Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
The Beginning Reader's Bible. Nashville: Tommy Nelson, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4003-1702-8.
I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers for review purposes. Their gift does not affect the content of this review in any way.
This is a large (9" x 10") hardcover collection of twenty-six Bible stories for children. The Bible text used is the International Children's Bible. Additional sections provide key passages such as the ten commandments, the 23rd Psalm and the Lord's prayer.
The book was compiled by Tama Fortner and illustrated by Marijke ten Cate. Marijke ten Cate is an illustrator from the Netherlands. She has worked on many projects, including the Children of God Storybook Bible.
Each pair of pages presents full page, colorful artwork that spans both pages. The paper is heavy - it appears to be a very durable book. Some pages also have memory verses, prayers, or activities.
The layout and artwork of this book seem to be for a younger child than the Bible text itself. I intend to let some children read this and ask their opinions. It may simply be a question of personal preference.
In general the stories selected present the major flow of God's plan, man's fall into sin and the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We may use this Bible in some children's lessons. It also appears to be a good book for a church library. The bright, colorful pages and short Bible selections make this a good book for reading aloud to small groups of children as well.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Graham, Billy. Unto the Hills: A Daily Devotional. Thomas Nelson, 2010. ISBN 978-0849946219.
All right, I admit that I a big fan of Billy Graham's ministry and writings. Perhaps student would be a better word. I have learned so much from his writings and from observing his ministry. So this review may not be unbiased. Also, I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through their "BookSneeze" program. However, I am not obligated to write a positive review.
This is actually a revised, reprinted devotional that first came out twenty five years ago. It has been updated for a new generation of believers.
The layout is simple with a Bible verse, a meditation and a prayer taking at most just one page. Rev. Graham's meditations, though short, are not trivial or simplistic. He presents Biblical faith concepts in a straightforward manner that both encourages and enlightens me in the Lord.
Many of the Scriptures are in the King James Version. However, this devotional also uses the American Standard Version, Amplified, Jerusalem Bible, Moffatt New Testament, New American Standard Version, New International Version, New King James Version, Revised Standard Version, Today's English Version and the Living Bible. How's that for sampling of Bible Versions?
My experience with this work is that it was truly a devotional. I read a Bible version, got an inspirational thought and a prayer to get my day started. Then I continued to ponder on this teaching throughout the day. The lesson is short enough that I can remember it clearly. This allows me to begin applying it to my own life throughout the day. I almost always find myself in agreement with Graham's teachings, so theology was not a problem for me here.
I would recommend this work to others as a good daily devotional. It would serve well in a personal, family or church application.
Unto the Hills
Monday, January 3, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
The Action Bible