Category Archives: Gift Books

The Big Book of American Trivia by J. Stephen Lang

What make of car was named for a chief of the Ottawa tribe? What popular toy, launched in 1960, was a plastic box filled with aluminum powder? What historic masked parade takes place in Philadelphia on New Year’s Day? And, what Northern “rust belt” state, leads the nation in the growing of Christmas trees?

The Big Book of American Trivia
J.Stephen Lang
Tyndale House Publishers
December 2012

The answer to these questions and three thousand more can all be found, dancing across the pages of this entertaining and factual book. World records, Hollywood cinema, Presidents, facts about your home state and a plethora of other interesting subjects will arrest your attention as you learn share and enjoy these fascinating facts in America’s history!

Have fun teaching your children, stumping your friends and expanding your own knowledge. Fun for road trips, fireside,educational settings and more, this book will keep you entertained for hours. Who knew learning could be so fun?! And just in case you still don’t believe this informational book can be amusing, ask yourself this, What men-only contest started by Carnival cruise line is now a feature of every cruise ship? A. The Mr. Hairy Chest contest, of course!

This book is put together really well. All of the trivia questions are sorted by category, and the answers are easily found on the next page. This book is fun and educational. I even found the size and feel of the pages to be optimal. A much recommended book to anyone who enjoys learning… You never know when random tid-bits of knowledge will come in handy!

GoD and DoG by Wendy Fransisco

You can find the oddest things on YouTube. Most of it junk or salacious in nature. But sometimes you find a true gem. GoD and DoG is one of those gems.

GoD and DoG
by Wendy Francisco
Center Street
September 2010

Francisco’s homemade two minute song and animated video has been viewed by millions of people on YouTube to near unanimous acclaim. The simple but profound lyrics and melody that sticks with you all day make it one of the best ways to spend a few minutes. (If you have a couple, click here.)

This gift book is a frame by frame adaption from film to paper, using the original artwork. The only thing it lacks is the cool Hallmark music card ability to sing the song when the cover is opened! This is a great story and a great truth that deserves our attention, and our decision to stop walking away.

An excellent gift.


Scott Asher is the founder and administrator of BookGateway.com. Along with his contributions to BookGateway, he reviews for the commercial site BuddyHollywood.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he cartoons and writes on anything he finds funny and Christianity, which sometimes overlap.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

99 Ways to Build Job Security by Gary Nowinski

Looking at the book, no doubt you wouldn’t think much of it. Plain cover, undersized and clearly for the budget conscious, this book does not look significant. But on the inside there are a multitude of significant nuggets of wisdom! Like most “value gifts” the “99 Ways…” series is far more about what’s on the inside than the outside.

I received this book as a review copy from the publisher, WaterBrook Press, as a part of a blog tour for value gifts, along with Fool-Proofing Your Life, which I will review in the coming days. I admit that I was hoping to receive 99 Ways to Stretch Your Home Budget or 99 Ways to Entertain Your Family for Free. But when I started reading the bite sized wisdom I realized that this book was exactly what I needed.

In an economy like this, with job security on so many people’s minds I found an easy outlet for the 99 Ways… – at my job! I started quoting Ways to my direct reports that I believed would benefit them, like #6 Self-Confidence and #89 Self-Defeating Thoughts. They were a hit!

Value gift books can sometimes be overlooked because of their presentation but at least in the case of the 99 Ways… series I believe that you should give them a second look.


Scott Asher is the founder and administrator of BookGateway.com. Along with his contributions to BookGateway, he reviews for the commercial site BuddyHollywood.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he cartoons and writes on anything he finds funny and Christianity, which sometimes overlap.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.