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Saturday, February 17, 2018

NIV The Woman's Study Bible

NIV, The Woman's Study Bible, Hardcover, Full-Color: Receiving God's Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation is the same study Bible many women have known and loved for years, but it has been completely redesigned in full color.

Features Include:

  • Beautiful full-color design throughout
  • Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
  • Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
  • Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
  • Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
  • Book introductions and outlines
  • Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
  • Quotes from godly women throughout history
  • Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
  • Topical index
  • Concordance
  • 10.5-point print size
This study Bible is hefty in size and best suited for daily at-home use. The floral design and dark blue and pink color scheme appears throughout along with full-color maps, timelines, and charts. Every single page contains study helps of some type, from footnotes to commentary. The font size of the Bible text is a good readable size. The charts, notes, commentary, etc., however, has a very tiny font size and is difficult to read without bright lighting, and sometimes a magnifier. 

The Woman's Study Bible is, overall, a wonderful Bible study tool and makes spending time with God's Word even more special. The essays, feminine touches, and issues relevant to a woman's life included in this Bible add to the appeal of this Bible just for a woman's heart. 

The publisher provided a review copy of NIV The Woman's Study Bible. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

NIV Journal the Word Bible for Teens

NIV, Journal the Word Bible for Teen Girls is a beautiful journaling Bible. The design is feminine, but it does not just have appeal for teens. Any age woman will appreciate this pretty edition. The lay flat leather-like cover has a floral design that looks like embroidery, and the pages have pink edging. Inside, there is pink everywhere, from the titles and headings to the guide words and words of Jesus.

This Bible includes lined sections that border the text on each page. These allow for plenty of space for writing or illustrating. There are over 450 journal prompts to inspire you, and thicker paper-stock pages to hold up to different art mediums, like color pencils and pens.

There is so much to love about the Journal the Word Bible. The important thing is to get teens into the word of God. This Bible will encourage and motivate girls to dig deeper into the verses and really reflect on the words as they journal and draw.

The publisher provided a review copy of NIV Journal the Word Bible for Teen Girls.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

True to You

True to You (A Bradford Sisters Romance) by Becky Wade is a different kind of romance story from one of my favorite authors. Nora Bradford is a researcher and genealogist who finds herself working on a project alongside John Lawson, and former Navy SEAL and security expert. An adoptee with an inherited condition, John needs Nora's research skills to help him find his birth family.

This story begins with hints of the chemistry between Nora and John. They are thrown together at the very beginning of the story during a mock drill, with humor and a lighthearted tone. Most of the book continues with banter between the two and a strongly developed story. The chapters have an interesting style, with Facebook posts, texts, phone conversations, etc. at the end.

The one thing about this story that I will forewarn you about is the unexpected twist. It is unexpected in that the initial lightheartedness of the plot takes a very dark turn.

Becky Wade has a wonderful writing style, and I am a fan of her work, but this was not one of my favorites of hers and had I been warned about some of the content, I would not have chosen it. Other readers will enjoy this one, though, especially if they are familiar with Ms. Wade's other books.

The publisher provided a review copy of True to You.

Out of the Ashes (The Heart of Alaska Book 2) by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse is the second book in The Heart of Alaska series, but it reads as a stand-alone book. I haven't read the first book of the series yet, but I still felt like I wasn't 'out of the loop' with Out of the Ashes. This book features new characters, which are the focus of the story, yet characters from the first book still play a part.

Collette and Jean-Michel Langelier leave 1925 post-war France and go to Alaska seeking adventure and escape. Katherine Demarchis is a young widow traveling to the foot of Mt. Denali with her grandmother. When she meets a character from her past, they struggle to regain a bond they once had:

"For weeks, Jean Michel had watched and waited for this moment. To be honest, he'd been waiting for years to see her face again. He grabbed his cane and walked across the crowded dining room. Katherine. His Katherine. His friend and confidante. His first and only love. She was here" (p. 127).

The authors did painstaking research for this series, which is evident throughout the novel. There are fictional characters, but also characters based on real people. I love this aspect of the book. Also, faith is interwoven throughout the book, and prayer, forgiveness, and hope are a big part of the characters lives.

The 1920s landscape, the imperfect characters, and the intriguing plot combine to make Out of the Ashes a page-turner.

The publisher provided a review copy of Out of the Ashes.