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The Infographic Bible

The Infographic Bible

On 11/16 scifiwritir wrote: This is a fun and informative book. If you want overviews of certain elements of Scripture, the graphics and charts in this book are super-helpful and creative. Want a quick glimpse, harmonization, comparison, doctrinal threads, or depiction of some Biblical list, group, or data, this book has most ... Review: The Infographic Bible

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3 Stars

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NKJV, Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Third Edition, Hardcover

NKJV, Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Third Edition, Hardcover

On 9/21 scifiwritir wrote: Jack Hayford is one of the few charismatic Bible teachers whom I respect. He's intelligent and insightful without sounding like a pompous "ultra-spiritual" self-appointed preacher of new and deep hidden things. You know the types i mean. And Hayford doesn't have the humble brag tendencies that so many ... Review: NKJV Spirit-filled Life Bible

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4 Stars

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Coloring Book

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Coloring Book

On 8/20 scifiwritir wrote: I really really like this book. Every once in a while, one sees a form of art where various disciplines work together. This book is pure and simple a meditation on fall and the joys of harvest. I cannot imagine anyone coloring the pictures in this book who would not ponder God's creation. The Bible verses ... Review: Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

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5 Stars

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NKJV Early Readers Bible

NKJV Early Readers Bible

On 7/10 scifiwritir wrote: This is a regular Bible, not a kid Bible with kid versions of the stories. The big difference between this early readers Bible and an adult Bible is the collection of extra materials. This is where a kid Bible shows its worth. First the good: Lots of charts Devotional charts Maps Chronological Charts There ... Review: Early Readers Bible

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3 Stars

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Create!

Create!

On 6/15 scifiwritir wrote: I wanted to review this book because the summer is coming and we all want to know how to keep kids busy. This book is for creative kids (who can be trusted with scissors, glue, tiny things, and paint.) Some of it is definitely useful for kids outside the age range and even for developmentally-disabled ... Book Review -- Create!: A Girl's Guide to DIY, Doodles & Design

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4 Stars

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All Things Bright and Strange

All Things Bright and Strange

On 3/27 scifiwritir wrote: I generally don't like Christian speculative fiction -- yep, even though I write books in that genre. But this book was a pleasant surprise. It's not imitative -- written in the Left Behind, Narnia, or Divergence mode-- as so many Christian specfic books are. The characters are not cookie-cutter and ... Review: All Things Bright and Strange

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4 Stars

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Jesus Always: 365 Devotions for Kids

Jesus Always: 365 Devotions for Kids

On 10/14 scifiwritir wrote: On the one hand, I applaud this book for tackling some pretty heavy topics for a kid's devotional. It's a good stepping stone between the toddler-kiddie kind of devotional and adult devotionals. I'll even say that in many ways this is on a par with a lot of adult devotionals. But I have a few issues ... Review: Jesus Always

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3 Stars

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NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible, Large Print

NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible, Large Print

On 8/6 scifiwritir wrote: Okay, I'll admit it. I wasn't too thrilled at the thought of this Bible. Which is weird because I'm always marking up and writing in my Bibles. When my Bible starts looking like a rainbow-colored ultra-highlighted mess, I know it's time to start scrawling in another one. But the more I think about this ... Review: NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Large Print Bible

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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 6/23 scifiwritir wrote: This is a good Bible, with great explanatory notes on almost every page. It has a sturdy hardcover. The pictures, photographs, and graphs are good and helpful, depicting certain fundamental truths carefully. The notes are especially informed and insightful. They will definitely help readers understand ... Review: NIV kids viual study Bible

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4 Stars

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Practicing the Power

Practicing the Power

On 5/9 scifiwritir wrote: I liked this book a lot. It makes you feel: This is what a church should be like, this is what pastors should be teaching their congregation -- the riches of God's grace and the power of God in us who believe. If you're a Charismatic Christian, you've probably read tons of books on the gifts of the ... Review: Practicing the Power by Sam Storms

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5 Stars

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The Great Good Thing

The Great Good Thing

On 2/9 scifiwritir wrote: I really like this book. Usually I fear reading conversion stories that are published by large Christian companies. Often, they are ghost-written by a Christian ghost-writer and feels very cookie-cutter by-the-book. Often those conversion stories don't feel quite literary. And no, I'm not into literary ... Review: The Great Good Thing

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5 Stars

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365 Devotions for Finding Rest

365 Devotions for Finding Rest

On 11/15 scifiwritir wrote: I'm seriously amazed. I like this book. I generally avoid Christian non-fiction/self-help/spiritual books because hey, if you've been around for as long as I have...well, you already know a lot of this stuff and you're pretty impatient with newbie Christians straining themselves to tell you some new ... Review: 365 Devotions for finding rest

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5 Stars

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NKJV, Study Bible

NKJV, Study Bible

On 10/31 scifiwritir wrote: This Bible was formerly titled The Nelson Study Bible New King James Version. Copyright 1982, 1997, 2007. I have a love-hate relationship with study Bibles. On the one hand, a new student of the Bible can get insights (philosophical, anthroplogoical, theological, spiritual, historical) into the verses ... Review: NKJV Study Bible

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4 Stars

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Misconceptions

Misconceptions

On 7/3 scifiwritir wrote: I'm a writer so I don't like being hard on fellow writers but this book was either wrongly-titled or --for lack of a better word-- chintzy. The writer has about six or seven main points or --one could even say-- "agenda." And that agenda is pretty "meh" because most Christians who read their Bibles ... Review -- Misconceptions: A Look at God's Word through First Century Hebraic Eyes

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1 Stars

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Vegangelical

Vegangelical

On 6/18 scifiwritir wrote: There are so few books that present a Christian answer to worldwide issues. The world tends to have spiritual takes on many situations, issues, etc but when a Christian attempts to write about a worldview, either the Christian sounds uninformed, utterly flaky, pseudo-Christian (or non-traditional/un-Orthodox), ... Review: Vegangelical by Sarah Withrow King

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5 Stars

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Money-Making Mom

Money-Making Mom

On 1/7 scifiwritir wrote: Okay, I'll admit it. I was prepared to hate this book. I assumed it was a get-rich-quick kind of book written by some happy peppy mom which promised happiness and wealth for anyone prepared to work hard. It's kinda like that but not really. As a writer I read a lot of blogs and books about how to make ... Review: Money-Making Mom

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4 Stars

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Giant Print Holy Bible, NIrv

Giant Print Holy Bible, NIrv

On 10/15 scifiwritir wrote: When I read that this was a Giant Print Bible, I was suspicious. Giant Print Bibles are either very, very large and unwieldy -- often coming in two different books-- or the print isn't "giant" at all. But when the Bible arrived, I really liked it. This Bible actually works. It is giant-print and it's ... Review: NLRV Giant Print Holy Bible

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5 Stars

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NIV Zondervan Study Bible

NIV Zondervan Study Bible

On 8/20 scifiwritir wrote: RReview: NIV Zondervan Study Bible D A Carson, General Editor The NIV Zondervan Study Bible is a new study Bible which uses the NIV translation and which is structured in the following manner: Quick Start Guide Table of Contents which is divided into the following sections: Each book of the Bible ... http://darkparables.blogspot.com/2015/08/review-niv-zondervan-study-bible.html

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3 Stars

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NIrV Study Bible for Kids

NIrV Study Bible for Kids

On 6/16 scifiwritir wrote: This new kids' Study Bible is quite good. It's not perfect, and some readers will probably compare it with the venerated King James Version. But, for people who are not native English Speakers, especially children and those who have studied English as a Second Language, this will be an easy accessible ... Review: New Internationa Reader's Version NIRV Study Bible for kids

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5 Stars

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Mama Maggie

Mama Maggie

On 5/19 scifiwritir wrote: I like books that tell me about other ethnic cultures, especially about the struggles of Christians in other cultures. If the story involves hardship in anyway, then I'm totally going to love it. When one considers all the books published by American Christian publishers, there are relatively few books ... Review: Mama Maggie by Marty Makary and Ellen Vaughn

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4 Stars

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The Hope of Heaven

The Hope of Heaven

On 3/25 scifiwritir wrote: I found this book somewhat problematic. It's called Hope of Heaven by Allan M Hallene Jr. and it's a father's account of his son's suicide. So, yes it's important that the father has hope that his son will go to heaven. After all, Christians believe most suicides end up in hell because it is murder. ... Review: The Hope of Heaven

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4 Stars

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NIV Proclamation Bible

NIV Proclamation Bible

On 2/18 scifiwritir wrote: The Proclamation Bible is not a study Bible per se. It merely contains articles about how to teach the Bible. Some of the articles are a bit problematic. Why? Because they are written from a Christian Teacher's perspective for Christian Teachers. And these folks are very very very educated theologians. ... Review: NIV Proclamation Bible: Correctly Handling the Word of Truth

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4 Stars

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Miracle on Voodoo Mountain

Miracle on Voodoo Mountain

On 1/25 scifiwritir wrote: Whenever I read Christian non-fiction, especially testimonies and memoirs, I always approach them with extreme cynicism. This is because as a Christian I've been burned by Christian platitudes and self-righteousness, and as a writer I've honed an ability to sense the ring of truth. Thus, my spiritual ... Review: Miracle on Voodoo Mountain

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5 Stars

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A Plague of Unicorns

A Plague of Unicorns

On 1/2 scifiwritir wrote: Even as a child, I’ve loved stories about the trials, journeys, and quests that boys endure. I’m not sure why. I’d like to think I focus so much on stories with boy teen protagonists for some wonderfully sane and enlightened reason. But I don’t think that’s wholly true. I suspect some part ... Review: A Plague of Unicorns

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4 Stars

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NIV First-Century Study Bible

NIV First-Century Study Bible

On 11/11 scifiwritir wrote: The NIV First-Century Study Bible is arranged like most study Bibles. There are the usual sections with charts, maps, word indexes, etc. The differences with this study Bible is a long list of ancient texts used to shed light on the verses, Middle Eastern history, literary tropes, ancient laws, poetry ... An excellent Bible which might nevertheless shake the faith of some

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5 Stars

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The NKJV Study Bible

The NKJV Study Bible

On 10/21 scifiwritir wrote: If you like the KJV translation of the Bible and you have a strong shoulder, the NKJV Study Bible: The Complete Resource for Studying God's Word -- Full Color Edition is a good one for you. This thing is heavy, familiar (because it retains the cadences and modernized version of the good-old-KJV), and ... Review: NKJV Study Bible -- Full Color Edition

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5 Stars

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NIV Once-A-Day Bible: Chronological Edition

NIV Once-A-Day Bible: Chronological Edition

On 9/18 scifiwritir wrote: It's been a while since I've read the Bible from cover to cover. If you're a Bible reader like me, you end up reading certain sections over and over in your daily devotionals and avoiding others. So it's good, every other year or so to read through the Bible. This time around, hubby and I are using ... A fun way to change up one's Bible reading,

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5 Stars

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NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible

NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible

On 8/24 scifiwritir wrote: I really love this Bible.. well there is my usual caveat: I like the NIV but I love the NLT. But you know...other than that.... The basic subtext of the commentary in this Study Bible is Restoration. One executive editor is David Stoop, a psychologist and founder of New Life Ministries, which offer ... A Bible that deals with the trials of life without sounding like psychobabble,

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5 Stars

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NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible

NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible

On 7/21 scifiwritir wrote: ​And who is Shelley Cramm, you might ask? I don't know who she is. If she is popular in Christian circles, I'm unaware of that. Maybe she's popular in gardening, horticulture, and landscape cultures. Funny thing, though: Although she is a total unknown -- at least to me-- this is one of the best study ... Informational, yet insightful and cozy

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5 Stars

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NIV Celebrate Recovery Bible

NIV Celebrate Recovery Bible

On 7/13 scifiwritir wrote: I got this book as part of the HarperCollins BookLookBlogger review program Okay, I shouldn't feel so angry. After all, the HarperCollins folks didn't exactly say the Celebrate Recovery Bible was a Study Bible. So..my bad for assuming it was...because the Celebrate Recovery Bible is kind of. . .lacking. It ... Good Biblical tie-in for those who are in recovery,

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3 Stars

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NIV New Spirit-Filled Life Bible

NIV New Spirit-Filled Life Bible

On 6/30 scifiwritir wrote: The NIV New Spirit-Flled Life Bible is a great Bible for Charismatic and Pentecostal Christians. The Executve Editor is Jack W Hayford, Litt.D. and anyone who has heard Dr Hayford teach will understand how profound his insights are. Other editors are Paul G Chappell, Ph.D., Kenneth C Ulmer, Ph.D, D.Min., ... Loved it but I think i would like the printed version better than the kindle.

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5 Stars

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NIV Integrated Study Bible

NIV Integrated Study Bible

On 6/16 scifiwritir wrote: I was sent this Bible because I am part of the Bookblogger reviewers for Zondervan/Nelson/HarperCollins The NIV Integrated Study Bible -- called NIVISB for the rest of this review-- is a Bible in which all the Bible books are chronologically interwoven (or placed parallel to each other) to form a book ... Great accompaniment to standard Bible

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4 Stars

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Where the Wind Leads

Where the Wind Leads

On 5/9 scifiwritir wrote: Lately, I’ve noticed something quite interesting in my reading of spiritual memoirs and it’s this. Quite a few modern memoirs published by Christian publishers deal with Christianity only as a side issue. In fact, while I’ve learned much modern history from Christian memoirs, I sometimes feel that ... Great historical memoir

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4 Stars

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The Modern Life Study Bible

The Modern Life Study Bible

On 1/15 scifiwritir wrote: The two greatest commandments in Christianity are well-known to most Bible-readers. The first is to love God with all the heart, mind, soul, and strength and the second is like it, to love one’s neighbor as one’s self. Many Christian movements, sects, theological books, doctrine, and denominations ... Review: The Modern Life Study Bible

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5 Stars

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NIV Essentials Study Bible

NIV Essentials Study Bible

On 12/14 scifiwritir wrote: With the inclusion of so many study tools and resources, this is definitely an improvement on the other NIV Bibles, and other study Bibles in general. Some might be confused with all the resources but modern teenagers, a generation of multi-taskers, will find it easily navigable. One certainly can buy ... Review: NIV Essentials Study Bible

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4 Stars

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Buried Alive

Buried Alive

On 2/11 scifiwritir wrote: Roy Hallums was a retired newly divorced U S Navy Commander when he was kidnapped from his contracting job in Iraq. His book, Buried Alive: The True Story of Kidnapping, Captivity, and a Dramatic Rescue , is a story of that 311-day ordeal. Survivor stories have always had a special appeal for me. I ... Book Review: Buried Alive: The True Story of kidnapping, Captivity, and a Dramatic Rescue

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4 Stars

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