Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Book Review: Kid's Visual Study Bible; Explore The Story Of The Bible

Kid's Visual Study Bible; Explore The Story Of The Bible

Book Description

The NIV Kids’ Visual Study Bible, for ages 8–12, brings the Bible to life in four-color illustrated splendor. This study Bible includes a spectacular full-color interior featuring over 700 illustrations, photos, infographics, and maps on every page that visually represent key Bible information. Each page also features important facts located near the relevant verse. Intriguing facts; colorful, engaging maps; photographs; and illustrations make this a Bible they’ll want to explore.

My Thoughts
  • 700+ color photographs, illustrations, infographics, and maps throughout
  • Book introductions, including important facts and an image to introduce the book
  • Space in the margins for notes and doodles
  • The text is small, however around a 9 point font
  • The pages are thin and can rip if turned too quickly
In general, this is a good read for your tween (boy or girl) that is into informational books!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Book Review: Ruth; Discovering Your Place in God's Story

This adult coloring book is an alternative to a traditional bible study/devotional. Each section contains the following sessions:
1. God Has Dealt Me a Hard Blow
2. Don't Worry About a Thing
3. Maybe It's Time to Make Our Move
4. He'll Make You Young Again
Leader Guide: Ideas to facilitate conversation and promote ideas, prayer and relationship building.

A good addition for an individual or weekly study group.

Book Review: The Word Centered Church

My Opinion

The Word Centered Church by Jonathan Leeman, is an easy, yet challenging read - due to the fact that it forces to reader to simply think that Gods word is all that is needed. Written for pastors it intentionally discusses sermon delivery through scripture and biblical content. That many pastors get caught up in delivering a message filled with anecdotal reminders and catchy words.
I highly recommend this thought provoking; as it changes the way pastors look at preachingand and delivery.

From the Editor:

A lot of books give a lot of answers, but the best one comes from Scripture. Word-Centered Church brings that answer into sharp focus. Written by Jonathan Leeman, editorial director for the reputable ministry 9Marks, Word-Centered Church offers a thorough treatment of one of God’s greatest concerns: growing His people and growing His church. 
As simple as the concept may seem, it’s one that many churches miss, and to their own detriment. Because when churches center everything they do on God’s Word—when the pulpit ministry gives direction to every aspect of the church’s life—growth happens God’s way. God’s Word is what creates the church, and it’s what sustains it, too.
Theological and practical, Word-Centered Church focuses on how the church hears, responds to, discusses, implements, and is transformed by Scripture. It’s not about high-octane production, superstar personalities, or postmodern entreaties, but stuff that is really old, really good, and really powerful.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Book Review: You Can Do This!

You Can Do This by Tricia Lott Williford

My Opinion:
You can do this is a self-motivation read that covers an idea or theme in each chapter. Tricia gives a engaging story or example from her childhood that covers motivational topics; a few include: 

  • The Confident Girl Knows Her Story
  • The Confident Girl Knows Her Identity
  • The Confident Girl Appreciates Her Beauty
  • The Confident Girl Takes Her Places At The Smart Table
After each topic there is commentary and biblical supplemental scripture/questions. This book would be good as a daily read or even a part of a book club. 

From the Editor:
Our culture as a whole, and often the Christian culture in particular, discourages confidence in women. Tricia Lott Williford explores how confidence and self-awareness can be a path toward stronger and richer faith. She offers stories and strategies to inspire and lead women to develop the confidence to stand firm in the face of the blows, losses, and disappointments in life.

Readers of this book will think, laugh, and gain confidence to do what is set before them. They will feel hopeful, courageous, strengthened, encouraged, present, and confident. And finally, readers will be equipped to implement simple strategies to inspire contagious confidence in themselves and others.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Book Review: It's Okay About IT

My Opinion:
Adorable updated version of "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff", from the perspective of a 5 year old autistic boy. This book is filled with God's promises and candid truths about the realities of life. 
Great read! 

From the Editor:
Popular blogger Lauren Casper shares poignantly simple yet profound wisdom about removing the barriers we construct around our hearts and doing life full-on, all from the least expected source: her five-year-old son, Mareto.

Five-year-old Mareto finds color and light in the ordinary happenings of every day and delights in beauty just waiting to be found. Those are lessons he shares, often unknowingly, with his mom, Lauren Casper.
For Lauren, living with Mareto is a lot like playing the telephone game. He blurts out little phrases that have their origin in something he saw or heard, but by the time they make their way through his mind and back out of his mouth, they’ve transformed—often into beautiful truths about living a simple, authentic, love- and joy-filled life.
From “it’s okay about it,” a simple reminder that even when life is painful or difficult, things will be okay because God promises never to leave or forsake his children, to “you’re making me feelings,” which teaches the importance of leaning into one’s emotions and, in doing so, sharing a piece of oneself with loved ones—Mareto’s simple yet profound wisdom is a reminder to embrace the broken beauty of life, to believe in a God bigger than human comprehension, and to love others even when it doesn’t make sense.
For all those looking to recapture the faith, simplicity, wonder, hope, courage, and joy of life, It’s Okay About It provides a guide to look inward and live outward, to discover the most wide open and beautiful life possible.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Book Review: Devotions for a Sacred Marraige

From the Editor:

A Year of Weekly Devotions for a Holier, Happier Marriage
Your marriage is more than a sacred covenant with your spouse. It is a relationship God uses to help you know Him more, trust Him more fully, and love Him more deeply.
Devotions for a Sacred Marriage explores how God can reveal Himself to you through your marriage and help you grow closer to Him as well as to your spouse. With fresh insights that build upon the principles found in Sacred Marriage, these fifty-two weekly devotions offer practical, biblical wisdom for nurturing your marriage as an expression of your love for God.
A happy marriage is good, but a holy one is sacred.
My Opinion:
A weekly, scripture based devotional series for married and engaged couples. This is slow to get started, but gives a no frills approach to expectations for spouses and self. 

Book Review: Character of the Church

The Character of the Church is a great resource. This title covers the basics of what makes up a church and the foundation of the Christian church. Joe challenges the reader to find the purpose and their purpose in the local church. The text takes the reader through the preached word, ordinances, leadership, discipline and the mission of the church. This gives directions for a positive outcome when people are obedient to the God led model of the church.