Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"The Name Quest" Book Review

I love reading books on the names of God.  Its very interesting to learn about the historical and biblical significance of certain names. For that reason, I was pretty sure I'd enjoy this book.  But I have to say, John Avery has a unique take on the study, which makes his book even MORE interesting!

"Beside Bethesda: 31 Days Toward Deeper Healing" Book Review

If you are going through a difficult time - or even if you just need a little reminder to keep your eye on what matters - this is a great book for you!  "Beside Bethesda: 31 Days Toward Deeper Healing" is a wonderful, quick Bible study by Joni Eareckson Tada.  If you don't know who Joni is, you should really look her up.  Joni was paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident when she was a teenager.  Her daily struggles, along with her strong faith, make her the perfect woman to write this book!

"God Gave Us Angels" Book Review

I am VERY picky about the religious books that I buy for my children.  I want them to be biblically accurate.  For that reason, we don't have any books that are about angels.  Most children's books describe angels as pretty little women with halos.  Many books also tell us that loved ones become angels when they die.  All of these characterizations are unbiblical.  But when I saw this book by Lisa Tawn Bergren, I thought I'd give it a try.  We bought her book, "God Gave Us You," for our first child and we love it.

NIV "Once-A-Day Bible for Leaders: Book Review

If you've been keeping up with my book reviews, you've noticed I love to review study Bibles!  Most of the ones I've reviewed so far have been in Kindle format.  This has its advantages and disadvantages.  One HUGE advantage is that you can have 10 or 20 huge study Bibles all in one place and they don't take up tons of bookshelf space.  If you are like me and live in a smaller house, this is wonderful.  But sometimes its just great to have that Bible in your hands.  I received a paperback version of the NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Leaders and I'm so glad I did.  This way it was really easy to see how its laid out.

Friday, September 12, 2014

"Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible" E-book Review

I love receiving Bible study books, study Bibles, and other helps for review!  Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible is another great Bible study tool.  With articles by the likes of Wayne Grudem, C. John Collins, and Thomas R. Shreiner (among others), this e-book is filled with a wealth of information.

Now, just as fair warning, the information in this e-book is actually found in the ESV Study Bible.  So, if you already own that Bible, you may find this book repetitive. I, however, do not own that Bible, so this was all new information to me.  The book contains essays on the different sections of the Bible (an essay on the Old Testament as a whole, and essays on the Pentateuch, Historical books, Poetic & Wisdom books, and the Prophetic books, and essay several essays on the New Testament: including The Roman Empire and the Greco Roman Empire at the Time of the New Testament, The Time Between the Testaments, Jewish Groups at the Time of the New Testament, and much more).

"NIV Essentials Study Bible" Review

I was thrilled to receive a copy of this e-book study Bible for review!  Actually, its like having six study Bibles in one!  This Kindle version is easy to read and easy to navigate!  And its FULL of great study information!!!

So why do I say its six study Bibles in one?  Well, the NIV Essentials Study Bible combines study notes and articles from SIX other study Bibles: the Essential Bible Companion, the NIV Study Bible, the NIV Archealogical Study Bible, the NIV Quest Study Bible, the NIV Student Bible, and the Great Rescue NIV.  Here's a breakdown of the articles and studies included:

"NIV First-Century Study Bible" Review

I've reviewed several e-book versions of study Bibles recently, but I have to say that this one is my favorite!  It was the title that first drew me in: "NIV First-Century Study Bible: Explore Scripture in Its Jewish and Early Christian Context."  I love reading about other cultures and learning about history, so I thought this would be right up my alley!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

"NIV Once a Day Bible For Women" E-book Review

I was very excited to receive this e-book for review.  I always love receiving a new study Bible! I have to say, first off though, I had a lot of difficulty navigating this particular version of the Bible.  (But I want to preface that by saying that I'm not completely sure the issue isn't with my Kindle Paperwhite and not the actual e-book.)  Now on to my review of the actual study Bible...

"Love Letters from God" Book Review

Well, a new book arrived for review today - "Love Letters from God," by Glenys Nellist.  Since the girls were napping, I decided to go ahead and give it a read.  (I always like to read the girls' books before we read them together, so that I can make sure they are appropriate.  This book is not only appropriate, its a wonderful children's book.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen" Book Review

Woohoo!  Another cookbook review!  If you read my blog, you know I LOVE cooking and baking and I LOVE cookbooks!!!  In fact, I have a collection that's, well, sort of getting out of control.  But I was thrilled to add "Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen," by Francine Bryson to my collection!