Tuesday, August 21, 2012

God of All Creation

"God of All Creation" by James Robison with James Randall Robison is a book dedicated to lessons that Robison has learned through observing animals. James Robison shares with us some of his memories and stories - mostly of his dog, Princess, and then he takes these examples and relates them to our relationship with God. In the same ways that Princess is obedient to her master, and the relationship between her and her owner, Robison draws parallels between our relationship with God.

This book is relatively short, and the chapters themselves are only 3-4 pages each, so this could easily be read as a devotional style book. The stories of Princess and the Robison family are entertaining, but also relevant to the message that James is sharing, and the parallel that he draws. I thought this book was well written, with thoughtful insights and great stories. I would recommend this book to the animal lover, as the stories are centered around wildlife.

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from Water Brook Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review. The opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.

The Open Bible

I have to say that I am absolutely in love with The Open Bible - This Bible is written in the New King James Version, so it maintains its traditional translation, but the resources within this Bible allow you to feel like you are gaining a deeper understanding of the Bible.

There are many "extras" that are packed into this Bible, such as a vast cyclopedic index that allows you to find literally anything you are looking for - this index exceeds 300 pages, and is so inclusive it would be hard to find a topic that isn't covered! Each book of this bible begins with an introduction to the specific time period, author of that book, survey of the book, key words, verses, and chapters, as well as a very detailed outline of the chapter. This is a huge resource, in my opinion, because it allows you to really soak in the things going on at the time, the key passages to look for, and have a better understanding of what is taking place, and why. This Bible also offers colorful maps at the back of the Bible, detailing important geographic areas as they were in Biblical times.

Another resource that I found particularly interesting is the Visual Survey that is inserted between the Old Testament and the New Testament. This gives you a visual overview of the Bible, outlining topics such as: the  history of Israel, the history of the early world, the poetic books, the prophetic books, as well as an overview of the basic information about the Old and New Testament, and key figures within them. This is really interesting and allows you to grasp a lot of information about the Bible without requiring hours of research and reading.

The back of the Bible also offers resources such as a section dedicated to archaeological discoveries that relate to the Bible, a list of the laws of the Bible, an index of Jesus' parables and where they can be found within the Bible, a guide to Christian workers, as well as a concordance. The Open Bible truly offers a great amount of resources within its pages, and I would highly recommend this Bible to anyone! I loved it!

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from BookSneeze.com in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Book of Life Recovery

Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop have joined forces to create "The Book of Life Recovery", which is a Biblical based companion to the 12 step program for recovering from addiction. This book uses personal stories of addiction and recovery, coupled with Biblical support to instill hope and restore faith in those who are recovering from addiction, or for those who have loved ones who are struggling with addiction. This book uses scriptural references and Bible stories to support the addict in creating a new lifestyle based on their faith.

I thought that "The Book of Life Recovery" is a great resource for those suffering from addiction, trying to recover from addiction, or loved ones of those who are addicted. The book offers Biblical insights, as well as Bible studies with self assessment questions for the addict to really evaluate their own choices and personal situation. Addiction is something that can really take over your life, and I thought that this book really offers a lot of information, hope, and support for those who are struggling.

I liked that each chapter represents one of the twelve steps, so that the reader can absorb each step one at a time, without feeling completely overwhelmed. The Biblical references are easy to understand, but really contribute to the content of the steps. I would give this book a 5/5.

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not under any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are solely mine.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

How To Be A Child of God

David Howell's book, "How To Be A Child of God", is a comic book style short book all about salvation. This book is very short - only 37 pages, and has a small amount of actual reading to it. The majority of the pages are filled with vivid illustrations. This book reminds me of the religious tracts that my grandmother used to leave on the table at restaurants, only more appealing. The book mainly focuses on the salvation granted to us from God, but also gives a short crash course in Christianity, and how to live as a child of God. I liked the colorful illustrations, which really helped tie it all together, and make it have more of a comic book feel - I think this would especially appeal to middle school and high school children who may be considering becoming Christians. I think this would also be a great way to introduce someone to Christianity, without overwhelming them with principles, and ideals. I would highly recommend this book - I thought it was great!

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book from BookCrash.com for free in exchange for an honest review. I did not have to write a positive review.

KJV Bride's Bible

The KJV Bride's Bible is a traditional King James Version Bible, trimmed in a white, decorative cover, with a few pages at the beginning of the Bible dedicated to penning your wedding day memories. The Bible is a red letter version, with an extensive concordance, as well as several colorful maps to help you understand the lands as they were during Biblical times. As a Bible, this is a traditional Bible, but much smaller - this Bible is more the size of a novel, which makes it easy to take it with you when you are on the go. The cover of this Bible is beautiful, with a white, flowery design that makes it very feminine. The type of the Bible is smaller, which is to be expected considering the significantly smaller size of the Bible. Overall, I would say this would be a great gift for any bride.

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from BookSneeze.com in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.