How is summer going so far for everyone?
Here are some things that showed up at the top of my screen. Hope that you like them :)
How is summer going so far for everyone?
Title: American Woman's Bible
Translation: New King James Version (NKJV)
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Price: $25-35 depending the seller
The American Woman’s Bible is filled with extraordinary actions and words from influential womenin our country who live out the virtues of the Bible. This complete NKJV Bible is endorsed by Duck Dynasty’s matriarch, Kay Robertson.The American Woman’s Bible brings to life biblicalvirtues through the powerful words and actions ofAmerican women, past and present. We learn the influence of the Bible in shaping our blessed Americanway of life and can develop the same biblical character in our own lives. All women – daughters, mothers and grandmothers – will find this Bible an encouraging and powerful companion for daily living.
The American Woman’s Bible reveals the virtues of America’s outstanding womenand encourages women today to make a difference in society and leave a lasting legacy to future generations.
Tucked inside this Bible you will find how contributor Dr. Richard G. Lee, Founding Pastor of First Redeemer Church in Atlanta, GA, includes quotes from great Protestant and Catholic leaders of our time and other influencers like Hanna Whitall Smith who offered this upon reflecting on our country:
“What have we to do with thinking whether we are fit for service? The Master-workman surely has a right to use any tool He pleases for His own work, and it is plainly not the business of the tool to decide whether it is the right one to be used or not.”
Features in this Bible include:
Would you like to know a secret? I *love* American history.
By day I enjoy classroom lessons of wars and the reasons we fought them, by night I thrill myself with documentaries of presidents and the way they have influenced our nation. I love hearing about the interactions among people and that have led our country to develop to where it is today.
Maybe you are a fan of history, too.
If, so, this book is filled with little familiar historical snippets to keep you thinking. You are sure to love it :)
The book jacket cover begins with a quote from Alexis de Tocqueville and from there I knew that I would find the book fascinating. (You can read about him below)
When I read about the book online before requesting to review it, I was concerned that the editors took things a little too far.... I asked "What do women who fought in the Civil War have to do with the Gospel? What do Native Americans have to say about Jesus? What will they write about September 11th? How do things 2,000 years after the Bible was written fit into the story of God?"
Yet it does work.
I was also worried that it would have a "rich white men are the best" attitude, but since the book focuses on women from many different backgrounds, it wasnt bashing any group or nationality in any way; I appreciate this inclusiveness.
Sometimes in history we only hear about men when we hear about history, and sometimes we only hear about the politics. This book dives into actual lives and how they trusted God, stood for what they believed in, and have seen God being ever faithful along their journeys.
Like in Hebrews 11, when the author recounts "God was faithful to Abraham, to Moses, to David, to Saul, to Jacob" and this book "adds" the idea that God has been faithful more recently as well.
Of course, there is a fine line of adding things or taking them out of a Bible, but this Bible doesnt alter the scripture in any way.
When I rate this book, or even read it, I think that the most important question is: Does it take away from Jesus?
And to answer, I dont think so at all.
This book was provided by The Blog Spot
The Blog Spot sent me two copies: a hardcover edition and a Almond Brown Leathersoft edition.
They are both lovely, and for my giveaway, I am treating you guys and giving away the Almond Brown Leathersoft!
*Tocqueville was French. He came in the 1830's to observe American democracy and culture and wrote about them in a book called Democracy in America. The key points of this were that America thrived because of equal opportunity, rule of law, power to the people, fertile land, and problem solving and bravery grown through frontier living.
(Words from this video)
"I've been thinking a lot about God's faithfulness to me. Just recently I celebrated my thirtieth anniversary of deliverance and... anyway, I cant stop thinking about all that God has done to get me to where I am.
I mean he's wasted nothing, God wastes nothing. Our sorrows he will not waste. Our failures, even he will will not waste. Even the things that the enemy means for evil, God will not waste.
He can turn all of those things around. he can heal our wounds. He can comfort us in our sorrow. He can take in our failure and make something glorious and great out of it.... Not that the failure itself is great, oh my goodness, no, but his ability to save and deliver and rescue and take us from our darkest moments into the fullness of light, thats incredible
I would have never dreamed that he would have taken more story of failure and use it to bring freedom to others. I would never have come up with that. Only our God can do that. He takes the foolishness of this world and uses his wisdom to confound the worlds greatest minds.
Mans ways are not higher than Gods ways. Our thoughts are not higher than his. He is out maker. It stands to reason that he can do whatever he wants because he is God. And if he chooses to rescue us from the darkness and bring us into the light, praise the lord.
I guess my point is this: Even in the midst of our sorrow, even in the midst of our wounds, even in the midst of our failure, he has been strong and faithful and might to pour out his love and grace and mercy on us. We need not forget that.
I want us to worship, just declaring the faithfulness of our God. And this song is called "Great is Your Faithfulness", old theme but fresh and new every morning.
Lets worship him! lets declare his goodness and lets choose to see our lives from his point of view> Choose to live according to his ways, his ways, his plans. He is good."
Also I will have music he did in 2 weeks :)
Bryn Mawr '21!!!