Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Beginner's Bible Bedtime Collection

This is a collection of Bible Stories for Bedtime Stories. So instead of the Mother Goose rhymes or other books for bedtime stories, we can further impress God's Word on their hearts.

The cover DOES glow in the dark. It's one of my younger kids favorite features of the book. The stories are from both the Old and New Testaments. And the book is organized in such a way that the stories are placed in the order that they occur in the Bible.

As you can see from the table of contents above, the Old Testament stories are the more popular ones amongst children and the New Testament ones are all about Jesus. The longest story is about 6 pages long, so you can easily incorporate it into your bedtime routine and yet short enough for the little listener to not grow bored. I enjoy that it is very bright and colorful. It's great little ones. 

I see this book as a great early discipleship tool to help children understand God's love for us and the gospel.

{FYI: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.}

Ever Faithful: 365 Devotional

This is the latest devotional from David Jeremiah, a conservative evangelical Christian author, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church. 

While there are a plethora of topics covered, they all seem to point back to God's faithfulness and trusting Him no matter what. The devotionals are only a page each, starting with a verse that will guide the rest of the devotional. The author weaves in bible stories and life stories from around the world. He even takes little snippets of some famous people's life and interweaves them with lessons from the Bible.

Now on to the book itself. It is linen hardback, grey and black. There's a nice grey ribbon marker. The devotions are dated. The pages are thick enough to highlight and not bleed through. And at the end of the devotional are some notetaking pages that you record your thoughts in. The book is a small enough size to take with you to work or school so you never have to miss a day's reading. There is not a table of contents or index to look up specific topics however there is an appendix of sorts where there's a reference list for some of the stories/outside resources used. 

Below is a three-day snippet.

I'll be honest, this is not one of my more favoured devotionals. It isn't personal enough for me. And there are a little too many worldly influences in the devotions for my taste. I think it could be great for someone who like a not so personal devotional or one that is deeply rooted in Scripture. Don't get me wrong there are some devotions that are deeply rooted in Scripture but the devotional as a whole is not.

My hope is to pass this one on to someone who would get more enjoyment out of it than I did.

{FYI: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my HONEST opinion.}

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Lifegiving Parent

There are some authors I instinctively turn to for parenting advice. Sally Clarkson is one of them. She has a remarkable way of showing parents, especially mothers how our motherhood is ministry work even if we never actually serve in a ministry at church. And here we come to the finale of a trilogy of books (the review for book 1 will come after this one). 

The Lifegiving series is one that seeks to transform the way in which we live, in how hospitable we are, and how we parent our children. It's not pushy as you must do these things but is more of showing different ways that she and her husband are doing it and have been doing it for decades. 

The Lifegiving Parent is a joint effort between Sally and her husband, Clay. Prior to reading, I thought it would be equal writing between them as I absolutely enjoy Sally's writing style. However, after reading, I realize that this is really Clay's book. Sally contributes at the end of each chapter little tidbits of momoirs of her take on what Clay has discussed in the chapter.

I'll be honest, it is a fairly good book when it comes advice on parenting. It has 8 touchpoints of ways we as parents shape and give life to our children. Each one is equally important to the parenting of our children and each one plays a huge part in who they will eventually become. And as parents, especially as Christ-following parents who want to be intentional about raising our children to have a strong foundation and faith in Christ, this book is a good point in the right direction for accomplishing that goal.

My only drawback is that I expected more of Sally's writing. Much of the promotion on this book is that it is a Sally Clarkson book, only to realize once you start reading that it is really a Clay Clarkson book and it banks on Sally's name to draw the audience. Clay is a good writer, however, for me, he doesn't have the charm and drawing in the reader quality like Sally does. Sally's words do more than tell a story and convey a message they illustrate the imagery she wants you to see and helps you to imagine the sights and smells that she's telling you about. Clay's writing does not quite have that effect and that's OK because it's what distinguishes him from Sally. 

{FYI: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my HONEST opinion.}

The CSB Study Bible for Women

One thing I love is a good bible. Especially a good study bible, with great features and great study notes.

The CSB Study Bible for Women actually falls in line with the other two Woman's Study Bibles that I've reviewed You can find them here. While yes, they are published by different publishing houses and are different translations, what they do have in common is the editing team is the same. So you will notice A LOT of similar features. The blue floral design is similarly found in the CSB and the NIV versions. The opening pages are similar. They both feature a Ketubah breakdown and family lineage pages.

Now, this study bible has word studies, which feature a frequently used word on a certain page then that word is broken down to its root word.

This is the edition I was given to review. I quite like it. It's simple yet beautiful. There are also TWO ribbon markers which is awesome!! Especially since I am known to be reading in more than one place at a time.

So this is what a book introduction look likes it includes an outline of the book as well. For those of us who tend to study more deeply and want to know the specifics of when a book was written, the timeline at the bottom of the page is quite helpful. It offers biblical events and world events of that time period.

This is where we can see a word study in action. Some word study sections feature more than one word as seen in the previous set of pictures. Also featured is "hard question" where certain questions are answered (each hard question section relates to the passage it is found near).

The "doctrine" sections, break down certain doctrine's within the Christian faith. Each doctrine section is found where the foundation of that doctrine is found in Scripture. 

I personally like the CSB Study Bible for Women better than the other versions I've come across that was edited by Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley. This one has more useful information embedded. The concordance is larger in the CSB as well. I also like that this bible does not feel as heavy as other full-size study bibles. 

It is also quite beautiful and as I've noticed quite popular among women (I'm in a facebook war binder group with hundreds of women). I've seen it recommended MANY times. I would definitely recommend it. The only thing I would add is in-text cross references. However, I'm sure it would make the bible much bulkier.

{FYI: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my HONEST opinion.}

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations


So how awesome is this??? First, off let's backtrack. This is the Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations. It is apart of the Adventure Bible series (bibles geared towards children) It's a book full of experiments for your children to try out. And there's usually a Bible verse to go with each craft (generally at the end of the craft). This has been quite popular on my Instagram, with one mom even asking me to do a flip through so she could see what the book contained. The book is quite thin and can easily be carried around in hand or a backpack for outdoor adventures and crafts.

So take a look below.

Table of Contents, as you can see these are very outdoorsy type of projects, which I love because it encourages our children to get out of the TV and electronics.

See the bible verse. For this one, it is Philippians 4:19

If I remember correctly, this craft continued onto the next page and had a bible verse there.

Here's the back cover.

{FYI: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my HONEST opinion.}

Why Her?

When I saw this book, I was super hesitant to request to review it because it seemed like yet another "me too" book. And I wanted something deeper. But then I saw that Proverbs 31 was (and still is) doing a bible study through it, I decided to go ahead and review it.

So it is about Nicki's experiences yet she takes us through the biblical experiences of Rachel and Leah, Jacob's wives, the mothers of Israel. These women were the epitome of comparison and disappointment and coveting what the other had. Something that is extremely prevalent in today's culture of Instagram and Pinterest where you get a snapshot of someone's life and almost immediately can fall prey to comparing your life to theirs. 

Nicki walks us through 6 lies and the responding truths as we combat the lies of the comparison game. And that is what makes this book NOT another "me too" book. Nicki goes beyond saying here I struggle, she says Yes I struggle but here's how I'm working on it so you can too. And that is what makes this book awesome. 

As you can see each Truth is roughly about 2 chapters long.

And if you have the opportunity to get the bible study companion and watch the videos offered through Proverbs 31, DO IT. (as of this posting, they are still available).

{FYI: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.}

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Everyday Holy

So the title of this devotional is what drew me to it. Prior to this book, I'd never heard of the author. I guess I came to this book with my expectations a little too high. With the title that it has, I expected more Scripture. However, this devotional is very personalized to the author's encounters and experiences in life. It does start with a bible verse and that's all the Scripture you get for that devotional. Everything else is an experience of the author's where she saw God in her circumstances. In some way each day's verse is to relate to that day's devotion and her encounter. It would have been awesome to at least add a prayer prompt in response to the devotional, where the reader could pray themselves through similar situations.

There are 100 devotions, so that's about 3-4 months (depending on if you include the weekends). It's hardback with a nice ribbon marker. It does have a very luxurious feel to it.  The devotions are anywhere from 2-3 pages long and there's a wide range of topics but there is no topical index or table contents to help you navigate in case you're looking for encouragement in a specific area. There's a mix of translations for the verses, although NIV is the main translation used.

All in all, it's a decent devotional. Not my favorite and I will likely pass it on to someone else who may be in need or would like to have a devotional.

{FYI: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.}

Beginner's Bible Bedtime Collection

This is a collection of Bible Stories for Bedtime Stories. So instead of the Mother Goose rhymes or other books for bedtime stories, we...