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.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Book Review: The Wayfinding Bible

The Wayfinding Bible is designed to "helping you navigate through God's Word".  With three different "routes" to choose from, a new believer, someone more familiar with the Bible, or anyone in between will be able to read through the main points of the Word in as little as 54 readings. I think that these three "routes" would also be helpful in disciplining new believers and sharing the basics

My first impression of The Wayfinding Bible was "I love this!" As I continued to flip through and read, I was impressed by the fun colors, full-color pictures, notations and timelines. All of these detailed elements made the Bible come alive with background information and it also filled in some historical gaps. Sometimes, Bibles similar to this one can appear cluttered, but I found the layout of The Wayfinding Bible was very well placed.

Another major aspect that I loved from this Bible was the fact that all throughout, there are sections called "Finding Jesus In…", where it shows us where we truly can find Jesus in EVERY book of the Bible.
This would be so helpful in a theological discussion! 

Overall, I am so glad to have the opportunity to review The Wayfinding Bible. It's white clean-cut cover and color filled pages make reading the Bible fun! I enjoyed reading the flyover route and look forward to eventually read through the other routes and get a better feel for each system. Those seeking to add a structured daily Bible reading to their routine would surely benefit from reading through this NLT translation.

You can check out the book trailer for Wayfinding Bible here.

I received the above mentioned book complimentary from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review.


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Book Review: The God Puzzle

I was so excited to receive The God Puzzle for review! When I did, I began flipping through the pages, reading the text, admiring the pictures and immediately, I was so very fond of it! Many children's Bible study books I have read with my youngest daughter have only scratched the surface of a Christian's walk. I found this book to be a blessing and very well written. The purpose of the book is for children to discover "how the Bible fits together to reveal God's greatest treasure." Each lesson begins with a section called "Get the facts" where children are asked a question or encouraged to perform a simple experiment. After they've gathered the information, they are then ready to continue the lesson. 

I like that there are many thought-provoking questions where children have to look up several scriptures to find the Biblical answers. They are encouraged to examine their own young lives and realize how certain feelings affect them. The size and level of each lesson is perfect! The lessons aren't too short or too easy where children rush through and they aren't too long or too difficult where Bible study time becomes a chore for them. 

One of my favorite aspects of this book is that it encourages children to dig deeper into God's Word and think! The vivid pictures and layout of the book captivate the child's attention with crossword puzzles and fill-in-the-blank activities. 

And finally, there's the aspect of children discovering more about God. Children are never too young to learn about the great God we serve and this book allows them to discover on their own. Children learn, through this in-depth study, that a relationship with God personal and life-changing. 

The extra's in this book are just wonderful! With pages dedicated to "Book of the Bible and the different kinds of books", "Hebrew names of God and their meanings", and a list of verses to memorize, I feel that these additions take Bible study to the next level. I like the fact that "deep" questions and language are put into kid-friendly terms without watering down the Truth of the Word.

I received a complimentary copy of the above mentioned book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Book Review: The New Answers Book 4

Ken Ham, the president and CEO of Answers in Genesis along with 22 other contributing authors have compiled "The New Answers Book 4" the latest installment in the Answers Series.  It contains, in much depth, over 30 questions and answers on creation/evolution and the Bible.

When I first noticed the over 400 page pdf….I felt a bit overwhelmed as I thumbed through the book.  This is by no means an easy read but once I started, I found it completely engaging.  With chapters addressing "What did the reformers believe about the age of the Earth?" (pg. 101) and "What are the tactics of the new Atheists?" it managed to capture my attention and interest.

This book came at just the right time. My husband and I host a weekly Bible study in which there are two extremely inquisitive boys.  They have asked me questions on topics such as the existence of dragons (pg. 27), evolution, etc.  This book served as a great reference to present Biblical answers to their questions.

I commend the authors for maintaining an emphasis on Biblical authority.  Many sources are cited and there are numerous footnotes whereas the reader can conduct further research at their own leisure.

The most enjoyable portion for me was Bodie Hodge's, "Dear Atheists…"  I found it to be direct and to the point addressing the many misconceptions of the atheistic evolutionary views.

On a minor note, there were quite a few charts, graphs and figures that were obviously listed in the book but somehow did not appear on the pdf. I received.  Other than that, I surprisingly enjoyed this book and it will surely serve as a reference in the future.

I received a complimentary copy of the above mentioned book, which was published by Master Books, 
a division of New Leaf Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.