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(Review) The NKJV, Full-Color Study Bible, Personal Size, Published by Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Bible
Pages: 2400
Source: Free paperback copy from Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins Christian Publishing
Rating: 4 stars for very good

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Further info @ the publisher: Thomas Nelson. 


Weight is 2.7 poundsHeight is 8 inches and width is 5.25 inchesRed letter editionFormat is paperback14 pages of full color mapsOver 100 articles of "key doctrinal topics"Over 150 articles on Bible culture3 pages of "Teachings and Illustrations of Christ"6 pages of "Prophecies Of The Messiah Fulfilled in Jesus Christ"A chart titled "The Parables of Jesus Christ"A chart titled "The Miracles of Jesus Christ"A chart titled "Prayers of the Bible" A 23 page subject indexA 194 page concordanceAn additional 69 color maps placed throughout the BibleA 7 page "Harmony of the Gospels" section placed before the beginning of the NTThe pages are matte The pages are…

(Review) Journey to Heal: Seven Essential Steps of Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Crystal M. Sutherland

Publication Date: April 27, 2016
Publisher: Kregel
Genre: Nonfiction, childhood sexual abuse, healing
Pages: 176
Source: Free paperback copy from Kregel in exchange for a review.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent

Website for Crystal M. Sutherland

free online study is offered June 1-July 13.

Link for more info @ Kregel: Journey to Heal.
At the above link a study guide and excerpt is available.


Author Bio.
Crystal M. Sutherland is a writer, speaker, ministry leader, and mentor for survivors of sexual abuse. She has fifteen years of experience in ministry, including women’s ministry, youth ministry, worship, and Bible teaching. She has also written and led a women's Bible study for female survivors of sexual abuse. Her work can also be seen on her active blog ( and in contributions to

Crystal Sutherland, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, has written a book of healing for other victims.
Sexual abuse is not somethi…

(Review) Wholeheartedness: busyness, exhaustion, and healing the divided self by Chuck DeGroat

Publication Date: March 2, 2016
Publisher: Alban Books/Eerdmans
Genre: Nonfiction, Christian living
Pages: 208
Source: Free copy from Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. 
Rating: 2 stars for okay


Link for more info at Eerdmans


Part 1: Diagnosing Our UnWholeness
1. Feeling Pulled in a Thousand Different Directions
2. Perfecting Ourselves to Death-and Learning to Embrace Imperfection
3. Using Our Brains: The Neurobiology of Wholeness

Part 2: Awakening To Wholeness
4. Awakening to Our Lives: A Poetric Invitation
5. Becoming Holy without Becoming Exhausted
6. Understanding Our Whole Story

Part 3: Experiencing Wholeness
7. Returning to Our Core, Recovering Our True Self
8. Cultivating Wholeness amid Our Scattered Selves
9. Embracing Sweet Communion

My Thoughts:
Parts 1 and 2 explain what wholeness means and how as a Christian we can experience this in Christ Jesus.
In Part 1, perfectionism, shame, exhaustion, and a critical attitude are strong factors in not being a whole person.
In Part 2,…

What Paralysis Taught Me About True Strength (YouTube) by Nika Maples

(Review) Hunting Hope: Dig Through the Darkness to Find the Light by Nika Maples

Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Publisher: Worthy Publishing Group
Genre: Nonfiction, suffering, hope, Christian life
Pages: 240
Source: Free copy from Worthy Publishing and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for a review.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent

Link for further information @ Worthy Publishing Group. 

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About the author:
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Nika Maplesis the author of Twelve Clean Pages, the memoir of her survival of lupus and a stroke that left her quadriplegic at age 20. After learning to walk and talk again, she became a public school teacher, winning 2007 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. She holds an MA in English Education from Columbia University and currently is pursuing an MDIV from The King's University. When she is not traveling to speak, she lives, writes, and laughs as much as possible in Fort Worth, Texas.

Hunting Hope is written for an audience of readers going through a dark time of…

(Review) The End of Law: A novel of Hitler's Germany by Therese Down

Publication Date: March 27, 2016
Publisher: Kregel
Genre: Historical fiction, World War II, Nazi Germany
Pages: 320
Source: Free paperback copy from Kregel in exchange for a review
Rating: 5 stars for excellent

Link @ the publisher for more info: The End of Law. 

1933, Germany.
When the story begins, Hedda Schroeder, age 20, is a glamorous woman who is interested in a social life, and parties held in "smoky clubs." Her parents are Ernst and Mathilde Schroeder. Her father is a well-known German Chemist. Hedda began dating Walter Gunther, "a General Staff Officer, serving under Chief of Staff Officer Ludwig Beck." He is "on occasional social terms with Goering." Walter and Hedda marry. Walter believes their marriage will help his career and standing with the party. They have two children, Agnette and Anselm. As the story progresses, Walter's demeanor and mental instability spirals downward into an abyss of hatred, bitterness, hostility, …

(Review) Chronological Study Bible, New King James Version by Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: New King James Version Bible
Pages: 1728
Source: Free copy from Thomas Nelson in exchange for a review
Rating: 5 stars for excellent!

Link @ the publisher for more info: Thomas Nelson

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Described as rich stone/midnight blue leather-soft. The edges of the Bible are silver.9 point text size.Cream colored ribbon marker.Ten color maps are located in the back of the Bible. Plus, dozens of other maps are included in the Bible.Concordance of 195 pages.Glossary.A topical index.Index of Scripture passages.Two choices of Bible reading plans: one and two year. Time capsules. This information provides dates and historical information on history given and not given in the Bible. A time structure is given for Bible events.Background notes.Nine Epochs are defined.Daily life during the Bible period.An introduction on the definition of a Chronological Study Bible.A short study on reading theological history.The h…

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