This is really beyond the bookstore!
Friday, September 26, 2014
If you are not familiar with the New International Version Bible (NIV) you are in for a treat, written in today’s English it is much easier to understand than the King James Bible. (Note there are those who do not fully appreciate this particular translation.) Zondervan’s Walk Thru the Bible series presents: NIV ONCE A DAY BIBLE (chronological edition) which creates a plan for anyone to read all 66 books in 365 days. Each daily reading is presented in order of occurrence.
I thought maybe, just maybe, this Bible would approach things differently BUT there is just no getting around the book of Numbers or Deuteronomy which for me are two of the most boring books of the Bible. The good news is once you have read it you can move on. I like how Psalm 119, one of my favorites, is divided to be completed in two days (day 150 and 152) and is mixed in with 1 Kings, 2 Chronicles and Song of Songs (aka Song of Solomon)and a few other Psalms.
I am torn as to who this book would be good for; I personally love it because it is a chronological edition. I have read the Bible from Genesis to Revelations so many times I can see how reading this Bible would break up the monotony of reading page by page, book by bookb. Conceivably it would also give the reader a better understanding of events, particularly in the Old Testament.
Unlike study Bibles the goal of the NIV ONCE A DAY BIBLE is to read all 66 books in one year. If you are one of those individuals who do this annually then definitely purchase a copy of the NIV ONCE A DAY BIBLE. If it is your intention to actually do a study on a particular book this will not work even with the points of “reflection” scattered throughout.
Though I recommend you purchase this book it is with the understanding that it may not be for everyone. Unless you know for sure that someone wants this Bible, I would not suggest you buy it as a Christmas present. This is one of those Bibles that each person has to decide for themselves if he wants. Marsa
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
THIRTY-THREE DAYS OF PRAISE Seeing the Good in Cancer by Karrie Marchbanks presents very valuable information for every woman no matter what she is going through. The book, a discussion of the authors journey through breast cancer from a Christian perspective would also benefit both men and women going through some type of difficulty.
This is not a technical book on the pros and cons of various cancer treatments nor is it a book with numerous scripture references. THIRTY-THREE DAYS OF PRAISE describes Ms. Marchbanks personal emotions as she applied the medical advice and faith principals to her diagnosis of breast cancer.
Many Christians die trusting God to heal them; yes there are those who are healed without the input of the health care profession. I appreciated how the author followed the directions of health care professionals while trusting God for her healing.
There was a specific time when the author began 33 days of praise yet she had been praying and praising Father God for more than 33 days. Her faith laid the foundation for not only her healing but her attitude during the process. By the time I finished the book I was reminded how important praise and worship is before during and after a difficult time.
This book is not for those who want to know the various types of chemotherapy nor is it intended as a reference book of healing Scriptures. Read THIRTY-THREE DAYS OF PRAISE to understand the ups and downs of going through a hard time and how one person of faith made it through the down times.
If I could I would buy everyone I know a copy of this book. If you are not going through a difficult time read this book so that when you do you will be full of praise. I highly recommend you purchase this book.
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