Monday, November 12, 2012

Book Review: Everyday Matters Bible for Women

     As the mail sat upon my table for a few days, I kept ignoring the pile of bills awaiting my response.  Yet, as we all know bills have to be paid, so I walked over to the table to start sorting it.  When I picked up a small pile of bills, a key fell through the envelopes.  What was this key for?
     My best friend who was visiting me said, "I bet you got a package in the mail."  After she said that, I was puzzled who would send me a package?  Yet, as I thought about it I got so excited I grabbed the key and ran out the door in my purple leopard pajama's to my mailbox.  At night, I am running to the mailbox without my shoes to open this wonderful package.  Oh, I am sure I as a sight for sore eyes!  Yet, I admit I was worse then my own children at Christmas morning.

What was it?  It was a beautiful Bible designed for women.  Recently, I signed-up to review books by authors through Christian Women Affiliate.  So, I was very honored with the opportunity to read it.  After my children went to bed, I got nestled on the couch to explore it.  A warm smooth cup of my favorite coffee, my blanket, and the Word.  It was going to be a wonderful night.  As I opened the Bible with my mind "to review it", I got an unexpected surprise right to the heart from the Holy Spirit.  The Word of God is sharp; it will cut right to the heart.  My very first page was an article about the life of Sarah about faith and doubt called "Sarah: Laughing Her Way to Hope" by Carla Barnhill.  As I was reading it, I was not only convicted, a sobbing mess, but shocked how the Holy Spirit works in unexpected ways.  God's Word is powerful alone.  Yet, I loved the illustrations and applications used to bring God's Word tangible to everyday life.  So, I admit I personally got taste of "how it is applies."
     Besides the wonderful illustrations and applications, I admit the "nerd" inside me wanted to give it a test drive for all the tools for study.  All of the tools were very beneficial especially spiritual practices icons to aid someone who is new in the Christian faith.  Whatever issue of study, it was only a fingertip away of getting some very helpful guidance to disciple.  My only dissatisfaction with the this Bible was no concordance for further assistance.  Also, I enjoy highlighting or underlining key phrases or scriptures during my personal time with the Lord, I was hesitant since the pages seem so frail.
     Overall, I was quite impressed with my new Bible but it was short-lived because my daughter found it.  It was a real joy to see her excitement of getting her "own" Bible.  Also, she gave a young woman's perspective of the Bible, she loved the layout and cover.  She couldn't wait for my review to be done, so she could read it.  What mother would be disappointed at that?  So the Everyday Matters Bible for Women touches the heart of the young, the mature, and the nerdy who desire a closer walk with God.  If we can touch the younger generation, we can change it for God's glory.  As a Christian mother and licensed minister, I couldn't have asked for anything more.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  I am part of the CWA Review Crew.