Thursday, April 20, 2017

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 believer because there is a lot of Hebrew wording, that would easily be confusing or hard to understand without a second bible open. I do think this bible is best used for study and not everyday reading until you are comfortable with it. 

I do personally use it when I cross reference and study.

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

Monday, April 17, 2017

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 God to share the depths of your heart's cry. As author Esther Fleece says, “Lament is the unexpected pathway to true intimacy with God, and with those around us.”

When we can be honest with our feelings in prayer, we can get an honest type of comfort from the Holy Spirit, which can then lead to healing and wholeness. And that is more important than the facade we put up to say we're okay when we really aren't.

I think this is book best read when you're in this place of drowning and faking fine. Because that's when you're best to understand and relate. (my opinion).

 did receive this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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...