Have you ever wished that you had a personal shopper—someone who could recommend the perfect gift?
Perhaps I can be of service. After all, nothing quite says "Merry Christmas" like an Orbis book—the gift that neither moths nor rust can destroy, and that thieves are unlikely to steal.
Here are some special suggestions, just for you:
• Veronica Mary Rolf, Julian's Gospel: Illuminating the Life & Revelations of Julian of Norwich. At 670 pages, this gift makes a statement. Yet from the first pages, which recreate the world of 14th-century England, you will be captivated by the story of a medieval woman mystic whose message leaps the centuries to speak to our own time. • Henri Nouwen, Jesus: A Gospel. With illustrations by Rembrandt, this beautiful book follows the life of Jesus—from his Nativity to his Passion and Resurrection—through the moving reflections of Henri Nouwen. • A Passion for Life: Fragments of the Face of God combines the extraordinary icons of Robert Lentz with reflections by Joan Chittister. With subjects ranging from Hildegard of Bingen and Mary Magdalen to Oscar Romero and Thomas Merton, there are stories to inspire and challenge every reader. • Jim Forest's Praying with Icons, with dozens of full-color illustrations, is a spiritual classic for all seasons. For a modern approach, particularly suitable for Christmas, Mother of God Similar to Fire combines contemporary icons of Mary by William Hart McNichols with poetic prayers by Mirabai Starr.