Friday, February 19, 2016

NKJV Apply The Word Study Bible Review

Hello again!

Today I'm here with another book review for a study Bible that I received from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers. This Bible is to be released March 8, 2016.

First of all, just upon first looking at the book, this is a really nice Bible. It's a hardcover book with a very pretty cover. The cover looks the same when you take the dust jacket off, and I personally love that, and the cover is super shiny and nice. The pages are so soft and sleek and feel nice in my hands, yet they're thick and sturdy enough that I don't feel like the page is going to tear when I flip it. It's organized really well and laid out nicely as well. Also, the words of Jesus are in red, which I really like to see.

Looking inside now, I find the study information inside to be extremely helpful. Whenever a new person appears in the text, there is a little blurb on the page explaining who that person was and summarizing what they did. There is also a lot of extra information explaining terms and events that take place, which I find really helpful in understanding the events. There are cross references near verses where it shows a different related verse to give more information, which helps me in understanding. I'm pretty sure that I say this in all of my Bible reviews, but I am really excited to look through this more and learn more.

Based on my brief browsing of it, I do recommend the NKJV Apply the Word study Bible. I've never read the Bible all the way through, and I'm still learning a lot as I am reading it, so I really like having these study Bibles to help explain things and give me more information. I give it 5/5 stars.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Resurrected Ones by Richard K. Thomas: Review

I received a copy of The Resurrected Ones by Richard K. Thomas from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

This book is about those resurrected at the same time as Christ's resurrection to do God's work. Each chapter of the book told a story of one of the three main characters aiding a Believer. The stories in the book take place all the way from Christ's time to present day. Though based on real events, this book is fiction.

I finished this book a few minutes ago, and to be honest I am very happy to be done with it. I did not enjoy this book very much, and I only gave it 1/5 stars on Goodreads. The stories bored me quite a bit, and I really didn't have any attachment to any of the characters. The writing style was hard to get past. All of the sentences were short and choppy, and the author hardly used any pronouns and just repeated names over and over again, which got really annoying. I felt like I was reading something that a child had written. Also, this may be just because I read the ebook version, but the book was filled with typos. It seemed like the author was trying to write both a novel and a study, but he missed on both. Finally, the stories that Thomas created were just so far fetched and unbelievable (as well as fictional) that they just really put me off. The author says he wrote this book to teach his children about God's providence, but if that's the case then he should have just shared stories of real things that God has done.

I gave this book 1/5 stars, and it is not a book that I would recommend to someone else. As the entirety of this book is fictional stories and speculation, I do not believe that it conveys Biblical truth, though I am not well educated on this subject.

Friday, February 5, 2016

January Wrap-Up/ February TBR

This year, I set my Goodreads reading goal for 100 books, which is a little crazy. I know I'm probably not going to make it to 100, but I'm really going to try. I'm okay with not reaching the goal, but that's what I want to work towards.

So far, I'm really happy with my reading this year. I read quite a bit in January since I wasn't working and I didn't start school again until the very end of the month.

Here's what I read in January:
  1. Monkeys and the Chair: Josiah's Story by Renee Oppenheim Peacock- 1/5 stars
  2. All Wound Up by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee- 5/5 stars
  3. Dangerous Love by Ray Norman- 4/5 stars
  4. The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer- 3/5 stars
  5. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen- 3/5 stars
  6. This World We Live in by Susan Beth Pfeffer- 4/5 stars
  7. Mount Vernon Love Story by Mary Higgins Clark- 2/5 stars
  8. Perfect by Ellen Hopkins- 5/5 stars
  9. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi- 4/5 stars
  10. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard- 3/5 stars
  11. The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer- 1/5 stars
Here's my February TBR:
  1. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (I actually finished this about an hour ago, yay!)
  2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  3. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  4. The Martian by Andy Weir
I also know that I'll be receiving some books for review this month, but I don't know what yet. Hopefully I'll read more than those four books, but with school, it could really go either way.

Have you read any of these?
What did you think?
Do you have any recommendations?