Reviews by Torrey Gazette
On 5/11 Torrey Gazette wrote: “On a given Sunday morning I might spot six or seven people who have wronged or hurt me, people whose politics, theology, or personalities drive me crazy. The church is crawling with people who don’t deserve to be here…starting with me.”(p.152) Entertainingly told, with heartfelt entreaties ... Rachel Held Evans is worth engaging
On 3/30 Torrey Gazette wrote: Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s children’s book, Let There Be Light, chronicles the creation story beautifully elucidated in both word and picture. Tutu follows the Biblical timeline of “days,” yet invokes a sense of wonder with his poetic language and description. For example, on the fourth day the ... God’s creation in a manner sure to enchant children and adults alike
On 2/28 Torrey Gazette wrote: ZonderKidz’s Adventure Bible reading series is a welcomed sight in my house. My children recognize the books and thoroughly enjoy looking through the Biblical stories. Miracles of Jesus is quite unlike the previous volumes reviewed because it does not have a stable storyline but consists of multiple ... A Valuable and Appreciated Addition
On 2/6 Torrey Gazette wrote: This year our family journey is set to include learning the 23rd Psalm, broken apart into 12 monthly phrases. What a treat it has been to include illustrator Richard Jesse Watson’s gorgeously illuminated King James Version of Psalm 23 into our scripture memorization! Beautifully lifelike and yet whimsical, ... Arresting, Vivid, and Stirring
On 1/27 Torrey Gazette wrote: ZonderKidz’s Adventure Bible reading series is one of my favorite sets of children’s books. Illustrated by David Miles, I have repeatedly been impressed with the full description of these Biblical stories. Though certainly toned down for children, the stories always are faithful to the Scriptures ... Cannot Be Complimentary Enough
On 12/11 Torrey Gazette wrote: I must start this review with a confession. I did not want to like the Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible (henceforth, Duck Commander Bible). Specialized bibles often distract from the Scriptures themselves and put a popular name or word on the cover to make sales. It is my confession that I presumed ... A Shocking Enjoyment
On 12/9 Torrey Gazette wrote: Let me be up front, this will not be a gracious review. At the same time, this is the first “devotional Bible” that I have ever reviewed. I may be completely off on my expectations of such a Bible, but my perspective will be articulated here from this paradigm. Zondervan’s College Devotional Bible ... Nothing College-Oriented About This Bible
On 10/28 Torrey Gazette wrote: Moses Leads the People (henceforth, Leads the People) is an “I Can Read! Level 2” book adapted from the Adventure Bible put out by ZonderKidz. Fitting with the theme of the Adventure Bible, Leads the People recounts an Old Testament story while hinting at the future fulfillment found in Jesus Christ. ... Surprising and Satisfying
On 10/21 Torrey Gazette wrote: God’s Great Creation (henceforth, God’s Creation) is an “I Can Read! Level 2” book from ZonderKidz. An excerpt from the Adventure Bible, these short books encourage children to read Bible stories specifically written to their reading level. The pictures, provided by David Miles, are a colorful ... Excellent addendum to our family worship and Biblical education.
On 10/10 Torrey Gazette wrote: Advent is an important time of year in our house. It was during advent that we started family worship and we still retain some of the symbolism that goes along with the activity (e.q. light a candle nightly). Max Lucado’s The Christmas Story for Children (henceforth The Christmas Story) is the latest ... Excellent Short Book for Advent Season.
On 9/16 Torrey Gazette wrote: For us, the main consumer is our 2 ½ yr old who is incapable of "reading." Instead she memorizes the important sentences and associates them with the illustrations. She really enjoys the book and the particular "ahchooo" that anchors the story. Sheerluck Holmes is a lesson in treating others in a loving ... Good Veggie Tales Book & Reading Primer.
On 9/3 Torrey Gazette wrote: The Mess Detectives and the Case of the Lost Temper by Karen Poth introduces us to the I Can Read! book series with some familiar faces, the cast of Veggietales. As expected, our daughter thrilled to see a new book with these beloved characters. Unexpectedly, as she is not yet three, the “short sentences” ... Highly humorous, the descriptive illustrations add much to the story.
On 8/21 Torrey Gazette wrote: The main story is clearly not Biblical. A night on the ark in the midst of a devastating flood might not seem like an ideal bedtime story. Parents should remember to distinguish this from the Biblical count and not have a haughty spirit towards this fun children’s book. In conclusion, though set against ... Great little kids book. Excellent Illustrations.
On 8/3 Torrey Gazette wrote: Jonah and the Great Big Fish (henceforth Jonah) is a short rhyming verse and picture book. Written by Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrated by Margaret Spengler Jonah is intended for children age 4-8. Cutting to the chase, our 2 ½ year old daughter loves this book. We’re a big reading family and it ... Good writing/illustration. Kids loved it.
On 7/25 Torrey Gazette wrote: Essentials provides multiple views and insights that are beneficial for all Christians. Beyond these beneficial studies, Essentials properly addresses the textual criticism of John 8:3-11, Mark 16:9-20, etc. Nothing is left uncovered in this mammoth study Bible. In conclusion, Essentials is one of the ... Book Review: NIV Essentials Study Bible
On 6/25 Torrey Gazette wrote: Doctrinally the TSB is by a large harmless but not without serious faults. It is Dispensational (15), Futurist in its eschatology (1577-1578) and conclusively non-Calvinistic (1401). As I disagree with each of these perspectives, I would not consider placing the TSB before my children just for the practical ... Not Bad but Not in Line With My Theological Convictions
On 5/29 Torrey Gazette wrote: Though Creeds and Councils is unable to cover all the creeds, catechisms and councils of church history, its attempt is valiant and marginally successful. In relatively few pages, Holcomb is able to cover all of the important ecumenical councils (chapters 1-7), the great Reformed creeds (chapters ... Book Review: Know the Creeds and Councils by Justin Holcomb
On 5/7 Torrey Gazette wrote: The resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is basis of the Christian faith (1 Cor 15) and one of the most unbelievable events in human history. Playing off the natural human response of disbelief, Raised? Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection seeks to present a Christian apologetic for the resurrection. ... Raised by Jonathan Dodson & Brad Watson
On 4/22 Torrey Gazette wrote: The Solomon Seduction: What You Can Learn from the Wisest Fool in the Bible is a character study by Mark Atteberry. Written primarily for men, the book addresses the folly of Solomon in light of the Bible account that he was a man of great wisdom. The Solomon Seduction seeks to deconstruct the life of ... A Practical Book but Lacks the Holy Spirit