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“Young Women of Faith Bible’ May 20, 2014

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ImageI recently received a copy of the New International Version’s Young Women of Faith Bible. As I looked through the pages I realized that this Bible would make a wonderful gift for a younger girl. Within the cute and colorful cover of this Bible are wonderful notes to help explain and apply the Scriptures to young girls. As you flip through the pages you see lots of the color pink. And wherever you see pink there will be some sort of study aid for those who are reading.

Here are some examples of the type of notes that you will find within the pages of this Bible:

* “If I Were there…”  These attempt to help put you in the shoes of those involved in the Bible story. They help you to relate to and understand the situation that they are in.

* “I Believe” These are simple, short statements found on various pages. They clearly state key beliefs and truths that are found within the scriptures, such as “Jesus is alive.”

* Memory Verses  Throughout the scriptures, this Bible frequently points out verses that it suggests for memorization. This can be a wonderful tool for young girls!

There are also lists of facts and answers to questions before each book of the Bible, as well as weekly devotions and journaling sections throughout the pages.

Overall, I would say this this Bible for young ladies is both cute and practical. It has girly, feminine pages, but those pages hold notes that help the readers to understand and apply God’s word to their own lives.

 

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

 

‘One-To-One Bible Reading’ Book Review December 1, 2012

downloadTitle: One-To-One Bible Reading: a simple guide for every christian

Author: David Helm

Date I Finished Reading: November 30,2012

My Rating: 5/5

“Reading one-to-one is a variation on that most central Christian activity — reading the Bible– but done in the context of reading with someone else. It is something a Christian does with another person, on a regular basis, for a mutually agreed upon length of time, with  the intention of reading through and discussing a book or part of a book of the Bible,” (page 11). When I read this description of one-to-one Bible reading, I at first thought it sounded formal, perhaps uncomfortable, and maybe for someone with more knowledge of scripture that myself. However, as I read through this book, my thoughts quickly changed. By the time I was through I had been encouraged to seek out someone in my own life with whom to do this.

This book was pretty short. However, the content was great! The author discussed first why one-to-one Bible reading is beneficial, who it is beneficial for,  and how to go about doing it, and it does so in a very simple format. It wasn’t intimidating either, as I expected, in fact it was just the opposite! I was brought to the realization of just how simple, beneficial, and encouraging this process can be.

In this book Helm discusses how doing this type of Bible reading can benefit non-believers, new believers, and fellow mature believers alike. In doing so, he presents a common pattern/ form these meetings can take, although it may have to be slightly tweaked  depending on yourself and the person(s) that you are reading with. On top of that he also provides you with different passages of scripture that are good to begin with, and evaluation questions to get the most out of what is being read.

One detail of the book that I found helpful is how the author explains both effective methods for one-to-one Bible study, the COMA method and the Swedish method. He list the ups and downs, goods and bads, pros and cons of both, allowing you to choose which one would be best for your situation, and allowing the reading to be more effective.

The thing I liked the most about this book probably has to be chapter ten. In this chapter, Helm discusses each genre of scripture (from poetry to prophecy to the gospels), and provides evaluation questions that help you better observe the scripture, as well as to understand the context, meaning and application. The reason that I was so grateful for this is that it not only greatly enhances what you take away from one-to-one Bible reading, but it also helps you to better comprehend, appreciate and apply what you are reading in your own personal devotions and Bible time.

Overall, I thought that this was a great book. I mean, I have seen and been involved in Bible studies and programs that study the scriptures, which are all great! Yet there is something that seems very beautiful and beneficial about one-to-one reading that encouraged me to begin doing this with people in my own life. I would definitely recommend this book to you!

Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. However, my opinions are my own

You can find a copy of this book here : http://www.matthiasmedia.com.au/one-to-one-bible-reading

 

‘ the Radical Question and A Radical Idea’ Book Review October 12, 2012

Title: The Radical Question and A Radical Idea

Author: David Platt

Date I Finished Reading: October 11,2012

My Rating: 5/5

What does Jesus mean to you? To some christians in other areas of the world, this could mean following him to persecution, torture or death. However, here in America, we have the freedom to worship God how we wish without these risks. So what does this question mean to us?

In this book (or books, because it is really two books in one) David Platt discusses how we should consider and apply this question in our lives, and what this should look like. He also discusses the point that ministry is about people, not programs.  This book was very well written, easy to read, and backed by scripture. I just wish it was a little longer…

I recieved this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

You can find a copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Radical-Question-Idea/dp/1601424892/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350044735&sr=8-1&keywords=radical+question+and+radical+idea

 

‘Holiness’ Booklet Review September 23, 2012

Title: Holiness: God’s Call to Sanctification (Booklet)

Author: Joel R. Beeke

Date I Finished Reading: May 1, 2012

My Rating: 5/5

This booklet may be small, but it is packed! We read about holiness as it is found throughout God’s word. We learn of it’s definition, nature etc. Much scriptural support is used. At times the information was a little confusing for me, but I still found it interesting, encouraging and informative. I think this booklet is worth you taking a little bit of time to read 🙂

You can get a copy of this booklet for only $2.00 by clicking the following link: http://www.amazon.com/Holiness-Santification-Joel-R-Beeke/dp/0851516718/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1348432000&sr=8-2&keywords=holiness+joel+r+beeke