Christmas is just a week away, and with the holidays sometimes comes the stress of finding the perfect gift for those on your list. We've compiled our list of the top ten gifts to get the Adventist on your Christmas list.
From clothing to jewelry, from books to music, coffee mugs to calendars, you'll find a great assortment of stocking stuffers and quality presents for friends and family members alike.
Our recommendations are listed in alphabetical order below.
EighteenFortyFour.com has provided wearable, sharable Adventist jokes for several years now. New additions to their lineup include "The Great Record Keeper Controversy" shirts and Stripple and Vespers-related products. A great bet for young and young-at-heart Adventists! Find six packs of laugh out loud greeting cards for under $10 and classic clothing options for under $25. More at www.eighteenfortyfour.com.
Documentarian Martin Doblmeier has produced a popular trilogy of DVDs about the Adventist Church. While not Adventist himself, Doblmeier was impressed by the Adventist health care his mother received, and focused there for the first of the three films. The series has aired on PBS in the United States. The trilogy is available for $26.95 at the Adventist Book Center (as of publication).
Virginia Davidson, an artisan living in Washington State, created the ampersand pin as a potent symbol of God's calling of men AND women to gospel ministry in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Read the story of how the ampersand became the symbol of Women's Ordination, and order your own pins in gold or silver for $7.50 apiece plus shipping and handling at www.DavidsonOriginals.com.
Roy Adams has written eight books and hundreds of editorials and articles during the course of his writing career, but through it all has said very little about his background and formative years. In this autobiographical memoir, he goes there, catching up the reader on some of the most arresting behind-the-scenes experiences of his life. It includes reflections on the leadership transition at the Adventist Review when Adams was overlooked, some of the political influences in the Adventist Church, and frank accounts of race issues still besetting the church. This book is serious reading for those interested in the inner workings of Adventism. $17.28 in paperback from Barnes & Noble (as of publication).
Committed is an award-winning a capella singing group from Huntsville Alabama who shot to fame after winning Season 2 of NBC's "The Sing-Off." This, their second Christmas album, features six beautifully-arranged holiday favorites for $9.99 from Mixed-bag Music. Singles are also available for digital download from iTunes.
Some of Adventism's finest scholars, activists and writers have collaborated on this book on doing justice, particularly in the context of Adventist faith and personal faithfulness. Contributors include Dwight Nelson, Ty Gibson, Kendra Haloviak Valentine, Ella Simmons, Lowell Cooper, Chris Blake, Lisa Clark Diller, ADRA personnel from around the world and more. Nathan Brown, book editor at Signs Publishing Company in Australia, edited this volume. Earlier this month, Brown spoke with Spectrum Board Chair Chuck Scriven about the book. It is currently available in the United States as an eBook from Amazon for Kindle for just $9.99.
Ronald E. Osborn, co-founder and executive director of the Adventist Peace Fellowship, created this sharply-designed 2015 calendar to highlight historical Adventist peacemakers. Read the story behind the creation and release of the calendar here. The Peace & Justice calendar is available with an online donation of $25 or more to the Adventist Peace Fellowship. To contribute and receive a calendar, visit the APF website, www.AdventistPeace.org.
In Questions and Answers About Women's Ordination, Martin Hanna, PhD and Cindy Tutsch, Dmin take an indepth look at this much discussed issue of women's ordination in the Seventh-day Adventist church. With a vote on the issue scheduled for the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas, this book provides important biblical, historical, cultural and ecclesiological context to the ordination discussion. You can read the first chapter here, and purchase the book for $15.99 in paperback from the Adventist Book Center.
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Especially conceived and developed for today's women in conjunction with the General Conference Women's Ministries Department, this New King James Version of the Bible has a wealth of features specifically related to women. This beautifully designed Bible for women is available in English, Spanish, and French. Dimensions are 5 3/4' (width) x 8.5' (length). Available in a faux leather finish in several color combinations for $39.99 from the Adventist Book Center.
Happy Holidays, and happy shopping!
Jared Wright is managing editor for SpectrumMagazine.org.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/6507