Thursday, August 23, 2012

God of All Creation

"God of All Creation : Life Lessons from Pets and Wildlife" by James Robison is  the perfect book for animal lovers. James Robison shares stories of his experiences and observations of animal life, and his interpretation of how those observations are similiar to our relationship with Christ. Robison shares many stories about his own pet, Princess the dog. The stories that he shares in this book are both entertaining and educational. I thought that many of the comparisons that Robison draws between our relationship with pets and wildlife and our relationship with Christ were really insightful. I would definitely recommend this book to animal lovers, as it does share some really heartwarming stories, and the comparisons that Robison draws are so thoughtful and true. I would give this book a 5/5 - highly recommend it!

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.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Open Bible

"The Open Bible" is a New King James Version Bible that has so many little extra features, you will absolutely love it! This Bible has a large index to help you find whatever topics you might be looking for, which is wonderful for those of us who like to read Scripture that is related to what is going on in our lives at the time. The Open Bible also offers several colorful maps the help the reader understand the geography of the times. There is also a Visual Survey of the Bible that appears between the Old and New Testament, which helps give a visual overview of the Bible, its writers and key figures.

What I really loved most about this Bible is the introduction pages of each chapter. The Open Bible begins each chapter with a few pages designed to give you an overview of the chapter, such as who wrote the chapter, what the date rage of the chapter is, key verses, as well as an actual outline of each chapter, broken down. This is such a helpful tool in really understanding each chapter, because it gives you some context as to what was going on at the time, who was writing it, and what themes are in the chapter.

I thought this Bible was absolutely wonderful. I am so excited to have it to use as a companion with another version. I would highly recommend this book to people who desire a traditional translation of the Bible, but enjoy the more in-depth details that this Bible offers.

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

Monday, August 20, 2012

Book of Life Recovery

"The Book of Life Recovery" by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop is a companion to the traditional twelve step recovery program. This book is divided into twelve chapters - one for each of the twelve steps. Each chapter starts off with the actual step (i.e., Step One - "We admitted we were powerless over our problems and that our lives had become unmanageable"), followed by a Biblical quote that ties in to the step. Each chapter profiles a story of recovery, through the eyes of a recovering addict. Each chapter also contains four Bible studies that related to that particular step, to help the recovering addict find strength and hope within the Bible. By using Biblical stories, such as Zacchaeus, Arterburn and Stoop reinforce Biblical values and supports recovery.

What I enjoyed most about this book were the Bible studies - I thought that they were so profound, and easy to relate to. I thought that the way the short questions after each study were worded were also very insightful, and allows the reader to really do an honest evaluation of their situation, and spiritual standing.

I think this book would be very helpful for those who are trying to recover from an addiction, or for the family members of addicts. I believe that either group of people would truly benefit from this book, and gaining a better understanding of recovery, and supporting those loved ones who are struggling.

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

Saturday, August 11, 2012

How to Be A Child of God

"How to Be A Child of God" is a short book written by David Howell. What I liked about this book is that it is the perfect introduction to what it is to be a Christian. This book is written is a series of pictures and short explanations, almost like you are reading a comic book. The illustrations are wonderful, and Howell keeps the narrative simple, and easy to understand. This book centers on God's sacrifice to send his son to die for our sins, but also discusses Christian fundamentals, like eternal life, the first sin of Adam and Eve, and what is means to be reborn. This would be a wonderful gift for a new Christian, or someone who wants to know more about being a Christian. I think this would also be appropriate for middle school aged children, as a way to explain to them what it means to be a child of God. Wonderful resource - highly recommend this.

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from the Blogging program, in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

KJV Bride's Bible

The KJV Bride's Bible would make a wonderful wedding or bridal shower gift for the bride to be. This Bible is a small KJV Bible, the perfect size for keeping in a purse or bag. This Bible does use the red lettering to distinguish direct quotes from Christ. This Bible also has a few pages at the beginning to record important details about your wedding day, which would make it a wonderful gift - wedding party information, wedding day information, and a couple of pages to which you could tape/glue photos from the big day. The back of the Bible offers maps, including: the World of the Patriarchs, The Exodus from Egypt, The Conquest of Canaan, The Twelve Tribes, David and Solomon's Jerusalem, Jerusalem in New Testament Times, The Holy Land in the Time of Jesus, Paul's First Missionary Journey and his Journey to Rome, and Paul's Second and Third missionary Journeys.This Bible also offers a 50 page index so that you can easily look up specific topics that you want to read more about. 

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

The Girl's Still God It

"The Girl's Still Got It" by Liz Curtiz Higgs is an awesome book that essentially dissects the Biblical book of Ruth. Liz goes verse by verse, through the book of Ruth, painting the picture of the story. Liz adds her own insights, details, and interesting facts to really draw the reader into the story of Ruth and Naomi. I found this book to be truly fascinating. The dynamic of Ruth and Naomi is one of the most interesting stories to me, and the way that Liz slows the story down, adds information, and Biblical wisdom to it makes this book ideal for any woman of faith. I would highly recommend this book. It also offers a study guide to help the reader follow even more closely. This would make a great gift for a girlfriend, mother, sister, etc. Great job, Liz!

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from, in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review. All opinions contained in this review are my own.