NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible – Large Print

A Book Review by Wendy

Book Description

Easy to color and easy to read! Reflect on the precious truths of Scripture with the NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible, Large Print, featuring beautiful line art for coloring and a large type size. Perfect for all ages, this Bible’s thick white paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins provides ample space for your own artistic expressions and journaling.

Book Review

When I was a little girl, I used to color everything I could get my hands on.  I was one of those weird kids that actually used the whole crayon until it was gone.  This Bible was made for me.  It’s beautiful, absolutely beautiful!

The cover of the book is a beautiful fabric covered hardback.  It doesn’t look like a Bible.  It looks more like a journal, a collection of writings.  Love letters from God bound for you in this lovely edition.  There are coloring sections scattered throughout the Bible, with large journaling margins on every page.   There are even whole page coloring sections.

If I had to make a complaint about this Bible, it would be that I wish the words of Christ were in read.  It is also a large print edition Bible.  Which is unusual because the font is still so small.  It would be difficult for me to read, and I don’t even wear glasses, yet.  If you are buying this Bible for a loved one that has difficulty reading, the large print in this Bible is not large enough.

It’s also not a study Bible.  In the back of the book, there is not a lot of reference material for deeper study.  There is a table of weights and measures, but that’s about it. There are some subnotes along the bottom, but not a lot of cross references.

In conclusion, this beautiful Bible is for you to enjoy the Word of God, and explore your own creativity while meditating on scripture.  It’s a must-have Bible for your artistic nature.

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I AM Devotional: 100 Devotions about the Names of God

A Book Review by Wendy

Book Description

The God Who Saves. The God Who Provides. The Holy One. The names of God tell us who He is and how He loves us—explore the glory and the goodness of God in I Am Devotional.

Children will learn to trust God in everything as they learn about the names and character of God in the I Am Devotional. Through 100 devotions, children will see how God’s names reflect His love, strength, trustworthiness, etc., and what that means as they develop a strong faith.

Name of God: I AM

Meaning: God is to be worshipped

Application: Worship God by how you live!

Diane Stortz has a proven history of connecting well with both children and parents in her writing. With sales of 500,000 inspirational books for children, Diane is a trusted name for Christian families. The art of Diane Le Feyer has captivated readers of I Am and will continue to delight in this accompanying devotional with vibrant illustrations throughout and a vivid cover embellished with foil and lots of striking glitter.

The I Am Devotional is the perfect companion to I Am, the Bible storybook that first introduced children to the names and character of God.

Book Review

My husband recently did a series on the Old Testament names of God.  Understanding the nature and character of God is so important to developing a relationship with God.  If you don’t know who God is, then you cannot love Him, you cannot worship Him, and you certainly cannot submit your life to Him.  So many today are recreating God in their own image.  They are generating a tolerant Jesus, who makes no demands on their life.  This is so dangerous.  For none of us want to hear, I never knew you from our Lord.

This book is an introduction to the names of God, for our youngest believers.  It doesn’t keep it simple, but dives right into the Hebrew terms used in the Old Testament for God, such as El Emeth (God of Truth).   In each devotional, the name and description are placed in the upper left corner of the first page.  There is a scripture reference where the name is used, and then a devotional with the life application.

Most scripture references are in the ESV translations, but there are some presented in NLT, ICB, NIV, and NKJV.  For the most part, the scripture leans toward accuracy versus imprint.  There are a couple of GW (God’s Word) translations, but the majority of the verses are not.

I am so excited by this devotional and the simple method with which the names of God are presented.  The illustrations are beautiful.  The Word of God is honored, and the intention is that children would better know their Savior, Jesus Christ.

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The Gospel According to Paul

A Book Review by Wendy

Book Description

From master-expositor and Bible teacher John MacArthur, a revelatory exploration of what the apostle Paul actually taught about the good news of Jesus

The apostle Paul penned a number of very pithy, focused passages in his letters to the early church that summarize the gospel message in just a few well-chosen words. Each of these key texts has a unique emphasis highlighting some essential aspect of the Good News. The chapters in this revelatory new book closely examine those vital gospel texts, one verse at a time. John MacArthur, host of the popular media ministry Grace to You, president of the Master’s University and Seminary, and longtime pastor at Grace Community Church, tackles such questions as, What is the gospel? What are the essential elements of the message? How can we be certain we have it right? And how should Christians be proclaiming the Good News to the world? As always, the answers John MacArthur gives are clear, compelling, well-reasoned, easy to grasp, and above all, thoroughly biblical. The Gospel According to Paul is written in a style that is easily accessible to lay people, including those who know very little about the Bible, while being of great value to seasoned pastors and experienced ministers.

Book Review

When it comes to Biblical experience and knowledge, it is hard to top John MacArthur.  His teachings rest on decades of study and research, and it would be difficult to find fault with his findings.  This book comes not only from the scripture, but also on the teachings of trusted past theologians.

The Gospel According to Paul is a very exciting book.  In this look at the Gospel message, the author places the writings of the Apostle Paul on top of each other, almost like an overlay.  He takes all of the Gospel writings from the Epistles and shows the continuity of it, and then outlines a single distinct message.  Further, the author points back to the Old Testament scripture that Paul used to validate the truth of the Gospel.

It’s interesting to consider that the strongest proponent of the Gospel, was the one that originally rejected the message when it was presented by Jesus.

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Cherish: The One Word that Changes Everything for your Marriage

A Book Review by Wendy

Book Description:

“Most marriages survive by gritting teeth and holding on. But marriages can and will not only survive but thrive when husbands and wives learn to cherish one another.”

Those are the powerful words of bestselling author Gary Thomas in his newest book—Cherish. And in a world desperate for marriage redemption, it is needed now more than ever.

Thomas shows that although there are a countless number of marriages consisting of two people just going through the motions, there are real ways this pattern can be reversed: when husbands and wives learn to cherish one another in proven, loving, and everyday actions and words.

Through personal stories and real world examples, Thomas proves what husbands and wives can begin doing today to turn their marriage around—even a marriage marred by neglect and disrespect.

So how do you cherish your spouse? Thomas will show you how going out of your way to notice them, appreciate them, honor them, encourage them, and hold them close to your heart will bring hope, light, and life into your marriage.

Review:

This book is a marriage book.  Before you roll your eyes at the number of Christian marriage books on the market, I will tell you that this one is different.  Many marriage books will tell you how to not fight.  They will tell you how to communicate and cooperate.  They will tell you how to make a tough situation manageable.  They will tell you how to make a marriage that lasts.

This book is different.  This book teaches how to make a marriage happy.  This book gives practical application steps that will help your marriage grow from enduring to enthusiastic.  It shows you how to get to the sweet spot of marriage by cherishing your spouse.

It sounds like a cheap word meant for a Valentine’s Day card, but I’ve seen what it looks like.  As a pastor’s wife, I get to know a lot of people.  I see the difference between a marriage that has endured and a marriage that has thrived.  I’ve seen the older couple that still holds hands through the church service, or the wife that leans into the husband during the moment of prayer.

The best example of cherish I’ve seen is a couple in our church that is about to look at hospice care, as cancer takes over.  The doctors have no other treatments, and I see this couple still continue to cherish each other.  He never leaves her side.  He sleeps in a hospital recliner every night.  When you go to visit, he expounds on her grace, virtue, and the gift of their life together. More than that, I’ve seen what a life spent cherishing each other has done to their daughter, as she waits on them both.  This family truly nurtures each other, they love each other, and they cherish each other.  That’s what I want for my family, and I found a way to get there through this book.

Not all books minister to me as this one has.  Within a couple of chapters I was lifted up, convicted, and reassured.  I read through this book in a few hours, and I plan to read it again and again.  Next time, with my husband holding his own copy.  Be deliberate about your marriage, be intentional, cherish.

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NIV Faithlife Study Bible: Intriguing Insights to Inform Your Faith

A Book Review by Wendy

Book Description:

Stay curious. There’s more to explore!

No matter where you are on your faith journey, there’s always more to explore in God’s Word. Dive in and feed your curiosity with the NIV Faithlife Study Bible.

Filled with innovative graphics and rich commentary, this visually stunning study Bible delivers helpful insights designed to inform your faith. Robust study notes are built on the original languages and adapted from the popular Faithlife Study Bible app, which has reached over one million readers.

The balance of striking graphics, comprehensive study features, and intriguing insights from multiple points of view will keep you curious as you explore the treasures of God’s Word.

Features include:

The full text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible – the New International Version (NIV) In depth book introductions that include an outline and information on authorship, background, structure, themes, and a map, a timeline, or both Verse-by-verse study notes with the unique focus of revealing nuances from the original biblical languages for modern readers Informative contributions by respected scholars and best-selling authors including Charles Stanley, Randy Alcorn, and Ed Stetzer, among others Over 100 innovative full color infographics, comprehensive timelines and informative tables to enrich Bible study Three detailed life-of-Jesus event timelines chronicling his infancy and early ministry, the journey to Jerusalem, and the passion and resurrection 27 family trees and people diagrams illustrate the interconnectedness of key characters in Scripture Helpful overview articles give a bird’s-eye view of the books of the Bible, noting the type of literature and key themes of each book. 14 original color maps at the back of the Bible provide historical and geographical context for key events of the Old and New Testaments

Book Review:

This Bible is very exciting to me.  I was thrilled by the color pictures in this Bible.  Not just because I like picture books, but for a deeper reason.  The teachings of the Bible are best understood through context, or the place, time and audience of the teaching.  While all scripture is still relevant today, we understand better when we understand context.  We find deeper meaning that leads us to greater truth.  The pictures and other illustrations help with that context.  They give you concrete representations of what life was like during the different periods of the Bible, from the typical Israelite home to what kind of fishing boat Peter had.

The only complaint I have about this Bible is that I really enjoy Red Letter in my Bibles.  There are times when God is leading me in study, where I just want to read the words of Christ.  However, this isn’t a deal breaker for me.

Everything about this Bible is useful, from the graphic family trees, to the study notes, to the concordance in the back of the book.  It really seeks to help you get the most from your time of study.  I typically bless someone at my church with each book I review, but I think I may just have to hold onto this one… at least for a bit.

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Devotions for a Deeper Life by Oswald Chambers

A Book Review by Wendy

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From the Back of the Book: Oswald Chambers, author of My Utmost for His Highest, remains one of the best-loved and most deeply respected theologians and writers in church history. Few authors inspire and encourage as he does, and never is this more apparent than in Devotions for a Deeper Life.

Devotions for a Deeper Life, excerpted from lesser known essays Chambers wrote in the early twentieth century, will instruct and encourage you with its accuracy and poignant reflections on the Christian life. This daily devotional dives into what it means to live out your faith in dynamic and compelling ways. More than 75 years have passed since the original publication, but the content remains relevant and deeply inspiring.

Oswald Chambers created one of the most classic and influential books in church history when he penned My Utmost for His Highest. His insights and understanding of the nature of God challenge readers to examine their faith and grow in depth and maturity. Devotions for a Deeper Life brings this message to an entirely new generation of believers and will show, once again, the timeless beauty found in the truth of Scripture.

My first impression of this book is relief.  This is a devotional that was written outside the influence of popular culture.  The author, Oswald Chambers, lived over a hundred years ago, so you get an interpretation of God’s Word outside what is currently accepted as truth.  Our current taint for a happily ever after gospel and a timid Jesus won’t be found in this devotional.

The devotional is dated, so that each day the reader can follow a prescribed reading pattern.  There is a scripture reference and then a devotional passage.  It concludes each day with a prayer thought and recommended reading within the Bible for further study.

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The Story 365 Devotions

A Book Review by Wendy

_240_360_book-2080-coverBook Description:   Find your place in God’s Epic Story.

This 365 devotional shows how God weaves His plan throughout time. As you enjoy moments with Him daily, you’ll see His plan for this place and this time of your life begin to unfold.

The Story Devotional is also a wonderful companion to the bestselling Bible The Story.

Spend every day reading God’s story, and let Him be the author of your life.

A couple of things I enjoyed about this book was the flow of material in accordance with a scheduled reading plan in your Bible.  If you are reading through your Bible in a year, this book makes a good accompaniment.  I also liked the index, found at the back of the devotional, that showed you where to read more on the topic within your copy of The Story.

I have read The Story multiple times, and I have been enriched by it with each reading.  This devotional is a chronological devotional with readings from the Old Testament coming first.  With 365 devotionals, there are many days of meaningful material to meditate on and follow in prayer. Each devotional has an emphasis based on the reading.  There is a portion of scripture, followed by the devotional, and then a prayer emphasis. This book is a good resource to add to any prayer or quiet time.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers < > book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 < > : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Bedtime, Read and Rhyme Bible Stories

A Book Review by Wendy

_240_360_book-2073-coverBook Description:   Our God cares for us so much—His love is everywhere! If He sees one heart in need, His love will be right there.

When Jesus finds a lamb who’s lost,

He sings a happy song!

“My lamb is safe now in My arms,

Where all My sheep belong!”

Bedtime Read and Rhyme Bible Stories offers more than 90 stories from the Old and New Testaments told in delightful, rhyming verse, along with Bedtime Prayers that help young readers grasp and apply each message.

Tuck in your child with rhyming reminders of God’s great love!

The first thing I noticed about this book was the beautiful imagery and colors on the front cover.  When you open the book the colors and pictures continue to bless you on every page.  This is a beautiful book.  The print is a little small for new readers, but perfect for sharing between a parent and their child.  Every story comes with a short prayer to conclude the story.

I loved the rhyming quality and the way that the story is encapsulated within the prose.  There is also a good balance between the Old Testament and the New Testament stories. A large portion of the New Testament stories are the teachings of Jesus, which are broken down into bite-size lessons.  The ribbon allows for the reader to easily mark their place to continue the following night.

I would recommend this book to any parent of a young child.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers < > book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 < > : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

The Daniel Code: Living out Truth in a Culture That is Losing its Way

A Book Review by Wendy

_240_360_book-2071-coverFrom the Back of the Book: How can we learn to be effective culture warriors?

We live in dangerous times. Not only does violence stalk us in the form of terrorism and crime, but our culture itself is crumbling. Our society tolerates and even praises what would once have been barely spoken of. If we stand up we are branded as intolerant, the term today’s culture considers the inexcusable offense. If we don’t speak up, people won’t know biblical truth. How is a Christian to respond?

Inspired by the story of Daniel in the Old Testament, bestselling author O.S. Hawkins shows how we can engage our broken culture with integrity. Daniel was a young man who “wrote the book” on how to survive in a pagan, permissive, and perverse culture. His value system was challenged at every turn.

Daniel steps off the pages of scripture and into our modern culture today to reveal some timeless principles—a sort of “Daniel Code”—that enable you to not simply exist in our culture but to engage it and survive it as well. You will discover that the same God that ensured Daniel’s victories is here for you today.

This book is a nice read, and I easily flew through the first 100 pages without hesitation.  It is also a book that is relevant to the shifting cultural opinions of Christians.  When I read through this book it resonates with wisdom taken directly from the book of Daniel in the Old Testament.  The author, O.S. Hawkins uses scripture to show us a course through our current situation, and does not elaborate from personal experience to the extent of corrupting that wisdom.

If I had a complaint, it would be the lack of real world application.  It is great to say that we should be persistent or constant, but without real world examples, you are left feeling motivated without a source to act. I understand that it would leave this book feeling like a single-issue topic, or selecting some biblical offenses and elevating them above others, it just would have been nice to see how it is done in the modern context.

I enjoyed this book so much, I intend to purchase the other books written by Mr. Hawkins, the Jesus Code, the James Code and the Joshua Code as well as considering some preacher resources he has prepared.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers < > book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 < > : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

NIV Bible for Teen Guys

A Book Review by Wendy

_225_350_book-2030-coverFrom the Back of the Book: Created with teen guys in mind, this Bible is designed to help you navigate everyday life. Throughout, a years’ worth of readings touch on the topics that matter – from dealing with family and school to making big decisions and figuring out what the future might are. And highlighted promises of God and profiles of men from the Bible provide insight into how God’s Word applies to you today.

Filled with honest discussions about what it means to be a man of God, as well as wisdom on specific challenges the world throws your way, the NIV Bible for Teen Guys is your source for growing stronger in all areas of your life, while also growing stronger in your faith.

FEATURES:

  • Daily readings for teen guys by popular Christian male authors – Mark Batterson, Kyle Idleman, Mark Hall, Max Lucado and more…
  • Character Profiles of men in the Bible
  • Book Introductions for each book of the Bible
  • A Concordance to help find specific verses
  • The complete text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV) of the Bible

I was extremely pleased with the study Bible features that are not always included with a teen Bible.  This one had solid introductions with each book that covered themes and context for a greater understanding during study.  It also included an index and a concordance for looking up areas of interest or query.

As a mother of girls, I never considered the responsibility of trying to raise a kingdom-minded young man.  This Bible seems to be written to help serve that purpose.  The resources provided with this Bible are specifically geared towards meeting the questions and needs of a young man.  I would definitely recommend this Bible, and I plan on gifting it to a young man serving in ministry at our local church.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers < > book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 < > : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”