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.

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.

Review: When God Made You

As time has progressed, I have tried to expand the books I read and review. As I entered fatherhood last July, I found myself reading books written for children almost every evening. As bedtime routine often includes reading a short book, I figured this was just as good of time as any to jump into requesting this genre. My first endeavor is When God Made You from Matthew Paul Turner. It does not disappoint.

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I have read many of Turner’s books before, but this is his first children’s book and I hope it is not his last. I see a little similarity in his older writings, but this one is something special. I loved how the storyline was not difficult as much as it was repetitive. The fact that God loves us and wants to have a relationship with us is repeated page after page. I believe it will help engrain this truth into the lives of young children.

The artwork is also of note. It is astonishing the amount of detail that is placed into each page. To me, I found the artwork what actually told the story more than the actual words. Regardless, it is very, very well done.

This is going to be my go to book to give to newly expecting parents from now on for their child’s collection. From end to end the entire thing is a work of art. I suppose you could say that about all books, but this one takes it to the next level.

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

Review: Seven-Mile Miracle

I admit I have a problem. It seems like I have to read everything that Steven Furtick puts out to the world. It could be because I tend to digest his sermons in mass quantities. It could be that I feel a relative connection to him due to having heard about him many years ago. It could be that we are in the same generation and live relatively close to each other (three hours counts, right?). However, this book is not up to his usual quality. Maybe I am harsh, but I am only speaking my opinion and that is what a review is supposed to do.

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Seven-Mile Miracle is the newest release from Furtick. His other books spoke life into my life and this one did as well, but having followed him for many years, this seems like a cash grab. There is a sermon series that goes along with it (I suppose that’s the appropriate thing to do in a mega-church); however, there was a sermon many years ago for Easter by the same title. It was a visual experience that had footage of the Holy Land and even had Furtick preaching the sermon from Israel.

Please do not get me wrong, I am not setting out to bash him or the church, but this book is not his usual qualities. Sure, the seven topics he covers that pulls from the last sayings of Jesus are highly applicable in 2017. We need to adhere to the words that he writes and the topics he covers.

The one that spoke to me the most was the word of uniting. It may have been the last word, but ultimately that is the final stop on the journey for a Christian. It is the end destination on our trip. We will be reunited with our creator and will spend eternity with him.

This book is alright. If you want to read seven things that can influence your life and give you pointers on living a more complete life then this book will help. If I did not know that Furtick had already used this title before or have read his book then it probably wouldn’t have bothered me as much. It simply seems rushed to me.

I was given this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. The words here are my own and have not been influenced by the publisher in any way.

Lacey Sturm: The Mystery

I was excited to read Lacey Sturm’s new book. I believe that she is one powerful, influential woman who is doing great things in this world. She was formerly the lead singer of Flyleaf and is now becoming known for her solo work. Her voice is unique and is definitely stronger than most singers regardless of their gender. Amazingly, her lengthier writing as a book author is just as powerful as her lyrics.

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The Mystery is actually her second book and having read the first, I knew this one would be full of powerful words. What I didn’t expect was just how introspective it would be and how gut-wrenchingly honest. Through the book she shares her past, how she met her husband, and how things have changed course. She holds very little back and you are able to see Lacey in a light that you have never seen her before. She only scratched the surface in her first book, which is why it is important to read this one.

Even if you never find yourself in situations like Lacey, and I pray you do not, you can still be encouraged by the resurrection power of Jesus that has made all the difference in her life. She holds tight to Jesus making the entire difference in her life and allowing his touch and learning to trust him as the reason she is in the place she is today.

If you were a Flyleaf fan or a fan of Lacey’s or just an average reader, you need to get this book. You see the turmoil that is found in the darkest parts of a life away from God, but also see that redemption is waiting for you right where you are.

The words above are my own and have not been influenced in any manner by the publisher or the author outside of the words contained in the book. I received a copy of the book for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

A Peculiar Glory

It is hard to imagine a world where Scripture is not accepted as truth, but we are moving in that direction as a culture. Of course, one could make the argument that we should have always been prepared to make confront these disputes as it does not make sense to believe in Scripture. Why would anyone believe the words of the Bible? It is a strong stretch to believe in them. Thankfully, John Piper has recently released a book to confront this.

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This has been compared as equal with Desiring God as one of his most influential works. I do have to agree. This book took a while to dig through mainly because page after page is rooted in Scripture. There are numerous things that need to be digested in order to grasp the full concept of the words that are written. The whole book is about how Scripture proves its own validity without any outside arguments.

The good news is that Piper does not write to theologians. He writes to the Christian sitting in a church pew. The words are easily read, even if the concept is difficult. You will be challenged, informed, and blessed for reading this book. The things that have been contained here will be a  valuable resource for many generations to come. I am glad to add this one to my growing library.

If you have the chance, I would recommend picking up the print version of this so you can make notes in the margins and highlight the sentences and paragraphs that grapple you. The good thing about most of Piper’s work is that it is accessible to those that do not have the finances to purchase it. You can find a printable version of the book from the Desiring God website, but you really should purchase a print version. It will be better for you that way.

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 way by the publisher or the author.