Christmas Gifts That Will Help Your Children Get to Heaven

By |2018-12-21T13:16:20-05:00December 21st, 2018|Categories: Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, John Horvat|

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|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 [...]

A Christmas with Imaginary Conservatives

By |2018-12-13T11:29:47-05:00December 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 [...]

Gift Challenges for Imaginative Conservatives

By |2018-12-10T11:52:44-05:00December 10th, 2018|Categories: Beauty, Christmas, Culture, Culture War, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, John Horvat|

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. […]

Millionaire Gifts at a Poet’s Price: Small Luxuries for Her

By |2018-01-22T10:25:59-05:00December 18th, 2017|Categories: Christmas, Culture, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Love, Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna|

There is that special category of exquisite, practical gift that, by the very nature of its fussy simplicity, imparts an unusual kind of sensuousness to the beholder, who thus becomes the proud owner of a refined bit of utility not otherwise considered over the course of one’s quotidian self-care. By this we mean those [...]

Ten Christmas Stories Every Father Should Read to His Children

By |2018-12-18T17:10:50-05:00December 16th, 2017|Categories: Books, Christmas, Family, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives|

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|Categories: Books, Bruce Springsteen, Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Ludwig van Beethoven, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Robert E. Lee, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|

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|Categories: Christianity, Christmas, Conservatism, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, John Horvat|

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|Categories: Books, Christmas, Conservatism, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives|

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|Categories: Books, C.S. Lewis, Featured, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives|

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 [...]