September 23, 2012
BOOK REVIEW, Marsha L Randolph
Bible Study, Book Reivew, Christianity, Faith, religion
Because of the infiltration of various ideologies into the lives of various individuals “Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day” by Garry R. Morgan is a very necessary read for everyone.
After reading this book the individual will have a working knowledge of various faiths including: a better understanding of Christianity and its’ branches, Judaism as well as Islam. Other religions include: Hinduism, Buddhism and the Unitarian belief system.
There are 40 chapters and thus if you do a chapter a day, though a few chapters are foundational, A person would have a better understanding of the various religions in less than two months. I have attempted to read on more than one occasion other books that teach about the various faiths and I always had a dictionary at my side. “Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day” is easy to read and therefore easy to read. An individual will not feel like he or she is studying for a college exam while going through the pages.
If you consider yourself a Christian I would suggest you read this book to get a better understanding of the various ideology behind various denominations.
I recommend this book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
July 24, 2012
Marsha L Randolph
Bible Study, Marsha L Randolph, Old Testament
“Introducing the Old Testament” by Tremper Longman III is, as the title implies, a detailed overview of the books of the Old Testament. It is an abridged version of the original book by the same title which makes it an excellent choice for individuals who want to study the bible regardless of their bible knowledge.
With the various denominations in existence today with the accompanying church doctrines it is important that individuals assume personal responsibility for what the bible teaches. It is important to know why you believe what you believe and the only way this can be accomplished is through understanding the context in which each book of the bible is written. Tremper Longman III presents enough foundational information which will facilitate a greater understanding of God’s word.
I received an eBook version of “Introducing The Old Testament” which worked out better than I anticipated, as a rule I purchase hard back reference books. As I began reading there were a few words that I did not know the meaning of and a few points I wanted to highlight. By having the eBook I was also able to use the dictionary to define words without opening a new book, highlight interesting points as well as make notes to myself. This is important to me because I will be taking a class on the book of Genesis in September and the data that I received from this book is the information that I will need to know for the not so anticipated term paper.
If you are one to simply read the bible in a year without thought to who wrote the book, why it was written and the social atmosphere in which the words were written this book will give you a better understanding to the Old Testament. If you already own a study bible this book will take you deeper in your education. If you are studying just one book of the bible, for example Joel, this book will assist you in putting the words of the prophet in context.
I recommend this book.
I receive a complimentary eBook version of “Introducing The Old Testament” from Zondervan publishing via Net Galley in exchange for a fair review.
June 26, 2012
Marsha L Randolph, WORDS 2 GROW BY
Bible Study, book review, eBooks, intercessory prayer, Prayer, words2growby
As I read the ebook format of “Pray for Me”: the Power of Praying for Others by Kenneth H. Carter Jr. I could not help but think: “ I need to get a hardcopy of this”. I am very cautious when it comes to people, no matter what their title, telling me how to be a better anything so my guards were up as I began reading. Though I am a lover of learning I prefer to come to my own conclusions, especially when it comes to faith, I am relieved to report “Pray for Me” is not a “how to” but a “why to” guide.
By sharing Old Testament and New Testament examples of prayer in “Pray for Me” the author allows the individual to grasp how various intercessors used prayer. Readers are guided to meditate on various concept through an “Invitation to reflect” this is where a question may be asked or an idea presented without an author given answer.
“A final lesson: where our energies end, God’s power begins.” (location 313 of 115)
I recommend this book to those who consider themselves intercessors as well as those who want to improve their prayer life. I believe that this book would make an excellent tool for teaching prayer and for me it is a great book for my personal collection.
I received a complimentary copy of Pray for Me by Kenneth H Carter Jr. in exchange for an honest review.