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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Uncovering the Life of Jesus by Rebecca Manley Pippert

Uncovering the Life of Jesus: Six Encounters with Jesus From the Gospel of Luke

By Rebecca Manley Pippert

(I received this book for review purposes.)

Uncovering the Life of JesusGenre- Religion /Christian / Nonfiction / Bible Study

Published by- The Good Book Company

Copyrighted- 2015

Number of pages- 61

Age Group- Adult

Description of Book- paperback, ISBN 978-1-91030-763-2, $9.99

Uncovering the Life of Jesus, by Rebecca Manley Pippert, is a Bible study that shows six encounters with Jesus, like the prodigal son, Zacchaeus, and the blind man.

Each chapter has questions, historical context, page for notes, Bible verses (NIV), and a section about how that chapter was relevant to us today.

This study is taken from the book of Luke

Sample of the Book.

About the Author- Rebecca Manley Pippert is married and has four children and one grandchild.  As well as being an author she is a speaker and the founder of Salt Shaker Ministries.

My thoughts- I thought Rebecca Manley Pippert’s book, Uncovering the Life of Jesus, had a lot of great information and thoughtful questions. 

While I enjoyed all the parts of this book.  I liked having the historical context of the six different encounters.  It was helpful for me to know what people would have thought when the prodigal son returned or what the Jews thought about the tax collectors.  I liked having the specific Bible verses in the book.  I was glad she used the NIV Bible, because it is a version that is easier to understand.

I thought the questions she asked were thought provoking.  I thought it was great that she had her comments to this book on the internet. 

I would recommend this study for people who want to learn about Jesus.  It would be perfect for a small group study.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Uncovering the Life of Jesus, by Rebecca Manley Pippert, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

When Sinners Say “I Do” from Dave Harvey (Review)

When Sinners Say “I Do:” Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

From Dave Harvey

When-Sinners-Say-I-Do-DVD(I received this book for review purposes.)

Genre- Religion / Christian Life / Marriage

Published by- Shepherd Press

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- DVD

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- DVD (ISBN: 978-1-63342-092-2, $59.99)

Everybody is a sinner and when you add marriage to the mix, problems can and will happen if there is not a great deal of understanding and mercy.

In these eight sessions, Dave Harvey shares God’s word and his own story to help people who are thinking or marriage or already to overcome their conflicts.

The sessions are:

  1. Sin – Part 1
  2. Sin – Part 2
  3. Design
  4. Contentment
  5. Mercy – Part 1
  6. Mercy – Part 2
  7. Sex
  8. Stubborn Grace

About the Author (Speaker)- Dave Harvey currently lives in Florida with his wife.  He is the founder of www.AmICalled.com.  He is the Pastor of Preaching at Four Oaks Community Church.

My thoughts-  There was a lot I liked about When Sinners Say “I Do” and some I did not like about it.

I am going to talk about what I did not like first, that way we can concentrate on what I did like.  I found all of Dave Harvey’s movements very distracting.  I tended to concentrate on his swaying instead of what he was saying.  I would have had more luck listening to this as a CD or MP3.  The other thing I did not like was the retail price.  I think $59.99 is way to much to ask somebody to pay.  (I realize I received it to review, but I would never be able to afford it.)  It would be best purchased by a church or study group.

There were eight very interesting different lectures.  While they were all very different, they had several commons themes, marriage, sin, and mercy.  He also talked about being content.  I thought Harvey did a good job picking the best Bible verses and quotes to go with his discussion.

I would recommend this video to couples who are thinking of getting married or who already are. 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received When Sinners Say “I Do,” by Dave Harvey, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

The One O’clock Miracle written by Alison Mitchell and illustrated by Catalina Echeverri

The One O’clock Miracle: A True Story About Trusting the Words of Jesus

By Alison Mitchell

Illustrated by Catalina Echeverri

(I received this book for review purposes.)

One-O-Clock-MiracleGenre- Christian / Religious / Children

Published by- The Good Book Company

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 32

Age Group- Children (Ages 3-6 is best)

Description of Book- hardback, ISBN 978-1-910030-743-4, $14.99

The One O’clock Miracle is the second book in a new series, Tales that Tell the Truth.

This story is all about the healing of the official’s son and the faith the official had in Jesus.  It is based on John 4. 

Book Sample.

About the Author- Alison Mitchell is involved with Growing Young Disciples and is the Children’s Editor at The Good Book Company.

About the Illustrator- Catalina Echeverri is currently based in London and is a freelance illustrator and designer specializing in children’s illustrations.

My thoughts- I thought The One O’clock Miracle was well written and told a story, which is often often overlooked. 

One of the best parts of the book was the end, where it discussed which part of the Bible this story came from, John 4:46-54.  I read the story, then I read the verses in the Bible (I read the NLT.)  I was very impressed with how Alison Mitchell took the verses and turned them into a story.  Her story was different, because she added dialogue and specific phrases.  One of them was, “he walked and walked – and sometimes ran.”  This was done to make the story more interesting for the readers and listeners. 

The illustrations by Catalina Echeverri were whimsical and told the story of the miracle.  I especially liked how she drew the illustrations to show some of Christ’s other miracles (water to wine).  These illustrations happened when the father was talking to the mother about going to Cana.  The addition of different insects made these pictures fun to look at.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has young children in their lives.  It is the perfect way to show children one of the miracles Jesus performed.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The One’ O’clock Miracle, by Alison Mitchell and illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Honest Evangelism by Rico Tice with Carl Laferton

Honest Evangelism: How to Talk About Jesus Even When it’s Tough

Written by Rico Tice with Carl Laferton

(I received this book for review purposes.)

 

Genre- Christian / Nonfiction

Published by- The Good Book Company

Copyrighted- 2015

Number of pages- 105

Age Group- Adult

Description of Book- paperback, ISBN 978-1-90991-939-6, $13.99

Honest Evangelism, by Rico Tice, is a short, information packed book about why and how we should evangelize to others.  This book discusses why we should be ourselves, why we do not do it (when we should), how to get started, and what we should say to others. 

Book Sample.

About the Author- Rico Tice currently lives with his family in London.  He is the founder of Christianity Explored Ministries. 

My thoughts- I thought Honest Evangelism, by Rico Tice, was well written.

It was a short book at 101 pages, but it was full of information discussing how we should evangelize to others.  I really appreciated this book, because I know we need to tell others about Jesus, but I was not sure how to get started.  I learned that it is mostly about being the best person I can be with Jesus (being myself) and just telling others about Him.  It is o.k. to be the one who plants the seeds.  I do not have to be the one who brings the person to Him.  There was an entire chapter dedicated to this.  Tice gave examples of different people (Peter, Paul, the blind man in John 9, and the woman at the well in John 4) who were brought to Christ or brought others to Him.

There was an excellent list of resource books in at the end of the book.  Topics covered were the gospel, apologetics, and more.

This was a very helpful book for me.  It helped me realize that what I am currently doing as a mother, wife, friend, and stranger is the right thing.

I highly recommend this book to you.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Honest Evangelism, by Rico Tice, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Acts: EP Study Commentary by Guy Prentiss Waters (Book Review)

Act: EP Study Commentary by Guy Prentiss Waters

Genre- Christian / Nonfiction / Commentary

Published by- EP Books (Evangelical Press)

Copyrighted- 2015

Number of pages- 614

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, list price $44.99, ISBN: 978-1783970032

Acts: EP Study Commentary, by Guy Prentiss Waters, is a study commentary on the Acts of the Apostles.  It covers each of the verses in the book of Acts along with well documented commentary and an application section for each grouping of verses.

About the author- Guy Prentiss Waters is a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi.

My thoughts- I have read other study commentaries, but I have never read one that was easy for me to read and full of useful information.  I really enjoyed reading and learning from Guy Prentiss Waters.

One of the best parts of this study was the application section in each chapter.  In that section I learned many ways to apply what I learned in Acts to my life. 

One part I was not sure about was the version of the Bible verses.  Waters rewrote each of the verses himself, so I spent time comparing what he wrote with my NLT version.  I found that what he wrote was accurate.  I was glad.  I did not want to be reading something, which was not accurate to the Bible.

I really liked the commentary, because it was written in a way I could understand and was not boring.  There have been so many times when I have read a book and I either could not understand what was being said or it made me sleepy.

I think this was an excellent book.  I highly recommend it to others.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Acts: EP Study Commentary, by Guy Prentiss Waters, for free from Cross Focused Reviews. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. All links were current when posted.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross by Colin S. Smith (Book Review!)

Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross

Written by Colin S. Smith

(I received this book for review purposes.)

Heaven How I Got Here

Genre- Christian / Nonfiction

Published by- Christian Focus Publications

Copyrighted- 2015

Number of pages- 95

Age Group- Adult

Description of Book- paperback, ISBN 978-1-78191-558-5, $8.99

Colin S. Smith has written a very interesting book from the viewpoint of the thief on the cross.  Heaven, How I Got Here discusses what the thief’s life was like, how he ended up on the cross, and how we can become a faithful Christians.

Smith combines the thief’s old faith, new faith, and what can happen to us if we believe and have faith.

Book Sample.

About the Author- Colin S. Smith has a daily radio program and is Senior Pastor in Chicago.  His website is www.unlockingthebible.org.

My thoughts-  I thought Heaven How I Got here, by Colin S. Smith, was simply going to be about the thief’s experience on the cross and nothing more.  I was wrong.  There was so much more about how and why we should trust in God.

The fact that the thief was able to be in heaven with Jesus that day should give all of us great hope.  He had faith and a desire to know Jesus.  The thief was not perfect and we do not need to be perfect to join His kingdom.  That is the most important thing we need to remember.  Jesus will take us at any stage.  We just need to believe in him.

I think one of the best parts  of the book is the Q & A section at the end of the book with Smith, because it explains why he wrote the book.

This book is perfect for those who want to know more about Christianity or need to come back to Jesus.  I highly recommend it. 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Heaven How I Got Here, written by Colin S. Smith, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

God’s Battle Plan for the Mind by David W. Saxton (Book Review)

God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation

Written by David W. Saxton

(I received this book for review purposes.)

God's Battle Plan for the Mind

Genre- Christian / Nonfiction

Published by- Reformation Heritage Books

Copyrighted- 2015

Number of pages- 160

Age Group- Adult

Description of Book- paperback, ISBN 978-1-60178-371-4, $18.00

The Puritan pastors used to encourage their congregations to meditate upon God’s word.  David W. Saxton would like us to do the same.  He has written a book that shows us exactly how to do this based upon his ideas and those of other Puritans.

This book includes:

  • learning what Biblical meditation is
  • how to practice meditation
  • what subjects to chose
  • what benefits there are to meditation
  • and more

Book Sample.

About the Author- David W. Saxton and his wife have five daughters.  He is a senior pastor of Hardingville Bible Church.

My thoughts-  God’s Battle Plan for the Mind, by David W. Saxton, has convinced me that I need to dedicate more of my life to Biblical meditation.  Until I read this book I did not realize how I had been neglecting my dedication to God and his word.  I need to make sure I get up early in the morning when my head is clear and spend my time thinking and studying upon the word of God. 

Saxton did a wonderful job in researching and including the most important quotes from Puritan resources.  I really appreciate the list of resources in the back of the book.  The quotes helped me understand how important Biblical meditation was to the Puritans and how it should be to us today.

One of the best parts of this book was how Saxton included the role that technology and day-to-day life has played in the decline of our meditation.  He also talked about how meditation is not a bad practice.  It is important.

I think this is a very important book for everyone to read.  We all need to meditate upon God’s word.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received God’s Battle Plan for the Mind, written by David W. Saxton, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

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