Saturday, November 9, 2019

NIV Life Application Study Bible, 3rd edition

When I unboxed this bible for review, my heart leapt a little.  It is so much like the husband had before our home burned down last year. It was just a little extra blessing the familiar leather and weight.

This is a completely updated version from the one he owned and preached out of. It has all the features we have come to expect from  Life Application bibles.

This has a beautiful lay flat binding with double ribbon markers. Words of Messiah are in red for easy identification. There are bios on individuals that include their strengths and weaknesses,  accomplishments,  and lessons we can learn from them.

The harmony of the gospels is also laid out beautifully in a chart for reference.

Features: (Enhanced, updated, and with new content added throughout)
  • Now more than 10,000 Life Application® notes and features
  • Over 100 Life Application® profiles of key Bible people
  • Introductions and overviews for each book of the Bible
  • More than 500 maps & charts placed for quick reference
  • Dictionary/concordance
  • Extensive side-column cross-reference system to facilitate deeper study
  • Life Application® index to notes, charts, maps, and profiles
  • Refreshed design with a second color for visual clarity
  • 16 pages of full-color maps
  • Quality Smyth-sewn binding—durable, made for frequent use, and lays flat when open
  • Presentation page
  • Single-column format
  • Christian Worker’s Resource, a special supplement to enhance the reader’s ministry effectiveness
  • Full text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)

Monday, September 30, 2019

Quest Study Bible [NIV]

The Quest Study Bible, Q & A format Zondervan 2019

Have you ever wished that you had a way to communicate to a new believer clearly, concisely, and effectively some of the basic truths that a lifetime of study has revealed?

The original Quest Study Bible has recently been restructured and reborn as a more effective Bible study tool.

This is a great resource. If you have found daily reading of scripture to be daunting and have felt like attending a bible study is out of your comfort zone because you just do not know what they are discussing or how the story of Nineveh could even remotely be applied to your life...then this Bible was compiled for you.

"Why did the kings go to war in the spring?"
"How much was a shekel worth?"
"Why would the son of a godly king murder his brothers?"
"Are some rulers beyond accountability?"
"What gives contentment?"

Personally why I like this Bible:
Culturally, asking questions is a very Jewish way to study the Bible. For years, Christians have viewed questions equitably with doubting ones faith. This has in the past created isolation rather than deepening community and faith.
The questions presented do not make you feel ridiculous or inferior. They are real, sensible questions and are presented with information that contains life applicable answers and resources.

From over 7,000 updated notes presented in Q & A format to a comfort print font, the Quest Study Bible makes reading scripture an enjoyable and informative experience.

Subject Index
350 articles
Reading Plans
9.9 text size


I was graciously provided with a copy in exchange for my review.
Thank you.

Our Bibles were consumed November 8, 2018 in the Camp Fire fire that destroyed Paradise, Ca. Since the fire we have distributed over 600 copies of the Bible in English and Spanish.
If you would like to help spread hope on the ridge here in Paradise, please contact First Baptist Church of Paradise.

As per usual, translation disclaimer: the NIV post 2011 is the blended version of both the NIV and TNIV.

Friday, September 6, 2019


So to keep my children safe on the internet, I have always written that we lived in NorCal. No one knew where Paradise, Ca was anyways. Trying to explain our distance from LA or SF or "do you know where Sacramento is??" were just headaches.

However, since the fire swept through our hometown in November 2018, Paradise is on the map. And more so than Aaron Rodgers or Amber Sauer. People now react when they ask where you are from and they hear Paradise, Ca.

Yes, we lost our home.
5 friends died that day.
My husband's churches are still standing...both of them.
We want to rebuild, but they are making it so impossible.
Most of our children have now left California and we are here in temporary quarters, waiting on direction.

It is beautiful, it is devastating to drive 10 mins from the house and go through the chaos and constant changes to every street.
All our trees are being removed.
It is not the same. But we have hope. And we know who holds the ridge in His hands.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

A month of Sundays

A Month of Sundays Striding Toward Spiritual Refreshment One Sunday at a Time
By Paula Hartman,  Published by WestBow Press

"A Month of Sundays provides food for the body as well as the soul. It offers thirty-one weeks of delicious Sabbath meals along with reflections on the need for true Sabbath rest. This book will leave you feeling spiritually refreshed, reconnected with your Creator, and at peace with yourself."

Review left unfinished as book was lost in the fire.

Devotions For Sacred Parenting

"Devotions for Sacred Parenting, Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Parenting, delves deeper into the conversation and contemplates the soul-transforming journey of being a parent.
Devotions for Sacred Parenting explores how parenting transforms you, the parent. It explores the spiritual dynamics of parenting and why caring for your children is such an effective discipline in shaping your soul and forming the character of Christ within you.

With all new material, 52 devotions explore the spiritual dynamics of parenting. These life-related devotions are creative, fresh, and encouraging, inspiring mothers and fathers to look at parenting from a different perspective—as a holy and high calling from God, and as an opportunity to grow spiritually as you strive to raise godly children. Devotions for Sacred Parenting helps you understand how God is parenting you as you parent your children."

Review left unfinished as book was lost in the fire.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Homing In

As my first chicks are entering college, getting married, finishing college, two enjoying a gap year (one planning on military service) I find my self once again home schooling.
Our smallest had her K-6 yrs in a private school. So all of this is new for her and I am finding out what her learning styles are. We are seeing what resources we have and discovering new ones.

Lamp + Light is one of the new treasures that at the same time uses all my amazing vintage resources.
Charlotte Mason, Notebooking, living books and the new term "minimalist home schooling" meets ravelers notebooks, YouTube, audio books and the new animated SuperBook series.

Good and Beautiful is a recommended companion resource for Lamp + Light history.
You can try some things out on the sight and levels 1-5 are available for free.

English now brings us Following Narnia Volume 1: The Lion's Song Student Book (New Edition).
"Institute for Excellence in Writing's Structure & Style curriculum, this supplementary curriculum will help students learn to integrate IEW techniques with topics from the Narnia stories. Using the first three novels of The Chronicles of Narnia (The Magician's NephewThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Horse and His Boy), these 31 lessons encourage students to experience the enchanted land of Narnia through structure and style. "

Art, Baking, Sewing
Do you have any idea how awesome Craftsy is and it is wonderful for homeschoolers. You can learn everything.
How to draft a pattern, how to paint, color theory, make cheese, bake artisan breads, frost cakes, knit, spin wool, weave, jewelry making...and the list continues to grow.

Mom resources. This is what has kinda been a whole in curriculum.  It has been all about teaching the child. L+L brings a mom reading list with prompts and books to feed the soul of the homeschooling parent. You cant pour out if you are empty.

Books for Filling Moms: (this list will be added to)

Caring For One Another
 Always Enough, Never Too Much
 Wild And Free

Teaching From Rest

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Apply The Word Study Bible

I was given the Apply The Word Study Bible to review.

Summed up from the preface
1st it provides a reliable Bible Text. I was supplied with the KNJV. It is also available in KJV
2nd Extensive notes and articles explain the biblical background and context, these include commentary, maps, tables, and charts.
3rd the commentary and notes aim at practical points, with relational and applicable information that is relevant to the circumstances individuals face today.

When one sits down to Bible Study, the goal should be to become more like Jesus through the study and application of the Word to our lives. That is the main aim of this study Bible. To learn, equip, and give the guidance for application. The editors of this study Bible acknowledge the gift we have in the accessibility of the Word of God today along with the need to respond to what we read obediently.
This is very much what the word Shema (listen) in dueteronomy 6v 6-9 means, to listen with the intent to obey. Are we reading the Word with the intent to respond, obey, and apply the scripture to our lives? Over and over, scriptures states  "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." Matthew 11:15

The Apply The Word Study Bible longs to help those who have spiritual ears to hear what is being said in the Word.

Each book of the Bible has an introduction to "set the scene" of when the book takes place, who it was written to, key points and much more. In the electronic version the commentary and application notes are highlighted in a contrasting colour with a clickable link to that reading making navigation easy.

Product Description from Manufacturer:

The Apply the Word Study Bible brings you to an intimate understanding of the Bible's message, helps you think about it and apply it to your life. People of all ages and walks of life will enjoy the fresh style of the feature articles, which are directed at helping you approach life with the mind of Christ. You'll discover that the Bible is a very practical book, just what is needed to guide you through every day. Featuring the New King James Version—the best translation for Bible study—and abundant sidebar articles, the Apply the Word Study Bible is the perfect companion for everyday living.

Features include:
New King James Version, the best translation for study
Hundreds of sidebar articles for seeing the relevance of Scripture for everyday living
Insightful introductions to the books of the Bible
Biographies of people during and since Bible times, examples of applying the Word of God to your life
Full-color page design provides a helpful and interesting visual encounter with Scripture
Charts, tables and maps provide abundant Bible information
Subject index as a helpful tool for Bible study
Concordance for helpful reference
Full-color maps to illustrate the Bible lands
Ribbon marker
Thumb-indexed page edges
8.75" x 5.50"
Thomas Nelson