Saturday, March 30, 2013

One Perfect Life by John MacArthur

One Perfect Life is a complete story of the Lord Jesus Christ.  I have read many books that have claimed the same thing but this one was different.  The author pulls together key stories and teaching throughout Jesus’ life.  The information is gather into a single topic that provides a full understand of what is being told.  Not all of the topics are easy to understand that is where the author provides footnotes for each section of the Bible on that topic.  At first, this was a little over whelming but you find as you keep going the amount of good information drives you to want to read more.  If you are looking for one book to understand Jesus then you need to read this composite of the New Testament.  Passages from the Old Testament are also incorporated into the stories from Genesis to Revelations. 
If you have been looking for a better way to understand the Gospels, a verse-by-verse explanation, key passages connected to Jesus and trusted Bible translations go no further you have found it.
I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review of the book.

Fortress of Mist By Sigmond Brouwer

I’m always concerned when I read a book that is part of a series without having read the previous books. With the Fortress of Mist, the story does provide enough background that reading the first book is not necessary. The book provides a good stand-alone story regarding a King that grew up as an orphan. Like most kingdoms or nation, there is always turmoil. In this book, we find there is a secret society that is trying to force the king to side with them. The king has a secret weapon that only a few know that he has. He owns a library of books that cover many subjects including war. These books have helped in two cases to win two wars and yet not lose a single life. While this is a standalone story, I think you will also find yourself looking for the first book and the books to follow. The plot is quick, easy to read and brings a different viewpoint to the fantasies stories we have all read.

I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing in exchange for my honest review of the book.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Story of the Voice by David B Capes with Chris Seay and James F. Couch Jr.

The Story of ‘The Voice’ is the background how a group of people strived for a new translation of the Bible, the results was ‘The Voice’.  Historically, the bible has been translated into many different versions for many different purposes.  The goal for ‘The Voice’ was the ability to reach out to the younger generation.  The group’s goal is to re-engage younger people in the teaching, meaning and understanding the Bible. 
The book goes through some of the key people who contributed to the book.  Background is also given how the title was decided, philosophy behind the new translation, contextual equivalence in practice and other background information showing the complexity behind doing a new version of the Bible.
Not being familiar with ‘The Voice’ I visited the website.  The website offers a free download of the New Testament.  You can review just how different this translation is from the NIV and NLT versions.  I can see were ‘The Voice’ would be very attractive to a younger generation of readers.  If the current Bible in your church has not captured the younger generation in your church I would suggest trying ‘The Voice’, it delivers the same Biblical messages but simply in a different manner. 
I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review of the book.