May is here, along with the end of school and graduation season. I love to give books as graduations gifts.
I’m a book girl. I love the written word and, even more, I love to share great books with my loved ones. Inspirational books make wonderful gifts, and especially graduation gifts. Graduation season offers a unique opportunity to share wisdom when new graduates are moldable and eager to soak up insightful thoughts.
Books are easy to order online to give as graduation gifts and serve also to make a lasting impact on young adults who may suddenly have a bit more time on their hands. Why not give them the gift of wisdom? The written word is literally the gift that keeps on giving. These book choices below are gifts that can be read again and again, giving fresh inspiration every time.
Just an FYI, these links are hardcover copies since those are what I would typically give as gifts, but you can find the Kindle or softcover copies also offered on Amazon if you prefer.
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Here are 5 great books to give for graduation.
Best selling author Max Lucado pens his thoughtful, inspirational, Godly wisdom to the graduate or really anyone starting a new life journey. Who doesn’t need to be inspired sometimes? Lucado reminds the reader that God is always beside us in our everyday trials as we chase our dreams and purpose.
Stever Farrar has updated his bestseller, How to Ruin your Life by 40 that was required reading for my own kids in their high school years. Written with endless wit, Farrar literally outlines the optimal ‘mistakes’ to ruin your life. Farrar includes things like ignoring God’s purpose for your life and refusing to take responsibility for your actions as obvious pitfalls to avoid but uncovers their lasting consequences.
Perhaps we all learn, sooner or later, that the little things in life give rise to the big things. Graduates long for inspiration, and this book delivers. Given originally as a commencement address, McCraven offers simple wisdom to begin the journey into adulthood, or maybe just your own journey into ‘lifehood’.
Small changes, over time, make a HUGE impact. James Clear outlines how making small changes in our daily living can compound over time to produce dramatic effects. Everyone needs to read this book, not just graduates. I am relearning these concepts anew in my own life as I’ve tried to change my habits in 2019. This book gives wise, and practical, advice to a new graduate embarking on a new adventure into adulthood.
What rules for living might you impart to your kids if you were asked to share your soul? What’s really important? Randy Pausch was given that opportunity, and, coincidentally, had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. You’ll find weighty, thought-provoking words offering inspiration and wisdom.
Use a graduation gift to inspire a love of reading.
Again, books are wonderful gifts for any genre, but especially to give as graduation gifts. Modern society, with all its quick hits of information, doesn’t read like it used to or should. A book affords an opportunity for this next generation to unplug for a bit. Perhaps it’s time to correct this problem of information overload, one graduate at a time.
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