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Book Review: The Complete Jewish Study Bible

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Christians and Messianic Jews who are interested in the rich spiritual traditions of their faith will be thrilled with this brand new study Bible. The Complete Jewish Study Bible pairs the updated text of The Complete Jewish Bible with extra study material, to help readers understand and connect with the Jewish roots of the Christian faith.

The Complete Jewish Bible translation shows that the word of God, from Genesis to Revelation, is a unified Jewish book meant for everyone—Jew and non-Jew alike. Translated by David H. Stern with new, updated introductions by Rabbi Barry Rubin, it has been a best-seller for over twenty years. This translation, combined with beautiful, modern design and helpful features, makes this an exquisite, one-of-a-kind Bible.

Unique to The Complete Jewish Study Bible are a number of helpful articles and notes to aid the reader in understanding the Jewish context for the Scriptures, both in the Tanakh (the Old Testament) and the B’rit Hadashah (the New Testament).

Features include:
– Twenty-five contributors (both Jewish and Christian), including John Fischer, Patrice Fischer, Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Rabbi Russell Resnik, and more
– Thirty-four topical articles ranging from topics such as the menorah (or “candelabra of God”) and repentance (t’shuvah) in the Bible, to Yeshua’s “Sermon on the Mount” and the Noachide Laws (the laws given by God to Noah and subsequent generations) and their applicability to Gentiles
– In addition to these topical articles and detailed study notes, there are twelve tracks or themes running throughout the Bible with 117 articles, covering topics such as Jewish Customs, the Names of God, Shabbat, and the Torah
– New Bible book introductions, written from a Jewish perspective
– Bottom-of-page notes to help readers understand the deeper meanings behind the Jewish text
– Sabbath and Holy Day Scripture readings
– Offers the original Hebrew names for people, places, and concepts

My Review:

If I would buy a study bible and even spend the extra money to get it bound in leather, this is the Bible I would get. The Complete Jewish Study Bible fascinates me. I first learned about the Complete Jewish Bible version when I came across the book Names and Titles of God by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson. http://www.jesuswalk.com/names-god/names-god.htm I also reviewed this book in an earlier post. I had no clue how Greek, Latin and English changed the names in the Bible and I found it fascinating how the Complete Jewish Study Bible was different from all the other bible versions that I knew. It took me some time to get adjusted to the names in the Complete Jewish Study Bible especially how the page headings have the names of the books in Hebrew on the left side and English on the right side. But after spending time in this version, I got accustomed to it. I was very happy for the glossary of Hebrew words into English and the glossary of English words into Hebrew in the back of this bible in the appendix. This bible has a small footnotes section that goes over some verses in more detail but it’s not overwhelming like many other versions. The introduction is a great help for people with no Jewish background. The introduction covers the topical articles that are found throughout the Complete Jewish Study Bible. There are 117 articles split up into twelve themes including Anti-Jewish Scriptural Interpretations, Covenants, Jewish Customs, Jewish-Gentile Relations, Messianic Prophecy, The Names of God, The Sabbath, Salvation and Atonement, The Holy Days of Isra’el, The Land of Isra’el, Torah, The Tabernacle (Mishkan). Each article is listed in the Appendix. The introduction covers a history of how the Complete Jewish Study Bible came to be along with other explanations such as translations and translators, The Bible, Contents of the Bible, Why the Bible is God’s Word, Jewish Tanakh verses Christian Old Testament, and Original Language Texts Underlying the Complete Jewish Bible. I could give a detailed review about what I learned in just the introduction of the Complete Jewish Study Bible. The Complete Jewish Study Bible introduction helps remind Christians that their faith is Jewish. The Appendix also covers an Index of Tanakh Passages Cited in the B’rit Hadashah, Scripture Readings for Shabbat and Festivals, Feasts & Fasts, Biographies of Rabbies and Sages, Contributors, Work Cited for Further Reading, About the Translator and Maps. Each book has a full color page for the introduction. The Complete Jewish Study Bible comes with two blue ribbons attached. My teenage daughter says that the book smell smells like a nice type of tea. She says that the book smell is a very important part of book review because you cannot enjoy a good book unless it has a good too. The pages are thin like most Bibles are. It would not be good for journaling with paint. You can see the type on the other side quite easily but it is not distracting while reading. I would like the pages to be slightly thicker but feel nice to the touch. I’m not fond of hardback Bibles because they do not wear well but I was given the hardback version to review but knowing the content, this is the bible I would want in a leather cover. I would highly suggest any one looking for a study bible and that is interested in the Jewish roots and history to buy The Complete Jewish Study Bible without hesitation in any cover they choose.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Hendrickson Review Program. http://www.hendrickson.com/content/hendrickson-review-program/  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

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Book Review: I Am- The Names of God for Little Ones By Diane Stortz

Book Description:

God is the Creator, the Healer, our Savior, and our Friend. And it is through God’s names that we understand His character. Now little ones will understand how great our God is by learning His names and all the ways He cares for them.

Show your little one the character of God with I AM: The Names of God for Little Ones. Capturing the names and characteristics of God through short Bible stories, Scripture, and bright illustrations, I AM: The Names of God for Little Ones helps you learn about God in a way that will draw even the youngest child. Children will close the book feeling loved, protected, and secure in the arms of the great I AM.

Written by bestselling author Diane Stortz and illustrated by Diane Le Feyer, I AM: The Names of God for Little Ones is a great companion to the bestselling Bible storybook I AM.

My Review:

I was excited to review I Am: The Names if God for Little Ones by Diane Shortz. I have six children and I homeschool them all. I love to find children’s material that teach the nature of God. Finding this book brought excitement because I love teaching the nature and character of God. The names of God are important because they are simple but profound ways to learn the nature and character of God.

I Am: The Names if God for Little Ones by Diane Shortz is a children’s board book with a semi-soft cover. Each two-spread page has a name of God, two scriptures and a prayer. I absolutely love that the author uses the Hebrew Names for Creator (Elohim), God All-Powerful (El Shaddai), I Am (Jehovah), God Who Saves (El Moshaah), The Lord Will Provide ( Jehovah Jireh), The Lord Who Heals (Jehovah Rophe) and Teacher (Rabbi). When the book goes into New Testament names of God (Son of God, Teacher / Rabbi, Good Shepherd, Savior, Friend and King of Kings) only one of the names is in Hebrew. I wish the book would have included more Hebrew names like Adonai for Lord and Yeshua for Jesus.

I would recommend I Am: The Names if God for Little Ones by Diane Shortz for Preschoolers because it is a board book and the lack of detail. This book is a good book for introducing preschoolers to the names of God with some Scripture. I am happy to have this book to teach my littles.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: He Is Enough by Asheritah Ciuciu

From Publisher:

Discover the Secret to a Full Life

We live in a world of scarcity. We say, “I don’t have enough time… maybe when we have more money… if only I had a little more help…” But Scripture says if we have Jesus, we have enough.

In this 6-week study of Colossians, Asheritah Ciuciu leads readers to discover the life-altering importance of Jesus’ sufficiency and sovereignty. And you don’t need hours a day to enjoy this Bible Study. Each day’s study contains two paths:

• Snack on the Go: a bite-size morsel of truth to chew on throughout your busy day

• FEAST: a dig-deep guide to maximizing the “meat” you’re getting out of your Bible study

• PLUS! a supplemental “Serving and Leading” section that includes service challenges for making theory a reality

You can enjoy this study in whatever way works best for you. Discover the joy and freedom that abounds when we know deep in our hearts that Jesus truly is enough.

My Review:

Asheritah Ciuciu is a gifted author who takes a busy mom like me and helps her to study God’s Word. I got the book He Is Enough by Asheritah Ciuciu from Moody Publishers blogger program. At first, I honestly don’t know why I choose this book. It may have been the beautiful drawing of grapes on the cover or the expectation that this study would be as excellent as other Moody Publication studies that I’ve reviewed in the past. I know now that I got this book because God knew that I needed to read it. This book reminded me that Jesus is enough in my crazy busy life as a wife to a wonderful husband and mom of six fantastic kids. Asheritah Ciuciu reminded me that Jesus will meet you where you are. If three minutes is all you have then, Jesus will be enough. If you have time for an in-depth study then Jesus will be enough. In the book He Is Enough, Asheritah Ciuciu takes the reader through a six week study of Colossians in just that manner. She separates each day’s study into two sections: A Snack On The Go and Feast At The Table. A Snack On The Go is more like a devotional and only takes 3-5 minutes. Feast At The Table is a deep study that had many subsections. Focus On God has the reader open their Bible and read prayers and make them their own. Engage The Text breaks apart Colossians and has the reader journal scripture verses and observations as well as other questions pertaining to the study. Assess The Main Idea has questions about the audience the scripture is for and has you think about the core points of the section of scripture. Spark Transformation helps you focus of how the scripture applies to you and makes you like Jesus. Turn To God In Worship wraps the study in worship. This six week Bible study is one of the most intense, personal changing studies that I’ve gone through. The only studies that I would compare are by the same publisher.

If you want a Bible Study I highly suggest this study by Asheritah Ciuciu. It will bless you no matter how much time you have in your day to spend with God.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review from the publisher through the Moody Blogger Review Program. http://www.mpnewsroom.com/content/blogger-review-program I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: Go to Sleep Sheep by Tommy Nelson Books

Book Description

The silly sheep in Bedtime Barn don’t want to go to bed! Will they ever tire out?

“I’m thirsty!” squeaks a little voice.

“Please leave on a light!”

“I’m still not tired!” one cries out.

“Let’s have a tickle fight!”

Go to sleep, sheep!

If your little ones insist they aren’t sleepy, make bedtime more fun by curling up with this playful story. Once the silly sheep hit the hay, your sleepyheads will realize that bedtime isn’t so bad.

My Review

Go To Sleep, Sheep is a board book illustrated by Sydney Hanson and published by Tommy Nelson Books. There is no author credited. The book is a nice thickness and decent size. The story is about a mama sheep and her little sheep nearing the evening. The sheep give all sorts of excuses just as kids do. The phrase “Go to sleep sheep!!” Repeats as each sheep gives excuses why to not sleep. Finally the sheep sleep and the mama sheep can get some rest too.

I would recommend this book to anyone who reads to young children. The book opens a lot of conversations such as obedience, recall of daily activities and if animals wear glasses.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: Losing The Cape by Dan Stanford

Book description:

How to be a hero when you’re feeling anything but super

Despite all the superhero hype, the problems and pain in our world aren’t going away. In fact, it often feels like the threats just keep coming. But the good news is that God has placed you here for such a time as this. And the even better news? You don’t have to get rid of your anxiety, debt, speech impediment, extra weight, health issues, disability—or any other weakness—to be used by God. What this world actually needs is less-than-super people making small but significant differences in their own corners of the world.

Through inspiring stories from the Bible and his own life, Dan Stanford demonstrates that with God availability is more important than ability. Losing the Cape is an invitation to start making the world a better place through your ordinary, everyday presence.

My Review:

Losing the Cape by Dan Stanford is an encouraging book about how our originate life is the life of a superhero because of Christ’s power in us. Dan Stanford’s experience comes from his family and the stories of them. He talks a lot about his wife and how her response to her own circumstances encourages him.

I would encourage this book to anyone who needs to see how Christ can shine through their circumstances.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review from the publisher through the Moody Blogger Review Program. http://www.mpnewsroom.com/content/blogger-review-program I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: I prayed for you by Jean Fishcer

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Book Description:

I always have, and I always will, pray for you.

Before you were my little one, I prayed for you. As you grow, there will never be a time that I won’t cover you in prayer, because I love you so.

This cherished story, which has sold more than 165,000 copies, creates the perfect moment to wrap your little one securely in the love of a parent and of God.

My Review:

I prayed for You by Jean Fishcer is a wonderful bedtime story book. It goes through the day of a child and explains how the mom prays through the day. Its a great book for moms as well as children because it teaches moms how to pray and it teaches children how God is with them in everything they do. This would be a great book for new moms or dads.

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Book Review: NIV, The Woman’s Study Bible

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Book Description:

The Woman’s Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation. Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom. Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman’s Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman’s Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.

My Review:

The Womens Study Bible is a fantastic resource for individual and group study. The Woman’s Study Bible is filled with charts and notes that help any Bible study. I reviewed the e-book version. The NIV translation is used for this book. I know many studies that everyone bought this specific Bible just because of the charts and notes. The resources in the back are also helpful. I honestly wish they made a men’s version. This is a great Bible.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”