Gift Idea of the Week: Extra Brainpower

devotional.JPGI know and you know that books make excellent gifts. Why? Because they’re constructive, they’re reasonably priced, and reading is a unique pleasure that can’t be replicated elsewhere. I know already this month I’ve seen many more folks at River City Books having their books wrapped — a sure sign that they are either giving books as gifts or they have found a peculiar way of surprising themselves.

In my ongoing effort to provide quality gift ideas, this week I have found a book that could suit any number of people on your list — The Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class by David Kidder and Noah Oppenheim.

The book consists of daily doses of wisdom drawn from seven fields of knowledge: history, literature, philosophy, mathematics and science, religion, fine arts and music. “It’s a wonderful gift book for people of all ages, anywhere from 15 to 95,” said Nicole Magistro, who owns the Bookworm with Neda Jansen, as reported at this online source for book news. “It’s perfect for those people for whom you just don’t know what to get.”

If books are great gifts then a book that allows one to expand his or her intellect has to be inching close to the top of the charts. Here’s the publisher’s description of “The Intellectual Devotional”:

Millions of Americans keep bedside books of prayer and meditative reflection collections of daily passages to stimulate spiritual thought and advancement. The Intellectual Devotional is a secular version of the same collection of 365 short lessons that will inspire and invigorate the reader every day of the year. Each daily digest of wisdom is drawn from one of seven fields of knowledge: history, literature, philosophy, mathematics and science, religion, fine arts, and music. Impress your friends by explaining Plato’s Cave Allegory, pepper your cocktail party conversation with opera terms, and unlock the mystery of how batteries work.

Daily readings range from important passages in literature to basic principles of physics, from pivotal events in history to images of famous paintings with accompanying analysis. The books goal is to refresh knowledge we’ve forgotten, make new discoveries, and exercise modes of thinking that are ordinarily neglected once our school days are behind us. Offering an escape from the daily grind to contemplate higher things, “The Intellectual Devotional” is a great way to awaken in the morning or to revitalize ones mind before retiring in the evening.

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