Christmas Gifts That Will Help Your Children Get to Heaven

By |2018-12-21T13:16:20-05:00December 21st, 2018|

For those agonizing over what to buy this Christmas for their toddlers, the wait may be over. A panel of experts has just weighed in with suggestions targeting young children in the digital age. What do the experts say? Do they recommend a family-friendly video game that might be good fun and improve motor [...]

5 Christmas Gift Suggestions from ISI

By |2018-12-15T10:18:59-05:00December 15th, 2018|

“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 [...]

A Christmas with Imaginary Conservatives

By |2018-12-13T11:29:47-05:00December 13th, 2018|

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 [...]

Fine Fountain Pens for Christmas

By |2018-12-13T10:04:54-05:00December 13th, 2018|

As I reflected on our annual assignment of suggesting gifts for our imaginative conservative brothers and sisters, I struggled with ideas until Thanksgiving morning came. As I gave thanks for so many people in my life, my mind wondered over the material gifts I had been given over the years. There are many great books [...]

Gift Challenges for Imaginative Conservatives

By |2018-12-10T11:52:44-05:00December 10th, 2018|

Not unlike the times of Our Lord, we live in the paradox of a world in disorder yet under the appearance of order. Beneath the veneer of optimism and prosperity, many people experience lives of trial and suffering due to the lifestyles of frenetic intemperance they have adopted. […]

Gifts for Men Who Work With Their Hands… and Heads

By |2018-12-05T11:12:09-05:00December 5th, 2018|

I suspect that our ancestors were better prepared for Christmas than we tend to be. Unless you’re the sort of person who breathlessly anticipates the holy day, like we all did when we were kids, it has a way of coming up from behind and tapping you on the shoulder and startling you. That’s the [...]

Five Affordable Shops for Bibliophiles

By |2018-12-03T10:56:06-05:00December 3rd, 2018|

Christmas gift recommendations are one thing, but what if I took you shopping for all things bookish? In the space of half-an-hour, we can visit five unique shops and spend as little or as much as we like without even buying a book. […]

Being James Bond for Christmas

By |2017-12-20T12:53:58-05:00December 20th, 2017|

The author doing his best James Bond impression It has been quipped that every man wants to be James Bond and every woman wants to be with him. If you really want to know James Bond you need to read Ian Fleming’s novels. They are ripping good adventure stories, just like the movies. [...]

Ten Christmas Stories Every Father Should Read to His Children

By |2018-12-18T17:10:50-05:00December 16th, 2017|

Father Christmas and the Christian father share a domestic priesthood that presides over the Christmas mysteries. Christmas calls on fathers far and wide to take up the books of Christmas, to draw their children into a ring round fire or tree to be read to... When St. Nick drives his miniature sleigh full of toys drawn [...]

Good Books and Great Music for Christmas Gifting

By |2017-12-14T15:43:07-05:00December 14th, 2017|

Here are four recently-published books and four new classical music albums that I have greatly enjoyed this past year… Books I’ve read several excellent biographies (and one great autobiography) this past year. Foremost among the former is Jan Swafford’s magisterial Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph, which could easily be termed the definitive biography of perhaps the [...]

Gift-Giving Guidelines for Imaginative Conservatives

By |2017-12-12T22:59:04-05:00December 12th, 2017|

What we need most are things spiritual, not material. We need things that will not agitate us but that will fill us with peace and order… In making my list of gift suggestions for Christmas, I could not help but reflect that what we need most are things spiritual, not material. We need things [...]

8 Conservative Christmas Gift Suggestions from ISI Books

By |2017-12-11T12:23:29-05:00December 11th, 2017|

What better way to celebrate the holidays than with 50% off books? I’m with Abraham Lincoln: “My best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.” So when The Imaginative Conservative asks me for Christmas gift recommendations, I immediately think of books. What better gift could there be? Since you’re [...]

C.S. Lewis’ “Present Concerns”: A Gift of Wisdom

By |2018-07-24T21:02:01-05:00November 28th, 2017|

Each of the nineteen essays in Present Concerns is packed with wisdom that can profitably be taken in little chunks over time and meditated upon over a steaming hot cup of tea or an even bigger pint of ale, perhaps even with a pipe pinched between one’s teeth, as Lewis surely would have it… Present [...]