Month: December 2017

Book Review: “Bible Promises to Live By for Women” by Katherine J. Butler

This is a wonderful little book that points women to God’s promises in the Bible for many different topics. The book is small enough to easily fit in a purse and has a gorgeous, durable, and textured cover. The book is easy to use and is divided by topic. The topics include confidence, fear, marriage, perfectionism, worry, and many more. The topics are not exclusive to women, but the list contains many topics that are applicable to myself and my peers. Each section contains a short reflection on the topic by the author, a listing of multiple Bible verses related to the topic, and features a key verse in a beautiful hand-written font. Over 500 promises from Scripture are mentioned. I love that the book is divided by topic because the reader can so easily access God’s promises from the Bible concerning the matter on their mind. My complaint would be that the author uses the New Living Translation. I would have preferred the King James Version. However, the author does list the Bible reference so that I can cross-reference the listed promise. I think this would be a nice book for women as it provides a nice, quick reference of God’s promises on many issues that they might be currently facing.

I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

Book Review: “The Daily Question – My 5-Year Spiritual Journal”

This book consists of a thought-provoking question that is be answered on that specific day for the next five years. I love the thought of being able to easily look back on previous years’ answers to see how my thoughts changed. It’s an easy way to get started with journaling since only a short answer is needed for each prompt. Some of the prompts are specifically asking about a topic from the Bible and other days are just prompting on a more secular level. The book cover is hardback and contains a beautiful illustration. The gold ribbon bookmark is convenient for keeping your place each day. The book measures four inches by six inches. I wish that it had been constructed in a larger format. While it is nice that it doesn’t take up a lot of room and could easily fit in a bookbag or purse, a larger book would have been easier to write in and would have had more space to record more thoughts. Even with this issue, I really enjoyed flipping through its’ pages with anticipation on starting to journal in it on January 1, 2018.

I received this book for free from BloggingforBooks.org’s Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review. 

Book Review: “Classic Hymns” Edited by Lore Ferguson Wilbert

All to often, I fear that we sing hymns each Sunday with their familiar rhyme and meter without as much thought as needed to ponder the words we sing. This book provides a gentle prodding to fix this problem. The book covers ninety hymns, including such favorites as “To God Be the Glory,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” “Praise Him! Praise Him!,” “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior,” and “Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come.” For each hymn, a numbered section contains the lyrics written in text format, a listing of the songwriter and composer’s date of birth and death, several Bible study questions, additional personal reflection questions, and a written prayer. The book itself is hardcover and has the feel of an actual hymnal. I think the premise of this book is a wonderful idea. I love that each song is linked back to a passage in the Bible. I also adore that they used the King James Version of the Bible. I even found myself interested in the dates associated with the songwriter and composers and how they have fueled worship for Christians for so many years. If I could have made one change to the book, I would have included the music for each song. Nevertheless, I think this would make an excellent addition to the collection of anyone who loves hymns.

I received this book for free from B&H Publishing in exchange for an honest review as part of their Lifeway Bloggers Program. I was not obligated to write a positive review.