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Book Review, “42 Seconds,” Carl Medearis author

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42 Seconds: The Jesus Model for Everyday Interactions, by Carl Medearis, is a marvelous book. It is designed to be used as either an inspirational book or as a four-week Bible study.

Medearis has determined that the average length of Jesus’ conversations as recorded in the Gospels is forty-two seconds. Yet Jesus profoundly impacted people’s lives in that short amount of time. This book strives to teach the reader how to interact with people like Jesus. Sections include: Be Kind, Be Present, Be Brave, and Be Jesus. Topics addressed include: Do Something Small, Breathe Deep, Say Something Crazy, and Do My Words Match My Actions. The author also encourages the reader to send out the opener in each section in a text or tweet.

This is an amazing book. It concisely teaches the reader how to interact with others in a loving and kind way. I especially like the fact that it includes social media instead of pushing it away.

I would recommend this book to anyone attempting to improve their social skills or outreach programs.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

 

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Book Review, “In All Things,” Melissa Kruger author

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In All Things: A Nine-Week Devotional Bible Study On Unshakable Joy, by Melissa B. Kruger, is a study of the book of Philippians. This study is based on the idea that “Jesus never intended for us to have just a little bit of happiness in our lives. He wants us to have fullness of joy.”

According to the author, the book of Philippians, written by the apostle Paul while he was in prison, invites readers to joy. Each week of the study follows a three-step method to portray the texts. Each begins with Observation: What does the text say?  Next is Interpretation: What does the text mean? Last is Application: How does the text transform me? The author states that all three of these are vital to Bible study, making a connection with God possible. The book ends with a section pertaining to group study.

I found this book very well organized. The three-step method makes sense and is simple to follow. I especially appreciated the idea that we must apply the information we learn from the Bible to our lives, otherwise it is just learning Bible trivia.

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about the book of Philippians.

Kara

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Book Review, “NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible,” published by Zondervan

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The NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible is published by Zondervan in partnership with the makers of Logos Bible Software. This version is packed full of “Biblical insights that you can see.”

This Bible includes many features to assist serious Bible students. It has the full text of the NKJV. There are over one hundred full-color infographics, timelines, and tables. There are twenty-seven family trees and people diagrams, including three detailed timelines chronicling the life of Jesus, His ministry, and His death and resurrection. The book introductions include outlines, backgrounds, themes, and maps or timelines. Information regarding original Biblical languages is revealed in the verse-by-verse study notes. The words of Jesus are presented in red ink. Also, there are contributions by many respected authors or scholars, such as Charles Stanley, Lee Strobel, Timothy Keller, and Robert Chisholm.

This is a spectacular Bible. It is full of information about the Bible presented in colorful and appealing ways. I especially appreciate the many maps and timelines included.

I would recommend this Bible to anyone looking for a more serious study of the Bible.

Kara

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Book Review, “The Most Important Women of the Bible,” Aaron and Elaina Sharp authors

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The Most Important Women of the Bible: Remarkable Stories of God’s Love and Redemption, by Aaron and Elaina Sharp, is packed full of information about women in scripture.  Published by Bethany House, this book’s authors are both graduates of Dallas Theological Seminary and reside in Texas.

This book strives to reveal to the reader how each of the women included fits into the overall story of the Bible. The objective is to remind readers of how each woman’s story reveals God’s love for people today. Each chapter discusses a different woman of the Bible, including Scripture References, Biography, Role in Redemption, By the Numbers, and Things We Wondered. Some of the women included are: Eve, Sarah, Zipporah, Ruth, Hannah, Bathsheba, Gomer, Mary, Tabitha, Phoebe, and Lydia.

This is a marvelous book. It is well-written and included much information about each woman discussed. I found it truthful and to the point. It would be useful for both individual or group Bible studies.

I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to know more about women of the Bible.

Kara

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Book Review, “The King James Study Bible,” Thomas Nelson publishers

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The King James Study Bible, published by Thomas Nelson in large print format, is a beautiful Bible. It is intended to “provide conservative Christians with a reliable study Bible that is both scholarly and spiritually relevant.” It combines technical aspects with opportunities for application.

This Bible contains many features to assist any Bible student. It is presented in full color. Its doctrinal footnotes offer a system for studying the scriptures and tracing them throughout the Bible. Personality profiles of key men and women of the Bible are located near the verses in which they are mentioned. Archaeological Sites focus on significant Biblical places and the findings surrounding them. There are center-column references, maps, images, charts, study notes, book introductions, outlines, topical indexes, and a Hebrew/Greek word-study concordance.

This is a lovely Bible. I appreciate the large print and the colorful pictures and maps. I especially like the lifetime guarantee offered through Thomas Nelson Publishers. It is, however, very large and heavy, making it more difficult for some to use in a practical manner.

I would recommend this Bible for any serious Bible scholar.

Kara

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Book Review, “NIV Faithlife Study Bible,” Zondervan publishers

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The NIV Faithlife Study Bible: Intriguing Insights to Inform Your Faith, published by Zondervan, strives to reach and prove its usefulness to everyone, regardless of the level of their faith or experience with Christianity. It is put together in order to show that there is always more to learn about the Bible.

This Bible is filled with ways to assist many types of learners. Many aspects are adapted from the Faithlife Study Bible app. The individual book introductions include outlines and information about background culture, themes, and maps and timelines. The verse-by-verse study notes reveal information from the original Biblical languages. There are contributions from respected scholars such as Charles Stanley and Randy Alcorn. There are over one hundred full-color graphics, timelines, and tables. There are three detailed timelines regarding the life of Jesus. Also included are twenty-seven family trees and people diagrams to illustrate the manner in which people in the Bible are related to one another.

This hardback study Bible is amazing. It’s many tools for in-depth study would be an asset to any Bible scholar, whether just beginning to read the scriptures or already well-informed. I especially appreciated the many tables and timelines, as well as the family trees.

I would recommend this Bible to anyone studying God’s Word.

Kara

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Book Review, “Lazarus Awakening,” Joanna Weaver author

lazarus awakening coverLazarus Awakening, by Joanna Weaver, subtitled Finding Your Place in the Heart of God, is a wonderful study. It includes three DVDs with eight video sessions, as well as a written study guide for further study.

The DVDs each include two or three seventeen to twenty minute sessions and Israel Moments, which explore the life of Christ and the Holy Land. Downloadable leaders’ guides, promotional materials, and retreat formats are also included. Designed to accompany the book with the same title as well as the DVD, the study guide for each week includes assigned chapters from the book, an Israel Moment, Make a Plan, Who I Am in Christ, a memory verse, a video guide, and a Closing Time reflection. Also included are maps, surveys, and places for notes.

The author’s enthusiasm for not only this topic, but also developing a deeper relationship with Christ and encouraging others to do so is evident throughout the videos and the study guide. I would recommend this product to anyone wishing to study Lazarus and his relationship with Jesus. I would also recommend it to anyone wishing to study his own relationship with Jesus.

Kara

I received this book and DVD series free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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