The description on the back cover lured me in. The first two sentences read, "In the ultimate act of sacrifice, Jesus robbed the Enemy of every claim he ever had on our lives. He stole all our shame and guilt and gave us back our lives so that we could live in true freedom." I am my own harshest critic and I tend to get myself bound up in unnecessary amounts of guilt at times. I have read books on grace that were Biblically sound and refreshing reminders of my identity in Christ. I hoped this book would have a similar, uplifting effect and would help me train my line of thinking to give myself grace since Christ extends it to me.
Unfortunately, I found this book very difficult to finish. In the first few chapters, I found the tale of an actual criminal heist interwoven into the authors commentary and retelling of Bible passages to pique enough of my curiosity to keep me reading. By about 1/3 of the way through the book, it was challenging for me to continue to reading this author's writing style.
These are excellent fictional history books to get any elementary or middle school boy or girl interested in American History. I enjoy reading them aloud to my pre-k through 4th grade sons. These books are wonderful if read in order, but they can be enjoyed out of order or by just reading a single book if one in particular fits a topic you're interested in. They paint a good picture of what life may have been like during different significant events in the history of our nation. This book in particular is dealing with WWI, which was then referred to as "The Great War."
For the sake of time, I will be reviewing this audio Bible without giving much detail on this particular New Living Translation. If you are interested in comparing translations or wonder why I would bring that up from the start, check my review of the NLT Illustrated Study Bible. To the point: I could recommend this as a supplement, but read text along with it, cross-reference, rely on a more solid translation to get your doctrine.
Intro aside, I appreciate that these are CDs and not MP3s. We still primarily listen to music from a CD player or radio at our home. While I can play CDs on my computer, I cannot play MP3s in our CD player so CDs are more useful and versatile for us. You may have noticed this is called a "dramatic audio experience." Fancy terms, but it makes a big difference in listening. There are some audio Bibles that are narrated by a single voice the entire Bible through. The BREATHE Bible is not, hence all the pics of the beautiful people on the front. Multiple voice actors worked together in making this so it is a bit like listening to a movie.
One serious error I believe they've made is to rely on the fact that the listener will recognize and correctly identify the party speaking by the sound of their voice alone. In some instances, they do not tell us who is speaking and we could be left guessing incorrectly. For example, Christ's transfiguration is being described in Matthew 17:1-5. If you were reading a printed Bible, you would have no doubt that in verse 4, Peter is speaking to Jesus. Here are the verses as found in the KJV:
I have already read Heaven by the same author, so I was excited to read this new book about Happiness. I will say upfront, I don't care for the 60-day format of questions and answers because I never remember to do it daily and would rather digest a large chunk of information that flows well than bounce from thought to thought. However, since I knew this book was in that format when I ordered it, I would not rate it less based on my personal preference. I wanted to read this book because it is the in-between size book on the subject (275 pages approx. 5x7"). There is a 90 page book titled, "God's Promise of Happiness" and a full-size book titled simply "Happiness" which is 450 pages.
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Love this girl's writing... feels like she's a long distance friend. Well, her sister is my long-distance friend, so that probably helps. Either way, what an inspiration and encouragement- you just need to check out some of the places life has taken Leah and be strengthened and inspired by the love that oozes (yes, oooozes) from her heart for Jesus, His people and His creation!
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