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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, “A Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God,” Larry Osborne author

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A Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God: Spirituality for the Rest of Us, by Larry Osborne, is written for the common person. “It’s simply meant to offer insight into the minds and hearts of those who don’t read so well, who work with their hands instead of their minds, who still show a few symptoms of ADD.” It is meant to challenge the current system of spiritual development.

This book is divided into three parts. Part One examines genuine spirituality. It includes ideas such as: What Does It Mean to Know God, How Two Utterly Different People Can Both Please God, and Why Ambition Should Never be Confused with Spirituality.  Part Two discusses spiritual growth.  It includes topics such as: The Way Most People Grow, How Small Groups Change Everything, and How the Holy Spirit Does Exactly What Jesus Said He Would Do. Part Three examines what God wants. It includes: Blind Spots, Is Faith Overrated, and Chocolate-Covered Arrogance.

This is an interesting book.  It challenges traditional ideas of Christianity and church membership. I especially liked the idea the author presents that God tore the curtain in the temple in two when Jesus died, but we keep sewing it back together. We need to remember that God opened the door for all to approach Him.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in bringing Christianity to other common people.

Kara

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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, “The Woman’s Study Bible,” Thomas Nelson publishers

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The Woman’s Study Bible, published by Thomas Nelson in the New International Version, promises “God’s Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation.” It is specifically designed to assist women strengthen both their Biblical knowledge and their relationships with Christ.

This Bible features special notes and features appealing to women and highlights women throughout the scriptures. It includes contributions from more than eighty women, varied by denomination, education, occupation, and ethnicity in order to encourage mentorship. Special features include a full-color design, readable 10.5 font, biographical portraits of over 100 Biblical women, verse by verse study notes, over 300 in-text topical articles, essays from women who are experts in various fields, book introductions and outlines, full-color maps, charts, timelines, family trees, quotes from Godly women of history, a topical index, and a concordance.

This is an incredible Bible. The large type makes it easy to read, and the use of color adds to the reading experience. I especially like the family trees. I also appreciate the introductions, which specifically include the audience and the literary characteristics.

I would recommend this Bible to any woman who wishes to expand her Bible knowledge and Christian life.

Kara

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Book Review, “God of Tomorrow,” Caleb Kaltenbach author

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God of Tomorrow: How to Overcome the Fears of Today and Renew Your Hope for the Future, by Caleb Kaltenbach, tells its readers how to set aside fears of the future. The future sometimes “brings good news, and other times it destroys our dreams.”

This book addresses how to face the future in an unstable society. It describes how people of the Bible faced many of the same issues in their time that we do today. Some of the points made in the book are as follows: “Since tomorrow belongs to God, we can graciously offer hope to people of today.” “Christians are supposed to be people who make a place for anyone, even those who don’t seem as though they belong somewhere, because God made a place for us.” “Loving God and loving our neighbor are inseparable actions.” And lastly, “You might not be able to walk a mile in another person’s shoes, but you can get a picture of his journey.”

This book discusses ways to trust God and work through fears of the future. I would recommend it for anyone who has such fears or knows someone who does.

Kara

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Book Review, “The Prayer Bible,” Tommy Nelson publishers

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The Prayer Bible for Children, published by Tommy Nelson, is a delightful version of the Bible for kids.  Presented in the International Children’s Bible version, it is designed to help children “develop a heart for prayer and learn God’s Word.”

The many special features are included in this Bible to make it simple for children to use. The large text is easier to read. There are 160 pages of special prayers of the Bible and 64 color pages of poem prayers, scripture prayers, and Kid’s Question & Answers that address questions children ask most regarding prayer. Also included are bold subject headings and bold dictionary words, key highlighted verses, and footnotes. The dictionary and concordance in the back of the Bible assist with locating and understanding information. This Bible comes with a free prayer journal for recording a child’s personal prayers.

This is a wonderful Bible for children. Although I found the cover a little gaudy, the features inside make it a useful Bible to teach children about prayer and Bible study. I would recommend this Bible to anyone teaching children how to use the Bible effectively.

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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