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Monday, January 22, 2018

Reasons for Belief


REASONS FOR BELIEF


Easy-to-Understand Answers to 10 Essential Questions

By Norman L. Geisler & Patty Tunnicliffe

Do you know what you believe, and why?

This book offers challenges that are given about the Bible and also gives the answers to those challenges. Challenges like, “Real truth does not exist.” – “God does not exist.”- “Miracles don’t happen.” -  The New Testament has many errors making it unreliable.” – “Jesus never claimed to be God.” – “Jesus didn’t prove He was God.” – “The Bible isn’t the only true religious book.” and other questions that some people ask us, trying to trip us up and change our beliefs.

In my opinion, the answers given in this book are very reliable and Biblical sound, backed by Bible scripture, using other historical writing and references. This book is packed with information that can be useful in the daily contact with unbelievers and believers. Use it to defend your faith, you will have access to the answers with this book.

The book would make a great gift for believers and unbelievers, also would be a good addition to your library and make a good book for discussion or Bible study groups.

This review is my own opinion. Unlike other books on this blog, I purchased this book and did not receive it from any publisher. Just wanted to share the contents and information to all who are interested.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Prayer Bible


THE PRAYER BIBLE


ICB - International Children’s Bible Translation

Published by Tommy Nelson a division of Thomas Nelson Publishing

This is a new Bible in the International Children’s Bible translation that will open-up prayer to kids and all readers. The Bible intro pages start with a letter with the salutation, Dear precious child, stating that God loves them and includes a short description of the Bible. The letter is done in a personal way and is a definite plus.

The Bible includes 160 special prayers of the Bible, where and when the prayer has been used in Bible times to help and how it can be used now for help. The Bible includes a dictionary and concordance for those study times. The words included in the dictionary are printed in bold type.

A description of how to use the Bible is included, making it very easy to learn the features and how they can be used. Some of the features used on each page are bold subject headings, highlighted key verses and footnotes. Also included are question and answers to help the reader to understand prayer.  At the back of the Bible is pages for the reader to note prayer requests or other notes they may want to remember.  A list is included of God’s promises along with a list of Bible verses for memorization, not just a list of addresses, but the verses themselves. A separate bonus of a prayer journal is included with the Bible.

I think this Bible would be a great help for kids and anyone new to the Bible. The translation is very easy to understand, and the helpful features are not over whelming as some study Bibles can be. The explanation of the prayers of the Bible are great and are a definite help to understand how helpful prayer is and why we need to pray.

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




Wednesday, January 10, 2018

There is Hope


ALL THINGS NEW

Heaven, Earth, and the Restoration of Everything You Love

By John Eldredge

What hope do we have? John Eldredge will show that we do have Hope . A hope in our future. God has promised us that all things will be made new. This promise is given to us in the Bible in the book of Revelations. What John does with this book is to show you, by using stories from his own life and from others that there is hope.  Some of the things that he shares is about his best friend death and how that affected him. He shows that no matter what the situation is, there is Hope. He uses scripture, quotes from other authors and even movies he has seen. This is all done to show that hope is there, and a time will come when all of these tragedies and struggles that we are suffering will be gone, and everything will be new. He shares that with the saving grace of Christ the we can all see this new beginning in the new earth that God has promised.

The writing is Biblical sound and will show the hope that waits for us when we decide to follow Christ. It is easy reading and informative.

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone.” Revelations 21:1 NLT

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

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Disappearing Church


DISAPPEARING CHURCH

From Cultural Relevance to Gospel Resilience

By Mark Sayers

Answers to these questions can be found in this book,

Why does the Western church look so much like the world?
Why are many of my friends leaving the faith?
How can we get back to our roots?

Mark Sayers offers some interesting facts how culture has influenced the church and has changed the way we worship and see God’s Word. He has divided this book into two parts, (1) Understanding our craving for cultural relevance and (2) Learning Gospel resilience. He covers subjects of post-Christianity, the Gospel of self (Gnosticism), stop catering to public opinion, reject the implicit prosperity Gospel and others that will inform you at to the problem and why the church has changed. Hopefully this book will make a difference in how we see the Gospel and how we need to follow God's Word.

I found the book very interesting and think that it is a subject that needs to be addressed in our churches. So many churches are struggling today and need to be offering the true of the Gospels. I would recommend using this book in discussion groups for an impact on making changes.

Two quotes from the book;

“Maybe we need to reimagine church as a spiritual discipline.”
“Maybe with cultural spotlight elsewhere, we can get on with the business of being the church.”

I received this book free from Moody Press Review 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

Saturday, December 23, 2017

A Life Beyond Amazing


A LIFE BEYOND AMAZING

9 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life Today

By Dr. David Jeremiah

Looking for some help to have a better life with Christ, want to transform your life today? This book by Dr. David Jeremiah will be a help to you. Dr. Jeremiah will take you through these area of life; Love, Joy, Peace, Endurance, Compassion, Generosity, Integrity, Humility and Self-Discipline. He does this by using scripture, stories from his own life, other people stories and quotes from other authors. He has brought these stories together to help you transform your life. Some of these areas are fruits of the spirit described in the Bible, others are areas of your life that are very important for weathering the storms of life. These areas of your life are what make you the person that you are and/or want to be. The stories will offer a method for making changes and how these changes helped those sharing the stories.

The book is very easy reading and has a lot of information that is useful. In the last chapter, titled conclusion, Dr. Jeremiah gives a full description of the Holy Spirit and how the Holy Spirit will direct the path of the believer. This book would make a good study and discussion book.

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

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christ among other gods


CHRIST AMONG OTHER GODS

A Defense of Christ in an Age of Tolerance

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Ever heard someone say, “All religions worship or have the same God”? Well this book by Edwin Lutzer will give proof that all religions are not the same. He gives proof in the twelve chapters of this book that all religions are different, pointing out many details from each religion. He provides proof that the truth is in Christ. He was invited and attended a convention of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, a group that is trying to make a one world religion possible, and some of the things discussed at that convention.  He shares how some think we are to be tolerant of all religions and their beliefs.

Erwin has described the extraordinary birth, life, authority, death, resurrection, ascension and return of Christ. The facts that he offers are well explained and are Biblical based. The facts tell the true story of Jesus, the way to salvation and how the other religions do not even come close to the truth.

I would recommend this book for discussion groups, Bible studies and as a way of increasing your knowledge of what is going on in the world and why we need to be aware of the changes that some are trying to force on us.

I received this book free from Moody Press Review 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

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

NKJV Unapologetic Study Bible


NKJV UNAPOLOGETIC STUDY BIBLE

Confidence For Such A Time As This

Published by Thomas Nelson critical issues.

This Bible has hundreds of articles, profiles and other features besides the scripture, to help you with morally and spiritually critical issues. The goal of this Bible is to inspire you to a Christlike thought and belief.  Each book starts with an introduction to context and content, a color chart that uses eight subjects, Church, Corruption, Economics, Education, Family, Government, Sanctity of Life, and Virtue. Each of these subjects are divided into four sections: Biblical, Historical, Quotations/Writings and Commentary. The charts show which subjects are included in each book. The articles are well written and very informative, they add to the understanding of God’s Word and makes this study Bible different from other study Bibles. At the front of the Bible there is a very good explanation of the features and subjects, I think this explanation is very important to your use of this Bible.

The notes and features are based on Kairos Journal and are to instruct and encourage Christians who desire to see Biblical change in their homes and workplace. Some feature included are; over 50 profiles of historical figures, quotations from historical figures, 220 articles placed near relevant passages and indexes of each feature to help in a topical study of the Bible. There are indexes at the back of the Bible for a Canonical or Topical studies.

This Bible covers many areas that are not covered in other study Bibles and would be an asset to everyone’s library, whether you are a pastor, Sunday school teacher, a discussion group leader or just a lay person wanting a greater understanding of the Bible. This Study Bible helps you to stand with God in today’s culture. In the articles that I had read, for this review, I found them to be scriptural sound and very informative on the subject they were written for and am sure they would be a great help to all.

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