Read and Share Look, I’m Reading! Bible Storybook

A Book Review by Wendy

Look I'm Reading

From the Back of the Book: These simple retellings of favorite Bible stories with colorful illustrations from the bestselling Read and Share Bible are a great way to help children learn God’s Word as they begin to read. As you read, children can use a picture key to learn the words and help tell each story.

This is a nice, hard cover book, with great illustrations, and colorful art on the cover. From the moment you open the cover, you are bombarded by color and art.  The stories cover the most basic topics for our young readers, and the picture word key at the top of each story, allows for the youngest readers to contribute to the storytelling.  It provides an avenue for success with our youngest readers when they are trying something new. It also provides excellent context clues for trying to understand what they are reading, by activating pre-existing schema.  Each story is limited to one page, so that a beginning reader isn’t overwhelmed by text on each page.

My biggest complaint is that there is an opportunity to expand vocabulary for young readers with this book.  In the story of Noah’s Ark, there could have been the word ark instead of the word boat.  The child would have easily could see that the ark looks just like a boat, and connected the two.  It would have allowed for them to understand more biblical language in preparation for the next level of biblical instruction.  If a child is expected to read the words Augustus Caesar, they can probably understand the word ark. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then let’s try using a couple new ones here.

I am excited to use this book with my inquisitive young reader, and have her explain to me what she sees on the pages.  I would recommend this book to any parent who wants to encourage their child with positive reading experiences.

 

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Wonders of Creation NIV Holy Bible

A Book Review by Wendy

Wonders of CreationFrom the Back of the Book: With detailed black-and-white illustrations of amazing animals, landscapes, and other wonders of creation, this Bible features over 50 ready-to-color pages alongside the full text of the New International Version (NIV) translation.

I am so excited for the opportunity to review an illustration Bible.  I love the fact that it provides an outlet for expression that is different from the typical Bible study platform.  Some people express things in different venues, but it doesn’t mean that their form of expression is somehow less meaningful or genuine.

My first impression of this book is that the font type looked a little small.  I understand the desire to keep Bibles from weighing 50 lbs. for large print, while being able to include additional content.  This Bible prevented an excessive size by reducing font and keeping additional content limited to the illustrations and some minor footnotes.  It doesn’t include any additional study materials in the back except for a weights and measures page.

I love that the Bible includes 50 full-page coloring pages, with a verse on the bottom of each page.  There are also full spread graphics on the inside of the cover, and a couple of two-page layouts throughout the book.  There is a ribbon for holding your place for your reading.  The downside is that there isn’t as much room in this Bible for taking your own notes, or adding your own doodles.

I would definitely recommend this book for your Bible-reading artist.  They will find a lot of creativity and beauty in the pages of God’s Word.

 

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Leadership Promises for Everyday

A Book Review by Pastor Adam

089740God has entrusted you as a leader.

Whether you are new to leadership in your work, family, community or church, or you’ve been leading for years, you’ll discover fresh wisdom in Leadership Promises for Every Day. Find day-to-day guidance and encouragement to grow to be a godly leader. Written in John C. Maxwell’s hallmark tone of confidence, clarity, and directness, this devotional will inspire you as it covers many topics that you run into every day, including success, stewardship, teamwork, and mentoring.

Daily Scripture, along with John C. Maxwell’s seasoned advice and simple takeaway messages, provides much-trusted guidance and encouragement. God has entrusted you to lead. Make sure you honor him by leading well.

As a young leader I discovered the writings of John Maxwell early on and have been continually blessed by his wisdom and insight into the area of leadership. As a young Pastor, I have again looked to John in the same area. One thing I have always appreciated about Dr. Maxwell is his ability to tie scripture to leadership. His writings and books are always tied to scripture and the concept of servant leadership. And, that is what this daily devotional is intended to do.

Having owned and read through the previous edition there does not appear to be any new content contained in the new edition. What I did notice was how much easier it is to read. The soft cover folds easily to be held in one hand. The color of the pages and the font have been revised to allow for easier reading.

Even though the content may not have changed, the value of the words and wisdom contained within this devotional are still the same. Each day begins with a scripture and then an excerpt from one of his leadership books or from the John Maxwell Leadership Bible to apply the scripture to leadership.

Whether you are a leader in the Church or a business leader I would high recommend this daily devotional to you. It may help you see your job and your influence as a leader through fresh eyes, that of scripture. The Bible is not silent upon how we are to lead others and serve others, and this devotional help us to see what it says and how to apply it.

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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

NIV Holy Bible for Girls: Journaling Edition

A Book Review by Wendy Drumm

51vevamba4l-_sx390_bo1204203200_From the Back: Designed with you- a thoughtful writer- in mind, this Bible lets you reflect on God’s Word and add your own thoughts, art and color to flavor verses. God loves you and wants to hear from you. Curl up in a cozy spot and spend some time with the Word.

FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • Lines on each page for journaling and notes.
  • Thicker paper perfect for writing with pencils and pens
  • A presentation page for gift giving
  • A “How to Use the Bible” page to get started on the right foot
  • A Ribbon Marker
  • The complete text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV)

 

This is a beautiful hardcover Bible.  It includes space for journaling one every page.  While the text font is a bit small, it is a nice font type that allows for easier reading than some of the other journaling Bibles I have seen.  For the most part I am a fan of journaling Bibles, for the simple reason that they provide a place for you to jot down sermon notes in your Bible.  Like many others, I tire of having a handful of sermon notes on handouts and relish the idea of keeping where they will be relevant to future Bible study… on the same page where the scripture is found.

I also like the page for the weights and measures that take foreign terms, such as talents, and translate them into recognizable terms, such as pounds.  I also like the cover is so pretty.  My personal journaling Bible is plain black, and it has a masculine tone that I don’t find inspiring.  I want people to know that this is not my husband’s Bible.

I would definitely recommend this book when shopping for a journaling Bible.

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.

 

Jesus: A 365-Day Devotional

A Book Review by Pastor Adam

_240_360_book-2018-coverFrom the back cover of the book:
Jesus isn’t just found in the New Testament of the Bible—mentions, whispers, and echoes of Him can be found throughout the Bible. There are hundreds of clues and promises about Jesus in the Old Testament, which are fulfilled in the New Testament. Jesus: A 365-Day Devotional helps 8-12 year olds understand these revealing verses about Jesus from the beginning of the Bible to the end. Each devotional includes a Scripture, an explanation, and a prayer for reflection to help children discover that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.
Jesus is a promised fulfilled for all of us. God promised he would send a deliverer, and He did. Jesus is ready and waiting for you.
I thought the concept of a devotional for older kids and younger teens that revealed Jesus throughout all of the Bible was a great concept. I was very excited to have the opportunity to review this devotional and see how they put it together and which scriptures they used to show Christ through the Bible.

I like the size of the book. It is lighter then it appears and is easy to hold in your hands to read. The font inside is a nice size, although I did find the blue backgrounds a bit much making it a little difficult to read. It may pose a problem for low light or night time reading as well.

But, with that said, I really enjoyed the content of the devotional and I think they have done a great job in displaying Christ throughout scripture. For example, the devotional starts with Genesis 1:1. “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.” How many times have you read that verse? Do you think about Christ when you read that verse? The devotional ties Genesis 1:1 to John 1:1 “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.” This devotional takes you on a journey throughout the Bible and shows the reader Christ in all books.

I also really liked the prayer after each devotional. The prayer is focused and specific upon each devotion for that day. You pray about what you read.

I enjoyed reading through this devotional and I think it would be a great way to teach our younger kids about Christ in all of scripture and to possibly begin to get them interested in reading some of the great passages of scripture from the Old Testament books.

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 Berenstain Bears: Bedtime Devotional

A Book Review by Wendy

_240_360_book-2027-coverThis is a cute devotional book, set at the trade book size, even though it has a beautiful hardcover.  Each page is well-done with full-color pictures found on every other page.  The devotionals are divided into ten different categories, ranging from understanding God’s love to forgiveness to gratitude.  It also includes a ribbon for holding the place of the reader, so that it is easy to return to their place as it is meant to be read over several days.

The book contains ninety different devotionals, or enough for three months of nightly reading with your little one. Each devotional begins with a verse of scripture, a summary, and then a sample prayer at the bottom.  There is also a section called, Carry-on Cub, that has a point of reflection for deeper thought.

This is a nice little devotional for our younger believers.  I believe it will reach its best potential when read out loud in the arms of a parent.  I look forward to many evenings sharing this book with our 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 <l> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

NIV Faith & Work Bible

A Review by Pastor Adam

51gqyidpqel-_sx331_bo1204203200_Straight from the back of the dust Jacket:
• 66 book introductions highlight the application of each book’s teachings to faith and work
• 75 Deeper at Work stories deliver strength and encouragement from the real-life experiences of people facing the same daily challenges and opportunities you face
• 45 Core Doctrine articles feature teachings from Christian leaders throughout the ages to help you learn the Biblical basis for integrating your faith and work
• A 31-day journey through the Biblical narrative helps you grasp Scripture’s overarching storyline
• 4 thought-provoking essays by David H. Kim, Richard Mouw, Nancy Ortberg, and Jon Tyson connect the gospel to your daily work life
• Foreword by Tim Keller
• Full text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible – the New International Version (NIV)

I thought the idea of a Bible that dealt with our faith and our workplace was a great idea. I had some high hopes for this Bible and I have not been left wanting.

What I noticed right away is the nice large font. Always a great idea for a Bible for adults! The scripture is also split into a two column format with references in the middle which I always find helpful.

AThe Bible has a great foreword by both David Kim and Timothy Keller and a series of essays in the back concerning workplace faith. What I really enjoyed were the deeper at work articles within the text of the Bible. These are written from a context of faith and work colliding. Any Christian today working within the marketplace will face challenges relating to their faith. Prayer, Bible study and conversations about God can be difficult in the workplace. These articles are helpful to understand the place that our faith can have as we work day in and day out.

I also really enjoyed the storyline articles as well. They are designed to give you the “big picture” of what you are about to read from scripture. It helps to have the big idea already in mind as you read scripture.

I have only two negative comments about the Bible and they are probably preference more than anything. First, it is not a red letter Bible. I always appreciate the words of Jesus in red. I think it is very helpful for someone who may be new to reading the Bible to see the words of Christ set apart from the rest of scripture. My other comment is the lack of a concordance. Even though this isn’t really designed to be a study Bible, I always find a concordance helpful.

If you are looking for a Bible that can help to guide you in living your faith within the workplace, I would highly recommend the NIV Faith and Work Bible to you.

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 Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories

A Book Review by Wendy

_225_350_book-2023-coverAs the mother of a young child, I am constantly on the lookout for new books for my girls.  When I saw this Bible, I was immediately interested and it didn’t disappoint.  This book is hardback and sturdy.  There are bright color pictures on every page, and a large font size for younger readers.  They didn’t put so much text on a page that the child loses interest before the parent can get through it all.

Another aspect that I liked was that they didn’t stray as far from the Bible as some Bible storybooks go.  There is a table of contents in the front that shows the Old and New Testament stories.  There is also a small Bible reference at the beginning of each short story.  It’s a general reference, but it’s enough to empower an older child to look the story up.

One complaint that I have for this book, is that it skips over some of the stories that parents might not want their child to read.  For example, they skipped the story of Cain and Able.  Now some parents may not be ready for their little one to read about the first murder, but I believe you can’t have a book without sin in it and expect someone to appreciate Jesus. Diluting sin also dilutes grace.  I have seen some children’s Bibles that handle that topic delicately, but still include it.

With that aside, I love this book, and I am excited to see my husband add it to her nightly Bible story time.

 

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Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely

A Book Review by Wendy

5151dyyk3pl-_sx327_bo1204203200_This book is a good book.  It’s worth the time it takes to read it, and a little bit of pocket money to get there.  What I found when reading is that it was relevant to where I was.  Now, please do not misunderstand what I am trying to say.  The ghosts of my past have been dealt with years ago, and I don’t find myself often plagued by the doubt of specters.  However, I still found an echo of truth in the pages.

This book takes a deep look at what the rejection of the past can do to the acceptance of the future.  It leads one to Christ for healing, when dealing with unhealed hurts or scars from the past.  The author, Lysa Terkeurst, is very open with her own personal experiences when leading the reader through some damaged areas and directing them towards God’s Word for answers.

When it comes to criticisms, I will find something to say about every book except the Bible, and then I will have something to say about how God’s Word has been packaged and presented, so please do not misinterpret what I am writing as cause for not reading the book.

This book is designed to help you sort through your feelings, and it is not a commentary on scripture.  It starts and finishes with you, and is not focused as much on God’s Word.  However, it is not a commentary and it is not instructive about scripture.  It references it briefly and presents material from a Christian worldview, but it will not lead you through the Gospel to salvation.  If you are looking to learn more about God’s Word, this is not your book.  If you are looking to learn more about yourself, this is a good place to start.

I recommend reading this book, and it is my intention to read it again.  I believe that as I grow in relationship with Christ, I will find new truth about who I am, and how in areas of stress, the only right answer is to turn to Him in submission.  This book does a great service in reaching people where they are hurting and pointing them back to the only source of real healing, Jesus Christ.

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NKJV Word Study Bible

A Book Review by Pastor Adam

9780718076566-jpg_3I was very excited about the prospect of this Bible, as I enjoy performing Word Study as part of my devotional time. I find often that a scripture or passage of scripture may take on new meaning, or enhance the meaning when we spend some time looking at the words of scripture and learning about their true meanings, or the additional meaning of the word. As we study scripture and read our English translations, we always need to keep in mind a few things as we study. First, the context of the scripture. The writer, to whom it was written and the original intent of the writer. We also need to understand that some words that translate as only a single word in English have varying degrees of meaning in the original languages of the Bible.

This is where a Bible such as the NKJV Word Study Bible will come into play. I highly recommend any serious student of The Bible have such a Bible. Choose your translation that you enjoy reading and then find a Word Study Bible to read from. Doing so will cause you to pause as you read and look at the definitions of words contained within scripture. Then, go back and read the scripture again with the meaning of the word fresh in your mind. I think your reading time will be enhanced by this time spent.

What I did enjoy about this Bible is a few things. First, the print size was large enough to allow for easy reading. Underlining and notetaking. IN the back, there is an English word index, a scripture passage index, a Hebrew number index, a Greek number index and then finally a well thought out and thorough concordance as well.

I thought the formatting of the word definitions within the scripture could have been better. Some of them continue on the opposite page or column. It would have been nice if the formatting had allowed for the entire definition to be contained within the same area.

Other than this minor issue I had with the formatting of the definitions, I would highly recommend this Bible to any student of scripture and those who teach scripture. This is a great addition to my library of word study tools and it will be used often.

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.”