Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Book Review: NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible

The NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible (Zondervan) is written with clarity for today’s reader. It gives an in depth and detailed introduction to each chapter to include:
§  Introduction
§  Background
§  Structure
§  Map
§  Timeline
§  Outline
§  Themes

Each book is filled with timelines, graphics and visual sources – for example, in Genesis there are images that display creation, the firmament and genealogy.  This is a very detailed source that would be a great addition to a home/study library! The font is very readable – 9 pt font and the binding is sturdy.

Features Include:
§  The full text of the New King James Version (NKJV) translation
§  In depth book introductions that include an outline and information on authorship, background, structure, themes, and a map, a timeline, or both
§  Verse-by-verse study notes with the unique focus of revealing nuances from the original biblical languages for modern readers
§  Informative contributions by respected scholars and best-selling authors including Charles Stanley, Randy Alcorn, and Ed Stetzer, among others
§  Over 100 innovative full color infographics, comprehensive timelines and informative tables to enrich Bible study
§  Three detailed life-of-Jesus event timelines chronicling his infancy and early ministry, the journey to Jerusalem, and the passion and resurrection
27 family trees and people diagrams illustrate the interconnectedness of key characters in Scripture
§  Helpful overview articles give a bird’s-eye view of the books of the Bible, noting the type of literature and key themes of each book.
§  14 original color maps at the back of the Bible provide historical and geographical context for key events of the Old and New Testaments

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

Friday, February 9, 2018

Book Review: The Woman’s Study Bible (NIV)

The Woman's Study Bible (New International Version) by Thomas Nelson

Receiving God's Truth For Balance, Hope, And Transformation...

Beautiful full-color design throughout Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy Book introductions and outlines Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees Quotes from godly women throughout history Set of full-page maps of the biblical world Topical index Concordance.

My Opinion:
This Woman's Study Bible by Thomas Nelson is truly BEAUTIFUL!! I was surprised by the quality and attention to detail in this text. The text is large print, but not overwhelming. The pages are thick enough for highlights and notes and there is ample room in the margin for comments. 
There are sections that highlight women in the bible; additionally, there is a subject section with a narrative/story that is biblically related. Like "being a widow'...

What a nice gifto for a young woman, new mother or older mother of the church. This upgraded edition is nicely done!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Book Review: Trade Your Cares for Calm by Max Lucado

 Book Review: Trade Your Cares for Calm by Max Lucado

My Opinion:
This is a humbling collection of finding Jesus in the everyday hurts and experiences of life. There are ten chapters that include short readings relating to finding CALM. This would be a great daily read in the middle of a busy day or a gift.
The chapters are:
1.     Face Fear and Anxiety
2.     Walk Away from Worry
3.     Conquer Control
4.     See God’s Goodness
5.     Receive God’s Mercy
6.     Get Rid of Guilt
7.     Silence “If Only”
8.     Catch Calm
9.     Practice Gratitude
10. Pray His Peace

HarperCollins Publishing:
If you’re trembling on a tightrope of fear and worry, get ready for the best trade ever: your cares for God’s calm. What if faith, not fear, could be your default reaction to circumstances? Imagine being able to walk away from worry, conquer the need to control, get rid of guilt, and end if-only thinking.
That’s God’s offer. He wants to exchange your burdens for an abundance of mercy, gratitude, and trust. To replace striving and stress with a faith-filled life in which you’ll see God’s goodness, feel calm in chaos, and find peace through prayer.
Bestselling author Max Lucado understands what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by anxiety. Through unforgettable stories and biblical wisdom, he offers powerful tools to help you manage your fears and worries.

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

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