Friday, January 23, 2015

The Evangelism Study Bible KJV from EvanTell Inc. (Book Review)

The Evangelism Study Bible

From EvanTell, Inc.

(received in exchange for an honest review)

The Evangelism Bible Study-001

Genre- NKJV / Study Bibles

Published by- Kregel Publications

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 1564

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- hardback, listed price- $39.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-2662-9

This study Bible is the New King James Version and contains many notes and tips to help you learn how to share the gospel.

It contains:

  • over 2,600 study notes.
  • many evangelism tips.
  • how-to features
  • devotions
  • concordance and maps

Read an excerpt.

About the Author-

EvanTell, Inc. is an evangelism training and outreach ministry in Texas.  It was founded by Dr. R. Larry Moyer.

My thoughts-

I have explored other study Bibles before and I thought this evangelism study Bible was very good.

As a person who has not explored evangelism or studied a lot about it, this Bible was not for me.  I need all the information in one continuous text, so that I can learn the most.  I really enjoyed all of the tips, study notes, and how-to’s, but this Bible was not for me.

I do think this Bible would be perfect for people who are actively involved in evangelism.  There are many helpful articles and suggestions.  They will also enjoy the list of features at the front of the book that are listed by the Bible chapter.  I would have enjoyed a index of topics that were discussed, not just a list of the article titles.

I recommend that you take a look at the excerpt of this Bible at Kregel’s website before you buy it.  It was a good Bible, just not for me.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Evangelism Study Bible, by EvanTell, Inc., for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

A Saintly Killing (Book 3, A Faith Morgan Mystery) by Martha Ockley (Book Review)

A Saintly Killing (Book 3, A Faith Morgan Mystery)

By Martha Ockley

(received in exchange for an honest review)

 

Genre- Fiction / Mystery

Published by- Lion Fiction

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 234

Age Group- Adult 

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-1-78264-091-2A Saintly Killing-001

In A Saintly Killing,  by Martha Ockley, Faith Morgan is busy as the vicar of St. James.  St. James is going to celebrate its 900th anniversary and Faith has a clipboard filled with tasks she needs to finish before the celebration. 

Faith is working on her tasks, when Sal Hinkley, the artist who was commissioned to paint the church was found dead.  This puts Faith and other members of the community under the watchful eye of Detective Inspector Ben Shorter and his department.

Once again Faith has to deal with her former boyfriend (she was a policewoman in Ben’s department).  What will become of their relationship?  Will St. James’s anniversary celebration happen?  Will Faith be able to complete her list of tasks or will she become too involved with the murder?

Excerpt from the book!

About the Author-

Martha Ockley writes fiction and nonfiction and enjoys spending time with her parrot.

My thoughts-

Martha Ockley is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.  I really enjoy reading her books again and again.  Each time I read her books I learn more about Faith Morgan, the role God has in our lives, and how people think.

I have read, A Saintly Killing, several times now and have enjoyed it both times.  I got caught in the detail and storyline each time.  What made this book so captivating to me was how approachable Ockley made Faith.  So often people who are involved in ministry are put on a pedestal and we think they can do and should do no wrong.  Faith was shown as one of us, a person who can make mistakes and do more than just be a vicar.

One of my favorite parts is how much she still involves herself in solving mysteries, even though it is no longer her profession.  I am interesting in seeing how her relationship with Detective Inspector Ben Shorter will develop.  Will it become a romance again or stay plutonic?

If you have read and enjoyed the other two books in the series, you will enjoy this one.  If you have never read any of them, you can read my reviews of the other two books.

The Reluctant Detective: http://indoorgardenmusings.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-reluctant-detective-book-1-faith.html

The Advent of Murder: http://indoorgardenmusings.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-advent-of-murder-by-martha-ockley.html

I know I cannot wait for the next book in the series!

 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received A Saintly Killing, by Martha Ockley, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Gospel Formed by J.A. Medders (Book Review)

Gospel Formed: Living a Grace-Addicted, Truth-Filled, Jesus-Exulting Life

By J.A. Medders

(received in exchange for an honest review)

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Genre- Christian Life / Devotional

Published by- Kregel Publications

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 200

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4358-9

Gospel Formed: Living a Grace-Addicted, Truth-Filled, Jesus-Exulting Life.  The title says it all!  That is exactly what this book is about.

This book contains 28 chapters which should be read one per day (so you can focus on one topic per day).  There is also an excellent introduction which is a “gospel primer.”

The five parts of this book are:

  • “The Gospel Starting Block”
  • “What is Gospel Worship?”
  • “What is Gospel Identity?”
  • “What is Gospel Community?”
  • “What is Gospel Mission?”

Read an excerpt.

About the Author-

J.A. Medders currently lives in Texas and is the lead pastor at Redeemer Church.  His website is www.jamedders.com.

My thoughts-

Gospel Formed, by J.A. Medders was an excellent book, very inspirational.  As Christians we need to live a life based on the gospel.  I know there are many times that I forget this and focus on myself and not the gospel and Jesus Christ.  I was intrigued and inspired by the time I was done reading this book.

There were many different things I enjoyed about this book:

  • the daily readings
  • the personal stories from Medders (I spent a lot of time chuckling)
  • the introduction

One of my favorite parts of this book was the section that told me how to read this book, because it told me exactly how I needed to read it, so I would get the most out of it.  I was supposed to read one chapter a day, but I found them so interesting that often I read two or three daily.  I think I would have learned more from them if I had just stuck to one per day.  I plan on reading this book again.  I want to be able to learn as much as I can for this book.

This book taught me so much about living the gospel life.  I highly recommend it to every Christian. 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Gospel Formed, by J.A. Medders, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Dead Gorgeous: A Mystery for D.I. Costello by Elizabeth Flynn

Dead Gorgeous: A Mystery for D.I. Costello

By Elizabeth Flynn

(received in exchange for an honest review)

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Genre- Fiction / Christian / Mystery

Published by- Lion Hudson

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 288

Age Group- Adult 

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-1-78264-131-5

Kristy Manners.  In Dead Gorgeous, by Elizabeth Flynn, she is a model who was mysteriously murdered.

D.I. Angela Costello is busy trying to solve this murder.  Kristy was trying to be a larger part of the designing world than just being a model.  Was that why she was murdered.  Did she become involved in something that was dangerous or did her ex-boyfriend want her so much that he killed her, so no one could have her?  Or was it one of the other people who did not like her?

About the Author-

Elizabeth Flynn wrote Game, Set, and Murder.  She currently lives in London and has experience in theater.

My thoughts-

I thought Dead Gorgeous was excellent.  I was not sure who the murderer was until the very end of the book.  I had my suspects, but none of them turned out to be true.

I have not read the other book in the series, Game, Set and Murder, but I did not need to, to enjoy this book.  I did not feel as if I was missing any important information about the main characters.

Author Elizabeth Flynn did an excellent job with the characters, descriptions, and the build-up to the climax to the murder mystery.  I wish I could tell you what I enjoyed.  I would be spoiling the entire book if I told you, so I won’t.

I really enjoyed reading a mystery where the D.I. was a woman and one of the main characters.  While God was not a main part of this book, I enjoyed the parts we was in (I cannot tell you what it is, I do not want to spoil it).  I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Dead Gorgeous, by Elizabeth Flynn, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Bachelor by Stephanie Reed (book review)

The Bachelor

Book Two of Plain City Peace

By Stephanie Reed

(received in exchange for an honest review)

The Bachelor-001

Genre- Fiction / Amish 

Published by- Kregel Publications

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 253

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4216-2

The Bachelor, by Stephanie Reed, is the second book in the Plain City Peace series.  Betsie Troyer is asked to take care of Shelia, the young girl from the English family she lived with, while Shelia's father goes to find her mother.  Betsie does not know what to do, but decides to take her in.  Betsie hopes that her sister, Sadie, and Charley Yoder, a man she has promised herself to understands. 

They do not understand and Betsie cannot turn to her parents, because they have left the Amish ways.  Betsie does what she thinks is best and goes through each day in the best way she can. 

Will her family understand and accept what she is doing?  Will her relationship with Charley be ruined, since she is taking care of someone who is English.  Why is she thinking of Shelia's brother, Michael, so much?

Read an excerpt.

About the Author-

Stephanie Reed currently lives in Ohio, near the site of an Amish community.  She gets her ideas from Ohio.

My thoughts-

I thought The Bachelor, by Stephanie Reed, was unlike most of the Amish themed books that I have read in the past.  This book had a lot more depth and character development.  I felt like I really knew Betsie Troyer and Shelia (young English girl). 

I have never read any Amish book where the Amish take care of the English.  It was very brave of Betsie to take care of Shelia.  Betsie lived in a stricter Ordnung, so I was surprised when the bishop did nothing.  I was not surprised by the end of the book, the bishop was unlike most bishops.  (I will not spoil the surprise though.)  Reed did a good job portraying Christian life through Shelia.  Shelia was a preteen, but she was a stronger Christian than most adult Christians.  She is someone we should all try to be, for example she was very forgiving of Abijah and Sadie when they were mean to her.

The one thing I would add to this book would be a glossary for the Amish words.  I think I figured most of them out from the context of the sentence, but I'm not sure.  I thought the discussion questions were really good.  I learned more about the Amish, 1970's, and Christianity when I read and answered the questions.

I enjoyed reading this book and I am looking forward to reading book three, The Bride.  I would recommend this book to others.  If you have not read the first book in the series, The Bargain (I had not), that is fine.  I found that I was not missing anything.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Bachelor, by Stephanie Reed, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Heretic by Henry Vyner-Brooks (Book Review)

The Heretic

By Henry Vyner-Brooks

(received in exchange for an honest review)

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Genre- Fiction / Christian

Published by- Lion Hudson

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 603

Age Group- Adult 

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $16.99, ISBN 978-1-78264-095-0

Taking place over four years, The Heretic, by Henry Vyner-Brooks, explores England during the Reformation period during 1530's.  It is a time of deceit, upheaval, and reform.  Brother Pacificus has takes center stage in this book along with his brother, and the children they rescued when their parents were taken as heretics.

Brother Pacificus is a former Lord, so he knows everything that is happening and soon he is part of one of the last Benedictine houses.  What will happen to him and the rest of the brothers, since the King and Cromwell are shutting them down?  Will all of Pacificus's plans work?  Will he be able to take care of his family, abbey, and the children he rescued?

About the Author-

Henry Vyner-Brooks currently lives with his wife in Cumbria.  He wrote this story for his sons.  He has been a landscape architect, property developer, and pastor.

My thoughts-

I thought this was a very interesting book, but the best part did not start until part three, when Pacificus took the children to one of his friends to be trained in the ways of nobility.

I know that the rest of the book was building up to this part, but it was long.  I think it would have been better if it was three separate books, instead of one.  I think 603 pages is a lot for one book, when none of it has been published before. 

I did like the list of characters, the artist's picture of Saint Benet's, the map, and diagrams of the abbey.  I liked the list of characters, because there were many different characters and it was nice to be able to keep track of them.

Although this was a long book, I would recommend it to others.  I thought it was an educational book

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Heretic, by Henry Vyner-Brooks, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Boy Who Walked A Way by Nancy Janes (book review)

The Boy Who Walked A Way

by Nancy Janes

(Review Book!)

The Boy Who Walked A Way-001

Genre- Christian / Fiction

Publisher- CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Copyrighted- 2013

Number of pages- 240

Age Group- I would recommend juvenile and above.  Have an adult read it first to see what they think.

Description of book- Paperback, $12.98, ISBN: 9781479139071

Jal Valhyn lives in 2162 and his country is at war.  The worlds government is based on humanistic ideas and the halcyon peace has failed.  He runs away from where he is living and is approached by someone who is invisible.  The person gives him two visible companions and they go on a seven day trip together.  Each day Jal learns more from Sammie and Bea about faith and friendships.   

About the Author:

Nancy Janes currently lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  She used to be a Clinical Social Worker.  She is currently working on a new book which includes characters from this book. 

My thoughts:  

The Boy Who Walked A Way, by Nancy Janes, is one of those books that is an instant classic.  After seeing all of the books at the local library that are about vampires, magic, and other negative subject matters, this book is a breath of fresh air.  I enjoyed reading about Jal and his seven day journey to reach Grandfather Moutyn.  On this journey he had guides though, Bea (a butterfly) and Sammie (a swan).  These two guides helped him to learn more about the world around him and how to avoid becoming a part of it.  I thought that was really neat.  I liked how it was a physical journey, but it was also so much more, like the books written by C.S. Lewis.  I was glad that I was able to recognize and see that there was a story behind the story.  I know that as child I would not have recognized it.

I plan on reading this book to my nine and ten-year-old.  I think they will enjoy it a lot.  I don’t know if they will understand the story behind the story, but it will be good for them anyway.  I recommend this book to you as well.   

Informational and Purchasing Links:

Nancy Janes’s website: jazele.wordpress.com

Amazon: http://amazon.com/author/nancyjanes

Twitter: http://twitter.com/nancy1janes

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/authornancyjanes/498424470193886?ref=hl

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/nancyjanesz/

Purchasing Link: Amazon

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received a free copy of The Boy Who Walked A Way, by Nancy Janes, to review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  I am part of The CWA Review CrewAll links were current when posted.