Friday, September 29, 2017

Action Storybook Bible

Action Storybook Bible

by Catherine DeVries & Sergio Cariello
Children's Bible
David C Cook

The Action Storybook Bible invites families with young children to explore God's redemptive story together. An entry point into the world of The Action Bible, it tells of the amazing creation story, powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel, God's miraculous gift of eternal life through Jesus, and more! God's promise for the world is displayed throughout every page. Discover your family's place in God's incredible story and together put your faith into action!
Interactive features include:
  • Fifteen key episodes from God's Word-each one loaded with several stories along with more than 350 brand-new illustrations throughout.
  • Short and easy readings---for children ages eight and under with rich, colorful images.
  • Life, Faith, Action! features-conclude every episode and invite families to talk about how God moves in the stories, how to see God in life today, how to put faith into action, and how to easily talk to God with a suggested prayer.
  • Hall of Fame visual index---the place to look up favorite Bible characters by discovering their icon connections and finding them in the stories.

 Meet the Author & Illustrator

Catherine DeVries has written more than twenty-five books for children, including the bestselling Adventure Bible Storybook. She lives with her family in the Colorado forest.

Sergio Cariello is a master illustrator. He drew his first regular comic strip for his city's newspaper at age eleven. Born in Brazil, he spent many childhood hours poring over the Portuguese edition of The Picture Bible. Sergio has worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, illustrating Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, Fantastic Four, and dozens more comic book characters.

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Here is my review of this engaging storybook:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Catherine DeVries and Sergio Cariello and their publisher for sending me a copy of "Action Storybook 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 'Action Storybook Bible' by Catherine DeVries and Sergio Cariello is an engaging, colorful, comic book format retelling of several beloved Bible stories.  Each chapter is based on different sections of Scripture: some are based on a few verses, others are based on chapters and still others are based on whole books of the Bible.  Each story is followed by a page that identifies an aspect of God’s character, an illustration of God at work, an exercise to encourage application of the principles of the story to our lives and a prayer.

I was surprised at the depth of insight into the stories in several cases.  The “Action Storybook Bible” would be a great devotional for parents or grandparents to do with children.  It will lay a foundation in the home that can be supplemented by Sunday School and future education.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review of Walk it Out by Tricia Goyer

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Tricia Goyer and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Walk it Out" 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.
“Walk It Out” by Tricia Goyer is a thoughtful and thought-provoking challenge to live a life of love as we obey what the Bible teaches us.  This autobiographical book takes the reader on a journey with the author as she experienced a turning-point moment in her Christian walk where she moved from a “God help me” to a “how can I help You God” kind of faith.

Tricia challenges the reader to pursue God’s dreams and purposes for our lives rather than our dreams for ourselves.  She helps the reader examine their activity and encourages them to determine the kingdom value of that activity.  This is a life-changing book that points the reader to the Word of God and shows how the author applied the Word to her own life and circumstances.  This may be particularly helpful when trying to figure out how to apply Scripture to your own life.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Action Storybook Bible Giveaway

Discover your family's place in God's incredible story and together put your faith into action with the new The Action Storybook Bible from David C Cook! Explore God's redemptive story together with your children ages 8 and under in the 15 episodes highlighting key milestones in God's story. Master-artist Sergio Cariello created more than 350 brand-new illustrations to captivate your family and help you recognize how God is moving through each story.

Join the adventure to begin to figure out where you fit into God's beautiful and exciting plan for the world by entering to win the Kindle Fire giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on September 29. The winner will be announced October 2 on the Litfuse blog.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Counseling Under the Cross by Bob Kellemen

Counseling Under the Cross

by Bob Kellemen 

Spiritual Growth
New Growth Press

Martin Luther not only reformed theology, but his understanding of the gospel revolutionized soul care. In Counseling Under the Cross, biblical counselor and noted author Bob Kellemen explains how Martin Luther's gospel-centered and cross-focused pastoral care transformed his own approach to soul care. As Kellemen mines Luther's own writings and other first hand accounts, readers will gain a new understanding of how Luther richly, relevantly, robustly, and relationally applied the gospel to suffering, sin, sanctification, and our search for peace with God.

Counseling Under the Cross will guide pastors, counselors, lay leaders, and friends toward a rich understanding of the gospel that will directly impact their personal ministry to others. Through lively vignettes, real-life stories, and direct quotes from Luther, readers will be equipped to apply the gospel to themselves and others so together they find their hope and help in Christ alone. 

 Meet the Authors

Bob Kellemen, PhD, is the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Chair of the Biblical Counseling Department at Crossroads Bible College and the founder and CEO of RPM Ministries. He is also the author of many books, including Gospel-Centered Counseling and Gospel Conversations.

Bob and his wife, Shirley, have two children and two grandchildren.

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Saturday, September 02, 2017

Homiletics: 2 Thessalonians 3

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

1.as4other matters,pray4us that msg of L spread rapidly&be honored as was w/u(1)

2.&pray we may be delivered from wicked&evil ppl,4 not evry1 has faith(2)

3.But L is faithful&will strengthen&protect u from evil 1(3)

4.we have confidence in L that you’re doing&will cont2do things we cmd(4)

5.may L direct ur hearts into G’s love&Christ’s perseverance(5) name of LJC, we cmd u2keep away from evry believer who idle,disruptive(6a)

7.&doesn’t live accordg2 teachg u recd from us (6b)

8.4u know how u ought2follow our ex.  We weren’t idle when w/u(7)

9.nor did we eat any1’s food w/o paying; we worked night&day so we burden(8)

10.we did this 2 offer ourselves as model 4u2 imitate(9)

11.4even when we w/u,we gave rule:”The 1 who unwilling 2work shall not eat”(10)

12.we hear some among u are idle&disruptive; they busy, they busybodies(11)

13.such ppl we cmd & urge in LJC 2 settle dn&earn food they eat(12) for u brosis, nvr tire of doing good(13)

15.take special note of any1 who obey instruction in this ltr(14a)

16.associate w/them in order that they feel ashamed(14b)

17.yet regard them as enemy, warn them as fellow believer(15)

18.Now may L of peace give u peace @ all times in evry way; L b w/u(16)

19.I, Paul, write greeting w/my own hand,which=distinguishing mk of my ltrs(17)

20.The Grace of our LJC b w/u all(18)


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

1.Paul asks for prayer and prays for the Thessalonians (1-5)

Principle: Prayer is an essential part of the Christian life.

2.Paul’s final  command and the example he set (6-12)

Principle: Christ followers help others and glorify God, they don’t take advantage.

3.Paul teaches how to deal with idle and disruptive believers (13-18)

Principle: Christians should help each other to be like Christ.


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

Paul closes second Thessalonians’ letter with teaching about idle believers.


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

TCMATK Christians are examples to others in word and deed.


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

1.What will you do today to incorporate or improve the practice of praying for your church leadership?

2.How will you change your behavior today to be less idle and/or disruptive?  How will you gently guide other believers to be less idle and/or disruptive?

3.What action will you take today to obey Paul’s instruction in this second letter to the Thessalonians?