The holidays are a time for keeping warm, being with family, and, for many, considering one’s faith. Amid parades, celebrations, decorations, feasts, travel, preparations, and, of course, whirlwinds of news, books offer us the chance to slow down and think about the things that matter most. From journaling Bibles and faith-based books for children to reconsiderations of mortality, publishers are providing stocking stuffers and illuminations.

In Missed Opportunities, scholar and education advocate Gabriel Moran considers an open-minded path forward for the Roman Catholic Church. Harvest House presents fun and accessible takes on everything from the end-times to effective leadership. Crossway presents its latest series of beautiful journaling Bibles. Old Testament scholar Barry Beitzel brings together his intimate knowledge of the Bible and his studies of geography in the Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Gospels. Beaming Books makes foundational stories accessible to kids with the Frolic First Bible and Lift-the-Flap Bible Stories for Young Children. Finally, Lucinda Herring’s Reimagining Death proposes environmentally sustainable and home-based alternatives to traditional end-of-life practices.

Here’s our look at a handful of special Bibles and other faith-based books to help make your holidays bright and meaningful.

Modernizing the Church: Spotlight on Gabriel Moran

A Travel Guide to the Gospels: The 'Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Gospels'

Beginner Bibles from Beaming Books

A Gentler Death: Spotlight on Lucinda Herring

Crossway's ESV Scripture Journals: Connecting with the Bible in a New (Old) Way

Harvest House Makes Christian Thinking Accessible to All