Review – What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung

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Audiobook description

In just a few short years, massive shifts in public opinion have radically reshaped society’s views on homosexuality. Feeling the pressure to forsake long-held beliefs about sex and marriage, some argue that Christians have historically misunderstood the Bible’s teaching on this issue. But does this approach do justice to what the Bible really teaches about homosexuality? In this timely book, award-winning author Kevin DeYoung challenges each of us—the skeptic, the seeker, the certain, and the confused—to take a humble look at God’s Word. Examining key biblical passages in both the Old and New Testaments and the Bible’s overarching teaching regarding sexuality, DeYoung responds to popular objections raised by Christians and non-Christians alike—offering readers an indispensable resource for thinking through one of the most pressing issues of our day.

First impressions

At first glance it could seem that I’m reviewing this audiobook because of the recent news about same-sex marriage, but the truth is I got this audiobook a couple of weeks before that. Or maybe I’m just trying to cover up my need for more traffic and visitors, choose the one option that makes me look better, lol.

Content

This is a short audiobook, it starts with an introduction about the intention of the author, which us just to explain some controversial verses about the topic. He himself declares to be against same-sex marriage and defends the traditional view in Christianity through history.

Each one of the chapters deals with a verse or a passage, where DeYoung gives a broader view, putting into context the whole passage, giving more sense and meaning to the text. He compares his view with other revisionist views, the ones that are in agreement with the subject.

The audiobook finishes with three appendices covering some doubts or questions. Kevin DeYoung is careful to answer each one of them not according to his experience but always giving biblical background and putting the Bible as authoritative in every matter.

Format

The chapters and subjects covered in this audiobook are easy to follow. Each chapter is short making easy the task to find a specific part.

The one thing that I found a little bit annoying was the voice of the narrator. It was clear but plain. He makes an excellent job but I feel that his voice lacks emotion and intention.

Conclusion

A recommended audiobook for, as DeYoung puts it, the skeptic, the seeker, the certain, and the confused. You’ll find a lot to chew on for many days and it’ll definitely help you to see this topic with a clearer perspective.

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I received this audiobook for free from Christianaudio.com for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Reseña – RVR 1960 Biblia de Estudio Holman

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Descripción

Holman Bible Publishers se enorgullece en presentar a nuestros fieles consumidores de la versión RVR 1960 la nueva RVR 1960 Biblia de Estudio Holman a todo color. La versión RVR 1960 ha sido la Biblia en español más confiable por más de 50 años, dando a esta Biblia de estudio una base sólida manteniendo la lengua española tradicional y un alto nivel de estudios bíblicos. Esto la hace una de las principales herramientas que un Cristiano debe tener con el fin de avanzar en su conocimiento bíblico, defender y proclamar sus creencias.Esta Biblia es recomendada para todas las edades y para todos los estudiantes de la Biblia. (Para leer la descripción completa, da click aquí)

Primeras impresiones

Cuando piensas en una Biblia de estudio tienes cierta expectativas, como el tipo de presentación, tamaño, contenido extra, etc. Cuando vi la caja y su presentación, supe que podía esperar una Biblia de calidad, cuando abrí la caja pude comprobar que a primera vista tenía la Biblia ideal de estudio en mis manos ;)

Características Especiales

A diferencia de algunas otras Biblias de estudio que he reseñado, esta Biblia es extensa en todos los sentidos. Se puede ver que su intención es ser detallada y que el lector pueda estar seguro que puede confiar en el contenido detallado de cada sección.

-Alrededor de 15,000 notas de estudio
-140 fotos a todo color
-55 mapas; Diseño de páginas a todo color brillante
-Mapas a todo color
-Gráficas y reconstrucciones
-Extensa introducción a los libros
-Notas de comentarios y concordancias
-Ensayos en cuestiones prácticas y teológicas
-Artículos completos en el origen y transmisión de la Biblia
-Plan de lectura Bíblica de uno y tres años
-Glosario de los principales términos en hebreo y griego de la RVR 1960

Presentación y diseño

A diferencia de otras Biblias de estudio, la RVR 1960 Biblia de Estudio Holman tiene varias presentaciones, en este caso es de pasta blanda, haciéndola más atractiva a la vista, además de diferentes diseños de símil piel.

Por dentro todas las páginas son a color, llenas de mapas, tablas y fotografías de referencia que definitivamente son de ayuda para quienes quieren ir más a fondo en su lectura o en preparación de clases.

Conclusión

Si estás buscando una Biblia que además de verse bien, sea útil para fines de estudio o académicos  la RVR 1960 Biblia de Estudio Holman es una buena opción. No funcionaría como un buen regalo para una persona común pero tal vez pueda ser una buena idea para regalar a un maestro o pastor, quién le sacaría más provecho sin sentirse intimidado por la cantidad de información.

Aclaración: Recibí una copia de este libro gratuitamente de B&H Publishing Group a cambio de una reseña honesta. Todos los pensamientos y opiniones expresados son propios. 

Announcement: New blog for fantasy and fiction reviews

Announcement: New blog for fantasy and fiction reviews

When I started this blog, I wanted to keep it personal and by personal I meant a place where I could share my thoughts and personal life.

With the time that was impossible since it slowly started to become a book review blog. I started to sign up for some review programs and started to receive a couple of books directly from some publishers, and that’s not bad by any means but somehow I felt this was becoming ONLY a book review blog.

Today I’m happy to announce that I’ll be moving my fiction book reviews to another blog. BeardedBookBoy will be a place for a less serious reviews. Note that I’ll be keeping my non-fiction reviews here.

What’s the difference?

Besides reading good fiction and fantasy books I also like to read books about leadership and spiritual growth and while it was a hard decision to separate both types of books in different blogs, I think this will make much easier for you (my awesome visitor/reader) to find your favorite book review. If you love both categories just like me, then you can still follow both blogs, just sign up for the email updates.

If you think there’s a way I can make this blog a better place or you just want to say hi, don’t forget to send me a message, through the contact form or by email.

Review – The Complete 101 Collection

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Book description

Now in one paperback volume, John C. Maxwell’s best-selling 101 series of briefcase-sized leadership books that have helped more than one million people become better leaders.

The Complete 101 Collection includes material that in true Maxwell style helps readers reach their potential at any stage in their career. It can be thought of as a crash course in leadership, a practical tool to sharpen the core fundamentals every professional needs. (Click here to continue reading)

First impressions

Maxwell is one of my favorite authors on leadership. I’ve read a couple of his books and there’s always something new to learn, but also to apply in real life. When I found out this was a collection of his books, it was an easy decision to sign up for this one to review.

Content

This book is a monster, with 624 pages this will take a little more time than the average to finish. It’s important to know that Maxwell’s books are better when they’re read, but also understood. Taking notes is really useful to keep the better ideas at hand.

Maxwell’s principles on each section (Leadership, Self-Improvement, Mentoring) are easy to understand with examples taken from real life, with applications that will challenge anyone in a comfort zone.

Conclusion

The Complete 101 Collection is a must have for anyone taking the first steps in leadership, and anyone that is curious about Maxwell’s writing style and perspective on this topic.

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I received this book for free from the Booklook Bloggers program for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review – Finding Favor With the King by Tommy Tenney

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Book description

Esther’s Ultimate Secret
“On that night . . .”–Esther 6:1

Have you ever had a “that night” or a “that day”? A point in time before which things were going wrong, but after which things began to go right?

What are the ingredients for a “that night”? What is mixed into the recipe? Understanding what goes into creating that moment of divine favor was Esther’s ultimate secret.

She learned how to find favor with the king.

Favor is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

Success is what happens when preparation meets potential.

First impressions

My first encounter with Tommy Tenney was a few years ago when he came to a conference in my city. I always wanted to read one of his books but never had the opportunity until now. Back then we was well known for his novel, Hadassah: One Night with the King.

Content

Tenney takes the story of Esther to demonstrate the way each christian can go from being a common citizen to be the queen of a great empire, or in practical terms the approach one must take to grow in intimacy with God.

Following Esther’s transformation and growing relationship with the king, Tenney shares a list of protocols of the palace to be practiced in order to be prepared to receive favor from the King.

The book if full of parallelisms or comparisons between Esther’s challenges and struggles and our lives as christians or even with the church in general. Sometimes there are really good principles that come from this parallelisms, but sometimes they feel forced as if the author is trying too hard to make them fit with his conclusions.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for an inspirational reading which can be helpful in your daily relationship with God, Finding Favor With the King is the right book for you. It can be repetitive at times, which may be the result of bad editing or maybe just the author’s style but the teaching is one that will shape the way you see yourself before God.

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I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.