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Welcome to the final installment of the For Aslan Christmas Gift Guides. This guide will help you find a great gift for your evangelical theology nerd loved ones. This list is a mixture of really great books you can get for cheap and multi-volume collections that most theology nerds are too poor to buy for themselves. These are all great gifts for your pastor, youth pastor, poor seminarian, theological blogger, or armchair theologian.
THEOLOGY NERD GIFTS – $0-$25
A Little Exercise for Young Theologians by Helmut Thielicke – $7.19
If you know someone in seminary or Bible college, I implore you to buy them this book. This book is a swift kick in the gut to pride that can swell up when people get a semester’s worth of theology and Greek under their belts. Thielicke provides a great reminder that the study of God produces humility when done properly.
The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler – $8.99
Matt Chandler is one of my favorite preachers alive. He is an excellent example of biblical preaching, and he has glorified God throughout his suffering with cancer (Don’t Waste Your Cancer an Interview with Matt Chandler).
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney – $10.87
Most young Christians that ask their youth pastor how to grow “deeper” in their faith will receive an answer somewhere along the lines of “Pray and read your Bible.” This is true, but Donald Whitney provides very real and practical steps in this modern classic.
Knowing God by J.I. Packer –$11.99
Other than the Bible, this is my favorite book on earth.
Martin Luther Bobblehead – $18.95
Does anyone really need a Martin Luther bobblehead? No. Would many people appreciate it as a gift? Yes.
Studies in the Sermon on the Mount by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones – $19.48
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was a brilliant expositor of the Bible. This is a very long book, but it is worth the price and the time needed to read it.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography by Eberhard Bethge – $32.34
This is the exemplary biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Everyone loves Bonhoeffer, conservative evangelicals and theological liberals alike. If you want to get them an actual Bonhoeffer book, go for Discipleship or Life Together.
THEOLOGY NERD GIFTS – $25-$50
Spurgeon’s Sermons, 5 Volumes by Charles H. Spurgeon – $49.99
Spurgeon was amazing. All theology nerds get a bit geeked out about Spurgeon. Plus, this set looks great on a bookshelf.
THEOLOGY NERD GIFTS – $50-$100
God, Revelation, and Authority, 6 Volumes by Carl F. H. Henry – $96.99
Carl F. H. Henry founded Christianity Today. He was one of the great evangelical voices of the 20th century, and this is the pinnacle of Henry’s scholarship.
THEOLOGY NERD GIFTS – $100+
Church Dogmatics, 14 Volumes by Karl Barth – $129.99
I love Karl Barth. True, we have some major theological differences, but I respect him a ton. This work usually costs upwards of $400, however, in recent years this publication has come out for much cheaper.
The Early Church Fathers, 38 Volumes – $229.99
So…this is wicked expensive. Most of these works are available online now. But we all know reading a book on real paper is 1,000 times better than reading on an e-reader or computer screen. This would be a great gift for someone if a bunch of people pitched in, but I personally think it’s a crazy amount of money to drop by yourself.
Until later friends…
After a nice Thanksgiving weekend, I am greeting you this Cyber Monday with a continuance of the For Aslan Christmas Gift Guides. Below you will find a series of gifts, arranged according to price, that are sure to please your favorite History Buff. While a nice trip to a Civil War battle site or a museum would be great gifts for history buffs, you can’t give those gifts from a laptop while sitting on your couch in your underwear. Everything on this list, you can.
GIFTS FOR HISTORY BUFFS – $0-$25
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque – $10.20
This is one of the best war novels of all time. This book captures the horrors of trench warfare, and it accurately represents the German sentiments during World War I. You could also get them the film, which is a classic.
Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion by Edward Larsen – $11.53
This book concerns the Scopes Trial in Dayton, TN. This trial captured the cultural shift of the United States as Christian fundamentalism retreated from the public square. This book is fair and balanced.
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic 1789-1815 by Gordon Wood – $13.37
Gordon Wood is one of the premier American historians. This book covers a fascinating era of American history, and every American needs to know more about the War of 1812.
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond – $17.82
Guns, Germs, and Steel is required reading for many college history classes. It is a general world history book concerning the three main downfalls of society: guns, germs, and steel.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown – $18.45
A helpful balance to the white-man’s version of American history so many of us received growing up. This book details the horrid things done to the Native Americans in the name of Manifest Destiny.
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer – $19.79
William Shirer was a reporter in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s. He provides excellent firsthand accounts of the rise and fall of the Nazi regime.
GIFTS FOR HISTORY BUFFS – $25-50
The Civil War: A Narrative (3 Vol. Set) by Shelby Foote – $47.33
Shelby Foote is just great. He is a fantastic storyteller. If you (or your favorite history buff) are interested in the Civil War, these are the books to read. They are entertaining and informative.
Various Historic Memorabilia from Ebay
There are tons of interesting things online from all periods of history. Just be careful not to buy a reproduction, unless that’s what you’re shopping for.
GIFTS FOR HISTORY BUFFS – $50+
The Second World War (6 Vol. Set) by Winston Churchill – $74.55
Winston Churchill was one of the great heroes of World War II. In this 6 volume set, he recounts the history of the second world war as only Winston Churchill could.
Netflix (1 Year Subscription) – $84
Netflix? Really? Oh yeah. If your history buff does not have Netflix, give them a subscription. There are tons of documentaries. Ken Burns’ Baseball, The Civil War, The War, and Jazz make it worth the price alone. Plus, there are many other great non-Ken Burns documentaries.
Until later friends…
Coffee and Coffee Snobbery are recurring themes on this site. As you know, I work for the nice guys at Prima Coffee. Naturally, I have a fair amount to say about coffee equipment. Many coffee snobs find themselves (to their chagrin) receiving Starbucks cards for Christmas. While I am thankful for such gifts, because Jen really likes their hot apple cider, I think it helpful to provide a list of good gift ideas for your favorite coffee snobs. So, here’s my list of great Coffee gifts divided under: $0-$25, $25-$50, $50-$100, and $100+.
GIFTS FOR COFFEE SNOBS – $0-$25
DCILY KeepCup – $14.50
This is a sweet reusable travel cup featuring one of my favorite coffee blogs – DCILY.
Clever Coffee Brewer – $16
I have said multiple times before that the Clever is the best entry-level manual brewer on the market. I absolutely love this brewer. It is a great gift.
Intelligentsia Gift Card – $25
Intelligentsia is one of my absolute favorite roasters. Their coffee subscription service on their website, however, is confusing. Thus, I recommend a gift card. Intelli ships all over the place, and you can find great coffee (and sweet mugs) on their site.
Sweet Maria’s Green Coffee – $$$
These vary in price, but if you know someone that does their own roasting, Sweet Maria’s is a great resource.
GIFTS FOR COFFEE SNOBS – $25-$50
Aeropress – $25.95
The AeroPress is a great little brewer. A little more effort than a Clever, but it makes a great cup of coffee. Mind you, it only makes one cup, but it does it well.
Hario Metal Coffee Press – $27.75
If you’re into French Press coffee, this is a good little brewer for you. Prima is also selling it dirt cheap for Black Friday.
Hario Mini Mill Manual Coffee Grinder – $31.95
The best little hand grinder out there. Gives you a good workout while grinding your coffee. Functional for espresso to French Press, which is quite versatile…trust me.
Jennings CJ4000 Scale – $38.75
I find that I brew coffee best when I am exact with the weights of both the grounds and the water. The Jennings scale is precise. It also has an AC adapter so you don’t have to buy batteries every six weeks.
Hario V60 Pour-Over Set-Up – $43
I have this set-up at home (except with a ceramic brewer). I love this system. Although you will need to purchase a pouring kettle as well (see below).
Bonavita Electric Pouring Kettle – $49.99
This is the kettle I rock at home. It is also helpful for warming up my daughter’s bottles.
GIFTS FOR COFFEE SNOBS – $50-$100
AeroPress and Mini Mill Combo – $57
Put two items from the list above and get ’em for cheaper. Enough said.
Hario Buono Pouring Kettle – $53
Pours better than the Bonavita kettle, but it costs a bit more and doesn’t heat up water automatically. Your call as to which is better.
Counter Culture 3-month Coffee Subscription – $64.95
I love Counter Culture Coffee. They have a good subscription service for varying durations.
GIFTS FOR COFFEE SNOBS – $100+
Tonx Coffee 3-Month Subscription (2 12oz bags per month) – $114 ($38/mo)
Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder – $129
My favorite entry-level electronic grinder. It is very flexible and reliable. We use it everyday in the office.
Six-month Craft Coffee Subscription – $134.94
Great subscription service. Craft coffee sends you great coffee from several great roasters.
Prima Tamp – $140
Just talked about this yesterday. It still rocks.
Bonavita Thermal Carafe Automatic Brewer – $149.99
The only automatic coffee brewer I recommend. Great gift for anyone at half the price of a Technivorm (another good automatic brewer).
Until later friends…
Christmas shopping season has begun
I fully believe that you, my readers, are healthily sane people that do not wish to risk being trampled for the sake of cheap electronics. I want to help you meet your Christmas shopping goals, as well as your life goal of not dying at Wal-Mart. So, I will be sharing with you some Christmas Gift Guides for various demographics covered in this blog. All of these gifts will be things you can buy online, without risking life and limb with all those crazies out there. So, keep an eye out for the following:
Christmas Gift Guides
And this is for some laughs at the craziness that is Christmas shopping season: