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The Apple of Your Eye

The last time I posted a Bible reading update was April 15, 2014, you can find the link here: The Apple of Your Eye. 
Since April 15 I've read the following Scripture:
Numbers chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36.
John chapters 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
Matthew chapters 26, 27, 28
Mark chapters 14, 15, 16. 
Luke chapters 22, 23, 24. 
John chapters 18, 19, 20, 21.
The highlighted Scriptures were read because of Bible Study Fellowship. In 2013/2014 those of us who are members of Bible Study Fellowship have been studying Matthew. Tonight is our last night. In September we will begin the study of The Life of Moses. Our calendar year for Bible study is September through May, taking time off for holidays, Christmas break, and summer.
In addition, during Passion Week, I read all the Bible verses in the NT pertaining to Jesus' arrest, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection, from the …

[Review] Popcultured: Thinking Christianly About Style, Media and Entertainment by Steve Turner

Title: Popcultured: Thinking Christianly About Style, Media and Entertainment
Author: Steve Turner
Publisher: InterVarsity Press June 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Pages: 254
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars for Good
Source: Free copy from InterVarsity Press in exchange for a review.
This review was first featured at The Christian Manifesto.

When we watch television, listen to music, engage in social media, read magazines and books, they bring us into the fold of culture.
Whether it is the new Spring fashion line of clothes, or what happened at the Academy Awards, or what actor has made a recent film, our interest is peaked in what the world outside our busy life is doing.
In the last twenty years reality television has issued a new wave of culture, we are the voyeur in the lives of people who are not pretending and acting, or are they?
Popcultured: Thinking Christianly About Style, Media and Entertainment, author Steve Turner, takes the view of culture a step further by explaining its personal and spirit…

[Review] NIV Hope in the Mourning Bible: Finding Strength Through God's Eternal Perspective

Title: NIV Hope in the Mourning Bible: Finding Strength Through God's Eternal Perspective
Devotional Editor: Timothy Beals
Publisher: Zondervan/B and B Media Group March 2014
Genre: Bible, New International Version an Update from the 1984 and 2005 editions
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 1536
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars for Very Good
Source: Free copy from Zondervan in exchange for a review. This review first appeared at The Christian Manifesto.

Link @ Amazon: Hardcover $25.99. 

Link for more information at Zondervan/B&B Media Group: NIV Hope in the Mourning Bible.

After the stress and rush of the funeral, people go back to work and life for them is business as usual, but for the grieving, life has irrevocably changed without the presence of their loved one. Grieving is laborious. Some days will be better than others. The flowers which were delivered eventually turn brown and the blossoms fall away. Sympathy cards are read and possibly misplaced. But, God and his word are an ever present he…

[Review] For Such a Time by Kate Breslin

Title: For Such a Time
Author: Kate Breslin
Publisher: Bethany House April 1, 2014
Genre: Fiction, World War II, Holocaust
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
Rating: 5 Stars for Excellent
Source: Free copy from Bethany House in exchange for a review.

Link for more information at the publisher: For Such a Time. This page has a pdf for an excerpt.

Link at Amazon: For Such a Time. Paperback $10.84 and Kindle $9.99.

"Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14b
Summary:
February 1944. Hadassah Benjamin (known in the book as Stella Muller) is a prisoner in Dachau, Germany. She is a Jew, but with the Aryan look Nazi Germany idolizes. Her beauty is not faded by the torn and dirty clothing she wears, nor an emaciated body. SS Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt is captivated by her and rescues her from death by firing squad. He hides her in a chalet until they travel to Theresienstadt, Czechoslovakia. Colonel Schmidt is the Kommandant of Theres…

Passion Week Bible Readings

This is a link to the plan I'm currently reading during Passion Week. 
From Crossway, The Final Days of Jesus. 

Are you reading your Bible?


The Apple of Your Eye

Bible Study Expo April 17, 2014

Join us for a free online Bible study! The 2014 Bible Study Expo will be April 17, 2014, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm CT. 




Twelve teaching leaders represent Bible Study Expo this year:
Lisa Bevere
Dr. Jackie Roese
Kathy Howard
Frances Drost
Jenifer Jernigan
Gail Dudley
Rhonda Stoppe
Sharon Lee Beavers
Jessie Seneca
Jennie Allen 
Sue Edwards
Dawn Yoder

Jennie Allen has a new Bible study which was published January 7, 2014. You maybe familiar with Jennie through the IF Gathering. Jennie's new study is, Restless: Because You Were Made for More.
For more information on this study: Restless. 


Jenifer Jernigan has a new Bible study which was published March 4, 2014. I've known Jenifer for a few years through blogging, and her online Bible studies. She's a sweet spirit, and a faithful girl, who has a passion for teaching God's Word. Jenifer's new study is Diving Deeper: Finding Deep Faith Beyond Shallow Religion. This study is apart of the Inscribed Collection.


[Review] Undone: When Coming Apart Puts You Back Together by Laura Sumner Truax

Title: Undone: When Coming Apart Puts You Back Together Author: Laura Sumner Truax Publisher: InterVarsity Press July 8, 2013 Genre: Non-fiction, spiritual growth, suffering Format: Paperback Pages: 231 Rating: 5 Stars Source: Free copy from InterVarsity Press in exchange for a review.  This review was first featured on The Christian Manifesto.
Link @ publisher for information on the book: Undone. 
Kindle price @ Amazon, $9.39
Every human reaches a deadlock in their life which feels like a brick wall. It is impenetrable and unscalable. This event is called a crisis. If we are unable to “figure it all out” on our own, then “we feel like a failure”. Undone, is insightful and personal reflections from the life of Laura Sumner Truax. She reminds us to “take off” our pretense and be transparent; this first step must be accomplished in order to then surrender over to God's leadership and teaching. Truax expounds on how we perceive our self, and how we see others. We often see “patterns in others…

The Apple of Your Eye

April 1 was the last time to post Bible reading updates. Since this time I've read:
Exodus chapters 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40.
Leviticus chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. 
Luke chapters 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24. 
John chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 
All above Scripture read from New Living Translation Study Bible.

This year I'm reading 1 Corinthians 12 times in 12 different translations. So far I've read 1 Corinthians from New Living Translation Study Bible, Revised Standard Version, and New King James MacArthur Study Bible. I'm currently reading New International Version Hope in the Mourning. So far I've read chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 


A few links of interest:

"Six Lessons in Good Listening" by David Mathis

"Discovering God in the Storm" by Ron Bennett

"What Exactly is Theology?" From the Reasonable Theology

"Gospel in…

[Review] Holman Study Bible NKJV

Title: Holman Study Bible NKJV
Publisher: B and H Publishing September 2013
Genre: Bible
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 2304
Rating: 5 Stars for Excellent
Source: Free copy from B and H Publishing for the purpose of review.

$34.99 at Christian Book Distributor. 

$35.83 at Amazon. 

Link @ publisher: Holman Study Bible NKJV. 

Summary:
9 point text.
Double column.
141 photos, in color.
15,000 study notes.
59 maps, in color. Some of the maps appear to look dimensional.
40 pages of concordance.
The words of Christ in red.
Attached purple satin ribbon marker.
Bible reading plans.
Notes on: "God's Plan for Salvation", "Preface to the New King James Version", "How to Read and Study the Bible", the history of the bible-the Old Testament and New Testament.
Before each Bible book a section explaining: the "author", "Background", its "Message and Purpose", "Contribution to the Bible", and "Structure".
A timeline of event…

[Review] Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers by Leslie Leyland Fields and Dr. Jill Hubbard

Title: Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers: Finding Freedom from Hurt and Hate
Authors: Leslie Leyland Fields and Dr. Jill Hubbard
Publisher: W Publishing Group an Imprint of Thomas Nelson January 21, 2014
Genre: Non-fiction, forgiveness, dysfunctional family, abuse, addiction, mental health disorder.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Thomas Nelson in exchange for a review.

Link for further information at Thomas Nelson: Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers. 

Bio of Dr. Jill Hubbard

An interview with Leslie Leyland Fields, from, The Gospel Coalition. 
An excerpt from the book, from, Patheos: What do we do with a past that haunts us? 
Articles from Christianity Today, Leslie is a featured author for this magazine. 

Summary:
Leslie Leyland Fields shares the story of her childhood. Leslie has five siblings. Their years of growing up in New England was scarred by a father who was absent. When Leslie's father lived at home with his family he was disconnected …

The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg, Tyndale House Publishers

Link for more information on the book: The Auschwitz Escape. 





The Apple of Your Eye

Becky at Operation Actually Read Bible is hosting a Bible reading challenge for the month of April.
Easter is April 20. For the Easter season, reading the Gospel of John is the challenge. Beginning today and running till April 20, try to read the entire book of John (21 chapters).
Original link for the challenge: Operation Actually Read Bible.

Since the last time I posted Bible reading updates (March 22) the following Scripture has been read:
Exodus chapters 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. 
Luke chapters 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. 
John chapters 1, 2. 
All Scripture read from the New Living Translation Study Bible. Bible links provided by Bible Gateway.
Are you reading your Bible?