Friday, August 28, 2015

Book Review: Believe Kids' Edition by Randy Frazee


Believe Kids' Edition by Randy Frazee is a devotional that explains how the Bible is not just stories but that the Bible is to be used as a "blueprint for living" Believe Kids' Edition by Randy Frazee contains 30 devotions divided into three sections: Think, Act and Be. These three sections answer the questions: What do I believe?, What should I do? and Who am I becoming? I like the New International Reader's Version because its not a paraphrased story, it is actual scripture. I like the  uniform layout of each devotion. Each devotion has five sections. The Keys section which focuses on the key question, the key idea and the key verse. Think About It section talks about the belief that is being discussed and its importance. Introduction section sets up the Scripture guiding the reader. Core Truths section is in blue text focusing on the Scripture and why that particular Scripture was chosen to answer the question asked. Discussion Question section is at the end of each devotion to help kids dive more into the Scripture and how the Bible impacts out lives. The cover is beautiful and immediately draws the reader in to learn about Jesus. The font and illustrations are simple and easy on the reader's eyes. As I read Believe Kids' Edition by Randy Frazee I was personally drawn to read it to my own children and I strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a family devotional that is strongly grounded on Biblical truth.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Book Review: NIV Zondervan Study Bible, General Editor, Dr. D.A. Carson



Book Description

The NIV Zondervan Study Bible, featuring Dr. D.A. Carson as general editor, is built on the truth of Scripture and centered on the gospel message. D.A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is a founding member of the Gospel Coalition.

BUILT ON THE TRUTH OF SCRIPTURE AND CENTERED ON THE GOSPEL MESSAGE

The NIV Zondervan Study Bible, featuring Dr. D.A. Carson as general editor, is built on the truth of Scripture and centered on the gospel message. An ambitious and comprehensive undertaking, Dr. Carson, with committee members Dr. T. Desmond Alexander, Dr. Richard S. Hess, Dr. Douglas J. Moo, and Dr. Andrew David Naselli, along with a team of over 60 contributors from a wide range of evangelical denominations and perspectives, crafted all-new study notes and other study tools to present a biblical theology of God's special revelation in the Scriptures. To further aid the readers' understanding of the Bible, also included are full-color maps, charts, photos and diagrams. In addition, a single-column setting of the Bible text provides maximum readability.

The accessible and fresh interior design will capture your attention and enhance your study experience. Along with your purchase, you'll also receive free electronic access to the NIV Zondervan Study Bible.

Features include: Over 60 scholarly contributors Over 1.2 million words of new content Over 3,000 pages packed with in-depth study tools Nearly 20,000 all-new, comprehensive verse-by-verse study notes Customized, theologically rich, illustrated book introductions 6 section introductions to literary genres ("The Pentateuch," "The Historical Books," etc.) Full-color interior with extensive use of over 60 colorful charts, over 90 maps, and hundreds of photos Comprehensive library of over 30 articles by award-winning scholars on topics such as "The Bible and Theology," "The Glory of God," "Covenant," "Love and Grace," and more Cross-reference system Complete text of the New International Version Concordance with over 35,000 Scripture references Free electronic access to the study Bible



Book Review

The NIV Zondervan Study Bible is a thick book. It has 2880 pages. When I received it in the mail I was actually overwhelmed for a moment because I was not expecting the large size. But as I opened The NIV Zondervan Study Bible and began to look at it I was very amazed with the content. The NIV Zondervan Study Bible is full of pictures, maps, illustrations and charts. Much more than I have seen in any other version. The study notes and cross reference system gives something to explore on every page. Each book begins with an extensive introduction and outline. It is very evident that there was much time spent in creating this study Bible.  Even if the NIV isn't your preferred version, you would benefit to have The NIV Zondervan Study Bible in your home library.



I like how they separated the articles from the main Cannon of the Bible. The free digital version is very handy to take to church because of the size of this book.















Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Book Review: 99 Favorite Amish Recipes by Georgia Varozza



Description

The Amish are admired for their simple lives, their intricate quilts, their bold faith, and especially their homemade meals. Straight from the heart of Amish country, this new collection of hearty, wholesome recipes will remind you of the pleasures of the family table.
Learn to prepare wasy and delicious dishes for your family, including
Caramel Apple Pie
Farmer's Stewshoofly Pie
Haystack Supper
Homemade Noodles
Bring the simple life home

Review:

The thing that fascinates me about the Amish community is their simplicity. 99 Favorite Amish Recipes by Georgia Varozza is a book that is just that... Simple, basic and reliable. Recipes featured in 99 Favorite Amish Recipes by Georgia Varozza include 32 breakfasts, 35 midday meals and snacks, quick and 32 easy dinners. I love the scripture throughout the book. Recipes today with the help of the internet can be overwhelming and complex just from the amount available. Many people say that you don't need recipe books because the internet is today's recipe book but I disagree. While the internet is nice, having a recipe book in print in the kitchen is still valuable today. The recipes in 99 Favorite Amish Recipes by Georgia Varozza are very easy to follow and have sparked many new favorites in my own family kitchen. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for reliable recipes for their family or who likes the Amish culture.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review program. https://www.netgalley.com/ I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: Adventuring Through the Bible by Ray C. Stedman


Description:

Get a thorough overview of the entire Bible in an exciting way with the new and enhanced edition of Adventuring Through the Bible. Featuring an easy-to-use, full-color handbook and commentary combination, it provides outlines, themes, and applications for each book of the Bible. Including charts, maps, timelines, and images, Adventuring Through the Bible offers you a one-stop resource guide to studying and understanding God’s Word. An excellent resource tool for pastors, laypeople, and small group study.

A Note From the Publisher:

•Offers a Comprehensive Overview of the Bible with Color Images and Maps •Provides Outlines, Themes, and Applications for Each Book of the Bible •Makes Understanding the Bible Easy and Exciting

Review:

Adventuring Through the Bible: A Comprehensive Guide to the Entire Bible by Ray C. Stedman is just as the title says, A Comprehensive Guide to the Entire Bible. This book is an incredible reference to go along with any biblical study. This book goes beyond my wildest expectations of what a Bible guide should be. The table of contents is very well organized and very helpful to navigate though the book. The pictures, maps and charts are beautiful. The outlines are the most comprehensive that I've seen. I highly suggest this book to anyone who studies the Bible. This book is perfect for students if they are in grade school through seminary. Adventuring Through the Bible by Ray C. Stedman is a valuable resource not to be overlooked.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review program. https://www.netgalley.com/ I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Book Review: NIV Faithgirlz Bible








Book Description:
This special binding of the Faithgirlz! Bible, NIV offers a trendy and unique magnetic closure.
From back cover:
Every girl wants to know she’s totally unique and special. This Bible says that with Faithgirlz! sparkle. Through the many in-text features found only in the Faithgirlz! Bible, NIV girls will grow closer to God as they discover the journey of a lifetime.
Features include:
Book introductions—Read about the who, when, where, and what of each book.
Dream Girl—Use your imagination to put yourself in the story.
Bring It On!—Take quizzes to really get to know yourself.
Is There a Little (Eve, Ruth, Isaiah) in You?—See for yourself what you have in common.
Words to Live By—Check out these Bible verses that are great for memorizing.
What Happens Next?—Create a list of events to tell a Bible story in your own words.
Oh, I Get It!—Find answers to Bible questions you've wondered about.
• The complete New International Version (NIV).
• Features written by bestselling author and tween expert Nancy Rue.

What drew me to this book was the pink and purple font. I wished they put Jesus' words in pink or red, but this book is a great NIV Bible from preteen through teen. I love the reference sections in the back including a weights and measurements section, which can be very useful for understanding the way measurement was standard in the Bible. How to begin a relationship with Jesus section is a nice keepsake for new believers. The through the Bible in a year section, is a great reference for keeping track of the great goal of reading through the Bible. The Promises from the Bible and Perspectives from the Bible section helps teens with tough issues from a biblical a perspective. The notes section gives a few pages to write notes or start a reference section. The magnetic enclosure is a nice feature for a new Bible but I wonder how it will close if any journaling or papers were added over time. There is no name section in the beginning but lots of blank space to make your own name and dedication section. Overall I like this Bible and my preteen daughters love it. I would recommend this Bible to anyone has a teen or preteen daughter.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Book Review: Two Minutes in the Bible™ Through Proverbs A 90-Day Devotional by Boyd Bailey


Two Minutes in the Bible™ Through Proverbs A 90-Day Devotional by Boyd Bailey is a short yet powerful devotional that helps the reader study and reflect on Proverbs. Each of the 90 devotions has three scripture verses to read, a reflection of those verses, questions to apply the devotional to the reader's life and related Scripture to help the reader in continued Biblical study.    

I enjoyed reading through this devotional. I like how the scripture is woven though out the reflection. I like how each of the 90 daily readings are uniform to each other. They are short yet packed with much power and deep thought. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a devotional or anyone studying Proverbs.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review program. https://www.netgalley.com/ I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: CEB Study Bible by Common English Bible


I recently had the opportunity to look at a sample of the CEB Study Bible by Common English Bible. I was given the book of Mark. I did not see the rest of the Bible so my review will be based on the book of Mark, Some of Exodus and Leviticus. The  CEB Study Bible by Common English Bible  is the first study Bible for the CEB version.  CEB Study Bible by Common English Bible adds several resources to the version to help engage and comprehend the text. At the beginning of each book is an extensive book overview with scripture references. There is a decent sized amount of study notes and cross references. There are photographs that draws the reader into the architectural and historical aspects of the places in the Bible. There are various charts and sketches that adds information that would take time to compile.  CEB Study Bible by Common English Bible includes many topical articles. I did not look at the concordance or map sections.
I like how my eyes are drawn to the blue font in the study note and cross reference sections. My favorite part is the in depth introductions and the beautiful color photographs. I wish I was given a larger sample to review but overall I like the CEB Study Bible by Common English Bible and I would recommend it to anyone who was looking for a CEB Study Bible.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review program. https://www.netgalley.com/ I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”