November 25, 2016

Book Review: The Beginner's Bible


The Beginner's Bible: NIrV Holy Bible is a New International Reader's Version Bible, and it's a wonderful biblical resource with interesting full-color illustrations.

In addition to the Old and New Testaments, this Bible features the following sections: Books of the Bible in Alphabetical Order, Getting to Know Jesus, A Word About the NIrV, Dictionary, and 150 Famous Bible Stories checklist.

According to A Word About the NIrV, the NIrV is "based on the NIV," yet there are adjustments to sentence length, replaced difficult to comprehend words, etc. "We wanted to make the NIrV very easy to read and understand."

The NIrV is geared towards "people who are just starting to read...children...older people who are learning how to read...people who are reading the Bible for the first time...people who have a heard time understanding what they read...and...people who use English as their second language," as shared in A Word About the NIrV.

The Beginner's Bible: NIrV Holy Bible is recommended and geared towards young readers, yet it's relatable for all ages.


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

November 22, 2016

Book Review: Impact for Living Men's Devotional


The One Year Impact for Living Men's Devotional: Daily Coaching for a Life of Significance is a devotional book by Scott Whitaker and Nathan Whitaker. The books in The One Year series are considered "do-able daily devotions."

According to the back cover: "All of us have been created by God for impact--a unique impact in this world. But too often we're distracted from the eternal significance of our actions by the more alluring paths of power, wealth, image, and status. This daily devotional will help you to focus on your eternal legacies--what you can do each day when you understand your God-given purpose, potential, passion, and platform." And each devotion features one of the words--purpose, potential, passion, or platform--at the top of the page. 

Each daily devotion includes the date, title, scripture verses (or occasionally an inspirational quote), devotional text, and Impact Application, which features statements and/or questions to contemplate and put into action. Since the devotions are listed by date, it's ideal to start this devotional on January 1, yet readers may easily start the devotional at any time throughout the year.
 
The One Year Impact for Living Men's Devotional is geared towards men of various ages, from young adults to older generations. With one devotional per page, this book is a great way to start setting aside a few minutes each day to read and reflect on the Scriptures or it's ideal to supplement into on-going personal devotional time.


Note: I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

November 17, 2016

Book Review: The Lord's Prayer



The Lord's Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness is a children's board book written by Rick Warren and illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson.

On the last page, the author shares, "Prayer is just talking to God. Even though we cannot see God, he is always near, and God loves to hear our prayers. We can talk to God anywhere, and we can talk to him about anything.... God always understands."

Within about twenty-five pages, this board book presents prayers in an easy-to-read manner for young children. It features vibrant and beautiful illustrations to enjoy while reading the Lord's Prayer, as well as the corresponding prayer that enhances this scripture passage. 

The Lord's Prayer is from Matthew 6:9b-13: "Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."

The Lord's Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness is geared towards young readers, particularly toddlers and preschoolers. However, it's a wonderful book for all ages to read.


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

November 14, 2016

Book Review: Grace for the Moment


Grace for the Moment: Inspirational Thoughts for Each Day of the Year, by Max Lucado is a highly recommended devotional book, which features excerpts from about twenty of the author's books.

This devotional book is similar to the previously released pocket-sized version, yet it's considered to have "easy-to-read comfort-size print." The book's larger size and larger print is ideal for adults, particularly older generations, yet all ages groups would benefit from this encouraging and inspirational devotional book.

According to the back cover copy, "Let God's love comfort you and guide you. Let his daily grace happen to you--a grace that will change you, shape you, and lead you to a life that is eternally altered."

Each daily devotion features a scripture verse and devotional text. In addition, there are scripture passages and inspirational materials included throughout this book. Since the devotions are listed by date, it's easier to start this book on January 1, yet readers may start reading at any time throughout the year.

With one devotional per page, Grace for the Moment is a wonderful way to start setting aside a few minutes each day to read and reflect on the Scriptures or it's easily supplemented into on-going personal devotional time.

In the Preface, Lucado shares "to you, the reader. How kind of you to invite me into your world. May God use these daily encounters to give you more of him--to give you grace for the moment."


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

November 10, 2016

Book Review: Read and Play Baby Bible


Read and Play Baby Bible is a charming, yet informative children's book with lovely illustrations.

This book features summarized biblical stories that are relatable for children, as well as interactive activities to make learning about God's word even more enjoyable. In 46 pages, there are 22 Bible stories from Genesis, Exodus, Ruth, 1 Samuel, Esther, Daniel, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Revelation.

According to the back cover: "Cuddle up, read, play--repeat! With fun stories written just for little ones and activities like tickling bellies and singing along with David and his harp, children won't just learn God loves and cares about them...they'll experience it!"

The Read and Play Baby Bible is an easy-to-read board book, and it's geared toward young children, particularly preschoolers to third graders.


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

November 7, 2016

Book Review: A Minute of Vision for Men

 
A Minute of Vision for Men: 365 Motivational Moments to Kick-Start Your Day, by Roger Patterson is a challenging and encouraging devotional book for men, and it's structured for the reader to only spend about a minute to two each day reading the daily devotional.

In the Introduction, the author stated, "My hope is that this book will share timely wisdom in such a time-constrained world. These daily minutes are drawn from sports headlines, from moments with my wife or kids, and from Scripture. For the last few years, I've had the privilege of sharing these one-minute daily thoughts on the radio.... One of the passions driving this project is my desire to engage men where they're at while also helping them succeed spiritually."
 
Each daily devotion features the devotional text and scripture verse. Since the devotions are listed by date, it's ideal to start this devotional on January 1, yet readers may start the devotional at any time throughout the year.

A Minute of Vision for Men is geared towards men at a variety of ages, from young adults to older generations. With one devotional per page, this book is a wonderful way to start setting aside a few minutes each day to read and reflect on the Scriptures or it's easily supplemented into on-going personal devotional time.


Note: I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

November 4, 2016

Book Review: Devotions for a Deeper Life


Devotions for a Deeper Life: A Daily Devotional is an enjoyable and encouraging book by Oswald Chambers and edited by Glenn D. Black.

In the Foreword, Black shares that "the writings of Oswald Chambers contained in this volume were excerpted from these articles in God's Revivalist.... Chambers is respected as an effective expositor of the Word of God, a prolific writer, and a practical Christian teacher whose disciplined mind explored the rich, redemptive truths of our Lord Jesus Christ.... I commend this volume as a spiritual aid to all who seek to be more like Christ in Spirit-filled living for Him."

Each daily devotion features a scripture verse, devotional text, prayer thought, and suggested reading biblical passage. Also, there's a Scripture Index included at the back of this book. Since the devotions are listed by date, it's ideal to start this devotional on January 1, yet readers may start reading at any time throughout the year.

The Devotions for a Deeper Life is geared towards various age groups, from young adults to older generations. With one devotional per page, this book may easily be added to your current personal devotional time or it's a a great way to start setting aside time each day to spend with God.


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

November 2, 2016

Book Review: Little Book of God's Love


Precious Moments: Little Book of God's Love, by Jean Fischer is an adorable children’s book.

With the focus of God's love, this book features plenty of prayers, poems, and scripture verses to read. For example, on the first page, Inside My Heart states that "God lives here inside my heart, and in my heart He'll stay to fill me up with His great love each and every day." 

The back cover shares, "Through these sweet poems and prayers, and the classic Precious Moments artwork, celebrate with your little one how we can receive and share God's amazing love."

This easy-to-read board book is a charming children's book, which is geared toward toddlers and preschoolers.


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.