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Psalm Hymns: Worship Leader Books 1, 2, & 3

Psalm-Hymns Worship Leader: Books 1, 2 & 3 (Volume 1)Title: Psalm Hymns: Worship Leader Books 1, 2, & 3
Author: L.L. Larkins
Publisher: Capture Books
ISBN: 978-1517796884

“By reciting or singing these psalms, God makes Himself, His records of testimonies of His deeds more accessible,” L.L. Larkins writes in the introduction of her book, Psalm Hymns: Worship Leader Books 1, 2, & 3 (Volume 1) – Dramatic, Contemplative, Singable, Recitable Psalms!

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-ninety-page oversized paperback targets those who are seeking a compilation of rewritten psalms from the Bible that are set to the music of famous songs and hymns. By using a plethora of different versions of the Holy Bible, three books in one are included in this series that covers Psalms 1 through 89.

After an introduction and historical uses, the eighty-nine rewritten psalms cover two to eight pages each, ending with the Ten Commandments, author’s biography, and a proposed fifteen-week performance syllabus.

Each psalm is written out in poem format with the psalm title at the top of the page, followed by the type it is, tune it is set in, author of the original song, and year published. After several stanzas are written, notes are included, explaining the history of the original psalm and more information.

~ Why
This book would be helpful for a church or Sunday school group that is studying Psalms by singing corresponding rewritten wording to a famous song’s melody. With the added notes regarding the history or background information, it can become an in-depth study of the Word of God that is set to music. I like that old hymns are used such as What a Friend We Have in Jesus, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, and Rock of Ages.

One example I enjoyed was the short Psalm 23 that is arranged in four stanzas to the tune of Away in a Manger by James R. Murray in 1887. The notes explain the name of God is Jehovah Roi as well as three other names for Him. Also mentioned are sheep and their characteristics, habits, and utter dependency on their caretaker, just like we need to be personally taken care of by Jesus.

~ Why Not ~
Those who have no interest in singing, worshiping, or learning more about Psalms in the Bible will not be interested in this book. Others may not like the translation or rewritten versions of the poems and songs of the Old Testament.

~ Wh0~
A transcriber of psalms for singing and reflections and mentor /counselor in performance and theory of worship, Larkins used to be a leader of praise and worship in church, youth, and various African groups.

~ Wish ~
It would be helpful to include an index that listed the musical arrangement that went with each psalm.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a praise/worship book for a church, choir, or singing event, this may be a helpful source that focuses on the more than half of the Biblical Psalms.

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The Gatekeepers

The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every PresidencyTitle: The Gatekeepers
Author: Chris Whipple
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 978-0-8041-3824-6

“Each chief can make or break an administration, and each president reveals himself by the chief he picks,” the front jacket flap states in Chris Whipple’s book, The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.

~ What ~
At three-hundred-and-eighty-four pages, this hardbound targets those interested in the behind the scenes of the highest office in the United States, the presidency. After an introduction, nine chapters cover the different presidential chiefs of staff from 1968 to 2013, followed by an epilog, notes, bibliography, author’s note, acknowledgments, and index.

From Nixon to Obama’s terms in office, the chiefs of staff are dissected in how they got the position, their goals, frustrations, and perspectives, what they did or did not accomplish, and why they were fired or left the position.

~Why ~
I found this read extremely detailed and informative when it came to explaining how the presidential office runs and who helps or hinders history. By reading its contents, I remembered the blaming of Halderman for a causing Watergate, Rumsfield being effective keeping Ford on track, the press core loving Cheney, Baker and Duberstein rescuing Reagan from the Iran-Contra scandal, Panetta bringing discipline into Clinton’s administration, Card not empowered to control Bush’s advisers, and Obama’s Emanuel to name a few. Having written-out audio tapes, memos, and documents show the strengths and weaknesses as well as successes and disasters of both presidents and their top aides. By having to do grunt work and telling it like it is, all chiefs had few moments of peace performing the daunting task of advising their presidents.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like recalling the political turmoil of several of our past presidents may show no interest in reading this book. Others may find its contents sometimes gossipy and name-dropping with the who’s who of politics and Washington D.C. socialites.

~ Who ~
An acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Whipple is also a writer, speaker, and journalist who has won several awards.

~ Wish ~
I wish more photographs were included.

~ Want ~
If you are curious about who has been the United States presidents’ chiefs of staff the past fifty years, this well-written book offers a plethora of differences and similarities of the men holding the second most powerful job in government.

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Devotions from the Kitchen Table

Devotions from the Kitchen TableTitle: Devotions for the Kitchen Table
Author: Stacey Edwards
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-9187-3

“God is still present no matter what a day may bring. God does not hide Himself from us. He can be found by anyone whose heart seeks Him,” Stacey Edwards writes in one of her inserts in her book, Devotions .for the Kitchen Table.

~ What ~
At two-hundred-twenty-four hundred pages, this book is meant to be read at one’s kitchen table as a devotion that targets women. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the ESV, HCSB, NASB, NLT, and Message. A ribbon marker is attached.

Containing ninety devotions, each one is one to one-and-a-half pages with beautiful full-color photographs on their opened pages of homey, comfy scenes. Having short titles such as First One Awake, Meal Train, Pinwheels, Slow Cooking, Power Lines, Dad’s Voice, The Garage Door, Bird Feeder, and Grampa’s Toolbox, each begin with a written out Bible verse followed by several paragraphs correlating the topic to God and a closer relationship with Him. The endings have one to three sentence prayers regarding the devotions’ content.

~Why ~
I appreciate devotionals that have little information about the author but focus on God in day-to-day living, and this book does that. The stories are brief and to the point, often beginning with a question but rarely using the words “I” or “me.” Sometimes Old and New Testament characters or Scripture are noted as the writer shows the struggles, goals, and achievements of daily life with Christ.

A favorite was Raindrops on a Window that offers the Bible verse I Corinthians 1:9 regarding fellowship with Jesus. The author asks if you have ever noticed the raindrops on a window pane and how the view is skewed. She reminds us that when we are lonely, we must not fall into the trap that God is far away; but we need to have an accurate view of Him always being nearby, no matter what our circumstances. A short prayer is at the end asking for a proper perspective.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not want to get a book that focuses on getting closer to the Almighty. Others may wish there were more than ninety devotions included.

~ Who ~
No information is provided about the author.

~ Wish ~
With the stunning photographs throughout the book, it draws away from the writing, so I may be one of the few that wish there were less artwork and more than ninety devotions that could be read throughout the year.

~ Want ~
If you like devotionals with beautiful photographs and short reading, this is an excellent choice for a Mother’s Day or birthday present or gift for a friend who are seeking a closer walk with Christ, but it should not take the place of daily Bible reading.

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Counting Down the Beatles

Counting Down the Beatles: Their 100 Finest SongsTitle: Counting Down the Beatles
Author: Jim Beviglia
Publisher: Roman & Littlefield
ISBN: 978-1-4422-7154-8

“As always, these rankings are based solely on my opinions of the songs, not any chart success or cultural impact or anything like that,” Jim Beviglia writes in the introduction of his book, Counting Down the Beatles: Their 100 Finest Songs.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-eighteen-page hardbound covers one-hundred songs of the Beatles in an order chosen by the book’s author. After acknowledgments and an introduction, the counted down one-hundred-to-one songs are dissected and explained. The ending includes notes, bibliography, index, and author’s biography.

In this countdown based on the author’s opinions, approximately two pages are written on each song that has the song, album, and year produced in its title. Usually, the paragraphs cover why the artists wrote it, what the song is about, what it sounded like, comparisons to other songs including by other artists, or conflicts about it.

~ Why ~
Without giving the author’s number one favorite Beatle song and not “Because” “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party,” I liked flipping through to my favorites and reading tidbits about the music or behind-the-scenes interactions. I found interesting that McCartney’s “Michelle” was originally a French tune he had played before he became a Beatle, Lennon was paying tribute to Dylan in “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” Harrison took a line from James Taylor in “Something,” and “Rain” had Starr’s favorite bit of drumming in it.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not agree with the countdown list of the author, wishing their favorite song or songs were in the top ten. Others may feel there were too many assumptions on the writer’s part of how or why a song may have been written or arranged.

~ Who ~
A writer for American Songwriter magazine, Beviglia has been reviewing and writing about music for ten years, including books of several musician’s countdowns. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family.

~ Wish ~
Being more of a visual person, my husband wished there were pictures of the albums or band included in the book. I found too many of the listings had references to other songs by the band or other artists.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that is a collection of the why, what, and how of a myriad of Beatles songs, this may be your “Ticket to Ride.”

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Attend

Title: Attend
Author: Laura Davis Werezak
Publisher: FaithWords
ISBN: 978-1-4555-4148-5

“We who stretch our faces toward Jesus with attention reflect the bright Image of God to others,” Laura Davis Werezak writes in the introduction of her book, Attend: Forty Soul Stretches Toward God.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-forty-page hardbound targets women who want to improve their attentiveness to God. Using mainly the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, the NIV, NASB, KJV, NRSV, and The Message are also referenced. After an introduction, the book is divided into four parts that contain a total of forty chapters, ending with a conclusion and acknowledgments. The eternal plan of salvation is included.

In this compact book, the author reminds readers that in today’s busy world, we should pay and give more attention to God instead of ourselves. The four sections include returning, resting, quieting, and trusting in Him as we do exercises that will strengthen our relationship with Jesus and those around us. Including forty suggestions that concentrate on our physical posture to God, added are hymns, quotes from the Anglican Book of Common Prayers, Apostle’s Creed, and references to Biblical characters such as Abraham, Ezekial, Paul, Simeon, and Jesus to name a few.

From simple tasks such as making your bed, playing with a child, having a snack, giving a gift,  or making a to-do list to uncommon ideas such as spending ten minutes with an onion, praying with beads, listening for the monastic bell, and saying a creed aloud, the topics cover about three to five pages each, sometimes offering Bible verses.

~ Why ~
Christian women often feel out of touch with God when they multi-task between having children, keeping a home, and working. I like that each subject is short and to the point with a plethora of everyday or unique activities.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the many references to the writer’s life and memories relating to her C-section, two daughters, husband, knitting, or perfectionism.  Older Christian women may have already experienced these types of exercises and have looked back, witnessing how they already have affected their relationship with Christ. A few readers of other denominational beliefs may not care for the added Anglican prayers.

~ Who ~
Living in New York with her husband, an Anglican minister, and their two young daughters, Werezak has a MCS in Christianity and the Arts.

~ Wish ~
Since I tend to be more Baptist in my belief, I wish there were less concentration on the Anglican Church and the writer’s personal experiences. Having more Bible verses would be more helpful. I think the book works best for young women.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a small book that reminds you to focus on the Almighty God, this may be helpful if you are a young woman looking for forty simple-to-do “soul stretches.”

Thanks to the Hachette Book Group for this complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.

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31 Verses to Write on Your Heart

31 Verses to Write on Your HeartTitle: 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart
Author: Liz Curtis Higgs
Publisher: Waterbrook
ISBN: 978-1-60142-891-2

“Best of all, when God’s Word is written on our hearts, it goes with us everywhere,” Liz Curtis Higgs reminds the reader in the introduction to her book, 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart.

~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-twenty-four pages, this hardbound targets women who are seeking to be closer to God as they memorize His Scriptures.  Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, over thirty other versions are referenced. After an introduction, thirty-one chapters cover thirty-one verses, ending with a recap of memorizing tips, study guide, acknowledgments, and notes.

In this compact book, the author provides an easy way to memorize short Bible verses by breaking them down into short phrases and explaining them. Each chapter begins with one verse written out, followed by four or five pages that segment it with explanations and interpretations. The ending has a short prayer with a page that gives a numbered tip, the verse written out from the NIV, and a space to write in a favorite translation. Including both the Old and New Testaments, one verse a day can be read and memorized throughout a month.

~Why ~
Having a Bible verse seared into memory is important as one goes through daily life. I like how the writer does not focus too much on herself but the Word instead. One example I liked was #21, Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another,” as the author explains blacksmithing and the process of sharpening iron. She discusses how character, friendship, and conscience interact with others. The prayer is thanking God for friends and asking for help in speaking in love. The tip is to make memorization personal via a life experience.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ Jesus will not see the value of this book that concentrates on memorizing Scripture. Others like me may prefer using only one translation in the book instead of referencing many variations; however, there is a space to write in your favorite version when memorizing. One example I struggled with regarding versions was #6 from Philippians 4:13 “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” as I have already memorized the King James Version that states “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

~ Who ~
The author of more than thirty books that have sold almost five million copies, Higgs is a professional speaker and Bible study teacher who has spoken at more than seventeen hundred conferences in the United States. She lives in Kentucky with her husband.

~ Wish ~
As mentioned above, I would prefer only one Bible version offered instead of referring to so many. Being older in years, I like the King James Version and wish the reader could pick a version to match her needs.

~ Want ~
If you are looking a reminder to read and memorize Scripture daily for a month, this may be a good option if you do not mind the main version used.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for a sample that I am freely reviewing.

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The Stage is Set

The Stage Is Set: Israel, the End Times, and Christ's Ultimate VictoryTitle: The Stage is Set
Author: Bryant Wright
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 978-0-8010-1951-7

“Did you know that prophesied events leading up to Armageddon are happening right before our eyes in Israel at this very hour?” Bryant Wright asks in his book, The Stage is Set: Israel, the End Times, and Christ’s Ultimate Victory.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-forty-page paperback targets those interested in the end times relating to the Bible. Containing topics of abuse, hardship, death, and hell may not be appropriate for young readers. After an introduction, twenty-three chapters discuss the future, ending with an epilogue, acknowledgments, and notes. The New American Standard Bible is referenced.

In this up-to-date book, the author correlates written out verses from the Bible of the apostasy of the church, the rise and supernatural power of the Antichrist as he re-establishes the Roman Empire and the abomination of desolation. After the rapture has occurred, the battle of Armageddon at Mount Megiddo and the triumphant return of Christ are examined. Also discussed are the false prophet, four rapture theories, replacement theology, Islam, anti-Semitism, Israel’s feasts, and the millennial reign to name a few.

~ Why ~
As our world becomes more chaotic, this timely book covers upcoming future details of what happens before Jesus returns to earth to establish His kingdom. Having each chapter with bolded titles and verses from the Bible books such as Ezekiel, Daniel, Zechariah, and Revelation, it is easy to read and understand. Both my husband and I read it and found it mostly Biblically sound while explaining the many differences and histories of end time interpretations. I liked that it often asked the reader if they believed the plan of eternal salvation.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not appreciate this book that focuses on eternity. Those who do not believe in the future rapture, the tribulation of the world, and the second coming of our Lord may not understand its contents. Although the writer is a mid-tribulation believer in the rapture, his wife is like me, a pre-trib thinker.

~ Who ~
The author of six books, Bright was past president of the Southern Baptist Convention and is a pastor in Georgia. His teachings are broadcasted on sixty-six radio stations in two states. He has led sixteen trips of Bible study tours in Israel and the Middle East.

~ Wish ~
I wish the book included an index so topics could be looked up quickly as I do not recall reading about the New Jerusalem coming down from Heaven that is mentioned in Revelation 21:2. More details on the rapture would be helpful such as non-believers being able to hear the shout and trumpet sound or not. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a somewhat in-depth study of the end-times timeline, this is a quick read that is organized and informative, especially for new believers or those looking for Christ’s coming.

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars

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Nothing to Prove

Title: Nothing to Prove
Author: Jennie Allen
Publisher: Waterbrook
ISBN: 978-1-60142-961-2

“We have to lay down our striving and our performing and our pretending and our works that we think are proving our value to other people and to our God,” Jennie Allen writes in her book, Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard.

~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-fifty-six pages, this paperback targets women who are seeking to be closer to God while shedding their insecurities and inadequacies. Using the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, the MSG,  NIV, and NLT are also referenced. After an introduction, two parts contain a total of eleven chapters, ending with final thoughts, notes, and acknowledgments.

In this quick read of one woman’s path of striving, feeling numb, and believing she is never good enough, Allen examines how we all fall short of the glory of God and crave for approval and acceptance instead of being fulfilled by God’s everlasting and wonderful grace and love. By reviewing rewritten stories written in first person from the Bible in John 2, 4, 9, 11, 13, and 21, we should stop choosing “cheap wine” and stop hiding, feeling lonely, worrying, and pretending, instead looking to Jesus, taking risks, reaching out to others, confessing, and praying. Each chapter ends with short tidbits of responses titled experience guide, be still Bible verses, step into the stream, wade in deeper, quench your thirst, and live in the overthrow.

~Why ~
As fallen, sinful humans, we all feel like we are not enough, yet God is always sufficient. Being reminded that our lives are not all about us but about Jesus is cleansing and freeing. While we desire to measure up and impress God and others, we never will. I like how the first person rewritten stories show how it is about God and not us.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ Jesus will not see the value of this book. Others may prefer content that has less information about the writer’s personal opinions and experiences. Some may not like the use of slang words such as dang and heck.

~ Who ~
The founder of IF: Gathering, Allen is a pastor’s wife, author, and conference speaker who lives in Texas with her husband and children.

~ Wish ~
While the book focuses on making God the ultimate in our lives, it often correlates the author’s upbringing,  family dynamics, and experiences of her journey to getting closer to Christ, which may be a different path than others. I tend to disagree with the writer’s concept of telling others past sins when God has forgiven them and are mainly proportionate to the offense and those involved.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a short book that concentrates on God and not striving, proving, or pretending to be enough, this is a good start but daily reading Scripture and praying will open the door wider to realizing Jesus is in control and all we need.

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The Story: 365 Devotions

The Story DevotionalTitle: The Story: 365 Devotions
Author: Unlisted
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-08475-4

“Find your place in God’s epic story,” the back jacket states in the book, The Story: 365 Devotions.

~ What ~
At four-hundred-pages, this 5-by-7-by 1-inch small paperback targets those who want to read a daily devotional about God weaving His plan throughout the Bible. Using The Story version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the New International Version and New Living Translation.

In the same order as the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, this daily devotional briefly examines God’s role in Scripture. Each day has a title, written out Bible verse or verses, several paragraphs related to the topic, and ending with a short reminder or prayer. An appendix covering each day’s title, notes, and ads complete the book.

~Why ~
This is a helpful tool for a new believer in Christ who is reading the Bible daily throughout the year as it can correlate to Scripture reading if the Bible is read in sync with it. I like that it is usually in order of the Bible so easy to look up a theme if not reading it daily. There is little reference to the writer’s personal experiences, which I appreciate when reading a devotional.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ will not be interested in this book. Others may feel the devotionals are not too deep, do not go into detail, or do not always explain how to apply it to one’s life. With not all books of the Bible included but usually in Biblical order, it may have many pages devoted to one book while skipping others.

~ Who ~
The author’s information is not listed in this book or online.

~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God or Jesus were capitalized for reverence. An attached marker ribbon would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a devotional to read along side of daily Bible reading in order, this may be helpful for the new believer in Christ as they discover his or her role in God’s story, but more mature Christians may want something more in depth.

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The Gift of Jesus: My Daily Devotional

The Gift of JesusTitle: The Gift of Jesus
Editor: Johnny Hunt
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8641-1

“With every step you take, every decision you make, every conversation you have, and every thought you entertain, the Lord Jesus desires to live with you,” editor Dr. Johnny M. Hunt writes in the introduction of the book, The Gift of Jesus: My Daily Devotional.

~ What ~
At three-hundred-and -thirty-six-pages, this leather-bound targets men and women seeking a daily devotional about Jesus. Using mainly the New King James Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the KJV, NIV, NIV, NASB, ESV, NLT, HCSB, and The Message. A contributors’ list, notes, and Scripture index complete the book.

Written by fifty-one pastors, reverends, doctors, and men of God, the My Daily devotional covers one page per every weekday plus one weekend day of the year. Divided into the fifty-two weeks of one author per week, each devotion begins with a title, followed by one to three Bible verses written out. Several paragraphs cover the topic, ending with a short prayer. The bottom of the left side of the page lists the author.

The gifts of Jesus include topics such as salvation, seeking God’s righteousness, the security of Jesus’s resurrection, our inheritance in Him, mercy, prayer, unconditional love, joy in Heaven, and the unpardonable sin to name a few. By reading the given Scripture, focusing on the author’s words, and a short prayer, the reader will cherish and love the gifts our Lord has freely given us.

~Why ~
My husband has been asking for an in-depth devotional to read with his daily Bible reading, and this one fits the bill nicely as it concentrates on Jesus and is written by educated, spiritual men. I like that each author’s week is written differently, and each rarely mention first person (which irritates me sometimes in other devotionals). The leather cover is attractive and classic.

One example I enjoyed is Thursday of Week 36 titled Jesus Defines Your Value by Pastor William Crook of Florida. After Matthew 10:29-31 is written about regarding Jesus knows the sparrows, the writer reminds us that no matter what trials or pressure we have throughout our lives, God stretches our faith and deepens our dependence on Him as He covers us with His grace, mercy, and love. The prayer thanks God for His constant love and perfect care as He values us.

~ Why Not ~
Some readers may not like that there are only six days of the week included. Others who do not agree with the Southern Baptists doctrines may shy away from some of the written concepts. I wish there were more writings from other parts of the country than mainly the South.

~ Who ~
The former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the general editor of the book is a pastor who has a Masters in Divinity and cherishes his wife and family. The My Daily Devotional series has sold more than a half-million copies.

~ Wish ~
I wish the table of contents included the title of the devotional instead of the contributor as they are stated again at the end of the book. It would be helpful if there were more writings from other parts of the country than mainly the South.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a six-day-a-week devotional of the gifts of Jesus from a Southern Baptist slant, this makes the perfect gift for a loved one or self.

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