Lost Sermons of C.H. Spurgeon Vol 2

When I saw that B&H was releasing these lost sermons of C.H. Spurgeon, I knew that I needed to get a copy. When the first edition was released, I immediately added it to my collection. In it is a multitude of wisdom and a look at the life of one of the greatest preachers to walk this earth. When I saw that they were releasing a second volume, I knew I would have to add it as well.

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The second volume obviously contains different manuscripts and different photos than the first. However, there are a lot of similarities. Each page is laid out in a wonderful fashion and has a nice thickness to it. This collection is easy to follow and is much better than solely having the manuscript and having to read the handwriting. After all, handwriting has changed over the years and that does not even account for an individual’s style.

I am convinced that no matter where you are in your Christian walk, you will find something in this collection to your benefit. If you are a ministry leader, I am sure that you will be able to incorporate it into your future teaching. If you simply like to have impressive books on your bookshelf, this is one of those as well. I would beg you though, do not be that person. Open it up and let the words of an impressive man of God further push you towards the heart of God.

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

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Book Review: Words From The Hill

Stu Garrard is most famous for being a musician and apart of the globally known Delirious? praise and worship band that hit the scene in the 1990s. While that lasted for a couple of decades, Stu G has now decided to venture into the land of writing. I am thankful that he did not decide to solely stick to music. His first book is Words From The Hill.

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This book is all about the most famous sermon of Jesus called The Beatitudes. This is the sermon that includes all the “blessed” people that we often find ourselves in throughout various stages of life. Rather than simply diving into more study of what it means to be meek or to mourn, Garrard seeks to introduce us to people that are living out these words. The people he spotlights in this books are ones that have taken the words of Jesus at their literal meaning and are living out their faith in ways that most of us cannot even imagine.

This book was released at the perfect time as we need to seek to live out our faith instead of simply pondering what the words mean. I have seen too many Christians get bogged down in simply studying what the words of the Bible mean in the original language and how that transfers to a modern society that they fail to actually apply them to life. It is easier to sit in huddles and debate than it is to live them. That is what Stu is trying to combat.

If you have been a fan of Delirious or simply want to take a fresh look at the Sermon on the Mount, I would encourage you to read this book. While you are at it, check out the entire project by Stu including audio and visual elements as well. This is one thought out project that was an impressive feat to pull off.

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

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.

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.

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.