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Bible Reading Update

(Review) A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot

Publication Date: 2007. Originally published 1987.
Publisher: Republished by Revell. 
Genre: Nonfiction, biography, missionary.
Pages: 384.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.

Further links on Amy Carmichael:
The Amy Carmichael Story, from The Torchlighters (DVD)
History Makers
Gospel Fellowship Association

The life story of missionary Amy Carmichael. From her childhood, to her missionary work in Japan and India. Elisabeth Elliot's reference material was from previously published books written by Amy Carmichael and the Dohnavur Family.

My Thoughts:
Although I enjoyed reading the story of Amy Carmichael's life. The book is not warm with intimacy in regards to the character of Carmichael. At first sight, it seems Elisabeth Elliot didn't capture or flesh-out the person of Amy Carmichael. However, I believe Carmichael was captured just as she was. She was a private, no-nonsense, serious, devoted, moral, dedicated, persevering, steadfast, fa…

(Review) Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul

Publication Date: February 25, 1999. Revised edition (1977.)
Publisher: IVP Books.
Genre: Bible.
Pages: 152.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 3 stars for good.

From the back cover of the book, "The theme of this book is not how to read the Bible but how to study the Bible."
The later part of the quote is probably the most ignored.
Christians who do read the Bible are not aware of how to really study the Bible.
R. C. Sproul takes both points and teaches the how and why of reading and studying the Bible.

My Thoughts:
Knowing Scripture is written for a new Christian or for a person who is not a solid reader and student of Scripture.
Consider this a primary book for Bible reading.
Some of the topics discussed are:

"Why study the Bible?"What is exegesis?Hermeneutics.Criticism.The culture of Bible times. Tools for study.
Available @ Amazon, IVP Books, and Christian Books.

Additional links:
Ligonier Ministries 
Renewing Your Mind

(Review) Jesus Greater Than Religion by Jefferson Bethke

Publication Date: October 14, 2014.
Publisher: Nelson Books.
Genre: Christian life, apologetic.
Pages: 240.
Source: Copy purchased by my church.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.


This is the paperback full book version. It can get mixed up easily between the Bible study and the full book version. I know this because some of the members of our small group went to Lifeway Christian Bookstore in search of the Bible study. Once there they did not know the correct book to buy.

The full length book version from the Bible study that began from a poem Jefferson Bethke wrote and has on Youtube. My previous review has the Youtube of his poem.
Bethke touches on several different themes in Jesus > Religion. The main theme is loving Jesus and focusing our life and worship on Him, and that it is far "better" than worshiping ourselves or a religious dogma.
The word "better" is best defined as truth. Truth is in Jesus Christ and His Good News. Inste…

(Review) Jesus Greater Than Religion, Bible Study by Jefferson Bethke

Publication Date: November 14, 2014.
Publisher: Lifeway
Genre: Bible Study, DVD member book.
Pages: 112.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

Jefferson Bethke began this endeavor by posting a video of a poem he wrote that went viral. Meaning it was a big success.

Jefferson Bethke:

This is the video of his poem---a little over 4 minutes

Another video Bethke has on the Unforgivable Sin--- 5:40

Study is available @ Amazon, Lifeway. 

Six study sessions: This includes a DVD, questions for small group dialogue, and an individual Bible study.
The study is on one big theme, but several other themes run through the study.
The big theme is on placing Jesus as the focus of love and life, and not on a particular religious based creed, or achievement pattern.
Some of the secondary themes, but no less important are: transparency, Bible reading, who is Jesus to me, selfishness, and worship style.

My Thoughts:
My husband and I will begin a new small g…


Good Friday

Bible Reading Update

The last Bible reading update posted was March 13. 
Since my last posting I've read:
Jeremiah chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. 
John chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. 
Acts 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.

Links of interest:
Bible Gateway "Holy Week" Infographic Published in Newsweek. 
Study online with N.T. Wright. 
Walk With Jesus During His Last Week on Earth. From the book The Final Days of Jesus by Andreas J. Kostenberger and Justin Taylor. The link is from The Gospel Coalition. This link shows several videos to watch.
A 5-Minute Video Overview of the Whole Bible for Kids by Trevin Wax, from The Gospel Coalition.
The Hope of Heaven with Billy Graham. Included is a 28 minute video.
Why Are We So Lonely by Cole Nesmith, from Relevant magazine.
A Holy Experience by Ann Voskamp. The following link is How to Recover the Lost Art of Dying Well: What Kara Tip…