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Dinner for Dinos

Dinner for Dinos

On 6/8 Andrew Wencl wrote: One of the best things you can do with your children is read to them. I picked up the recently-released book Dinner for Dinos for my 2-year-old daughter. It tells the story of a group of dinosaurs who decided to have a picnic. They go shopping at the grocery store, learn about the importance of eating ... Dinner for Dinos

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5 Stars

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How the Nations Rage

How the Nations Rage

On 4/29 Andrew Wencl wrote: I picked up a review copy of How the Nations Rage: Rethinking Faith and Politics in a Divided Age because of the confusion and fog I've been in following the 2016 presidential election. I've known America to be divided politically, but I've not seen it so much so in the church as during that year. I ... Rethinking Politics and Faith

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4 Stars

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NKJV, Deluxe Reader's Bible, Imitation Leather

NKJV, Deluxe Reader's Bible, Imitation Leather

On 3/24 Andrew Wencl wrote: More reader's Bibles are becoming available in various translations. Not to be outdone, Thomas Nelson has released the NKJV Deluxe Reader's Bible. The black imitation leather cover has what I can only describe as brown leather wingtips on the front two corners. Kinda stylish.The text inside the Bible ... NKJV Deluxe Reader's Bible

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5 Stars

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The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down

The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down

On 3/20 Andrew Wencl wrote: Many people can recite the Lord's Prayer from memory: "Our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name..." Familiarity, as is so often the case, breeds contempt. Being able to repeat memorized words is not the same as understanding and living out those words. If I were to say that prayer "turns the ... The Lord's Prayer: A Manifesto for Revolution

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5 Stars

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NIV, Thinline Bible

NIV, Thinline Bible

On 11/10 Andrew Wencl wrote: I recently received the NIV Thinline Bible from Zondervan for review. There are already plenty of good reviews out available from scholars, pastors, and others in ministry on the NIV translation itself. Here I'm focusing on a few unique features of this edition (ISBN 978-0-310-44877-8).Words of Jesus ... NIV Comfort Print

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4 Stars

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NIV, The Sola Scriptura Bible Project: The Complete Collection

NIV, The Sola Scriptura Bible Project: The Complete Collection

On 10/28 Andrew Wencl wrote: A few years ago a Kickstarter project raised over a million dollars to produce a multi-volume Bible with high-quality design and no chapter or verse numbers—a true reader's Bible. Since then, the major Bible publishers have been in a rush to produce similar Bibles in both single-volume and multi-volume ... The NIV in 4 volumes

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5 Stars

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NIV Reader's Bible

NIV Reader's Bible

On 10/8 Andrew Wencl wrote: Reader's Bibles have been all the rage after a Kickstarter project proposing to produce a high-quality Bible without chapter or verse numbers made over a million dollars. A five volume set may look nice, but it's not as portable as a one-volume edition like the recent NIV Reader's Bible published by ... The NIV Reader's Bible is a sight for sore eyes!

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5 Stars

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NIV Kids' Visual Study Bible, Hardcover, Full Color Interior

NIV Kids' Visual Study Bible, Hardcover, Full Color Interior

On 8/20 Andrew Wencl wrote: The Zondervan NIV Kids’ Visual Study Bible boasts over 700 images. They range from pictures of historical places, objects, and animals; drawings; infographics; timelines; etcetera. Even as an adult it is neat to see what the Biblical places really look like, and the summary graphics like “Big Ideas ... Finally, a Zondervan Kids' Study Bible I can recommend

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5 Stars

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The Gospel According to Paul

The Gospel According to Paul

On 8/16 Andrew Wencl wrote: One of the things I have come to appreciate from John MacArthur's preaching and teaching ministry is his commitment to the fundamental doctrines of Christianity. He can sometimes seem like a cranky grandparents when he goes on the attack, but when he talks about the gospel he is right on point. I have ... MacArthur on Paul's Gospel

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4 Stars

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The Berenstain Bears 5-Minute Inspirational Stories

The Berenstain Bears 5-Minute Inspirational Stories

On 5/24 Andrew Wencl wrote: It seems like all the companies are banking on our nostalgia these days. Why not do it with something wholesome like the Berenstain Bears? I grew up reading those books with my parents, and though Stan and Jan Berenstain passed away a few years ago, their son Mike is still producing these books. He's ... The Berenstain Bears 5-Minute Inspirational Stories

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4 Stars

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Berenstain Bears Friendship Blessings Collection

Berenstain Bears Friendship Blessings Collection

On 4/20 Andrew Wencl wrote: It seems like all the companies are banking on our nostalgia these days. Why not something wholesome like the Berenstain Bears? Stan and Jan Berenstain first started producing the books in 1962, and now their son Mike is continuing what they started. These new books are pretty faithful to the art style ... A Berenstain Bears Collection

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4 Stars

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Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible

Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible

On 3/27 Andrew Wencl wrote: When I saw the Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible, I was intrigued. Where was Zondervan going with this? My kids love fairy tales, but if there's one thing my wife and I are trying to teach our children, it's that the Bible is NOT a fairy tale.The 33 stories themselves are well-written for keeping my kids' ... Not a good idea to link Bible stories and fairy tales

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3 Stars

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NIV Investigator's Holy Bible, Hardcover

NIV Investigator's Holy Bible, Hardcover

On 3/6 Andrew Wencl wrote: After carefully reading through the notes of the NIV Investigator's Holy Bible, I'm afraid that I cannot recommend it. In fact, I'm going to dispose of my review copy rather than keep it for my children, sell it, or give it away.On first glance, the Investigator's Bible has a lot going for it. The ... My negative review of a children's Bible

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2 Stars

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Baa! Oink! Moo! God Made the Animals

Baa! Oink! Moo! God Made the Animals

On 1/4 Andrew Wencl wrote: My youngest just turned one and does not sit still for books for very long yet, even when I flip through them quickly and don't read all the words. Yet that doesn't stop her from going to her basket of books, picking one out, and bringing it to me to read to her, even if for only ten seconds at a time. ... Baa! Oink! Moo! God Made the Animals

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5 Stars

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A Royal Christmas to Remember

A Royal Christmas to Remember

On 11/29 Andrew Wencl wrote: My five-year-old daughter likes princesses and Christmas, both of which come together in A Royal Christmas to Remember. The book is part of The Princess Parables series produced by ZonderKids, and it's geared towards children between the ages of 4 and 8.The story follows five princesses named Joy, Grace, ... A Christmas book for my daughter

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3 Stars

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Berensatin Bears and the Christmas Angel

Berensatin Bears and the Christmas Angel

On 11/2 Andrew Wencl wrote: I have fond memories of reading the Berenstain Bears with my parents, and now I'm reading the books with my kids. I still prefer the original stories, but the recent additions by the Berenstain couple's son are enjoyable reads as well.In The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel the bear cubs ... The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel

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4 Stars

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The Berenstain Bears' Caring and Sharing Treasury

The Berenstain Bears' Caring and Sharing Treasury

On 7/28 Andrew Wencl wrote: I like reading to my children, and I like good deals. Even though my wife takes the kids to the library about once a week, I still like to get new books for the kids’ bookshelf, so I’m always looking for a good deal, and one of the greatest deals I have found are “# books in 1” volumes.I recently ... The Berenstain Bears

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5 Stars

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NIV, Lifehacks Bible, Hardcover

NIV, Lifehacks Bible, Hardcover

On 6/24 Andrew Wencl wrote: I’ve benefited from YouTube videos and internet articles on lifehacks. What’s a lifehack? A lifehack is any tip, trick, or tool for doing something easier or more effectively. There are lifehacks for packing your suitcase, saving money at the grocery store, and a whole host of other activities we ... A Lifehacks Bible?

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5 Stars

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Great Stories Of The Bible

Great Stories Of The Bible

On 5/11 Andrew Wencl wrote: One of the greatest things you can do with your kids is to read to them. Practically every day I find myself with one or more kids on my lap, a book in my hands, and another fifteen minutes to a half-hour gone before I know it. My four- and three-year-old love weekly trips to the library, and I enjoy ... Great Stories of the Bible

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5 Stars

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Wild About the Bible Sticker and Activity Book

Wild About the Bible Sticker and Activity Book

On 4/26 Andrew Wencl wrote: My kids have loved stickers since the time they could walk—probably even before then. After I had to explain to my daughter the difference between stamps and stickers (and salvage about 12 of the former from a household art project), I decided that stickers were a worthwhile investment.My church has ... An Adventure Bible sticker book

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3 Stars

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NIV Essentials Study Bible

NIV Essentials Study Bible

On 4/14 Andrew Wencl wrote: I saw that Apple's new iPad Air 2 comes with 18% more air at 6.1 millimeters thick and only 0.96 pounds. At 1.8 inches thick, this Bible also comes with 18% more air compared to the 2.2 inch thick NIV Study Bible. Plus, there's no danger of this baby bending, in part, I'm sure, because it doesn't have ... NIV Essentials Study Bible

Andrew's Rating:

4 Stars

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NIV ReadEasy Bible

NIV ReadEasy Bible

On 6/22 Andrew Wencl wrote: The NIV ReadEasy Bible has two main design goals: readability and portability. I will evaluate both of these aspects and then give additional thoughts on my overall impression.ReadabilityLarge print size and a lack of distracting extras like study notes and cross references account for its main draw ... The NIV ReadEasy Bible may be for you

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4 Stars

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Know the Creeds and Councils

Know the Creeds and Councils

On 6/2 Andrew Wencl wrote: Know the Creeds and Councils (KNOW Series). By Justin S. Holcomb. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. pp. 183. 2014. (List Price $12.99 Paperback | $5.99 Kindle)Christianity did not begin with our Christian experience. We know this intuitively, but apart from a few modern books, our pastors and small group leaders, ... Have you read your church's statement of faith? A book recommendation for you!

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5 Stars

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Awakening Faith

Awakening Faith

On 4/3 Andrew Wencl wrote: Awakening Faith: Daily Devotions from the Early Church. By James Stuart Bell with Patrick J. Kelly. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan. pp. 400. 2013. (List Price $24.99 Hardcover | $13.00 Kindle)If you can read a blog post or an Internet news article, you can read Awakening Faith: Daily Devotions from ... I'd like to Introduce You to the Church Fathers…

Andrew's Rating:

4 Stars

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Messiah: Origin

Messiah: Origin

On 11/25 Andrew Wencl wrote: Messiah: Origin. Matt Dorff (Adapter). Kai Carpenter (Illustrator). Mark Avey (Translator). Grand Rapids, MI: Zonderva. 2013. 176 pp. $19.99.Just in time for the Christmas season comes Messiah: Origin from Zondervan. Merging scripture with a comic book-style format, the birth and early life of Christ ... Messiah: Origin

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4 Stars

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Jesus on Every Page

Jesus on Every Page

On 9/3 Andrew Wencl wrote: Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament. By David Murray. Thomas Nelson: Nashville. pp. 256. 2013. (List Price $16.99 Paperback | $9.99 Kindle)The Old Testament is like a deep overgrown jungle to many Christians today. It has been little explored ... Jesus on Every Page

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4 Stars

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The Christian Parenting Handbook

The Christian Parenting Handbook

On 7/16 Andrew Wencl wrote: The Christian Parenting Handbook: 50 Heart-Based Strategies for All the Stages of Your Child's Life. By Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, R.N. Thomas Nelson: Nashville, Tennessee. pp. 240. 2013. (List Price $16.99 Paperback | Kindle)Reviewed by my wife Hannah.4 out of 5 starsIf you’re overwhelmed ... Book Review: The Christian Parenting Handbook

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4 Stars

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Twelve Unlikely Heroes

Twelve Unlikely Heroes

On 9/11 Andrew Wencl wrote: Twelve Unlikely Heroes: How God Commissioned Unexpected People in the Bible and What He Wants to Do with You. By John MacArthur. Nashville: Thomas Nelson. pp. 240. 2012. ($22.99 Print| 22.99 Digital)Three Stars: A Solid "Like"This is the third installment in John MacArthur’s biographical series, preceded ... Book Review: Twelve Unlikely Heroes

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3 Stars

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Job 38-42

Job 38-42

On 11/28 Andrew Wencl wrote: 3 out of 5 starsDavid J.A. Clines is considered to be a top-notch biblical scholar and after some 20+ years his commentary set on the book of Job has been concluded in the Word Biblical Commentary18b: Job 38-42. To give a review of Clines work after considering this concluding piece would be like watching ... Book Review: Commentary on Job 38-42

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3 Stars

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Just in Case You Ever Wonder

Just in Case You Ever Wonder

On 10/12 Andrew Wencl wrote: A review by Hannah««««Just in Case You Ever Wonder by Max Lucado is a beautifully illustrated, creative book that tells children how special they are to their parents and to God. It tells children that God created them like no one else, which makes them special—an important lesson in today’s ... Book Review: Just in Case You Ever Wonder

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4 Stars

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Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

On 10/5 Andrew Wencl wrote: 4 starsThank You, God, for Blessing Me by Max Lucado is a rhyming board book that teaches children to thank God for blessings from playtime to “eight little buggy feet”. The rhymes have a soft, almost sleepy rhythm that babies and young children will enjoy hearing even if they’re too young to understand ... Book Review: Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

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4 Stars

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Matar a Lutero

Matar a Lutero

On 3/26 Andrew Wencl wrote: Matar a Lutero es una obra de ficción acerca del tiempo que Martín Lutero pasó en el Castillo de Wartburg después de su famosa defensa en la Dieta de Worms. Históricamente el libro trata de uno de los tiempos más difíciles (y aburridos) de la vida de Lutero. Como es una obra de ficción, es más ... Reseña: Matar a Lutero por Mario Escobar

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4 Stars

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Slave

Slave

On 2/3 Andrew Wencl wrote: Editor's Note: Hannah is my darling wife and once in a while she volunteers to do a book review for me. Here's her take on John MacArthur's Slave.Slave by John MacArthur takes an in-depth journey through the New Testament metaphor and background of slavery. MacArthur gives the historical setting by explaining ... Book Review: Slave by John MacArthur

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4 Stars

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"Big Red" Holy Bible - Contemporary 3-D Art

On 10/16 Andrew Wencl wrote: The main draw of the "Big Red" International Children’s Bible is the new computer images interspersed throughout the pages. Growing up, I had a children’s Bible with pictures of Bible stories, but this one is expressly modern and more appealing to kids who’ve grown up in the age of Toy Story, Finding ... Book Review: "Big Red" - The International Children’s Bible

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4 Stars

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A Christmas Prayer

A Christmas Prayer

On 9/20 Andrew Wencl wrote: Reviewed by my wife, Hannah. A young girl gazes up at the family Christmas tree and realizes how blessed her family is. She goes on to build a nativity scene out of household objects, saying a prayer of thanksgiving over each one. From a doll as Joseph to a rocking horse as the donkey, she re-creates ... Book Review: A Christmas Prayer by Amy Parker

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5 Stars

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One Hand, Two Hands

One Hand, Two Hands

On 9/8 Andrew Wencl wrote: This delightful children’s book uses rhyme to tell all our hands can do, from petting a pup to washing dishes. Action words like “clap” draw the reader in and encourage movement. The illustrations are detailed, realistic cartoons of a little girl and her animals as they find new ways to use hands. ... Book Review: One Hand, Two Hands by Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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The Jesus You Can't Ignore

The Jesus You Can't Ignore

On 8/9 Andrew Wencl wrote: In The Jesus You Can’t Ignore John MacArthur presents a Jesus we don’t often hear preached in church or taught in seminary. Focusing on the gospel accounts of Jesus’ interactions with the Jewish leaders, primarily the Pharisees, MacArthur shows that Jesus wasn’t always so “meek and mild,” ... Book Review: The Jesus You Can't Ignore by John MacArthur

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4 Stars

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