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.


Thursday, September 06, 2018

Daily Questions!!

I wish I had this book when my boys were younger.  This is a wonderful and powerful way for parents to engage with their children on a daily basis.  In the book, The Daily Question for You and Your Child, there is a daily question to be discussed.  Each page has that question and you write down your child’s answer for the day.  There are spaces for the same question the next year, and then the next year after that.  You have 3 years of answers of what your child thinks and feels about various questions.

The book is for boys or girls.  The questions are generic enough to be asked to either sex.  Some questions are simple and basic. “What was the best part of your day?”  “What is your favorite color?  Or what’s your least favorite chore?”  These are some of the simple questions.  They get deeper as well, “What is inspiring to you?”  “What do you think heaven will be like?”  If you could ask Jesus a question, what would you ask Him?”  “How do you show love to others?”

These would be great questions to ask and talk about.  Not to correct your child, just simply to listen and learn about who your child is.  It’s a great opportunity for bonding as parent and child.  There would be lots of moments where you, the parent could share your story as well. 

This book is more for those who are Christian.  Although there are no scripture verses in the book.  The book is a quality hardcover and should last for years.

I would highly recommend it.  It would be a great gift to your child.

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

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

God Keeps His Promises!


God Always Keeps His Promises: Unshakeable Hope for Kids was written by Max Lucado, adapted by Tama Fortner, and illustrated by Alessia Trunfio is a wonderful Bible story book for children.  This is really more of a devotional / children's bible story book.  It is designed for children between the ages of 4 - 8.

The devotional Bible story book describes 25 different promises from God to us.  Each chapter is about 8 pages in length, ending with a promise, a prayer and Bible verses.

The book is filled with colorful pages which will engage the children as you read the story to them, or as they read for themselves.

I would highly recommend this book for parents and grandparents.

I received a copy from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

100 Days of Thanks!!

I really appreciated the devotional 100 Days of Thanks
This devotional covers 100 different devotions focused on our giving thanks.  Each devotion ranges from 1-2 pages, and ends with a question to consider and a few lines to jot down your thoughts.  There is a scripture to start each devotion.  There's also a Table of Contents, so you can mark the ones which really speak to your heart and soul.  I have really come to appreciate devotionals which do not take so much time, but have meat within them.  This devotion fits that bill perfectly.

It's a hardcover book, with beautiful pictures on every page.  This book would make for a great present for yourself or another person.  It would be a great way to start the day or even to end the day.

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

Monday, August 06, 2018

4 Amish Short Stories

In the book An Amish Family: Four Novellas, author Kathleen Fuller has written four short stories focused on four Amish families.  Each story has it's own plot and are all well written.

They are very nice shorts stories of young Amish men and women who are searching to find happiness and relationships as them move into adulthood. 

The four stories are ~

Building Trust - Grace Miller and Joel King are in love. They’ve dated secretly for the past year and when he proposes marriage, Grace accepts.  But when she tells her parents about the wedding, she’s shocked when her father tells her she can’t marry Joel. 

A Heart Full of Love (also in An Amish Cradle) - Ellie’s mother hasn’t stopped meddling in her personal life since Ellie lost her sight — and she’s taken it up a notch now that Ellie’s pregnant.  When Ellie gives birth to twins, her mother insists on moving in to care for them.  But when her mother’s behavior becomes unbearable, Ellie is forced to take a stand . . . and finally find out why she can’t let go.

Surprised by Love - In a desperate move to evade her match-making mother, Emily Schwartz announces that she’s already seeing someone: Reuben Coblentz. The trouble is, Reuben is barely even a friend.  Seeing how desperate she is, Reuben plays along.  But what happens when the past sneaks up on them?

A Gift for Anne Marie (also in An Amish Second Christmas) - Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been best friends since they were kids. Now things are evolving . . . in ways everyone else predicted long ago.  But when her mother suddenly decides to remarry in another state, Anne Marie’s new chapter with Nathaniel looks doomed to end before it begins.

If you enjoy short stories and Amish stories, then this is a great book to read.

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

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Unwrapping the Bible!!

Too many people do not read the Bible, with basic excuses being the length of the Bible and the fact that they do not understand the Bible.  Well, David Veerman helped with the latter.  In his book, Unwrapping the Bible: Understanding God’s Essential Truths, he is helping the reader to better understand those essential truths (in his opinion) of the Bible.

The book is broken into 7 sections, with 5 chapters in each section.  The 7 sections are

  1. Doctrine of God
  2. Doctrine of Humanity
  3. Doctrine of Revelation
  4. Doctrine of Christ
  5. Doctrine of Salvation
  6. Doctrine of Sanctification
  7. Doctrine of the Church


Within each chapter, Veerman has broken it down to work within a study group.  There are 3 sections within each chapter called, Look, Listen and Live.  Listen in the longest section and within those sections there are a number of questions, and at times he does give the answers.

This is a very easy to read, with a larger font as well.  Even though the book is 409 pages long, it should not be intimidating to read.  There are fun facts, and he makes the reading interesting as opposed to sounding like a text book.  The theology is conservative.  This would make for a good introduction to theology for anyone who is wanting to go a little deeper in their understanding of the Christian faith.

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

Powerful Story!

We live in a day and age when being a police officer is not looked upon with esteem.  Every decision is highly scrutinized by those who have no clue about what it takes to accomplish their job.  With that in mind, I was looking forward to reading “13 Days in Ferguson.”  Captain Ronald Johnson tells an amazing story about the 13 days of rioting in Ferguson, MO.  He was the officer assigned with returning this community to a place of peace and hope.

This book is a memoir of the events which happened on a daily basis.  It is a book about the power of Captain Johnson’s faith, courage and strength.  He was continually targeted by everyone regarding every decision he made.  He lost friends, he was viewed as a traitor by other police officers and he was highly criticized. 

He felt he needed to understand what the people were thinking and feeling, so he stepped across the lines to better understand, therefore, to help those who were at the center of the struggle.

This is a very well written, powerful book describing for the first time what was occurring in Ferguson, MO and how one man stood above others, willing to take the heat, in order to restore the peace. 

I highly recommend this book.

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

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 enhancement...