Tolkien and Lewis Under the Christmas Tree

By |2021-04-19T20:00:26-05:00December 14th, 2020|Categories: Books, C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, J.R.R. Tolkien, Louis Markos, Senior Contributors|

With a seemingly (and thankfully) endless supply of books about J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis flowing out from every conceivable press, it is easy to overlook some hidden gems. To assist Imaginative Conservative readers with their Christmas book shopping, I have highlighted below some books about Lewis and/or Tolkien that have been published over the [...]

Three Gift Suggestions for an Unordinary Christmas

By |2020-12-11T12:07:06-06:00December 11th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, John Horvat|

Gift suggestions for this Christmas can’t be ordinary. They must reflect our upside-down times. There are three classes of gifts that I would recommend. These categories would enhance our dignity, expand our notions of the possible, and increase our identity as Christians. This isn’t an ordinary Christmas. In many places, officials are trying to steal [...]

Hobbit-Sized Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives

By |2020-12-08T09:11:12-06:00December 7th, 2020|Categories: Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

As the global elites and their socialist dupes endeavor to envelop us in a world dominated by the unholy alliance of Big Government and Big Business, I am dreaming of a hobbit-sized Christmas, just like the ones we used to know, or, in any event, just like the ones our forefathers knew. Nor is this [...]

“Holly Jolly” & Christmas in Popular Culture

By |2020-12-07T15:51:14-06:00December 7th, 2020|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Christmas, Culture, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Senior Contributors|

If you’re looking for a Christmas gift that fits in perfectly with the time of year, look no farther. In “Holly Jolly,” Mark Voger, the master of all things nostalgic, examines the rise of Christmas as a cultural artifact and phenomena, from the 1930s through the late 1980s. Holly Jolly: Celebrating Christmas in Pop Culture, [...]

Four Book Recommendations for the Close of the Year

By |2020-11-23T17:09:59-06:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Books, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Lee Cheek, Politics, Senior Contributors|

While 2021 will doubtless be an improvement over 2020, some grounding in the fundamental nature of the political order will prove useful. We can dispense with the contemporary political studies for a moment and perhaps consider the higher potentialities of politics. Here are a few books worth reading and giving as gifts: […]

Five Classical Solo Albums to Give at Christmas

By |2020-12-18T17:25:14-06:00December 19th, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Music|

I have five unique choices as gift recommendations for Christmas, comprising two cellos, two violins, and one piano. 1. I became aware of my first choice in late spring thanks to reader Frida Peeple. After reading my essay on Vivaldi’s cello concertos, she mentioned Croatian-Slovenian Luka Šulić’s Vivaldi project. I have since waited impatiently for [...]

7 Book Suggestions for Christmas from ISI… at Half-Price!

By |2019-12-12T23:51:24-06:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Books, Christmas, Conservatism, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives|

Whenever The Imaginative Conservative asks me for Christmas gift recommendations, I think of P.G. Wodehouse. “The first rule in buying Christmas presents,” Wodehouse wrote, “is to select something shiny.” Why? “Because the wariest person will often mistake shininess for expensiveness.” […]

Nine Great Christmas Reads

By |2019-12-11T14:00:38-06:00December 11th, 2019|Categories: Books, Christine Norvell, Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Imagination, Literature, Senior Contributors|

Christmas reads can be described in pairs it seems—single stories and collections, old and new, for readers young and old. You may have a few of these on your shelves, or you may be looking for gift ideas, a way to invest in the imagination, in the heart, or both. […]

Twelve Books for Christmas

By |2019-12-03T14:17:31-06:00December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Books, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Imagination, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors, The Imaginative Conservative|

It’s that time again. Another year is wending its way to a close and we’re all preoccupied with preparations for Christmas. This being so, I thought I’d offer my personal selection of books, published in 2019, which I feel would make good gifts for those imaginative conservatives in our lives. […]

Christmas Gifts That Will Help Your Children Get to Heaven

By |2020-12-18T20:46:26-06:00December 21st, 2018|Categories: Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, John Horvat|

Toys should reflect the innocent desire of children to know God by admiring His Creation. They should spark the imagination to desire marvelous and wondrous things. They should ultimately lead to the love of God and a desire for Heaven. For those agonizing over what to buy this Christmas for their toddlers, the wait may [...]

5 Christmas Gift Suggestions from ISI

By |2018-12-15T10:18:59-06:00December 15th, 2018|Categories: Books, Bookstore, Culture, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Literature|

“Go on to the Useless Presents.” I think of that line often at Christmastime. It comes from Dylan Thomas’s “A Child Christmas in Wales.” A young boy implores the narrator to describe the kinds of gifts he received as a child. When the boy tires of hearing about the “Useful Presents”—scarves, hats, and such—he interrupts [...]

A Christmas With Imaginary Conservatives

By |2020-12-25T17:43:02-06:00December 13th, 2018|Categories: Books, Christmas, Conservatism, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Joseph Pearce|

This Christmas I’m taking a leap of the imagination into the home of a family of imaginary conservatives. It is Christmas morning and I arrive, as if by magic, down the chimney, just as the family is gathering round the tree. Dusting myself off, I announce myself as the family’s long lost relative, Uncle Digory [...]

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