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Review – CSB Reader’s Bible, Gray Cloth Over Board

Bible description

The CSB Reader’s Bible provides the perfect opportunity to read the Bible in its original and simplified form, uninterrupted by verse and chapter references. This unique Bible reading experience invites the reader to encounter God’s Word as a grand narrative and have a fresh experience with the Bible.

Features include:

  • Single-column reader’s text
    Simplified page design
    9.75-point type
    Ribbon marker
    Smyth-sewn binding

The CSB Reader’s Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.

First impressions

I’ve reviewed a couple of Bibles before, most of them being study Bibles, but this is my first time reviewing a reader’s Bible. But definitely what first caught my attention was not only the format, but the beautiful look and design of the exterior.

Review

This is a hardback Bible a cloth over board edition, which means the cover you see in the pictures is a rough grey fabric over a rigid board, that manages to feel safe and strong in your hands. The blue decoration on the front and the text on the spine is a type of plastic text glued over the fabric, it’s not ink printed over the fabric.

On the inside the CSB Reader’s Bible keeps its awesomeness. There are at least three factors that make your Bible reading easier. The first one is the color of the paper, which is super white and makes a perfect contrast against the font color. The second one is the font size, which is 9.75. And the third one is the single column feature of this edition, it feels great to have a view that is not filled with references, or more text. The spacing feels comfortable for the eyes.

Conclusion

Finally, this Bible comes with a beautiful slipcase covered with the same fabric as the Bible, making it perfect to display in your bookshelves. Make no mistake, because of the single column feature of this Bible, it makes the overall size a little bigger than the average size, but it doesn’t mean it’s a huge Bible. Actually, this can become a personal reading Bible and a perfect option for a gift.

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

Review – The Magic Cup by Howard Behar

Book description

Vince Steadfast is the newly named CEO of the iconic glassworks manufacturer, Verity Glassworks. The firm’s artistic glory days are in the past and recent management and financial turmoil have thrown the company’s future in jeopardy. The task for Steadfast is to keep his bearings, confront his fears and weaknesses and complete a quest for the very soul of the company. Along the way, Steadfast encounters a motley but talented group of employees – from a mysterious elevator operator to the company historian to an elfin designer – who join him on the quest. They must learn to believe in one and other and to believe in the company they have nearly given up on, if they have any chance at all in succeeding. As they search together for the Treasure Beyond All Price, Steadfast discovers that only by filling his glass cup (a priceless gift from his mentor) with leadership actions based on universal values can he and his new team begin to steer the company into the future.

First impressions

I have read books about leadership, but a book about leadership in the form a fantasy/fiction story sounded great. I’ve read some they’re not so common so I decided to give it a try.

Review

The Magic Cup is a short book, but with a great insight about teamwork. If you’re the kind of person that usually reads works of fantasy or fiction then you’ll find this one will be perfect for you.

The story of Steadfast is one that starts as normal, but suddenly becomes an adventure inside of the building of his new job. Each of the characters involved represent a virtue or vice that help or obstruct the journey of our hero in his search to save the company on his first day.

Conclusion

I was expecting a difficult story with difficult terms, but The Magic Cup makes everything really accesible for anyone. It has a simple plot with deep truths about working with people. It doesn’t matter if you’re into business or not, this book is for everyone that works with any kind of people.

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

 

Review – The Returning by Rachelle Dekker

Book description

Twenty years have passed since Carrington and Remko Brant’s baby, Elise, was kidnapped and they were forced to leave her captive in the Authority City. Though they fled with the Seers far from Authority reach, they’ve never given up hope of rescuing their daughter from the man who betrayed them. Now Authority President, he’s ushered the city into a new era of “peace”—one where the Scientist Roth Reynard’s Genesis Serum has eradicated all memory of emotion or rebellion.

But the mysterious Aaron and his Seers are once again on the move, threatening the illusion the Authority has worked so hard to build. As the Seers send seven chosen warriors to rescue Elise and bring restoration to the Authority City, the lines are drawn for a final battle between light and darkness. The key to ultimate victory may rest within the strangely powerful girl who has felt forgotten but was never abandoned—a truth she’ll need to wage war against the powerful forces of evil.

First impressions

The time has come to review the last book in the Seer series by Rachelle Dekker. I’m thankful for the chance to participate in the blog tour for the book release, which just hit the shelves yesterday.

My review

The one thing different but interesting about this series is that each book is set in a different timeline, which means different characters and different stories encompassing one narrative. While I didn’t find any trouble with this, some people may feel disconnected from the characters from the first book.

The Returning feels different but in a good sense, there are some new characters but the essence of the story is still there. There’s plenty of action and political intrigue to keep you reading after midnight but also some touches of romance, and by that I mean just the necessary.

A recurring topic in The Returning (actually in the whole series) is identity, and Dekker did an excellent job illustrating deep truths with simple words. I loved the way redemption is shown not merely as a final step in the ladder but the beginning in the life of the believer. Experiencing the power of the light should be our normal.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for an exciting reading for this new year, you need to add The Returning in your TBR. Not only is a great reading but one that truly shows the way the Father thinks about you, and He really thinks good and great things about you. Get the book here.

Finally I leave you with some interesting questions (and answers too 😉 ) about the final book in the Seer series.

Q. Set the scene for The Returning. What has happened since The Calling ended?

Rachelle. Well, it’s been nearly 20 years, and the world has changed. I don’t want to give too much away for those who haven’t read the first two, so I’ll just say the world is very different and much more dangerous than it once was. But something is brewing under the surface. Change is coming, and people know it.

Q. Aaron is a somewhat mysterious character throughout the series. What is he supposed to represent and what kind of spiritual leader is he?

R. I like to leave this one open, which I know isn’t really the answer you want. I want the reader to decide who he is to them. For me he’s a guiding light, an angel maybe, a representation of the spirit who communicates with us and leads us. He can be many things—mostly, though, he’s a great way to hear truth.

Q. How do you hope this book will resonate with your readers?

R. I hope, as with both of the other books, that the reader sees themselves in the characters and that the story causes them to look inward. To ask hard questions like, Who am I? What am I capable of? Do I see myself the way the Father does? Can I? I hope it challenges their idea of identity and then gives them hope to see themselves and others more clearly. Because that’s how these stories have impacted me, and we are all really just the same.

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