Book Reviews: November

Some Advent reading recommendations this month from Free Church Books.
November Book Reviews

At this time of year, we like to highlight good books for advent, gifting, and devotionals. 


The run-up to Christmas is a great time to reflect on what Christ’s birth, life and mission really mean for us. There is a whole range of great advent books out there, and there’s no need to buy a new one every year. If you are looking for something fresh, though, try one of these:

Books For Families

Tracing Glory (Story Book and Ornament Activity Book), Sarah Rice

A Jesus Christmas, Barbara Reoach

The God of Amazing Gifts, Lizzie Laferton

Books For Individuals

The Coming of the King, J.C. Ryle & Mary Davis

Brightest and Best, Philippa Wilson (look out for our review in the Dec-Jan issue of The Record)


This year’s new Christmas giveaway titles look as enticing and challenging as ever. If you’re planning a community outreach, carol service or neighbourhood event, you should consider buying a batch.


This year, we are shamelessly plugging just one devotional for 2023; Bill Graham’s ‘Walk With Me’ full-year devotional. This popular online devotional has just been published as a book for the first time, and we heartily recommend that you get one (or more). You can purchase it here

And finally…books make great gifts!

We have spent all year highlighting the best Christian books to read and share. Now is a great time to reread the reviews, reflect on the books you’ve enjoyed this year, and then buy a copy or two to give away. Books don’t need to be expensive, but they do last and can bring joy time after time. Whether it’s a timeless classic, a culturally relevant newbie or an old favourite, give the gift of words this Christmas.