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Christmas Gift Guide: Catholic Books for Teens

Young adulthood can be an important time for spiritual development. Encourage them in their faith by giving the gift of Catholic books that inspire without proselytizing. Want more? Check out our gift guides for children and adults!  
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Christmas Gift Guide: Books for Future Priests and Aspiring Saints

In other posts we've offered ideas for Catholic books for children and teens; now here are some great ideas for Catholic books to give as gifts for adults!  
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Advent Day 8: Simplify

For it was you who formed my inward parts;  you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works;  that I know very well.  My frame was not hidden from you,  when I was being made in secret,  intricately woven in the depths of the earth. —Psalm 139:13–15
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Advent Day 7: A DIY Christmas?

A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse,  and a branch shall grow out of his roots.  The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,  the spirit of wisdom and understanding,  the spirit of counsel and might,  the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.  His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. —Isaiah 11:1–3
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Advent Day 6: Hear the Word of God

On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a scroll, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see. The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord, and the neediest people shall exult in the Holy One of Israel. For the tyrant shall be no more, and the scoffer shall cease to be; all those alert to do evil shall be cut off. —Isaiah 29:18–20
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Advent Day 5: Check Your Foundation

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall! —Matthew 7:24–27
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Faith and Family: The Coming of Christ

Read BAR 5:1-9 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,  when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,  and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis,  and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,  during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,  the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert. John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan,  proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,  as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
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Advent Day 4: Glorious Abundance for the Senses

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.  —Isaiah 25:6
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Advent Day 3: Don't Forget to Breathe

  Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. —Genesis 2:7 I have an Apple watch and one of the built-in apps is called Breathe. It can be set up with notifications to remind you to take time for mindful breathing.
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Advent Day 2: Our Busy Lives

  Beware that your hearts don’t become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life. —Luke 21:34  Sometimes religious people can get carried away with separating Advent from the Christmas season, refusing invitations to pre-Christmas parties and banning all Christmas music and decorations until December 25. 
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