Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | July 29, 2021

Reading Scripture from Jewish Perspective

If you have read “The Rock, The Road and The Rabbi”, co-authored by Kathie Lee Gifford and Rabbi Jason Sobel, then you are familiar with Rabbi Sobel’s insight into Christianity from a Jewish perspective. (If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it.) “Mysteries of the Messiah” offers a more in-depth theological look into the Scriptures as Rabbi Sobel opens our eyes to the wonder of God in His Word.

While the first several chapters read like a textbook, the rest of the book will delight you with the Rabbi’s teaching. He opens your eyes to just how creative, orderly and wonderful God truly is. God’s intricate plans and purposes for the world, His people and His Word begin to fall into place as we learn to read and study the Bible through the eyes of the original readers and see the world through a Jewish perspective.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from HarperCollins through Audra Jennings PR. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | July 18, 2021

Visual Overview of the Bible

Michael Wittmer has created an overview of the Bible that shows the beauty and life-giving power of God’s Word through beautiful illustrations, photos, maps and charts. Covering the major divisions, events, people, places and doctrines, “The 5-Minute Visual Guide to the Bible” will help you during your Bible study time.

Wittmer’s book is a good reference tool for Bible teachers and small group leaders. You will find interesting descriptions, colorful and beautiful imagery and references to help with deeper study. You will find creative ways to teach and share God’s Word through the use of this visual guide.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Barbour Publishing, Inc. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I was excited to receive a copy of the King James Version (KJV) Thompson Chain-Reference Bible from BibleGateway to review. The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible is a product of Dr. Frank Charles Thompson, first published in 1908, and is considered to be one of the best reference Bibles ever written. Containing a topical, alphabetical and numerical index, this study Bible could be the last reference Bible you will ever purchase. There are many tools and guides that will profit you in your Bible study time.

I was thrilled with the archaeological supplement and the many maps that were included. In addition to the KJV, you can also purchase the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible in the NKJV, NASB and ESV. Read more about the Bible at https://bg4.me?3ztLGFV. You can purchase the Bible from the FaithGateway Store at https://bg4.me/3iIvD0V.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as a member of BibleGateway Blogger Grid. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | June 21, 2021

Daily words of affirmation

John Strange’s “Dwell On These Things Inspiration Cards” is a 31-card set published by Ink & Willow as a supplement to his book “Dwell On These Things”. They are to be used to encourage you with positive messages designed to lift you up and remind you of God’s truth. One side has an inspirational and uplifting quote while the other is a short devotional on how to apply it to your life.

I did not read the book, so these cards are not as meaningful for me. I can only assume that these should be purchased only if you read the book. While the cards are inspiring, they do not contain Scripture at all. While many of the cards allude to the Bible, they do not offer verses that give context. Also, the box that holds them for display is flimsy and not very stable. If you are looking for inspirational cards to share with others in a gift or letter, these would work very well for that purpose. I would encourage you to add Scripture to them.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Ink & Willow, a division of Penguin Random House, as part of its Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | June 21, 2021

A beautiful Bible journal for women

I immediately fell in love with this journal when I pulled it out of the package and saw the cover. “A Bible Study Journal for Women”, published by Barbour Publishing is gorgeous inside and out. Based on the best-selling “How to Study Your Bible”, the journal contains excerpts from the popular work and helps students of the Bible with going deeper into the Word.

The Journal gives tips on how to study the Bible in a way that brings clarity, consistency and application to your personal quiet time. It will be a beautiful treasure you will save and return to again and again. It will also be a treasure to pass down to future generations.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Barbour Publishing, Inc. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | June 21, 2021

Esther’s calling

I have read several Bible studies and books about Esther over the past year–each with different and interesting views on Esther’s thoughts, behavior and motives. All unique in their presentation and all very good and beneficial. You can never have enough good studies on the Bible, especially those that encourage and motivate you to study the Bible for yourself. You learn something new every time you read and study a book of the Bible.

Megan Brown’s “Summoned” is the most recent study on Esther. As are most of Moody Publisher’s studies, “Summoned” is a weekly study (8-week) with daily work that incorporates insights of the portion of Scripture along with your own study and observation. This is great as a group study and profitable as an individual study.

While Brown goes into depth in her discussion, she also offers opportunities for meditation and thought into Esther’s story and God’s Word. I hope you will include this study in your next small group or individual quiet time with God. I have always enjoyed and benefitted from Moody Publisher’s selection of Bible studies.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Moody Publishers, as part of its book review blogger program. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | June 20, 2021

God created us to stand out

One chapter into “Chasing Wonder” by Ginger Stacey I decided that at age 50-something, this book was not for me. Fortunately, however, this didn’t make me quit. Instead, I forged on hoping that I would find some value in reading about adventure and taking chances at my advanced age.

I admire people who through caution to the wind and try new things, even dangerous things. I, myself, cannot make that decision. However, I did glean some wisdom about developing a different form of adventure mindset. Life is about taking chances. They don’t have to be dangerous or life-threatening, but they do ask us to get out of our comfort zone and do something new to have a deeper, more intimate relationship with God.

Stache’s wisdom gained through a vast experience of taking bold chances teaches us how to do the same I our relationship with God. If you need some help with adventure, Chasing Wonder will help you.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hatchette Book Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | May 12, 2021

How to take no for an answer (from God)

It is hard to hear God say no especially to our dreams that we thought came from Him. Elizabeth Laing Thompson’s “When God Says No”, walks us through the stories of 11 people in the Bible who heard God say no to their dreams. These stories help us see that God has a purpose in saying no and encourage us to move on and discover what God has for us instead.

Each story gives us hope that God has our best interest at heart even when He is disciplining us. While God’s no can often hurt and fill us with disappointment, we need to remember that God loves us and is there to listen to us. Thompson writes as someone with experience in hearing God’s no, but she comes out of it with grace.

When asked to write this book, Thompson gifted us with the wisdom she learned from her experience. I have read several of Thompson’s books, and she never fails to provide insight and wisdom that could only come from God and her experience. She writes what she knows and blesses us with her words of insight.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Barbour Publishing, Inc. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | April 27, 2021

It is always fun to visit Hope Harbor

I like to linger in Hope Harbor. People’s dreams come true in Hope Harbor. Losses and disappointments take a backseat to newfound hope on its shores. The people are friendly; the town is inviting; the possibilities are endless.

In Hope Harbor, someone like Katherine Parker can escape fame and fortune and find her true calling, and Zack Garrett can find solace after the traumatic loss of his brother. When they find each other, Katherine and Zack can mend fences with their past and press on toward the future. Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like that?

Irene Hannon’s newest installment to the Hope Harbor series, “Blackberry Beach” is a great opportunity to visit Hope Harbor and get to know its beauty, its fish taco master, Charlie, and its people. I do wish more of the people had made an appearance in “Blackberry Beach”, though.

I relish my days spent in Hope Harbor. They always end too soon, but the next adventure always arrives right on time. I hope Hannon never gives up on this series. After all, there is always someone looking for a little hope.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, as part of its Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | April 13, 2021

Discipleship Principles

Bill Mowry’s “Walk With Me” offers advice on how to disciple others and connect them to Jesus. He also shows readers how to mentor others to disciple soon-to-be followers of Christ. Sometimes we make things harder and more intimidating than necessary. Mowry encourages us to invite others to walk with us as we walk with God. By walking together, we both grow in our faith and learn how to better serve and love others.

“Walk With Me” is a must-read for anyone looking to mentor someone as well as how to be mentored by someone else. It is a very well-written and encouraging book for Christians who want to lead others to a relationship with God.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Moody Publishers, as part of its book review blogger program. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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