Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Maxwell Leadership Bible!

The NKJV - The Maxwell Leadership Bible: Lessons in Leadership from the Word of God by John Maxwell is an excellent resource tool.  I have the first edition of the Leadership Bible and find this edition to be an excellent update.

Features include ~ 

  • Now available in Thomas Nelson’s NKJV Comfort Print® typeface
  • Over 120 “Profiles in Leadership” lessons drawn from the people of the Bible
  • Hundreds of compelling short articles and notes on mentoring and influence
  • A complete reference index to the 21 Laws of Leadership and the 21 Qualities of a Leader
  • Easy-to-read 10-point print size

I enjoy reviewing Bibles because I want to see what is out there which can help Christ followers better grow in Christ.  I have been a long time fan of Maxwell's writings.  And in this Bible there are many nuggets of leadership truth available to the reader.
Maxwell takes the "21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader", another of his best-selling leadership concepts and partners it with some of the well known, and not so well known characters throughout Scripture.
Hundreds of compelling short articles and notes on mentoring and influence, and there are over 120 “Profiles in Leadership” lessons drawn from the people of the Bible.
Not only are there positive ways we can do leadership, but he looks at some of the shortcomings we find ourselves in, areas such as pride, envy and a me-only attitude are some examples. 
Overall, this is an excellent Bible.  Do remember, this is not a study Bible.
I received this Bible from Booklookbloggers in exchange for an honest opinion.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Ancient Modern Bible

I was excited to receive the NKJV Ancient - Modern Bible.  I love the idea and the way it is constructed throughout the pages of the Bible.  There are so many extra writings by so many people from the past.  There are so many writers, they are too numerous to mention.

There are also wonderful paintings which are glossy at the end of the book, which adds to the flavor of this Bible.  The Bible also comes with a very sturdy box for giving the Bible away as a gift. 

My only concern is the font size!  The font was really small and surprised me at its size.  It did make for difficult reading for my old eyes.  That was the only potential issue for this Bible.  Otherwise, I would highly recommend this for those who wish to read others commentaries about the scripture.

I received this Bible from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Becoming a Minimalist!

Last night I finished reading The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life.  It's an interesting book with a great premise.  Is is possible to declutter our homes so that we may be able to refocus on what our priorities should be?

As you look around your home, is it possible that there is too much clutter in our homes?  Isn't it true that we generally buy a larger home, then fill it up?  So, Becker writes about ways in which we can begin the process of removing the clutter from our lives, which then frees us to focus on what the real priorities should be.

Becker wants to help the reader better define what their vision is for their homes and their families.  To do this, he offers practical advice on how to encourage the family members to begin the process of minimizing. 

He takes us on a room by room journey through the house so that we can better discover what it is we are holding onto.  How many of each item do we really need?  How many old movies do we need to hold onto?  And more.  He includes a minimizing checklist at the end of each chapter.  I will admit, some ideas seemed really great, and others not so great or practical.  But maybe that is my reluctance to let go of some of my "stuff."

He discusses the advantages to being a minimalist before you hit retirement.  He also admits that it has been difficult for some of his children to buy into this as well.  I appreciate his honesty in talking about his family.  Not all family members are going to embrace this.  The key is discussing this in advance and having a plan, rather than going at it willy-nilly.

Overall, this is a great book, an interesting read, which hopefully will help families better focus on what's really important.

I received this book from WaterBrook and Multnomah Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Learning from Less Than Perfect!

When I ordered Less Than Perfect: Broken Men and Women of the Bible and What We Can Learn From Them, I did not realize this was really more of a devotional book.  I may not have ordered it, but I am glad I did.  Author Ann Spangler looks at 38 different people from the Bible who were not quite perfect and helps us to see some things in each person we can maybe identify with and learn from.

We see people struggling with sin issues of all varieties, we see different personalities, temptations and successes as well.  They help us see a little more of ourselves in some of these biblical characters.

There are 38 chapters averaging about 10 pages or so each.  There are also questions at the end of each chapter / devotional to help you dig a little deeper into your own life.  This may be good for a small group discussion, as you can also pick and choose the characters you wish to study and learn from.

Overall, this is a very good book and I would highly recommend it.  It is a paperback book.

I received this book from booklook bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

You've Got This!

In this devotional from KariAnne Wood, You've Got This! (because God's got you), the author gives us 52 short devotionals which are are meant to encourage the reader.  Wood also has a blog at the following site https://thistlewoodfarms.com.

On the days when life feels a little less than amazing, remember: you’ve got this.  You do. Even when the dinner’s burnt or you missed an important event on the calendar or your hair has suddenly developed a mind of its own. Even when you feel invisible or misunderstood or unwanted.

You’ve got this―because God’s got you. Straight from the heart of popular Thistlewood Farms blogger KariAnne Wood comes this beautiful, pocket-sized, 52-day devotional. Full of warmth and encouragement, each reading holds Scriptural reflections, personal stories, and prayers to remind us that God is always by our side. He loves us when we feel unlovable. He lifts us up and gives us a peace that passes all understanding. And in the midnight of every dark moment, he is there.



This is the perfect gift for anyone who needs a little hope today, You’ve Got This (Because God’s Got You) will give you the inspiration you need to keep going―and to know you’re never alone.

It's an easy to read devotional, short, about 2-3 pages each in this nice hardcover book.

I received this book from Tyndale Press in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A Story about being a Prodigal

Stumbling Toward Wholeness: How the Love of God Changes Us is a raw and unfiltered book which has the potential to change your life forever.  Andrew Bauman has written a book which is based on the story of the Prodigal Son from Luke 15:11-32.  On its own, this is a powerful story, but as Andrew Bauman unpacks it, looking at the older brother, the father and the younger brother, it becomes easy to see ourselves in all of them.

The book helps the reader dig deeper into their own story and learn more about who they are and why they are the way they are.  His hope and expectation is that each reader will see themselves and discover who they are and live a more passionate, God centered, God focused life.

Bauman shares his own story to help the reader better discover and reveal their own longing for wholeness and to experience the power of God’s strength, grace, love and compassion.

I would highly recommend this book.

I received this book from Tyndale Press in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Having an Unshakeable Hope!

I don't have the adult version, this is a Student Edition of Unshakeable Hope: The Promise Book.  It is a paperback devotional / book, which is for youth around grades 8-12, ranging from 12-16 years of age.

The premise of the book is to help youth learn and understand through self exploration about 30 different promises God has made.  In the end, Lucado wants to instill hope to each person through God's promises which will not be broken.  The format for each chapter is the same ~

  • There is a cover page which contains a pertinent scripture.
  • There are 2 pages of reflections and examples regarding this topic.
  • There is 1-2 pages of scripture about this topic.
  • There are 4 questions for study and to help the reader dig a little deeper.
  • Finally, there is a promise for you to make to God regarding this topic.

Each chapter is 6 pages in length.  The book/devotional is pretty straight forward and easy to read.  Some may say it is not deep enough, but the hope is that it spurs some questions which lead to some discussions in a youth group or at home.

Overall, this is a good book and resource, possibly for a parent to do with a teenager, which may draw them closer to one another and to God.

I received this book from booklookbloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

NKJV Spirit Filled Life Bible = Excellent!

Many years ago I purchased the original Spirit Filled Life Bible in the NIV.  This is the 3rd edition and there are many more enhancements which make this a Bible worth purchasing and using on a regular basis.  I would add that this Bible is most likely not for those who are not familiar with the Bible, since this will be more beneficial with word studies.  I also appreciate that this is in the NKJV, the first Spirit Filled Bible I purchased was the NIV.  I prefer the NKJV will over the NIV.

This Bible is a hardcover, but it's not flimsy.  It is sturdy and should last for years.  When you open it it stays open, instead of closing and struggling with it.  It's a great looking and feels good when reading it and using it. 

But more than that, this Bible is so functional, especially for those who are a little more Charasmatic.  Included in this Bible are ~ 
  • Over 650 word studies, including more than 100 new ones.
  • Kingdom Dynamics which are biblical notes addressed by spirit filled preachers.
  • Truth In Action which includes helpful charts for practical application.
  • Praying the Word - 192 helps for guided prayers based on Scripture.
  • Study notes which helps explain the Scripture.

Overall this is an excellent Bible and a great resource.  I would highly recommend it.

I received this Bible from Booklook bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Excellent Bible!!


Many years ago I purchased the original Spirit Filled Life Bible in the NIV.  While I liked that one then, this one surpasses it.  Partly, I appreciate the NKJV so much more than the NIV.

This Bible has an amazingly soft feel to the leather.  When you open it it stays open, instead of closing and struggling with it.  The looks and feel are great.

But more than that, this Bible is so functional, especially for those who are a little more Charasmatic.  Included in this Bible are ~ 

Over 650 word studies, including more than 100 new ones.
Kingdom Dynamics which are biblical notes addressed by spirit filled preachers.
Truth In Action which includes helpful charts for practical application.
Praying the Word - 192 helps for guided prayers based on Scripture.
Study notes which helps explain the Scripture.

Overall this is an excellent Bible and a great resource.  I would highly recommend it.

I received this Bible from Booklook bloggers in exchange for an honest review.


Maxwell Leadership Bible!

The NKJV - The Maxwell Leadership Bible: Lessons in Leadership from the Word of God by John Maxwell is an excellent resource tool.  I hav...