The Gospel According to Paul

The Gospel According to Paul is John MacArthur's breakdown of Paul's letters in the Bible as well as the missionary trips Paul undertook. John takes care to expound on the truths contained in Paul's letters as they relate to the teachings of Jesus. Not only that but John helps us to understand key passages in the Pauline letters. This book functions almost like a commentary on key passages of Pauline Epistles. 
John MacArthur makes sure to examine key passages in the Pauline letters. MacArthur asks some key questions that are the foundation of our faith and answers them with Scripture and uses Paul's letters to do so. Some of those questions are:

What is the gospel?

What are the essential elements of the gospel?

How can we be certain we have it right?

We NEED to know and understand and digest the gospel. We should know what the gospel is and be able to explain to the next person as well as know Scripture to back it up. We should know the essential elements of the gosp…

Pastoral Theology

This book seems to focus on the what rather than the do of pastors. What do they believe, why do they believe it and how it impacts those they lead. 
I believe this book is hugely important because pastors play such a role in the body of Christ that they are responsible for shepherding God's people and their hearts. And that is what this book addresses. It addresses the different rhetoric and ways that we fall by the wayside. It helps those in ministry (even those not pastors) to see the areas in which they are relying more on theology and knowledge rather than God, Himself. One of my favorite quotes is that "The required characteristics establish the pastor as a representative of the One whom he ultimately serves and to whom he must give an account." To be a pastor is more than preaching on Sundays and collecting an offering. It is more than a platform. But rather a pastor is a representative of God and ultimately that is who they serve and report to. The church board …

Kingdom Family Devotional

Every family that chooses to walk as followers of Christ is a kingdom family. And as much as we would like it to be just ingrained knowledge. It isn't. It takes consistency in boundaries and consistency in trusting God to guide us in guiding our children.

Many Christian parents will tell you that they know they need God and His Word in rearing their children BUT they don't know where to start in scripture or how to make spending time in God's Word a consistent element of their family's routine.

That is what Kingdom Family Devotional does for Christian families. It helps us with the framework for actively and consistently engaging in God's Word as a family. It doesn't require a whole lot of knowledge to do but the willingness to do.

It is a weekly devotional with individual devotions for Monday-Friday. Each week focuses on a specific topic and each day in that week delivers on that week's topic. Each day starts with a Scripture reading (which you have to lo…

UltraThin Reference Bible

A good Bible is always hard to resist. Usually, I enjoy a good study bible. However, a good reference bible is just as necessary as it allows the Bible to be its own commentary.
Holman Publishers recently came out with a ultrathin reference Bible. I love that it is seriously thin, it can easily slide in my bag for church and to take to work (yes I take a bible to work to read on my lunch break). It's much lighter than one of my study bibles.

The one I was sent to review is brown leather, a classic appearance. The print isn't too big or too small. 
But the best part? The center column cross reference system. Above is an example of the cross reference system. There a letter next to the verse which corresponds to a verse in the middle column. 
I like being able to read a physical Bible and look up the references myself and allow the Bible to interpret itself.I have grown rather fond of this translation as it is actually pretty close to the NASB (at least from what I have observe…

Woman's Study Bible

One of my favorite types of books to review are bibles. Why?
Because the content generally does not change although the delivery and add-ons do.
Most bibles I have are generally unisex bibles, that can be used by either myself or my husband. However, this one I have been using lately is engineered specifically for women. The notes and articles and commentary are geared towards women and helping us in our daily walk with God.
(What the outside looks like)
(What the edges of the pages look like)
Not only that but it is absolutely beautiful. It is cloth over-board so it has the feel of a beautiful cloth hardback. Jesus' words are in red, so they are easily identifiable. And best of all, the print is large enough for me read without my glasses. There are colorful maps throughout the Bible (not just in the back). It is literally one of the most beautiful Bibles I've ever owned.
I also love that while it is a study bible, it does not go overboard with the footnotes/commentary. Ther…

The Complete Jewish Study Bible

In one of the bible studies I wrote last year, I remember looking through several different versions of the bible to see the names of God in Jewish and its meaning in English.  And one version I came across A LOT was the Complete Jewish Bible (CJB).  This version tends to use a lot of the original Hebrew words, which is amazing for the layperson who does not speak or read Hebrew, it helps them to be able to learn some words.
(See the Hebrew word for Genesis is B'resheet, didn't even know that!)

This one I like. It's hardcover, which I personally like all of my bibles to be hardcover. 
I also like that there are study notes and helpful tips to understand what the Jewish culture was like in each era.
(In this short article, it explains the name the Elohim and the significance behind it and its use)
 It has two marker ribbons as well, which is good when cross referencing.
(Back cover of the bible)

I give this book 2 thumbs up! I definitely recommend, probably not for the new…

No More Faking Fine

If we're really honest, MANY of us are guilty of saying we're okay and everything is going well, when it's really not or on the inside we feel as though we're drowning.

I timidly raise my hand as one of those in that circle. Life has been a constant struggle to key my head above water for about the last 6 months if I'm honest.
It's been hard and to everyone on the outside, you'd think things have been fine, great even.
And that's why I enjoyed and cried while reading No More Faking Fine by Esther Fleece.
She hits raw parts, the vulnerable parts that I dare not show to the outside world of how things can look fine and not really be fine.

The book starts off with Esther's life story, helping the reader to get some context for what she states and how raw she really is in sharing that you don't need to fake being ok.
Esther then goes on to share what lamenting really is. It's giving yourself time to hurt and feel the pain. It's a prayer to …