Jesus Calling: My First Storybook

A Book Review by Wendy

9780718076054.jpg_4This is a toddler’s board book, with the stiff pages that make it safer for our young little ones.  Each page and cover has bright illustrations, by Antonia Woodward, that attract the child’s attention.  The youngest of the Jesus Calling series by Sarah Young, this board book contains 20 different Bible stories.  Each story consists of a summary of a scriptural passage, a short memory verse, and the Jesus Calling point.

The Jesus Calling point is written as a statement from God to provide encouragement.  Each point summarizes why God acted as He did in each situation.  For example, when it comes to the story of Abraham, the scriptural summary explains how God made a promise to Abraham.  The memory verse was Psalm 105:8, “He will keep his promises always.” The Jesus Calling point states that God will always do what He says He will do.

This is a beautifully illustrated book, with soft purples, blues and yellows covering every page.  It is a delight to read and wonderful to share with my little one.  I would definitely recommend this book to a parent wishing to share the beauty of God’s Word with their child.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Unashamed: Drop the Baggage, Pick up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny

A Book Review by Wendy

26263491I will start this review with some fundamentals.  All of the scripture references in this book are from the NIV bible unless otherwise stated.  The writing is clear, and quickly understood, in other words, this book reads fast.  The author is a talented writer, and her text is engaging and personal.  This book is designed to be read by women, and focusing on a relationship with God from that perspective.

The contents of the book focus on the emotional condition inflicted on people by years of abuse, neglect, or punishment.  It focuses on shame as a lifestyle and the redemptive quality of God’s Word to deliver one from shame to the freedom of relationship with Christ.

This book contains some biblical inferences and theology that could be considered questionable at best.  For example, in the first chapter the author seeks to provide examples of women crippled by shame.  Among her examples she cites some references to scripture.  One of her examples is the woman from Mark 5, who had suffered from bleeding.  The author attempts to depict this woman as a woman crippled by shame and an outcast hiding from the community.  None of that inference is found in the text, but rather reflects the author’s perspective from her own personal experience.  We know from Jewish culture that a woman with that type of illness would have been considered unclean by law, but we don’t know that she was a woman of shame.  We know that she had the courage to push through the crowd, and she had the faith and hope that touching the garment of Christ would bestow a blessing, indicating that she wasn’t hiding.

While I believe that this is a quality book that could prove useful to those suffering from low self-esteem and shame, it is not an endorsement of the theology or biblical references found within the text or demonstrated by the author.  It is important to consider the background of any author that you chose to read with a theological influence.  This is a fine book for encouraging someone to turn to the healing power of Christ as part of the sanctification process, but like all books, it should be in conjunction with study of the scripture.  It’s easy to take scripture out of context and use it to found an idea or a program, but it loses its truth when it is done.  Challenge everything you read against the truth found only in God’s Word.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

The NKJV Study Bible Personal Edition

A Book Review by Adam

41CPcpt4MTL._AC_UL320_SR216,320_The NKJV Study Bible Personal Edition has the following features:

  • Fresh new full-color page design
  • Thomas Nelson’s complete cross-reference system including the NKJV translators’ notes
  • Over 15,000 clear, readable, verse-by-verse study notes
  • Bible times and culture notes
  • Redesigned, full-color in-text maps and charts
  • Articles on key doctrines of the Bible
  • Word studies with Strong’s numbers
  • Book introductions, outlines, and timelines
  • Harmony of the Gospels, index, concordance, and redesigned color maps

 

What I noticed first was the size and weight of this edition.  The size fits well within the reader’s hands, open easily and lays flat on the table before you for reading.  Because of the weight, laying it on the table is a better option than trying to hold it in your hands for very long.  But, the weight of this Bible is an indicator of its valuable resources that have been placed within the pages for those who want to seriously study scripture.

As I initially flipped through it, the color maps, illustrations and study helps stood out to me.  As I began to read through the pages, I noticed the abundance of study notes on the scripture located at the bottom of each page.  I also enjoyed the word studies which allowed key words in the scriptures original language to be defined further which enhances the reader’s knowledge of the text.

I also enjoyed the chapter introductions for each book of the Bible.  The introductions provide a description of the overall theme of each book.  The authorship of the book is also described and a very detailed outline is given.

This Bible also contains color study helps called “Bible Times and Culture Notes” contained within the text of scripture.  These provide insight into the times and culture of the book written and help to give a “visual” of some items described in scripture.  They provide a context for understanding the written passages.

What I also enjoyed about this Bible was the cross reference of scripture contained within the text.  The concordance at the back was also very thorough and will be a great help to those who really want to study scripture words and topics in detail.

In all, I gave this edition 4 stars.  While the size makes it easy to transport and carry, it does limit the font size and may make long periods of reading hard for some.  The weight may also limit reading options, as it is hard to hold for very long.  Other than these two critiques, which may just be my personal preference, this is an incredible resource of scripture and I would highly recommend it for study to the serious Bible student.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”