Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Book Review: Know The Word Study Bible - NKJV

Book Review: Know The Word Study Bible - NKJV

My Thoughts:

This study bible breaks down the Word with historical references, everyday vernacular. The text is readable, however there isn't much room in the margin for additional notes.

From the Editor:

Studying the Bible does not have to be an intimidating or overwhelming experience. The study of God’s Word can be easy and rewarding if you break down the Bible into easy-to-understand segments. The NKJV 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 Word. Whether you prefer to study the Bible book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic, each starting point 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 studies help you to dig deeper into God’s Word at a verse level. The Topic by Topic articles, which cover 21 key theological topics, give you a bird's-eye view of Scripture and guide you through the main themes that run throughout the Bible.

Features Include:
• New King James Version Bible text 
• Three easy approaches to study the Bible: Book by Book, Verse by Verse, Topic by Topic
• Book introductions 
• Words of Jesus in red 
• Two-color interior page design 
• Comprehensive list of theological notes
• Concordance

Overall a great resource for the Bible student.

I received this book for my honest review.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Book Review: Faith and Work Bible, New International Version

Book Review: Faith and Work Bible
New International Version 
(Zondervan Publishing Company)

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Description of Content:
The Faith and Work Bible, New International Version, combines the reality of a work with the new international version of the bible. 

Features:

  • 66 book introductions highlight the application of each book’s teachings to faith and work
  • 45 Core Doctrine articles feature teachings from Christian leaders throughout the ages to help you learn the Biblical basis for integrating your faith and work
  • A 31-day journey through the Biblical narrative helps you grasp Scripture’s overarching storyline
  • 4 thought-provoking essays by David H. Kim, Richard Mouw, Nancy Ortberg, and Jon Tyson connect the gospel to your daily work life
  • Full text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible – the New International Version (NIV)
  • 75 Deeper at Work stories deliver strength and encouragement from the real-life experiences of people facing the same daily challenges and opportunities you face
  • Chapter Introductions
  • Indexes
  • Subject References
  • Concordance


My Reaction:
This bible gives the reader a work-related study tool with biblical strategies for success! 
Overall, a good addition to any library. 

I have received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLookBloggers in exchange for my honest review. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Book Review: NKJV Word Study Bible

Book Review: New King James Version Word Study Bible
Thomas Nelson Publishing Company




Description of Content:
The NKJV Word Study Bible includes in-text subheadings and 1,700 easy-to-use word studies with select Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek words explained in every chapter from Genesis to Revelation, helping you dig deeper into your Bible study. By looking into these ancient texts we are able to read scripture as it was originally written and passed on from generation to generation, bringing these words to life and allowing you to almost hear Jesus teaching on the hillside or crying out to God on the cross. As you study you will discover the richness and significance of the original languages of the Word of God and experience scripture in a whole new way.

Features:

  • Chapter Introductions
  • Definitions
  • Highlighted Words of Christ
  • Color Maps
  • Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic Translations
  • Indexes
  • Subject References
  • Concordance


My Reaction:
This bible gives the reader a genuine text comparison, analysis and history by providing the various translations in a comparable format. The pages are thicker than most study bibles - double columns pages provide ample space and durability for note taking and writing in the margins. The easy to reference definitions are helpful. 

Overall, a good addition to any library. 





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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Book Review, It's Not Fair: Learning to Love the Life You Didn't Choose

Title: It's Not Fair: Learning to Love the Life You Didn't Choose

Author: Melanie Dale


Summary:

Hey, you. Are you debating whether to destroy something with your bare hands or curl up on the couch for a decade or two?

 This book will solve all of your problems. (Sheesh, that’s aiming a bit high.)


 This book is a cup of hot coffee, a ginormous bar of chocolate, or the magical fairy that comes over and does your dishes while you lie in the fetal position clutching a fluffy pillow.


Sometimes when life falls apart the only acceptable response is hysterical laughter. When things get so far gone, so spectacularly a world away from any plans you made or dreams you dreamed, you feel it bubbling up inside of you and you scream, “It’s not fair!” And it isn’t. Fair is an illusion, and life is weird.

 This book will help you laugh at life’s absurd backhands. This book is an empathetic groan of our collective unfairnesses. You might want to throw it across the room, and you might want to hug it like your new best friend. This book is about us sitting down together in our shared mess, taking a deep breath, gripping hands, looking the hard stuff in its beady little eyeballs, and bahahahaaing at it.


Life’s not fair, but we can learn to love this life we didn’t choose.

My Reaction:

This book keeps things so real! Questions, doubts, trials of life - all right here. Filled with heartwarming stories, reassuring scripture and plain ol' good advice. I couldn't put it down!


This book reminds you that you aren't the only one in a situation, and reminds you that you choose your reaction to any situation. Your attitude about an issue is key.


I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Book Review: An Amish Harvest Four Novellas

An Amish Harvest: Four Novellas 
Wiseman, Clipston, Fuller, Chapman -Authors

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From the Editor:
Faith, hope, and love remain forever in season in this collection of four richly absorbing novellas set amidst the wonder of an Amish autumn.

Under the Harvest Moon, by Beth Wiseman
When Naomi Dienner is suddenly widowed, she never expects to find love again . . . until she meets Brock Mulligan, an English family friend hired at harvest time. As a sinister presence begins to threaten Naomi, Brock seeks to prove himself trustworthy while struggling with growing feelings for Naomi and her children. Will God open Naomi’s heart—and give Brock his own second chance at love?

Love and Buggy Rides, by Amy Clipston
Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, yet daunting obstacles stand between them and something deeper. Can love kindle into flames that burn away fear and regret—and lead them to a life together?

Mischief in the Autumn Air, by Vannetta Chapman 
When items start going above market value at his auction house, Eli Wittmer is first thrilled, and then puzzled. But when the house is broken into, Eli and his new bookkeeper, Martha Beiler track down a trail of clues. Will they solve the mystery before the fall festival ends—and discover an unexpected new love?

A Quiet Love, by Kathleen Fuller 
Dinah Hochstetler, quiet and bookish, longs for marriage but hides in her shyness. Amos Mullett, a simple farmer, knows he’s different but aches for a loving wife. As Dinah and Amos navigate a budding romance, will the power of love—and the blessing of God—be enough to overcome their doubters?

My Thoughts:
This is a great quick read about love and longing. This would be great for a road trip book. 


I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Book Review: Unreasonable Hope

Title: Unreasonable Hope - Finding Faith in the God Who Brings Purpose to Your Pain

Author: Chad Veach


Summary:

Where was God when ____? 
How could God allow ____?
Why?

These are the questions that flood our hearts and minds when the unimaginable happens. When things go horribly wrong and the world seems to be unraveling, how do you believe in God’s goodness? How do you cling to hope?

Chad Veach directs readers away from clich├ęd Sunday school answers that fail to offer real comfort or provide faith-building insights. Instead, he draws from God’s promises in the Bible and from the story of his own daughter’s diagnosis of a devastating and debilitating disease to reveal simple, purposeful steps for dealing with pain. 

Resting in God’s love, remembering his past faithfulness, and realizing the distinction between having faith and clinging to hope are just some of these steps.

Veach reminds us that because we know who God is, we know there is hope.



My Reaction:
This novel is am intimate reflection of Chad Veach and his family's struggle with accepting their lot in life - relying on God and having Hope in a trying time. 

What a great reminder of God's goodness daily.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Book Review: Celebrate Recovery - 365 Daily Devotional

Title: Celebrate Recovery - A 365 Day Devotional - Healing From Hurts, Habits and Hang-Ups

Summary:

Celebrate Recovery - A 365 Day Devotional - Healing From Hurts, Habits and Hang-Ups is written by John Baker, Johnny Baker and Mac Owen.


The Celebrate Recovery Devotional is a 365 day reading perfect for anyone on the road to lasting recovery. With encouraging readings that reinforce long-term change, this booklet is a help when the struggle feels overwhelming and life gets you down. 
Celebrate Recovery is a means toward complete restoration and transformation based on 8 Christ-centered life principles. 
Each daily devotional:
  • Helps the eight principles take deeper root in your heart and mind
  • Provides you with ongoing support and hope for the road ahead
  • Reminds you of God’s goodness, grace, and redemption
No matter your hurts, hang-ups, or habits, the Celebrate Recovery Devotional helps you forget your past and look to the only One who can give you lasting hope for a whole new future.
My Reaction:
This devotional contains colorful pages, has an attractive cover with an easy to read font. 

Excerpt: 

"Sometimes big changes come in smallest ways. When I first entered recovery and began my new life in Christ, my sponsor told me change was essential to my sobriety.... "

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Book Review: Life is Better at the Beach - Inspirations for Living Each Day...`

Title: Life is Better at the Beach - Inspirations for Living Each Day Like You're at the Beach by Christina Vinson

Summary 
  • This book is contains wonderful pictures of the beach and nautical themed images of surf and sand. 
  • This devotional contains 15 Beach Rules each containing a scripture message. A few are:
  • # 1: Wake up smiling
  • # 2: Shoes are optional
  • # 3: Soak up the sun
  • # 4: Look for seashells
  • # 5: Build sandcastles
My Reaction:
This devotional contains beautiful color images, has an attractive cover with an easy to read font. 



Excerpt: Kids are intent while building sandcastles - their eager, creative hands form a masterpiece with just a bucket shovel, sand and water....When is the last time you created something you were proud of? 

Overall this is a beautifully written reminder - a mix of don't sweat the small stuff and beach inspiration. 

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Book Review: Minecrafters Bible

MINECRAFTERS BIBLE, NIRV (New International Reader's Version). 

Description of Content 
  • Minecrafters Bible is written in the New International Reader's Version and contains 24 color pages of minecraft imaging depicting biblical scenee, images and stories. The bible is broken into standard books and chapters with minecraft themed pages throughout.
My Reaction
  • This is a Wonderful (gamer friendly) bible.  The Minecraft fanatics in the house love the images. 
  • In the back of the bible there is a dictionary and bible story listing. 
  • The font is small, but acceptable for size of book. 
  • The hardcover is durable and binding solid. 
  • Overall, I would recommend this book to children ages 6-12 - and gamers at heart. 
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Book Review: The NKJV Study Bible (Personal Size)

Title: The NKJV Study Bible (Personal Size)
Description of Content:
The New King James Version study bible by Thomas Nelson is a great addition to any bible collector or scholar that wants to add a modern, but more compact study tool to their collection. 
This bible comes in a sturdy paperback version with a color cover, colored pictures and maps. It contains a concordance and index of additional topics. The print is a little small, but considering the compact size - acceptable. 
Each page has three columns including, scriptures and cross-references in the middle column. 
Features:
  • NEW attractive new full-color page design
  • NEW stunning Bible-land photos and graphics
  • NEW in-text maps and charts 
  • Full cross-references with textual notes
  • Word studies and indexes
  • Bible Times and Culture Notes
  • Book introductions, outlines, and timelines
  • Reader-friendly notes and articles ideal for extended study
  • Deluxe NKJV Concordance including proper names

My Reaction:
This bible is easy to navigate, has helpful tools and features and is a nice compact size. The book seems durable for a paperback bible, but over time pages could be susceptible to becoming loose. There is no section for notes within the bible, and the print is a little small. 
I would recommend this for anyone wanting a compact, feature-full study bible. 
BookLook Bloggers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy for my honest review.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Book Review: The Chronological Study Bible

The Chronological Study Bible, is just that - a study Bible. It is not one that you will bring to a church service with you, because due to the nature and layout of the text - it would be hard to follow along.

This is an attractive Bible with a two tone navy and weathered tan cover. The text is an average size. The pages are thin, and that might make it difficult to write notes or highlight - the pages may stick together.

The study book contains the following features time charts, timelines, commentary, maps, scripture reference, glossary and index/concordance.

Overall, this is a unique study Bible for the historical scholar.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Book Review: Visual Theology


Visual Theology by Challies and Byers



Visual Theology, by Challies and Byers, displays a visual, infographic depiction of theology, biblical truths and historical sacraments.


The text had excellent visuals in order to make theological concepts understandable. The following topics were addressed:
1. Knowing who Christ is
2. Identifying with Christ
3. Having a relationship with Christ

Overall, this text is good for the visual person who wants a deeper understanding of the Bible.


I received this book form the publisher in exchange for a review.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Book Review: The Seven Laws of Love

The Seven Laws of Love by Dave Willis




Do everything with love. -1 Corinthians 16:14

My Review:

This book is organized into two main sections: Laws of Love and Love in Action. Part One - Laws of Love defines commitment, sacrifices, truth, fear, grace, healing and forever.  

Part Two - Love in Action identifies key strategies and techniques in dealing with love relationships: spouse, family, neighbor, friends, enemies, yourself and your creator. 

The afterword contains a summary of the Laws of Love and application tools for each law.

Overall, this is a readable book with stories, examples, discussion questions and biblical research to define love.


From the Editor: 

In our fast-paced, success-obsessed culture, we’re constantly tempted to chase after things that don’t matter. We’ve been conditioned to value possessions over people, status over relationships, and ourselves over God.

But the reality is this: God created love to be the centerpiece of our lives.
In The Seven Laws of Love, Dave Willis makes the case for a love revival and proves that in returning to a life of love we have no greater model than the one who is love himself.
In Dave’s humorous, touching, down-to-earth style, The Seven Laws of Love takes you on a journey through the ins and outs of everyday relationships—with your spouse, your children, your friends, and your coworkers—using practical, applicable examples and guiding principles that demonstrate what a life of love actually looks like.
The BookLook Bloggers book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Book Review: Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus

Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus written by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk




In my opinion: 
Pressing Pause is a great daily devotion for those busy moms, struggling with the daily commitments of life. The layout is attractive and the font is a readable size. There is a section at the end of each reading with a space for reflection. 

Notes from the editor:

Whether you’re juggling a career, kids’ schedules, and church commitments or you’re covered in spit-up and anxious about what the next eighteen years might hold, you can carve out a few quiet moments to rejuvenate your spirit.

Pressing Pause offers you a calm way to start your day, to refresh yourself in Jesus and drink deeply of His presence so that you are ready to pour out love, time, and energy into the people who matter most to you.
These 100 encouraging devotions for moms will help you begin each day with Scripture, drawing on God’s power, ingesting His Word, and learning practical ways to love and serve more like His Son.
Just a few minutes each day can help you center your heart and mind on what God has for you as His beloved daughter. So resist the rush. Halt the hustle. Press pause and find some calm in the chaos.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears Mother's Day Blessings

The Berenstain Bears Mother's Day Blessings



From the Editor: Mama Bear is the best mama in all of Bear Country and Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear know just what to do for her on Mother’s Day. In this newest title in the Berenstain Bears Living Lights, The Berenstain Bears Mother’s Day Blessings, join the Bear family and all of Bear Country as they spend Mother’s Day together remembering just why our mothers are so special to all of us!

My Opinion: This book is a great read for children ages 4-7. It discusses themes of commitment, sacrifice and the expression of love in different ways. Mother's are always finding ways to teach, provide and love their families - this book takes on a child friendly approach to the challenges our mothers face on a daily basis. 

The pages are filled with cute illustrations of Bear Country, that would be attractive to young children. It is a quick read - that basically shows how mom is a blessing.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Book Review: Jesus Called - He Wants His Church Back

Jesus Called: He Wants His Church Back


Ray Johnston takes an honest look at the worldly issues that have invaded the modern-church. He gives suggestions and strategies for getting back to the important things - Christ!

An excerpt:

In every decade we, as Americans, lost something important that we couldn’t afford to lose:
  • In the 1950s, we lost innocence.
  • In the 1960s, we lost respect for authority.
  • In the 1970s, we lost love.
  • In the 1980s, we lost values.
  • In the 1990s, we lost faith.
  • In the 2000s, we lost security.
  • In the 2010s, we lost hope in the future.
Johnston gives personal examples that focuses the readers back to Christ and his true example. He ends the book challenging the reader to give up on FEAR, DOUBT and INDECISION and return to GOD.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Book Review: 5 MINUTES WITH JESUS: PEACE FOR TODAY




This devotional is broken down into daily readings - to jump start your day. The print is large, readable and there are drawings on each page. This is a great tool for when the hectic things of life, overwhelm us. 


There is a section for prayer, reflection and praise.
  • Devotional in Narrative Form
  • Scripture reference
  • Reflections on God's promises
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Book Review: NKJV Apply the Word Bible


Apply the Word Study Bible (NKJV)


The Apply the Word Study Bible, has an attractive front cover, depicting images of people in prayer, communion and service. A reminder of a Christian's life of service. 

Each chapter contains an introduction with background information, historical content in context. 

There are highlighted passages within the pages that focus on persons of interest, words of Christ, and time-relevant passages. There is limited space to additional notes on each page, but the footnotes contain pertinent information. 

This text also includes: 
  • Maps
  • Charts
  • Tables
  • Colored graphs
  • Concordance
  • Topical index



Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



Thursday, February 4, 2016

Book Review: Big Dreams, Big Prayers Bible for Kids



This NIV bible by Zondervan, is a great learning tool for a child ages 9-13, with the following features:
-Summary page for each chapter that gives background information, history of the book, key events and people and key accounts. 

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-Prayer journal, for kids to write down and monitor prayer requests. 
-Highlighted bible verses - important scripture references.
-There is also a devotional space for kids to reflect on, BIG DREAM, BIG PRAYERS


-Attractive cover and font for kids. 



*I received this Bible from Zondervan and BookLook for the purpose of an honest review

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Book Review: Jesus Today Devotions For Kids



Jesus Today, Devotions for Kids by Sarah Young - speaks to CHILDREN! Written in the same format as Jesus Today, this version is geared to the thinking and mind of a child. 

Each devotion is based on scripture and is written as though Jesus is speaking directly to the reader. It confirms truths in the bible that Jesus is Holy, In Control, Merciful, Loving and Good. 



The book contains 120 devotions, each with a one page devotion and related scriptures on the adjoining page. The back of the book as a section with scriptures used. 

This would be a great addition to a child-led family devotion or during a children's worship/study at church.