Crayola for Christmas
Topics: Books, Trends

Safe spaces aren’t the only place with crayons these days. For the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I'm John Stonestreet with The Point.

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In his “Signs and Wonders” column at, my Colson Center colleague, Warren Cole Smith, included a worrying news item. According to the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, three of the top five best-selling non-fiction Christmas books in 2016 were coloring books! Specifically, the super-popular “adult coloring books. “Color me unimpressed,” wrote Warren.

Now, I’ve got nothing against adult coloring books. I hear they help relieve stress. But three out of five of the Christmas bestsellers?

This comes amid news that more than a quarter of Americans and one in three men didn’t even read a single book last year! These are troubling trends.

Good books sharpen the mind, increase our discernment, and fire our imaginations. And the Bible consists, of course, of books. So here’s a challenge: commit to read five good books this year. Mix it up—some old ones and some new ones. If you need help, we have a list of recommendations for you at

Further Reading

Adult Coloring Books, Marriage and the Vote, Syria’s Heartbreak, and Top Religion Stories
Warren Cole Smith | | December 20, 2016

Be a Bookworm, Not a Goldfish: The Lost Art of Reading a Book
Eric Metaxas | | December 13, 2016


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