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Preparations

January 3, 2012 Leave a comment

In verses 10-11, Joshua gives his troops three days to prepare for the upcoming battle.

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Jesus Calling Devotional Bible (NKJV) edited by Sarah Young

January 3, 2012 2 comments

Sometimes first impressions are wrong. As I read the introductory material to this Bible, I was a bit concerned. The editor, Ms Young, explained that she had written devotionals from Jesus’ own perspective, and used “I” and “Me” in place of Jesus’ name.

That freaked me out a bit. Does the editor have a god complex or something?

But Ms Young’s devotionals and guided prayers are tasteful and encouraging. Now I understand why her original devotional guide has a 5-star rating.

I found the placement of some of the extra material a bit forced. Given the choice, I would prefer to use the original Jesus Calling book as a supplement instead of this Bible.

But if you need both a great devotional and a copy of the New King James Bible, then this is a worthwhile investment.

This Bible is easy-to-read on my e-reading device, and I recommend this book for devotional use.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this Bible from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.

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Heaven Is for Real for Kids, by Colton Burpo

January 3, 2012 Leave a comment

I was late to this party.

It wasn’t until visiting with my family over Christmas that I was introduced to Colton’s story.

It’s not an unfamiliar story. My best friend’s little brother was hit by a car, and he reported very similar things while recovering from his injuries.

Some parents will find this book compelling. Others may be uncomfortable with some of its themes, so read it first before sharing it with your kids.

If you’re interested in sharing this story with your family, I suggest avoiding an electronic copy of the book. The illustrations appeared to make the transition well, but the font size and color of the text made the book difficult to read at times.

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.

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Your 100 Day Prayer: The Transforming Power of Actively Waiting on God by John I. Snyder

January 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Sometimes a book speaks universally, to all people in all situations.

This book is different.

It gives you the opportunity to take a 3-month journey in prayer, focused on a single point of interest.

There is great wisdom in praying about the same issue repeatedly, and Mr. Snyder makes a compelling case to support this perspective.

When Jesus tells the story of a desperate but persistent widow who keeps asking the same judge for help, he is teaching us to bring our prayers to God repeatedly, like a child who asks for the same thing over and over again.

This isn’t to teach us to be whiny, but to develop a healthy spiritual dependence upon God. If you don’t share a belief in the God described in the Bible, then this book will just exasperate you.

One area in which I did not find the author’s perspective compelling was when he wrote, “We can ask for health, healing, rescue, a mate, a career, or even a new Lamborghini! The worst that can happen is God can say no.”

In a strictly logical sense, I agree.

If a person follows the 100-day plan outlined in this book, it will become clear while going through the daily reflections that asking for a sports car is a selfish and lame request, kind of like asking for your favorite team to win a playoff game.

But the value of learning persistence in prayer, focused on a single point of significant interest, allows me to forgive Mr. Snyder’s command that we give up our “false humility” and just ask God for whatever we really want.

I suggest that you purchase this book in hard copy if you’re interested. In addition to a daily scripture reading, devotional, and brief guided prayer, there’s space each day for recording “Today’s Progress,” but this feature is not accessible in eBook format.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.

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