Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bible Promises to Live By for Women by Katherine J. Butler

Bible Promises to Live By for Women by Katherine J. Butler is a pocket sized book filled with scripture verses to turn to in a variety of relevant topics.  Addressing issues such as abandonment, jealousy, aging, beauty, gossip and  confidence, this powerful book is the first place to turn to when you are in need of bible inspiration when addressing life challenges.  Each  section is ordered alphabetically and listed in the table of contents to aide the reader in quickly turning to the verses that address her particular need.  This book is not meant to be read cover to cover, but is a help guide to turn to when facing a specific need.  The leatherette flexible textured cover is durable, and light weight making this book the perfect size to pack in a purse or back pack or keep at the bedside table.  It is light enough to be held in one hand.  This is a book worthy of keeping at the bedside table- a perfect companion to the bible in having quick and easy access to relevant scripture when in a time of true need.  Unlike traditional devotional books, this book does not feature lengthy commentary.  Just a sufficient description is included to address each topic followed by 4- 5 relevant scripture verses from the bible.  Selected verses are featured in larger front.  The two tone color scheme is inviting and makes this book easy to read over and over again.  This would make a great gift for yourself or a loved one going through a difficult time. As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by Tyndale  forthe purpose of writing this review.

Jesus Always Large Deluxe Embracing Joy in His Presence By Sarah Young Published by Thomas Nelson

Jesus Always Large Deluxe,  Embracing Joy in His Presence By Sarah Young  Published by Thomas Nelson is a beautiful printing of the classic devotional book.  For those familiar with the Jesus Calling devotional book this book will not disappoint.  Each page offers relevant devotional entries that are based on bible scripture.  Sarah Young painstakingly threads scripture with common themes to address relevant issues that readers may face in everyday life.  She weaves scripture into a letter as if Jesus himself is writing.  This unique point of view, written in the second person- where the reader is addressed personally by Jesus, adds additional relevancy making scripture promises come alive.  What is even better is the fact that Young also includes the scripture verses each entry is based on making this a more useful tool  when using scripture  to assist with life problems such as anxiety, insecurity, doubt and illness.  This exhaustive book is worth keeping at the bedside to read over and over again.  The scriptures allow even greater effectiveness in this book if you want to return to God's promises for direction and for scripture memorization.  When I read this book I was impressed at the relevancy of this devotional in addressing issues and in providing God's word from the bible for each entry.  So many devotionals out there may be loosely based on scripture but don't provide scripture references as a back up.  Not only are the references included, but the bible verse in its entirety as well.  This beautiful volume features a flexible leather like vinyl cover.  Large font makes it easily readable.  The book is light enough to hold in one hand and read in bed as well.  This book would make a treasured gift for yourself or a loved one.  As a blogger for Booklook I received a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review.

A Record of my Vinyl collectors journal

A Record of my Vinyl

Not technically a book or a journal, this specialty collector's book is a way of cataloging your record collection. The title, a pun on words is a clever description for this vintage styled record keeping book.  The book description may be a bit misleading;  because this is a structured book,  rather than containing blank or lined pages, each page contains space to fill in for each of the albums in your collection.  There isn't space for freehand noted or other information.  It is like a structured card catalog for your record collection. This book is similar to an accountants journal but for record albums.  I'd imagine the most dedicated of vintage record collectors would have the diligence and motivation to painstakingly record details on all their albums.

This is a niche book for dedicated record album collectors and enthusiasts.  The casual collector might find this to be a fun item to display on their book shelf with its authentic textured cover that looks and feels like a vintage phot album.  I'd imagine only the most serious record album collectors or record album dealers might actually use the features of this book to hand catalog their entire collection.  For those with the motivation and tome  to catalog their album collection the old fashioned way- this book, once collected will become a treasured keepsake or conversation piece to pass down and display.  This book also includes additional features:

- a small amount of Space for notetaking  or memories about each of your albums
-Tips for cleaning  and maintaining a your record collection
-information about selling your collection of records.  These features take up a few pages and are not the bulk of the book.  This book would make a great gift for yourself or a record collector.  As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by Potter for the purpose of writing this review.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Evidence that Demands a Verdict


I first was introduced to this ground breaking new outreach book as a college student.  It's launch in 2017 brings back memories.  There were not too many publications available addressing issue about the authenticity of the bible.  Especially in college, many student's found their faith challenged and the bible the credibility of the bible was questioned within the classroom by professors  and outside the classroom by peers.  This book was revolutionary in that it gave credibility to the area of apologetics.  It armed bible believing Christians with facts as well as the tools needed to defend one's faith.  For many college students this book was a lifesaver.  This book is a must have for anyone who wishes to have the tools needed to defend their faith.  Not only that, this book is the perfect outreach opportunity for skeptics providing common sense, factual support in a systematic and comprehensive format, with sufficient detail and evidence to satisfy even the most stead fast opponent.





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Overview of Evidence that Demands a Verdict from the publishers:

Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World by Josh McDowell, Sean McDowell
The modern apologetics classic that started it all is now completely revised and updated—because the truth of the Bible doesn’t change, but its critics do. With the original Evidence That Demands a Verdict, bestselling author Josh McDowell gave Christian readers the answers they needed to defend their faith against the harshest critics and skeptics. Since that time, Evidence has remained a trusted resource for believers young and old. Bringing historical documentation and the best modern scholarship to bear on the trustworthiness of the Bible and its teachings, this extensive volume has encouraged and strengthened millions. Now, with his son Sean McDowell, Josh McDowell has updated and expanded this classic resource for a new generation. This is a book that invites readers to bring their doubts and doesn’t shy away from the tough questions.

Features Include:
• Thoroughly revised and updated from the previous edition
• Now co-authored by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell
• All-new chapters defending against the latest attacks from Christianity’s critics
• Designed to be a go-to reference for even the toughest questions
• Offers thoughtful responses to the Bible’s most difficult and extraordinary passages
• Expansive defense of Christianity’s core truths, including the resurrection of Jesus Christ



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

My Great Big God 20 Bible Stories to Build a Great Big Faith By Andy Holmes         

My Great Big God 20 Bible Stories to Build a Great Big Faith

By Andy Holmes  is a brand new pocket sized board book for preschoolers and toddlers.  Filled with bold bright illustration, each page features a short re-telling of a well known bible story focusing on the power and mightiness of God, lovingly referred to a "My Great Big God". The rhymes make these stories memorable and children will enjoy them over and over again.   The only thing I found might be confusing for some young readers is the New Testament story featuring Jesus.  Rather than simply using Jesus, there is a clarification as Jesus being "my Great Big God's" son.  While theologically true, I feel it does not suit the flow of this book. The glossy thick pages and padded cover are the perfect size for young children.  This book is sturdy enough to stand up to use.  The bright illustrations will draw in even the youngest of children.  As a blogger for Booklook I received a copy of this book published by Thomas Nelson for the purpose of writing this review.

David Bowie by Dylan Jones

David Bowie: A Life by Dylan Jones  is a brand new biography that brings the Life of the well known performer in a whole new light.  This non traditional re-telling of Bowie's life is woven together
through the voices of those who personally knew him in life. There are countless chronicles of this musician's life in the bookstore- enough to fill an entire library.  What makes Jones' work stand out is that it is a compilation of the voices and perspectives of well known artists, and figures who knew him or interacted with him in real life.  Like a quilt woven together, a complete and unique portrait is created.  Hundreds of anecdotes make Bowie accessible and real to those who know him from his music, videos and movies.  The back features a timeline to enable readers to put it all in perspective.  This book is a good tribute to Bowie's life.  An original performer deserves a thoughtful, original biography that is as eclectic and unexpected as his musical works. This new biography keeps in line with the unexpected and surprising legacy left by Bowie. This book is like another "gift" for Bowie fans everywhere. As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by  crown publishers for the purpose of writing this review.

There is no way that anyone in this  modern era of social media could have missed that the news that the infamous artist, David Bowie died three days after turning 69.  Not only that, he left an intriguing new album released on his birthday- just three days before his death. Without a doubt this music video release was planned to coincide with his imminent death as the artist had been fighting a private battle with cancer.  Although I am unfamiliar with most of David Bowie's works, aware of the musician from the sidelines, listening only when others played his songs on the radio during long car trips, I could not help but find myself intrigued and drawn to his newest release by the title of "Lazarus".  I could only imagine Bowie's giddy anticipation as he knew he would be leaving the world this complicated, musical tidbit of packed to the brim with symbolism for the fans, critics, religious leaders and psychologists alike, to interpret, discuss and dissect long after his death. To describe this last album as a "parting gift" to his fans seems fitting.

The opening scene of the musical video, Lazarus is poignant as Bowie is confined to a hospital bed: empty, devoid and clinical.  His disheveled colorless hair, shiny diaphoretic skin, and the tortured blue vasculature of his distended aged veins are clearly visible as he writhes around in bed, experiencing terminal agitation as well as spiritual distress, engulfed in regret and longing.  The absence of medical equipment normally seen in the hospital setting as well as  the chipped antique metal framed bed, the pilled salmon bedding, the dingy off white tile floor, the antiqued solid wood wardrobe and the threadbare yet ornately ruffled vintage nightshirt suggest that he is in a nursing home.  Confined to bed, deprived of sensory information as he has a band of gauze wrapped around his eyes, his only sensory input is enabled by two tiny pin sized holes provided by the carefully placed metal rivets. 

An ominous dark female figure slinks out of the heavy wooden wardrobe and finds herself underneath the bed grasping hesitantly upwards.  Ironically, while confined to bed, Bowie apparently rises a few inches off the bed- just enough to suggest levitation, but not enough to allow him to escape the confines of his bed reflecting his imprisonment, emotionally, spiritually and physically. 

As a nurse, it is important to allow the aged and terminally ill opportunities to reminisce as they approach the end of life. Bowie accomplishes this literally and figuratively throughout the piece.  In a scene change, from the sick- bed, Bowie is depicted in an eccentrically patterned, form fitting pair of black long underwear.  He finds a burst of energy, dancing as he continues to reminisce and reflect.  His alter ego is energetic and frantic as he pours out his story. His scissor like movements are quick and frantic in an attempt to release excess energy after having been bed bound for an indeterminate amount of time. This burst of energy is short lived, nevertheless.   In a quick change, his animated facial expression goes blank in mid- song. His eyes  become glassy as they stare off into the distance, detached, in an attempt to disengage from the reality of this world, in preparation for his inevitable death.   Adapting a mechanical, repetitive form of movement that can barely be classified as dancing, his song becomes more forced and structured.  The animated,  emotional piece is short lived as Bowie seamlessly retreats into a devoid expressionless human shell.   From that point the only animated personality is confined to the bed as depicted by Bowie's grandiose gesturing and wide range of intense facial expressions ranging from intense pain, regret and anguish as he grimaces and writhes in the bed.

Near the end, he exhibits a pained, tortured expression as he holds up a black quill pen, as if faced with an impossibly difficult choice.  One wonders the significance of the sharp black quill pen- as if it represents an inner battle- as demonstrated by the intense anxiety on his face. While one may ponder some mundane explanations for the anxiety, I can imagine it represents him contemplating major end of life decisions.  The high pitched screeching music only intensifies Bowie frantically scrolls not only on paper but the sides of the table and the legs as he experiences a cathartic release of frantic energy.  The final scene shows Bowie's facing turning off like a light switch as his pained anxious facial expression is replaced by a stone- like gaze.  He slowly retreating back words with an unsteady Parkinson's like gait back to the oppressive, ominous heavy wardrobe- his gaze glassy and dead. His short, uneven shuffled steps end as he backs into the wardrobe and closes himself inside. 

The lengthy music video Black star is even more complicated and intricate as it explores Bowie's search to reconcile his life with spirituality. Disturbing images of  rhythmic, decerebrate, seizure activity minimally resembles dancing. Parodies of barbaric, senseless ritual activity represent Bowie's condemnation of organized religion, no doubt.  Perhaps these disturbing artists with their expressionless seizure like posturing are representing Bowie's belief that faith in the bible is the product of mindless, brain dead individuals automated by antiquated and barbaric superstition.   

For many musical performers, religion- and specifically the bible- is like the big white elephant in the room. At one point in another, in everyone's life, one must make some sort of decision as to whether to believe the bible's claims about Jesus or to reject them.  There is an in incongruency between the lyrics of the
album with the images portrayed on the video- as if the satanical parody of the cross cancels out the searching spiritual lyrics.  It is apparent that Bowie experienced spiritual anguish near the end of his life as he pondered the truths about God.  Nevertheless the message as portrayed by the disturbing images of the video suggest that Bowie rejected Jesus' claims and also the bible in favor of his own judgment and interpretation of Jesus and spirituality.  The imagery of Blackstar could not have been more evil, more vile, more disturbing, than  if it had come from Satan himself.  On the other hand, Bowie's lip service to the bible may bring out the curiosity of his fans becoming a catalyst to investigate the bible that he alludes to.  There is a quote attributed to Bowie circulating around social media "I don't know where I'm going from here but I promise it won't be boring".  I agree it is accurate, and pretty sure it stands true from his vantage point in the afterlife, but probably not in the way that he intended. 


Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Action Storybook Bible An Interactive Adventure Through God's Redemptive Story

{THE ACTION STORYBOOK BIBLE} An Interactive Adventure Through God's redemptive Story is a new bible in a graphic comic book format.  This full color book 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 illustration 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 storybook 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 as well as comic books.  An entirely new generation will be reached with this new bible.

This bible storybook 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.  The Action StoryBook bible is faithful to the word of God.  The dialog is consistent with the bible- other than the 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.  This bible is available for order online on Amazon as well as Barnes and Noble.  As a blogger I received a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review.

FEATURES INCLUDE:

Families see the Bible in motion and put their faith into action!

The Action Storybook Bible invites families with young children to explore God's redemptive story together. An entry point into the world of The Action Bible, it tells of the amazing creation story, powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel, God's miraculous gift of eternal life through Jesus, and more! God's promise for the world is displayed throughout every page. Discover your family's place in God's incredible story and together put your faith into action!
Interactive features include:










  • Fifteen key episodes from God's Word-each one loaded with several stories along with over 350 brand-new illustrations throughout.









  • Short and easy readings-for children ages eight and under with rich, colorful images.









  • Life, Faith, Action! features-conclude every episode and invite families to talk about how God moves in the stories, how to see God in life today, how to put faith into action, and how to easily talk to God with a suggested prayer.









  • Hall of Fame visual index-the place to look up favorite Bible characters by discovering their icon connections and finding them in the stories.




  • Discover your family’s place in God’s incredible story and together put your faith into action with the new The Action Storybook Bible from David C Cook! Explore God’s redemptive story together with your children ages 8 and under in the 15 episodes highlighting key milestones in God’s story. Master-artist Sergio Cariello created more than 350 brand-new illustrations to captivate your family and help you recognize how God is moving through each story.Join the adventure to begin to figure out where you fit into God’s beautiful and exciting plan for the world by entering to win the Kindle Fire giveaway!

    One grand prize winner will receive:

    Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on September 29. The winner will be announced October 2 on the Litfuse blog.

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    Catherine and Sergio

    {More About Catherine and Sergio}

    Catherine has written more than twenty-five books for children, including the bestselling “Adventure Bible Storybook.” As publisher of children’s resources at David C Cook, she leads product development for The Action Bible® collection, which has sold more than a million copies. Catherine lives with her husband, their three children, and their big furry dog in the Colorado forest. ||**|| Brazilian-born Sergio Cariello has been an accomplished artist since childhood, drawing a regular comic strip for his city’s newspaper at age 11. He spent many childhood hours poring over “The Picture Bible” (Portuguese edition), never dreaming he would illustrate an updated edition (“The Action Bible”) decades later. Sergio has worked for Marvel Comics and DC comics and has illustrated Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Iron-Man, Wonder Woman, Fantastic-Four, and dozens more comic book characters.
    Find out more about Catherine and at http://www.theactionbible.com.



    Super Hero Kids Giveaway with David C Cook!


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    DOES YOUR CHILD LOVE COMIC BOOKS?
    HOW ABOUT SUPER HEROES?



    Now is your chance to have DC and Marvel illustrator Sergio Cariello make your child's dream come true!



    Parents!


    David C Cook is proud to introduce the newest book in the Action Bible collection: The Action Storybook Bible (coming October 2017). Pre-order The Action Storybook Bible from Amazon

    Pre-order The Action Storybook Bible from Amazon

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    Plus click the Link below to enter to have a chance to win an illustration of your child as a super hero by Action Bible artist Sergio Cariello (who has also illustrated comics for DC and Marvel!).

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    {THE ACTION STORYBOOK BIBLE}

    Families see the Bible in motion and put their faith into action!
    The Action Storybook Bible invites families with young children to explore God's redemptive story together. An entry point into the world of The Action Bible, it tells of the amazing creation story, powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel, God's miraculous gift of eternal life through Jesus, and more! God's promise for the world is displayed throughout every page. Discover your family's place in God's incredible story and together put your faith into action!
    Interactive features include:






    • Fifteen key episodes from God's Word-each one loaded with several stories along with over 350 brand-new illustrations throughout.





    • Short and easy readings-for children ages eight and under with rich, colorful images.





    • Life, Faith, Action! features-conclude every episode and invite families to talk about how God moves in the stories, how to see God in life today, how to put faith into action, and how to easily talk to God with a suggested prayer.





    • Hall of Fame visual index-the place to look up favorite Bible characters by discovering their icon connections and finding them in the stories.


    • Friday, September 8, 2017

      Start Where You Are Note Cards by Meera Lee Patel

      Start Where You Are Note Cards by Meera Lee Patel

      This boxed set by Merra Lee Patel is a beautiful gift set of inspiring cards paired with art, that comes in its own keepsake box.  This is a beautiful gift set to give as a gift or to use for yourself.  Each of the cards is an inspirational quote from a writer or historical figure.  These cards are almost too beautiful to use, and are perfect for special occasions and for writing letters to family and friends.  These days most people send quick emails and post on social media.  This vintage inspired set will inspire many to pick up a special pen and to discover the satisfaction of letter writing and sending cards. These inspirational cards are even beautiful enough to put in a small frame and to hang on your wall as artwork.  I'm thinking that I might select a few to frame and leave on a nightstand and a wall.  These cards are published by Tenspeed/Potter/Harmony publishers.   As a blogger I received a copy of this set for the purpose of writing this review. 


      Carole P. Roman - anything from history, picture books and even chapter books- this versatile author has something to offer for children of all ages.

      Oh Susannah series: Children of all ages love this new series.  Older children gain reading skills as they read these chapter books on their own.  For younger children they make the perfect bedtime story.



      Captain No Beard- Learn moral lessons and help with problem solving with the Captain No Beard series of picture books


      If You Were Me and Lived in..... geography series teaches children of all ages about the world around them.  The graphic novel format even appeals to older school aged readers as well.