Jesus Always is a devotional book with 365 days worth of thoughts focusing you on Jesus. Sarah is author of other books such as Jesus Calling, Jesus Today and Jesus Lives.
(Personal disclaimer: I have not read other books by Sarah Young, this was my first so this is completely unbiased and not based on the other works with like titles.) These devotionals are written as though they were personal notes written by Jesus encouraging you on your daily journey with Him. Most of the devotions are one page long. Now the book itself is lovely. It is small, a lovely shade of pearlescent purple and has a chalice and a loaf of bread on the front. The front cover is padded and the paper and print is high quality. I loved the feel of this book in my hands.
I must confess that it worries me when an author takes on the role of Jesus….talking to me as He would, however this book did not arise such concerns as I read the pages.
I honestly think the book is beautiful aesthetically and well thought out passages from the Bible included at the end of each days reading. However there is next to no scripture mentioned in the body of the devotion each day, so it is easily skipped and if the reader is not diligent the reader could loose sight of what is really important and inadvertently putting the authors words of the book over that of Scripture.
I loved the fact that these devotions were not entirely written in a script or italicized print and was easier to read in comparison to other devotional books. (this is huge since I am visually impaired)
I greatly appreciated Sarah’s writing ability and her ability to communicate God’s truths in such a way that made you feel as though you and Jesus were having coffee together talking about life. I sincerely look forward to re-reading this book in the future. and I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5.
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NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible
By Craig S. Keener & John H. Walton, General Editors
This study Bible is based on the understanding the importance of context…and context is key.. Many Biblical scholars say this is key to understanding the Bible…my husband is one of those scholars. So of course I had him look at it and give me his honest opinion. I have used it to study now for About two months. It is chock full of helpful interesting information. the Bible itself is designed well. When you take the dust jacket off the hardcover you will quickly notice something unique. Even though it is a hard cover the design on the cover itself looks just like a regular Bible. There is another cover option as well. I actually got to hold it in my hands this weekend at a local Christian bookstore,,,AND IT WAS GORGEOUS! it is a cloth hard bound edition with a lovely teal-ish green pattern with bound corners and spine! I oohed and Ahhh’d over it a while in the store 🙂
The pages of the bible itself have a tan hue that graces the edge and the maps and pictures are of a very high quality. I felt as though I was opening a true treasure as I flipped through it’s pages, exploring the details nestled deep within.
The content?translation. The NIV is one of our top choices for translation and we base our choices on My husbands work with the Greek and Hebrew Texts and along with his studies in Linguistics and Textual cricisim. so of course when It comes to a study bible I am going to turn to him for advice, He was very excited to see one of the authors was co-author of the Study notes section and was concerned with the other. This is due mostly because this author has a tendency to weave his pet issues as fact . Upon reading the notes that pertain to his pet issues my husband concluded that he stuck with the facts and the context rather than go off on rabbit trails. I am not trained in Greek, Hebrew, or other biblical languages as my husband is so I rely on his expertise to make sure these things are rock solid before I put my stamp of approval on them. I have use the study notes as I have been working my way through Titus and I have found them to be informative and very helpful in understanding the context of whats going on the passage.
This Bible has potential of becoming a great to tool to both the scholar and the layman alike. It is easily understood AND enjoyed. It makes the Bible come alive as you learn about customs, cultures, and backgrounds of why things happened in the Bible the way they did. I encourage you to check out this Bible, its what I would call a must have for Bible Study!
The only downside to the Bible in my option for this legally blind girl is the print is Soooo tiny, especially in the Study notes area.
I give this Bible a 5 out of 5 stars!!
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