Warren Wiersbe and his “Be” series is a very popular series on Christian growth and development. It has aided many in their Christian walk and some of his book are used as readings in some of the Bible classes I have taken. Now, with the introduction of the Wiersbe Study Bible, Wiersbe’s thoughts and notes are in a Bible to aid those reading the Bible.
The articles are not lengthy and do not interfere with the reading of the Bible. The study notes are succinct and those who have read the “Be” series will appreciate having notes close to the text.
The Bible itself is well bound and I really liked the silver gilt on the paper. The Bible is a bit on the heavy side so it is most likely not ideal for a lot of carry. The font is the comfort font meaning it is easy to read but please note this does not mean large print font.
All in all this is a nice study Bible and I believe will help those in their Christian walk.
*I received a review copy and was not obligated to give a positive or negative review.
Changing one’s behaviors and attitudes is not easy. Add to this commands in the Bible to not be angry, think of godly things, love your neighbor, etc. could make a person feel bogged down and dejected.
Realizing that change takes effort Real Change was printed to help foster conversations to grow individuals and change them for God. While this book reads more like a discussion guide it is nonetheless a great resource in small groups to discuss how to change Biblically.
It is not long but the content is rich and should provide plenty of discussion material throughout its usage.
*I received a review copy and my opinions are my own.
My sons love dinosaurs and when this book came to print I was excited to show it to them. While the target audience is 8-12 years old and my sons are four and three years old, it is still a great devotional to use.
The correlation between the different dinosaurs and truths of God’s Word is well done and makes teaching truths relevant and personal. While some of the content is geared towards the target audience I still use the devotions and modify it as needed for my boys. Thus, this is a great devotional for the dino-lover in your family no matter the age; even I enjoy them.
*I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my assessment.
Perry Stone is a speaker and author that I have enjoyed listening to and reading. His perspectives challenge my own and have caused some detailed dialogues with myself and also with friends. Some of the material he presents are tough for me to embrace and this book is such a one.
Angels are something that has intrigued mankind for years. We have movies about them, TV shows, books, and proposed sightings caught on video. While angels are mentioned in Scripture, not much is states about them.
Perry Stone teaches in his book, This Season of Angels, that during high prophetic times angelic activity increases. Using the book of Daniel, Stone attempts to demonstrate that as certain prophetic events happen angelic activity also happens to such a level that humans recognize it.
While this is interesting to read, it is hard to backup with Scripture. First, while it may appear we are in what some call the End Times, it is difficult to definitively prove. While I agree we are seeing things we have not seen in history for some time, it is unwise to state that this is what the Bible described.
Also, the Bible is minimal in its teachings on angels. This is not bad but it also must give caution to those who desire to write about them and teach on them. Is Stone right in his teachings? I am uncertain. Is he wrong? Again, uncertain. Thus, while this book is an intriguing read it would behoove the reader to do so with their Bible close to determine if Stone is accurate or reading into something that is not there.
*I received a review copy of this book and am not under obligation to write a positive review.
Bullying has become a new, hot topic for the American society. Too many have suffered at the hands of someone else all in the name of fun or, sadly, intent to injure. In his book, The Bullying Breakthrough, Jonathan McKee uses his own life as the foundation on how to address bullying and how to nurture those who have been bullied.
Starting with his own life and his being bullied, McKee develops his book on how to comfort those who have been bullied, signs to identify those who are being bullied, and how to combat the uprise in cyberbullying.
It is the information on cyberbullying that is quite helpful as cyberbullying attacks the emotional and psyche of a person. In addition, our smartphones allow connectivity almost without end and this allows for cyberbullying to take place anytime of day, at any location, and potentially anyone. McKee does well to arm those who are taking a stand against cyberbullying without completely detaching from the electronic devices altogether.
While it is sad that such things happen, this book will be an excellent guide for those for whom cyberbullying has attacked.
*I received a review copy of this book and am under no obligation to give a positive review.
This book is a training guide of sorts targeting the millennials on how to interact with life and the responsibilities of adulthood. I must admit that it saddens me that such a book need to be written as I would hope that there would already have been training on how to handle life and the adventures life brings.
It is a testament to our society that guidance and mentorship are lacking so that a generation has no resources on how to handle difficult situations outside of whining and complaining. Thus, while this book is a nice resource and is written with a younger generation in mind it is also a scathing rebuke to the previous generation of failure to bestow wisdom on how to live life.
*I received a review copy in exchange for my honest review.
Biblical Greek is a language that has proven difficult for many. Yet, it is a wonderful skill to have in the study of Scripture and it can unlock depth of understanding for that stick with it. However, like any other skill, if it is not practiced often much can be lost. Enter Keep Up Your Biblical Greek Volume 1 & 2.
These books are designed to allow those who have studied Greek to maintain what they have learned in a few minutes a day. Each day has a passage of Scripture in English and Greek with certain Greek words highlighted and explained.
Wanting to learn Greek I have heard that those who do not use it consistently loose much of what they have learned. Thus I can see how resources like these will aid those in Greek studies greatly. What is also appreciated is that this is not solely a vocabulary builder. Rather it is using context to build vocabulary and at the same time increase retention of words previously learned.
The size of the volumes also makes transporting them much easier. There are not textbook in size but are compact enough to achieve their stated purpose. That is a nice benefit as a large volume may give cause to leave there where they may be forgotten.
There is also a book mark to keep your place as well as dates at the top to keep track of progression. While it is not necessary to use the reading suggestion it is nice to use as a potential devotional alongside an English devotional.
As to the books themselves, the bindings are strong and should long after much use. The paper is a good opaque color which could provide some room for notes for those who write to learn. I was surprised by both of these as I could tell that there were printed with use and readability in mind.
It is also important to note that both volumes are similar and one is not verbs and the other nouns, for example. Each volume could be used independent of the other but having both volumes will increase more passages to study and words to learn. There is also a Scripture reference guide in the back for those wanting to look at a certain passage for study.
All this in mind, these volumes will be a great resource for those wanting to keep the Greek they have learned and add to their knowledge of Biblical Greek.
*I received a review of these resources for my honest review.