Archive for January, 2015

66 Verses

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GOD’S STORY IN 66 VERSES

Understanding The Entire Bible By Focusing On Just One Verse In Each Book

By Stan Guthrie

Does this title sound impossible? Stan Guthrie has composed, what he thinks, are the 66 verses that tell God’s story. He offers a short commentary for each book that gives a quick look to what that book covers. He uses one verse from that book, that when put with other verses from the 66 books, tells the big picture that God’s wants us to know. The book is not to replace the Bible or keep you from reading the complete Bible, just a reference for understanding the Bible. At the end of the book, Stan has a section with just the 66 verses; if you read them together, you will understand the big picture of the Bible and his point for writing this book.

I was a little skeptical when I ordered this book, but when I got it and read through it, the title made sense and found it to be a different approach to understanding God’s word. I believe it could be a help to new Christians.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com&gt; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive 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

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PHONE CALLS FROM HEAVEN

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THE FIRST PHONE CALL FROM HEAVEN

By Mitch Albom

What would happen in your neighborhood or town, if people started to receive phone calls from deceased love ones, this book is a fictional account of just that. Mitch Albom takes this idea and turns it into a heartwarming story about what can happen when a few people start getting that phone call. He describes how it can affect each person, how it will affect the town and the world. Mitch shows how vanity shows in people and how they react to the news media. Are the people crazy? Are the people being taken advantaged of? Alternatively, is it all true and the calls are real. Faith is tested and one man is trying to find the truth. You will follow the people who believe and those who do not. You will see how friendships are built in a time of needing each other’s support..

Once you start to read this book, you will have trouble putting the book down. You will be kept on the edge of your seat wanting to know what happens next. Easy to read and full of details makes this a need to read book.

The opinion expressed here is my personal opinion. I purchased this book and wanted to inform the readers of my blog what I thought of this book.

From Tablet to Table

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FROM TABLET TO TABLE

Where Community is Found and Identity is Formed

By Leonard Sweet

It is time to return to the table at home and church. Put away our electronic gadgets and spend time with the family sharing stories and the Lord. A good place to begin is at the dinner table sharing a meal. In this day and age we have gotten so busy with our lives that we have got away from some of the best times spent by a family. Leonard Sweet has put together his thoughts about getting together at the table to learn about our family and to get together with others, spending quality time without any distractions from our electronic gadgets. The Bible is full of references to the table and food. Leonard shares them in this book. Jesus used the table to get together with many different people, offering fellowship and stories about God. I agree with the author that we have gotten away from this habit of the table and need to return to the table. We forget that with all that we try to do in our lives we have forgotten the important things and are losing special times we need. Leonard does a good job of explaining the table and gives references from the Bible. He offers examples of how this habit of the table can be a blessing to all and just how important it is to helping others understand God. The fellowship offered at the table is important to family and friends, but we need to be careful not to get hung up on the food being the reason of the get together.

A song that the author refers to is Suppertime. It refers to the table that all Christians will sit at, it is the table with our Lord and Savior when we get to Heaven, a time to look forward to.

I received this book free from the Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive 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