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(Review) 50 Things You Need To Know About Satan and Demons by Mark H. Muska

Publisher: Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group. The paperback is available November 4. The Kindle is available now.
Genre: Spiritual Warfare, demons, Satan.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 144.
Rating: 4 Stars for Very Good.
Source: Free copy from Bethany House in exchange for a review. All reviews expressed are from my own opinion.

Available on @ Amazon for Kindle.

50 Things You Need To Know About Satan and Demons is a starting point for the subjects of Satan, demons, and spiritual warfare. The book addresses the important focus for Christians, pertaining to myth and folklore versus what the Bible states.
Mark Muska clarifies all of his points with Bible verses.
Examples of chapters:

Who is Satan?How does Satan act against humans?What is exorcism?Why does Satan want to destroy us?Do demons inhabit specific places?Why did Jesus forbid demons from speaking when He cast them out?What is hell? Is it a real place? Where is it?What is spiritual warfare?Are witches real?
My Thoughts:

(Review) New King James Version Full-Color Study Bible from Thomas Nelson

Publisher: Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins Christian Publishing, October 21, 2014.
Genre: Bible.
Format: Hardcover.
Pages: 2496.
Rating: 5 Stars for Excellent.
Source: Free hardcover Bible from Thomas Nelson and Book Look Bloggers for the purpose of review.

Available at Amazon, Christian Book.

Link for a preview of Bible: NKJV Study Bible. 

Thomas Nelson has published a New King James Version Full- Color edition Study Bible.
Features of the Bible:
A section titled: How To Understand What The Bible Means By What It Says.
114 Articles.
155 Bible Times And Culture Notes.
85 Charts and Diagrams.
75 In-Text Maps.
346 Word Studies.
Introductory chapter for each book of the Bible.
Double column.
Reference notes in the center margin highlighted in light gray.
Explanatory notes located at the bottom of each Scripture page.
Table of Monies, Weights, and Measures.
Teachings and Illustrations of Christ-3 pages in length.
Prophecies of the Messiah Fulfilled in Jesus Christ-6 pages in length…

Bible Reading Update, October 28, 2014

The last Bible reading update posted was October 8.
Since the last posting I've read Proverbs chapter 1 through 31. I completed reading through the Bible on October 27. Proverbs was read from the Holman Rainbow Study Bible King James Version. This is the link to read my review of the Bible at Amazon. 

I have also finished reading 1 Corinthians. In 2014, I have read the book of 1 Corinthians twelve times in twelve different translations. The twelfth time was read from the ESV-English Standard Version. The ESV is one of my favorite translations of the Bible. I own the Crossway ESV Study Bible, bought in 2008.
Chapter 13 is the most well-known chapter in 1 Corinthians. The verses are often read at weddings; however, the love that is spoken of in this chapter is agape love. Agape love is the love Christ Jesus showed on the cross. It is the love God has for His children.
I love chapter 13 in 1 Corinthians, but there are other verses that I love more. For example:
1 Corinthians 2:3-5. &q…

(Review) To Everything a Season: Song of Blessing Book One by Lauraine Snelling

Publisher: Bethany House, October 14, 2014.
Genre: Fiction, 1900s, North Dakota.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 353.
Rating: 2 Stars for okay.
Source: Free copy from Bethany House and An Open Book in exchange for a review.

The book is available @

1905, Blessing, North Dakota. Blessing is an emigrant town. People from Germany, Russia, Norway, Ireland, and England live there. A new hospital is built. Two female physicians are in charge of the hospital. A group of nurses arrive from Chicago in order to have further hands-on experience. One of the nurses is Miriam Hastings. After her training, she plans to return to Chicago in order to provide financially for her mother and siblings. While living in Blessing, Miriam warms to the idea of small town life.

My Thoughts:
I've discovered, To Everything a Season is a first book in a new series, but it is related to at least three other series of books located in the town of Blessing.
I did not enjoy the book until mid-way when I w…

(Review) Miracle in a Dry Season, Appalachian Blessing Book One by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Publisher: Bethany House, July 29, 2014.
Genre: Fiction, Southern Story, 1950s.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 305.
Rating: 3 Stars for good.
Source: Free copy from Bethany House and An Open Book in exchange for a review.

Book is available @

Casewell Phillips, 35, is a single man. He lives in the rural area of Wise, West Virginia. His parents live nearby. Casewell builds furniture, he also built his home.
Perla Long, 24, is a single mother of Delilah. She moved to Wise from another town in West Virginia, in order to escape her reputation and begin a new life. She and Delilah are living with an aunt and uncle. Perla is an exceptional cook and baker.
The people of Wise love Perla's skills in the kitchen, but gossip fills their minds more than their stomachs. There are a few people of Wise who see past Perla's past, and see their present need for her help.

My Thoughts:
Miracle in a Dry Season is a well-used story with simple characters.
It has elements that I've hea…

Book Video of The Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripken

Published by B and H Publishing January 2014.

(Review) Holman Rainbow Study Bible King James Version Edition

Publisher: B and H Publishing Group, October 1, 2014.
Genre: King James Version Bible.
Format: Mantova Brown Leather touch.
Pages: 1632.
Rating: 5 Stars for excellent.
Source: Free copy from B and H Publishing in exchange for a review. All reviews expressed are from my own opinion.

Link for more information at B and H Publishing. 

The Bible is available at Christian Book,

The Rainbow Study Bible is known for its color-coded system. All of the verses in the Bible are highlighted by a particular color, based on whether the verse is one of twelve subjects in the Bible. The twelve subjects are: God, discipleship, love, faith, sin, evil, salvation, family, outreach, commandments, history, and prophecy. When "God, the Father; the Son, Jesus Christ; or the Holy Spirit" is speaking, the words аге highlighted in purple.When the verses pertain to discipleship, the verses are a salmon color (orange-pink). 
The editors stated they had to make a choice at times on the sub…

(Review) Keepers of the Covenant, The Restoration Chronicles Book Two by Lynn Austin

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Publisher: Bethany House Publishers, a Division of Baker Publishing, October 7, 2014.
Genre: Historical fiction, Old Testament.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 480.
Rating: 5 Stars.
Source: Free copy from Bethany House in exchange for a review. All reviews expressed are from my own opinion.

Available @
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To read my review of the first book in the series,Return to Me.

Keepers of the Covenant, is a Biblical historical fiction story from the Old Testament books of Esther and Ezra.
In the opening pages of Keepers of the Covenant, a decree by King Xerxes, and planned and promoted by Haman, state that all Jews will be killed on the 13th day of the 12th month. Xerxes is king of the Persian Empire. Haman is Xerxes second in command.
The first group of Jews left Persia and returned to Judah, and they worked to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. The prophets leading them were Haggai and Zechariah. A s…

A New Book by Amy Simpson, Anxious

Amy Simpson, author of Troubled Minds, has written a new bookAnxious.
I read and reviewed Troubled Minds last year. The link for review, Troubled Minds.

Anxious, Choosing Faith in a World of Worry
Published by IV Press, September 2014.
175 pages.
For more information, Anxious.

The following video is Amy sharing from her childhood.

Bible Reading Update

The last Bible Reading Update posted was October 1, 2014.
I've changed the name of the title posts for Bible reading. Simple and direct needs no explanation.
Since the last update post I've read: Jeremiah chapters 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52. All the Bible verses were read from the KJV, Holman Rainbow Study Bible. Scripture links courtesy of Bible Gateway.  
I'm lacking Proverbs in completing the goal of reading through the Bible in 2014.

Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely:And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: And I will make an everlasting covenant with the…

Review: Rare Bird, A Memoir of Loss and Love by Anna Whiston-Donaldson

Publisher: Convergent Books/Random House, September 9, 2014.
Genre: Memoir, grieving.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 224.
Rating: 5 Stars for excellent.
Source: Free copy from Blogging for Books, Convergent Books/Random House, in exchange for a review. All reviews expressed are from my own opinion.

Link to read the first sixteen pages: Rare Bird.

Book is available @
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Anna Whiston-Donaldson's blog is An Inch of Gray.

On an early September day, Anna Whiston-Donaldson encouraged her children to play outside. A storm had left the neighborhood creek swollen with rapid moving water. Anna's twelve year old son Jack fell into the creek and is swept away. Jack's family and friends are left in shock. The day's of grieving continue and Anna ponders life without Jack.
Rare Bird is the story of a family "working through" the grieving process. It is at times fragile. It is at times consuming. It is always there.

My Thou…

Review: The Flames of Rome by Paul L. Maier

Publisher: 3rd edition, Kregel, March 12, 2014.
Genre: Historical fiction, early Christian church, persecution under Nero.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 456.
Rating: 5 Stars for excellent.
Source: Free copy from Kregel in exchange for a review.
This review first appeared at The Christian Manifesto.

Available @ Amazon. 
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When Claudius Caesar married Agrippina, her son from a previous marriage moves into position to become the next Caesar. Domitius Ahenobarbus, later known as Nero, is a son after his mother's own cold heart. The two children of Claudius are in a dangerous position, as Agrippina does not let anyone stop her from reaching the power she craves.
From the opening pages of The Flames of Rome, I was ushered into the first century Roman world of carnal lust and power. There is one family which navigates through Roman culture and Caesar's family with trepidation, the Sabinus family. On one hand they are loyal to Rome, on the other hand they are people of inte…

Bible Reading Update

Jeremiah and Proverbs are the two books of the Bible I've not finished reading. I have a new Bible, a Holman KJV Rainbow Study Bible. The last two books in the OT will be read from this version.

Available October 1, 2014 @ Christian Book, Amazon, Lifeway.

The last Bible reading update was posted on September 6.
Since the last update I have read:
Jeremiah chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. The chapters in Jeremiah were read in the Holman KJV Rainbow Study Bible.
I'm in Bible Study Fellowship studying "The Life of Moses" for 2014/2015. I've read Exodus chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4, from the Crossway ESV Study Bible.

Links of interest:
From Patheos, an interesting post on Bible translation choices: The Politics of Bible Translations.

Scripture links from Bible Gateway.

Review: Pontius Pilate by Paul L. Maier

Publisher: 3rd edition, Kregel, March 12, 2014.
Genre: Historical fiction, Pontius Pilate, trial of Jesus.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 385.
Rating: 5 Stars for excellent.
Source: Free copy from Kregel in exchange for a review.
This review first appeared at The Christian Manifesto. 

Available @ Amazon,
Christian Book.

The year is A. D. 26, and Pontius Pilatus, has been summoned to a meeting with L. Aelius Sejanus, the prefect, the commander of the Roman Praetorian Guard. Sejanus is recommending Pilatus to Tiberius Caesar, to become the new prefect of Judea. Pilatus or Pilate, has dreamed of an advancement in his equestrian career. A governorship in Judea, brings him a step closer to honor and glory. Pilate is a man of average built and looks, he is not a person who stands out; however, his ambitions bring him into an arena of people who manipulate, control, and commit murder for their own advancement. Pilate and his wife Procula, relocate to Jerusalem for his new job as prefect. Their fi…