She Reads Truth Study Bible Review

The past year or so, my life has taken some turns. I have reviewed books by female authors and here I am reviewing a study Bible geared towards women. This does not mean I have changed much, but rather I think I am trying to find resources to share with ladies I know. It is easy for me to live in a bubble and not know what is happening within the Christian publishing world when it only is released by a man. I am trying to expand my circle of knowledge.

The new She Reads Truth Study Bible is a gem. It is the new CSB translation, but has many good features about it. I can see every woman enjoying its notes, images, and splashes of color. You can tell that this one was thought out when it was arranged. There are so many things that you glance over and then notice after you look at the page again. I have followed the She Reads Truth movement from the fringe and have been more in tune with the He Reads Truth movement for obvious reasons.

If you know a woman looking for a new study Bible, I would highly recommend this one. They offer a few different cover choices and binding options. Most of all, they’re all affordable and worth every penny. I am anxiously awaiting a He Reads Truth version.

I received a copy of the gray linen for free from B&H in exchange for an unbiased review.

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CSB Reader’s Bible Review

I have shared my excitement about the CSB translation in the past and now there is an entirely new way to read it. The CSB Reader’s Bible is a very nice cloth-bound Bible that removes all of the distractions of other Bibles.

There are no verse indicators or notes or cross references to distract you from reading the words. Instead, your eyes will read verse after verse as a continuous thought with ease instead of stopping simply because the little number tells you it is a new thought. This is closer to how Scripture was originally written and read than our current numbering system of today.

Hopefully, this will allow you to connect the dots of Scripture like never before as you are capable of reading it in a new way. Although I would like the pages to be be thicker and the paper to be more sturdy, I am thankful that the folks at B&H have made this effort. There are other publishers that have removed the numbering of other translations, but they are all much more costly than this one. Sure, they may be bound better or have certain qualities that make them more desirable, but this is an accessible way to get this style of Bible to the masses.

If you’ve wanted to spruce up your Scripture reading and find new joy in it, this would be a wonderful way to start.

I received this Bible for free from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.

As Kingfishers Catch Fire – Eugene Peterson

How do you sum up the life that is Eugene Peterson? I am not sure that is possible. Oh what it would have been like to hear his sermons week in and week out while he was pastoring a church in Maryland. While we cannot go back in time, you can now read the manuscripts of some of his teachings.

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As Kingfishers Catch Fire is the most recent release of a lifetime of works by Peterson. I enjoy how the book is divided into sections with each sermon in that portion of the book centralized around one idea. It helps to keep the flow of the book going rather than simply being sermons jumbled together, like some are produced.

I can hear the words written through Peterson’s voice and can sense that he deeply cared about these people. He wanted them to grasp the sincerity in his words, but also in his sincere desire for them to walk closely with God. I would imagine that I can read through one of these sermons in less time than would be required to sit through the actual sermon, but that does not mean that I need to rush it. No, instead, it is best read by tackling one sermon per day and allowing the truth contained there to impact you.

The words that are written will influence your life as they are based on Scripture and Peterson is one who has dedicated his life to studying those writings. I do not agree with everything that Peterson has ever said or done or even everything in this book, but that is not a reason to dismiss it. Be sure to pick this book up and take time to digest it. It is not something to be rushed through.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free. My review has not been influenced by the author or publisher in any manner other than the written work.

The Last Arrow – Erwin McManus

I have held onto this review for quite some time. I suppose it is due to the fact that I have seen some of the things that Erwin talk about being played out before my own eyes in the lives of those around me. The Last Arrow is the new book from McManus and it talks about the conversation Elisha had right before his death with King Jehoash. Elisha was angered by the king’s ability to give up too quickly and face destruction by his enemies.

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While you and I will likely never face an enemy that desires to kill us, we settle for less than what God has given us simply because we avoid taking action. Throughout the book, Erwin uses common examples of ways that we settle in life and rather than living a life that leaves an impact we simply coast through. He claims (and I believe) too many people are concerned with simply getting to Heaven instead of welcoming Heaven here on earth. We perceive our relationship with Christ as something that is only about what happens to us when we die instead of allowing it to invade and influence our life.

While I may not agree with every statement that Erwin makes, I do agree with the premise of the book. We should be about the things of God and what he has called us to today instead of waiting until the end of our life to try and make up for it. A lifetime that is spent following after Christ is going to leave a much larger footprint than one that is only a few weeks or months when we get the news that we are near death. With that being said, go out and live life today. Do what God has called you to do. Take some chances. Fail forward and get back up and move ahead. Go out and buy this book to help you prepare for your last arrow.

I received this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review. The words are my own and have not been influenced by the author or publisher in any way.

It’s Never Too Early

While most folks are breaking out the scarves and pumpkins, I am getting ready for Christmas. It is never too early to start thinking about it. Every year brings about new traditions and new memories. This year brings about a new movie.

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I cannot wait to go see The Man Who Invented Christmas. This film looks like it is going to be an enjoyable film. Check out the trailer at the bottom of the post and be on the lookout for more information coming your way and even some giveaways from me as we get closer to the film hitting theaters.

Synopsis:

The Man Who Invented Christmas tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY), the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

Review: CSB Ultrathin Reference Bible

First off, let me say that I was excited to finally get my hands on a copy of the new CSB translation. I have been using the HCSB for the past few years and I have come to really enjoy the translation. While it is not a true word for word translation, it also does not take many liberties into being a thought for thought paraphrase. I always thought it did a wonderful job of finding the right balance of each for this wanna be scholar.

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The new CSB is not simply a rebranding of the old and dropping the name Holman from its title, but rather it is an update. Scholars from various denominations came together to look at every verse and ask if it truly was the best way to communicate the idea. If there were any edits needed, they made them. Enough about the translation though.

The new Ultrathin Reference Bible I hold in my hands is a wonderful Bible. Besides being a wonderful translation, the font size is nice and readable. I like a fairly small font size so I can keep the size of my Bible small, but I do not find this size hard to read. Also, the pages feel like they are capable of withstanding some minor note-taking and marking without caving, but given the size of the margins, you may want more space.

Overall, this is a wonderful Bible to carry with you and to read from. Sometimes it is nice to be able to read Scripture for what it is without being bombarded with notes. That is exactly what this is good for. It gives you enough references without causing you to chase a trail looking for that elusive nugget.

I received this Bible for free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

No Hate Here

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I struggled with whether or not to write anything. I often feel that my words would do no good because somehow I would jumble my thoughts and would not be able to produce a coherent statement. I have since moved past that and have learned that silence speaks. I would rather speak and have a few misplaced words than to not speak at all and appear to be supportive of a movement. What happened yesterday in Charlottesville has no place in the Kingdom of God. Hate has no place in the Kingdom of God.

I am vehemently against any person perverting Scripture to justify their hate-filled actions. This is not what the Gospel is. In fact, if anything, a movement that seeks to produce harm and tries to justify it on Scripture is a form of an Antichrist. There cannot be any mistaking it. The spirit behind the movement is evil, regardless of what the supporters may tell you.

Thankfully, Scripture is not silent when it comes to living with our neighbors. The Apostle John wrote a portion of the New Testament and was not silent on this topic. The fourth chapter of 1st John speaks to love quite extensively. While this is a short read and one I encourage you to pursue on your own time, I want to focus specifically on verse twenty of this chapter. John tells us that if someone claims to love God, but hates their brother, they are a liar.

Love is the only option for a Christian. It does not mean that I have to endorse the sin in their life, but I am called to love them. The way we treat those that we can see standing right in front of us is an example of how deep our love of God is. If you want to love God more, start by loving your brother more.

You can try and justify your actions and personally, I do not care. I am choosing love. I would rather love and be wrong.