NKJV Wiersbe Study Bible – Hardcover

Warren Wiersbe has been a highly respected bible teacher and preacher for many, many years. His approach to teaching has been highly beneficial as it is not only a life application for today, nor is it a simple historical analysis of a passage. It is a blending of what the Scripture is about from a historical and contextual setting, and then he draws parallels to today’s culture and an ability to see that the Bible is relevant to today as well as it was thousands of years ago when it was written.

This Bible is a synopsis of his rather prolific writing. It includes book introductions, book overviews, and a “be transformed” segment for how the book can bring about Biblical transformation in out lives today. Copious cross-reference notations are made, and then the real strength of this version is the study notes taken from Dr. Wiersbe’s larger body of writings. While I may not agree with everything Dr. Wiersbe states, I highly respect his breadth and depth to the study of Scripture. If I come to a different conclusion to the interpretation to a difficult passage, I do not discount his thoughts, I dig deeper into other authors and scholars and see what a larger body of believers glean from the passage. Personally, I believe there is greater understanding when the largest body of scholarly works possible can be studied and Dr. Wiersbe is one whom I frequently consult because of his steadfast respect for God’s Word.

This Bible is beautifully lain out with a huge concordance, full-color maps, two ribbon markers, and the above mentioned features. When I saw this Bible was being released, I anticipated it with great enthusiasm. I was not disappointed. I highly recommend this Bible. To my knowledge, it is being released in the NKJV translation only. It may come out in other translations at a later time, but I can only find various bindings of the NKJV at this time. This review is for the hardcover binding. If you do not like a flexible binding and prefer a hardcover for durability, this would make a great option.

I received a copy of this for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a review. The review did not have to be positive, and the thoughts expressed are solely my own.

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NKJV Wiersbe Study Bible – Black Leathersoft

Warren Wiersbe has been a highly respected bible teacher and preacher for many, many years. His approach to teaching has been highly beneficial as it is not only a life application for today, nor is it a simple historical analysis of a passage. It is a blending of what the Scripture is about from a historical and contextual setting, and then he draws parallels to today’s culture and an ability to see that the Bible is relevant to today as well as it was thousands of years ago when it was written.

This Bible is a synopsis of his rather prolific writing. It includes book introductions, book overviews, and a “be transformed” segment for how the book can bring about Biblical transformation in out lives today. Copious cross-reference notations are made, and then the real strength of this version is the study notes taken from Dr. Wiersbe’s larger body of writings. While I may not agree with everything Dr. Wiersbe states, I highly respect his breadth and depth to the study of Scripture. If I come to a different conclusion to the interpretation to a difficult passage, I do not discount his thoughts, I dig deeper into other authors and scholars and see what a larger body of believers glean from the passage. Personally, I believe there is greater understanding when the largest body of scholarly works possible can be studied and Dr. Wiersbe is one whom I frequently consult because of his steadfast respect for God’s Word.

This Bible is beautifully lain out with a huge concordance, full-color maps, two ribbon markers, and the above mentioned features. When I saw this Bible was being released, I anticipated it with great enthusiasm. I was not disappointed. I highly recommend this Bible. To my knowledge, it is being released in the NKJV translation only. It may come out in other translations at a later time, but I can only find various bindings of the NKJV at this time. This review is for the black, leathersoft binding. The leathersoft bible is not as supple as the genuine leather binding, but it is still a very nice binding with a lifetime guarantee.

I received a copy of this for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a review. The review did not have to be positive, and the thoughts expressed are solely my own.

NKJV Wiersbe Study Bible

Warren Wiersbe has been a highly respected bible teacher and preacher for many, many years. His approach to teaching has been highly beneficial as it is not only a life application for today, nor is it a simple historical analysis of a passage. It is a blending of what the Scripture is about from a historical and contextual setting, and then he draws parallels to today’s culture and an ability to see that the Bible is relevant to today as well as it was thousands of years ago when it was written.

This Bible is a synopsis of his rather prolific writing. It includes book introductions, book overviews, and a “be transformed” segment for how the book can bring about Biblical transformation in out lives today. Copious cross-reference notations are made, and then the real strength of this version is the study notes taken from Dr. Wiersbe’s larger body of writings. While I may not agree with everything Dr. Wiersbe states, I highly respect his breadth and depth to the study of Scripture. If I come to a different conclusion to the interpretation to a difficult passage, I do not discount his thoughts, I dig deeper into other authors and scholars and see what a larger body of believers glean from the passage. Personally, I believe there is greater understanding when the largest body of scholarly works possible can be studied and Dr. Wiersbe is one whom I frequently consult because of his steadfast respect for God’s Word.

This Bible is beautifully lain out with a huge concordance, full-color maps, three ribbon markers, and the above mentioned features. When I say this Bible was being released, I anticipated it with great enthusiasm. I was not disappointed. I highly recommend this Bible. To my knowledge, it is being released in the NKJV translation only. It may come out in other translations at a later time, but I can only find various bindings of the NKJV at this time.

I received a copy of this for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a review. The review did not have to be positive, and the thoughts expressed are solely my own.

ARCADE AND THE TRIPLE T TOKEN

This is a new novel series being written by former NFL star Rasheed Jennings. As I began reading it, I was not sure what to expect. I find the writing style to be quick and easy reading, but that is to be expected as this is a book written for grades 3-7. However, I have read some books written for this age group which were far more complex than they needed to be. I believe the writing level hits the target audience just as it should.

The story line is one of marvel and discovery. The protagonist, Arcade Livingston, moves to a new town. He is introduced to the reader as he makes a trip to the library to feed his love of learning. A mysterious woman gives him an arcade token, which will allow him to experience in person, rather than simply reading about the experiences in books.

A moderately paced storyline helps develop characters which the reader grows to admire and enjoy, while at the same time they gain experience the adventures of Arcade through the book itself. An enjoyable read, which leaves me looking forward to reviewing the next volume which is to be released later this year.

I received a copy of this book for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a review. The review did not have to be positive. The thoughts expressed are my own.

Dangerous Prayers

I thought this book would be a great read and really inspire a deeper prayer life. I believed it would contain some insights into the minds of some of the greatest spiritual role models throughout the Church’s history. However, what I found within the pages of this volume seems to be very minimal in the “spiritual meat” department, and much more in the 5-minute devotional realm of spirituality.

The title is quite misleading in my opinion. A couple of examples to illustrate my point would include the ones on John Newton and on Lottie Moon. For the John Newton entry, there are six very short paragraphs serving as the biographical entry into the life of this man. The “dangerous prayer” for this entry is the first verse of the song Amazing Grace.

Moving on to the Lottie Moon entry. Again the biography is short, this time five short paragraphs. Her “dangerous prayer” is, “I pray that no missionary will ever be as lonely as I have been.”

These are two of the 50 “powerful prayers that changed the world”. For me, these are more wall-art inspirational quotes, rather than meaty, world-changing prayers. I do not deny the author’s inclusions of any of the persons discussed, but find the biographies quite light reading. As for the prayers, in many cases they are simply excerpts of longer writings penned by the various individuals being discussed. Hopefully some readers will be inspired by this work, but for me this is just bookcase filler.

I received a copy of this for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a review. The review did not have to be positive, and the thought expressed are my own.

 

Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible: Pink

This is a Bible which is designed for younger girls ages 6-10. It is a hardback Bible, which comes in a variety of cover options. The one I received from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a review is the pink sequin version. Other couple of  other options are available. Of the versions I have looked at, this is my least favorite as it is single color and the sequins do not have as much eye-appeal, at least not to me.

The sequin cover is pretty gimmicky right now. Most people have walked through a store and seen a pillow or sweater with sequins on them that if one rubs them on way, the sequins are one color then if you move your hand in the opposite direction the sequins will flip over and make a contrasting pattern. I expected the cover of the Bible to do that, but the sequins do not flip on this. They are affixed in a set pattern. This particular version has rainbow colored sequins and the pattern of a heart is clearly visible in the sequin layout. It is glitzy and eye catching, but be aware the cover is set. I believe this is important to note because of the popularity of the changeable items currently on the market.

As for contents of the Bible itself, this is a pretty nice option. The translation is the ICB (International Children’s Bible), which is an actual translation instead of a paraphrase. The sentence structure is short and simple, the words used are carefully chosen to be an accurate translation which is easy for young readers. All in all, the translation is good for any age reader who is trying to learn to read English.

There is a full color Biblical timeline illustration in the front of the Bible, articles interspersed through the text of the Bible, and lists of names in this version. The articles and lists are on full color pages with eye-catching designs. There are a couple of simplified maps and a key verse list as well. All-in-all this is a sound option for a child’s bible in my opinion. The only thing missing is a ribbon marker. That would be the only addition I would think helpful.

Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible

This is a Bible which is designed for younger girls ages 6-10. It is a hardback Bible, which comes in a variety of cover options. The one I received from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a review is the rainbow sequin version. Other couple of  other options are available.

The sequin cover is pretty gimmicky right now. Most people have walked through a store and seen a pillow or sweater with sequins on them that if one rubs them on way, the sequins are one color then if you move your hand in the opposite direction the sequins will flip over and make a contrasting pattern. I expected the cover of the Bible to do that, but the sequins do not flip on this. They are affixed in a set pattern. This particular version has rainbow colored sequins and the pattern of a heart is clearly visible in the sequin layout. It is glitzy and eye catching, but be aware the cover is set. I believe this is important to note because of the popularity of the changeable items currently on the market.

As for contents of the Bible itself, this is a pretty nice option. The translation is the ICB (International Children’s Bible), which is an actual translation instead of a paraphrase. The sentence structure is short and simple, the words used are carefully chosen to be an accurate translation which is easy for young readers. All in all, the translation is good for any age reader who is trying to learn to read English.

There is a full color Biblical timeline illustration in the front of the Bible, articles interspersed through the text of the Bible, and lists of names in this version. The articles and lists are on full color pages with eye-catching designs. There are a couple of simplified maps and a key verse list as well. All-in-all this is a sound option for a child’s bible in my opinion. The only thing missing is a ribbon marker. That would be the only addition I would think helpful.