Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Tony Evans Study Bible from Holman Publishing [Review & Giveaway - Ends Dec. 10)

I am honored to review the Tony Evans Study Bible. This is a beautifully crafted Bible from reputable Holman publishing house. The theme (if one can title it such) of this edition is "Advancing God's Kingdom Agenda."

A Perfect Christmas Gift for Someone Special in Your Life!

My personal thoughts: The first "study Bible" I can recall is the one my father used and later passed on to me. It was the Scofield Reference Bible which was published in the King James Version and held notes by Dr. Scofield, eminent orator and preacher, indexed to the verses.. I loved that Bible and the insightful notes. That came out around 1916 or so and in the 1950s was still the "go to" study Bible. I have my own newer copy of this same "Old Scofield Bible" but a couple of other study Bibles as well.

It is interesting to see the way publishers are gearing their Bible printing with study helps to various audiences - boys, girls, children, teens, women, men. That is good, but it is also good to have a Bible that is appropriate for any and all.

Several years ago I began to hear the name "Tony Evans" dropped as a preacher that was worth listening to. He was making a difference. I heard one sermon by him on YouTube upon recommendation of a relative. I was quite impressed, although my being impressed was not what was important. What was important was his adherence to the Word of God, his clear and concise delivery, and the influence he had on his listeners.

The Tony Evans Study Bible is in the Christian Standard Bible version which is fast becoming a standard in Baptist churches. I'm still partial to the King James, but do see the value in this newer version. In this new study Bible, there are features you'll see in most study Bibles -- concordance, maps, etc. There are also articles by Tony Evans, devotionals, a harmony of the Gospels, etc. So much to use to glean nuggets of gold more readily from the richness of God's Word.

Beautifully bound in leathertouch and with thin, paper the feel of this Bible in your hands is that of quality and perfection. Black and Brown Leathertouch cover is soft and flexible. The Bible has a "hefty" feel but is comfortable in my hands.

There are modern, technological links in the print version and you can use the QReader on your mobile to access short comments. Example: The QReader for the Introduction to the Book of Exodus is just over 4 minutes in length where Tony Evans gives a visual intro to that Book of the Old Testament.

NOTE: QReader to scan
for video comments

About the Tony Evans Study Bible: 
The Tony Evans Study Bible, which includes extensive study notes and other ancillary resources to assist in both men’s and women’s Bible study that are carefully crafted and curated by Dr. Tony Evans as General Editor and adapted from his sermons, teachings, and writings. These features are strategically placed alongside the biblical text to explain God’s Word in a fresh way. Applying these truths will empower readers to have transformed lives and transfer the values of the kingdom of God to others.

Features include:

  •  Elegant design
  •  Study notes crafted from Tony Evans sermons and writings
  • 40 inspirational articles
  • 50 “Lessons on Kingdom Living”
  • Plethora of “Questions & Answers”
  • Numerous "Hope Words”
  • Over 150 videos of sermons
  • Devotionals, and teaching from Dr. Evans, page-edge cross-reference system
  • Black-letter text
  • Presentation page and introductory front matter
  • Special back matter section with key definitions
  • Theological and doctrinal charts, and other study helps
  • Concordance
  • Bible reading plan
  • Full-color maps 

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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy from the publisher or its representative to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine alone, and are freely given.

Monday, December 2, 2019

My God Loves Me Bible & My Bedtime Bible Prayers from Kregel Publishing Children's Books

My Bedtime Bible Prayers by Karoline Pahus Pedersen

My thoughts:  This little book will set the habit in young children's hearts and minds to turn their heart toward God in the evening (or any time) as they prepare for their evening rest. Each two-page spread has a heading - "Make A Difference," " "God Is With Us," etc. - a Bible verse, and a short prayer. Each thought appropriate to the Bible verse.

Beautifully written and perfect for young minds to grasp. Allowing these young ones to absorb the right amount of information for their age.

Right sized for young hands with softly padded cover and sturdy pages, and illustrated in simple pictures and blocks of text the book will appeal to the children and soon become a favorite.

I highly recommend this book. Kregel's children's books are always hits with me and I have never been disappointed.

About the book:  Encourages Bible reading and prayer as a natural part of any nighttime routine

This unique book contains 44 prayers, each based on a Bible verse and Bible story, along with a takeaway question. With this caring guidance, children ages 6-8 will learn to share their hearts and thoughts with God—​​​​​​​while also discovering how much He loves them!

My God Loves Me Bible by Cecilie Fodor

My thoughts:  This is an adorable little book for young toddlers. The construction of the book will take a lot of handling with its board pages, softly padded cover, and great handle to facilitate little ones carrying it about.

Though compact in style it covers the Love of God for His Creation by citing verses from the Bible and elaborating on them sufficiently for the young child to grasp the theme of God's love that flows throughout the Bible.

My God Love Me
He is my safe place in hard time
The God of the Faithful (Daniel 6:13-23)
Daniel loved God and prayed to Him three times a day, but this was against the rules....... ......

I highly recommend this charming, educational book for young ones. This is another of the Kregel Publishing children's books. I have not yet been disappointed in their children's books.

About the book:  This colorful book unpacks the wonderful truth that each child is loved by God

Through popular Bible stories, this colorful book unpacks the wonderful truth that each child is loved by God—​​​​​​​and underscores exactly how. Each of the eighteen Bible stories chosen by author Cecilie Fodor speaks uniquely about God's love, backed by additional Scripture references that emphasize the specific truth found in the reading. Together with the heartwarming illustrations, these retellings give children a firm understanding of the Bible message: that God's love for the world and everyone in it led Him to send Christ to save us.

Every child is precious in God's eyes. With this Bible in their hands, they'll be able to confidently say, "My God loves me!" and understand what that means.
DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary books to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Candy Cane Hand Cream & Candy Cane Lip Balm from Good Earth Beauty Exclusives - All Natural & Vegan [Review & Giveaway]

HAND CREAM CANDY CANE (New) (find it here)

Good Earth Beauty Exclusives
Hand Creams $14.00
It's that time of year again! Break out the red and white stripped peppermints or candy cane mint. Minty candy canes. Melt-in-your-mouth mints. Just lots of goodies chock full of the deliciously refreshing mint.

And now the good folks at Good Earth Beauty Exclusives has created joyful, refreshing Candy Cane Mint Hand Cream and Candy Cane Mint Lip Balm. Let's take a look... ...

And while it captures the essence of zinging mint, this hand cream is not overpowering. It is, however, a fantastic and hard working hand cream that has a silkiness and feel of elegance on your hands.

As with other Good Earth Beauty Exclusives Hand Creams, I highly recommend.

Remember, it is #natural and #vegan and rich in wonderful oils and butters that tenderly care for hard working hands.

Why  not tell your hands you love them by lavishing them with this lovely hand cream?

Product information (from Good Earth Beauty): 

Our lavish, modern hand cream repairs dry skin and cuticles, leaving behind the perfectly elegant scent of candy cane. To heal cracked skin, you only need a small drop of this cream, which has aloe, macadamia-seed and olive oils, and shea butter. It's deceptively thin for such a hydrating formula, and it leaves hands soft and supple for the entire day. Perfect for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers.

Free of: parabens, pesticides, petroleum, propylene glycol, phthalates, sulfates, artificial colors.

Made in small batchesin the USA by Good Earth Beauty -  4 oz Tube Price: $14.00

Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe), Sunflower Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Mango Butter, Organic, Evening Primrose Oil, Emulsifying Wax, Rose Hip Oil, Chamomile, Grapeseed Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Radish Root Ferment (Natural Preservative), Proprietary Blend Of Natural Fragrance Oils.

Candy Cane Mint Lip Balm - Natural & Vegan (find it here)

As the song goes.... "Baby It's Cold Outside" and you lips just simply don't like that. So beware and be warned that you need to take care of your lips during wintry weather. So.. what better way to do it than with a delicious minty lip balm.

Good Earth Beauty Exclusives
Lip Balms $6.25 each

You color your lips. But what else do you do for your lips besides color them? Sometimes our lipstick provides softening oils that help care for them. But often not enough for overcoming the harshness of weather extremes.

That takes a powerful yet natural and gentle product. Good Earth Beauty Exclusives line of lip balms are just that. These Lip Balms have the potential to soften, soothe, beautify our lips and protect them from the harshness that shifts in weather throw our way.

The Candy Cane Mint Lip Balm has just a hint mint that helps you conjure images of sweetness and delights.

I highly recommend and I encourage you to get one for yourself and several for stocking stuffers and party favors. (Hint: there are lots of fragrances in these lip balms that all those sweet little girls - big girls, too - will simply love to have several of.)

Product information: Vegan - natural -  soothing and moisturizing - helps heal chapped lips. Seasonal scent Great for summer.  Slather over your lips for the cool feeling of eating a fresh strawberry. Sweet flavor. Made by Good Earth Beauty Price $6.25
Ingredients: Meadowfoam oil, olive oil, avocado butter, candellia wax, vitamin E, natural flavor oil
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1 Full Size Candy Cane Mint Hand Cream
1 Candy Cane Mint Lip Balm
Begins December 2
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary product to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given after I have personally used it. Winner's prize is provided and shipped by publicist or directly to the winner.

The Rebel Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower) by Shannon McNear [Giveaway 3 Winners]

About the Book: Setting - 1863, Tennessee, Civil War

Can Love Form Amidst Tensions of War?

During the clash between Union and Confederacy, quiet Tennessean Pearl MacFarlane is compelled to nurse both Rebel and Yankee wounded who seek refuge at her family’s farm. She is determined to remain unmoved by the Yankee cause—until she faces the silent struggle of Union soldier Joshua Wheeler, a recent amputee. The MacFarlane family fits no stereotype Joshua believed in; still he is desperate to regain his footing—as a soldier, as a man, as a Christian—in the aftermath of his debilitating injury. He will use his time behind enemy lines to gather useful intelligence for the Union—if the courageous Rebel woman will stay out of the line of danger.

Daughters of the Mayflower series:

  • The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
  • The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
  • The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
  • The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)?
  • The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
  • The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)
  • The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1836 Texas (February 2019)
3 Winners Receive A Copy
Begins December 1
Ends December 30 at 12:01 a.m. EST
Open to USA addresses only.
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Barbour publishing to facilitate a review, though a review is not required. Giveaway contest is held by Chat With Vera and prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner by Barbour Publishing or its publicist.