Saturday, September 1, 2012

Transported right into the story of Ruth



The Girl's Still Got It


The Girl's Still Got It: Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World

by Liz Curtis Higgs


Most have read the book of Ruth.  I have read it, several times.  I have even seen the movie and completed an in-depth Bible study on the book of Ruth.  However, there is something about the way Liz Curtis Higgs writes that takes you right into the story, deeper than all the other resources. 

Each verse of Ruth is taken apart and broken down as if the screenplay is being written and we are transported right into the story.   With this style of writing supported with the authors detailed and extensive research we are seeing the events as if we were standing right there. 

Combining the study guide at the back of the book with the DVD that is also available would make a wonderful group Bible study.


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Go here to see the book trailer and to buy the book.

Disclosure: WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group provided me with a complimentary copy of this book as part of their BloggingForBooks.org book review program.


Friday, August 24, 2012

Disappointed



1000 Days - The Ministry of Christ
By Jonathan Falwell

Based on the description of the book I expected an in-depth chronological study of the three year ministry of Jesus.  I was disappointed. 

This book instead provides simple topical Christian lessons with a disjointed attempt to connect them to the "1000 days" ministry of Christ.  I might recommend this book for a new believer (which is the only reason why I gave it two stars).  However, for a not so new Christian the overall feel of the book is simplistic and rather dull.

The end of each chapter contains several questions that are titled "Questions for individual reflection or small group discussion".  I found many of these questions to be useful but often wanted there to be more.  Well, at the end of the book there is more, titled as "Bible Study Guide (with Leader's Helps).  I have no idea why the author or publisher choose to separate these two sections. I found that the section at the back of the book would be far more useful to an individual or a small group as a way to take the topical study deeper and be able to have relevant application.

The final section of the book provides the final disappointment.  It contains a list of the "100 Main Events In Jesus' Life".  It is in this list that we are provided with the chronological ministry of Christ.  Unfortunately it is a simply a basic list with scripture references.  I have the pretty much the exact same list in my Bible called "The Harmony of the Gospels".

Disclosure: Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program.


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Thursday, July 12, 2012

We need to first be great parents!

How We Love Our Kids: The Five Love Styles of Parenting   -     
        By: Milan Yerkovich, Kay Yerkovich


There is a section on page 23 that sets the tone for this book...after quoting Luke 6:40 it states "If we want to have great kids, we need to first be great parents.  Our kids cannot rise above our level, so seeing where we need to grow is essential."

Part 1 of the book discusses 5 types of parents and it was painfully obvious which category I fall into.  I found myself wanting more practical application from the book but I kept coming back to the tone for the book.  It is up to me to figure out the areas I need to grow.  The book goes on to other sections that are more specific to individual children, but there are so many categories that most of them did not fit our kids.

There were many family stories told throughout the book and I could have read many more.  In these stories I found some of the practical application I was looking for.  Through these stories is how this book truly shines.

I primarily review books on this blog for material to use in our women's Bible study.  I did not find that this book would translate well into a Bible study.  This is a book that is better used in the home to encourage conversation between parents and to enable parents to view each other in their own styles.  My next purchase will be the "How We Love" book that focuses on marriage.  There is more to these love styles that I want to learn about so that I can grow to be a better person, better wife and of course a better parent!

Disclosure: WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group provided me with a complimentary copy of this book as part of their BloggingForBooks.org book review program.


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sunrise on the Battery




...yawn... It was difficult to get through this book because it was so slow moving.  The story was rather dull - even a miraculous healing and dealing with a teenage drug issue were never fully developed to be a page turner.   It seems that the front and end of the book are just filler around the big event that changes all their lives.

I was even surprised that the book went where it did - such as seeming to promote The Message translation (why can't she just be reading the Bible?) and how quickly and easily one of the characters considered a certain path. Sorry, I can't get into to that storyline further, would hate to spoil it for you in case you ever decide to read this book.  Although, I was disappointed with the book and wouldn't recommend it - perhaps you will have a different opinion...


Disclosure: Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program.


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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Everyone can learn from this book



This book is very easy to read and translates well into a study guide because it is broken into small manageable sections.  It is perfectly designed for individual or small group study with an 8-session study guide. 

Each chapter has critical insights into deepening your understanding of the Holy Spirit, and all of it is based on scripture...a lot of scripture references.  But that is a good thing because if you are going to use this book to guide you through an in-depth study of the Holy Spirit, you will be able to test the author against the truth of the Bible.

When God sent the Holy Spirit to us we were given the incredible ability to speak directly to God.  We don't have to make sacrifices to atone for sins, we don't have to climb to the top of mountains, none of that!  Everything changed when the Holy Spirit came.  Through the Holy Spirit I have a personal relationship with God. I can talk to Him anytime I want to, anywhere and everywhere!!!   Everyone can learn from this book, because we can all be closer to God.

Disclosure: WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group provided me with a complimentary copy of this book as part of their BloggingForBooks.org book review program.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Made to Crave - Week 4 - Day 2

Week 4 - Day 2

I love a good word study and there was a great one right there in today's workbook!

pg 93 Jesus doesn't remove Paul's struggles, but He does give Paul a promise:
2Corinthians 12:9 ..."My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

Grace: divine love, favor, or assistance; mercy; loving-kindness

Sufficient: enough to meet the needs of a situation; adequate; plenty

Power: great or marked ability to do or act; authority; control; strength; influence; supremacy

Perfect: being entirely without fault or defect; lacking no essential detail; ideal; complete; just right

Weakness: lacking strength; feebleness; frailty; failing; limitation; disadvantage

pg 94 the word he uses for "rest" refers to a structure such as a tent, a tabernacle, or a dwelling...a dwelling place in which divine strength doesn't merely come and go but actually takes up residence.

That power is always there right within your grasp, all you need to do is reach for it and ask for it to overcome your weakness.  Overwhelming isn't it!  I personally experienced this concept when I overcame the temptation for a bag of chips.  As soon as I asked for God to help me, the temptation was gone! 

Truly it was - I went from being so distracted by the temptation that I could barely concentrate on working, to sending a desperate text message to bible study group asking for prayer, to being reminded to stand firm on God's Word. When I started reciting some of my memory verses, the temptation was gone!!!!  All I can do is praise God and His perfect Word.

Made to Crave: Week 4 - Day 1

Week 4- Day 1
Chapter 10 - This Isn't Fair!

I read this chapter just one day after having to beg my bible study sisters to pray for me (thanks ladies!).  As I have already written, one of the things I have cut out is chips- my favorite being salt & vinegar.  Well, I have been doing fine with that and have not really missed them too much - until yesterday. 

The case I am currently grading is about a snack foods company and one of the alternatives is to analyze whether or not to produce store brand chips.  Yep, just fantastic!  All I can think about is how yummy Food Lion brand salt & vinegar chips are and how badly I wanted a bag.  It got to the point that it was incredibly distracting and I could hardly work because all I could think about was those chips!  How ridiculous!!!  But in the moment it was a serious battle - between my desire to stay on track and my incredible craving for a bag chips.  Clearly Satan latched onto a big opportunity and threw a big ole temptation right into my face!  

Thank God for friends who are willing to pray you out of any situation!!!!  It was not long after I sent my frantic text message asking for prayer that I was able to put aside the temptation and get back to work.  It also helped immensely (thanks Helen) to be reminded that Eve gave into to the desires of her flesh and that I should stand firm on the Word and His promises, just like Jesus did in the desert!

So after all that, I come to this chapter of the book and read the following that hits so close today...
pg101 But in that moment of temptation, I realized having a pity party was a clue I was relying on my own strength, a strength that has failed me before and would fail me again.  I had to grab hold of God's strength and the only way to do that was to invite His power into this situation.

pg 103 Weakness is hard, but it doesn't have to mean defeat.  It is my opportunity to experience God's power firsthand.

2Corinthinans 7b-10 there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.