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Every year I give books away to the graduates of my congregation and this year was no exception.  For our one graduate this year I gave a copy of Bonhoeffer‘s “Cost of Discipleship” (Surprise, surprise :-)…and, yes…it was the paperback mass-market version rather than the hardback critical edition, Marc 😉 ).  Since this has been one of my favorite books since I was 12 and I thought this graduate could not only handle the depths of this short volume but even take the time to read it I thought it particularly appropriate.

In previous years I’ve given certain apologetic books that are basic (like those of Lee Stroble: “The Case for Faith” and “The Case for Christ”).  I’ve also given away full concordances and significant Bible dictionaries (I did show these students how to use these resources thoroughly so they could get the most out of them).  I guess I was wondering what you would give away for a gift to someone heading off to college or into the world?  Is there a certain author’s books you would be most likely to give or a certain book in particular?  Why that one?

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