Thursday, January 5, 2017

FUDGE AND JURY by Ellie Alexander ~ TLC Blog Tour

About Fudge and Jury

Fudge and JurySeries: A Bakeshop Mystery (Book 5)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (January 3, 2017)
Welcome to Torte–a friendly, small-town family bakery where the pastries are delicious…and, now, suspicious.
It’s almost spring in Ashland, Oregon, and the town is preparing for the Shakespeare and the annual Chocolate Festival. Business is cookin’ at Torte, and the store is expanding as Jules’ team whips up crèpes filled with mascarpone cheese and dark chocolate. Torte stands a chance of being this year’s confectionery belle of the ball! Life couldn’t be sweeterunless murder taints the batter.
Evan Rowe, of Confections Couture, makes a chocolate fountain that would put Willy Wonka to shame, and his truffles are to die forliterally? Yes, the world-renowned chocolatier has just turned up dead…right after sampling a slice of Jules’ decadent four-layer chocolate cake. Now all eyes are on Jules as she tries to find the mysterious ingredient in her own recipe. Can she sift out the truth before another contestant bites the buttercream?
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My take on this book:
A cozy mystery that revolves around chocolate well what could be better than that!  I need to start this review by saying that this book is the fifth in a series but honestly it really didn't take me long to figure out who the characters were because the author does a fantastic job of giving enough background information to allow me to dive right into an intriguing murder mystery that takes place during a chocolate festival. I felt like I had stepped right into the story with the author's descriptive storytelling from describing her decadent sweet dessert concoctions, to the not so easy to solve murder. The plot whirls  along quicker than a stand mixer or high speed the zips and twists kept me guessing and truthfully I didn't figure it out until the end. Fudge and Jury was a well written who-dun-it that has this reader adding all of the other books in the series on my must read list for 2017. Cozy mystery fans who enjoy reading this story there are even a few recipes to try out which is an added bonus.

I received a complimentary copy of this book which I voluntarily reviewed.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetEllie Alexander writes the bestselling Bakeshop Mystery series for St. Martin’s Press, set in the Shakespearean town of Ashland, Oregon and featuring a romantic, artisan pastry chef, Juliet Montague Capshaw.

About Ellie Alexander:
Ellie is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research.

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Ellie Alexander’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, January 2nd: Books and Bindings
Wednesday, January 4th: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Thursday, January 5th: WV Stitcher
Friday, January 6th: View from the Birdhouse
Monday, January 9th: Write Read Life
Tuesday, January 10th: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, January 11th: In Bed with Books
Friday, January 13th: Reading is My Superpower
Monday, January 16th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, January 17th: Kahakai Kitchen
Wednesday, January 18th: I Wish I Lived in a Library
Thursday, January 19th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Monday, January 23rd: Dwell in Possibility
Wednesday, January 25th: Art @ Home

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Grace For The Moment ~ Max Lucado

  • Imitation Leather: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Lea edition (December 20, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718089774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718089771

The devotional that has touched millions of lives with inspirational thoughts for every day is now available in a gorgeous new package, and large, easy-to-read type.

Grace for the Moment offers inspiring devotions to grow in your faith as you embrace the hope of the Lord every day. Each daily reading features devotional writings from Max’s numerous bestsellers as well as a Scripture verse selected especially for each day's reading.

This deluxe, large edition of the classic devotional makes a handsome gift to commemorate a special occasion. It offers a leather-flex cover, beautifully designed pages with large type, and a ribbon marker.

Whether you already know and love Grace for the Moment or you’re looking for a new way to draw near to the Lord, this gorgeous, deluxe version will inspire your heart.

My take on this book:
With a new year I like to start out with a new devotional and the one I have started reading is Grace For The Moment by Max Lucado, which is filled with inspiring devotions that just might help the user connect with God. First of all I must say that I love the cover of this book even though it is imitation leather it is really butter soft and very pretty, the picture really doesn't do it justice. Inside there is a pretty plain presentation page a brown ribbon marker and pages that are cream colored and very sturdy. Each devotion consists of one page and begins with a scripture verse and then the devotion follows below it.The devotions are easy to read with larger than average print. The devotions themselves are easy to read and cover a wide variety of topics.  While I really like this devotional I do wish that there had been a few  blank pages at the back so that I could jot down thoughts through the year. Overall a quality devotional that would make a wonderful gift but is also wonderful for personal use. 

A complimentary copy of this devotional was provided.

Monday, January 2, 2017

The Beginner's Bible~ Timeless Children's Stories

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: The Beginner's Bible
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Revised edition (October 4, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031075013X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310750130

The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold. Now it’s redesigned with fresh new art that will excite children for many more years to come.
Full of faith and fun, The Beginner’s Bible is a wonderful gift for any child. The easy-to-read text and bright, full-color illustrations on every page make it a perfect way to introduce young children to the stories and characters of the Bible. With new vibrant three-dimensional art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stories come to life. Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more, as they discover The Beginner's Bible just like millions of children before. The Beginner's Bible was named the 2006 Retailers Choice Award winner in Children's Nonfiction.

My take on this book:
The Beginner's Bible is filled with colorful illustrations that are paired with an easy to read text that shares many of the most popular Bible stories in a fun way that will allow youngsters to learn about God.  The first thing that I always check is whether there is a presentation page, why is that important well for me I am always looking for quality books to give as gifts and some of my most cherished books have beautiful notes written on the presentation page something that I like to do whenever I give a gift. Another great feature is the table of contents that separates the Old Testament stories from the New, making it easy to find your favorite story or character. The illustrations are beautifully done and the colors are so vibrant that they are sure to capture a youngsters eye as well as imagination. There is also a small dictionary as well. This is a wonderful way to share God's word and introduce youngsters to the many characters of the Bible. A wonderful gift and a valuable resource for homeschooling or  using is a Sunday school setting. I also think it would make wonderful bedtime reading. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

KJV, Journal The Word Bible, Large Print, Hardcover, Black, Red Letter Edition

  • Hardcover: 2016 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Csm Jou Lr edition (November 15, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718090799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718090791

The KJV Journal the Word™ Bible, Large Print allows you to creatively express yourself every day with plenty of room for notes or verse art journaling next to your treasured verses. With unique and sophisticated covers, this single-column large print edition features thick cream-colored paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins, perfect to reflect on God’s Word and enhance your study.
Excellent for a gift or for personal use, it can also be a cherished heirloom to pass on to future generations with your personal writings inside!
Features of this treasured Bible include:
  • Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections and art
  • Thicker cream paper for enduring note-taking
  • Large print 10-pt font eliminates eye strain when reading
  • Words of Christ in red
  • Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
  • Ribbon marker
My take on this Bible:
This Bible is really wonderful! I have been looking for a journaling Bible for quite some time. What I was normally finding was small print and not a lot of space to journal in. Well The KJV Journal the word Bible has plenty of lined space in the margins and the print is easy to read! First of all I think the quality of the cover is really nice and will hold up with extended use. There is a presentation page which makes this Bible great for gift giving. I like the thickness of the pages and they almost have an antique white look to them. The New Testament has the words of Jesus in red and there are footnotes peppered through out. While there are a few lined pages at the end of the Bible for notes it would have been nice if those pages would have been placed between each book of the Bible as well. Overall though this is a great journaling Bible and it is lightweight enough that its easy to carry to church. This Bible would be great for gift giving.

A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review.

Charlie the Tramp ~ Russell Hoban with illustrations by Lillian Hoban

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Plough Publishing House; Gld edition (October 3, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874867800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874867800

Charlie the Beaver wants to be a tramp when he grows up. “Tramps don’t have to learn how to chop down trees and how to roll logs and how to build dams. Tramps just tramp around and have a good time. Tramps carry sticks with little bundles tied to them. They sleep in a field when the weather is nice, and when it rains they sleep in a barn.” Charlie sets off with his bundle. But when he hears water trickling, he can’t get to sleep. Will he be able to resist the urge to make it stop? As Grandfather Beaver says, “You never know when a tramp will turn out to be a beaver.”

My take on this book:
When Charlie the Beaver's grandfather asks him what he wants to be when he grows up the answer is to become a tramp instead of working as a beaver so that he can live an easy life of wandering around and having no responsibilities.  It doesn't take Charlie long though to realize that perhaps working as a beaver isn't all that bad! 

A story that provides a few valuable lessons such as work ethic and family. I loved how Charlie's parents decided to let Charlie try out the tramp lifestyle. The family feel of this book is wonderful and the illustrations which look like pencil drawings really bring the story to life.  While this is a charming little story I think that parts of the storyline might be a bit dated, such as mom running off to cook for the men, I got the feeling that men worked and women stayed home and cooked,  but that is to be expected because it was originally released fifty years ago.  Overall it is a cute little read with a few valuable lessons woven in.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Stuck in a Bucket ~ Debra Gaynor

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Kids at Heart Publishing & Books (May 2, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996496297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996496292

Buddy Stories are loosely based on fact. Max was an Australian Shepherd that chased the cows and didn't like his name. Maybe Max wasn't supposed to be a cattle dog. Max must discover who he is and his name.

My take on this book:
Stuck In A Bucket by Debra Gaynor is a fun read that also shares the positive message that sometimes we might have to try more than one thing in order to figure out just what we are good at. Max lives on a cattle farm with his friend Buddy. Max hopes to become a cattle dog just like his friend Buddy but his exuberance for the job winds up getting him into trouble. Even though he might not be suited to be a cattle dog that doesn't stop Max from trying something else in the hopes of finding his place on the farm! 

What a fantastic read. The illustrations are perfectly paired with the story to allow the reader to easily visualize what is taking place.The brightly colored illustrations will catch a youngsters eye but the story of Max will hold their attention because they will want to know whether Max ever finds his place on the farm.  There are more than a few laughs as Max's excitement seems to land him in trouble. A fun read that will hold a youngsters attention from beginning to end. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

365 Devotions for Finding Rest

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 8, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310083532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310083535

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
—Matthew 11:28
Rest.  You crave it. Your body needs it. Your tired soul longs for it. But in the madness of your day-to-day rush, how can you possibly find it? Truth be told, when life’s demands overwhelm us, the first thing we sacrifice is our own rest. But God has a different plan for us: He made us to enjoy deep, reviving refreshment in Him. 365 Devotions for Finding Rest will guide you in a yearlong journey toward embracing His rest in your life. You’ll be amazed as God’s peace and restoration transform you.

My take on this devotional:

The cover of this devotional is perfect for me because I have found my most restful moments sitting on a porch swing, sometimes enjoying the company of family but most often just experiencing peaceful tranquility on my front porch. Within the pages of this devotional the author provides us with wonderful readings that will allow us to find rest with our saviour. First of all the quality of this book is wonderful, the hard back cover is such a pretty purple color, and the dedication page isn't overly done, which is perfect in it's simplicity. Each devotion opens with a scripture, a short story and then concludes with what I consider a small prayer. The ribbon bookmark is a nice addition. I love that there is even a scripture index at the end of the book. I have been randomly reading the devotions in this book but beginning Jan. 1st this will be one of the devotionals that I read daily for the entire year. It's certainly provides the scripture verses that are perfect for providing not only physical rest but spiritual rest and nourishment for the soul. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

NKJV Know The Word Study Bible

  • Hardcover: 1920 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Red Letter ed edition (October 18, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718041917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718041915

About the Bible:
Studying the Bible does not have to be an intimidating or overwhelming experience. The study of God’s Word can be easy and rewarding if you break down the Bible into easy-to-understand segments. The NKJV Know The Word Study Bible offers three easy ways to begin studying Scripture and helps individuals transition from being a casual reader of the Bible to becoming a regular student of the Word. Whether you prefer to study the Bible book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic, each starting point offers powerful insights that will help you develop a daily routine of Bible study. The Book by Book series of notes leads you through the main points of each book of the Bible. The Verse by Verse studies help you to dig deeper into God’s Word at a verse level. The Topic by Topic articles, which cover 21 key theological topics, give you a bird's-eye view of Scripture and guide you through the main themes that run throughout the Bible.
Features Include:
• New King James Version Bible text
• Three easy approaches to study the Bible: Book by Book, Verse by Verse, Topic by Topic
• Book introductions
• Words of Jesus in red
• Two-color interior page design
• Comprehensive list of theological notes
• Concordance

My take on The NKJV Know The Word Study Bible

The NKJV Know The Word Study Bible provides three different approaches to studying the Bible. Book by Book, Verse by Verse and topic by topic. I normally do a combination of all three, and by that I mean that I will start reading a certain book of the Bible and I always utilize the study notes, and whenever I find a topic of interest I will then study it completely through the scripture. With this Bible the study notes were good, not as in depth as some of my study Bibles but still sufficient. Along with the study notes the study the books articles that are peppered throughout the text really provide depth to the topics that they cover. Another good study help is the topic by topic articles that provide an indepth look at various topics that are relevant in grasping information about major topics in the Bible. I was disappointed that there isn't a presentation page, which is something that I always look for. The font is a readable size, and I like that the words of God are in red. Overall this Bible would be perfect for someone who is just beginning to study God's word, but it would also be useful to anyone looking for a basic study Bible. 

A copy of this Bible was provided for review.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

CHRISTIAN’S HOPE~Ervin R. Stutzman

Christian’s HopeWhen Christian Hochstetler returns to the Amish after seven years in captivity, he finds that many things have shifted.
Captured as a child during the French and Indian War, Christian has spent much of his life among Native Americans, who cared for him and taught him their ways. Now that Christian is home, his father wants him to settle back into their predictable Amish life of farming, and Christian’s budding friendship with Orpha Rupp beckons him to stay as well.
Yet Christian feels restless, and he misses his adoptive Native American family—who raised him as their own son. When faced with a life-altering decision, will Christian choose the Amish identity that his father desires for him? Or will he depart from his family and faith community yet again?
Christian’s Hope tells the story of the younger brother of Joseph and son of Jacob, whom readers have come to love in the first two books in the Return to Northkill series. Based on actual events and written by a descendant of the Hochstetler family, Christian’s Hope brings the sweeping epic of the Return to Northkill series to a soul-stirring end.

My take on this book:
Christian's Hope by Ervin R. Stutzman isn't the typical Amish fiction that I am used to reading, and that is a good thing! I like that this book pulls the reader back to 1765 and deals with the issue of Christian being back home in his Amish community after having lived with a Native American family for several years, who actually raised him as their own son. This story comes to life as we see the struggles he faces in his community and the choices he must ultimately make. 

The third book in the Return to Northkill series it is based on actual events which really caught my attention and made me want to read it. Honestly when I picked up this book to read I didn't realize is was the last in a series, and while it took me awhile to understand the story line and the characters the author does provide enough information that I could follow the story. With that said I do want to go back and read the first two books because it's such a fascinating story. It takes place during the French and Indian Wars which is a time period that I always enjoy reading about. The historical aspects of this story was great because the author does a wonderful job of setting the time period which allowed me to become absorbed in the story. Overall I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to going back and reading the first two in the series. I think anyone who enjoys historical fiction based on fact should check this series out. A refreshing addition to the Amish genre. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

NIV Wonders of Creation Holy Bible

  • Age Range: 8 and up 
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310758912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310758914

The NIV Wonders of Creation Holy Bible explores the wonders of our created world though detailed black-and-white illustrations—each one ready to be filled with the hues of your imagination. From amazing Eden-esque gardens to the creatures God made, this Bible features over 50 ready-to-color pages alongside the full text of the New International Version (NIV) translation.

Features include:
  • Beautiful cover with foil makes for a stunning gift
  • Over 50 pages of black-and-white illustrations ready to be colored
  • Key verses called out on each coloring page
  • The full text of the bestselling New International Version translation
  • Presentation page for gift giving
  • Ribbon marker
My take on this Bible:
While this Bible is geared toward children I think adults are going to enjoy it as well! First of all the cover of the Bible is so eye catching and really put a smile on my face. I love that there is a presentation page, and it can even be colored on. The size of this Bible is great, easy for youngsters to take to church or even slip into a backpack. The font is smaller, but it is geared toward younger people so that is to be expected. The pages that you can color on are thicker stock, and there are scriptures on each of those pages. The pink ribbon marker is also another neat little feature. Overall a great little Bible with black and white illustrations that are perfect for coloring. Youngsters are going to love coloring these pages which makes their Bible unique for them, but I actually I think young and old alike will enjoy coloring the pages of this Bible.

A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review.

NIV Faith &Work Bible

  • Hardcover: 1632 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Special ed. edition (October 4, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310433649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310433644

You invest a significant part of your life working…it matters.
Combining doctrine, Scripture application and real-life experiences, the NIV Faith and Work Bible will help you answer the question “How does my faith relate to my work?” It doesn’t matter what job or career you have—part-time, third shift or freelance; from the shop floor, to the school hallways, to the corner office; this Bible will reveal how relevant God’s Word is to your daily work life.

  • 66 book introductions highlight the application of each book’s teachings to faith and work
  • 75 Deeper at Work stories deliver strength and encouragement from the real-life experiences of people facing the same daily challenges and opportunities you face
  • 45 Core Doctrine articles feature teachings from Christian leaders throughout the ages to help you learn the Biblical basis for integrating your faith and work
  • A 31-day journey through the Biblical narrative helps you grasp Scripture’s overarching storyline
  • 4 thought-provoking essays by David H. Kim, Richard Mouw, Nancy Ortberg, and Jon Tyson connect the gospel to your daily work life
  • Foreword by Tim Keller
  • Full text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible – the New International Version (NIV)
David H. Kim is the Pastor of Faith and Work at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. He is also Executive Director of the Center for Faith and Work.

My take on this Bible:
If you're someone who works, and lets face it most of us are, is there a way to integrate your faith into your work? Well that's what this Bible is geared toward. It combines doctrine, and scripture application and real life experiences together to help you understand how faith can relate to your work no matter what your job might be. The features of Core doctrine, deeper truth, connection and deeper at work are the real features that help you connect your faith with your daily work. I have enjoyed incorporating these readings into my daily Bible studies. A bit about this Bible is the first thing that I noticed was the jump out at you font. Probably the best font I have seen in a Bible in quite a while, it's very easy to read because of it's size. I like that there is a center reference column, and the hardcover actually matches the dust jacket. There isn't a presentation page which is something that I always look for. Overall this Bible has some of the standard features that you find in many Bibles such as a table of weight and measures, a few color maps in the back. Overall a nice little Bible that is presented in the NIV translation that will help the user connect their faith with their daily jobs.
A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review.

Friday, October 14, 2016

He Knows Your Name ~ Linda Znachko

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (September 27, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825444047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825444043

When the evening news reported a dead baby abandoned in a local dumpster, Linda Znachko's comfortable life changed. She was suddenly convicted—God was asking her to provide a dignified burial for this tiny lost child. Linda said yes. She had no idea where that first small yes would lead.
Linda found herself in places she never dreamed she would be: at the graveside of the child of an abused mother; by the side of a mother fighting for her lost child; and at the funeral of a Texas stripper who died two days before her baptism but left a legacy of love behind. When Linda stepped out of her comfort zone and into these implausible places with people she was unlikely to otherwise encounter, she discovered the life she never knew she wanted—a life of saying yes to God whenever He asks.
Today, Linda has a ministry that gives children a name in life, and dignity and honor in death. When she shares her stories of broken lives redeemed, other broken people respond, and so the ripple effects of that long-ago yes continue to spread, touching lives that yearn for healing, and underscoring the fact that every life matters to God.

My take on this book:
This is one of those books that grabs hold of the heart and holds it from beginning to end. The ministry that Linda allowed God to lead her into wasn't always easy but the hope and healing that flows from the pages of the book shows how God can turn despair  into hope and healing. I kept thinking about the scripture where God says that when you do for the least among you are doing for God as well! I found myself becoming absorbed in each story and found myself wondering if I could be as obedient. A story that inspires and shares the wonderful way God can use us if only we will let him. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible

  • Hardcover: 1472 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Special ed. edition (September 6, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310445574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310445579

With hundreds of inspiring verses illustrated in detailed, ready-to-color line art, the NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible employs the proven stress-relieving benefits of adult coloring to help quiet your soul so you can reflect on the precious truths of Scripture. Perfect for all ages, the thick white paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins, provides ample space for your own artistic expressions and journaling.
 The NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible is a perfect gift that will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith.
 Features of this treasured Bible include:
  • Hundreds of verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art
  • Thicker white paper for enduring note-taking
  • Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections and art
  • Full text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible – the New International Version (NIV)
  • Easy-to-read black letter text in single-column format
  • Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
  • Ribbon marker
My take on this Bible:
I love this Bible, from the eye catching dust cover, to the wide margins this Bible is great! First off I was provided a copy of this Bible by Thomas Nelson's Booklook for review, so on with the review. If I had to choose one thing that I like about this Bible is the wide margins that are lined. I take plenty of notes and this space is perfect for that, or drawing pictures or whatever. The presentation page is very pretty, and the bookmark ribbon is a pretty aqua color. The size and weight  of this Bible makes it very portable and the text size is readable. There are random footnotes and a table of weights and measures included too.  This Bible would make a wonderful gift for young and old alike. I for one love it and enjoy coloring the pages. I will be watching for it in other translations. 

NKJV Study Bible ~ Review

  • Imitation Leather: 2336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 2 Lea Rep edition (October 11, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718009266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718009267

The NKJV Study Bible, Second Edition is the most comprehensive study Bible available! It has the most complete study system for pastors, teachers, or students who desire accurate study in God's Word. Using the trusted New King James Version, The NKJV Study Bible has "the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor." Thomas Nelson's skilled team of scholars has produced the study system to reach for when accurate study in God's Word is the goal.
Features include:
  • More than 15,000 verse-by-verse study notes
  • 150 Bible times and culture notes
  • 114 articles on key Bible doctrines
  • 350 word studies with Strong's numbers
  • "Christ in the Scriptures" feature
  • Topical index
  • Deluxe Nelson concordance
  • Full-color maps

My take on this Bible:
I received a copy of this Bible from Thomas Nelson's Booklook program for review, and if I was to sum up the review in a sentence or two I would say that I am not impressed with this Bible, and the reason I say that is because I own the older version of this Bible and I like it better, also I have become somewhat spoiled with the Bibles that have color pictures but that is just me. To be fair there are plenty of things that I do like about this Bible. First of all the color is very pretty, and the imitation leather soft feels very nice and durable. The silver gilded edges of the pages are also very pretty and gives this Bible a high quality look. This Bible is boxed and has a presentation page both things that makes it good for gift giving. There is a center column reference section, plenty of study notes and in text maps, but those maps are in black and white, and honestly I have gotten spoiled using Bibles that provide color maps in text. I will say that there are several color maps at the back of the Bible but it's basically what you find in most study Bibles. There are several study helps, such as word studies, a concordance, plenty of articles as well as a topical index. I do wish that Thomas Nelson would have color coordinated the inner text and coloring with the outer cover instead of just using the same tan colors that was used in the hardback version. Overall, this is a good study Bible especially if you are not a fan of the full color edition. This Bible is also available in a hardcover edition, so if you own that the only difference is the leather soft cover. While I like this Bible it really isn't my favorite because it lacks the color that I have become used to.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible NIV

  • Hardcover: 2400 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Special ed. edition (August 23, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310431581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310431589

ou’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture.
That’s what the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus.
Discover new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar Bible passages as you take a behind-the-scenes tour into the ancient world.
The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The Scriptures include subtle culturally based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that were intuitively understood by those who first heard the Scriptures read. For us to hear the Scriptures as they did, we need a window into their world.
The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, with notes from Dr. John H. Walton (Wheaton College) in the Old Testament and Dr. Craig S. Keener (Asbury Theological Seminary) in the New Testament, brings to life the ancient world of Scripture for modern readers.

  • The full text of the NIV
  • Targeted book introductions explain the context in which each book of the Bible was written
  • Insightful and informative verse-by-verse study notes reveal new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar passages
  • Key Old Testament (Hebrew) and New Testament terms are explained and expanded upon in two helpful reference features
  • Over 300 in-depth articles on key contextual topics
  • 375 full-color photos, illustrations, and images from around the world
  • Dozens of charts, maps, and diagrams in vivid color
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Additional study Bible tools: cross references, a concordance, indexes and other helps

My take on this Bible:

Whenever I review a Bible I head into my favorite book of the Bible which is Ruth so that's where I formed my opinion of the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. On the opening page of Ruth I found a bit about the author, the historical setting which included an approximate date of when the events of the book took place. There is also a tiny box labeled key concepts which is just what it says it is, a few key concepts about the book of Ruth. The study notes were very good, they delve into the hazards of being a widow during the time period while also touching on difference between then and now. There are plenty of reference, actually a center column runs down the text but I also found additional reference verses embedded in the study notes as well. The color pictures enhances the text and touch on topics that are relevant to the particular scripture where they are placed. There are a few things that I didn't like about the Bible, and one has to do with the quality of the print, I feel like the text could have been darker, although the size of the text is great, even the study notes are printed in a decent size that is readable. The cover is plain and doesn't match the dust cover, which I prefer, but that's just me. I do like that there is a presentation page. Overall, not my favorite study Bible but one that I feel would be beneficial to me in my Bible studies.  This Bible was provided for me to review.