Friday, January 12, 2018

Book Review: Wounds Are Where Light Enters


My Opinion:
This is a humbling collection of finding Jesus in the everyday hurts and experiences of life. There are ten chapters and 22 short stories relating to finding Jesus. This would be a great daily read in the middle of a busy day or a gift.

Zondervan Publishing:
In Wounds Are Where Light Enters, you’ll see how God’s love breaks into our lonely moments in unexplainable ways. Wangerin tells the stories of memorable characters facing the same struggles we all face as we try to trust in God’s faithfulness.
Wounds Are Where Light Enters is a collection of stories that are warm, sometimes funny, sometimes not, but always taking unexpected turns to find the care of God in all the pathways of life. In them we find the grace that enables us to live with the answers we see and the answers we don’t see. In this collection we meet Arthur Bias, the retired black police officer who loves those who hate; Agnes Brill, the shrill piano teacher of patience; Junie Piper, precious of the homeless; Melvin, who honors his aging mother by honoring the little girl she has become; Lucian, the lover of thieves; and Blue Jack, the hammer of God.
Readers will discover in these stories a powerful display of God’s working in the lives of all of us. They’ll find a place where he works even in the dark, even in the struggles, even in the wounds. This is the place where God’s light enters.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Book Review: Sacred Rest

Sacred Rest by Cheryl Wunderlich

My thoughts…
Sacred Rest is a beautiful hardcover collection of daily devotional readings that transport the reader to a place… allowing them to take a pause from the hustle and bustle of daily life. There are 100 readings that include a story, anecdote, reflection, scripture and prayer. There is space within each reading to leave notes and a bookmark ribbon to mark your place. There is a note section in the back and additional resources for further study.

From the Editor…
Your to-do list is beyond taming, and your commitments are unavoidable. How could you allow yourself to rest in busy times like these? What would rest even look like in your life?
Author Cheryl Wunderlich knows these questions well. After years caught up in the whirlwind of family life, motherhood, work, and ministry, she couldn’t imagine allowing rest for herself—until cancer forced her to stop.  In her crushing battle with exhaustion, she began to hear God’s still, small voice inviting her to hope, be restored, and to find deep soul-quenching rest in Him. God’s rest was her way back to life.
These 100 devotions offer prayers, Scripture verses, personal insights, and biblical perspectives on God’s loving gift and command to us: Rest. Be still. You can experience both rewarding work and rejuvenating rest. Accept God’s invitation, and taste the welcome relief of a life balanced in His rest.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Book Review: NKJV Unapologetic Study Bible

Thomas Nelson Publishing

The NKJV Unapologetic Study  Bible is written with clarity for today’s reader. It gives suggestions on how to handle and respond to today’s issues without apologizing as you take a stand in your faith. Each book has an introduction, quotes and write up about leaders, and faith defenders. The pages are packed and there isn’t much room in the margin for extra notes.d

The NKJV Unapologetic Study Bible cuts through the confusion with clear answers for today’s most complicated and controversial issues. With timely articles, thoughtful book introductions, insightful quotations, and profiles on some of history’s most unapologetic defenders of the faith, this is a Bible that won’t leave you guessing. You’ll grow in confidence as you discover how to defend your faith and share it with others in a world increasingly at odds with the truth of God’s Word. The Bible doesn’t shy away from the tough topics, and neither should you.

Features Include:

Book Introductions: Provide key passages and background information for each book
Articles: Over 220 articles placed near relevant Scripture passages bring keen biblical insight to the current issues of the day
Quotations: Over 60 quotations from historical figures help you understand, first, that the issues of the day are not new; and second, that wise people throughout history have been challenged to live by biblical standards, just as we are today
Unapologetic Profiles: Over 40 profiles of historical figures inspire you with biblical faith lived out in the face of seemingly impossible circumstances
Indexes: Categorize each of the above features to assist you in a topical study of the issues that matter to you
8.9-point print size

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Book Review: Know the Word Bible, King James Version

The KJV Know The Word Bible is a great tool for pastors and students as it has excellent tools: a verse by verse chapter synoptics, and key word informational study points; as outlined by a colored box. The cross reference text footnotes and side by side is a good addition. There is a section for notes at the end of each book. 

The KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers three easy ways to begin studying Scripture and helps individuals transition from being a casual reader of the Bible to becoming a regular student of the Bible. You can choose to study the Bible book-by-book, verse-by-verse, or topic-by-topic; each path offers powerful insights that will help you develop a daily routine of Bible study. The book-by-book series of notes leads you through the main points of each book of the Bible. The verse-by-verse notes help you to dig deeper into God’s Word. The topic-by-topic articles, which cover 21 theological topics, guide you through a series of insightful notes and give you a thorough biblical understanding of each topic. With the beautiful and timeless text of the KJV translation, the KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers you choices of how to study Scripture and grow in your relationship with Christ.
Features Include:
  • King James Version Bible text
  • Three easy approaches to study the Bible: 1. Book by Book; 2. Verse by Verse; 3. Topic by Topic
  • Insightful introductions for each book of Scripture
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Beautiful two-color interior page design
  • Comprehensive list of theological notes
  • Concordance
  • Full-color maps
  • 8-point type size

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Book Review: NIV Reader's Bible

The NIV Reader's Bible is written without individual verse markers and has the format of chapters - like reading a standard text.  There are headings at the top of each page that give the book, chapter and verses on that page. The print size is good and the layout is very readable. I think because it has a story-like format anyone apprehensive to tackle a traditionally format bible, would not find this book challenging. 

From the Editor:

Designed for a seamless reading experience, this Bible contains the complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear NIV translation in single-column format without chapter and verse numbers in the text so you can immerse yourself in the story of Scripture. With footnotes at the back of each book and scripture references elegantly noted at the top of each page, you can smoothly read from Genesis to Revelation while accessing the references you need.

Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version text
Readable single-column, black letter text
Line-matched text for the optimum reading experience
Verse numbers removed throughout text
Footnotes follow every book
Scripture reference included at the top of each page
Ribbon marker
10.5 Font size

Monday, October 9, 2017

Book Review: Jesus Always

Jesus Always by Sarah Young

My Thoughts:

This devotional bound in a dark burgundy leather-type cover is durable and beautiful. The print is large and as other books in the compilation contains a personal devotional and accompanying scripture texts. 

This would make a thoughtful gift or addition to someones' study collection.   

From the Editor:

Sarah Young’s first 365-day devotional since Jesus Calling.

With scripture and new personal reflections, the #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah Young, brings Jesus’ message of joy—for today and every day. Experience true joy—now and always.

Life today is full of difficulties—loss, sadness, fear. In the midst of these challenges, joy often feels impossible or out of reach. But Jesus has more for His followers than a life of striving, pain, and discontent. He offers life abundant, life to the fullest, life brimming with joy! Jesus Always, the new 365-day devotional from bestselling author Sarah Young, was written as part of Sarah Young’s exploration of the promises of joy in scripture. Written as if Jesus Himself is speaking directly to the reader, Jesus Always invites you into a new way of living—a life of joy. 

Reaching out with joy-filled reminders from the Word of God, these devotions will intimately and gently connect you with Jesus—the One who meets you where you are. Draw near to Him in Jesus Always. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Book Review: Jesus, I Need You

Jesus, I Need You - Honest Prayers From a Trusting Heart by Zondervan Publishing is a Christian Living devotional. 

The book is written in a letter format "Dear Jesus" - almost like a conversation with a long lost friend. Covering topics like guidance, relationships, joys, faith and hope. Each reading contains a narrative, scripture text and journal for reflection. There are over 100 readings. 

From the Editor:

Good times. Bad times. In-between times. When your daily ordeals threaten to overwhelm you, the simple prayer “Jesus, I need You”offers peace and rest. 
Whether you’re experiencing a season of heartache or a season of joy, a time of questioning or a time of deep gratitude, the vulnerable prayers featured throughout will meet you where you are. With space for journaling, Jesus, I Need You will quiet your mind and heart as you discover the Lord’s faithfulness and lovingkindness.
Find the comfort, hope, and celebration you seek as you ground your faith in the Savior who can be trusted in all circumstances.