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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

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

At One Ment


ATONEMENT

Growing to Knowing God

By Jan Ellis

This book is a devotional with the month and day design, so you can use it year after year if you want. The design is simpler to most devotionals, you start with a scripture verse or a quote from a noted author. Two of her favorites are Charles Spurgeon and Oswald Chambers. After the opening quote or verse she has a short devotion about how she wants to share God’s message or a short story to go with the opening. She has added quotes to accent her point of view. Her main purpose with the book is to share God’s Word and use points of the Lord’s Prayer and atonement as a guide. Some of those points are: Avowing, Hallowing, Showing, Sowing, and Glowing. The devotional readings are very interesting and thought provoking and shares some points that we all need to think about.

I found the book very interesting and written well and with a desire to share God’s Love and Word with all who reads it. In my opinion the author has put together a very good devotional that would be a blessing to all and is worth sharing with others.

A quote from one of the devotions that sums up the purpose of the author;

“However, that is the simple truth, and what this book is all about. My prayer is that you will continue to be reminded of the love that compels our Lord to seek us—every day, in every way. The love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

I received this e-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

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Believer's Code


THE BELIEVER’S CODE

365 Devotions to Unlock the Blessings in God’s Word

By O. S. Hawkins

This collection of 365 devotions offers an easy way to start your day with God. A scripture verse, a short devotional thought, a short prayer and a code word to meditate on as you go about your daily business. The code word is a word that will help unlock the devotion and give you a better understanding to God’s Word. Each day you have a new code word, such as courage, diligent, anger, just to name a few. Use the code word to enhance and put your faith into action. The verses and devotions are inspirational and will help lift you spiritually. Each offering is the right size for that time you want to spend in God’s Word. If you are looking for a blessing from God’s Word this book has what you are looking for. This is part of a series that O. S. Hawkins has written that included The Jesus Code, The James code, The Christmas Code and others.

The book is covered in a beautiful leather binding and the right size for a comfortable reading. The book would make a great gift for family member or a friend. I think you will gain a blessing and a greater understanding of God’s Word. A great addition to your library which may be read by any age.

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, November 29, 2017

Trusting the Bible


7 REASONS WHY YOU CAN
TRUST THE BIBLE

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Can you trust the Bible? Many answer this question, no. Others will answer, yes. Erwin W. Lutzer will be one of those answering Yes. In this book he gives seven reasons why he thinks you can trust the Bible. The reasons are from different sources and viewpoints.

They reasons are:
A Logical Reason, The Bible claims to be God’s Word
A Historical Reason, History confirms the Bible’s reliability
A Prophetic Reason, Bible prophecies prove its truthfulness
A Christological Reason, Christ affirmed the Bible’s authority and truth
A Scientific Reason, Science supports Biblical creation
A Providential Reason, God’s people, by His providence, recognized the Canon
A Personal Reason, The Bible has power to change lives

He gives information from many sources and both sides of the argument. The viewpoints of atheists, scientists and others are shared. He uses archaeology finds, historical writing and the theological views on the subject. He gives a history of how we got the Bible and uses the Bible to prove why the Bible is trustworthy.

I think this is one of those book that will be well worth the reading and that it contributes a lot of useful information on a subject that is important to our faith. I found it is easy to read and understand.  I would recommend using it in group discussions and as a reference book. There is a Bible DVD and study guide available.

The author ends the book with a chapter to the doubter, he gives some words of help and offers this statement;
“If you find yourself wanting to believe but unable to do so, let me stress the need to look to Christ. We can do no better than to renew our confidence in Him as the one and only Savior; the One who will not deceive 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

Monday, November 20, 2017

Reflecting


REFLECTING

By Jerome Schorr

Reflecting, a collection of poems, sayings and observations. The author, Jerome Schorr, has put together a collection of over two hundred of his writings that are quite interesting to read. The writings will make you stop and think about things and some offer a different view point. You may or may not like them, but they are worth the reading. There are some that have a Biblical prospective and others are a worldlier prospective. He shares some observations from riding on public transportation and views of things you can see just watching your surroundings. The fun part of this book is seeing the point of view that the author has shared; some humorous, others opens the world around us and some offers help. They are thought provoking.

An example of the writings, Titled Aging:

If you want it to look good on you.
Act young
If you want to hide it.
Feel young;
It requires physical and mental maintenance.
Acceptance
Allow you to be distinguished or matronly.
Whatever your choice,
Remember it’s how you wear it that counts the most.

I found the writing very easy to read and informative. They will add to your day and may make you observe your surroundings differently. It is a collection that you may want to read through again.

I received this ebook 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

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Leather Niv Color Code Bible


NIV COLOR CODE BIBLE

Black Leather Cover Edition

Published by Tommy Nelson – A division of Thomas Nelson Publishers

The NIV Bible translation done in a beautiful soft black leather cover with a beautiful color design on the cover.

This edition is color coded in ten different colors for the reader and each color is a different topic. As stated in their explanation, each highlighted verse color has been chosen because of its importance to your faith and the impact it can have in your life.
The topics are;
God - Gold, Sin/evil - Navy, Jesus - Red, Heaven – Purple, Spiritual growth/living your faith - Green, Prayer and praise - Blue, Cleansed of sin/new life - Orange, Love- Magenta, Animals - Brown and Family - Lime. Each time you have this Bible open, at the bottom of the pages, you have a small color key to help you remember what each color represents.

In the front of the Bible a section gives answers to these questions, what is the Bible, who wrote the Bible (include a short bio of some of the writers, like Moses, David, Paul, etc.), why should you read the Bible and an index of the color coded highlighted scriptures. There is a page showing the Books of the Bible listed in their categories as, Books of Law, History, Prophets, Gospels etc.

These Bible reading plans are included; 365 days - read through the Bible in a year, 90 days through the gospels, 30 days through Psalms and Proverbs in and 365 Daily topical scriptures readings.

At the back of the Bible you get journaling pages to write your favorite verses or other notes. A set of colored maps are also included.

The Color Code Bible is the full NIV edition with a very helpful color coding added for following topics through the Bible and can be used by any age. I would recommend giving copies as gifts and getting one for yourself, I am sure you will enjoy it.

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

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Advent Devotional


UNWRAPPING THE NAMES OF JESUS

An Advent Devotional

By Asheritah Ciuciu

Advent – a time of preparing for the coming of the messiah, celebrated on the days before Christmas. Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This book is divided into four weeks of discussion, devotions and activities. The first day consists of reading of scripture and discussions as a family. Next there are five days of devotions including a scripture verse, a short devotion on the topic for that week and then a prayer. The topics are different each week include Hope, Preparation, Joy and Love. The seventh day is a list of activities that can be done individually or as a family. At the end of the four weeks, there is a special Christmas day devotion for all to share. All of this can be done in a group session as well as a family. The first day of each is done on a Sunday and consists of lighting a candle, Prayer and scripture readings.

This book makes learn about Jesus very easy and easy to understand why we should be celebrating this advent season, it will give a new meaning to the reason for the season. The author has setup a web site with helps and downloads to add to the experience.

I think this will be a great way for the family or a small group to share this time of year, it is well written, easy to read and informative. A great way for the family to share a blessed time at Christmas.

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

Sunday, November 5, 2017

NirV Bible


MAY THE FAITH BE WITH YOU HOLY BIBLE

NirV New International Readers Version

Published by ZonderKIDZ

This new kids Bible offers 24 full color sections titled, Ways of wisdom, Use the force and Master moment. On each colored page are questions and answers like, Who is God? - What is the Bible? - What is in the Bible? - to name a few. Included in the colored pages are a list of the books of the Bibles divided into categories of history, prophets etc.. Psalms 23 and the ten commandments are displayed on a full-colored page. Also included is a list of famous people and children of the Bible. The reader will be able to look up what the Bible says about certain things like anger, death, giving and other topics. If they want to study the parables of Jesus, a list of those are included.  If the reader is feeling lonely, jealous or sad there is a list of verses to look up for help. The question, what is the trinity, is answered and the ABC’s of Christianity are explained and at the end of the book is a list of 92 Bible stories. When you combine these features with the NirV Bible you have a great tool for the inquisitive mines of kids.

I admit that when I first saw the title of this book it made me think of Star Wars series and I almost did not request it, but it is about faith in God not just some invisible force. As the old saying goes “You can’t judge a book by its cover”.

I received this book free from Handlebar Bloggers 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

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Devotions from the Mountains

DEVOTIONS FROM THE MOUNTAINS
By Lisa Ham
Do you love the mountains, then this devotional is for you? Each devotion consists of a scripture verse to start, then adds a short reading, with a beautiful photo of mountain scenery and a prayer at the end. There are a set of five reading to a section, then a full two-page photo of the mountains that is beautiful and awe inspiring.  You can start your reading anytime because there are no days or dates on the devotions, so you may use them however you wish. The subjects are different each reading and will give you inspiration for the day. Use each day’s devotion to get that feeling of heaven on earth that you get when you visit the mountains. Through the photos you can enjoy God’s creations and with the scripture verse combined with the reading and prayer to help you have inter peace so you can tackle the day ahead and know that God is with you. A very enjoyable book and would make a great gift for hikers and for anyone who enjoys the out of doors or needs a pick me up.
This verse is on the back of the book;
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.  Psalm 121: 1-2
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggersbook 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, October 25, 2017

THe Case For Hope


THE CASE FOR HOPE

Looking ahead with confidence and courage

By Lee Strobel

Hope is something we all want and look for. This book lets you know that there is hope available and where to find it, God. In his book, Lee Strobel shares his experiences and experiences of others about hope and what to do. The stories he shares and very inspirational and heartwarming. They show that hope through Christ is unlimited and unfailing hope. He covers subject like, hope in a hopeless world, hope in a transforming life, hope for today and tomorrow, plus others. Lee shares how he became a Christian and how others made the same decision.

A quote for the back cover: “Hope is the inextinguishable flicker God ignites in our souls…when we are surrounded by utter darkness.”

A well written book with useable information for those searching for hope. He includes a 30-day Journey of Hope journal to help meditate on specific passages of scripture. This book would be great for Bible discussion 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.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Interesting Links



A couple of link that I want to share. Hope you enjoy them.

Watch "Jesus loves YOU - THIS WILL MAKE YOU CRY" on YouTube

 https://youtu.be/YiM7Bfu23_c


Watch "THE VIDEO THE DEVIL NEVER WANTED YOU TO SEE!! (MUST WATCH)" onYouTube


https://youtu.be/4c56iQ1NaA8

Thursday, October 19, 2017

NIV Readers Bible

NIV READER’S BIBLE
Designed for a seamless reading experience
Published by Zondervan
Sometimes you may want to study God’s Word to get an in-depth understanding to the word, others time you are only interested in the story that the Bible has for you. This Bible is one that will allow you to read the story that God has for you. The Reader’s Bible development team has removed the study notes, except for a few at the end of each book, reference verses and verse numbers that are included in most other Bibles. They still mark the chapters in the border of the page. At the top of each page is a chapter and verse address that is covered on that page. This setup will allow you to read the Bible just like you would read a novel but it is still the complete NIV translation of God’s Word. I know that there will be many who don’t like the idea of no verse number but I like the idea just to be able to sit down and read God’s Word without the other references and sometimes distractions, as I would sit and read a novel, I think this is refreshing and may even help to understand the Word better.
Features included:
Complete text of the NIV
Single-column with 10.3 point type size
Verse numbers removed
Footnote follow each book
Scripture reference at the top of each page
Ribbon marker
Lay-flat design
Cover is stylish, a gold/grey cloth over board (on the copy I received)
Just the word of God in easy to read translation.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggersbook 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

Friday, October 13, 2017

Daily Acts of Kindness


THE ONE YEAR

DAILY ACTS OF KINDNESS DEVOTIONAL

365 Inspiring Ideas to Reveal, Give, and Find God’s Love

By Julie Fisk, Kendra Roehl, & Kristin Demery

This devotional is a part of The One Year collection of Bibles and devotionals designed to help people read through the Bible in one year. This devotional written by Julie Fisk, Kendra Roehl and Kristin Demery covers the need for us all to do at least one act of kindness each day. They share a short story of a kindness done to help someone have a better day. The stories are written individually by the three women, adding their separate views and are encouraging and inspiring. They will add to your day and encourage you to do likewise by showing a little extra help to someone. The writing is easy to read and understand, along with the short story they give a scripture verse to think about that day and a suggested act of kindness for the day.

As with all the One Year books, the devotions are dated so you can start at any time and reach your goal of completing your reading in a year. The book would make a great gift for anyone. I think you will enjoy this book.

The world needs to see the kind of love that is possible with daily acts of kindness.

A couple acts of kindness from the book;

“Do you need to apologize to someone? Don’t let the sun set without reaching out with an apology.”

“Offer encouragement or support to a stranger who is going through a challenging circumstance.”

I received this book free from Tyndale Blog Network 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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Answering the toughest questions


ANSWERING THE TOUGHEST QUESTIONS ABOUT SUFFERING AND EVIL

By Bruce Bickel & Stan Jantz

Many times, we hear the question, If God created everything. Did He create evil, or Why do good people suffer? These question plus other are tackled by the authors of this book. They don’t pretend to have all the answers but they will wrestle with it and offer some sound advice from the scriptures and other Christian writers.

The book is divided into ten sections, each dealing with a particular question about God, evil, and why certain things happen. They include did God create evil, why is there suffering, why doesn’t God eliminate suffering, why the violence in the Bible, and more questions that have been asked by many people. They divide the sections into separate questions, each section covers many questions concerning the subject of that section. The answer the authors write are based on the scriptures and will help you to have better understanding of the questions. Each question and answer has an example that someone has faced and include questions for you to answer. In my opinion there are some answers that we may not fully receive or understand until we finally come face to face with God, but this book is a definite help.

A quote from the back of the book, “There is no shame in asking—after all, even some of the greatest men and women in the Bible has doubts. Don’t let your questions go unanswered. What you find might just change your life.”

The book would make a great Bible study or book to use in a discussion group.  

I received this book free from Bethany House Blogger 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, October 7, 2017

NIV Color Code Bible

NIV COLOR CODE BIBLE
Published by Tommy Nelson – A division of Thomas Nelson Publishers
A beautiful edition of the NIV Bible, and needless to say, very colorful. This edition is color coded in ten different colors for the reader and each color is a different topic. The topics are, God, sin/evil, Jesus, Heaven, spiritual, growth/living your faith, prayer and praise, cleansed of sin/new life, love, animals and family. Each color is explained in a section at the beginning of the Bible. Also included at the beginning are chapters on What is the Bible, who wrote the Bible, why should you read the Bible, your color code Bible, daily Bible reading plans, and an index of the color coded highlighted scriptures.
Bible reading plans included are, through the Bible in a year, through the gospels in 90 days, read through Psalms and Proverbs in 30 days and 365 Daily topical scriptures readings. At the back of the Bible are included journaling pages to write your favorite verses or other notes. A set of colored maps are included.
According to the back cover the Bible is designed for kids but this Bible would be very useful to all who want to get into a topic type of Bible study. I think any age would enjoy using this Bible and that it would help to get a better understanding of God and His great love for us. The Color Code Bible is the full NIV edition, just with a beautiful color coding for easy following topics through the Bible. A great edition to add to your library and to use at family Bible studies.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggersbook 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


Friday, September 29, 2017

The Sacred Slow


THE SACRED SLOW

A Holy Departure From Fast Faith

By Alicia Britt Chole

52 experiences in unhurried honesty with God. In today’s world we are doing things faster and faster all the time. We want our food fast, we want to drive fast cars, etc., but one thing that we need to take at a slower pace is our learning about God and His Love. In her book, Alicia Britt Chole gives us 52 experiences divided into twelve, what she calls movements, to help us slowdown in hearing God Word and what He wants us to know and do. You will learn about His concepts, His word, theology of time and space and other movements. Each reading can be used as a daily reading or devotion, as a weekly time of study or however you wish. You will start with a quote, then a list of items needed for that section. She shares a short story about the question she is asking and give a section called a guided response, offers thought focuses for that section.

The book is setup to be used by yourself or it can be used in a study group. I liked the idea of the book but I did not like the method used to get her point across.  I did not care for some of the suggestion in the guided response sections, I think the reader should do their own responses and journaling.  The subject of the book is good.

I received this book free from Handlebar 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

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Jesus I Need You



Jesus, I need you

Honest Prayers From A Trusting Heart

Published by Zondervan

At all times, no matter if good, bad or whatever, we all need Jesus. In this book you get a collection of about 100 prayers. Each prayer is written in a form that it is like a personal letter to Jesus. Along with each prayer there is a scripture verse and a short devotion or commentary and a space for you to journal your thoughts or answers to your prayer, etc.. The prayers are grouped together in sections dealing with a difference needs that you have for Jesus. They include guidance, comfort, grace, faith, hope, wisdom, when you feel overwhelmed, when you feel gratitude, when you feel heartbroken and disappointment. All the reading will help you.

The need for Jesus is for all and this collection of prayer will help in those times. You can use it as a devotional or when you need that comfort of knowing Jesus is there with you. There are extra journaling pages added at the end of each section for those extra thoughts. This book would make a great gift for a friend or love one and a great addition to your library.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggersbook 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, September 23, 2017

Whisper


WHISPER

How to Hear the Voice of God

By Mark Batterson

God still speaks to His people. Mark Batterson will help you in hearing Gods voice. In this book Mark teaches the seven love languages of God. Sign language, Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings and Pain. He also shows how God will whisper instead of speaking loud or using loud noises. Mark shares some stories and experiences from his life and from other people that he knows.  He shares many times that God spoke to him in his ministry and even as a young boy. One of the points of this book is to show us that God love us. The information in this book will help in your walk with God.

Near the end of the book Mark writes;

“Believe it or not, God love you.
He actually likes you.
In fact, He’s especially fond of you.
And that’s why He whispers.”

The book can be used as a study or in a discussion group, a great way to learn God’s way and the power of whispering. It shows that God does not have to be loud to hear Him.

I received this book free from Blogging for books 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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Bloom


BLOOM

Where You’re Planted

By Mary Rodman

A collection of stories and God’s moments that the author has experienced and wants to share with the reader. The collection covers different subjects and can be a help to all who reads them. She shares how her experiences has helped her grow as a believer and gave her hope many times. The collection can be read as a devotional or just for that moments you need a little encouragement. I found different ones very helpful. There is a table of contents that can be used to direct you to a certain subject in case you want to share a story with your family, friends or study group. They are easy to read with down to earth writing which makes them easy to understand. I think you will enjoy the stories and information the author shares. As the author writes in the introduction:
“Sometimes life offers us sorrow and pain. Though walking through the difficulties of life be can trying, it is during these times that we grow the most. God didn’t promise that all our days would be filled with joy, but He did promise to always be with us.” She hopes her book will help all in need.

The ebook I received was easy to navigate and to take along on trips for those times you wanted to have something to read.
I received this ebook free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggersbook review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have

The Master's Mind



The Art of Reshaping Your Thoughts

By Lance Hahn

Sometimes we are confused, depressed and insecure, this is not what God wants for us. Lance Hahn has given us a book that will help us. We need to understand that God created our minds to give us a better plan for using our minds.  Lance give us a method of changing our direction to follow, to gain what is there for us in following God. He shares some stories and gives scripture to help us. This book shows the way our minds need to be directed and offers help with temptations, where our thoughts should be and to rely on God for help in all we have problems with.

I think this book will help us all to condition our thoughts to the way God want for us and to help us in our everyday life. God doesn’t want us to follow the wrong path, but sometimes we follow our own thoughts and end up at the wrong place. It can be used in Bible studies and Bible discussion groups, make a great book for Sunday school class. It defiantly will make you stop and think about what you are reading.

I received this book free from Handlebar 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

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Christmas Code Booklet


THE CHRISTMAS CODE

Daily Devotions Celebrating the Advent Season

By O. S. Hawkins

This is a small book filled with important information about the Advent Season. The book contains devotions drawn from The Believers Code, which is a 365-day devotional to unlock the blessing of God. If you never celebrated the Advent Season, this would be a good book to start with and if you celebrate Advent, add this to your celebration. This will help to bring peace and joy to your celebration. The Advent Season starts 25 days before Christmas, a time to celebrate and prepare for the coming of the Christ.

Each devotion page starts with a Bible verse and adds a short devotion and a code word for each day. It makes a great study and will help give a understanding to the season and why we celebrate Christmas. This book is the right size and is priced right [the review copy I received showed a USD price of $2.99] for you to give it as a gift or as a addition gift to those on your gift list. It is a great way to share the Gospel and the Christmas story with friends and family.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggersbook 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

Friday, August 18, 2017

The KJV Study Bible - Full Color





THE KING JAMES STUDY BIBLE

Full Color Edition

Published by Thomas Nelson

This study Bible has a large number of features that will enhance you Bible time. Each page has many features that will help you understand God's Word.

The grey shaded area at the bottom of the pages are Doctrinal Footnotes – a total survey of the doctrines of the Bible, and/or Personality Profiles – brief biographies of key men and women placed near the verse where they are mentioned, and/or Archaeological Sites – archaeology fines of significance places mentioned in the Bible.

Hundreds of full-color photos and illustrations and 57 full color maps through-out the text and at the end.

Center column references, special interest articles, indexes of footnotes, profiles and archaeological sites. Topical index of Christ and the Gospels.

A special section on How to use the KJV Study Bible describes the symbols used to designate the type of footnote.

The center column gives references and equivalent translation, literal translation, explanatory notes, language notes and alternate translations.

To help in studying there are subject headings, Jesus’s words in red letter type and italic type to indicate words that contained in the original text but are needed for English clarity.

Notes on how to study the Bible are included, as is a list of God’s answers to our concerns that include Bible verse references.

The time-honored King James Version that most everyone is familiar with.

The copy I received to review was covered in brown bonded leather, large print and will lay flat. A great addition to anyone’s library. Even if your favorite translation is not the KJV I think you will enjoy using this study Bible with the beautiful photos, illustrations, collection of study notes and helps that makes this a copy of the Bible you will like.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggersbook 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

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Assault


THE ASSAULT

Harbingers Cycle Two

By Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, Alton Gansky

This is the second book of a series written by four different authors. The story is about four people, working as a team to fight evil that is trying to take over the world. The four are from different walks of life, a tattoo artist, a professor, professor’s assistant and ex-football player but they all work very well together. Each section is narrated by a different person of the team and written by a different author, but is done in a way that they all blend together to make one story. This book start in the Vatican, goes to Florida and end in California. The evil they come against is very unbelievable and can be considered sci-fi, houses that turn to liquid, animal and people taken over by a fungus and different evil people under the control of something or someone, trying to take over.

If you enjoy horror or sci-fi you may enjoy this book. I like sci-fi but some of the things in this book are just a little weird. Very little about God is shared in the book, there is only one of the four that is a true believer and shares his beliefs. No profanity or sexual overtones are in the book. Good reading for this type of book, built up suspense and the story holds your interest.

I received this book free from Bethany House Blogger 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, August 8, 2017

Start with Amen




START WITH AMEN

How I Learned to Surrender by Keeping the End in Mind

By Beth Guckenberger

Author Beth Guckenberger shares some of her stories of being on missionary trips and traveling. The stories she shares are her personal experiences that has helped her understand amen and the true meaning. A definition of amen is “so be it” and used at the end of prayer, the author also feels it also needs to be used at the beginning as well. Her thoughts of using amen at the start of prayers as well at the end are shared. She shows that amen is a word of power and shares why she thinks that. She includes scriptures that prove her beliefs about amen. She covers the benefits of amen, the restoration, barriers, first steps, challenges and boldness of amen.

The book is easy to read and understand. She covers a large variety of things that she has experienced. If you like stories about people and travel, I am sure you will enjoy this book. The information about amen can be used in discussion groups.

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


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Red Letter Words



THE RED LETTER WORDS OF JESUS

By Jack Countryman

Most Bibles published today have the words of Jesus printed in red. The red color is used to represent Jesus's blood that was shed for us. In this book Jack Countryman compiles over 100 of those red-letter passages into a book that can be used like a devotional. The red-letter words are words spoken by Jesus and are important in our relationship with Christ. Jack gives an explanation and background facts about each chosen passage. The red-letter words teach us how to live, Jesus's relationship with God and the Holy Spirit. They also reveal His love for us.

As an enhancement, an illustration has been added to each page that shows the red-letter words. In my opinion, this makes them more like a plaque you would want to hang on your wall, the illustration adds to the beautiful words.

The book is very easy to read and understand, a great addition to anyone’s library. I would recommend using this book as a devotional, Bible study help and as a discussion group topic and study. 

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggersbook 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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Wisdom of God



THE WISDOM OF GOD

Letting His Truth And Goodness Direct Your Steps

Compiled and edited by James L. Snyder from writings of A. W. Tozer

As the title states, this book is about the wisdom of God. Compiled from sermons and writings of A. W. Tozer. A. W. Tozer was a powerful preacher that loved the Lord and share his love in his writing and sermons. If you have read any of Tozer’s writings, you know what to expect from this collection. If you are new to Tozer you are in for a great reading and lots of information about God’s wisdom.  The book explains the Hebrew doctrine of wisdom, Christ, the wisdom of God, root of divine wisdom and many more area of wisdom. There are twenty-three chapters that explains the truth of God’s wisdom to help in guiding you to a better understanding.

A quote from the back of the book: “Wisdom is not just a philosophical concept, but rather a highly practical tool for living the best possible life.”

There is no other way to fine peace and joy then by learning God’s wisdom and using it in our life. God love us and shares His wisdom with us which we get by reading His Word. This book can be used in group Bible discussions and Sunday school for a new understanding of wisdom.

I received this book free from Bethany House Blogger 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

Monday, July 10, 2017

Prayer project


THE WEEKLY PRAYER PROJECT


A Challenge to Journal, Pray, Reflect and Connect with God

Published by Zondervan

A question on the back of the book: Are you ready for a project that will actually change your life? This book will help you answer that question. You get a scripture reading, space to journal and a week to reflect on each reading. The book is setup into seven sections of different types of prayers found in the Bible. They are, requests, gratitude’s, laments, intercession, faith, repentance and awe. Each week you read from the Bible a scripture and then journal your response. A short description of the scripture is included and space for journaling your thoughts. You can reflect throughout the week and add to your journaled notes. You are not confined to one subject you can jump to other subject as you feel the need for help in a certain area..

The book can be a great addition to your daily readings and should add to and help with understanding God. Use it for your quiet time and as a tool to better hear God’s still, small voice and connect with Him. A great addition to your library and can be used year after year.
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, July 5, 2017

EveryJob A Parable


EVERY JOB A PARABLE

What Walmart Greeters, Nurses & Astronauts Tell Us About God

By John Van Sloten

Do you think your job is important to God? Does God think your job is important to Him? The answers can be found in this book about jobs and how they serve God. The author has compiled many stories from across the USA about the different occupations and vocations from the people that work every day for a living. Many of these people do not realize how important their job is and how much God is using that job and them for His glory. Stories from the high paying to the job that own pays minimum wages, every job is important to God. The book is written in four parts; What does it mean to image God?, What is a parable, and how is work a parable?, What does God reveal to us about Himself through our work?, and How can we more effectively and consistently image God through our work?.

A very easy reading and a lot of information in this book. The book can be used in discussion groups and other studies. There are sections at the end of each chapter called Lectio Vocatio, that has some discussion questions.

A quote from the back of the book; “John Van Sloten leads an innovative investigation of vocation. It’s a fascinating journey that illuminates how your work is a parable of God—as you work, you are an icon of grace.”

I received this book free from Tyndale Blog Network 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, June 27, 2017

Eats with sinners


EATS WITH SINNERS

Loving Like Jesus

By Arron Chambers

(In this review, I use “the lost” to signify sinners that are lost, since we are all sinners.)

The author goes into detail about reaching out to the lost with the Gospel and offers methods of reaching out. Using the examples from scripture on how Jesus reached the lost and how we were instructed to do the same. He covers character traits of integrity, accessibility, grace, faith, intimacy, tolerance, resolve, urgency, mercy, humility, investment, joy and vision. The methods described in this book have been proven at the authors church and other churches with good results. Some questions asked are why spending time with the lost is important, do you avoid the lost, is there a degree of sin and others. He shares many stories and examples of how the lost have been reached by others. Each chapter closes with some questions to think about and can be by discussion groups.

The book is well written and easy to understand and can be a blessing to everyone. We are asked by Jesus to reach out to the lost and we are to share the Gospel with all. We can do this by being a friend to that person and by the way we live.

A quote from the introduction:

“Being lost is never fun. Being lost and realizing that no one is looking for you is even worse.”

Remember we were all lost at one time, we are still sinners, but by the grace of God we are forgiven and saved.

I received this book free from Tyndale Blog Network 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

Monday, June 19, 2017

Kids NIV Visual Study Bible


KIDS NIV VISUAL STUDY BIBLE

Explore The Story Of The Bible
Peoples, Places, and History

Published by Zondervan

Looking for a way to get kids to study the Bible, this Bible might be the answer. Published for kids from about the age of 8 through their teens, this study Bible is a great way to introduce them to God’s Word. An easy to read and understand translation, the NIV is just right. The added study notes and notes about important verses are on each page are in a different colored background then the text, making them each to read and separate from the text. The introduction to each book includes; why the book was written, what to learn about God, where it happened, and the stories included in that book. There are over 700 charts, maps, photos and pictures to add interest to a Bible study. In the back of the Bible is an index for the graphics and maps plus a weight and measure chart to help with the Biblical measures.

All this information is done in a beautiful, colorful and easy to read format. When you add the NIV translation to this it makes for an easy to understand study for kids. (Adults will enjoy it too, after all we are kids at heart.)

I received this book free from Handlebar Review Program, http://handlebarpublishing.com/. 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