I’m pretty much working on the same things I was last week. With my final semester in full swing it is tough to have time for pleasure reading. But here’s an update:

In reading through the Bible in chronological order I’m now into Deuteronomy chapter 7.  Deuteronomy gives us the final words of Moses.  Israel really didn’t have a hard job, for just as Jesus did Moses summed up the law in chapter 6 verse 5: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your mind and all your strength.  The Shema which every true Jew prays each day.

020682: The NKJV Chronological Study Bible Hardcover The NKJV Chronological Study Bible Hardcover

By Thomas Nelson

The Chronological Study Bible is the only study Bible that presents the text of the New King James Version in chronological order—the order in which the events actually happened—with notes, articles, and full-color graphics that connect the reader to the history and culture of Bible times and gives the reader a dramatic, “you are there” experience.

Features include:

  • The entire New King James Bible with translators’ notes, arranged in chronological order-the order in which the events and writings actually happened, for absorbing and effective Bible study
  • Full-color illustrations of places, artifacts, and cultural phenomena that give you a dramatic, “you are there” experience
  • Fascinating articles that connect the Bible text to world history and culture
  • Daily Life Notes that explain how people lived in Bible times
  • Epoch Introductions and Historical Overviews that provide vivid chronological context
  • Transition Comments that set the stage and prepare you for the biblical text that follows
  • “Time Capsules” of world history that accompany the Bible text
  • Time Panels and Charts that show the flow of Bible history
  • In-text and full-page color maps of the biblical world
  • A handy scripture finder index that provides rapid access to any passage
  • Topical Index and Glossary to facilitate study

Last night in class we discussed the first two chapters of The Grace of God. Others struggled with some of the same things I did with this book, while some thought “no big deal.”  The bottom line is regardless of the things from chapter one that bothered me about this book, chapter two is magnification.  In chapter two the author tells the story of Abram who as we know later became Abraham. Over the next two weeks we read chapters 3 and 4.

948145: The Grace of God The Grace of God

By Andy Stanley / Thomas Nelson

Nobody deserves the sin-free life and glorious future that God offers—but remarkably, it’s ours for the taking. Why? Because of God’s grace! Join Pastor Stanley as he warns against the pitfalls of legalism and explores the transforming power of God’s unmerited favor, lavish love, and kindness. Then come to terms with your own “grace story”! 256 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

Deadlock still hasn’t “grabbed” me yet.  It’s not a bad book, it’s well written and I have a feeling it’s going to have a powerful message as the storyline develops.  It just hasn’t sucked me in yet.

24388: Deadlock Deadlock

By James Scott Bell / Zondervan

What if a Supreme Court justice suddenly changed her whole life—and her vote? Millicent Manning Hollander holds the high court’s liberal swing-vote just as several crucial abortion and religious freedom cases will be argued. When a near-fatal accident leads her to a vision of hell, the longtime agnostic takes tentative steps toward Christ. But her newfound faith must withstand some powerful enemies! 352 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

I’ll be posting some reviews in the next day or so, but no giveaways at this point.  I’ve got some exciting things happening in March including an interview with Terri Blackstock and C.S. Lakin, which there will be a give away of A Map Across Time. My birthday is in March so hopefully I can have a birthday bash with my readers!!

Blessings all!


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