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.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Book Review: rhine stones on my flip-flops

Rhine stones on my flip-flops (choosing extravagant joy in the midst of everyday mess-ups) by Jane Jenkins Herlong and published by Faith Words is a Christian Living novel. 

The book is written in an informal dialogue - almost like a conversation with a long lost friend. Covering topics like motherhood, in law relationships, joys, sorrow and all with a pinch of laughter. It is a quick read and would be great for a beach trip or Saturday afternoon. 

From the Editor:

RHINESTONES ON MY FLIP FLOPS offers the message Jane lives by: prove people wrong and laugh while living your dreams. 

Has your life ever flipped? The challenge is to not become a flop! Strap on your sandals and let RHINESTONES ON MY FLIP-FLOPS deliver joy and laughter in the midst of everyday mess-ups.

Professional Southern humorist and award-winning author Jane Jenkins Herlong uses humor, wisdom, and life stories from iconic biblical women to guide you through the inevitable blunders of life.

Learn from the flip-flops of Deceived Eve, Domestic Diva Martha and Whiny Naomi. Laugh and be inspired by honest (ouch) stories delivered with Jane's sparkling sense of humor. Add in some "rhinestoned" advice from modern Women of Wisdom (WOW). And you will learn how to keep the sparkle and shine on your God-given talents even as you experience life's inevitable flops!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Book Review: The Red Letter Words of Jesus

The Red Letter Words of Jesus; Jack Countryman

Book Description

The words of Jesus—red letter words—are the most important and life changing ever spoken.
Discover the things Jesus thought were most important.
What He says about how to live.
His relationship with God and the Holy Spirit.
And His overwhelming love for you.
More than 115 passages from the Bible are considered with illuminating explanation and background facts. Most of all, discovering Jesus’ words will breathe life into your relationship with Him and help you draw close to the One who knows you fully and loves you completely.
The Red Letter Words of Jesus, a classic gift book by bestselling author Jack Countryman, will encourage you in your faith journey, whether you are seeking Christ for the first time or have been following Him for decades.
With Jesus’ words on one beautiful, highly designed page, and an informative explanation on the facing page, The Red Letter Words of Jesus will bring to life the teachings of Jesus in a new way.
My Thoughts
  • 100+ color photographs, illustrations with mini devotionals
  • Readable text, page thickness and ample space to jot notes in the margins
  • Glossy pages
Overall, this would be a great book for a baptism, deacon appointment or church leader. It does have a masculine feel, but would be good for any adult.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Book Review: Whole

Whole: Restoring What Is Broken In Me, You, And The Entire World
Author: Steve Wiens

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My Opinion: This book was enlightening! Steve Wiens makes the point early in the book that people are broken. The truth of the matter, we are a failed folk and often go through the mess before we seek redemption. The author offers a pathway of scriptures for readers to work through. There are examples given where betrayal and deception often lead to disharmony, but can be turned around for restoration. The turning point is for one to experience wholeness, genuine repentance and authentic forgiveness.  

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Book Review: of Mess and Moxie

Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker

This most recent book by Jen Hatmaker is a "how to" on the joys, burdens, love and messes of life. Jen encourages the reader to do life, do it your way - a go big or go home - war cry! Within the pages are recipes, jokes, quotations, personal stories as well as the grit, disappointment, and struggle we all deal with. 

What a great read!!