Monday, April 28, 2014

Book Review: Heaven

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Heaven: What's It Like? How Do We Get There? by Stephen Elkins is an appreciable compilation of 60 engaging rhyming stories which includes an applicable Bible verse and charming illustrations depicting a diversity of beautiful children.            

The book is comprised of three sections:

What is Heaven Like? 
(Heaven is Real, Perfect, Beautiful, Forever, etc)
How Do We Get There?
(Open God's special Book, Know God's Special Name, etc)
How Do We Live Like Jesus Until Then?
(We Love, Serve One Another, etc.)


It contains a table of contents for easy navigation as well as a useful glossary of terms which defines words used in the book that younger children may not be aware of. Through out the book it is easy to identify the words that can be found in the glossary by the "special" font that is used.

I read this book with my four year old and she very much appreciated the scenes illustrating the children in various scenarios, which I considered each image relevant to the story it was telling.  It generated questions from her that allowed us to reference Scripture for Truth.  We enjoyed reading it together.

This book can be read aloud at bedtime or used as a daily devotional in which the whole family can join in on.

Overall, I found the content of the book to be a great resource for children.  I am glad to add this to my daughter's library of great books that we will treasure.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book for my unbiased and honest review.)

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Book Review: Gospel Assurance & Warnings by Paul Washer


Gospel Assurance and Warnings by Paul Washer manages to catapult and admonish the believer to examine oneself as to whether you are in the faith.  His constant reference of Scripture assures the reader that these are not his own thoughts or reasonings but the truth found in the Word of God.  The dangers of false conversion, following the lusts of the flesh and indulging in its desires is plainly and sincerely depicted as a contradiction to the Gospel.

Although, I have heard various teachings by Paul Washer, this is the first book I have read by him.  It was an eye-opener from the preface of the book.

The book is divided into two parts, however, the message is one:
Part One: Biblical Assurance and Part Two: Gospel Warnings or Warnings to Empty Confessors.  The writer clearly points out the dangers of modern evangelicalism and false conversion all while drawing the reader to the love and hope found in Scripture.  Guiding the reader through 1 John, Washer invites the reader to reflect upon their life and see if it bears fruit of genuine conversion or if the manner of living bears more resemblance to an unbelieving world all the while encouraging the reader that He who began a good work will carry it onto completion.

The writer encourages the reader to seek assurance of their conversion through Biblical discipline and the regeneration which proceeds from the Spirit of God.   Washers sincerity and his love for the souls is evident in his writing.  

I enjoyed this book immensely and its encouragement to remain rooted in the Truth of Jesus is invaluable.

I recommend this book to anyone who desires to glean assurance from Scripture the foundation to establish and maintain their salvation.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. 
The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Book Review: Noah and the Mighty Ark

Noah and the Mighty Ark by Rhonda Gowler Greene is a telling of the well known Biblical story of Noah.  It is targeted for children ranging between the ages of 4 through 8.

The book itself is a sturdy hardback.  The cover image immediately greets you with the colorful and cuddly animals peeking overboard.  The book being a little over 20 pages made it possible for me to read it to my 4 year old daughter in one sitting.

She is aware of the story of Noah and was able to follow along with the beautiful illustrations. Although, right away I noticed that the illustrations were "blurry" my daughter didn't make any mention of it.  We also enjoyed naming the various animals on each page together.

Overall, this easy to follow short story, being in rhythmic form, is a delightful way to share this very well known story with younger children.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book
review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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Monday, April 7, 2014

Book Review: Essential Atlas of the Bible

Zondervan's Essential Atlas of the Bible by Carl G. Rasmussen provides a plethora of brilliant and intriguing images, graphs, charts and regional attributes.

This book is comprised of two sections: Geographical Section and Historical Section.

The Geographical Section provides fascinating details regarding the significant geographical challenges of the Middle East.  

Although the Geographical section is comprised of the first 27 pages of the book there is a wealth of information regarding the terrain as well as vivid climate and rainfall charts and an agricultural calendar.

The bulk of the book depicts the Historical Section of this part of the World.  It begins with the Pre-Patriarchal Period and concludes with the Seven Churches of Revelation and Jerusalem.

Maps of the Israelites travels throughout the unknown and a vast deserted wilderness is captured beautifully through illustrations.  The allotment of land carved out by God for the Twelve Tribes is depicted along with many other Biblically related happenings.  The arrival of the Greeks who thwarted Persian supremacy and the Maccabean revolt are just some of the other articles that are laid out for the reader to delve into.

I enjoy reading Historical information from Biblical times and places and this Atlas surpassed my expectations including the Scripture and a Subject Index to be able to reference the Bible to.

The attention to detail and impeccable photographs makes this atlas an invaluable addition to any library.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. 
The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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