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The Complete Jewish Study Bible

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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 …

Prayer Books :)

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This is like a prayer journal, a two in one. The top book is to write down requests and the bottom book is to write down when prayers have been answered. It's cute. When I got it, I gifted it to my daughter to see how she would use it. 
She likes to write down her prayer requests in the top book and if she feels a prayer has been answered then she writes it in the bottom book.
I recommend it for pre-teens and teenagers to help them be more comfortable with tracking their prayers. I've never been one to track my prayers, if I pray about it, I try to leave it alone. 
Key word *try* sometimes I fail in leaving it.
If I had to rate them. I'd rate them at at 3. They are nice but it would be better if they were better connected or rather better binded together.


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

Inductive Bible Study

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So I was absolutely stoked when I saw that I had the chance to review this book.


Why?
Because I had been wanted to study more in-depth and I had always heard that the Inductive Bible Study Method was one of the best ways to study the bible.
Now here's the kicker, I had always been studying the bible (on a very basic level) in an inductive format. But after reading this book, which is actually a textbook, I learned just how much can go into studying the bible and how there is ALWAYS something to study and learn. You can never exhaust the bible.
This particular book examines studying the bible in an inductive format: Observation, Interpretation, and Application through the perspective of History, Literature and Theology. Now what I gather this to mean is: Observing the bible (passage, book, verse) by checking out its historical context (what prompts the author to write), literary context (how is it written, genres, literary devices are used), and understanding theology that everyth…

Kids Prayer Book

Jesus Today

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I got Jesus Today (teen version) as a book to review and this is one of those books I am quite conflicted about.



The conflict comes in because it is apart of the Jesus Calling series of devotional books by Sarah Young.

A lot of the criticism that comes for this series is the way that Sarah Young writes in the first person as if it is God speaking to the reader. In this book, the perspective of writing is the same. However I have noticed that there is scripture included to go with each day's selection. It's almost as if (in this book) that Sarah channels what she believes the Lord is speaking to us based on different passages of Scripture.

I can understand the argument against Sarah Young. Yet after reading the devotions (not the entire book but many of the devotions) I can understand where she is coming from. Many preachers of today speak to us in a similar tone of voice, helping us to grasp the way God loves us and wants fellowship with us. Oftentimes we get so caught up in …

Studying in 2017

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So this year, one thing I have chosen to do is to spend more time in the bible and more time studying God's Word.
I once read that how can you be completely obedient if you don't know what you're obeying. I know the bible yet there's always more to learn about God. I want to be so transparent in my relationship with God that I share my heart with Him before I share with any human.
So I am taking the liberty to utilize a couple books in my study time. Inductive Bible Study by Richard Alan Fuhr Jr and Andreas J. Kostenberger and Searching the Scriptures by Charles Swindoll.   Both of these books are phenomenal in aiding in actually studying the Bible but even more than that APPLYING the Word of God. Both of these books approach studying the bible in a similar yet different fashion. And both have drawn me in towards filling myself on the meat of the Word. I realize that so often I've been stuck on the milk of the Word and I want more out of it thus I must take my studyi…