for Christmas I got Tim Keller’s new book The Prodigal God. it’s a quick read and a very good perspective on the parable of the prodigal son. I highly recommend it, especially to those of us (like myself) who are prone to “older brother” tendencies.
also, I got CD for Christmas that I’ve been enjoying very much: Rattlin Bones if you’ve been longing for the next Gillian Welch album, this should hold you over for a while. if you don’t know who that is, make haste and go find some of her roots/folk/americana wonderment.