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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Apple Pie

Cool fall days and apples everywhere demanded a beautiful apple to consume.. here are a couple of photos of the apple pie I made today.... almost two sticks in butter in the crust and I don't know how many apples... and looooottttttttsss of cinamon....

and I tossed a bit of glitter sugar on top to add a little texture and sweetness!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bound For Glory by T. Botts and P. Raybon

Bound For Glory

Celebrating the Gift of African American

Spirituals through Expressive Calligraphy

By Timothy Botts

With reflections by Patricia Raybon



Beauty….Struggle….Hope…Victory…Sorrow…all are subjects of the spiritual songs and beautiful artwork depicted in this book. The artist has skillfully captured in visual form, the words and expression of lyrics that the African-American people brought into the church and culture by way of its time in slavery. These poignant songs capture the soul of a people and their faith, and they continue to reveal the hope that we have in our Lord during trials and tribulations. The Gospel shines throughout . The volume illustrates around 50 songs in four different categories: The Bible Story, Times of Trouble, True Testimony and Heaven Bound.

Botts and Raybon, through the use of calligraphy, watercolor, photography, poetry, and scripture captures the essence of these emotional songs. Botts’ art is inspired by the African American community, quilts and even graffiti and flow freely and colorfully. We have been provided with a beautiful book worthy of any library. Each page is filled with a unique vision of the song, the lyrics, and a gentle reflection upon the song. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves art, music, African-American history and more. This would make a great gift.

This book was provided by Tyndale as a part of their blogger’s network. . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my very own. I am disclosing this according to the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Voice New Testament






Open up this newer translation of the New Testament and step into the story of the scripture…this New Testament takes a different approach to presenting the Word for readers. First, it is presented in a screenplay format when dialogue is presented. Secondly, they use italic type to insert word or phrases that are supposed to add understanding to the original text. Lastly, they have delineated material to expand on the them in specific passages. This translation is meant to be more artistic in is presentation and more readable to people today.

First, I liked the formatting of the dialogue into a screenplay format. It visually helps to separate dialogue from narrative and therefore helps to create a mind picture of those who are speaking. Next, I liked that they provided a brief overview of each book and the historical setting. Finally, I liked the little notes scattered throughout the book.

On the other hand, there are a few things I’m concerned about. First, they exchange the phrase the Word in John 1:1 with the Voice. They provided their reasoning behind this, but I felt that it still fell short. A word gives meaning and purpose, but a voice can be used without meaning and purpose, and so I was uncomfortable with their use of it. For example, in the KJV John 1:1-4 is rendered as follows:

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

In the Voice, it is rendered as follows(italic word were added to add to understanding):

Before time itself was measured, the Voice was speaking. The voice was and is God.

2This [celestial] Word remained ever present with the Creator; His speech shaped the entire cosmos. 3. [Immersed in the process of creating,] all things that exist were birthed in Him. 4. His breath filled all things with a living, breathing light-

Please note that I added brackets to the italic words for sites that don’t render italics.

Once question on verse four… were is the word “men“? How is this translation similar? I do confess, that haven’t read the original Greek, but there is a lot of difference here, especially verse 4.

Another item, that I would like to address are the italic words that are added. I like the idea, but I don’t’ always agree that the information adds my understanding of every passage. I thought some were unnecessary. I also fear that some people might take these italicized words and count them as God’s word. The translators did explain what they were doing well, but I do think that this might be hard for some people to separate.



Overall, I liked the idea behind the translation, and I liked the format and presentation. I do feel that there needs to be more work on the translation side. If you read this, make sure you don’t substitute it for another translation , but read it alongside the other and compare. 


Update:  As I learn more about Bibles like the Voice, I cannot recommend it.  I do apologize if anyone read this an bought it because of my review.  Any time the Bible is translated, it should be translated as close to the original, not adapted to be relevant to a society.  The Bible is relevant to society in and of itself.  Please do not buy this copy but get a properly translated Bible to study.

This book was provided by Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze.com book review blogger’s program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my very own. I am disclosing this according to the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

The Voice

Step Into the Story of Scripture

New Testament

By Ecclesia Bible Society

Thomas Nelson Publishers

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Heroes and Villans of the Bible, compiled by Tama Fortner

Heroes and Villains of the Bible

Compiled by Tama Fortner

Tommy Nelson



So have you every stopped to study the heroes and villains of the Bible? Who are those heroes and villains? “Heroes and Villains of the Bible” is a compilation of Bible Texts that are focused on various characters of the Bible that are either Heroes or Villains. The book uses the International Children’s Bible version as its Biblical source, and gives us a solid presentation of God’s word. Each section is focused on either a hero or villain and gives a brief summary of the traits of a hero or villain as demonstrated in the story, and it always ties in the idea of what a hero does, is or knows. For example, “Heroes know that God never lies.” Many of the sections have a digitally illustrated picture to lead into the section. These illustrations were wonderful.

I really liked that this is a scripturally framed book. I think that this is important. I also liked the brief summaries at the end of each section. I downloaded and read this book on my kindle as well as my PC reading app. I liked it on the eReader, although the illustrations were far better in color on my PC than in black and white on my reader, but I enjoyed them either way. Not every story had an illustration, and I do wish that each did. My children loved them. One thing I would have liked would be a section with some critical thinking questions to help kids to go deeper. .

Overall, I think this is an awesome book and recommend it to the intended age range and even a little on either side. This book would work great for a daily devotional series with your child, something for them to read on their own, for Sunday school or even home school.

This book was provided by Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze.com book review blogger’s program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my very own. I am disclosing this according to the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Thank you God for Loving Me by Max Lucado

Thank You God for Loving Me

Read to Me Little Hermie

Max Lucado





Hermie the caterpillar is featured in this little board book for 9 months to about 4 years of age. In this Hermie book, Hermie prays to thank God for blessing him. First, he thanks God for loving him, and then for watching over him, for being at his side and more. This little book is geared towards about 9 months to 4 years old., although I think my 5, 7, &9 year olds would love it too.

The illustrations are really cute, and will appeal to the little ones. The book feels durable for little tykes too. I really liked that one illustration showed Hermie with a Bible. I believe it’s important to teach children about God’s word. One thing that I would like to see even in small children’s books are scriptures that support the story, even if it is one at the end. It is also a good book to help start a conversation with your toddler about thankfulness.

Overall, I enjoyed this little book, I love the illustrations, the rhyming, and how it teaches thankfulness to God. It will make a great bedtime storybook, or an anytime book.

This book was provided by Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze.com book review blogger’s program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my very own. I am disclosing this according to the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255.