Tuesday, October 25, 2016

NIV Holy Bible for Girls Journal Edition

The NIV Holy  Bible for Girls Journal Edition has a beautiful turquoise cover design with a pink band. It is also currently available in a pink colored design that is like the turquoise cover. The cover slip say this Bible is designed to let you "reflect on God's Word and add your own thoughts, art, and color to favorite verses." It encourages girls (and women) to "curl up in a cozy spot and spend time with the Word."

Besides the beautiful cover, I like the dark print and heavy paper of this Bible. When I was a younger person, we weren't encouraged to write in books and I didn't know you could really write in your Bible until I got older. I like that this Bible encourages young women to spend time in the Bible, underlining verses, and writing out thoughts. Today, I like that we also encourage art work in the margins of Bibles. As a creative person, I just get excited about creating with God and His Word. Again, I wish this was something that was encouraged when I was younger. While this Bible is marketed to young women, there is nothing in this Bible that is age restrictive. This Bible is plainly the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible with wide margins to mark up in ways that are between the reader and God. The front of the Bible also has a pretty presentation page that matches the cover, a preface and a table of weights and measures along with the text.

I plan to use this NIV Holy Bible for my own use as a journaling and art journaling Bible. I highly recommend it to both young women and women of any age that would like to use this Bible to get closer to God.

I received this Bible from Zondervan. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the Bible.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Between Us by Vicki Courtney

Between Us is a beautiful 52-week devotional journal book for mom and daughters to use together. The cover and the whole book is quite nice and is larger than I expected. It is nicely bound and the format is well done. There is plenty of space to write a do the activities for each week in a book that could become a special keepsake down the road.

Doing one devotional a week seems do-able in our busy world today. Between Us has a Bible reading, a devotional reading for both Moms and daughters to read, questions to ask moms, questions to ask daughters related to the reading for the week and a small activity that is different every week but related to do the reading that concludes the week's work. There is also a plan of salvation in the back of the book. The weekly readings relate the Bible verses to something both moms and daughters can relate to--having confidence but not boasting, praying and how God answers prayer, sharing salvation with others, what has lasting value in our lives, and many other topics related to walking the Christian life today. I could see these weekly readings and activities helping family members learn more about each other and relate better to each other.

I will be honest, I don't have a daughter to use Between Us with. . .although I wish that I did. I also wish that I could have done something like this with my mom too. Having said that, I have spent some time with a niece and I think this book is right on target in how it addresses issues in talking between a tween and her mom. I have a son and I wish I could do something like this with him or he could do something like this with his dad. I think it would create more unity of spirit as we go forth to face cultural challenges in our world today. Moms and daughters that do use Between Us could build their relationship up with each other and with God. Then I am sure that would spill over into all of the lives each of them touch in a week.

I received this book from Broadman and Holman publishers. I was not required to write a review in exchange for the book.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Complete Jewish Study Bible from Hendrickson Bibles

Not long after I became a Christian believer, I heard a representative from Jews for Jesus share about the Passover meal and what each part of the meal represents. I found it fascinating.
Since then, I have been to a recreation of the Passover meal with explanation of each part and a few more Jews for Jesus events. Each time I have felt my own faith in Christ was enriched. For that reason, I was excited to receive a copy of The Complete Jewish Study Bible.

The Complete Jewish Study Bible is absolutely beautiful in many ways. The hardcover is a gorgeous, rich blue with a bit of an old Jewish look to it. From the back of the cover this Bible "pairs the newly updated text of the bestselling Complete Jewish Bible with detailed notes and comprehensive study material to help both Jewish and Christian readers understand and connect with the essence of their faith--God's redemptive plan for his people."

During the time I spent reading through this Bible and using it to review, the Jews have celebrated Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This Bible has articles in it that help explain the history of these holidays from the Bible and their meaning then and now. There are also Scripture readings included for all Sabbaths, Festivals, Feasts and fasts. I especially enjoyed that aspect. All in all, there are over 100 articles, categorized into 12 themes that help explain Jewish customs, names of God and more history. The articles are written by over 30 contributors that are both of Jewish and Christian in their backgrounds.

Each Bible book in The Complete Jewish Study Bible contains an introduction from a Jewish perspective. I would add that the writing at the start of each chapter has a Jewish look to it which I felt added a richness to the book. The original Hebrew names and pronunciation also add to the study. The study notes at the bottom of the pages are so helpful in understanding Bible history and culture, especially the Jewish part of our history.

I would highly recommend this study Bible to any Christian or Jew looking to study both the Bible and the spiritual history of both. I know I have learned many new things in the short time I have had it. I have also felt my faith strengthened as a result. It is beautiful and well done. The print is dark and a nice size to read too.

I received The Complete Jewish Study Bible from Hendrickson Bible publisher. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.

 I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

Faith That Sticks Colorable Scripture Stickers from Tyndale

This week, Tyndale released a line of colorable stickers to use for journaling, scrapbooking or any other craft where you might see a use for these.

I like the idea of colorable stickers. These designs are quite nice, as are the words on the stickers. I will use them in my journaling Bible or my journal. My only complaint is that I wish the designs were larger to color. At the least, I wish a few of the designs had larger areas to color. I needed to use my fineliner markers or especially sharp colored pencils to color the designs. Someone with especially good eye sight and better skills than I have may have no problems. I understand they are stickers so need to be smaller than a coloring book page but I think the lettering could have been a little larger for me. Still, I love the designs and the words so I would recommend them but  you do need to keep in mind the designs are quite small.
I see the stickers are available at most places that carry Tyndale products: Amazon, Christianbook.com, Barnes and Noble, Family Christian Stores and more. They retail for 2.99 and there are two sheets of each design per package. Also, as a plus, these are made with acid-free paper.

I received these stickers from Tyndale. I was not required to write a review.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Everything Beautiful Coloring Book from Waterbrook Press

Everything Beautiful:A Coloring Book for Inspiration and Reflection is an exceptionally beautiful adult coloring book. This book is designed for coloring and meditation to remind the user that there is beauty in every day and our Savior is with us, no matter what our circumstances are. Waterbrook also has an Everything Beautiful playlist on Spotify to play while you are coloring. . .or anytime that you would like to be uplifted with this beautiful selection of songs based on this coloring book theme.

Thick pages, front side only, perforated for easy removal, and a variety of both verses and quotes make this book exceptional in quality. Everything Beautiful contains original designs from nine different artists and is 96 pages long. There is a wide variety of subject matter in the designs which I especially liked. I also liked that the designs were ones that didn't have a lot of tiny spaces to color, which I prefer. I also appreciate that there is the complete words to a song, verse or more information on a quote on the backside of the picture in print.

This sample was all done with colored pencils.

This sample was colored with markers. The heavy pages showed no bleed through. I think it would be okay to use these designs for just about any medium you would like. The pages are thick and able to withstand a lot.

I highly recommend Everything Beautiful Coloring book if you like to relax and color.

I received this book from Blogging for Books. I was not required to write a review in exchange for the book.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Domino Effect by Davis Bunn

The Domino Effect is definitely one of the more fast paced and intriguing books that I have read by Davis Bunn. It isn't my usual cup of tea. . .but I do think it was well done and if you like financial thrillers, it could be a good read for you.

Esther Larsen is a top risk analyst at one of the country's largest banks. Unfortunately her job is a stressful one and she has also uncovered some banking issues that add even more stress to her life. At first she bottles everything up. . .but gradually she opens up to some of her friends from church. From there, she has some of the support she needs to stand up and do something to help the global market situation. Esther is just one person. Can she make a difference?  You'll have to read this book to find out as I don't want to give away too much of the plot.

I don't usually read books that cover this type of subject matter. . .I usually read more relaxing fiction books because I like to read fiction to relax before I go to bed. The Domino Effect was an intense fiction book for my tastes. . .and as a result I had to read it a bit more slowly. I also feel like our global financial situation could actually be similar to that of this book as I read in the news that a financial collapse is coming. That being said, I thought this book was well done. While I am in no way an expert in the subject matter of this book, it felt like Bunn did his research well.  I would recommend it if you like fast-paced books. Bunn is an excellent writer who does well with various subject matters and I do always find his books to be good even if they are a bit more challenging read, like this one.

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a review in exchange for the book.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A Bird, A Girl, and a Rescue by J. A. Myhre

A Bird, A Girl, and a Rescue by J A Myhre kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book. . .and I think it will you too.

A Bird, A Girl and a Rescue is the story of eleven year old Kiisa and her adventures during her first year of boarding school in Africa. Kiisa is young and misses her family but her father sends her a special bird to keep her company, Njili. Njili keeps Kiisa updated with news from home and guides her as she learns to make decisions on her own. Kiisa faces some exciting adventures as she deals with African rebels and sets out on her own rescue mission.

Myrhe writes an exciting story that is the second in her Rwendigo Tales series. The first book is about a boy, entitled, A Chameleon, A Boy, and a Quest. I just learned about this series so we have not read that book but I plan to purchase it and use both books for our homeschooling. I like that these books teach about life in Africa in a way that is interesting and will draw my child in to learn. I also like that these books help children see how they can be brave and resilient in the face of big challenges. I also found the book to be a great way to immerse my child in another culture, learning in an interesting way through Kiisa's adventures.  I would highly recommend A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue. Besides being a great book to read as a homeschooler, it would also be a great book to read aloud as a family. Even as an adult, I found the story to be quite good and one that reaches through the ages to provide both entertainment and lessons to learn. 

As a plus, the author donates half of her royalties to "a fund the enables real children to emerge with resilience from childhoods threatened by poverty, rebel warfare, human trafficking, malnutrition, loss and fear." Myrhe write fictional stories but she has also served as a doctor in East Africa for over two decades so she knows about the culture that she writes about.

I received a copy of this book from New Growth Press. I was not required to write a review in exchange for the book.