Friday, August 3, 2018

I Can Only Imagine (Picture Book) A Friendship with Jesus Now and Forever By Bart Millard with Laura Neutzling

I Can Only Imagine (Picture Book) A Friendship with Jesus Now and Forever


By Bart Millard with Laura Neutzling; Illustrated by Sumiti Collina
Published by Thomas Nelson is a new book based on the well known inspirational song writer Bart Millard's music.  The picture book is filled with colorful, bold illustrations that will introduce young children to the concept of heaven in simple understandable terms.  Each page spread of this picture book, assists  in encouraging a child to imagine what heaven would be like. Based on everyday experiences, a child is encouraged to imagine "what if" scenarios based on pleasant  experiences.  While the ideas may seem simplistic and grounded based on worldly experiences, this book makes a good spring board for a discussion about heaven, death and faith.   This book will appeal to families who have a basic understanding of bible concepts.  I feel this book reinforces stereotypes of what heaven may be like.  Nevertheless the significance of this book is that  it will encourage young readers and families to explore their own views of heaven and possibly to seek out the truth based what the bible has to say about heaven. I feel this picture book will create a yearning for some readers and even their parents to learn even more about heaven.  As a blogger for BookLook I recived a copy of this book for the copy of writing this review.


Monday, June 18, 2018

100 Bible Stories for Children

100 Bible Stories for Children is a brand new bible story book featuring beautifully crated illustrations along side bible stories based on the bible.  This beautifully presented bible story books is a simple, traditional bible story book that gives the bible the dignity it merits.  Unlike many modern bible story books featuring brightly colored cartoon styled art, this bible features traditional, expressive artwork in subdued colors.  The stories are truth and faithful to scripture, without over simplification.  The text combined authenticity with God's word, simplified just enough for even the youngest of children to understand, without altering or changing the biblical message.  For parents who want a faithful and true account of the bible for their children, this is the perfect choice.  In spiritual terms, it is definitely a watered down, lukewarm version of the bible as many newly published storybook bibles on the market. This bible story book is a return to traditional bible teaching, something that is needed very much especially for today's generation who seek to return back to the truth of the bible.  This bible story book is perfect for adults and parents to read to children of all ages.  The durable binding will stand up to years of use, as well as the thick pages.  The ribbon bookmarker is a nice touch to keep your place.  This bible can be read from start to finish or you can go directly to a particular bible story independently.  As a blogger for Tyndale I received a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review.

365 Questions for a Woman's Soul: With Answers from God's Heart

365 Questions for a Woman's Soul: With Answers from God's Heart by Katherine J. Butler, with contributions by Ronald A. Beers  and  Amy Mason is a brand new pocket sized book filled with spiritual answers that one can turn to in any time of need.  This beautiful book features a flexible, textured leatherette cover, with a serene imprint of a solitary leaf.  This inviting volume, s small enough to carry in your purse, backpack or to leave on the nightstand beside your bed.  This book is versatile as it can be used as a daily devotional, or it may be used as needed depending on the topic or need.  This book is similar to the "where to turn to" feature that is included in traditional bibles.  Fr each topic such as anxiety, anger, worry, or jealousy, there are applicable verses, as well as a short devotional ad prayer prompts.  This book is like having a spiritual mentor at your side to assist in any needs.  The authors have gleaned and pruned from the bible, a biblical verse for every need.  This particular prayer book is specifically for women, addressing the topics that are more common to women.  Nevertheless, unlike many devotional or prayer books that are dedicated to women's needs, this particular book is full of spiritual substance, and does not address superficial issues that seem all too commonplace these days in books geared for women.  I believe that this book has the ability to offer relief and spiritual strength.  It is a resource t turn to not just once but everyday and as needed.  As a blogger for Tyndale I received a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review.

Friday, May 25, 2018

A.W. Tozer Three Spiritual Classics in One Volume

A.W. Tozer Three Spiritual Classics in One Volume: The Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God, God's Pursuit of Man, published by Moody Publishers is a new release of three classic books.  The new generation of readers may not be familiar with the classic Christian works written by Tozer which were first published in the 1940s and 50s.  Even as far as a generation ago, Tozer became aware of a change in the attitude of Christian believers, feeling that a "rediscovery" of faith was needed.  The author recognized the need to rejuvenate one's faith.  His words are just as true and applicable to today's readers as they were 70 years ago.  This collection of his three most influential works are presented in one easy accessible volume.

Tozer's writing style represents a different and more traditional style in contrast to today's generation of Christian writers and pastors.  Although the writing style is traditional, it is not difficult to understand.  The easy to read sized font, is the perfect size, especially for those readers who find classic literature to be daunting.  This three volume set is a great way for the new generation of readers to explore classic Christian literature and also bears testament that many of the issues we face in today's generation are longstanding spiritual issues faced by previous generations of believers as well.

While it is true that nothing can replace the reading of the word of God for oneself, there is much value in having a spiritual mentor to guide your way through life and faith.  A.W. Tozer is a spiritual mentor whose words speak to multiple generations of believers and seekers as well.  He was a self taught theologian- led by the spirit, and did not benefit from expensive years at seminary colleges and universities.  His insight offers hope for all of us believers who learn from the Holy Spirit's direction.  This three book volume is not a book to be skimmed, but rather to be read slowly in order to reflect on the powerful thought.  Those who take the time to read and to meditate on his message will be rewarded with spiritual fuel.

While this book is considered theology, those who follow along, processing the messages internally will have a greater insight into God and God's powerful divine attributes including perfect justice, supernatural wisdom and transcendence.  From there, the reader is guided in pursuing God and drawing closer. The reader receives enlightenment on the barriers from drawing close to God, and with this awareness, how to overcome these barriers.  Finally, Tozer explains how God pursues each and every one of us in a personal relationship through the word of God, the bible, as well as the Holy Spirit.  The believer is taken through an instructional course from start to finish, beginning with a discussion of who God is, and the powerful and unimaginable attributes, how to find God, and finally how God reaches out to us.  I recommend this treasure for all readers who are looking to grow their faith.  For those who take the time to dig into this treasure, the reward will be a greater insight and insight into the greater picture of faith.  As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by Moody publishers for the purpose of this review.

Archeology l Study Bible ESV

The Archeology Study Bible, featuring the English Standard Version, is a beautiful compendium of archeological information side by side with the bible text.  The bible features a large number of full color photographs, graphs ,in-depth  articles as well as study notes at the bottom of the page.  The larger sized font, makes this bible perfect for daily reading and study as well.  The presentation of this bible is as beautiful as well as useful.  The hardcover, with its golden embossed letters and decorated spine presents a dignified presentation to make this bible suitable for gift giving as well as having it on display as part of a treasured library.  Of all the archeological themed bibles on the market, this bible has the most useful as well as the most practical features making it the best choice for personal study.

Although this bible is most likely to appeal to those bible readers who want to dig deeper into the historical and archeological foundations of their faith, I believe that historians, students as well as history  teachers will also appreciate this bible as well.  The in-depth full length articles  will give the reader a thorough foundation into archeology and how it correlates to the bible.  This bible will expand the foundation of one's faith through seeing the historical roots in context of the bible text.  This bible brings the world of the old and new testaments to life, giving the reader a taste of the ancient cultures, societies, politics and daily life of the ancient times.

In sum, to what makes this bible stand apart from other bibles in the archeological- historical genre are the following: Beautiful graphical presentation with color photographs, graphs and illustration, Easy to read font, full length articles featuring topics such as geography, coinage, history and dating methods, the accurate, yet modern English Standard Version.  This hardcover volume is made with quality durable materials- giving the bible the dignity it deserves. The binding will last though years of use.  In contrast, I've seen other study bibles with covers and binding that don't even last a single  year of daily use. This bible also includes traditional features such as an in-depth concordance, maps, and presentation page on thick card stock paper. Many modern readers of this new generation may be more familiar with the NIV or the New Living bible translations.  The English Standard Version is not difficult to read, yet it is very accurate.  I believe that readers who enjoy the NIV, should give the ESV a try.  I'd recommend this bible for long standing bible readers as well as for those who are new to the bible.   As a blogger I received a copy of this bible published by Crossway for the purpose of writing this review.

Monday, May 21, 2018

It's Happening: A Generation is Crying Out, and Heaven is Responding by William McDowell

It's Happening: A Generation is Crying Out, and Heaven is Responding by William McDowell is anew inspirational book that is certain to motivate even the most apathetic and skeptic readers into a greater faith.  Rather than seeing faith and Christianity as a passive existence, a daily routine of attending church or bible studies, McDowell shows the reader how each and every believer can be a part of a revival movement.  Many Christians are familiar with the book of Acts of the new testament and the early spread of Christianity.  Many look with awe at a time many believers were filled with the Holy Spirit and capable of great acts of faith, a catalyst to revival.  Those days are not simply part of the historical roots of faith.  Revival and the work of the Holy Spirit, does not simply disappear in modern times.  Author, William McDowell shows the reader that the Holy Spirit has a presence and that not only is revival possible, but it is in fact actually happening right now.  The author speaks personally to each and every reader, to offer encouragement as well as direction as to how to become part of this movement.  As a pastor at Deeper Fellowship Church based in Florida, this book was inspired by a revival movement that he himself witnessed within his church.  Throughout the text, personalized prayers are included so that the ready may share in becoming spiritually ready to participate in the revival movement.  This is a book to reach a new generation of believers, capable of transforming lukewarm, apathetic believers into those willing to sacrifice to witness for the truth.  As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by Charisma House for the purpose of writing this review.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Ever Faithful A 365-Day Devotional By David Jeremiah Published by Thomas Nelson

Ever Faithful  A 365-Day Devotional By David Jeremiah  Published by Thomas Nelson is a brand ew daily devotional featuring selected devotions.  This textured hardcover, pocket sized book will make a beautiful gift or welcomed companion at the bedside night table, for those who could use daily bible based inspiration.  The quality presentation of this book, and the thick glossy pages make this a beautiful book as well as useful  for daily inspiration and encouragement.  Each day of the year features a new topic or theme, with a bible verse, and a devotional passage.  The passages are short so daily reading is easily incorporated into your life no matter whether you are extremely busy or weary with grief.  A book marker will assist the reader in keeping a place marked.  For those familiar with David Jeremiah, this is a welcome addition to incorporate this faithful leader's inspiration into your day.  Those who are not familiar with this author will find that the devotions written are relevant, inspirational and true to bible teaching.  This is a modern devotional that bridges the gap between accuracy of the word and reaching today's generation of readers.  As a blogger for Booklook bloggers I received a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Really Woolly I Love You, Little One By DaySpring and Bonnie Rickner Jensen

Really Woolly I Love You, Little One


By DaySpring and Bonnie Rickner Jensen
Published by Thomas Nelson  Really Woolly I Love You, Little One  is a new board book for babies and toddlers featuring the sheep character named Really Woolly. The small sized book with the padded cover is perfect for young children to hold and carry.  Cartoon characters of Wooley with his friends that rabbit and chick are inviting to young readers.  Each two page spread features a new theme, bible verse and a  short devotional passage.  Also featured is a short prayer children can read along with parents to introduce them to daily prayer.  This little book is perfect to be read before bedtime or any time of day.  As a blogger I received a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review. 


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Monsterland Reanimated by Michael Okon

Monsterland Reanimated by Michael Okon is the newly published sequel to Monsterland.  In the post apocalyptic world which takes place where Monsterland ends, the young hero, finds himself adjusting to the new reality as well as a new set of unimaginable creatures.  Whereas the first theme park featured Zombies, Vampires and Werewolves, out of the newly resurrected ruins of Monsterland, emerge even more horrific abominations: a new breed of mummy like creatures, an oozing glob-like monster, as well as the reanimated, resurrected version of  Vincent Conrad.  monsters go beyond the ordinary, as Michael Okon, elevates the Monster Theme park to an entirely new horrible level of monster experimentation and mutants.  Monsterland Reanimated is not simply a fast paced action novel, but an experience.  It is as if the reader is immersed into an entirely new world, not simply a story about a monster themed theme park, but rather transported into an alternate reality of a post apocalyptic world.  Okon's detailed account is authentic, and told in a matter of fact narrative, that makes the reader almost believe this is a true account of events that could possibly happen, given the right circumstances.   All Michael Okon fans will enjoy this long awaited sequel  to Monsterland, without a doubt.  This book is available online on Amazon as well as Barnes and Nobles.  I recommend Okon's books for any fan of fast paced contemporary horror.   


Thursday, April 19, 2018

NKJV, Minister's Bible, Imitation Leather By Thomas Nelson Published by Thomas Nelson

NKJV, Minister's Bible, Imitation Leather


By Thomas Nelson
Published by Thomas Nelson is a brand new, basic bible, perfect for a minister or anyone who may find themselves pastoring to others.  Enclosed in a a cardboard gift box, this leatherette brown covered bible is pretty much a standard bible ministers' helps in  between the new and old testaments.  The helps include funeral services for a variety of circumstances, weddings, visiting the sick, spreading the gospel message and a format for delivering the message when making sick visits to either homes or hospitals.  While this bible would not replace a seminary course on how to pastor or minister a congregation, there are selected helpful passages for common services such as weddings, funerals and sick visits enclosed.  Considering I am not involved as a pastor or minister I cannot say how useful this bible actually is.  I believe for the layman who finds themselves involved in making a sick visit or assisting with a wedding or funeral this would be a good resource.  I imagine for an actual minister or pastor, the resources included barely scratch the surface of the responsibility entailed.  Other than the helps, the interior is a basic NKJV of the bible.  There are no additional notes or expansions on the bible text itself.  Most likely this is to keep the bible down to a small, portable size for actual use in public service, bible study and visits.  As a blogger I received a copy of this bible for the purpose of writing this review. 


Friday, April 13, 2018

NKJV, Vines Expository Bible A Guided Journey Through the Scriptures with Pastor Jerry Vines By Jerry Vines Published by Thomas Nelson

NKJV, Vines Expository Bible  A Guided Journey Through the Scriptures with Pastor Jerry Vines By Jerry Vines  Published by Thomas Nelson is a newly published study bible.  This bible is perfect for new believers as well as those established in faith and familiar with the bible.  The bible is bound with a cloth textured cover and two marker ribbons.  This beautiful presentation would make a perfect gift.  The larger font is easy to read as well, which will encourage hours of study and reading while at home and at a church service or bible study.  Spot color in red adds visual appeal to this bible.

As far as the study material- this bible is as good as having a pastor at your side to guide you as you read the bible.  For those who cannot attend bible study or bible services, this bible provides valuable insight with the "Applying The Message" side bars as well as the full length "presenting the Message" pages.  These pages and side bars are like sermons and bible studies right from Pastor Jerry Vines, a spiritually gifted teacher of the bible message.  Smaller "Discerning the Meaning" tid bits of useful and spiritually awakening information is scattered throughout.  Study features such as a concordance and index of topics is perfect for those who want a "where to turn to when feeling _____",  for inspiration and information.  This bible is in the NKJV.  I would like to see this bible also available in the NIV format for those readers who prefer the more modern NIV version.  Other than that, this is a perfect choice for a bible, delivering a traditional, non watered down message through the study features included from Pastor Vines.  As a blogger for Booklook I received a copy of this bible published by Thomas Nelson.  There are many, many study bibles on the market and its hard to choose what to trust.  If you are looking for a bible with reliable direction and notes from a trustworthy source, to help inspire you and to help you apply bible principles as you read, this is a great bible to turn to.  

Sunday, April 8, 2018

BibleForce The First Heroes Bible By Tommy Nelson Books Published by Thomas Nelson

BibleForce  The First Heroes Bible By Tommy Nelson Books,   Published by Thomas Nelson , is a brand new bible in a comic book format. I was impressed from the moment I opened this thick, beautiful book! I think many readers will be delighted with this bible experience- no mater what their ages.  It is no exaggeration to say that in the literal sense, the personalities and historical figures of the bible are the first super heroes.

This full color graphic novel- format bible  features bold illustrations along side, the fast action packed story of the bible.  Unlike other cartoon bible story books, this bible features authentic comic book quality artwork in each and every scene.  There are authentically detailed vintage comic cartoons with text that makes the word of God come alive in a comic book type of format.  This is a book that will appeal to readers of all ages; not just kids but adults as well, especially comic book enthusiasts.  This BibleForce bible represents a wonderful outreach opportunity to reach more people than ever in spreading the gospel message.  For those new to the bible this is a great way to learn the gospel message.  Those familiar with the bible will enjoy seeing this illustrative adaption and comparing it to the actual bible.  This bible is the perfect outreach opportunity for those who love reading graphic novels, super heroes as well as comic books.  An entirely new generation will be reached with this new bible.

This BibleForce adaption of the bible,  would make the perfect gift for yourself or a special loved one.  As a mom of 4 kids, I find that I enjoy reading this bible myself as I would to share with my kids ranging from age 3 to 16. Even if you don't have kids, this is still a book you will want.  If you are into comics, superheroes, action sagas and adventure stories, you will love the engaging format of this book that is entertaining enough for young readers, with sufficient attention to detail to engage discriminating adult readers as well.  Bibleforce is faithful to the word of God.  In fact, difficult to understand concepts such as the parables and revelation, are brought to light with beautiful illustrations and text side by side.  The parable of the sower, the good Samaritan and other unexpected adaptions are included in this bible.  I found that stories that are left out of other bible story books, even other graphic novel adaptions of the bible- are included here in BibleForce in satisfying and enlightening detail.  The dialog is consistent with the bible- other than the comic format, liberties are not taken to dilute the word of God.  Its the basic message basically in a new innovative format. One is never too old to read the bible in a graphic format.    As a blogger I received a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Prayers for Every Occasion by Ellen Banks Elwell

Prayers for Every Occasion by Ellen Banks Elwell is a beautifully bound, pocket sized book, perfect to give as a gift.  This small sized book is adorned with vintage nature and bird illustrations.  This prayer book is like multiple prayer books in one volume.  Included are original prayers written by the author to address the ordinary as well as special occasions in life.  Also included are prayers that help the reader emphasize with others who may be enduring difficult times such as job loss, death and miscarriage.  The only issue I found with this  particular section of original devotions is that the devotions are not personalized.  For example, the devotional passages dedicated to miscarriage, grief and loss, refer to the experience of a friend or someone else.  It shares with the reader a suggested prayer or devotion to assist in someone else's grief or loss. For those readers enduring their own  personal grief and loss, or miscarriage or unemployment,  the author does not focus on  how to deal with one's own individual grief.  The perspective provided by this book, would make this book of prayers more appropriate to assist the reader in supporting others who are going through difficult trials in life.

The next sections focus on biblical excerpts or prayers adapted from the bible.  Passages of the bible are arranged topically, making it easy for the reader to correlate a  bible passage into a prayer time.  This part of the book is also a good introduction to the bible for those readers that might not be familiar with bible reading.   The last section contains classic religious and Christian prayers.  This portion of the book exposes the reader to a wide diversity of prayers from a variety of time periods and a variety of denominations.   As a whole, this unique book has a lot to offer and will appeal to readers of multiple churches.  As a blogger for Tyndale I received a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review.  

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Bulwark by Brit Lunden

Bulwark by Brit Lunden is a modern day fairytale with a plot twist that horror fans will love.  Ironically, in the midst of the action and the eerie horror, there is a prevailing message of hope and inspiration that may be learned from this paranormal tale, as one of the main characters, Dolly reveals "grace.. comes from maturity, the elegance of a lifetime is experience.  Growing old is not about age, it's learning to look at life and love with the eye of knowing the difference between right and wrong..."   Lunden,B.  ( 2018).  Bulwark: Columbia S.C. These timeless words of comfort and wisdom which will reach out directly to the reader, are found in the most unlikely of places in the most eerie of settings.

Brit Lunden, is the pseudo-name  for the beloved modern writer of both children's fiction and history, Carole P. Roman.  Once again the author proves her versatility and talent in delivering a suspenseful horror tale reminiscent of a  creepy old fairytale involving monsters and witches and an old gingerbread house. For those readers who enjoy scie-fi and paranormal television shows like Grimm and Supernatural, this action packed novel is fast paced, and eerily spooky.  From page one, I could not put the book down, wanting to find the mystery behind the enigmatic old house and the connection with the towns missing children.  People and places are not what they appear to be as an evil lurks beyond a fa├žade of innocence and fantasy.   Fans of modern day horror will not be disappointed in this story  which will keep the reader engaged until the end.  An unexpected treat is the second alternative ending that the author includes after the completion of the story.  Bulwark is Roman's first work of fiction for adult readers.  I look forward to seeing more works published by the author.  As a blogger I received a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review.  I definitely recommend this book to all  fans of horror and supernatural fiction.  This book is available on Amazon as well as Barnes and Nobles Online.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Little Critter Little Blessings Collection

Little Critter Little Blessings Collection Includes Four Stories!


By Mercer Mayer is a short compendium of Mercer Mayer stories that many adults will remember growing up with as a young child.  The artwork containing familiar cartoon characters will bring back nostalgic memories of enjoying the little critter stories as a young child.  Now parents can share these stories with their young children in this single volume containing multiple stories.  The characters and stories are as timely as they were a generation ago.  Today's children will enjoy having these stories read as a bed time story by their parents.  each story has an important lesson or moral that will help children when facing difficult decisions and choices in daily life.  My pre-schoolars were immediately drawn to the book when they saw the cover and flipped through the illustrations.  The four stories can be independently read in any order.  This is a wonderful way to introduce children to social skills and in interacting with other family members and children.  This book is a perfect way to prepare children for school or any new phase in life.  As a blogger for booklook, I received a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review.