Monday, November 23, 2015
The plot is very simple, main character meets adversity, which should make the story easy to follow except the book is not really about adversity it is about achieving victory. PEDAL by Louis K Lowy is about finding a way to get passed unplanned unexpected difficulties by coming out of your comfort zone.
If I had read the description of this book found on Amazon I would have passed on the book. It has a lot of catchy words like” single, romance, and female; but the book is not a romance novel and it the main character could have been a man with a brother who experienced a bad relationship. Being a forty-nine year old teacher who has been fired is significant but not an unrecoverable life event. However, what makes things difficult for the main character Joanne and most people today is other people, a concept many readers are dealing with in their own lives. It is the family dynamics within the novel that will bond the reader with the writings. How do you deal with your problems when other people have opinions of who you are and what you should be doing?
I recommend PEDAL, a good motivational read on how to overcome difficulties by facing your past and pushing yourself into the future. As you take the journey from trouble to triumph with the main character you will be encouraged. Success comes when you pedal forward even when you don’t feel like it.
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Friday, November 20, 2015
As Christmas time and New Years Day draws near there are many people who consider purchasing a Bible as a gift or for personal use. There was a time in which I always recommended first time Bible readers start with a New King James Bible without the commentaries; yes, I was a Bible purist-sort of. Now I recommend people get a Study Bible particularly if it is your intent to read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
The NIV UNDERSTAND THE FAITH STUDY BIBLE published by Zondervan, released just in time for your holiday gift giving, is a Bible you should really consider purchasing as a gift or for your Bible reading pleasures.
In addition to containing the most recent updates for the New International Version of the Bible the NIV UNDERSTAND THE FAITH STUDY BIBLE assist the reader in applying the word to their everyday life. By including such features as “Everyday Faith Devotionals,” Culture Connections Articles,” as well as charts, graphs and a concordance there is more than enough information to help a person study.
One of the features that I liked was the “Doctrine 101 Articles” that examines foundational beliefs of Christians. But, church doctrines are also discussed in the section “Everyday Faith” as well as other articles found throughout the book. I really appreciated the Glossary of Theological Terms- I would buy this Bible just to be able to understand words used in Christiandom that I did not fully understand.
Unlike other study Bibles NIV UNDERSTAND THE FAITH STUDY BIBLE contains more “ohhhhhh” information. The articles explain why we believe what we believe and when you read Scripture the coincides with the article you will have that ah-hah moment in which you will simply say to yourself “Ohhhhhh, now I understand.”
There are a lot of Bibles on the market and I am beginning to sound like a broken record recommending everyone that I review. The NIV UNDERSTAND THE FAITH STUDY BIBLE is worth buying as a gift and using for personal use because it will help you grow and understand what faith is all about. xxx Marsha
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Monday, November 9, 2015
Generally speaking most people will purchase a standard Bible without a commentary or they will ignore the commentaries that are a part of the book. People who intentionally purchase study Bibles, Bibles with: comments, cross references, historical data and other advance information do so because of the additional information. The problem then becomes which of the many study Bibles available do you choose.
The NKJV PROPHECY STUDY BIBLE , John Hagee General Editor; is the newest edition of study Bibles in the Thomas Nelson publishing house collection. It’s relevance is made plain in the subtitle: “Understanding God’s Message In The Last Days.”
Every time I review a study Bible, particular my favorite translation the New King James, I learn something new from the commentary and the supplemental information provided. The NKJV PROPHECY STUDY BIBLE addresses something I firmly believe: we are at the ending of times.
Once you get past the Forward written by John C. Hagee and the list of the Books of the Bible and before you reach Genesis you will come gains very valuable information that makes this book worth while. Important information which you would traditionally have to look for in the back of the book is conveniently in the front. I was particularly interested in the section on Events on the End Times” which includes a discussion on the rapture and the tribulation. So what is at the back of the book? The concordance and maps of course.
Throughout the Bible portion of the NKJV PROPHECY STUDY BILE are other helps including: “20 Questions About Bible Prophecy” and “Diamonds for Daily Living.” In terms of a study Bible I would say this one is more challenging for me personally because it contains more information that I am not familiar with, in other words it is not a cookie-cutter study Bible. I like it!
I recommend the NKJV PROPHECY STUDY BIBLE - Understanding God’s Message In The Last Days” I think everyone should read this one however if you have never read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation before you may not read this one in 12 months.