Cool Books to Cuddle Up with this Holiday Season

Reading can be relaxing for some people, a way to escape the pressures, stresses, and anxiety of the real world in exchange for another, more simpler one. Books are a great way to do that, so here are some (all of different genres) that make for fun reads!

 

1. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The History of Love is about an old man who finds a long lost book which connects the old man searching for his son and a girl seeking a cure for her widowed mother’s loneliness.

2. The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

“The Prophet is a book of 26 poetic essays written in English in 1923 by the Lebanese-American artist, philosopher and writer Khalil Gibran. In the book, the prophet Almustafa who has lived in the foreign city of Orphalese for 12 years is about to board a ship which will carry him home. He is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses many issues of life and the human condition. The book is divided into chapters dealing with love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, houses, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death.”

3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is the haunting tale of a man named Victor Frankenstein, who in a passionate scientific frenzy, creates a vengeful monster who is never named.

4. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank is a coming of age story intertwined in the diary of this young girl, who, in the midst of being terrorized by the Nazis, chronicled her time before and during the war, especially her life in the “secret annex.” Frank, though she died a few months before the war was over, had planned to publish her diary. Her wish was fulfilled by her father, Otto Frank, years later.

5. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

If you’re looking for an easy read with a great message, this is the book for you! Inside these pages holds over thirty vignettes that display the lives of the occupants of a Chicano community, centering around a girl named Esperanza. Themes of hope, hopelessness, escape, and more are wrapped in to create a complex but universal message that can inspire all of us!

 

These are just a few of many books that you can use to relax this upcoming holiday break. Don’t let yourself get stressed out and remember to breathe.

5 Yummy Things to Brighten Your Day or Calm Your Night

1. Put together a Bento Box!

A Bento is a single-portion take-out or home-packed meal. Throw all your creative energy into making one of these!

2. Brew a calming cup of tea (or hot coco)!

All you need is a mug and some water! Tea and other warm drinks help to calm anxiety and relive stress.

Free stock photo of food, cold, person, people

3. Bake some cookies!

Here are a few recipes!

Chocolate Chip | Peanut Butter | Sugar Cookies | Snickerdoodles

Baked Cookies on Brown Rack

4. Savor some ice cream!

Chow down on some of your favs.

Ice Cream on Green Plastic Container

5. Have a Sandwich!

Sometimes, simplicity is best.

Wheat Bread Sandwich

Music to Calm Your Anxiety

It’s often hard for even the best of us to remember that God is always in control. No matter what happens at our job, home, or anywhere else, God is here. He’s here, and He’s in control. It brings to mind scripture verses such as Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Even if we mess up, God can fix it!

We also need to remember that God can be our comfort. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 says, “Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all.” God is omnipotent, meaning He is all-powerful. He has the Power to protect us and give us peace no matter the situation.

God can empower us to have peace and overcome. Now, here are some songs to remind us of that when we’re doubting:

Peace Be Still by The Belonging Co. ft. Lauren Daigle

Unfinished by Mandisa

I’ll Find You by Lecrae ft. Tori Kelly

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong UNITED

Be Still My Soul (In You I Rest) by Kari Jobe

Thy Will by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family

Overcomer by Mandisa

Let’s be sure to remember our worth in God, and that He can help us overcome!