biblical principles.

Job Search

What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles

This is an old classic that has been around for many years but it has been frequently updated. I first read it a few years ago when I was laid off for a few months. If you know someone who is looking for work, or is wanting to find a better job, this book is a valuable resource for all parts of the job search.

Quitter by Jon Acuff

Do you know someone who is working a job they don’t really like, but they have dreams of something better?  Quitter walks you through the process of how you move from your “day job” to your “dream job” without turning it into a nightmare. Jon Acuff mixes humor with great practical advice to make it an easy read for almost anyone.

Personal growth

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

We live in a world that changes almost daily, but change is difficult. Most of us don’t really like change that much. Who Moved My Cheese is perhaps the best book I have ever read about learning to deal with change. Everyone needs to read this book.

The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews

I’m also a huge fan of Andy Andrews. You really couldn’t go wrong with any of his books. The Traveler’s Gift is probably his most famous. It focuses on David Ponder, a down on his luck business man who gets in a car wreck. While he is unconscious he is transported through time to meet 7 great historical figures at key points in history. Through it he learns 7 important factors for success. I love this book. In fact my wife and I think the message contained within it is so important, we decided to make it a part of any standard graduation gift we give.


The Blessed Life by Robert Morris

Morris is a pastor in the Dallas area. He has given away thousands of dollars, vehicles, and even his home and always God has blessed him in ways he would have never guessed through it all. This is not a prosperity gospel –  give so God gives to you sort of message. Nor does he suggest to be a good Christian you have to give away everything you own. But he will challenge you to look at giving in a way that you perhaps never have before.

God Came Near by Max Lucado

Max Lucado is another of my favorite authors. God Came Near is one of his older books, but it is one of my favorites. The book contains a series of short essays focused on the Christmas season. Few writers I have found can communicate the beauty of God’s love as clearly and as movingly as Max Lucado.

NIV Stewardship Study Bible

This one is on my Christmas list. There are more than 2300 scriptures in the Bible that relate to money and finances.This Bible highlights many of those scriptures and provides devotions related to money, finances, generosity, and careers.

Give the gift of learning

“Not all readers are leaders but all leaders are readers” – Harry S Truman

“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” – Charlie Tremendous Jones

I believe that if you want to find success in life, you need to be a reader. These books represent some of my favorites. If you are looking for something to give your loved one this Christmas, consider giving the gift of learning through one of these books.

I’d love to hear what other books you would recommend . Leave a comment. I’m always looking for great books to read.

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