14Aug

Review: Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional

Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016), 384 pages.

Sometimes, we all need a little encouragement to start the day. Especially when we’re on a journey toward healing from “hurts, habits, and hang-ups.” And, truthfully, aren’t we all on that journey? Though this daily devotional is geared for participants in a Celebrate Recovery program, anybody will find encouragement in its pages throughout the year.

Each of the devotionals are just that: words of encouragement to continue on your path of healing from whatever addiction, anxiety, or abandonment you face. Each day is light, accessible, and a good reminder that in Christ you’re not on this journey alone (with a few written reminders to also journey with friends, family, or other supporters along the way). There’s a daily Bible verse to start and a suggested prayer to finish each reading.

On a brief aesthetic note, what I love about this volume is offset by what I don’t. It’s a beautifully bound hardcover, printed with luxurious paper inside. Unfortunately, Zondervan opted for a color combo that I find more than a minor annoyance. The blue font with orange highlights is flat out difficult to read. Zondervan needs to eliminate this trend from their books. (4 of 5 stars)

Update: I’m revising my original rating of 3 to 4. I was really harsh about the whole blue font thing. Content-wise, I’d say 4.5 as far as the devotionals go, but since I can’t rate a 4.5, I’ll drop half a star for the font issue.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Book Look Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review; the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

1Jul

Review: NIrV Kids’ Quest Study Bible

NIrV Kids’ Quest Study Bible (Grand Rapids: Zonderkidz, 2016), 1632 pages.

I seem to be on a never-ending “quest” for a solid children’s Bible, not just for my own daughter as she grows up, but also for the church I pastor to give to our young learners. No doubt, publishing companies are on the same quest judging from the shear selection variety on the market. Many of them suffer from poor (and potential racist) representations of Jesus in silly illustrations that shouldn’t pass the editor’s desk in the 21st century. Thankfully, this one does not (but it doesn’t really have images of scenes from the Bible, just little cartoon-like pictures to help illustrate the more than 500 “kids question” that are the selling point of this particular kids study Bible). The questions themselves are standard and meet, but don’t beat, expectations. The NIrV translation is understandable for the young reader. The feature I love about this Bible is fewer and farther in between: Quest Challenges. The Quest Challenges are a neat featurette that leads the child first in wonder, then with a real life challenge, and then with a “quest clue” pointing the child to passages of scripture for further exploration—and not just proof-texting, but inviting the child to explore entire chapters of scripture to listen for what God is saying. On a brief aesthetic note, I find the blue font of the text with orange for headings to be an eyesore. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. (3 of 5 stars)


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Book Look Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review; the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

5Mar

“ Wrong ideas about God are not only the fountain from which the polluted waters of idolatry flow; they are themselves idolatrous. The idolater simply imagines things about God and acts as if they were true. ”

- A. W. Tozer -
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