Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Gift Of Jesus

The Gift of Jesus by [Hunt, Johnny]
  • Print Length: 336 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
    • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Lea edition (November 8, 2016)
    • Publication Date: November 8, 2016
    • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B01CXE9O66

    The Gift of Jesus is a thoroughly trustworthy and inspiring devotional focused on the amazing gift of Jesus and what that means in our daily lives. It was created and written by General Editor Johnny Hunt, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention along with 51 Southern Baptist pastors and ministry leaders, including Dr. James Merritt, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Dr. Steve Dighton, Dr. Don Wilton, Dr. Ted Traylor, and Dr. Michael Cloer.

    Each daily entry includes Scripture passages, a devotion, and a prayer. Explore such interesting themes as Jesus our Savior; Jesus, our companion for life; abiding in Christ; Jesus, our Rest; the basis of hope; God is with you; and how the Bible changes lives.
    My take on this devotional:
    I always like to use a devotional for a few weeks at least before I write a review in order to really get a feel for the writing and the type of devotions. With this one I found the presentation to be different and I liked it! First of all the devotional is written by several different people and each week focuses on a different topic. I really like sampling the variety of writers and the topical way the weeks are broken down. The pages are pretty standard, you get an opening scripture, the devotion and then a prayer. A ribbon marker is a nice addition. I like that there is a presentation page, making it a perfect gift. The cover makes it a stand out devotional on my shelf because it is such a pretty colored gray and feels buttery soft. I wouldn't hesitate to give this one as a gift. 
    A complimentary copy of this devotional was provided in exchange for an honest review. 

    NIV Faithlife Study Bible

    Stay curious. There’s more to explore!
    No matter where you are on your faith journey, there’s always more to explore in God’s Word. Dive in and feed your curiosity with the NIV Faithlife Study Bible.
    Filled with innovative graphics and rich commentary, this visually stunning study Bible delivers helpful insights designed to inform your faith. Robust study notes are built on the original languages and adapted from the popular Faithlife Study Bible app, which has reached over one million readers.
    The balance of striking graphics, comprehensive study features, and intriguing insights from multiple points of view will keep you curious as you explore the treasures of God’s Word.
    Features include:
    • The full text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible – the New International Version (NIV)
    • In depth book introductions that include an outline and information on authorship, background, structure, themes, and a map, a timeline, or both
    • Verse-by-verse study notes with the unique focus of revealing nuances from the original biblical languages for modern readers
    • Informative contributions by respected scholars and best-selling authors including Charles Stanley, Randy Alcorn, and Ed Stetzer, among others
    • Over 100 innovative full color infographics, comprehensive timelines and informative tables to enrich Bible study
    • Three detailed life-of-Jesus event timelines chronicling his infancy and early ministry, the journey to Jerusalem, and the passion and resurrection
    • 27 family trees and people diagrams illustrate the interconnectedness of key characters in Scripture
    • Helpful overview articles give a bird’s-eye view of the books of the Bible, noting the type of literature and key themes of each book.
    • 14 original color maps at the back of the Bible provide historical and geographical context for key events of the Old and New Testaments

    My thoughts on this Bible:
    I always enjoy finding a new study Bible and the NIV Faithlife study Bible has become one of my favorites. I think if I had to name one thing that makes this Bible my favorite, it would be the list of contributing authors that provide articles and notes. From Charles Stanley to Michael Heiser there are some pretty popular names. On to the other features of the Bible. The size is a bit chunky but that's because of all of the useful information within the pages. The study notes alone are tremendous and often take up more than half of each page. Plenty of maps, charts and useful articles provide great information, as well as fuel for thought. There isn't a presentation page which is something I like to see because I often like to gift Bibles. Otherwise I can't really find anything wrong with this one. A Bible that would be wonderful for beginners, but it's also great for anyone who is looking to grow in their faith. 

    A complimentary copy of this book was provided .

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    NKJV Journal the Word Bible ~ Large Print

    • Hardcover: 2016 pages
    • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Lrg edition (November 15, 2016)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0718090918
    • ISBN-13: 978-0718090913

    The NKJV 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:
    I am a note taker so this Bible was really perfect for me because of the wide, lined margins which provide plenty of room for notes, doodling or even artwork. I personally enjoy stickers and have plenty of room for those in the margins along with my notes. The pages are thick enough that I don't worry about bleedthrough or ripping them when I write or doodle on them.  First of all this Bible is very eye appealing, the color is very pretty. I do wonder how it will hold up with extended use though because of the cloth cover, which really doesn't feel very substantial. The large print is very easy on the eye, and sometimes large print can make the size of the Bible bigger but this one is still a very good size for carrying to church. The lay flat binding, is something that I look for whenever I purchase a Bible.  I also like that the words of Christ are in red. Overall if you are looking for a reasonably priced wide margined Bible to give as a gift or use for yourself this one is worth taking a look at. 

    A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for me to review.