Sunday, September 28, 2014
The components of each devotion are:
*A few paragraphs containing a story/lesson.
*Some type of activity: a craft, puzzle, weird facts, experiment, quiz, or jokes related to the topic.
*A prayer prompt.
The activity section is what makes this devotional different than others I've seen. My younger boys enjoy the weird facts and jokes. My oldest likes the puzzles. None of them are too fond of the crafts. So while each activity might not appeal to each child, there is enough variety to appeal to different personalities.
Having a devotional geared toward boys and their need to "do" something is a great idea. It's an extra incentive to open the book each day and set their mind on God's truth!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Most study bibles contain summaries to introduce each book. If you have a study bible, you may not feel that this book is necessary. However, different authors may add unique thoughts, or word something in a new way. I like to read various perspectives and ideas on the text I'm studying. The "significance" section is key for me - what's the point in reading if I can't apply it to my life or understand why it matters? Even though I have a study bible, I want a collection of other resources that I can refer to and glean insight from - which is what I am using this book for.
The language in this resource is easy enough for most people to grasp - no need to get a theology degree first. I also like how when describing major themes and events presented in a book, the authors provide Scripture references so that it can be easily located.
So if you'd like a good reference book that helps you see the big picture, and is much less detailed than a commentary - this may be what you are looking for!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
I find it difficult to review a fictional book without giving away any of the plot, but I will do my best. The series as a whole is about a group of scientists who decided the best way to solve the world's problems was to wipe the slate clean and start over with a generation devoid of emotions. The main character is an anomaly. She is on a journey of discovery that finally leads her to fight for the freedom of humanity. That is essentially the focus of this book - how to stop the bad guys and free the world.
- How to trust in God when He seems distant
- Overcoming jealousy in order to work together
Bottom Line: The book (and the entire series) is entertaining and appropriate for teenagers.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.