Suzanne Beecher has an email bookclub with over 30,000 members. Once you sign up, she sends out emails with 5 minute samples of a book. The idea is to get you hooked on the first two or three chapters so that you will go out and borrow the book from a library or purchase the book yourself.
Suzanne has some suggestions on her blog in case you want to give books for Christmas gifts. Golfing with God by Roland Merullo sounds like a very interesting title.