Sunday, December 8, 2019

Finding Art with The Jesus Bible Book Review

The Jesus Bible

Sixty-Six Books. One Story. All About One Name.
Encounter the living Jesus in all of Scripture. From the Passion Movement, The Jesus Bible, NIV Edition, with exclusive articles from Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias, and Randy Alcorn, lifts Jesus up as the lead story of the Bible.

I was given the opportunity to review this Bible and was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful cover and the stories in each chapter.  I have the book by my bed and my daughter came in yesterday and said what's this book, it's so pretty.  For a 13 year old to be interested in the cover means that it's a winner in my mind.  It makes me happy just looking at it and then reminds me to pick it up and read.  

I also loved the large verses they have highlighted throughout the Bible.  They have a green ribbon to mark your spot which is very helpful.  This verse from Ruth 2:12 was a great one to remember.

May the Lord Repay You for What You Have Done.  May You be Richly Rewarded by the Lord, The God of Israel, Under Whose Wings You Have Come to Take Refuge.

This month I'm working on reading the Chapter Luke as I saw a commercial saying that if you read once a day for the month of December you will read the story of Jesus and enjoy celebrating at Christmas time.

Filled with 66 book introductions, over 1,000 articles, and seven compelling essays on the grand narrative of Scripture that guide readers to treasure Jesus and encourage them to faithfully follow Jesus as they participate in his story, The Jesus Bible helps readers follow the thread of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation.

I agreed to write and publish an honest review of The Jesus Bible on my blog before December 12 and received this Bible for free as a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger.

As we move into this season of celebrations I want to wish everyone a very Happy & Blessed Holiday!


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Get Creative At Home To Get Something Beneficial From Your Time Together!

How often do your kids come home after school and you want to do something fun with them but they are not interested?  Have you ever thought of any creative ideas to suggest or ask your kids what they might like to do with you?

I found this great ebook called After School Activities That Actually Engage Kids. You can click on the image below to grab your free copy.

Ebook Excerpt: It has often been said that if children came with their own set of instructions, parenting would be a whole lot easier. While this might be true, it wouldn’t be as challenging, and it sure wouldn’t be nearly as much fun! Since there aren’t definitive instruction booklets for parenting and no two children are alike, parents have to wing it as they go along. This can create some incredible memories and make the job the toughest one a person will ever love. Engaging children in activities they love can be one of the most frustrating challenges facing parents today. Ask many parents and they will readily admit they have no idea what to do with their children once school is out, the homework is done and the chores have all been completed. The problem becomes even more troublesome during vacations and especially during that long stretch of summer. Of course, there are alternatives the kids love, but parents aren’t so fond of. The truth is educational, recreational and low-tech activities do experience constant competition from electronics like video games and television sets. While the “electronic babysitters” can work as a reward or an occasional activity, most parents just don’t want their kids sitting in front of a screen all the time. These activities are just not healthy for children on a constant basis. They do need to get up, stretch their legs and expand their mind. For some parents, the problem after school doesn’t involve computers or television programs. Their kids would rather “hang out” with their friends and remain unsupervised for hours on end. This is an issue that can also cause parents a great deal of angst. Just like television and video games, hanging out (with supervision) can be great once in a while. It is important for building socialization skills and helping kids unwind after busy days at school. Still, when this is the only after-school activity offered, it can be a big problem. There has to be better options for parents to try that kids will like, right? Well, there is. In fact, you’ll find with a little bit of exploration and some nudging, you can locate the perfect after-school activities to keep your kids engaged, enjoying themselves and staying out of trouble at the same time.

If you’re ready to take the after-school activity bull by the horns and find things for your kids to do that will actually engage them, read on. In this book, we’ll discuss the importance of having activities lined up, how to explore choices for younger children and even teens and even offer some ideas for the entire family. It is important to remember that after-school activities don’t have to be all solo ventures. If parents and other children can get involved, too, the time spent can become doubly valuable. Not only will youngsters be engaged in a healthy activity, they’ll also benefit from family time and bonding. There’s more to life once the bell rings than sitting on a couch or watching a computer screen. Help your kids find activities that suit them and you will be doing your children and yourself a huge favor.

Another fun way my family has enjoyed an afternoon is by doing a Scavenger Hunt.  We create a list of places to find and then at the end of the hunt there is a prize.  The kids run around the house or place that we are having the hunt and excited to find the next clue.  

If you are interested in joining an Online Selfie Scavenger Hunt then be sure to check it out here:

I hope that you have fun with your family and enjoy your family time.  Leave a comment with the kind of Scavenger Hunts that you've done before.


Sunday, September 22, 2019

NIV Quest Study Bible Review

I received this review copy of the new NIV Quest Study Bible for free as a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid.  #BibleGatewayPartner

This is my honest review:

One of the things I loved about the Bible was the color, I'm always a fan of pretty blue and then the big question mark on the Bible is a perfect intro into what I am excited to learn from this study Bible.  My husband and I were just talking the other day about how different people are in how they believe the Bible.  Some people take it at face value and don't ask questions and others are full of questions.  This Study Bible is heavy and filled with hours of learning right from the beginning chapter of Genesis.  The first part answers the Who, What, Why, When and Where.

The maps and the questions are asked throughout the Bible.  The photo below is the specific features you'll find in this Bible.

I enjoy opening Bibles to where I look for a word from God.  So on page 755 is where I ended up reading from Job 21:1-15.  The nice blue bookmark is helpful so that I can come back to the spot I was learning easily.  What I was reading was of Job arguing his point or complaint.  The question on the side was "Why does the Bible include these arguments between friends?"  In Hebrew culture, disputing the meaning of Scripture or of life's events was not only acceptable but expected.  To Job's friends, truth could be found only in challenging each other's explanations.  People who heard this story and those arguments would think about them as explanations of not only Job's sufferings but their own as well.  

This was interesting to me because in my house we don't like arguments, not that we argue all the time but we get frustrated with arguing.  So I took this as a lesson that I shared with my husband and we talked about how arguments back in history were looked at as ways people could learn from each other and also to view someones emotions or suffering.  Now I'm not suggesting to argue but it is a good idea to express your emotions and talk through your challenges.

I highly recommend this Study Bible and would give them a 5 star for those looking for a way to learn from the Bible in a deeper way.  Below is more detailed information about this Bible.


The only question and answer Bible is now available with exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® for smooth reading. Expertly designed specifically to be used for the New International Version (NIV) text, Comfort Print offers an easier reading experience that complements the most widely read modern-English Bible translation.
Get answers to the Bible questions you have... and questions you haven’t yet pondered! The NIV Quest Study Bible features over 7,000 notes written in an engaging question and answer format that give insight into the common, uncommon, and sometimes perplexing passages from the Bible. You will have the opportunity to consider questions like “Why did God send angels to Jacob?," "What prevents God from hearing our prayers?," and "Why does God test us?” as you explore God’s Word using the many study helps.
The original Quest Study Bible was conceived in 1989 when two publishing companies, Zondervan and Christianity Today International, worked together to develop a Bible that would answer the challenging questions that arose as people read Scripture. Focus groups around the United States evaluated the usefulness of potential study Bible features and helped select the features that would be included in this Bible. Then, more than 1,000 people received passages of Scripture and were asked, “What questions do you have about this portion of the Bible?” Their responses helped determine what kinds of questions the notes would answer, helping to create a resource that answers the questions that real people have asked about the Bible. Notes have been updated in subsequent releases to ensure that this Bible stays relevant and current to modern readers.


Book Intro

  • Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)
  • Over 7,000 insightful notes arranged in a unique question and answer format
  • Nearly 350 articles investigate the most asked questions about the Bible
  • Book introductions that answer questions about each book, such as “Who wrote it?,” “Why?,” and “What should I look for?”

  • Article index and expanded subject index
  • Single-column Scripture text arranged in a modern, two-color page design
  • Over 150 charts, timelines, and maps
  • A reading plan with three distinct tracks to follow

  • NIV Dictionary-Concordance
  • 16-page full-color map section
  • Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface
  • 9.9-point print size


Thursday, August 29, 2019

NIrV Illustrated Holy Bible for Kids Review

I was so pleased to receive the children’s bible in the mail to review.  My son is 16 but he enjoys hearing and reading stories from the Bible so I thought I would give this new Bible to him.  Many nights we’ve opened the Bible and found the readings to be meaningful.  Jake’s dad’s name is James and so we started from that chapter of the Bible.  The story shared how important it was to be accountable for your actions and how blessed are the people that keep going when times are hard.  

I really like the side notes and lessons the Kids Bible offers.  Also the way the reading is makes it easier to understand the concepts.  One night we read from wherever the Bible opened and we found a story about how to treat each other with kindness.  I love how the Bible teaches life lessons and how to apply them with the stories that are shared.  
It’s great to end the day with reading the Bible.  You can reflect on what has happened in your day and how you’d like to see the future unfold.  It’s also funny how the Bible works when you read a section and then on Sunday the Pastor talks about that same story.

I would give this Bible 5 hearts ♥️❤️♥️❤️♥️ and this is my heartfelt review.

The new NIrV Illustrated Holy Bible for Kids (

Product Description

NIrV, The Illustrated Bible for Kids is a new kind of Bible that allows kids ages 4 to 8 years to read the full Bible without chapter and verse numbers and footnotes-study aids that are helpful for adults but can be distracting for kids. This Bible presents the story of God's people in a single column format with a readable font. With nearly every turn of the page, children will encounter full-color illustrations and kid-friendly maps that illuminate the Bible story. For children who want to read on their own or with an adult nearby, this is the perfect first full-text Bible for kids who appreciate the power of story and of God's Word.
Features include:
  • Bonus full-color double-sided poster
  • Over 500 full-color illustrations throughout
  • Full-color, child-friendly maps
  • Index to illustrations
  • Index of popular Bible stories
  • And more!

I agreed to write and publish an honest review of the NIrV Illustrated Holy Bible for Kids on my blog and I received this Bible for free as a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid.


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