Book Review: Whisper

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Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God, written by Mark Batterson, published by Waterbrook & Multnomah, is a book designed for those attempting to discern whether or not God is speaking to them.

Many people today wonder if God still speaks to Christians. If He stills makes Himself known people today. For those who question, Mark Batterson has the answer. He believes that God still speaks, but we need to learn how to listen properly.

Mark states in this book that a whisper from God has the ability to change our lives in powerful ways. Knowing how to hear God can bring about miracles, bold visions, and proper directions. Mark’s desire is to help his readers understand that hearing God can become a natural occurrence for believers.

Mark does this by introducing seven different ways that God speaks to His children and the need to have a whispering spot, a specific place to listen to God’s voice.

This book addresses/answers the questions that Christians have about God speaking to us today, thus it is a recommended purchase for those who want to hear more clearly the voice of God.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

 

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Published in: on February 9, 2018 at 12:41 am  Leave a Comment  

Bible Review: NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible

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The NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible, published by Zondervan in partnership with the makers of Logos Bible Software, is a Bible packed full of powerful, “Biblical insights that you can see.”

This Bible includes many features to assist serious Bible students. It has the full text of the NKJV. There are over one hundred full-color infographics, timelines, and tables. There are twenty-seven family trees and people diagrams, including three detailed timelines chronicling the life of Jesus, His ministry, and His death and resurrection.

The book introductions include outlines, backgrounds, themes, and maps or timelines. Information regarding original Biblical languages is revealed in the verse-by-verse study notes. The words of Jesus are presented in red making it easier to study the teachings of Jesus. Also, there are contributions by many respected authors and/or scholars, such as Charles Stanley, Lee Strobel, and Timothy Keller.

This is an amazing Bible packed with powerful informal tools, thus it is a recommended purchase.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

 

Published in: on February 9, 2018 at 12:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Bible Review: The Woman’s Study Bible

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NIV The Woman’s Study Bible, published by Thomas Nelson, is a Bible that seeks to bring forth “God’s Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation.” This Bible is specifically designed to assist women in strengthening both their Biblical knowledge and their relationships with Christ.

This Bible features special notes and features that appeal to women and highlights numerous women throughout the scriptures. It includes contributions from more than eighty women, varied by denomination, education, occupation, and ethnicity to encourage mentorship.

Special features include a full-color design, readable 10.5 font, biographical portraits of over 100 Biblical women, verse by verse study notes, over 300 in-text topical articles, essays from women who are experts in various fields, book introductions and outlines, full-color maps, charts, timelines, family trees, quotes from Godly women of history, a topical index, and a concordance.

This is an incredible Bible. The large type makes it easy to read, and the use of color adds to the reading experience, thus it is a recommended purchase for a gift or personal use.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

 

Published in: on February 1, 2018 at 7:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

Book Review: 365 Bible Answers For Curious Kids

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365 Bible Answers For Curious Kids, Written by Kathryn Slattery, published by Tommy Nelson (an imprint of Thomas Nelson Publishing), is a book designed to answer questions that might pass through the mind of its younger, more curious audience.

Children are full of questions, it’s inbred within their DNA to be curious, inquisitive, and seek to discover knowledge in regard to their surroundings. Sometimes their inquisitive nature can be taxing, but not when it comes to utilizing this wonderful publication.

Kathryn does an amazing job providing scripture-based responses to the common questions kids ask about God, faith, and religion. This book addresses the questions contained inside with accuracy, but in such a simplistic way that its intended audience can understand.

This book is perfect for helping young, inquisitive minds discover amazing wonders of scripture, thus it is a recommended purchase.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

Published in: on January 23, 2018 at 12:26 am  Leave a Comment  

Review: God Of Tomorrow

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God Of Tomorrow: How To Overcome The Fears Of Today And Renew Your Hope For The Future, written by Caleb Kaltenbach, published by Waterbrook, is a book that strives to help its readers surrender to God.

We live in the age of the unknown. Will we have a job tomorrow? Will we be able to retire one day? Will we be able to provide for our families? Will we be able to take a vacation? These are just a few of the unknowns that we deal with, sometimes on a daily basis. These unknowns can cause great havoc within our lives, thus we must be able to find a way to walk through them and into tomorrow.

In this book, Caleb tries to help his readers remove all of the concern they have been focusing on concerning that which is unknown and instead place their trust and hope in God, who is already present in their tomorrows.

This publication has the power to guide its readers into a greater position of trust, believing that God will never leave nor forsake them in their time of need, thus it is a recommended purchase.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

Published in: on January 9, 2018 at 2:23 am  Leave a Comment  

Bible Review: NIV Journal Through The Word Bible For Teen Girls

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NIV Journal The Word Bible For Teen Girls, published by Zondervan, is a Bible designed to help teen girls grow in their faith and come to a greater understanding of their purpose upon this earth

One of the features that makes this an amazing Bible is the space that is provided for journaling.  Upon each page, you will find a column side of the page to the left or right, depending which page you are viewing, where notes can be jotted down during your time of study.

In some cases, the column is slightly smaller in length because of another great feature found in this Bible. This feature is called Journaling Prompts. These Journaling Prompts, totaling more than 450, serve to give a small amount of direction in regard to a specific verse or topic found on the page.

Other features included are a table of weights and measures, subject index, and directive footnotes. This Bible also comes in the easy to read and understand NIV version, which is plus for its directed audience.

If there is a teen girl in your life that desires to grow in her relationship with God, this is the perfect Bible for her, thus it is a recommended purchase.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

Published in: on January 9, 2018 at 2:21 am  Leave a Comment  

Review: How To Listen So People Will Talk: Build Stronger Communications And Deeper Connections

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How To Listen So People Will Talk: Build Stronger Communications And Deeper Connections, published by Bethany House, written by Becky Harling, is a book that desires to help its readers communicate better.

Without communication, relationships are more likely to fail, to travel through difficult times or end badly. Becky has an innate desire to see that this does not happen to her readers.  She believes that the secret to communication is to listen and listen well, thus causing a powerful impact to occur within your relationships.

This ideology does not just apply to marital relationships. Powerful listening will also make an impact on all the relationships within your life, such as your friendships, your work partners, your children, grandchildren, etc.

Upon reading this book, you will have a greater understanding of the power of listening, and all of your relationships will be drastically improved, thus making this a recommended purchase for anyone who desires to have better relationships within their life.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

 

Published in: on January 9, 2018 at 12:44 am  Leave a Comment  

Review: Restore: Break Out Of Your Past And Into God’s Future

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Restore: Break Out Of Your Past And Into God’s Future, written by Vince Antonucci, published by Tyndale Momentum: the nonfiction imprint of Tyndale House Publishers, is a book that seeks to offer guidance to those that feel stuck within their lives.

At some point within their lives, everyone feels stuck, maybe even more often than we care to admit, but often we don’t really know what to do, where to go, or how to process the direction of our lives. This book seeks to redirect us in these situations.

The reason this book has the potential to help is centered around the fact that Vince is not just writing about a topic, he is writing out of his own experiences dealing with a father that was not loving, but instead abusive and neglectful. His own experiences, some of which will be relatable to others, stand as a guide for his readers to deal with their own personal hurts and pains.

It doesn’t matter if it was a past hurt, a bad habit or a setback, this book has the ability to help you move through your situation, thus it is a recommended purchase.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

Published in: on January 9, 2018 at 12:42 am  Leave a Comment  

Review: True Identity

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True Identity: Finding Significance and Freedom Through Who You Are In Christ, written by John Majors, published by Bethany House, is a book that desires its readers to better understand who they are in Christ.

Understanding that we live in a world that has a tendency to place labels upon everything and everyone, John strives to help his readers understand their true identity, who they reality are, and that this identity comes from their relationship with Christ.

This is a seemingly difficult task, given that we live in an age of gender identity confusion, but John does an amazing job of clarifying that we are created in God’s image, an image that cannot be tarnished by confusion or distortion. In other words, we are male and female. Not the opposite, not both, not one sometimes and the other at other times.

John uses a perfect analogy to get his point across that is found on page73. “You can’t put apple juice in your cars gas tank and expect your car to work even though apple juice kind of looks like gasoline. And you can’t drink gasoline, even though it kind of looks like apple juice. Neither situation will work because the designers of the car, the gas and the apple juice didn’t design things to work that way.”

This is a book that has the ability to open up the minds of those willing to take its message seriously, thus it is a recommended purchase.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

Published in: on January 9, 2018 at 12:40 am  Leave a Comment  

Review: Answering The Toughest Questions About Suffering And Evil

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Answering The Toughest Questions About Suffering And Evil, written by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz, published by Bethany House, is a book that desires to help its reader better understand and form a Biblical perspective of the suffering and evil that occur within life.

Bruce and Stan cannot provide every bit of information on the topics of suffering and evil, but they do strive to provide some answers to the critical questions that arise during our times of difficulty, suffering, and/or pain.

Some of these questions include, but are not limited to the following:

Did God create evil?

Why is there suffering and evil in a world made good by God?

Why doesn’t God eliminate suffering and evil?

Why is the Bible full of violence?

Why do innocent people suffer?

What can I do about suffering and evil?

Bruce and Stan approach such a difficult topic with great insight, while utilizing the gift of humor, but not without being completely open and honest about suffering, evil, and the Bible.

This publication has the potential to help its readers come to a greater understanding of the role suffering and evil play within their lives, thus it is a recommended purchase for personal use or for someone dealing with the subject matter.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

Published in: on January 9, 2018 at 12:37 am  Leave a Comment