Saturday, December 16, 2017

Homiletics Romans 6:12-23


Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.T4 let sin reign in ur body so u obey its evil desires (12)

2.offer any part of urself2sin rather offer selves2G&offer evry part of self as instrument of rtness(13)

3.sin shall no longer be ur master, bec u under law, but under grace(14)

 

4.shall we sin bec we under law? No. Don’t u know u slaves of1u obey:sin or obedience(15-16)

5.thx2G tho u used2be slaves2sin,u’ve cm2obey frm ur <3 allegiance="" claimd="" font="" of="" pattrn="" teachg="" that="" ur="">

6.u’ve been set free frm sin&have become slaves2rtness(18)

 

7.I usng ex frm evryday life bec of hum limits.Just as u used2offr selves as slaves2impurty wickdnss(19a)

8.so now offer selves2rtness leading2hioliness(19b)

9.when u were slaves2sin,u were free frm ctrl of rtness(20)

10.what benefit did u reap@the time frm the things u ashamed of?These result in death(21)

11.but now u set free frm sin&bec slaves of G, benefit u reap leads2holiness&result=EL(22)

12.4wages of sin=death but gift of G=EL in CJ our L(23)

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Instrument of wickedness or righteousness (12-14)

Principle: All people are either instruments of wickedness or righteousness.

2.Slaves of the one you obey (15-18)

Principle: All people choose what they obey.

3.Offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness (19-23)

Principle: All people offer themselves as slaves to either wickedness or righteousness.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Paul tells Romans: don’t let sin reign, be righteousness’ slaves.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK Everyone chooses either death or eternal life by what we obey.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.How will you change your behavior to be more of an instrument of righteousness than wickedness from now on?

2.What would those who watch your behavior say you’re a slave to and how might you guarantee they recognize you as a slave to Christ?

3.What will you do this week to deepen your enslavement to righteousness?

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Homiletics Romans 6:1-11


Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning so grace may increase? (1)

2.by no means! We died to sin. How can we live in it any longer? (2)

3.or don’t you know all of us baptized into Christ were baptized into His death? (3)

4.we t4 buried w/Him thru baptism into death (4a)

5.in order that just as Christ was raised from dead, we too may  live new life (4b)

6.if we united w/Him like this in death, we certainly united in resurrection(5)

 

7.4we know our old self crucified w/Him so body of sin done away with (6a)

8.that we should no longer be slaves2sin (6b)

9.bec any1 who has died has been freed from sin (7)

10.now if we died w/Christ, we believe we also live w/Him (8)

11.4we know since Christ raised from dead, He can’t die again (9a)

12.death no longer has mastery over Him (9b)

13.the death He dies, He died to sin once for all but the life He lives, He lives2G (10)

14.in same way, count urselves dead2sin but alive2G in Christ (11)

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Baptized into Christ and new life (6:1-5)

Principle:

2.United with Christ in death and freed from sin (6:6-7) [6:6-11]

Principle:

3.[Alive to God in Christ (6:8-11)]

Principle:

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Paul tells Romans: new life in Christ frees from sin.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK Believers have new life in Christ and freedom from sin (and are alive to God).

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.What evidence of new life in Christ do you want to display in your life and what areas will you submit to God to have that?

2.How will you live in victory because sin has no mastery over you?

Thursday, December 07, 2017

The Gift of Christmas Past by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall

Arson wasn't the only fire that ignited between them.
Promises shattered.
Lies spoken.
She was arrested.
He returned to the safety of his wealthy parents.
Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialists in the field of speech therapy. They meet again . . . thrown together to help a four-year-old-girl rendered mute after being rescued from a fire.
Years of secrets and anger beg to be set free as Hadley and Monroe try to push aside past hurts and find common ground in order to help the traumatized child and her family.
Can the love of Christmas past drift into the present, bringing healing and hope for all?
About the author:

Cindy Woodsmall is the "New York Times" and CBA best-selling author of eighteen works of fiction. She's been featured in national media outlets such as ABC's "Nightline" and the "Wall Street Journal." Cindy has won numerous awards and has been finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in Flowery Branch, GA. 


Erin Woodsmall is a writer, musician, wife, and mom of three. She has edited, brainstormed, and researched books with Cindy for almost a decade. She is very excited about their first coauthored book. 


Find out more about Cindy and Erin at http://www.cindywoodsmall.com.
 
 
Here's My review of this enjoyable novel:
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Cindy and Erin Woodsmall and their publisher for sending me a copy of "The Gift of Christmas Past" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

'The Gift of Christmas Past' by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall is a beautiful novel of young love lost and the reunion of those individuals in adulthood. Hadley and Monroe came from opposite ends of the tracks. This was convenient leverage for Monroe’s parents to use to split the couple up as teenagers after Hadley was arrested for arson.

Ten years later, Monroe is running a speech therapy clinic owned by his parents. Hadley is pursuing an advanced degree in speech therapy and working with her young neighbor, Chloe, who’s been traumatized by an apartment fire. When 4 year-old Chloe is assigned to Monroe’s clinic for treatment, he and Hadley are reunited as adult professionals. But one condition of Monroe’s position is that he never see Hadley again.

This is a book about healing and second chances. It was a very encouraging read, a good romance with likable characters and enough tension to invest the reader in the story. I will look for books written by these authors in the future. I highly recommend this read.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Homiletics: Romans 5:12-21


Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.T4, as sin enterd world thru1man&death thru sin(12a)

2.&in this way death came2all men bec all sinned(12b)

3.4 b4 law was givn, sin was in world but sin taken into acct where there is law(13)

4.death reigned from time of Adam2time of Moses(14a)

5.even over those who did sin by breaking cmd as Adam, who was pattern of1to come(14b)

 

6.but the gift like the trespass,4if the many died by the trespass of1man(15a)

7.how much more did G’s grace&the gift that come by grace of1man, JC, overflow2the many(15b)

8.the gift of G like the result of1man’s sin(16a)

9.judgmt followed1sin/brought condemntn,but gift followed many trespass/brought justification(16b)

10.4if by the trespass of the1man death reigned thru that1man(17a)

11.how much more wise those who receive G’s abundant grace/rtness reign in life thru1man, JC(17b)

 

12.conseq, just as the result of1trespass was condemntn4all(18a)

13.so also result of1act of rtness was justification that brings life2all(18b)

14.4just as thru disobed of1,many made sinners, so thru obed of1,many will b made rteous(19)

15.law added so trespass might increase but where sin increase,grace increased(20)

16.so just as sin reigned in death,so grace might reign thru rtness2bring EL thru JC our L(21)

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Sin and death entered the world through one man.  (12-14)

Principle: Sin and death reign over all men since Adam.

2.Grace and Justification entered the world through Jesus Christ.  (15-17)

Principle:  Jesus Christ offers abundant grace and righteousness.

3.The disobedience of one made many sinners, but the obedience of One will make many righteous.  (18-21)

Principle:  Jesus’ obedience made justification and eternal life accessible.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Paul tells the Romans: Adam brought death, Jesus brought life.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK Grace, justification, righteousness and eternal life comes only through Jesus Christ.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.Where is sin and death reigning in your life and how will you surrender control of these things to Christ today?  (In some of my attitudes and a lack of self-control in the areas of eating and exercise.  I thank God for revealing truth to me which is breaking down those attitudes and I pray that God will empower me to produce that fruit of self-control.)

2.How has receiving the grace and justification of Jesus Christ transformed your life and how will you show Him your gratitude? (My life is transformed in that I focus more on God and Christ and others and less on myself than I used to.  I show my thanks by praying for the ability and desire to serve Him sacrificially, suffer joyfully and love as He’s asked me to.)

3.How has seeing others following Jesus’ example of obedience helped you obey Him, too?  (I want to be like Jesus, so His example motivates me to pray that God will do those things in me, too, so I look like Jesus.)

Friday, December 01, 2017

The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible by Jared Kennedy

The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible
by Jared Kennedy
Illustrated by Trish Mahoney

Children's Bible Storybook
New Growth Press



Kids know the value of a promise. Through the gospel, our good and all-powerful God keeps his word and fulfills his promises to us better than we could have ever thought or imagined! 

In The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible, author Jared Kennedy traces God's perfect promises throughf ifty-two Old and New Testament stories, retold in simple and compelling ways with toddlers and preschoolers in mind. Each gospel-centered story highlights God's tale of redemption through Jesus and the unexpected and surprising ways that God's grace and mercy are revealed throughout the Bible. Children will hear the good news of God's love for them clearly expressed in ways that will speak to their young hearts. Brightly colored illustrations highlight the stories and add fun teaching elements of counting, opposites, patterns, and object recognition to keep even the youngest child's attention. Every story also ends with a question that parents and caregivers can use to further reinforce the message.

Through reading this book one chapter at a time to your children---or letting them read it to you!---even the youngest kids will come to know that God's promises are especially for them, and that God always keeps his promises.
  • Gospel-centered Bible stories expressed in ways that speak to toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Children will learn the good news of God's love for them.
  • Traces God's perfect promises through fifty-two Old and New Testament stories.
  • Brightly colored illustrations by Trish Mahoney highlight each story and add fun elements to keep young children's attention.
  • Each story ends with a question that parents and caregivers can use to reinforce the message.

 

 Meet the Author




Jared Kennedy, MDiv, ThM, is the husband to Megan and the father of three girls---Rachael, Lucy, and Elisabeth. He serves as Pastor of Families at Sojourn Community Church-Midtown in Louisville, KY and as children's ministry strategist for Sojourn Network. He blogs regularly at gospelcenteredfamily.com and is also the coauthor of Leadership Mosaic and two VBS programs, Proof Pirates and Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet.



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Here's my review of this amazing storybook:
 
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Jared Kennedy and his publisher for sending me a copy of "The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
'The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible' by Jared Kennedy is a beautifully illustrated book containing 26 “Old Testament: Promises Made” and 26 “New Testament: Promises Kept”.  These are short, easily understandable stories that are true to Scripture.  Each story ends with a question that will engage children in conversation about Christ and lead to applying Biblical principles to their lives.  This is a great way to introduce children to God’s promises.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review: In the Middle of the Mess by Sheila Walsh


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Sheila Walsh and her publisher for sending me a copy of "In the Middle of the Mess" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
“In the Middle of the Mess: Strength for This Beautiful, Broken Life” by Sheila Walsh – “It’s okay not to be okay.”  Thank you, Sheila, for your vulnerability and for punching a hole in the shroud of silence surrounding the darkness of brokenness and depression.

I was truly touched by Sheila’s story.  It will help me to empathize with several people I know who suffer from depression and it will make me a better leader in the church as I pray for and minister to others.  Many people I know are intolerant of those who suffer from depression.  This book helped me to understand depression better and be a more effective champion of those who suffer.  This is a great book!

Review: The Sacred Slow by Alicia Britt Chloe


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Alicia Britt Chloe and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Sacred Slow" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
The Sacred Slow by Alicia Britt Chloe is a really cool devotional/study book!  This book is meant to be savored, not quickly power-read!  This is a very deliberate and methodical read that is designed to be chewed on for maximum benefit to your relationship with God.  This book is so much more than a read.  It is also filled with challenges to put what you’re learning into practice.

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life and especially now during the holidays, I’ve chosen to take one “experience” every week so I can really contemplate what Alicia is presenting.  This was easy to wrap my mind around since the book contains 52 experiences – one for each week of the year.  When I go on vacation in another week, I believe I will keep this pace because I’ve enjoyed taking my time with this.
So often I find I am not applying God’s truth to my life because I’m doing so much: teaching Sunday school, leading a BSF discussion group, participating in choir and praise team, working full time and caring for a husband and a few dogs.  What I’ve discovered through reading this book at a relaxed pace is that God can accomplish much through me when I put Him first.

Too Far Down by Mary Connealy

Too Far Down by Mary Connealy
When an explosion at the mine kills workers and damages the CR Company, the Boden family is plunged deep into the heart of trouble yet again. As they try to identify the forces against them once and for all, Cole Boden finds himself caught between missing his time back in the east, and all that New Mexico offers—namely, his family and cowgirl Melanie Blake.



 Here's My Review:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Mary Connealy and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Too Far Down" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

Too Far Down by Mary Connealy is the adventurous third book in the Cimarron Legacy series that literally begins with a bang!  Harvard graduate, Cole Boden has returned home to run the CR mine in New Mexico.  When an explosion rocks the mine, the Bodens’ childhood friend, Melanie Blake, is one of the first people on the scene to offer aid.

What follows is an exciting, plot-twisty, humorous romantic adventure that leaves the reader out of breath and completely entertained!  This is a wonderfully suspenseful read.  Following the Bodens investigation of the explosion and the mystery of who is targeting the Boden family and the mine is like riding a roller coaster.

All of Mary Connealy’s novels are expertly crafted with humor and detailed research that make her stories enjoyable and believable.  They are always “clean” entertainment that I can recommend to my Christian friends without reservation.
  

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pass It On by Champ Thornton

Pass it On

by Champ Thornton
Devotional / Christian Living
New Growth Press


There are many different kinds of legacies we can leave, but sharing yourself and your faith with the next generation will always stand the test of time. Through showing himself and his wisdom in the book of Proverbs, God has also left his legacy with us---and relies on us to share it with our children and grandchildren. But before we can share that wisdom, first we must grow in our own understanding and knowledge and record, reflect, and consider what we have learned.

Pass it On provides readers with an opportunity to create a legacy of wisdom and faith and to share it with their children and grandchildren. As readers are guided through the book of Proverbs, they are asked to create their own personalized, wisdom journal with the aim of giving it to someone they love. Through careful study, answering questions, writing out prayers, and sharing personal stories, readers can create a lasting keepsake for themselves and for their families and friends.

Created by Champ Thornton, best-selling author of The Radical Book for Kids, Pass It On is an innovative resource to strengthen families and help them grow in their love for God and each other. This is a perfect gift for an older and wiser friend or relative, so they can share themselves and what they have learned about God with the next generation. 

  

 Meet the Author




Champ Thornton, MDiv, is associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Delaware. He has pastored in South Carolina and served as director of SOMA, a ministry training school in Columbus, OH. He is also the author of The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith, God's Love: A Bible Storybook, and Bible curriculum for early and upper elementary-aged children. Champ and his wife, Robben, have been married since 1996 and have three children.
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Here is my review of this Bible study/Devotional:


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Champ Thornton and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Pass It On" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
Are you looking to leave a legacy for the next generation?  “Pass It On” by Champ Thornton is a terrific idea for personalizing and gifting to your physical or spiritual descendants!  Oh my goodness!  This is a wonderful book!  From the soft leather (at least it feels like leather) cover, to the detailed instructions on how to use the book, to the beautiful “guided tour” of each chapter of Proverbs, to each exercise that will draw you nearer to God and create a keepsake for a future generation…

This book is a MUST!!!  Must have, must use, must give!
I wish I had a book like this from each of my grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents.  We must pass on God’s wisdom to the next generation.  Buy one to fill out for each of your descendants.
 
 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The One Year Experiencing God's Love Devotional by Sandra Byrd



 

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Sandra Byrd and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The One Year Experiencing God's Love Devotional" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

The One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional by Sandra Byrd is an incredible book.  From the first devotion I read, I was challenged to step out of my comfort zone and live life more like Jesus would.  There are wonderful ideas for showing hospitality.  There is encouragement to memorize Scripture and live a godly life.  The devotions are uplifting.  This book makes a great gift for yourself.  Pick one up for someone else while you're at it.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Homiletics Romans 5:1-11


Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.T4 since we’ve been justified thru faith,we have peace w/G thru our LJC (1)

2.thru Whom we’ve gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand (2a)

3.And we boast in the hope of the glory of G (2b)

4.Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings bec we know suffering produces perseverance (3)

5. perseverance, character; and character, hope (4)

6.And hope doesn’t put us to shame bec Gs love has been poured out (5a)

7.into our hearts thru the HS Who has been given to us (5b)

 

8.U see @ just the rt time, while we still pwrless, C died 4 the ungodly (6)

9.Very rarely will anyone die 4 a righteous person (7a)

10.tho 4 a good person someone might possibly dare 2 die (7b)

11.But G demonstrates His own love for us in this, While we were still sinners, C died 4 us (8)

 

12. Since we have now been justified by His blood (9a)

13.How much more shall we be saved from G’s wrath thru Him! (9b)

14.4 if while we were G’s enemies we were reconciled 2 Him thru death of His Son (10a)

15.How much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved thru His life (10b)

16.Not only is this so, but we also boast in G thru our LJC (11a)

17.thru Whom we have now rec’d reconciliation (11b)

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Christ gives peace with God and hope of glory (1-5)

Principle: True peace only comes through Jesus Christ.

2.Christ died for sinners (6-8)

Principle: God’s love was demonstrated by the death of Jesus Christ.

3.Christ reconciled people to God (9-11)

Principle: Relationship with the Father is only restored through Jesus Christ.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Christ died for the ungodly, bringing us peace and reconciliation.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK Christ’s death is the only way to bring true peace and hope to all men and reconciliation with God the Father.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.Where is peace eluding you and how will you find that peace?

2.How might you re-evaluate Christ’s death to see it as an act of God’s love and how might this contemplation change your relationship with Him for the better?

3.Where does your relationship with God need restoration and how will you pursue Christ this week to achieve that?

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Homiletics: Romans 4


Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.what shall we say Abe, our 4fr acc2flesh, discovered in this? (1)

2.if A justified by wrks, he had something2boast about – but b4 God. (2)

3.what Scr say? “A believd G & it credited2him as righteousness. (3)

4.to1who wrks, wages credited as gift but as obligation. (4)

5.howevr to1who work but trusts G, who justifies ungodly, faith credited as righteousness. (5)

 

6.David says same when spks of blessedness of1to whom G credits righteousness apart from law. (6)

7.Blessed those who transgressn forgivn/sins cvrd;Blessd is1whose sin L will nvr count against him(7-8)

8.is this blessedness only4circmcsd or also uncirc? We been saying A’s faith cred as righteousness(9)

9.under what circumstance credited? After circ or b4?B4.circ=sign of righteousness (10-11)

10.He also fr of circumcsd who follow steps of faith A had b4 circumcised(12)

11.thru law A offsprg rec’d promise he b heir of wrld but thru righteousness that comes by faith(13)

12.if those who depend on law=heirs, faith means nothing&promise=worthless (14)

13. bec law brings wrath; where there no law, no transgression(15)

 

14.T4 promise cm by faith so by grace&guartd2A’s offsprg those of law,those hv faith;he fr of all(16)

15.writn:”I made u fr many nation”; our fr in sight o G who gv life2ded& call in2being thngs that not(17)

16.against hope A believd/became fr many nations, just as said to him: “so shall ur offsprg be”(18)

17.w/o wkning faith,faced body, 100 yo/S’s womb ded; waver re:promis,strngthnd,gave glry2G (19-20)

18.fully persuaded G had pwr2do promis;this why “cred as rtness” (21-22)

19. wds “it cred2him” 4 him alone,4us2whom G’ll cred rtness-who bel in Him who raisd J frm ded(23-24)

20.He was delivered over2death4our sins,raised4our justification(25)

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Abraham was justified by faith that God credited as righteousness. (4:1-5)

Principle: God credits those who believe Him with righteousness.

2.Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven, who follow Abraham’s footsteps of faith. (4:6-15)

Principle: Those whom God credits with righteousness are blessed.

3.Abraham believed God had the power to do what He promised. (4:16-25)

Principle: God credits righteousness to those who believe in Him Who raised Jesus from the dead.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Paul reveals how God credits righteousness using Abraham and David.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK God is a forgiving, powerful promise keeper.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.How are you being called to trust God right now and how is that sweetening your relationship with Christ?

2.How might you gently counsel someone who believes they are earning their salvation through works to see the blessedness of God’s gift apart from works?

3.What promise have you believed of God and how has He powerfully kept that promise? (Jere 33:3)

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Read and Reflect Classics: Classic Hymns


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Lifeway for sending me a copy of "Read and Reflect Classics: Classic Hymns" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

I’ve heard that a hymnal can be an amazing devotional book.  OK, I understand that many hymns’ lyrics come directly from Scripture, so this seems plausible.  I love several hymns and get choked up whenever I hear or sing them.  So when I found an inexpensive hymnal in a second-hand shop, I bought it.  I still didn’t engage the hymns the way I expected to.  Then I had the opportunity to review “Read and Reflect Classics: Classic Hymns”.  This wonderful book is a beautiful hardcover containing 90 songs!

At first, I admit I was disappointed that only the words were presented and not the music.  Later, I appreciated the readability without the music taking up space.  Each song is followed by Bible study questions that point to Scripture.  There are Personal Reflection Questions that encourage personal application.  And they’re not the same questions over and over.  Each song ends with a suggestion for prayer.  I really love how this book is leading me to other songs in other hymnals for study and devotional reading.  This is an amazing book!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Look & Find Bible Storybook

Look & Find Bible Storybook

Gill Guile and B&H Kids Editorial Staff

Look, Find, and Learn! In Look and Find Bible Storybook, you’ll read eight adventure-filled stories from the Bible and explore each extra-busy scene. Learn about Creation, Noah’s Ark, the exodus, David & Goliath, Jonah, Jesus’ birth, Jesus’ miracle of feeding the 5,000, and Easter and the ascension. Then open the large flaps to explore each story’s scene and reveal a look-and-find checklist. You can search for dozens of people, animals, and objects. Use a write-on wipe-off marker to search over and over again and enjoy hours of look-and-find fun!

Here's my review of this wonderful children's book:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Gill Guile, the B&H Kids Editorial Staff and Lifeway for sending me a copy of "Look & Find Bible Storybook" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

The "Look & Find Bible Storybook" is a big book of boldly colorful and busy pictures.  Each of the eight thick pages has a checklist of items presented in both words and pictures for children to hunt and find the items in the colorful drawings.  This book will provide hours of entertainment for children and their parents, grandparents and caregivers.  Each picture is accompanied by a Bible story from Genesis to the ascension of Christ.  Each story contains Scripture references so you can read the accounts from the Bible if you like.

This book is a terrific introduction to Bible stories and Scripture for children.

KJV Know the Word Study Bible

KJV Know the Word Study Bible
Study Bible
Thomas Nelson



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 (book-by-book, verse-by-verse, or 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 

Gain a greater understanding of the Bible, book-by-book, verse-by-verse, or topic-by-topic.
 
 
Here's my review of this KJV Study Bible:
 
 
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy of "KJV Know the Word Study Bible" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
 
The KJV “Know the Word Study Bible” offers various resources for the study of Scripture including: topical articles, “how to” study helps for each book including a list of the “highlights” of each book if you want a quick overview rather than to read a book in its entirety.  You can also study verses with notes that clarify meaning.  Other features include Christ’s words in red, concordance and maps.
The special study features are basic.  This Bible would be an OK introduction to these types of Bible study.  I am giving this Bible 4 stars because it is a Bible, but I believe the student of Scripture could find better study Bibles to use.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

She Reads Truth Bible


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Lifeway for sending me a copy of "She Reads Truth Bible" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
After watching the promotional videos for the She Reads Truth Bible, I became very excited to use this resource.  Seeing how many different people came together to make this Bible a reality created in me an anticipation to use the maps, read the text, memorize the 66 key verses and read the devotionals.

The CSB She Reads Truth Bible in Gray Linen is an amazing way to interact with the Word of God.  There are several formats from which to choose: Genuine Brown Leather, Navy Leathertouch, Poppy Linen Hard Cover, Gray Linen Hardcover and Gray Hardcover.  Each contains the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) Version of the Scriptures, which I personally find to be an understandable and powerful translation to read and study.
While using the She Reads Truth Bible, this is what I discovered:

  • The linen cover can be tough to remove from the box because of the texture.  It did become easier to remove over time.  The hard cover edition is heavy.  I personally would’ve chosen the leather or leathertouch editions.  When I love the feel of my Bible, I want to use it more often.
  • The font is beautiful and easy to read.  The onion-skin pages are so thin, you can seek the text on the back of the page you’re reading and this can be distraction.  The key verses and corresponding key verse art is a beautiful feature.  Personally, the visual will help me with memorizing the key verses.  And once I memorize the key verses, I will have a clear book-by-book overview of the entire Bible!  Wow!!!
  • I really liked the “how to read the Bible” helps that explain what God’s Word is and how to approach, engage and apply Scripture. This help encourages prayerful reading and active response to the Word.  There is a clear presentation of the Gospel in the introduction pages which may be useful when you share with others.
  • The introduction to each book is short and sweet, but offers valuable insight into the book’s historical context, message and how it relates to the rest of the Bible.  Each book has a color-coded stripe in the margin of the title page to indicate the genre of the book.  This corresponds with a genre guide at the back of the Bible that identifies and tells you how to approach reading that genre.  There are charts and timelines sprinkled throughout the Bible that help put the text into perspective.  There are also engaging devotionals that help with life application.

This is a wonderful Bible that I highly recommend!