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Biblical Tranquility: An Adult Coloring Book

Masing, Marguerite. Biblical Tranquility: An Adult Coloring Book – 21 Inspirational Scenes to Color and Frame. Los Angeles: Judy O Productions, Inc., 2016. $8.99. Purchase at Amazon.

Introduction/Summary

From the Preface, “What is it about coloring that releases a creative energy within us? Could it be because it is how we were designed?”

“God created man; then God inspired man to create. Biblical Tranquility is a beautiful adult coloring book that offers the faithful a dynamic way to express creativity through intricate images bursting with spirit and allegory. This devotional book for coloring enthusiasts features 31, detailed scenes from the Old and New Testaments, including Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Moses Parting the Red Sea, The Last Supper, The Crucifixion, The Resurrection, and more. Enjoy hours of quiet contemplation and meditation on Holy Scripture while adding color to scenes from the Bible’s most iconic passages.”

Each coloring page fits nicely into an 8 1/2′ x 11″ frame.

Review

Um…I never thought I would be reviewing a coloring book…for adults. While I am not a fan of coloring, I can see the allure of spending time quietly coloring. You can hear the sound of the colored pencil scraping over the page.

There is nothing earth shattering about the scenes depicted as most of them are what people grew up reading about in Children’s Bibles. I do appreciate the Biblical references at the bottom of each page.

I also think it is drawn with a Roman Catholic audience in mind given a few of the titles and the use of halos around  Jesus, Mary, and Joseph’s heads.

Recommendation

If you enjoy coloring or are more artistic than I am (that would pretty much be anyone older than 5!) then you would enjoy this coloring book. At only $9, it seems like it would provide hours of quality entertainment and even possibly be a platform for solid meditation on Scripture though I do not recommend meditative coloring!

 

 

$3,000 Scholarship from Master Books

Master Books®, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group, will award one $3000 scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic school year.  The 2012 Master Books® Scholarship Essay Contest is open to any high school junior or senior or the equivalent thereof from any public, private, or homeschool venue for continuing education. For additional terms and conditions click here.

The Essay:

Students planning to apply for this scholarship can download a FREE chapter of the book, Meet the Skeptic: A Field Guide to Faith Conversations by Bill Foster here. After reading this chapter, students are invited to write a 500-1500 word essay with the following focus: Compare and contrast the four kinds of skepticism, and discuss how an understanding of “root ideas” can help a Christian focus on the core issues of a debate rather than being caught up by the countless objections of skeptics.

The essay will be judged on creativity, clarity of thought, accuracy, research, grammar, and spelling.

Also, click here to download and complete the scholarship application.

Tim Dudley, the president of New Leaf Publishing Group, initiated the annual Master Books® scholarship program in 2008. This investment is evidence of the company’s focus on teaching and defending the authority of the Bible and developing a Christian worldview within this generation.

Master Books® is the world’s largest publisher of creation based material for all ages; including apologetics, homeschool resources, reference titles, and quality children’s literature.

Special Need for Eternal Perspective Ministries

As many of you may know, I am a big fan of Randy Alcorn’s work.  Most of you will not know that I have been blessed to do some editing work for him.  I have immensely benefited from his ministry, Eternal Perspectives, as have many of you.  As you may well know, 100% of the proceeds of his book sales go to support other ministries around the globe.  I subscribe to their emails which is how I discovered this need.  I only share this, not with the permission of EPM, but of my own accord as this is a ministry that is worth your support (in my opinion).

 

A note from Randy Alcorn

Dear Friends of EPM,

It’s very rare that we write a letter like this. Actually it’s only the fifth time I remember doing so in the last 21 years. But we wanted to let you know that we are low on funds right now. God has always provided what we need, and we’ve been so grateful that we haven’t experienced the financial need most organizations have in the past couple of years.

I am not worried, as summer is always a slow time for giving and for book sales. (Of course, we give away 100% of the book royalties to ministries all over the world and plan to continue. Yes, we could cover our expenses by holding onto some of that money, but we just don’t want to!)

People have asked us in the past to let them know if we have a need and now we do. We’re holding back on any large purchases, and we are committed to paying our bills on time which has always been our policy. Since August is typically a lower month for donations, we thought it was time to alert you to our need.

Specifically, after paying wages for July, we are left with a balance of $7,196.57, including our reserve fund. We normally try to keep this fund around $40,000 as a buffer for lean times.

Don’t feel any obligation, but if God leads you to send EPM a gift, we thank you for doing so. If you would like, you can donate online on our website. Please be sure to designate your donation to the “General Fund.” More than anything, we would value your prayers for the ongoing ministry of EPM. We are deeply grateful to the Lord for His grace to us in this 21st year of our ministry.

Investing in eternity,
Randy Alcorn

Pocket Posh King James Puzzles

I was recently asked to review a couple of puzzle books by Andrews McMeel Publishing to which I accepted.  Now sitting down to write the reviews, I am challenged to think outside the box since these “books” cannot be reviewed as the other books I review.  You can purchase these pocket puzzle books for less than $8 at Amazon.

That being said, here goes my attempt!

Andrews McMeel Publishing offers many different pocket posh puzzle books.  The name alone, “pocket posh” suggests a more female intended audience as do the covers though there are a few I would not mind carrying in my pocket.  The two particular puzzle books I am reviewing are the Pocket Posh King James Puzzles: People of the Bible and The Old Testament.

Inside each little book is a total of 90 various puzzles.  Some of the puzzles included are word search, verse decoder, letter squares, multiple choice, and crossword puzzles among others.  Each puzzle is centered on the specific topic of the puzzle book (i.e., people of the bible and the old testament).

My wife found them to be ideal to carry in her diaper bag or purse.  The cover of these little books are sturdy and contain what I call a ponytail holder strap to keep the book shut when in your bag.  All of the answers to the puzzles are found at the back of the book.

Personally, I found the puzzles to be a bit of a challenge since they use the language from the King James Version–a translation I am not as familiar with.  I enjoyed the puzzles but was forced to hand them over to my wife since she is the one who does the puzzle books!

You can purchase all of the various puzzle books at Amazon.  If you are wanting to see more of what Andrews McMeel Publishing offers, you can check out their website (note: they are not a Christian publisher).  I had a good laugh at the title, 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth and Other Useful Guides.

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About the Author(s): Dan and Ali Morrow live in Colorado, where they and their two daughters love exploring around their home. In between their adventures, Ali writes women’s fiction and authors a blog, while Dan works on numerous projects for children and adults.

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“This is the best book on prayer for children that I have seen. Your child will follow along with a young girl as she learns to talk to God in the many different circumstances of her day. She learns to pray in spontaneous praise and thanksgiving, to confess sin and ask for forgiveness, to intercede on behalf of others when she sees them in need, and to ask for help and courage when she is afraid. I sincerely hope that my daughter will learn to pray like this.

“I was also encouraged by the way in which the question, “Does God ever talk to us?” was handled. The girl’s mom reminds her of her day’s experiences, in which the Holy Spirit brought conviction of sin, either through her conscience or by means of other people. But then she directs her to the Bible as God’s clearest speech. As a parent, while using this book, I would add that the only trustworthy test of whether it is actually God who is convicting us through our “conscience” or through the rebuke of others, is whether this conviction agrees with what the Bible teaches about right and wrong (Westminster Confession of Faith 1.10).”
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About the Author(s): Ruth Younts (M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary) is the Christian Education Director at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. Ruth has been involved in Christian Education for over 30 years. She has experience in working with private Christian Education, Church School, and home education. She and her husband, Jay, live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina, and have five adult children.

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Philip Graham Ryken is the eighth President of Wheaton College and, prior to that, served as Senior Minister at Philadelphia’s historic Tenth Presbyterian Church. He has written several books for Crossway, and has lectured and taught at universities and seminaries worldwide. Dr. Ryken and his wife, Lisa, live in Wheaton and have five children.

Michael LeFebvre is Pastor of Christ Church Reformed Presbyterian Church in Brownsburg, Indiana. He previously studied Old Testament Law at Aberdeen University. He and his wife, Heather, have four children.

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“Philip Ryken and Michael LeFebvre have written a delightful book that will help us to better understand the great truth of the Trinity; one God in three Persons. Better yet, it should cause us to grow in our appreciation of the distinct works of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in our salvation and sanctification. I heartily commend this book.”
Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness

“In this book, the authors show us that the Trinity is not just a doctrine to be believed but a relationship to be experienced and enjoyed. Pastors, teachers, and believers everywhere will be refreshed and challenged by this stirring call to a deeper participation in the love of the triune God.”
Gerald Bray, Research Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School

About the Author: Stephen Altrogge serves on staff at Sovereign Grace Church of Indiana, PA, where he oversees small groups and leads worship. He has written several worship songs for musical projects produced by Sovereign Grace Ministries and is the author of Game Day for the Glory of God.

The Greener Grass Conspiracy: Finding Contentment on Your Side of the Fence

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“This book should be titled, ‘how to be happy.’ Not the superficial, frivolous, world-saturated happiness either. No, the soul-quenching, perspective-shaping type flowing from springs of gospel contentment. Stephen Altrogge has found the source and invites us to come and satisfy our thirst. Get this book, drink deeply, and be happy.”
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“We crave the other grass when Christ has given us the lushest, all-satisfying plains of hope and joy. With humor and grit, and written within the crucible of suffering, Altrogge exposes and scorches these discontented dreams by magnifying how rich we are in Christ.”
Eric C. Redmond, Author, Where Are All the Brothers? Straight Answers to Men’s Questions about the Church

About the Author: Paul Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization, whose mission statement is “Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life.” Paul is also Professor for Pastoral Life and Care at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas. As an author, Paul has written many books on Christian living that are read and distributed internationally. He and his wife, Luella, have four grown children.

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Your Walk with God is a Community Project (DVD)

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“Paul Tripp understands the gospel, gets relationships, and knows community. And he brings it all together in Tripp-like fashion in this DVD series. My advice? Buy, watch, discuss … repeat! Your experience of community may never be the same.”
Dave Harvey, Church Planting & Church Care, Sovereign Grace Ministries

“Paul Tripp is refreshingly honest about how messy relationships can be between Christians. The problem is that Christ-likeness is worked out in the context of the messy reality of relationships. And this is exactly where Paul Tripp speaks with such clarity and passion. He does not pretend to have discovered a secret set of principles or developed a new spiritual technique. Instead, Tripp faithfully fixes our gaze on a crucified Savior as the one hope for ensuring that our walk with God will truly be a community project. Show this series to your whole congregation. Get it into the hands of your small group leaders or Sunday School teachers.”
Todd Pruitt, Pastor, Church of the Saviour

About the Author Peter T. O’Brien is an experienced commentator on the New Testament. He has authored several well received commentaries, including: The Letter to the Ephesians in the PNTC Series, about which D. A. Carson writes, “The best English-language commentary on Ephesians is now that of Peter T. O’Brien.” About O’Brien’s NIGTC Commentary on Phillipians, Carson again writes, “The best commentary on the Greek text of Philippians is the magisterial work of Peter T. O’Brien.” Also, about his Word Biblical Commentary, Carson writes, “Probably the best is still that of Peter T. O’Brien.”

Gospel and Mission in the Writings of Paul: An Exegetical and Theological Analysis

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“Here’s a good rule of thumb for commentaries: if Carson or O’Brien wrote it, get it. I’ve always found O’Brien to be extremely knowledgeable, judicious, and fair. This little book is no different. O’Brien explains the fundamental nature of Paul’s mission and how the Apostle could dare claim to have completed his mission in certain parts of the Roman world. He also demonstrates, against scholarly skepticism, that Paul’s ambition should be ours.”
Kevin DeYoung, Pastor, University Reformed Church; Co-Author, Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion

About the Author: Eckhard J. Schnabel (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has taught previously at Freie Theologische Akademie (Giessen, Germany), Wiedenest Bible College (Bergneustadt, Germany) and Asian Theological Seminary (Manila, Philippines).

Paul the Missionary: Realities, Strategies and Methods

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“Following his landmark volume Early Christian Mission, Schnabel has written an equally useful volume on the missionary work, message and method of the apostle Paul. This work will prove invaluable to all serious students of Scripture and in particular to all missionary practitioners. A former missionary to the Philippines, Schnabel brings to this task the mind of a first-rate New Testament scholar and the heart of a disciple committed to help fulfill the Great Commission. … Highly recommended!”
Andreas J. Köstenberger, founder of Biblical Foundations, editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, and Professor of New Testament and Director of Ph.D. studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Paul the Missionary is an excellent resource that I will be recommending for years to come. I know of no other book that provides such a comprehensive, biblically faithful, and nuanced understanding of Paul and his missionary work.”
Robert L. Plummer, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, September 2009

About the Author: Trevin Wax is the editor of TGM – Theology, Gospel, Mission, a gospel-centered small group curriculum developed by LifeWay Christian Resources. He blogs at www.trevinwax.com and is also the author of Holy Subversion: Allegiance to Christ in an Age of Rivals. He has served in pastoral roles in churches in the United States and in Romania. His wife is Corina and they have two children.

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Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director, 9Marks

“Perhaps the single greatest need in the contemporary church is for Christians to understand the gospel and its counterfeits. Our lost and broken world is desperate for such clarity. Trevin gives it to us with this clear and compelling book about the nature and implications of the greatest story ever told.”
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Crossway Launches ESV Greek Tools for ESVBible.org

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Crossway Launches ESV GreekTools for ESVBible.org


April 26, 2011 (Wheaton, IL)—We’re excited to unveil a new module for ESVBible.org that makes original language study of the New Testament simple, accessible, and super affordable.ESV GreekTools was created to fill the need for an affordable Greek-English resource to aid students, pastors, and interested lay people in the study of the New Testament. To that end, ESV GreekTools is packed with features for all levels of Greek proficiency. For a one-time, introductory price of just $9.99 (introductory price valid until May 13, 2011), users get access to the complete Nestle-Aland 27th Edition of the Greek New Testament, the updated ESV Reverse-Interlinear, and the all-new, electronic-only ESV Interlinear. With a quick click, users can toggle between these resources and access the Greek and ESV New Testaments in whatever display they’re most comfortable with.

What’s more, each of these resources comes fully tagged with an array of data. For each word, users can view the English Word, Greek Word, Transliterated Greek Word, Greek Lexical Form, Transliterated Greek Lexical From, Parsing, and Strong’s Number. The display is customizable so users can display as much or as little information as they find helpful for study or devotional reading.

ESV GreekTools also features a simple but powerful Advanced Search tool. Users can search for Greek or English words with any combination of: English Word, Greek Word, Transliterated Greek Word, or Strong’s Number. The results of these searches give users results that are typically only available in an English, Greek, or Strong’s Concordance. Better still, users can limit their results by a full set of morphological search options, giving them the power of an advanced word study tool.

And because ESV GreekTools is on the ESVBible.org platform, it works seamlessly with the rest of the resources available on ESVBible.org, including the Study Bible resources and notes feature.

To learn more about ESV GreekTools, or to subscribe today for the introductory price of $9.99, visit www.crossway.org/GRKTLS or click on the content button within your ESVBible.org account.

Crossway is an internationally-recognized, not-for-profit publisher of Christian books, the ESV Bible (English Standard Version), and gospel literature. For more information on Crossway, visit www.crossway.org. For more information on the ESV Bible, visit www.esv.org.

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