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!

Monday, October 23, 2017

A Small Book About A Big Problem by Edward T. Welch


How many times today were you frustrated? While you might not think about it often, if you look closely at any day most everyone can find anger in their actions and attitudes. Anger is so common-yet it also hurts us and others. Can anyone truly find peace? Yes, but you need a plan.




The answer is yes, but you will need a plan. Biblical counselor and psychologist Ed Welch invites readers to take a fifty-day journey that unpacks anger while encouraging and teaching readers to respond with patience to life's difficulties. Readers will also be introduced to Jesus, the key to any plan for change. Known as the Prince of Peace, he is the only one who can empower his people to grow in patience, peace, and wholeness.



 
  • Provides short, daily meditations that encourage readers to look carefully at how their anger affects them and others.
  • The fifty-day reading plan gives ample time for readers to unpack the underlying causes of irritation and frustration and develop a Spirit-led plan for growth.
  • Offers encouragement and helps readers to develop the skills to deal with the universal problem of anger and respond with more patience to life's difficulties
  • Christ-centered teachings give readers hope that they can change not based on their own efforts, but through the work of Jesus and his indwelling Spirit.
  • A useful tool for pastors, counselors, and lay helpers who are working with people who struggle with a short fuse.
What Is this book for?
A Small Book about a Big Problem offers hope for change to people struggling with irritation and frustration and its effects on themselves and others. With fifty short, daily meditations, readers are provided with an easy-to-follow plan that gives them enough time to unpack the underlying causes of their irritation and frustration, as well as encouragement and skills to respond with more patience and peace to life's difficulties. Centered around Christ, the work and teachings of Jesus give readers hope they can change not through their own actions, but through the life and spirit of the Prince of Peace.

Who Is the book for?
While anger is a universal issue that everyone deals with, A Small Book about a Big Problem is written for people who recognize the destruction anger is causing to their lives and relationships, but do not know how to change. With fifty short, daily meditations that serve as a plan to deal with anger and its underlying causes, biblical counselor Ed Welch also provides readers with encouragement and skills to respond to life's difficulties with more patience. Also a useful tool for pastors, counselors, family, and friends of people dealing with anger issues, this book offers hope through the life and work of Jesus that change can happen and peace is possible.


Here is my review of this important book:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Edward T. Welch and his publisher for sending me a copy of "A Small Book About A Big Problem" 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.

'A Small Book about a Big Problem'  by Edward T. Welch is 50 days worth of meditations on anger, patience and peace.  Do you struggle with anger or know someone who does?  Are you a lay-leader in your church who infrequently deals with problems you aren’t trained to handle?  This valuable book will help you take your own anger captive and prepare you to better deal with the outbursts of others.

On day one, the destructive nature of anger is brought to light, revealing the importance of such a book.  Many of us haven’t been taught to properly deal with our anger, so it becomes anxiety or violence or outbursts.  The author calls this book a slow walk – one meditation per day.  This book is interactive.  It poses questions.  It refers to Scripture.  It leads the reader to pray.  This can transform us and our thinking.  The most difficult part of reading this book was keeping the slow pace.  But this is a topic that really needs to be chewed on and digested one tiny bite at a time.  Do you want to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry?  Take a slow walk with Edward T. Welch.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thomas Nelson's 'KJV Know The Word Study Bible' Kindle Fire Giveaway

Diving deeper into God's Word can be easy and rewarding if you break it down book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic with the new KJV Know The Word Study Bible by Thomas Nelson. 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.

This fall, become a regular student of the Bible and enter to win the Kindle Fire giveaway!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of the KJV Know The Word Study Bible
  • A Kindle Fire 7
  • A Kindle Fire case (winner's choice)
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on October 31. The winner will be announced November 1 on the Litfuse blog.

Friday, October 06, 2017

REVIEW: Counseling Under the Cross


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Bob Kellemen and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Counseling Under the Cross" 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.
“Counseling Under the Cross” by Bob Kellemen is a fascinating read that chronicles the path of Martin Luther from desperate seeker to reformer to minister.  Luther passionately sought to fill his own God-shaped hole with spiritual things.  Recognizing the absence of what God intended to be relationship with his people, Luther thought becoming a monk would satisfy his soul.  Eventually, he recognized, while reading the book of Romans, what was missing: the personal relationship with God that does not come through ritualistic practice or misappropriated sacrifice.

Once Martin Luther came to this realization, his newfound relationship with Christ shaped his beliefs, filled him with the fire necessary to protest what the church had become and gave him the wisdom to help others find their way to their own relationship with the Savior.
This book is a must-read for anyone in ministry.  Personally, as a Sunday school teacher, I deal with people who seek counseling often.  This book pointed me back to the Source of all our needs and gave me confidence to sit with people over Scripture a bit longer before I point them to our Pastor.  I have also come to recognize the quieter cries for help from the person sitting next to me in choir and the one whose face looks a bit downcast when we have our greeting time in Sunday services.

“Counseling Under the Cross” will not turn you into a counselor, but it will help you give better counsel to spiritually wounded people.

It is very fitting to read such a book right now since we are celebrating the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther's posting of the 95 theses on the door of All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517.



Here's a link to my earlier post describing this amazing book:

https://word-up-studies.blogspot.com/2017/09/counseling-under-cross-by-bob-kellemen.html