Friday, October 16, 2020

Bible Study - NIV Study Bible Fully Revised


The study Bible that launched the modern study Bible movement 35 years ago and that millions of readers have come to trust for more than three decades is now fully revised and updated with thousands of newly written or enhanced notes and articles combined with hundreds of four-color maps, charts, photos, and illustrations to create an entire library of contemporary study.

The stunning, full-color NIV Study Bible, Fully Revised Edition (Zondervan, 2020) (website) answers your pressing questions about Scripture with just the right amount of information, placed in just the right location on the printed page. It features the exclusive NIV Comfort Print® typeface.


This is an amazing Bible that is so full of information! I found myself reading endlessly as it opened so much up through the wonderful study notes and color pictures.  I love the color pictures and colored maps throughout! It helps to have deeper explanation and understanding of the area where these things are taking place and about the people.

One thing I found myself doing was reading through the biographical information that is in this Bible. Job is one of my favorite books of the Bible and it explains what the book of Job is about but then went into who Job was as a man. I thought this was so interesting and gave me a more rounder understanding of who he was and the times he lived in. There is a lot of information like this throughout.

I love the heavier paper that is in this Bible and the comfort print text. It makes it so much easier to read!  Even the study notes, which are a bit smaller, are easier to read. The only con to this Bible is that it's quite heavy.  I am using it on my desk where I study so it stays in one place, however, to carry it around would definitely be difficult for me. 

If you want a Bible that has everything, this Bible is for you.  It has the study notes that will guide you as you read plus much, much more! I absolutely love this Bible and I think you will, too! I give it 5 stars. 

*This Bible was provided to me by BibleGateway. I received a copy of this Bible 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 Bible.

Blessings - Julie

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Book Review - Searching for Certainty


We all long for certainty in life, yet things often don't go as we expect. When facing illness, job loss, strained relationships, and other struggles, our impulse is to question God and strive to fix things ourselves.

In this profound book, trusted ministry leader and leadership coach Shelly Miller shares how to reframe uncertain times and turn them into purposeful times of spiritual growth. Learn how to break unhelpful habits and thought patterns, make decisions in faith rather than fear, and know deeper than ever before that God loves you not for what you know or do, but for who you are.


Shelly Miller ( is a veteran ministry leader and sought-after spiritual mentor and leadership coach. She is the author of Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World and leads the Sabbath Society, an online global community that practices weekly rest as reality. She is described as a poet with an acute taste for authentic honesty, and a storyteller and avid photographer who helps people think about and see life differently. Making their home in London, England, Shelly and her husband, H, are the proud parents of two adult children.


This book is so encouraging and lifted my spirits so much. It is full of hope in the Lord and shows us how we can be certain of God's love and comfort.

I absolutely loved her personal stories throughout and how she found God's love and steadfastness in her life despite the uncertain situations she was in. Just recently, like me, she has had to battle cancer and, again, the Lord provided the strength she needed in her life. This book has given me hope and help as I struggle with my own health and life issues. Each and everything she writes is grounded in Scripture and she never takes a verse out of context to fit what she wants. God's Word is perfect the way it's written and has everything we need and Shelly concentrates on sharing that fact.

I highlighted so many pages of this book! There were so many wonderful paragraphs and sentences that I knew I would want to remember or refer to again.  In fact, I plan on re-reading this book again as it was such a joyful book and brought me so much hope! 

No matter what you're going through, this book will show you how God is right there with you - your steadfast rock. He has all the certainty we need no matter our circumstances. We need search no farther than God. I highly recommend this book and 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, October 13, 2020

Book Review - Fascinating Bible Studies on Every Parable


Jesus knew the power of stories to touch people's hearts, so he used parables to teach his followers about the kingdom of God. If you want to know God better, the parables are a great place to start.

This book provides short studies on every parable in the Bible. You'll learn what God wants us to know from the prodigal son, the good Samaritan, the lost sheep, the talents, the sower, and many more.

Each study includes a summary of the parable, the Scripture reference where it can be found, information on the historical and cultural setting, and key points. At the end of each study are questions that open the door to discussion, reflection, or further investigation, and help you get to the heart of the parable.

A wonderful tool for small groups or to add variety to your personal devotions. Let these studies draw you nearer to God as they enhance your understanding of his Word.


Dr. William H. Marty taught at Moody Bible Institute for thirty-seven years. His main emphasis was teaching an Old and New Testament survey to freshman at the Chicago campus, and the fruit of his focus on teaching the story line of the Bible was published in The Whole Bible Story. Dr. Marty has also written The World of Jesus and The Jesus Story and coauthored A Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Linda, and is an active triathlete.


This is an extremely interesting book that focuses on the parables of the Bible and explains their meanings to us.  Not only that, but the author gives us questions to reflect on so that we can dig a bit deeper into the parable and the Scriptures.

I really liked that the author writes in a way that is easy to understand. It is a book that invites you in to the Bible and makes you want to stay there. Things that might not have been clear in the Scripture, become clear after the author takes us through things step by step.

I enjoy books that give us a way to study deeper and the questions and memory verse at the end of each chapter do this wonderfully.  It truly invites the reader to want to live a more exemplary life. 

I really loved this book and highly recommend it. You'll learn so much from the book and gain so much knowledge. 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


Friday, September 25, 2020

Book Review - The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson


When songwriter West Prescott tries a vacation trade for Christmas, he accidentally ends up playing the caretaker of his own house--and falling in love with the struggling musician staying there. Will keeping his true identity from her hinder their blossoming romance?


Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her novels range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including Romantic Time's Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at


I absolutely love every book by Melody Carlson that I've read and look forward to each new book she writes! This was another winner and such a great story! Let me tell you about it.

Emma is such a sweet person and so likeable. She is the main character in this book and I liked her right away. She enjoys the simple things in life and finds joy in the every day things. She is invited to spend Christmas with her friend, Gillian.  Gillian is the exact opposite of Emma yet still likeable. Since Emma's parents are in Africa on a mission, Emma has always spend Christmas with Gillian's family.  This year she decides she wants to be on her own for Christmas until she finds out that Gillian's familyl is swapping their house in Arizona for one in Colorado.  She can't resist experiencing a white Christmas for the first time.  

Gillian's family can be a bit annoying at times. They are wealthy and tend to expect others to treat them with respect because of that. There's also a lot of bickering between them, which gets a bit old.  

I liked West a lot, too.  He is the owner of the house in Colorado and a song writer.  This brings he and Emma together as she is a singer/songwriter, too.  I like how their relationship is brought about slowly and not rushed.  It's sweet seeing their relationship develop.  

All in all, I enjoyed this book.  I would have liked a bit more Christmassy feel to the story but I loved the characters of Emma and West so much, it made up for the lack of a Christmas feel.  I'm giving this book 4 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.

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Blessings - Julie

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Book Review - Why Is That In The Bible?


What should we make of the Bible story about a talking donkey? What about the passage in Joshua where the sun and moon stood still? Should biblical practices like women wearing head coverings still be followed today? The Bible serves as the foundation for all of Christian life, crossing time and transcending cultures, yet many passages are perplexing.

Providing fascinating historical and scriptural insights, Eric J. Bargerhuff demystifies forty Bible verses and stories. Ranging from strange accounts, such as bears mauling forty-two boys (2 Kings 2), to hard-to-accept statements, such as Jesus saying we must hate our families in order to be his disciples (Luke 14), you will learn the context of each passage and how it applies to us today. Other fascinating accounts include

· The Finger on the Wall

· "Lead Us Not into Temptation"

· Jeremiah's Linen Underwear

· "No One Knows the Day or the Hour"

· The Battle for Moses' Body

· Death at Communion

In all, this book will help you be more confident about interpreting all of God's Word accurately.


Eric J. Bargerhuff, PhD, is a professor of Bible and theology and the associate dean of academic affairs at Trinity College of Florida. He served in pastoral ministry for more than twenty years in churches in Ohio, Illinois, and Florida. He received his doctorate in biblical and systematic theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Eric's passion is to write about the interpretation and application of biblical principles for the purposes of spiritual growth and reform in the church. He and his family live in Trinity, Florida.


This was such an interesting book, full of great information that clears up so many things in the Bible that are confusing. Eric does a good job of breaking things down and explaining these things.

My favorite part of the book is at the end of each chapter, he gives us the Scriptures and then questions so that we can gain more understanding of what we have just read. I like when an author lets us dig into the Scripture ourselves and doesn't just spoon feed us information.  Yes, he gives us the information we need to start our journey of understanding but he helps us to really get into the Scriptures.  

There are so many questions answered in this book.  If you've ever wondered about something that seems strange or odd in the Bible, you'll most likely find the answer to it in this book.  I also like that this book was easy to read and not dry as dust.  It was a pure joy to read! 

I highly recommend this book as it is very informational. 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