Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Book Review :: Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women

Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women is a new devotional for young women. 
Since this devotional is for young women, I handed it over to my teen daughter to check out. She said the devotionals are interesting and because they are short they keep her wanting to read more, but she also said that the "message seems the same, said in different ways". (The message being: "You are adored.") She said the devotionals seem easy to relate to, but my be aimed at girls a little older than her since it mentions college several times. She said Adored is good, but not necessarily her favorite devotional. She rates it 4 out of 5 stars. 
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Friday, November 24, 2017

Book Review :: The Beginner's Bible - I Can Read!: Daniel and the Lions' Den

The Beginner's Bible - I Can Read!: Daniel and the Lions' Den is a new book in the  I Can Read! / The Beginner's Bible series. The books in the I Can Read! / The Beginner's Bible series are worded with simpler phrasing and shorter sentences than you will find in other Beginner's Bible books like The Beginner's Bible: Timeless Children's Stories.
The Beginner's Bible - I Can Read!: Daniel and the Lions' Den is a story of Daniel and his interactions with God, the king, and the lions. (You can find the full story in the Bible in Daniel chapter 6.) The Beginner's Bible - I Can Read!: Daniel and the Lions' Den is marked as being written at Guided Reading Level F. There are an average of 10-15 words per page written in large, easy-to-read text. There are big, colorful illustrations in the typical style found in other Beginner's Bible books. The main ideas in the story of Daniel come across in simple sentences, great for young ones. 

The Beginner's Bible - I Can Read!: Daniel and the Lions' Den is a great choice for reading with young ones. 
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Book Review :: God's Treasure Holy Bible (NIrV)

The God's Treasure Holy Bible (NIrV) has a printed hard cover with foiled accents and an attached ribbon bookmark. (There are other cover options available, but for this review I looked at the hardcover version.)
The God's Treasure Holy Bible (NIrV) is the New International Reader's Version (NIrV) version of the Bible. The NIrV is a simplified version of the NIV, written at approximately a 3rd grade reading level. The NIrV is composed of smaller, easy-to-understand words in shorter sentences than the traditional NIV.

The God's Treasure Holy Bible (NIrV) has all black text (including the words of Christ) and brown headings and chapter numbers. The text is laid out in two columns. The text is standard size - not large, but not extra small. There are basic footnotes in the God's Treasure Holy Bible (NIrV) as well as introductions for each book of the Bible. The introductions include a quick overview of who/what will be encountered in the book, important stories, and a list of "Treasure Verses" (which are highlighted with a light brown background in the Bible text). At the back are a "Treasure Verse Index", three lined pages for notes, and 7 full-color maps like you might find at the back of many Bibles.

There are some full-color page inserts that are placed throughout the God's Treasure Holy Bible (NIrV). (The full-color pages are a bit thicker than the text pages.) There are a total of 6 full-color inserts, with a front and back side to each. Each of the inserts are illustrated and have a summarized story version of popular Bible events.

Here are the titles of each of the inserts:
- This Bible Is Given To: (presentation page)
- How To Use This Bible
- God Creates The World
- The Ten Commandments
- Mapping The Bible (two-sided)
- The Riches of God's Word
- Learn To Pray
- Meet Jesus
- Love
- Fruit Of The Spirit
- ABCs Of Becoming A Christian

The God's Treasure Holy Bible (NIrV) has the basics you need, with some nice extras. 
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Book Review :: She Reads Truth Bible (Christian Standard Bible) by Holman Bible Publishers

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Are you looking for the best Bible for Bible art & journaling, or just wanting to get something to help with your Bible study time? 
The She Reads Truth Bible may be your answer! 
It's a great option for Bible journaling, note taking, and more. 
(For the cover style pictured, click here.)

The She Reads Truth Bible is a single column Bible with wide margins, which are great for notes, journaling, and/or art. The unlined margins are a minimum of 1 5/8" wide (so just over 1 1/2") and the pages are 8 7/16" high. I would estimate that on about 1/3 of the pages of Bible text, there is additional margin space (particularly in places like Job and the Psalms). The pages have a mild, creamy white hue to them (they are not bright white, but are also not the yellowish cream color that many journaling Bibles contain). The She Reads Truth Bible contains the CSB (Christian Standard Bible) version of the Biblical text.
The Bible is a little on the hefty side at 2" thick and weighing a little more than 3 1/2 pounds. There are two attached ribbon bookmarks (one white/ivory and one red) that will help in marking the pages you want to find easily again.

The She Reads Truth Bible is one of the most beautifully done Bibles I have seen as far as the interior page design goes. From the clean overall page layout to the easily distinguishable devotional pages to even the maps and table of weights and measures in the back, it is very pleasing to the eye.

Each book begins with a full-page illustration/typography of a key verse - many are single-color, but some are more elaborate. In addition to the artwork, each book has: an introduction, a reading plan (laid out in weeks), and some additional form of study help (map, chart, timeline, etc.).

There are some great extras in the She Reads Truth Bible that you won't find in most journaling Bibles currently available. A total of 189 devotionals (each well placed according to the content and context) are interspersed throughout the text. The devotionals are easily distinguished from the Bible text because of the colored border surrounding them.

At the back of the She Reads Truth Bible you will find: a list of key verses, Genre Guide, the Apostles' Creed, a one-year Bible reading plan, Topical Index, maps, and Table of Weights & Measures.

You really just need to see several sample pages to get the feel for the She Reads Truth Bible, so I figured I may as well make a short flip-through/slideshow out of some additional pictures I took.
Feel free to watch below or click through to view it on YouTube.



All in all, I think the She Reads Truth Bible is a great choice if you are looking for a new Bible.  
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Friday, November 3, 2017

Book Review :: Tora Fright Patches Things Up (A Story About Forgiveness)

Tora Fright Patches Things Up is a story about forgiveness from the Prayer Monsters line of books. 
Being that this book is part of a line of books, it does start out with some backstory on the characters that is a bit dry, in my opinion. A couple pages in, we get to the start of the story where Tora brings her prize-winning armadillo home from the art festival. The youngest in the Fright family, Booyah, is causing a bit of chaos in all of the older siblings' activities and ends up breaking Tora's armadillo. Tora is angry, but ends up forgiving Booyah and they then work together to repair the broken armadillo. 

What I enjoyed about Tora Fright Patches Things Up was that Tora not only felt sorry for getting angry with Booyah, but she then prayed about it and apologizes for her actions. The process of forgiveness is a difficult one and I thought it was addressed well. The prayer that Tora prays is short and written in rhyme (the rest of the book is not) and would be great for children to memorize and pray on their own.

That being said, this is not my favorite book out there. The story feels a little drawn out and dry to me. My 3 year old does enjoy this book and there are a lot of positive aspects of Tora Fright Patches Things Up, and for those reasons alone this book is worth owning. 
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