May 162013
 

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Have you ever gone someplace spectacular in the great outdoors? Someplace so awe inspiring that you so wanted to have your Bible with you to read about the glory of God in such a place, yet you left your Bible at home because you knew that where you were going wasn’t going to be friendly to printed material?

Now, when you go camping, hiking, boating, to the pool, lake, ocean, get deployed or even just have a habit of wanting to read in the tub but don’t because you have the dropsies, you can take along the Waterproof Bible.

Yes, you read that right. I had the privilege of reviewing a WATERPROOF BIBLE!!!!!!!

This is so cool. It is produced by Bardin Marsee Publishing to fill the need of being able to take the Bible everywhere. This Bible is so hard to mess up. It doesn’t rip (even my manly man of a husband couldn’t get it to rip when I had him try it). This Bible can get wet, get totally submerged, mud on it, dropped in a river, taken up in the Himalayas, accidentally shoved in the freezer while wet, go visit sharks and any other random place that it can go. Dirt just rinses off, the pages are very sturdy synthetic material and very hard to mangle (I think having it bitten by a rattlesnake would put holes in some of the pages probably, and dropping it into an active volcano will probably render it melted but I’m not sure I would be willing to try and fish it out of hot lava myself…). I’m not too sure how well it would hold up if it is run over with a lawnmower if it is left out in the grass on mowing day, and I’m not too willing to try that test myself (as it was, having HubbaHubba try and rip it apart was nerve wracking enough!)

If you are a person who insists on writing in your Bible, don’t use a water based pen. Ball point pens and dry highlighters work best or you run the risk of smears or it rinsing off when you tip your kayak over in the rapids.

They have several different translations of the Bible to choose from. They carry KJV, NKJV, ESV, NLT and NIV so you can choose the version that fits with your ideology. You can purchase the Waterproof Bible at several different retailers if are so excited you can’t wait for one to get shipped to you or go through their website, especially if you want to order something a bit more customized that they offer.

I so look forward to going camping with this Bible later this summer. I’ve always been rather scared to take our good paper Bibles out with us on outings like that before, and now, I can’t wait to do so! Plus I can read it next to the pool while the girls are swimming the summer away and not have to worry about it getting ruined.

—I will add photos later after I get them edited. I am just now getting back to routine after a family emergency that required us to make a hasty trip to my parents’ home ten hours away for nearly a week. More on that and what else that has been going on in our lives recently (all rather crazy stuff) later after I get caught up. Thanks for bearing with us in this season of life.—

Everyday Matters Bible for Women Review

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Nov 062012
 

I know what you must be thinking…..The Bible is the Bible and reviewing it? I know, I know, I’m not necessarily reviewing the content of the Bible (which is the infallible word of God, it has no need to be reviewed by me), I am more like reviewing the layout, style and design of this bound Bible.

The Everyday Matters Bible for Women is from the New Living Translation. You can look up how this translation came to be on your own if you are so inclined…This is not a review of the translation either.

This Bible is hard bound and very sturdy. The color of the cover is teal with orchids on the front with a slight distressed look around the border. It is very lovely to look at from the outside. It also comes with a nice dust jacket and I was thrilled to see a ribbon bookmark in the spine. The thickness of the pages is a bit thicker than other Bibles I have owned and I’m not terrified to flip the page. They also chose a slightly larger font size for the print for which I am grateful. It makes reading the Word so much easier on the eyes (yet it isn’t a large print Bible, so please don’t think it is).

This Bible has small articles scattered throughout dealing with topics that are applicable to our lives as women. These topics include faith, submission, confession, service, worship and Bible study and meditation. Each has a specific symbol so you can easily identify the article at a glance. The articles are written by such notable people as Liz Curtis Higgs, Priscilla Shirer, Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Joni Erickson Tada among others. Normally I absolutely can not stand having anything added into my Bible texts. The pages are typically thicker, glaring in font and color choices and don’t seem to fit in well with the bound book as a whole. I was so pleasantly surprised that this time it is not the case. The articles are inserted where the text was speaking to that topic, on the same page (kind of like an extra text box in some books, but kept with the flow of the entire layout). The articles are placed where they fit in with the Bible text so you can read an applicable article while looking at a specific subject in the Bible. They aren’t disruptive at all. I never thought I would appreciate extra articles in the Bible I am reading, but this time I do.

The articles contain a longer writings on Everyday Matters, Everyday Profiles where a profile of a woman from the Biblical narrative is shared, Everyday Reflections which are a bit shorter to share how to apply Biblical principals into your life and then Everyday Q & As where common questions about faith and life are asked and answered.

I think that this is a good resource for those who wish to have study materials inside of the their Bible of choice instead of juggling several different books at once. This is a good introduction to Bible study for new Christians and for those who may be curious about what it means to be a Christian woman and want to see for themselves.

To see what others had to say about this Bible, go visit the CWAReview Crew’s Site.

This Bible can be purchased where ever you buy your Bibles. Amazon, CBD, or your local Christian bookstore.

I was given a copy of the Everyday Matters Bible for Women as a part of the Christian Woman’s Affiliate Crew. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received.

The World’s Greatest Stories- A TOS Review

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Dec 152011
 

My girls love to listen to nearly anything presented to them. So, I was excited to have the opportunity to receive and review a copy of The World’s Greatest Stories.

The World’s Greatest Stories is a collection of CDs that has the Biblical narrative dramatized. We are talking word for word straight out of the Word of God, in your choice of either NIV or KJV.

The text is word for word straight out of the Bible and isn’t boring to listen to at all. Mr. Saris is a delight to listen to as he becomes the people of the Bible and the history of the stories comes alive as he narrates it. The girls enjoy having Volume One, The Prophets on as we go about our day.

HubbaHubba is very particular about anything recorded. He loves to make recordings himself and is always picking apart recordings for what he thinks could have been done differently or better. Let me say that he was impressed with the quality of the production. He was leery at first since it seems that much of what is produced in the Christian realm isn’t done as professionally as it could be.

We received Volume 1- The Prophets for our review. My favorite rendition was the telling of the Handwriting on the Wall. Also included in The Prophets is: The Blazing Furnace from Daniel 3, Daniel in the Lion’s Den from Daniel 6, Elijah and the Prophets of Baal from 1 Kings 17-18 and The Prophecy of Jonah. All in all, a delight to listen to either all at once as you are doing your daily routine or one at a time to help supplement your Bible time.

At the time of this post, you can purchase any of the volumes (1-6) for $7.95 apiece, which is very reasonable for the quality of the recording that you will get. I intend to purchase others from The World’s Greatest Stories in the coming months.

I wasn’t the only one to receive The World’s Greatest Stories for review, other members of the Crew did too, so go and see what others had to say.

I received a copy of The World’s Greatest Stories, Volume One The Prophets by George W. Saris as a part of The Old Schoolhouse’s Crew. All opinions are mine and mine alone; no other compensation was received..

Sep 132011
 

This contest is now closed.

Theo, Teaching Children God’s Word is a new offering in the realm of children’s ministry/Biblical/Theological offerings.

I was expecting full length (20-30 minutes) episodes. These lessons are short. 5 and 9 minutes long to be precise. While I was disappointed in how short each of the episodes were, my girls weren’t. They really seemed to like them and begged to watch them again, and again.

The two episodes are Saving Faith (9 min) and Good News (5 min). Their titles are pretty self-descriptive. Theo is an older, grandfather type individual who talks directly to the children and doesn’t dumb things down with theological terms. Bugs seemed to understand what he was saying, but then she and her sister are being taught the Bible and theology in homeschool now. So, they have a greater understanding than a lot of children their ages probably do. My husband thought the words used was above the normal young child’s comprehension range. But in regards to our children, it isn’t. There are two mice in the series who provide comic relief of sorts from Theo’s explanations and while they are funny, might have been better worked into the story.

I would love to see more of the series to see if it could be incorporated into our Bible lessons in our homeschool. There is a church curriculum available now from LifeWay Christian stores (wish we had one local so I could look at it all…) and I can really see this being used in children’s ministry in the church. It does have a depth that most children’s church curriculums seem to lack.

Theo was created by Michael Joens whom you may recoginize from his work on McGee and Me and Adventures in Odyssey.

To learn more about Theo for yourself, feel free to visit the Theo Website, Theo Facebook Page, or the church curriculum from LifeWay Christian Stores. There are even iPad and iPhone apps available on the website.

Now, on to the giveaway. I have permission to giveaway two DVDS of Theo to my readers (US only please). To enter, leave me a comment. To gain additional entries (leaving a seperate comment for each) follow me on Google Friend Connect, like my Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter (in right sidebar), follow me on Networked Blogs, tweet or post this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter, and enter my giveaway for Ginny Owens’ new DVD. I will draw a winner on Monday September 26, at about 9 pm CST.

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Mar 092011
 

Today is Ash Wednesday.

I didn’t grow up in a strictly litrugical church. However, one year they held Ash Wednesday services in the evening and we all got Ashes put on our foreheads.  I was young, no one explained a thing to me and I really was not liking it at all.

Now that I’m an adult, and have done a bit of reading on the subject I understand the symbolism of the Ashes. It is a sign of repentance (sackcloth and ashes anyone?)

I don’t know about you, but I’m a very sinful human being. Not like I’m a murderer, or thief, but I am full of pride and lust over things, I lose my temper with my children and others, I don’t always have the most charitable thoughts towards others.  Jealousy comes easily. I can be lazy and let household chores slide. Things that are not of the fruit of the Spirit. I am not always full of love, and patience and kindness and gentleness and self-control.

So, today is the day for repenting. I will spend time repenting of my sins. And pray to be made into a better person who follows and looks more like Christ. And I will get a start on the heavy cleaning I am wanting done before we celebrate the ressurecction of our Lord. It is a time for a fresh beginning not only spiritually, but also physically. I like this preparation and cleansing time better than New Year’s resolutions. This is more about preparing oneself to be a better follower of Christ, to better represent Him to the world and to become better ourselves while doing so. It is also a chance to really bless others with our decisions and and Lenten preparations as we prepare to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord when He truly made all things new.

This post is for the Lenten link up over at A House Upon The Rock. So head on over there and read what others are doing and feel free to link up a post yourself.

*as a small note, I can’t get the image to link to the main blog post for this meme today. And I have promised the girls who are not feeling well that they can watch a movie so I must get to that and them now. Perhaps I’ll have better success next time, but the link to join in is hyperlinked in the paragraph above this one.  Thank you for your understanding..