Books Make for Wonderful Christmas Gifts!

Christmas gift guide from Loyola Press

According to Pew Research, roughly a quarter of U.S. adults (27%) indicate that they haven’t read a book in the past year. A great way to remedy that is to gift those you love with books this Christmas! There are many benefits to reading books, including mental stimulation, stress reduction, exposure to knowledge, inspiration, escape, vocabulary expansion, memory improvement, and more!

Loyola Press is happy to provide you with a Christmas Gift Guide to help you select books that make for wonderful Christmas gifts for people of all ages without breaking the bank! One of my favorites is Leo’s Gift, which tells the story of a young boy who discovers his unique gift which he places at the service of others. This year, Leo’s Gift now has a guided reflection to accompany it. 

I especially recommend the following as gifts for catechists to use in their faith formation with children:

  • Pope Francis Says
  • Shhh…God Is in the Silence
  • Loyola Kids Book of Bible Stories
  • Loyola Kids Book of Catholic Signs & Symbols
  • Dear Pope Francis

Finally, the following is my recommendation for a book for catechists to read for their own spiritual enrichment: Enough As You Are: Overcoming Self-Doubt and Appreciating the Gift of You by Peggy Weber. We catechists do experience self-doubt from time to time!

To see all of the books available at special prices for Christmas gift-giving, visit the Loyola Press Christmas Gift Guide!

About Joe Paprocki 2764 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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