The Color Coded Bible

color bibleI have been given the opportunity to review the Color Coded Bible (NKJV) by Thomas Nelson. I have seen many color coded bibles before but what sets this one apart is that it is for kids. This particular Bible uses a simple method of assigning colors to seven different topics or themes throughout Scripture.

My initial thought, before I received my copy, is that the Bible would be color coded throughout. But when I received my copy, I learned that there are only 1600 verses that are color coded.  This isn’t a bad thing; I was just expecting more.

What was surprising was the different Bible reading plans and index references categorized to help you find passages related to certain topics.

All in all this is a great beginners Bible for an older child to pre-teen. I am very pleased with my copy.

 

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The Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments

10 commandIn some form or way, everyone is familiar with at least a few of the Ten Commandments. Thou shalt not steal, kill and commit adultery. But after those, things begin to get a bit hazy. Cleanliness is next to godliness, God helps those who helps themselves, and treat others like you want to be treated, are next on the list. Then you have those who refuse to believe or acknowledge that the Ten Commandments are even relevant to our time and place in this culture.
In this book, A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments, Australian theologian and scholar, John Dickson, takes a look at the ten commandments given to Moses and to show how they have affected western thought. He takes into account the fact that not everyone believes the Bible but he makes a great argument for how we all abide by these commandments in some form or fashion.
This book is a great laymen’s introduction to the topic of apologetics, starting where we all start, with the basics. There are plenty of insights and topics that would make this a great book for small groups as well as for the individual seeking to deepen their understanding on why we believe what we do.

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It’s not what you think…

_225_350_Book.1738.coverIt’s not what you think. Or so the title tells us. The subtitle says “Why Christianity is about so much more than going to Heaven when you die”. Sadly that is what most people consider to be the only benefit of being a Christian. And I believe the author has struck a chord with the problem in modern evangelical Christianity. But it’s not a new problem.  And unlike most books that identify the problem with people and their faith, this one offers a realistic approach to get beyond the obvious and perceived and make one’s faith more about a relationship with the Creator.

Although it’s not a How-To book on evangelism or apologetics, you’ll find practical examples of both in this book. Bethke has given what I would call a “millennial” look at the foundation of Christianity and why it should be more than surface level in a person’s life. And that is not a criticism against millennials, I just don’t happen to be one. So some of His suggestions, interpretations and approaches seem outside of the box to me when it comes to sharing your faith or reading the Bible  for what it truly says and that can be a very good thing.

All in all, Bethke encourages the reader to grow and deepen their relationship with Christ instead of simply purchasing “fire insurance.” By using examples from Genesis to Revelation He challenges the reader to not just believe what you’ve always been told or heard but to search out the truth Of God for yourself and make your faith your own.  And to consider that Christianity is not always what you think.

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Diary of a JackWagon – Inside Tim Hawkins head

_240_360_Book.1646.coverI knew from the title of the book that I was going to enjoy it.

Diary of a Jackwagon

How great is that!

I have been a fan of Tim Hawkins for a longtime and I was excited for the opportunity to review his first book.

From beginning to end I found myself, laughing out loud at every turn of the page. It was like being at one of his performances but in the privacy of my own home

Using his unique style and wit, Tim escorts the reader through a variety of topics. From Blinker fluid to the Jesus Fish, all aspects are pretty much covered. What most impresses me about Tim Hawkins and this book in particular, is his ability to laugh at himself, not just as a human being but as a follower of Christ. Christians and humor typically are not associated with each other but Tim draws us into looking at who we are really and not taking ourselves too serious.

This book is not deep theologically. It’s not profoundly philosophical. It is a breath of fresh air from the staleness of everyday life. Pick it up, read it and you’ll laugh until you cry.

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The Last Con

The Last Con is one of those books that’s hard to put down once you begin reading it.  When Fletcher Doyle is released from prison for trying to steal an ancient artifact, it appears that His life is finally coming together. After seven years of being apart from his family he tries to reconnect with them on a mission trip with their church. While running an errand to pick up some toiletries for his family he runs into his old partner in crime. Against his will and against his better judgment, Fletcher is forced_200_360_Book.1622.cover to choose between his family and returning to his former lifestyle as a grifter. What ensues is a story that is rich in history, suspense and intrigue.

Zach Bartels has done a masterful job at character development in this book. Each character is a story of their own and the intertwining of these characters is done in a believable way. To say that I enjoyed this book would be an understatement. I kept telling myself “one more chapter.”  I have not read Zach Bartels first book “Playing Saint” prior to reading this but it’s next on my list.

If you like mystery, suspense, action and a cast of interesting characters, don’t miss the opportunity to read this book.

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The Good, The Bad, And The Grace of God

_200_360_Book.1594.coverI don’t know of anyone who hasn’t heard of Duck Dynasty or Duck Commander. Because of the enormous amount of publicity and the sheer success of the show on A&E’s network, it’s almost impossible to go anywhere and not see the products that promote their success.

But there success today is only part of the story. I have read all of the other books by the individuals that make up the Robertson clan and was eager to read the next installment in Jep and Jessica’s story.

What I like about the books that the Robertson’s put out, is that they don’t sugar coat anything and they’re not afraid to pull back the curtain and let you see the whole story. There’s an authenticity that isn’t seen much in today’s culture.

In “The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God” Jep and Jessica Robertson share their struggles, their past sin as well as their success in a way that doesn’t glorify the acts but give glory to God’s mercy and grace.

There were several times in reading about Jessica’s struggle with significance and Jep’s struggle with addiction that I thought to myself, “I don’t think I would have told that.”

But all in all, if you have read any of the other books put out by the Robertson’s, this book stays true to the same format and is told with the same gut-level honesty.

As with the rest of the Robertson’s, Jep & Jessica’s story is a beautiful reminder of who God is and what He is able to do, if we’re willing to follow Him.

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The Imprint of God in Pop Culture

popWhere do you find the gospel? We expect to hear it from Christians. We expect to hear it in our churches and even on Christian radio stations. But what about on TV and in Film?

Can we learn any lasting value and moral lessons from shows like the Big Bang Theory or The Simpsons? Surprisingly we can and author Kevin Harvey shows us in his book All You Want to Know about the Bible in Pop Culture.

This book is packed with illustrations of how the Bible’s messages show up in the culture around us. Usually our culture denounces God but this book show us how the TV shows and films we watch and the music that surrounds us has His imprint on everything.

As Christians we must see in the command of the cultural mandate its role in shaping every area of life according to God’s will – including politics, the fine arts, science, law, medical ethics, and more. And this book is a good tool in assisting the believer to do that through pop culture.

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Contagious Disciple Making

 Contagious Disciple Making is a book that leaves many people motivated to want to take the  Great Commission seriously. I mean, what Christian doesn’t want to be better equipped for  bringing people to Christ and seeing them become obedient followers of Jesus? Isn’t that the goal  for all of us?

And David & Paul Watson have done an excellent job laying out detailed how-to’s when it comes to  engaging our friends, family and neighbors with the message and gospel of Jesus Christ.

There’s no denying that their methods work because of the success they have seen in their lives and their ministry. However that doesn’t mean that their methods will work for everyone.

I am leery of how-to’s and step by step methodology when it comes to the realm of areas that should be guided by the Holy Spirit. Not that there’s anything wrong with their method but it shouldn’t be limited to what has worked for them.

And so while I have agreed with many parts of this book there are some parts I disagree with.

My agreements with this book are agreements that every Christian should hold to – mainly that true disciples make disciples and everything must be rooted in prayer.

But when it comes to things I disagree with, they are mere methods and not doctrines.

Overall this book is a helpful resource in engaging someone to be a disciple maker instead of a pew sitter and this book would be useful for reference when engaging new Christians.

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Jesus Continued

As a Christian, one of the more difficult doctrines to understand is the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. We all know that the Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity, He is God, and the Bible tells us that we are sealed by Him at the moment we believe in the truth of the gospel (Eph1:13). But beyond that many are clueless to the effects, the workings, the evidence of the Holy Spirit in their lives as believers.

J.D. Greear has written Jesus Continued…Why the Spirit Inside You is Better Than Jesus Beside You. It is a challenging, helpful and practical guide (for lack of a better word), to engaging the Holy Spirit in your life.

Using scripture as His foundation, Greear shows how throughout the Bible,The Spirit works in the lives of believers. From Jesus promising that His followers would do “greater things” because the Holy Spirit would fill them than Jesus Himself had done in His ministry, to Jesus’ command for the disciples to wait to fulfill the Great Commission until the Holy Spirit had come upon them.  He shows how the Holy Spirit is the One who gives the spiritual power to God’s people to do His work for His glory.

Most books on the Holy Spirit are deep and full of theological jargon, and bent toward a particular belief.

And while some would argue with J.D.’s view and theology, this is one of the better books that I have read on the subject.

Jesus Continued is broken down into three helpful sections.  The first focuses on the important theological and biblical foundations of the Holy Spirit.   The second section focuses on areas where we can experience the Holy Spirit.   The final section focuses on how we seek the Holy Spirit.

Like all of J.D.’s other books, they are helpful, practical, applicable and easy to understand. I would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling or curious about the working and effect of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life.

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The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible

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They have a Bible for everything now.

Sportsman, Nurses, Law Enforcement, Ladies, Men’s, Student’s, etc.

So it only makes sense that  with the commercialization of everything else related to Duck Commander, that they would also put out their own brand of Bible.

I have to admit I was skeptical, about the Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible. But when I received my copy  in the mail from Thomas Nelson to review, I was pleasantly surprised.

I expected it to be a plain Bible with some fluff articles scattered throughout but it’s not.

There’s a 30 day devotional called “Lifechangers” in the front of the Bible written by both Phil and Al Robertson. There’s also 104 articles, 52 from Phil and 52 from Al, throughout the Bible categorized topically to be used as a devotion one day a week throughout the year. There’s a topical index in the back as well as several study helps and charts.

I was really impressed with the layout of this Bible. It’s an easy to read New King James Version with plenty of scripture references at the bottom of the page to help you study further. And with the articles distributed throughout the entire Bible, it really is a helpful study tool for everyday life.

Although I was given a copy for review from the publisher, this would have been one that I would have bought for myself or would have bought for someone as a gift.

Check it out wherever Bibles are sold.

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