I am always looking for new things to come along to help get the Word of God engrained in the minds of younger believers. This new book Exploring The Bible by David Murray is one that I can see being helpful for lots of families.
Murray has laid it out in a way that is not intimidating to children. If anything, it gives them just enough guidance without boxing them into a checklist that must be completed. Each week, the learner is focused on a specific portion of Scripture with a short reading each day. They’re then asked one question and allowed to freely answer it however they choose. On Sunday there is a little synopsis, Scripture reference, and some questions to consider and a space to take their own sermon notes from their own church.
I like this approach as it helps to keep children engaged throughout the entire week and allows space for their parents to talk about things on Sunday with them that they may have heard from their pastor or children’s pastor. I imagine the best audience for this is a second through fourth grader. A girl is probably going to like the looks of this more as it is more pale blue and red than anything, but that does not mean that a boy cannot use it.
If you are looking for a way to get your young believer into the word, this would be a good first step. It takes a look at a lot of different Scripture passages without sticking solely to the New Testament.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. The words above are my own and have not been altered in any way by the author or publisher.
Those that know me in real life know me as one who is always in the mood to throw on some Christmas music and eat some fruitcake. Alright, maybe not quite the second one. However, I am one that is known to be in the holiday spirit all year long. When I saw Paul David Tripp had an Advent devotional coming out, I knew it would be good. What I did not know was how good it would be.
Yes, I may have started the holiday season early this year, but honestly who is keeping count? Come Let Us Adore Him is another high quality devotional by Tripp. The short, daily devotionals are well-written, easy to understand, and yet draw you back into the mystery of the miracle of Christmas. There is even a nice ribbon to help keep your place as you progress through the season.
To say this is an Advent devotional is not false, but one surprising fact to me was that there are thirty-one days of devotional content. It is geared for the entire month of December. That takes a great thing and makes it even better. The size of this book is almost perfect to not take up too much space, but allows ample room on the hearty pages to take notes without much worry of your thoughts bleeding through.
If you have never taken advantage of an Advent devotional or observed the season of Advent, let this new collection help you. This would be an excellent starting point to seeing the virgin birth in a new light.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. The words above are my own and have not been influenced in any manner by the author or publisher.
If you have attended church more than once, you are bound to have had an uncomfortable experience. I say that because you may have skirted by the first time, but if you went a second time, something strange probably happened. As someone that has been around the church for quite some time, I have had my share of odd situations. Thankfully, they have not been enough to scare me away, but they could have been. Uncomfortable by Brett McCracken is a new book that not only addresses this idea, but others as well.
Uncomfortable is the perfect name for this book for multiple reasons. McCracken is quick to acknowledge that despite how much church leadership can try to avoid these, they will happen. He does not stop there though. He encourages us to push forward in spite of these situations and embrace the uncomfortable nature of the church. One argument for this is that we grow in these awkward places.
Throughout the book McCracken continues to drive home the truth that Christians are too quick to leave a church in our day and age. Rather than sticking through the tough situations, we leave at the drop of the hat for whatever reason. Most of the reasons people leave a church are not ones that should be taken to heart. Instead, they are ones that are typically petty and very mild. Uncomfortable made me just that, uncomfortable, but it is only because I saw how comfortable we try to make the experience of going to church.
If there was ever a timely book to encourage us as inch closer to the new year and new resolutions, it is this one. We should all seek to live our lives a little more uncomfortable this next year.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. The words written above are my own and have not been influenced in any way by the author or publisher.
The ESV Pastor’s Bible is a new release from Crossway that takes the trusted ESV translation and packages it with new notes geared directly toward those in leadership in the local church. Whether you are a worship leader, pastor, or evangelist, there is something in there for you.
It has a nice cloth over board cover and two ribbons to mark different locations. I really like how the blue is offset against the little bit of brown down the spine of the Bible. The colors make it look simple and yet professional. It would be great to display on a pulpit or table as you teach. The pages have a nice feel and seem to be thicker than other Bibles I have experienced. The font is easy to read and sits nicely on the pages.
The one downside is the amount of notes in the back that is the selling point of the entire thing. There are some notes, but not a lot. While it is great to have them here, if it is the selling point of the Bible, I would have expected more. The notes that it does contain are great. There are bulleted lists and such to help guide the leader in their purpose.
Overall, it would be a nice gift for your pastor. The physical aspects of it are great and are highly attractive. If your a pastor or other church leader, I would skip it unless you really like the physical aspects. You can find other Bibles which have more notes that will help you lead.
I received the product for free in exchange for my unbiased review. The words above are my own and have not been influenced in any way by the publisher.