NIV Artisan Collection Bible in Turquoise Floral Review

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Description:

Exquisite from the inside out, the NIV Artisan Collection Bible stuns with its printed cover design showcasing hand-painted flair. When the Bible is opened, beautiful art appears on the page edges as you read through Scripture. When you close the Bible, the image vanishes into shimmery foil gilding. In addition to the attractive typesetting, each page of this Bible has lightly ruled, wide margins, inviting you to journal, reflect, take notes, and create art. As you start reading, let your eyes relax as you take in more of God’s Word with the exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface, carefully designed with custom fonts to be easy and enjoyable to read.

Features:

Stunning, hand-painted cover design printed on soft, durable cloth
Hidden page edge design is fully revealed when pages are fanned open
Sparkling foil edge gilding when closed
Lined, wide margins for journals, notes, and art
Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)
Words of Jesus in red
Two ribbon markers
Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface
9.9-point print size

Edna Marie Esparra
Founder, Everlasting Words Designs
Edna founded Everlasting Words Designs, a Bible painting ministry, in 2017. A former industrial engineer, she quickly changed paths and discovered her true passion when a friend asked her to custom paint a Bible cover. Creating personal and inspirational artwork that glorified God turned into a new journey for her life and career. An avid lover of flowers, landscape views, writing, and music, you can find Edna sitting in her home studio painting fields of wild flowers and hand lettering while she listens to her newest playlist. She resides in Puerto Rico with her husband and two adorable dogs.

My Thoughts:

This is the most beautiful Bible I’ve seen. The cover design is gorgeous and looks as though it’s been personally painted (the design is based on a hand painted image). Seafoam green and pink is my favorite color combination so I truly love the looks of this Bible. I also love the musical notes that are floating along the top and bottom edges. The front cover is titled with “The Holy Bible” and the back says, “I will sing to the Lord. Psalm 104:33”. The cover is cloth over board, which I like overall but the one drawback is that it tends to attract hair (I am a beagle owner and often find myself rubbing the hair off my cloth over board Bibles).

The end papers are royal purple with musical notes flying through and a “This Bible belongs to: ” plaque. The page edges of this Bible are very unique and have a special surprise. They are edged in gold and when fanned opened, reveal musical notes. This is a great feature that really adds to the special qualities of this Bible. It contains 2 ribbon bookmarks (royal purple and white), which I love. I always appreciate when more than one bookmark is provided as I often find myself in more than one place in the Bible.

The translation is the NIV, which is a very popular version of the Bible and very accessible. The margins are very large and provide plenty of room for notes or artistic Bible journaling. The margins are also lightly lined. The words of Jesus are in red (which I always prefer). The text is printed in 9.9 print size, which is very easy to read. It is in a single column style. There are several pages for notes in the back of the Bible and the standard “Table of weights and measures”.

Overall, this Bible is a home run. If you are looking for a journaling Bible and like the NIV translation, this is perfect. It is so beautiful that I find I’m drawn to it just because of the pretty cover. It would also make a wonderful gift. The only drawback is that there are no special features…no maps, no concordance, no index, etc. But still well worth it, in my opinion!

My Rating:

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

Illuminated Bible, Art Journaling Edition, ESV by Crossway Review

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Description

The ESV Illuminated Bible places the full ESV text alongside over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi. Printed on thick cream-colored paper, the Bible’s single-column text setting and wide margins provide generous space for additional notes, prayers, and designs–inviting readers to creatively engage with and reflect on the beauty of God’s Word.

6.5″ x 9″ 9-point, Lexicon Black letter text 2-color printing 64 full-page, custom book opener illustrations 50 full-page verse illustrations 250+ hand-lettered margin verses 100+ other illustrations throughout Illustrated by Dana Tanamachi, whose work has been featured by Google, The Wall Street Journal, Random House, USPS, and Target Thick, cream-colored paper Wide margins Single-column, paragraph format Smyth-sewn binding

My Thoughts

This Bible is gorgeous! It is a Bible suitable for sitting prominently on a coffee table as in the days of old (my grandparents had a HUGE Bible that had to have been 20 pounds on their coffee table for as long as I could remember).

The cover is a very pretty hunter green with gold floral designs all over the cover, spine, and back cover.  Both the dust jacket and the covers of the book itself are decorated with the gold floral designs. The pages are edged in gold as well. The end papers have a subtle design in a nice olive green color…it’s a minor detail, but the details are what really make this Bible special.

The presentation page and Title pages are also filled with elegant gold foiling that truly have to be seen to be appreciated. Each title page of each book has a gold design that somehow relates to the content in the book. Throughout the Bible, there are full pages of artwork with a key verse displayed, there are also small pieces of artwork and verses placed in the margins throughout the book, all in the elegant gold color.

Because this is the Art Journaling Edition, there is ample room for Bible journaling in the margins. There are many pages with no artwork and it doesn’t take up the entire page, so there is more than enough room to fill this Bible with your own notes and creations. The pages are a bit thin, I wish they were a little bit thicker as some forms of media may bleed through.

There is an index of the title pages in the back of the book, describing the artwork for each title page and how it relates to that book of the Bible. This is the only special feature in this Bible.

The Bible itself is a single column English Standard Version. This translation is thought to be one of the most literal translations of the Bible. It is easy to read and one of my favorite translations.

If you are looking to purchase a gorgeous Bible for reading or journaling, or even a gift, this would be perfect. It is fairly basic in its features but goes above and beyond in its presentation. I love this Bible and highly recommend it!

My Rating

4.5 stars

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

Overcomer by Dr. David Jeremiah Review

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Description

We live in a time of deep uncertainty. And yet, the Bible promises we were created to enjoy lives of freedom, even in times when the world around us seems filled with darkness. We were created to be overcomers, conquering the greatest obstacles in our lives.

In his new book, Overcomer, beloved teacher David Jeremiah offers his insights on one of the most quoted but least understood passages of the Bible: the apostle Paul’s admonition to the Ephesians to take up the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). With his signature depth, wisdom, and compassion, Dr. Jeremiah explores the powerful relevance of spiritual armor as a critical tool each day as we confront the specific challenges in our lives and of our time.

If you’ve had enough of living in defeat, it is time to find renewed strength and claim the promises of God’s Word to overcome life’s greatest threats.

My Thoughts

This is one of those books that came into my life at the perfect time. On October 10, my life changed forever…I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and am now trying to be still as the Lord fights the biggest battle I’ve ever faced. It’s very easy to have faith when things are going great but when your world is shattered and almost everything is taken from you, it gets much harder.

This book is amazing…each chapter teaches us how to overcome something difficult with something that comes from God (overcoming anxiety with peace, fear with faith, temptation with scripture, everything with prayer).

I devoured this book because it was so relevant to my life and gave me so much peace and filled me with joy. I consider this book to be what I call a “kiss from the King”, which is something that God gives me to show me His love. This is a book I will read over and over, both during my difficult journey now and also during future journeys.

I couldn’t recommend this book enough…it’s a book that every Christian can benefit from. It’s easy to read and full of scripture.

My Rating

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

Parenting First Aid by Marty Machowski Review

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Description

In this uplifting and faith-strengthening devotional book for parents, best-selling children’s author Marty Machowski encourages parents in the midst of parenting trials. Full of Scripture, testimonies of faithful parents, and insightful meditations, Parenting First Aid equips parents to run to God and trust his ability to do what they can’t.

Parenting isn’t getting any easier, especially with the introduction of insta-porn on electronic devices, the ease of access to drugs, and the ever-increasing blurring of sexuality. This parenting resource is for weary parents overwhelmed with parenting, their children’s choices, and the culture that wars against their souls.

For parents with small struggles or weighty parenting trials—such as children involved with drugs, sexual sin, and teenage rebellion—Parenting First Aid is full of personal, real testimonies of God’s faithfulness to parents experiencing hardship.

The easy-to-use format provides parents with encouraging and faith-strengthening words to trust God in his work in the midst of family difficulty. While God does not promise happiness and ease in parenting, all parents can find comfort in God and peace beyond understanding through the Scriptures and meditations found in Parenting First Aid.

My Thoughts

Parenting is definitely the hardest responsibility I’ve ever been given…to realize that God has entrusted two precious lives into my hands to raise and “train in the way they should go” is very scary sometimes, but also amazing. My children are now 12 and 15 and the decisions that I make as a parent are much more difficult now than they were years ago…it used to be so cut and dry but now we are entering a stage of many gray areas. I knew I needed this book when I read the title. There are so many moments when I feel like I’m hanging on by a thread as a mom, screaming for a lifeline and feeling like every decision I make is wrong.

This book is broken down into 20 chapters that are meant to be read each for 1 week. This provides a time of reflection and meditation on what is read. The book provides “reinforcements” for those of us parents who are deep in the trenches of this difficult battle. It provides hope and help with a lot of scripture and testimonies from other parents.

I am beyond thankful that this book came into my life. It is an excellent resource and gave me hope. I highly recommend this book to all parents…those who are in a difficult situation and those who aren’t (yet).

My Rating

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

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

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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.

 

 

Crack Yourself Up Jokes for Kids by Sandy Silverthorne

 

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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

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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

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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

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