Friday, July 5, 2019

Bible Study Review - Bible Workbook Old Testament and New Testament



ABOUT THE BOOK:

Whether a student is beginning their faith journey and wants to better understand the Bible, or a teacher wants his students to have the basics down, the workbooks help readers work through the fundamental themes and teachings of the Old and New Testament. Each workbook includes detailed maps, helpful exercises, and questions for students to do on their own to serve as a foundation for the work in the classroom. Highlights include:

• An introduction and overview of the Bible as a whole • Overviews of the main books in the Old and New Testaments including author background, literary themes, timing, key texts, and outlines • A chronological study of the Old Testament and a brief study of all the books in the New Testament • An overview of the period between Malachi and Matthew, known as the “400 Silent Years” • Detailed walk through Paul’s Epistles • A parallel study of Revelation

While not designed to be exhaustive Bible studies, the workbooks help spark the interest of students so they will want to dig in more through classroom discussion and further study.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Catherine Walker (B.A., Wheaton College; M.A., Columbia Bible College; M.R.E. and D.R.E., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) previously served as an instructor at the Indonesian Baptist Theological Seminary in Semarang for 26 years. Upon retirement she served as special assistant for intercessory prayer at Foreign Mission Board headquarters. She is author of Bible Workbook Volumes I and II and six theological textbooks in the Indonesian language. She also co-authored Disciples and Prayer Life.

MY REVIEW:

I enjoyed these workbooks so much! They are so well thought out and are really enjoyable as you go through them and fill in the answers. I really liked that they give you a clear understanding of the Bible when you're done.

These are not intended to be an exhaustive Bible study but to encourage you to read the Bible in a deeper way on your own. These workbooks do exactly that - they make you want to dig deeper into Scripture to understand God's Word.

These workbooks would be great for a new Christian, however, even as a life-long Christian, I learned things and felt that it enhanced my understanding of the Bible. These would be great workbooks for a small study group!

These studies are punched for a 3 ring binder and the pages are perforated so you can put them in a notebook and lay the pages flat, if you'd like. You could add notebook paper to your binder for taking additional notes, as well.

I really love these workbooks and high recommend them! I give them 5 stars.

*I received these workbooks from Side Door Communications. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.



Blessings - Julie

Book Review - Get On Your Knee Replacements and Pray


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Blending humor and faith, the four Kandel sisters encourage senior adults to be mission focused and never let age block opportunities to serve and minister to others.

With wry humor, they inspire you to investigate possibilities for your next assignment from God. If you have retired or are considering retirement, you will chuckle as they motivate you to look into new opportunities to serve God with that unhinged schedule, wisdom gained from experience, and perhaps even some discretionary income.

Cheerleaders encouraging the no-longer-young to stay in the game, the Kandels let you laugh out loud at their own real-life mishaps. They prove that age isn't years, it is mind-set, and they offer a lighthearted challenge to seek new ways to serve God.

Do not let your number of birthdays stand in the way of your eternal impact. The big music for intentional, mission-focused living can begin even when you are well advanced in years.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Kathie Kandel Poe, Karen Kandel Kizlin, Kris Kandel Schwambach, Linda Kandel Mason are four sisters--three of whom are triplets--who teach, write, and speak in church settings. They live in Southern Indiana near Louisville, Kentucky.

MY REVIEW:

This book is wonderful for those of us feeling like we have nothing to contribute to the kingdom of God as we get older and can't do some things we could do when we were younger.

This was a really encouraging and enjoyable book that had me laughing out loud at times. It also had stories that touched my heart. Most of all, I was really encouraged that God isn't through with me yet even though I'm getting older. I think our society is so focused on youth but these ladies helped me to remember that I have something to contribute despite my age or physical condition.

I loved the prayers at the end of each of the 28 chapters and the study guide in the back. I could see this being a great small group book for older women who need the encouragement that they are valued by God. I know it made me see how valued I am - no matter my age or health restrictions.

I highly recommend this book as it was a delight to read but it also was such an encouragement to me! I give it 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by FaithWords.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


Blessings - Julie

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Book Review - The Women Who Met Jesus


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Though they seem worlds apart from us, the women of New Testament times had similar heartaches and desires. They too experienced ambition, worry, brokenness, loneliness, and insecurity. They may have wondered how some unusual man from Galilee could possibly understand their needs. And then they met him.

Rather than trivializing their problems or ignoring women, Jesus responded to their deepest needs. He reminded them of their value and transformed their past, present, and future. This engaging book recounts eighteen of their powerful true stories and shows that when a woman encounters Jesus, she cannot help but be changed forever.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dorothy Valcárcel has a 35-year career working with charitable organizations worldwide. That work, along with her own personal struggle to overcome challenging disabilities, is the catalyst for TransformationGarden.com--a global website designed to encourage women in their walk with Jesus. Her daily devotionals are also featured on Crosswalk.com.

MY REVIEW:

This book introduces us to twenty women who met Jesus face-to-face in the New Testament. The author shows us the care and concern that Jesus gives each one of these women and how their lives are transformed because of their interaction and acceptance of Him.

One thing I really like is that the author shares her own personal struggles and how Jesus has made such a difference for her. The book is not a text-book type book but a book that makes our experience with Jesus personal as we read through the Bible and ponder the questions the author shares after each study of the encounter and she also gives us more in-depth questions for a deeper study. I like when the book helps us to make what we've read in the Bible personal and the questions are really great for going deeper into our faith and understanding.

Each of these women were broken in different ways and we are able to relate to what they went through. I love how we see the transformation these women have because of their encounter with the living God, Jesus.

The only negative I have about this book is the liberty the author takes in making a connection of the woman's problem or what she may have been thinking/feeling. I read my Bible literally and am very cautious when an author takes liberties in their study just to make a point.

Overall, I liked this book and I loved the fact that it wasn't just a shallow study of Jesus. I felt like there was a lot of positive things about the book and I enjoyed it. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Revell.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


Blessings - Julie

Book Review - The Number of Love


ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Toughest Puzzle She'll Have to Solve
Might Be the Wishes of Her Own Heart

Three years into the Great War, England's greatest asset is their intelligence network--field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack German telegrams for hints of the enemy's plans. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, she discovers for the first time in her life that numbers aren't enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy who just won't give up. He's smitten quickly by the quick and brainy Margot, but soon the dangers of the war draw ever closer. Margot and Drake will have to team up to save themselves from the very secrets that brought them together.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Roseanna M. White (www.roseannamwhite.com) is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two kids, designing book covers, editing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books . . . to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

MY REVIEW:

I love reading about Britain during the World War II and especially enjoy reading about the code-breakers that helped to break the Nazi codes and the spies that infiltrated behind enemy lines. This book has lots of action regarding both of these things. Add in characters that you really care about and this book is one I couldn't put down!

I love Margot and her quirky personality and how she sees everything in regards to numbers. I'm in awe of people who understand numbers and she definitely is one who understands the pattern of them and this is what makes her great in her work as a code-breaker. She deeply cares about her family and her friends, although she doesn't always show it in ways that others understand. I really love how she understands her new friend, Dot, and how Dot needs time to recover after being around people for a length of time. As an introvert, I loved Dot, too, because I really understood how she felt. Back to Margot, though, I really liked how she was very comfortable in her own skin and knew that God made her the way she is and that was enough.

Drake is Dot's brother and has been doing undercover work. When he meets Margot, he is smitten and can't get her out of his mind. Their relationship grows gradually and I liked that they understood each other's sense of humor. He is caring and a strong character that I enjoyed getting to know.

There are a lot of twists and turn in this book to keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you interested. I love how the author brought so much accurate historical facts into this book. I loved this book and highly recommend it! I give it 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Bethany House. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


Blessings - Julie

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Book Review - Ever Faithful

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A man who can't read will never amount to anything--or so Nate Webber believes. But he takes a chance to help his family by signing up for the new Civilian Conservation Corps, skirting the truth about certain "requirements." Nate exchanges the harsh Brooklyn streets for the wilds of Yellowstone National Park, curious if the Eden-like wonderland can transform him as well.
   
Elsie Brookes was proud to grow up as a ranger's daughter, but she longs for a future of her own. After four years serving as a maid in the park's hotels, she still hasn't saved enough money for her college tuition. A second job, teaching a crowd of rowdy men in the CCC camp, might be the answer, but when Elsie discovers Nate's secret, it puts his job as camp foreman in jeopardy. Tutoring leads to friendship and romance, until a string of suspicious fires casts a dark shadow over their relationship.

Can they find answers before all of their dreams go up in smoke?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Karen Barnett, author of Mistaken, Out of the Ruins, and Beyond the Ashes, is a former park ranger. She worked as a ranger naturalist and outdoor educator at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Silver Falls State Park, and Mount Rainier National Park. When not writing, Karen enjoys photography, hiking, and public speaking. She lives in Oregon with her family.

MY REVIEW:

This is book three in the Vintage National Parks series. It's a stand-alone book set in Yellowstone during the Great Depression.

Elsie has grown up in Yellowstone with her Park Ranger father and a mother who has health problems. The death of her little sister weighs heavy on her mind and she blames her cousin who accidentally set the fire as a child. We see her wrestle with this dilemma when her parents bring her cousin into the park to work after the death of his parents. This was a very good part of the story and I loved seeing her process forgiveness and what that means as she deals with her cousin, who at times is not very likable.

Nate is a young man from New York who has been told he's dumb all his life by his father and teachers. He can't read and his whole life revolves around protecting his little brother, who is going down a bad path. When a police officer steps in to get Nate into the CCC, it will be a life changing situation for Nate.

I really liked this story and the setting of Yellowstone Park. I also enjoyed learning more about how the CCC program worked and how it helped so many young men who were in need of work. I loved the budding relationship between Nate and Elsie and seeing both of them blossom under the encouragement their relationship brought them.

There was a mystery thread that ran through this story as well and I was amazed at who the culprit was. I kept thinking I knew who it was but I was very wrong and I like a story that keeps me guessing until the end. I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it. I give it 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Waterbrook Multnomah.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


Blessings - Julie