The CSB Apologetics Study Bible

ABOUT THIS BIBLE

The CSB Apologetics Study Bible helps today’s Christians better understand, defend, and proclaim their beliefs in an age of increasing moral and spiritual relativism. This revised and updated edition includes new articles and extensive apologetics study material from today’s leading apologists to reflect and provide deeper understanding of the relevant apologetics issues and questions being discussed today.

Includes commentary from over 90 leading apologists, including: Ted Cabal, Lee Strobel, Chuck Colson, Paul Copan, Norm Geisler, Hank Hanegraaff, Josh McDowell, Albert Mohler, J.P. Moreland, Ravi Zacharias, and many more — plus a lead article by Lee Strobel (The Case for Christ).

Features include: Presentation page, Book Introductions, Study Notes, Apologetics articles from leading apologists, “Twisted Scripture” explanations for commonly misunderstood passages, Profiles of Christian apologists, Two-color interior, Two-column text, 9.75-point type size, Smyth-sewn binding, Ribbon marker, Full-color maps, and more.

The CSB Apologetics Study Biblefeatures the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE

I really like this Apologetic Study Bible is a great addition to my Bible Study tools. It helps be to understand how the Bible and science can work together. And it helps to strengthen my faith because it proves what I believe with facts and It answers question on why people say the Bible contradicts itself.

There are many tools in this Bible that are so helpful, but to me all of the many articles were interesting to me and in these wide range of articles I am still reading and learning more than I ever imagined from this Bible. These articles were written by the most well know apologist, theologians and scholars, many names you will surely recognize.

Oh and I can’t forget to mention the twisted scripture explanations that explain verses that are misused by so many people. And I can go on and on about the many other tools that have already been helpful to me, and will continue to help in my knowledge of the scriptures.

I received this book from B&H Publishers to read and review. 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 55.

 

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Never Unfriended by Lisa-Jo Baker

ABOUT THIS BOOK 

In a world where women can unfriend each other with the swipe of a finger, how do we find friendships that we can trust to last? Maybe by first becoming those kinds of lasting friends ourselves.

As the community manager at the website incourage.me since 2010, Lisa-Jo Baker has had the chance to engage hundreds of conversations with women about friendship. She’s learned that no one can make us quite as unsure about ourselves as another woman. And nothing can wound as deeply as unkind words from a friend. While we are all hungry for friendship, it’s the fear of feeling awkward and being rejected, left out, or hurt (again) that often keep us from connecting.

But what if we knew we could never be unfriended? Would we risk friendship then?

Starting with that guarantee from the most faithful friend who ever lived—Jesus—this book is a step-by-step guide to friendships you can trust. It answers the questions that lurk under the surface of every friendship—What are we afraid of? What can’t we change? What can we change? And where do we start?—with personal stories and practical tips to help you make the friends, and be the friend, that lasts.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

In a world of social media and online relationships, it can sometimes be devastating when someone you call a friend suddenly unfriends you on their social media page. But there is so much more the friendships that those hollow ones we face online. And author Lisa-Jo Baker shares her thoughts and so many illustrations and tipsily this subject in her new book Never Unfriended. You will find yourself shedding many tears and sometimes just downright laugh so much as you read this amazing and precious book. And I say precious because, through the wonderful stories of other pinned here in this book, Ms. Baker teaches us how to have lasting friends that we can love and trust for a lifetime. And most importantly, she teaches about the friend we can always trust, the friend that is closer than a brother, the friend that never leaves us, our Savior, Jesus Christ. What a lovely and beautiful book to read for yourself and give to others.

As I read through the stories for others, I found a lot of things relating to my own life, as I feel all those who read this book will find. And I appreciate that Ms. Baker guides our hearts and thoughts toward God and His everlasting love for us. And she does it in such a way that doesn’t sound preachy, comdemning or judgmental, she shares in that soft, warm and sweet way that makes us feel loved and wanted as friends.

I highly recommend this book to every woman out there. This is a needed read, a read that will change your heart and life, giving you a peaceful attitude on friendships. This book was given to me by them publisher B&H publishers. I was not required to write a review of this book. I chose to write this review, and the opinions are mine alone!

NIV, Life Connect Study Bible from BookLook Boggers

NIV, Life Connect Study Bible

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Book Description

Grow deeper in your spiritual life with the NIV LifeConnect Study Bible. Dr. Wayne Cordeiro includes articles bringing the truths of the Scriptures to your life today, as well as Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer (SOAP) articles that offer an interactive framework to apply the Word of God to your life. Free digital resources included.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE

This is a really neat study Bible, because of the online access to so many digital study resources about Bible discipleship and more studies that will help you grow in learning God’s Word. There are also a lot of study tools, articles written, and notes throughout this Bible that are unique and great study tools.

One really good study tool is the SOAP Study throughout the Bible, which is Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Other things include, at the beginning of each chapter there are sections detailing what it in each chapter, like these, outlines, plus there is a timeline for each chapter. Throughout the book there are pages that you can write notes, as well as a space on the side of each page to write any notes you want to write.

This copy of the NIV Life Connect Study Bible is the hard copy with dust jacket. It is very attractive looking, and the inside format is neatly laid out to make it simple and easier to study. The red letter addition with Jesus’ words and the maps in the back of the Bible completes this wonderful study Bible.

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. 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 55.

Candle Bible Handbook from Kregel

Candle Bible Handbook

from Kregel

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Travel through Bible history with this comprehensible exploration of the Bible, following the key narratives from Genesis to Revelation. Perfect as a child’s first Bible reference, he will travel through Bible lands and times and discover how the people lived: the foods they ate, the homes they occupied, the clothes they wore, and the work they performed. There are sections of study questions throughout to further learning, as well as glossaries and FAQs to help understanding.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is a really neat Bible handbook from Kregel Publishers. The Candle Bible Handbook is for 8 to 12 year olds and would be an awesome addition to their library, because it can be a wonderful study tool for your child to use while reading the Bible or reading Bible stories. There are many things to help with Bible study including study questions, tips to watch for when reading, an outline an description of the book, along with a little box with important information. And you will also find a section with Big ideas in the Bible, Bible Promises, Fifty very important passages in the Bible and Who’s Who in the Bible. And of course this is just a touch of what you will find in this neat handbook.

I really like this book that will be an additional study tool when studying the Bible. I found it interesting myself as I read through it and went over the different things added to help study. If you have kids in this age group, or I think even teenagers would like this, I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of The Candle Bible Handbook. You will find it very informative and interesting.

I rec’d a copy of this book from Kregel to read and review. The opinions in this review are mine only. I was not required or expected to write a positive review.

 

 

God, Me and Sweet Ice Tea, a devotional by Rose Chandler Johnson

God, Me and Sweet Ice Tea

by Rose Chandler Johnson

God, Me and sweet ice tea

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Back Cover Blurb
In the South, nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweet iced
tea. Nothing, that is, except experiencing God in those small, everyday
moments. God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a deeply personal collection
of spiritual treasures designed to help readers experience new mercies
each morning. Seasoned with insight and grace, this tender devotional
points to the divine presence of God in everyday moments. Whether
purchased as a personal resource or given as a heartfelt gift, God, Me,
and Sweet Iced Tea will help readers develop a daily habit of turning to

God in those quiet moments of reflection.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Have you ever read devotionals and could feel the heart of the author? This is how it was for me reading Rose Johnson’s devotional God, Me and Sweet Ice Tea. Rose has written a sweet book of devotions that reflect on scripture from God’s Word. Each devotion is about a different scripture, they are very short, it only takes a few minutes to read each one. After each devotion you will find a collection of scripture if you want to read more on the topic for that day. There are lines for journaling and answering questions, there is a prayer, a prayer focus, and Today’s Sweet Tea Moments. Each devotion is three to four pages long.

First of all, I love this little book, and it is small enough to slip in your purse and take with you. The devotions deal with issues such as, Resolutions, what the Lord requires from us, complaining, obedience, taming the tongue, perfect peace, a life of service, and this is just a small insight at what is in this special devotional. This is a devotional you can use in several ways. If you only have time for a quick read, you can read just the devotion, or you can take more time to look up the scripture, answer the questions and meditate on what God has for you for that specific day. Either way, you will find this to be a very important book to keep around. And I especially appreciate the way Ms. Rose puts her heart into each thing she writes. As I read this book, I could feel Rose’s love for the Lord and her willingness to serve Him. To me, this is what makes God, Me, and Sweet Ice Tea such a special devotion for you to have. I love my copy, and appreciate Rose Chandler Johnson providing it for me to read and review this book, and the opinions I have expressed her are mine only.

I really want to encourage you to check out God, Me, and Sweet Ice Tea and purchase a copy for your library. You will be more than pleased with this wonderful heartwarming devotional.

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 Connect with Rose:

Blog: http://www.writemomentswithgod.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rechanjo

Pinterest:   http://pinterest.com/rosecjohnson/boards/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rosechandlerjohnsonauthor

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/18188725-rose-chandler-johnson

God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is available for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart.com, and through your local independent book stores.

 

Author Bio:  

Rose Chandler Johnson’s devotional journal, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments was released in July 2013.  Her devotions, poems, and articles have appeared in numerous Christian publications. She enjoys writing for her popular blog, Write Moments with God, and engaging with her readers.  Rose is from Burke County, Georgia and has lived in Martinez, GA for the last twenty-eight years.  She has been a French and English teacher for the last twenty years.  Rose enjoys baking, gardening, and spending time with her six children and their families.

Rich in Love by Irene Garcia from David C. Cook And Win a copy of this book!

Rich in Love

By Irene Garcia

With Lissa Halls Johnson

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Book Summary

Irene and Domingo Garcia began their married lives at sixteen, already expecting a
baby. Their first ten years together included Domingo’s alcoholism and abuse, and
Irene’s desperate prayers for answers. Then a miracle happened: Domingo pleaded
for forgiveness. As God healed their marriage, Irene and Domingo adopted a little
girl. And a new season began for an imperfect couple who were willing to say
yes
to
each other and to God.
Over the past forty-five years, the Garcias have birthed, fostered, or adopted thirty-
two children. Their story holds difficult endings as well as promising new beginnings.
Above all, their story reminds us what can happen when ordinary people submit to
God’s call.  Rich in Love

is about a family cemented in hope. About a need to love the orphan.
And about a God who never, ever gives up.
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Irene  and Domingo Garcia’s life didn’t get off to a really good start, when at sixteen they married, expecting their first. That in itself is difficult for a couple so young. And to add Domingo’s drinking and abuse, didn’t make for a happy marriage at all. This book shows the changes that happens in a person life when they give God control.
Rich in Love tells the stories of real people, and how God can change lives. Lives that are so messed up that there is no way out, except turning to the Lord. I appreciate this couple and these individuals for the willingness to tell about the darker sides of their lives. This is truly a book of love, patience, forgiveness and God’s Amazing Grace! I encourage any couple, whether you are having a tough time or not, to read and study this book. There is something for everyone here.
I received this book from the publisher David C. Cook  to read and review.  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 55.
Author_PhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR
Irene Garcia and her husband have fostered or raised thirty-two children, many of

whom have special needs. They worked in Special Ministries at Grace Community
Church in Sun Valley, California and started the special needs ministry at Cornerstone
Church in Simi Valley, California.
Lissa Halls Johnson is a best-selling author of nineteen books, including Still
Growing with Kirk Cameron. She is the creator of the Brio Girls book series for teen
girls.
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Irene Garcia and her husband have fostered or raised thirty-two children, many of

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Bounce Back by Julie Clinton, from Worthy Publishing

 

Bounce Back

by Julie Clinton

From David C. Cook

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Book Title & Author: Bounce Back by Julie Clinton http://worthypublishing.com/books/Bounce-Back/
Short Bio & Author Website: Julie Clinton, M.Ad., M.B.A., president of Extraordinary Women,  has spoken to hundreds of thousands of women as host of E-Women  conferences all across America, and is author of Extraordinary Women: Discovering the Dream God Created for You, the devotional Living God’s Dream for You, 10 Things You Aren’t Telling Him, and A Woman’s Path to Emotional Freedom. A woman of deep faith, she cares passionately about seeing women live  out their dreams by finding their freedom in Christ. http://www.ewomen.net/
Short Book Description:

When Your Heart is Empty and Your Dreams Are Lost

Brokenhearted, disappointed, and wanting more from life—if we are honest, most of us  have endured a season or two or incredible difficulty. Julie Clinton  sees and hears the needs and concerns of women all over America on a  regular basis. She shows the way forward when all seems lost. In this  transparent and encouraging book she walks beside her readers, revealing three steps to a more fulfilled life: breathe, believe, and bounce  back. Clinton provides wisdom and encouragement to help women rediscover their joy and strength.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

In Bounce Back, Julie Clinton deals with life, when you think you can’t go on. As the statement on the front of the book states so well, “When your heart is empty and your dreams are lost.” This is a heartwarming book to use as a Bible study, whether it be individual or small groups study, or a Sunday school class, ladies who go through this book will better understand how they can have the life God has for you, even after you think its all over for you. You can heal and grow in your Christian life, and Ms. Clinton gives us a wonderful book to help us do that. A couple of the chapters are, Decide to Breathe, Believe and Bounce Back, and Reclaim Your Lost Time and Opportunity, and there are several more chapters dealing with stress, limitations, loneliness and becoming stronger. If you are looking for a new Bible study, I strongly encourage you to give Bounce Back a try. Your life just might change forever.

I received this book from the publisher Worthy Publishing to read and review.  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 55.

You’re Going to Be Okay by Holley Gerth from Revell

You’re Going to Be Okay

by Holley Gerth

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About

“A fresh voice for every woman.” —Ann Voskamp, New York Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts
If your life isn’t perfect . . . If you’ve ever been disappointed . . . If you feel stressed or tired . . . This is for you. You really are going to be okay. And it truly is possible to live with joy, resilience, and strength no matter what life brings. Yes, there will be hurt and hard times. But God wants to help you find ways to survive, grow stronger, and even thrive–no matter what happens.
With her trademark positive encouragement and probing questions for self-reflection, bestselling author Holley Gerth encourages you to spend less of your life stressing or regretting and more of your life truly living.
“If you need a friend to walk with you through the hard stuff in life, to cheer you on with encouragement, to help you find strength and joy in the midst of life’s difficulties–this book is for you!”–Renee Swope, bestselling author of A Confident Heart; Proverbs 31 Ministries radio show co-host
“A lifeline for those sinking under waves of pressure and expectation. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”–Emily T. Wierenga, author of Chasing Silhouettes and Atlas Girl
“Holley’s wisdom, authenticity, and warmth resonate on every page. We don’t get rote answers with Holley; we get a deep sense of how we are deeply loved by God, who meets us right where we are. You’re Going to Be Okay is a must-read.” —Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of Love Idol
Holley Gerth is a bestselling writer, certified life coach, and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books like You’re Already Amazing, You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream, and Opening the Door to Your God-Sized Dream. She’s also cofounder of (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring. Holley lives with her husband, Mark, in the South. Hang out with her at http://www.holleygerth.com.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Is your life perfect? Yeah, mine isn’t either, and neither is anyone elses! And that is why we all need this book by Holly Gerth! Holly guides us through chapters such as: Who You Are Is Still the Same; You’re Stronger Than You Know; Your Mind Is A Powerful Gift; Your Heart Is Worth Guarding and You Can Keep from Sabotaging Yourself. And this is just some of the topics Ms. Gerth teaches us in this wonderful book. This would make an awesome individual Bible study or a study for a small group of Sunday school class. I didn’t go through it this time as a study, but I plan to do that to get the full effect of this book.

I highly recommend this to every woman out there because every woman can find something here to help them in some way! Join thousands of woman as they study through You’re Going to Be Okay! I received this book from the publisher Revell Publishers  to read and review.  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 55.

SWORD STUDY: A Family-Centered Bible Study on II Timothy for each Age Level…Author: Tammy McMahan

 

SWORD STUDY:

A Family-Centered Bible Study on II Timothy for each Age Level
Author: Tammy McMahan
Publisher: The Shelby Kennedy Foundation – Glass Roads Media

February 2013

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ABOUT SWORD STUDY….ALL LEVELS

Organized into different levels according to age, each study provides in-depth material from the same book of the Bible. Each study book is synchronized to cover the same truths at the same time but with graphics and learning tools appropriate for the age group.
·                                 Level 1, for ages 4-7, is an activity book with coloring, drawing, matching and other fun learning tools.
·                                 Level 2, for ages 7-10, contains light reading, fill-in-the-blank, and application sections.
·                                 Level 3, for ages 11-14, involves more investigation and questions for the student to answer.
·                                 Level 4, for teens and adults, steps up the reading and the depth of study including the definition of several Greek or Hebrew terms.
·                                 Level 5 is for the parent or study leader with guidance and background to lead a group of all ages.
The Sword Study series, originally created for competitors in The Shelby Kennedy Foundation’s National Bible Bee, is now available to everyone for the first time. Families no longer have to compete in the Bible Bee to establish family discipleship in the home with this one-of-a-kind study.
The Sword Study available for this tour is II Timothy. I John is also available to the public and I Peter is scheduled for release in the fall of 2013. A new study is scheduled to be released each year. For more information visitwww.swordstudy.org.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE STUDY

Since it is just me at home to go through this study, I used the Level 5 workbook, and compared each of the other levels. This is an amazing study for a family. Or it would be a wonderful study for a church to use for small groups or Sunday School classes. The Bible study on II Timothy is for 10 weeks, and is very in depth,  very well structured, giving parents or leaders everything you need to successfully lead this study. It is so much in these studies you could easily spread it out over more than 10 weeks, or I would suggest keeping it, and going through it again later on.

The special thing I like about this study is that there is a workbook for each age level. Everyone is learning the same things from the same scripture, but at their own level. Even a four year-old can do a simple worksheet starting off with praying, and then coloring a picture about the study for that day. I really like that each day encourages everyone to pray, actually write down scripture verses and read their Bibles. I love workbooks when I study because I learn so much more when I have to dig for answers to questions, and then write those answers down. Each day also gives a place to Apply the lesson, causing each person to think about what they have studied for that day. And it ends with A.C.T.S. Prayer Time, which is Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication.

This study is definitely worth check into. I have been through many Bible studies with workbooks like this, and I can truly say this is one of the best I have found. I will be keeping each of these books for further studies with different age levels.

I received this book from Glass Roads to read and review.  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 55.

Wounded Women of the Bible…Finding Hope When Life Hurts…By Dena Dyer and Tina Samples

Wounded Women of the Bible

Finding Hope When Life Hurts
By Dena Dyer and Tina Samples

9780825442148

About the book: 

Imploding relationships, incapacitating losses, injurious personal mistakes, or spiritual failures-whatever the issue, the wounds are the same.

Whether it’s a lapse in judgment by Bathsheba or the moral failure of the women’s ministry leader in your local church; the spiritual insensitivity of Martha or the compulsive obsessions of your church’s care circle chairwoman; the terror of an abandoned single mother like Hagar or the struggling single mother in your prayer group-the time and circumstances are different, but the wounds are equally deep and spiritually devastating.

Dena Dyer and Tina Samples get it. They have their own stories of pain before healing-along with similar experiences of their families and friends. Offering more than pat affirmations or vicarious shoulders to cry on, Dena and Tina delve deep into the shared emotions and injuries that women of all ages have in common-and move readers toward the recovery and healing that only God can provide.

No matter what hurts you’ve experienced, Wounded Women of the Bible proves that God understands and that healing is not only His intention but His delight!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Reading this book clearly shows that women have always experienced hurt in some way. Authors Dena Dyer and Tina Samples’ Wounded Women of the Bible gives ladies an inside look at more than a dozen women throughout Bible time and the hurts and difficulties they faced. We read the stories  of Dinah, Ruth, Hagar, Ichabod’s Mother, Mary and Martha, and others, getting to know they ladies in a really interesting and unique way.

Finding Hope When Life Hurts is truly what we learned from this book through the lives of each of these ladies. Dena Dyer and Tina Samples leave nothing out as they study and explore what the Bible says. I also appreciate the authors opening their own lives and showing the hurts and struggles they have faced in their lives. To me, this makes the book even more special because we are not only getting truths from the Bible, we are getting truths from real people’s lives.

I received this book from the publisher Kregel to read and review.  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 55.

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