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Verse Mapping

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I was sent a set of Verse Mapping resources by Kristy Cameron for review. This made me very happy as I have been interested in them for months but had not been able to see a copy or an example of the interior pages. https://www.zondervan.com/9780310454595/niv-verse-mapping-bible-cloth-over-board-gray-comfort-print/ My daughter and I decided to do a joint study, she using the girls Bible and I with the regular adult version. She was VERY happy that the Girls version was NOT in pink.  girls version pictured below What was wonderful is the commentary and notes in the girls version may be more simplified, but it isnt dumbed down. Verse Mapping is a more friendly version of "Bible diagramming" in which instead of grammatical diagramming of sentences,  the verses and meaning are deciphered without going into parts of speech. Rather than using the trite "put this verse into your own words" method, the

Hosanna Revival

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5 years ago the question was posed as to whether Bible journaling was just a phase, a passing trend. There were only a select few translations and options back then.  Now you can find almost any translation you could desire in a journaling, note taking, colouring, and illustrated and illustrating version. And new versions are being added each season.  Rather than crafting and scrapbooking, women began pouring out their hearts, filling the pages with colours,  paint, fancy lettering, and their prayers. This crossed denominational lines. And freed up those whonmay have been raised to never "underline" to get comfortable with their Bibles.  A journaling Bible became an annual purchase or one for each child or grand child, with individualized prayers. Custom hand painted Bibles also rose to the top of Bible sales across the USA, ditching the 1990s custom denim Jean and quilted Bible covers. (Any one else use their "pre baby" jeans to cover the Bi

2 years and then some....

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One of my sweet daughters knew when she had her baby, that she was not the kind of mom who was gonna remember to take photos each month of her baby's life on the right day. She knew herself, her limitations, and her priorities, and went with it. So she would write "3 months and then some"  cuz it may be 2 days late or 7...and it was ok and she didn't  need that extra pressure to do the perfect social media photo shoot. She was too busy playing with her baby and living her life. So much wisdom in that.  I had wanted to write up a 2 years since the Paradise California Camp Fire post. This is where we are now kind of update however hit when my heart was still so broken. We were still homeless and living in a PARKING LOT. Our friends are still gone. Our businesses are still in ruins and having to close them down because we can't afford state fees so we can "try again next year". Plus coVid and trying to balance health and faith and the responsibi

ESV Women's Study Bible, hardcover

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  Crossway has created another beautiful Bible. For over a decade they have put out beautiful bibles. They upped their game with the Illuminated Bible and Illuminated Bible journals by bringing in the artist Dana Tanamachi.   (ESV Illuminated Bible shown, Publisher's image) Several of these illuminations are included for the opening of each book as a " title page" along with several others throughout. Note: The pages are not set with extra wide margins for notetaking and illustrating as in the Illuminated editions. This edition features many of the study notes and commentary from the ESV Student Study Bible, along with devotional writings and articles from numerous women's ministry writers. Included in this is an article on what the protestant Christian view of salvation is and the steps towards finding that assurance, and learning how to pray.  There are also numerous social issue articles on adoption, parenting, and serving, including hospita

NIV Study Bible -2020

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  NIV Study Bible, Fully Revised Edition, Comfort Print, hardcover (red letter) Way back when, just before my birthday, my friend and I went to the local bookstore (pre joshua’s, or life way...I can’t remember the new. It may have had something to do with grapes...). We bought matching 10 year anniversary NIV Study Bibles. We were at that age where we had matching plaid converse, matching journals with locks and keys...so of course we needed matching bibles! Honestly, I think I learned more out of that bible than any other. Reading the notes, following the verse reference chains, meant more to me than the “personal” or relatable stories the pastor may have shared. I can’t recall any of his sermons, but my notes and highlights stayed with me for 2 decades. (Up til the fire.) When I was given the opportunity by Bible Gateway to review the newest, updated and fully revised 35th Anniversary NIV Study Bible, the above memories came to mind. And there is a photo I wish I still had of us in o

Bible Gateway App July 2020

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What apps do you use for Bible study? (Ones that you dont just download to your device, but actually open up on a regular basis? Bible Gateway has long been a trusted web based resource. They have recently revamped their website and created a companion app. The app slimlines most of the web based content you are probably already familiar with. The big improvement for Reading Scripture lies in the ability to chose book, chapter, and verse without having to click through multiple screens. This may seem minuscule, but it speeds up the process. With more and more opting for the convenience of a device over carrying a large book around, this makes pulling up a scripture in a group setting a bit faster. (Personally, nothing is as quick as holding a bible that you are familiar with. Maybe that is just from years of sword drills at camp and youth groups.) There are numerous Bible translations available for comparison or personal preference. Along with transl

NIV, Artisan Collection Bible for Girls

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NIV, Artisan Collection Bible for Girls, Cloth over Board, Multi-color, Art Gilded Edges, Red Letter Edition, Comfort Print Features include: Stunning marbled-look cover design on soft, durable cloth Page edges with shimmering foil art gilding Lined, wide margins for journaling, notes, and art Complete text of the New International Version, the world’s best-selling modern English Bible translation Words of Jesus in red Satin ribbon marker Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface 9.5-point print size https://store.faithgateway.com/collections/journal-edition-bibles/products/niv-artisan-collection-bible-for-girls-cloth-over-board-multi-color-art-gilded-edges-red-letter-edition-comfort-print This is a beautiful Bible. I am not sure why it is marketed for ‘girls’. There are no child geared notes or how to play well with friends kind of things that would make this for a specific age group. I would add it to my own library easily. I would recommend it for any age. Colored