Review – NKJV, Ancient-Modern Bible

Bible description

Many things have changed in the last two-thousand years. The good news of Jesus Christ isn’t one of them. The NKJV Ancient-Modern Bible features all-new book introductions, articles, and commentary from voices both ancient and modern to help you experience the Word of God as never before. Read the Bible alongside Augustine, Luther, Graham, and others—and discover the rich wisdom of ages past and present, which is the rightful inheritance of every follower of Christ. The NKJV Ancient-Modern Bible is an opportunity for readers to experience the Word of God with fresh eyes, as members of the global and historical community of faith. This is a Bible two thousand years in the making.

Review

The NKJV Ancient-Modern Bible feels like a compact Bible but is full of great features. Its name comes from its content, written by classic Christian figures and contemporary thinkers as well.

Some of the features are:

  • Full-color design that uniquely blends cutting edge modern typography and layout with traditional, sacred elements
  • Bible commentary from church thinkers past and present, from Huss to Keller, from Chrysostom to Spurgeon, from Aquinas to Wright
  • Biographies of church leaders & thinkers
  • Doctrine and history articles on significant councils, creeds, and controversies
  • Sacred art from throughout church history
  • Easy-to-read 8.5-point font

I got the hardcover version that comes with a white cover with the logo printed on it with a golden gift with the same printing. The only thing I didn’t like was the binding which feels loosy when you hold the Bible with both hands. Since I’ll use this as a Study Bible this is not a problem for me, but maybe you want to the other version available just in case.

Conclusion

The NKJV Ancient-Modern Bible is a great gift or tool to those looking for a contrasting example of Christian wisdom through the ages. If you are looking for a Study Bible with lots of commentaries and extras you should keep looking.

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

Review – When Through Deep Waters by Rachelle Dekker

Book description

Alicen McCaffrey finally has the life her mother always dreamed for her: beautiful home in Santa Monica, successful husband, adorable daughter. Then tragedy blows her carefully assembled façade to pieces. Worse yet—Alicen feels solely responsible. At rock bottom, she decides to accompany a childhood friend back to Red Lodge, Montana, where they spent summers together as kids.

The peaceful mountain landscape, accented with lush forests and small-town charm, brings back happy memories of time spent with her beloved, eccentric Grandma Josephine. Alicen begins to hope that perhaps things could be different here. Perhaps the oppressive guilt will lift—if only for a moment.

But when Alicen starts hearing voices and seeing mysterious figures near the river in the woods, she begins to fear she’s completely lost her sanity, as it’s rumored her grandmother did. Or might there be more to Red Lodge than meets the eye? Could the voices and visions be real—and her only means of finding the healing she so desperately needs? Or will they prove to be her final undoing?

Review

After reading Rachelle’s past series I was intrigued by her new book, which definitely falls into a completely different category, one that has been masterfully done by her father and now with its own flavor by Rachelle.

Although it may seem confusing at first, the story starts developing better when Alicen moves from her home to Red Lodge, that’s when you need to pay more attention to every detail and when the real action comes.

I’ve read that some people was put down by the “spiritual” treatment of the story and the “ghosts” that are part of it, but if you can see the meaning behind their inclusion you’ll end up more impacted by the overall message of forgiveness.

Conclusion

If you want to read something fresh in the christian book world, When Through Deep Waters is a great choice. If you didn’t like The Choosing series, please give Rachelle’s book a chance, you won’t be disappointed.

Rating 4/5

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

Review – This Is The Day by Tim Tebow

The New York Times best-selling sports star and media icon motivates readers to stop postponing dreams and start making them happen now because–this is the day.

Beyond Tim Tebow’s exploits as a Heisman-winning football player, he is widely known and respected for his exemplary character and personal excellence, which have made him a role model for millions. When Tim interacts with the public, he often encounters people who feel “stuck”–unable to take action on matters ranging from daily life to pursuing lifelong dreams. In response, Tim often identifies a crippling fear or lack of courage, to which he advises: “now is the time to take some risks, to quiet the voices of defeat, to step forward and make a mark, because this is the day.” In this inspiring, motivational book, readers will receive the advice and encouragement to daily move from “pause” to “play” in finding deeper meaning and success. Tim illustrates the book’s themes with stories from his personal life that will delight all readers, including his an update on his dream pursuit of a baseball career.

Review

After reading Shaken by Tebow I was excited to dive into his latest book, and if you are a fan or a follower of Tebow’s career this book is definitely for you.

Each chapter invites the reader to seize the moments and opportunities in life, from spending and showing love to those closest to you, to responding to your calling wherever God has called you to. 

If you’re a sports fan then it must be easier to you to relate to Tim’s experiences since he shares a lot of stories through his time playing football until now playing baseball. On the other hand Tim also shares plenty of his family life, specially the missionary life of his father, which has been his main influence in helping others in need.

Conclusion

This Is The Day is written is the same vein as its predecessor, if you’re looking for inspiration and motivation to live your life to the fullest, this is the book you’re looking for. 

Rating 4/5

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

Review – Love Like That by Dr. Less Parrot

Loving Like Jesus Just Got Doable

In this inspiring, utterly practical new book, #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Les Parrott writes a viable prescription for becoming more loving with family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers. In his trademark approachable style, Dr. Parrott takes the latest findings from psychology and sociology and blends them with biblical teaching to reveal five transformative ways of relating to people demonstrated by Jesus himself: being mindful, approachable, grace-filled, bold, and self-giving. With questions to ponder, self-assessments, and insightful quotations, Love Like That will revolutionize every relationship in your life-especially the ones that matter most.

Review

I love learning about different ways to improve our relationships. I believe we can always strive and do a little effort to live peacefully with each other, and this book gives exactly that, a set of tools useful to improve any kind of relationships in your life.

After a short introduction Parrot develop 5 different ways Jesus showed love to others, according to him:

When you love like Jesus,

  • you become more midfull – less detached
  • you become more approachable – less exclusive
  • you become more grace-full – less judgemental
  • you become more bold – less fearful
  • you become more self-giving – less self-absorbed

Each chapter develops these ideas individually and at the end there are different questions “to ponder” and make the necessary changes. There are also different graphics and exercises through each chapter to help you understand where you are in your relationships.

Conclusion

With the experience you can expect from Dr. Parrot and accesible language, Love Like That is a great resource for you to read by yourself or even with a group of friend or family.

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

Review – NKJV, Spirit-Filled Life Bible

Description

Encounter the power of the word. Walk in the freedom God intends. Experience the Holy Spirit. For the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Jack Hayford, founding pastor of The Church on the Way and chancellor of The King’s University, assembled a team of respected, Spirit-led scholars to produce this resource of solid biblical truth. Now in a full-color third edition with new contributors, it is even more dynamic. With over 2 million copies sold, the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible continues to equip God’s people to live in his kingdom, exercise gifts of the spirit, and lay hold of God’s promises.

Review 

The NKJV, Spirit-Filled Life Bible is making a great comeback in its third edition. This time there’s content that has been updated as well totally new features that makes this Bible a great addition to your personal library or even a great gift.

Features include:

  • Word Wealth – More than 650 word studies (including over 100 new ones) shed light on key terms, drawing important meaning from the original Greek and Hebrew.
  • Kingdom Dynamics – Dozens of biblical themes are addressed in notes by Spirit-filled preachers, teachers, and writers, including many new contributors for this edition
  • Truth-In-Action – Handy, helpful thematic charts provide practical application from every book of the Bible
  • Praying the Word – 192 guided prayers based on significant passages throughout Scripture
  • Detailed book introductions and outlines help you to learn each book’s historical background and appreciate its teachings
  • Verse-by-verse study notes explain each passage and illuminate your understanding
  • Includes a new full-color design with updated maps and charts, a detailed NKJV concordance, and in-depth articles about the Spirit-filled life
  • Designed with the exclusive Thomas Nelson NKJV Comfort Print® typeface
  • 10-point print size

The feature I liked the most was Praying the Word. Small prompts throughout the Bible that are really useful to start a conversation with God while reading your Bible. 

There are many new contributors to the notes of this third edition, and I’m happy to see people like Mike Bickle, and even latin people like Marcos Witt and Samuel Rodriguez sharing their wisdom on different sections of this Bible.

Some people is making the statement about the Pentecostal view of this Bible, but it shouldn’t be a problem, that is, unless you have a very denominational perspective, which is not my case.

Conclusion

I got the genuine leather edition and it feels awesome! But there are plenty of different choices for this one. Don’t hesitate to get it for your house or as a gift to a loved one.

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

Review – The Nehemiah Code by O.S. Hawkins

Book description

Who isn’t in need of a new beginning? Bestselling author O. S. Hawkins knows that whether it be broken relationships, integrity missteps, or loss, most of us will spend some or much of the next year trying to restore something. The good news is . . . it’s never too late for a new beginning.

Hawkins, with more than 550,000 books sold, now turns his eye to another biblical hero in The Nehemiah Code. Nehemiah was a civil servant from 2,500 years ago who applied principles found in the Bible for insight during hard times, help to start again, and encouragement to rebuild a life.

Review

This is a small good looking book containing big truths about rebuilding in today’s society.

O.S. Hawkins is well known for writing a series of “codes” inspired  by prominent Bible figures, and this one is no exception. Taking wisdom from the life of Nehemiah, each chapter gives us a glimpse into rebuilding our lives in the middle of difficult situations. Just like Nehemiah did with an entire city.

The book is divided in the following six parts, covering attitudes or actions that can be applied into our own personal situations. 

  • Taking personal responsibility
  • Moving out of your comfort zone
  • Rebuilding team spirit
  • Holding those around you accountable
  • Doing what is right
  • Finishing strong

Rating 4/5

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

Review – Poverty, Riches and Wealth by Kris Valloton

Book description

Overcoming the Never-Enough Mentality to Experience True Kingdom Abundance

Prosperity. It’s one of the most dividing, misused and misunderstood words in the Church. With refreshing honesty, humor and keen insight, bestselling author and teacher Kris Vallotton mines the Scriptures in an eye-opening study of what the Bible really says about money, poverty, riches and wealth. And what he finds is sure to shake up what you thought you knew.

Showing how Kingdom prosperity begins from the inside out, Kris helps you learn to cultivate a mindset of abundance–no matter your circumstances–and begin to experience the wealth of heaven in every area of your life.

Review

I’ve been following Kris Valloton on Facebook for a long time. I really like and appreciate his wisdom and insight in the prophetic. I own another three (unread) books by him, picking this one for review was an obvious choice for me. After finishing Poverty, Riches & Wealth it doesn’t seem that obvious though. 

Let me start by saying that I have no complains about the actual content of this book. Valloton touches important topics on the perception that most Christians have about the money and prosperity. He backs up his teaching with the Word, giving example after example on how we have twisted the Scriptures in order to stay in our confort zone about the lack of resources in our lives.

A common element in Poverty, Riches and Wealth is the inclusion of Valloton’s journey through his life in different business, before he became a full time minister. He uses his experience to teach common misconceptions and mistakes many of us have in order to correct them or avoid them.

Then, what’s the reason of my initial comment? Well, the reason is that while the content is totally useful and practical, Valloton seems to had the wish to cover all the bases and in doing so the book lacks focus and clarity. He goes from talking about cultural background about the poverty mindset in America to explaining tithing, from sharing a really long story about his meeting with the Pope to giving leadership advice.

Conclusion

I’m guessing if you’re familiar with Valloton’s writings, you’ll be happy after reading Poverty, Riches and Wealth. Maybe I need to read more of his books in order to get his way of thinking, or maybe he needs a better editor, that would solve most of the issues with the lack of focus.

Rating: 3/5

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

Review – Memory Rescue by Daniel G. Amen

Book description

A proven program from #1 New York Times bestselling author and brain researcher Dr. Daniel Amen to help you change your brain and improve your memory today!
Brain imaging research demonstrates that memory loss actually starts in the brain decades before you have any symptoms. Learn the actions you can take to help not just prevent memory loss later in life . . . but to begin restoring the memory you may have already lost.

Expert physician Dr. Amen reveals how a multipronged strategy—including dietary changes, physical and mental exercises, and spiritual practices—can improve your brain health, enhance your memory, and reduce the likelihood that you’ll develop Alzheimer’s and other memory loss–related conditions.

Keeping your brain healthy isn’t just a medical issue; it’s a God-given capacity and an essential building block for physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Take action against the fast-increasing memory crisis that threatens this crucial part of who you are—and help your brain, body, and soul stay strong for the rest of your life.

Review

This is a long book, but worth the reading. Dr. Daniel Amen brings a complex subject to easy language for everyone.

There’s not only scientific knowledge poured over each chapter, but also practical advice such how our daily habits affect the way our brain works. It starts with “basic” information on how our brain is wired and then starts elaborating towards more detailed information on the subject.

I’d recommend this books to those in need of practical advice but also to those in search to understand more how our brain works and how can it can be improved.

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