Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: NASB Note-Takers Bible from Zondervan



Review: NASB Note-Takers Bible
Zondervan
2014

The Note-Takers Bible is an offering from Zondervan that appears to be a reformatted version of the 2002 Thinline edition of the NASB which used the 1995 NASB version.  I do not intend to comment on the text itself as that is the scholars’ domain. 

This edition has increased the margins to allow more room to record notes.  I like wide margins.  The interior margin is tiny though and I don’t like that so much.  Maybe they’ll do something with that next time around.  The font is clear and comfortably readable for me.  Cross references are not available in this edition, but alternate meanings for words or simple explanations of things like weights are noted within the text. The publishers also included a basic concordance.

Now for the note-taking aspects of this edition.  The paper is smooth and thin.  After trying a liquid li-liter and a roller ball type ink pen I can’t recommend their use.  A regular, cheap ball point pen or a pencil work best as they don’t bleed through the paper.  After my experimenting I discovered a note at the very end that said as much.  

Overall I like this edition even with the nits I mentioned above.  I received a hard bound copy found it to be quite useable.  It is available in several other translations as well if NASB is not your favorite.

I received this book from the publisher via BookLook in exchange for a review.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast by Kristen Feola



Review: The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast
Kristen Feola
2010
Zondervan

This is a fast?!  It looks like something I might actually be able to do.  This book could be almost be called the Daniel Fast kit.  The author discusses fasting, the Daniel fast, includes meal planning and recipes, and a set of devotionals and Scripture passages to read during the fast period.  Your part in this is the fast and the shopping.  She has tips for meal preparation, too.  Makes all the excuses I’d used empty.  The recipes look good to me, but I didn’t kitchen test any of them.  I do make the assumption that they all are tested and accurate as to ingredient proportions.  The photography included in this book makes the different dishes feature look quite tasty.  They would present well without being part of a fast.  There is nothing boring about this particular fast plan.

What I missed was the nutritional listings for the recipes.  Serving sizes are included though just to keep someone like me from eating the whole thing.  I guess if someone has health issues that fasting could affect adversely they would be wise to consult their doctor first.  

So, for those that would like to give fasting a try, this might be the way to go.  It certainly appeals to me.  Pick up a copy and see if you agree or not.

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a review.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: Beloved Dust// Drawing Close to God by Discovering the Truth about Yourselfby Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel



Review: Beloved Dust// Drawing Close to God by Discovering the Truth about Yourself
Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel
Nelson Books
2014

I was intrigued by the title of this book.  Dust? It’s been quite a while since I had heard that word used in the way these authors use it.  This dust reference comes directly from Genesis 2.  They are talking about you and me and the rest of us in this book.  It took me some time to get on board with that terminology even if it isn’t new.  So the early part of the book was a bit of struggle for me.  The style is not difficult.  In fact, these authors have an engaging way of drawing the reader into the text. 

They seek to help the reader discover the truth about themselves, paraphrasing the title, and the place they start is the beginning.  Their descriptions in no way denigrate the worth of man to his Creator, but neither does it place man in control of the universe.  Once that is firmly established they go on to prayer.  This portion of the book is not the usual book about prayer and I found it much of it very helpful in my own walk.  

For me, the ease with which the authors presented the subjects linking them to Biblical texts, practices, and illustrations from today makes the credits on the back truer.  I’ll borrow what Skye Jethani had to say.  “This book will draw you into a richer communion with God as it did for me, and that is the highest compliment I can possibly offer.”  He summed up what I found to be true reading this book.

There are no study guides or discussion questions built into this book.  There is a six week DVD driven study available for a reasonable price sold separately from their website or online retailers. 
I recommend this book to you.  There is so much good in it that you would be depriving yourself if you passed on this one.  I have recommended to the small group that I attend already.

This book was provided by the publisher via BookLook in exchange for a review.