Saturday, November 21, 2015

Audio Book Review: The Word of Promise NKJV

Presented in dramatic audio theatre The Word of Promise New Testament audio Bible is a compelling production of the Holy scriptures in the New King James version.  The Scriptures come alive in this astounding 20 hour 20 cd compilation.

I have not listened to all 20 compact discs yet, but what I have heard so far is captivating and enthralling.  I have heard both the Book of Matthew and the Book of Mark.  The message of Jesus' sermon on the Mount is beautifully captured with an engaging composition of musical loveliness.

The stirring musical soundtrack is a beautiful accompaniment to the diversity of over 120 actors.

Although I have thoroughly enjoyed what I have been able to hear so far, I cannot compliment the packaging of this product.  The 20 compact discs are housed in a sturdy plastic case, however as I opened the case about 5 of the cd's popped out.  They do not seem to fit snug in the packaging and are stacked loosely on top of the others.  I'm hoping it is a defective case which only I received (I hope).

I look forward to enjoying the rest of the cd's in my car as I drive to church which is about an hour drive each way.

Thinking ahead to holiday gifts? Well, this dramatized Audio of the Word of God would make a great gift.  As of the date of this post this audio Bible is available for purchase at at an amazingly low price of $6.99.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Book Review: Street God

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Street God by Pastor Dimas Salaberrios is an impacting memoir of his re-telling of coming up in the mean and dangerous streets of Queens, NY and his life changing encounter with Jesus Christ.

His addiction to power and success led to poor choices, sending Dimas—twice—to New York City’s Rikers Island, one of the toughest and most notorious jails in the nation. He narrowly escaped death numerous times, including when a vengeful hustler pointed a gun at his head at point-blank range and pulled the trigger. Dimas now acknowledges that, for every poor choice he made in his youth, God placed a barrier to redirect him, sent an angel to protect him, or provided a message to touch him. Dimas shares his story in his memoir, Street God: The Explosive Story of a Former Drug Boss on the Run from the Hood—and the Courageous Mission That Drove Him Back*

I read this 284 page book in just two days. Pastor Dimas takes you on the journey of his personal testimony that winds down the road of drug dealing and eventual drug addiction making this book too engaging to put down.  He provides vivid accounts of his dealings in the world of drugs and the mayhem that it caused. His desire to be, as he refers to it, a "street god" took him down a path of incarceration that nearly cost him his life.  I laughed and even cried as I read through the pages marveling at how the Lord transforms the life of those who are the least of these.  

From Bible smuggling mission trips to China to personally delivering food and money to an orphanage in Kenya you will be amazed as he shares his accounts of all the miracles and signs that the Lord preformed to strengthen his faith in Him.  

I do have to share my dislike for the cover of the book.  

I recommend this book especially for gifting to young men who are snared in the trappings of this world.  I will actually be gifting my copy hoping that it will serve as a vehicle to show how Jesus can transform and regenerate the life of those who surrender to HIM.

As I sit here typing this review, an appropriate quote comes to my mind concerning this book which is: There is no pit so deep, that God's love is not deeper still - Corrie Ten Boom.

*excerpt obtained from the Tyndale Media Center

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Book Review: NKJV Study Bible for Kids

NKJV Study Bible for Kids is chock full of features that will be sure to inspire your child to get to reading God's Word. 

This Bible incorporates the accuracy of the New King James Version translation of the Bible into an inviting format which captivates the reader at first glance.

My daughter was immediately drawn to the bright colors and the overall look of this Bible.  She immediately took hold of it and wanted to get into the Word.

As I thumbed through the Bible, I immediately noticed the bright colored page edges in an ombre detail.  Each page also has a fan tab that lists the book, chapter and verse.  That will be most helpful to those who are just starting to read the Bible until they are familiar with were each book is located.  

Although, there are quite a few additional features, I find each of them to be helpful to the reader.

Behind the Scenes: Bible book introductions including author, dates, key passages, and highlights;

Spotlight: God's big plan - how He worked in Bible times and how He works today;

Starring Roles: Biographies of key people in the Bible;

On Location: Colorful maps to help find Bible locations and events

You might think the font would be small to make room for all the extra content but not so.  The typeface provides ease of reading for children to be able to follow along. Hardcover books are made with durability in mind, great option since this Bible is for children!

Another feature that was well thought out is the Articles Index.  If the child wants to refer to biblical passages on sharing with others or obedience, they can refer to the page number listed and it will take them directly to the passage that talks about that particular topic.

There is also a ribbon marker to  keep tabs on where your little reader read last.

This is a beautifully done children's Bible.  If you are gifting a Bible to a loved one for an upcoming birthday or even for the holidays that are quickly approaching, I would HIGHLY recommend this one!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Book Review: Adventure Bible: The Good Samaritan

About the Book:
When a Jewish man is robbed and left on the side of the road to die, who stops to help? Another Jewish man...or a Samaritan?

My Review:
My daughter who is 6, enjoys to read children's versions of Biblical stories.  She has read the teaching of Jesus on the good samaritan in the Bible on her own so she is familiar with the story.  When she received this book she was completely enamored with it.  The longer sentences and more age appropriate vocabulary made it a great read for her.  After she read it, she went back and flipped through it again to enjoy the beautiful illustrations.

The Bible stories in the, I Can Read Series, published by ZonderKidz, are edifying and allow her to work on her reading development while learning Biblical concepts. I found the level of this book to be very age appropriate.

All throughout the book, I have noticed from the previous books in the series, that the illustrations were more vivid in color and eye-catching.  The facial expressions of the illustrations were done exceptionally well.  The pain and hurt the injured man was feeling was captured well through the pictures.

At the end of the book there is a section, People in Bible Times, which gives the child an appropriate definition of who where the Samaritans.  There is also a Words to Treasure section which can be used as a memory verse to incorporate what the child has learned.

This series of I Can Read books, that incorporate Biblical messages are such a breath of fresh air from the other general children's books.  My daughter looks forward to reading more books from this series.

I received a copy of The Good Samaritan from BookLook Bloggers 
in exchange for my honest review.