ESV Story of Redemption Bible: A Journey through the Unfolding Promises of God Review

srb

Description

The Bible is the epic story of the unfolding plan of God over the course of the history of the world. The Story of Redemption Bible: A Journey through the Unfolding Promises of God leads readers on a journey through this storyline from start to finish, with conversational commentary written by pastor Greg Gilbert interspersed throughout the full ESV text. With the aim of encouraging interaction and contemplation passage by passage, Gilbert explains how every part of Scripture fits together and is ultimately centered on Christ. Particularly suitable to those who are new to the Bible but rich with insights for even the most seasoned Bible reader, the Story of Redemption Bible will draw readers in as they see their place in the greatest story ever told.

 

My Thoughts

This is a very lovely Bible. The dust jacket is cream colored with gold foiling. It also has a beautiful gold foiled presentation page and title page.

Illustrated by Peter Voth, each book has an illustration that perfectly describes a scene or symbolism in the book. There is a very nice index of title illustrations that shows each illustration and describes the meaning behind them. The illustrations are beautiful and very well done.

The color scheme of the Bible is very simple and pleasing. It would be suitable for both men and women. The pages are thick for Bible pages and there is room in the margins for notes, journaling, or artwork. There is also one chocolate colored ribbon bookmark included. I prefer more than one bookmark but I’m pleased that there is one with this Bible.

Throughout the book are notes of running commentary by pastor Greg Gilbert. I found these notes to be very thought-provoking and interesting. There are also maps included within the text of the Bible.

The Bible has reading plans in the back and a very nice fold out “Story of Redemption” Timeline. The timeline has the beautiful artwork and spans from Creation to the New Heavens and a New Earth. I love this timeline…visual aids are always helpful to me and this one is very well done.

Overall, this Bible is beautiful and would make a wonderful gift for a baptism, Easter, or even a birthday. I highly recommend it.

My Rating

1280px-5_stars.svg

I received this Bible from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Three Spiritual Classics in One Volume by A.W. Tozer Review

tozer

Description

Encounter God. Worship more.

What Tozer lacked in formal education, he more than made up for in experiential wisdom.  Tozer was a man who really knew God, and it showed. People came from all over to hear his sermons because they knew they would go home more in awe of God.  That’s why millions keep coming back to his writings, but particularly these three books.

Considered to be Tozer’s greatest works, Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God, and God’s Pursuit of Man are now available in a single volume.  In 3 Spiritual Classics, you will discover a God of breathtaking majesty and world-changing love, and you will find yourself worshipping through every page.  Encounter Tozer and the God worth worshipping today.

My Thoughts

Non-fiction is something that I don’t particularly enjoy picking up but I almost always find that I benefit from the time I’ve spent reading it. This collection of 3 of A.W. Tozer’s Classic works (The Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God, and God’s Pursuit of Man), took me several months to read but the time spent was definitely worthwhile. I’ve always wanted to read something by Tozer as he was a very well respected theologian who spoke the truth.

This book brings 3 of his greatest works together in one volume that I will return to again and again.

I did struggle a bit at first with the writing as the books were written in 1948, 1950, and 1961. The language is different from the language of today, which slowed me down at times.

The first book, The Knowledge of the Holy was about the attributes of God and discovering who He really is and who He is not. I have learned about God all through my life in church but never have I seen it broken down so clearly as it is in this book. I love how Tozer has a chapter for each attribute and he explains further how God fits that attribute.

The second book, The Pursuit of God, was my favorite of the three. It discusses the importance of man’s pursuit of God and how we can pursue Him. Tozer discusses removing the veil that is inside of us…a veil that separates us from being close to the Lord…a veil that is made of self (selfishness, self-pity, self-love, self-righteousness). This chapter resonated deeply within me. To think that this book was written in 1948 amazes me…how much more do people suffer from this problem now than they did then?

There were so many treasures found in this book that all of the pages in my copy have been highlighted and sometimes annotated.

The third book, God’s Pursuit of Man discusses what it means to be truly saved. This book did not flow as well as The Pursuit of God to me but there were still some gems in it.

I enjoyed how Tozer discusses the Holy Spirit, and His important work in our lives. Often, the spirit is not discussed (or “forgotten” as Tozer states).

Overall, this was an excellent collection that I highly recommend. I know that this will be a book that I will never get rid of and will return to in the future.

My Overall Rating

4 stars

I received this book from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

The Marriage Challenge: A Finance Guide for Married Couples by Art Rainer Review

mc

Description

God has a plan for your marriage and your money. It starts with a challenge. Will you accept?

For many couples, the collision of marriage and money is the beginning of relational havoc. But does it have to be this way?

What if the collision of marriage and money no longer tore couples apart but brought them together? What if money was no longer a topic to argue about but a topic around which couples rallied? What if the collision of marriage and money actually helped couples find contentment and purpose?

In The Marriage Challenge: A Finance Guide for Married Couples, financial expert and author of The Money Challenge Art Rainer takes you on a journey to a financially healthy marriage. Get started on the right foot, or get back on the right track, by accepting the challenge and realizing God’s design for money and marriage.

My Thoughts

I read this book aloud with my husband as finances has always been “THE” issue we’ve had in our marriage. This book is similar to Dave Ramsey’s plan (of which we are very familiar with) but with some interesting differences.

The author of this book really emphasizes the importance of giving, which I really liked as giving is such a Biblical theme. Dave Ramsey also discusses giving but I found that Rainer feels that our goal to be financially free is so that we can minister better to others, whereas Dave Ramsey often says that when you become debt free you can do “whatever you want”. Switching from the mindset of helping ourselves to helping others in the end really made a difference to me. When we look away from ourselves and look to others, our priorities and wants change drastically.

Each chapter is broken down into a running story about 2 couples, a newlywed couple and an older married couple, followed by practical and Biblical lessons, ending with a marriage challenge. The book covers just about every financial situation (unemployment, debt, retirement, buying a house, etc) and would be perfect for all couples (engaged, newlyweds, and those married for many years).

I would highly recommend this book. I found it to be extremely helpful and learned some new information that my husband and I plan on putting into action.

My Rating

1280px-5_stars.svg

I received this book from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Third Edition, Genuine Leather Review

sflb

Description

Encounter the power of the word. Walk in the freedom God intends. Experience the Holy Spirit. For the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Jack Hayford, founding pastor of The Church on the Way and chancellor of The King’s University, assembled a team of respected, Spirit-led scholars to produce this resource of solid biblical truth. Now in a full-color third edition with new contributors, it is even more dynamic. With over 2 million copies sold, the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible continues to equip God’s people to live in his kingdom, exercise gifts of the spirit, and lay hold of God’s promises.

Features include:

Word Wealth – More than 650 word studies (including over 100 new ones) shed light on key terms, drawing important meaning from the original Greek and Hebrew.
Kingdom Dynamics – Dozens of biblical themes are addressed in notes by Spirit-filled preachers, teachers, and writers, including many new contributors for this edition
Truth-In-Action – Handy, helpful thematic charts provide practical application from every book of the Bible
Praying the Word – 192 guided prayers based on significant passages throughout Scripture
Detailed book introductions and outlines help you to learn each book’s historical background and appreciate its teachings
Verse-by-verse study notes explain each passage and illuminate your understanding
Includes a new full-color design with updated maps and charts, a detailed NKJV concordance, and in-depth articles about the Spirit-filled life
Designed with the exclusive Thomas Nelson NKJV Comfort Print® typeface
10-point print size

My Thoughts

First of all, I was giddy to receive this Bible because I have never owned a genuine leather Bible. It is exquisite. The leather feels very nice and the page edges are gold. I was surprised to see that it has a thumb index for an easy way to find the books of the Bible.  It also includes THREE ribbon bookmarks…this is such a bonus for me because I always mark many pages in my Bibles!

This Bible has several unique features that I love. Throughout the book you will find something called “Kingdom Dynamics”…these are articles that are “key elements of a life of a  growing, devoted disciple in God’s kingdom.” I have found these to be very helpful and interesting as I’ve studied through this Bible. They cover 33 themes and 7 in depth articles.

There are also entries called “Word Wealth”. This is my favorite of the special features. These Word Wealth listings give the English spellings of the original Greek and Hebrew words, along with helpful insight into the derivation, as well as the Strong’s Concordance numerical listing for each word.  These are extremely beneficial to studying the word as they help you to understand the context in the original language. I have wanted a Bible with this feature for a long time and I know that I will often refer to the Word Wealth sections when studying the Bible. There is also a Word Wealth index that includes all of the words that are defined and where to find them.

Another lovely feature of this Bible is the “Praying the Word” sections. Throughout the books, there are prayers that are adapted from verses in the Bible. It is a great way to learn how to pray the scriptures and I love this feature.

There are also charts at the end of each book of the Bible called “Truth in Action”. These give truths that are contained in the books and the actions that we can take to apply the truths to our own lives. This is such an important feature as application can sometimes be difficult, especially when reading some of the “more confusing” books. I will be referring to this feature often as well.

Throughout the Bible, you will find full color maps and charts that go along with the scriptures. There are also footnotes for some of the verses. The books all have introductions with outlines as well as an article on how the Holy Spirit is at work in that book. The words of Jesus are also in red.

There are several helpful articles at the end of the Bible as well as a concordance and full colored maps.

Overall, this is an excellent study Bible. I love all of the special features and can’t think of anything negative to say about it. I highly recommend this one!

My Rating

1280px-5_stars.svg

I received this Bible from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hope Your Heart Needs by Holley Gerth Review

hh

Description

Understanding more of God’s character and how he loves us changed bestselling author Holley Gerth’s life in beautiful, powerful ways. She realized that she didn’t have to settle for “I’m fine” when there was someone whispering to her in every moment, “You’re mine.” The hope, joy, peace, and purpose she longed for were already there, in the heart of God.

Now in 52 devotional readings, Holley shares with women the answer to the restlessness they feel in their hearts that keeps them hurrying, striving, pushing. She shows them that “the God who scattered stars like diamonds across the velvet of the universe, the keeper of every sparrow, the maker of us all, is inviting us to draw closer to him. He is the place where our hearts can go on the hard days and the happy ones, in the highs and lows, when we are sad or frustrated or downright giddy. He is what we’ve been searching for all along.”

My Thoughts

This devotional is wonderful for the days when hope can be hard to find. Broken down into 52 entries, each one is based on an aspect of God’s character. They can be read in order or out of order based on what you feel called to read.

I picked this book up to read during a time of uncertainty based on some medical issues I’ve been experiencing and it was great to go to the table of contents and choose entries based on my needs (Comforter, Healer, Refuge). Holley’s writing is very relateable. She relays personal stories along with stories and lessons from scripture in a way that is enjoyable to read but also packs a big punch in a few pages.

This is a great devotional to pick up during times when hope is needed but also during times when time is short because each devotional is only about 4-5 pages long.

I also love the presentation of the book. It’s a small size that would fit nicely in a purse and the cover is very pretty. This would make a great gift.

I recommend this book to anyone who needs a daily dose of hope.

My Rating

1280px-5_stars.svg

I received this book from the publisher tor review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Crack Yourself Up Jokes for Kids by Sandy Silverthorne

 

crack

Description

Any kid can be a comedian with a little help from award-winning author/illustrator Sandy Silverthorne’s Crack Yourself Up Jokes for Kids. Perfect for kids ages 6-12, this zany collection of one-liners (Did you hear about the missing barber? Police are combing the city.), knock-knock jokes (Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Pizza. Pizza who? Pizza nice guy, don’t you think?), riddles (What’s red and goes up and down? A tomato in an elevator.), puns, and funny lists represents some of the world’s best clean humor. Add in the author’s hilarious illustrations and cartoons, and kids will get hours of fun with the kind of laughs that make milk come out your nose–that is, if you’re drinking milk while you read!

My Thoughts

This is a very fun joke book for kids. All jokes are clean and appropriate for all ages. Some are a bit cheesy (for adults) but they’re definitely the type that kids would love. There are different types of jokes…riddles, knock-knock jokes, story type jokes, and puns. I had a joke book similar to this when I was just learning to read and it was such fun to entertain my family and friends with my silly jokes.

Making people laugh makes people feel good about themselves. This book would also help early or reluctant readers to practice their reading out loud skills. I highly recommend this fun, clean joke book!

My Rating

1280px-5_stars.svg

I received this book from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart Teen Edition by J.D Greear

sa

Summary

In this teen edition of Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart , Greear and Gaston unpack the doctrine of assurance, answering the tough questions about assurance: What exactly is faith? What is repentance?

My Thoughts

At first glance, the title of this book was shocking to me. I grew up in a church that invited us to “ask Jesus into your heart” and then you would be saved. This book discusses the flaws in this approach as some people think that as long as they say the prayer, they can go on living life the same way with the assurance of Heaven.

This book was very informative and relatable…I, like the author, said the sinner’s prayer at least 10 times throughout my childhood and teenage years, “just to be sure”. The author touches on many things, using scripture to back everything up.

I will admit that reading some parts of this book really triggered my anxiety as I found myself still questioning but by the end, I had my answer.

This would be an excellent resource for youth pastors as it is directed towards teens but people of all ages could benefit from it.

The subject of salvation is a major one and can be a bit tricky as only God truly knows the state of one’s heart. I appreciate the author’s willingness to be straightforward and give the truths that are tucked in the Bible…we need to rest on the gospel. I highly recommend this book!

My Rating

1280px-5_stars.svg

I received this book from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.