Choose; Fulfill Your Created Purpose by David Brannock

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

Synopsis:

God created you for a purpose. Will you choose to fulfill it? High school graduates face a sea of possibilities. Will you pursue a college degree, military service, or job search? As you launch the next step of your journey, saying yes to one option means saying no to other good opportunities. Who is the real you? What do you want? Career and relationship choices are important, but what you decide about Jesus is the most important choice you will ever make. In Choose, author David E. Brannock offers the advice and wisdom he wishes he’d had on campus 200 miles from home. His experiences, supported by Scripture, serve as a lighthouse. May this book steer you away from the rocks he hit and illuminate the course God intends for you.

Review:

Lighthearted and insightful on guiding you as you transition from high-school to college, is Choose, a book written for graduates by an author who wishes that he would’ve had this book during his transition.

It’s a short book but it somehow covers everything  you may have questions about, from how to handle relationships and friendships, to troublesome roommates, to choosing your career, to even maintaining self-esteem in a world that seems to only want to tear you down. It also has some wonderful one-liners that you might scribble down on your mirror!

The author has a sense of humor but is also very real and vulnerable to his audience, making it that much easier to engage with. Plus, he’s not long-winded nor does he repeat his advice constantly as so many other nonfiction writers do.

So, I can honestly give Choose; Fulfill Your Created Purpose 5 out of 5 stars and do recommend it for graduates, especially those of you who aren’t overly fond of reading but still looking for some helpful advice.

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Pursue Magazine; BECOME by Tessa Emily Hall and Others

About this Issue:

Are you ready to embrace your uniqueness, discover who you are in Christ, and BECOME?

In this first issue of PURSUE Magazine, our team of writers have come together to inspire teens to become all they were created to be in Christ. Through our conversational articles written for the busy teen-on-the-go, you will be equipped to…

• Understand God’s calling on your life
• Tap into the gifts and talents you have been given
• View yourself as a child of God, destined for a purpose

and more!

Features include: Quiz Yourself (a quiz that will help you learn how to make the most of your personality), Filling Your Creative Tank (a tip that will add color to your daily Bible studies), From His Perspective (young guys share the esteemed qualities they look for in a girl), as well as an interview with fashion model and blogger, Tara Michelle Brose.

PURSUE is an e-magazine that encourages and inspires girls to make the most of their youth. Check out our weekly blog posts at http://www.PursueMagazine.net.

Review:

Magazines that have real, inspirational, and meaningful messages are incredibly hard to find in today’s culture. Most magazines, especially for women and teens, are focused on how to make themselves accepted in society be changing themselves, but Pursue Magazine, intended for teen girls and young women, focuses on embracing who you are, and who God created you to be.

In this first issue, called BECOME, the columnists and guest writers pour their hearts out to encourage and inspire girls to become the special person that they already are, meaning to find their identity in Christ and to pursue their passions.

Some articles are incredibly vulnerable from the author, some are light-hearted and entertaining, and some are interactive for the reader. The pictures are matched up well with the articles and are very official looking; the design is creative, neat and easy to read from, and the passion that the staff has for the magazine sets it apart from others. It’s not overwhelmed with advertisements, though there are some books displayed on the sides.

Overall, I am very pleased to have come across a Christian girl’s magazine and encourage girls between ages 14 to upper 20s (as there are college related articles) to check out the magazine for yourselves, I’m sure that you’ll be able to get something out of it!

Disclaimer– I am a contributor to the magazine as a monthly columnist, however my participation in the publication does not change my opinion of the magazine, as I would still promote it should my article be taken out.

To learn more about the magazine and read the online blog, please visit PursueMagazine.net . Also, below is a link to purchase the digital issue for $1.99 from Amazon.

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Tumult & Tears by Vivian Newman

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

During the First World War and its immediate aftermath, hundreds of women wrote thousands of poems on multiple themes and for many different purposes. Women s poetry was published, sold (sometimes to raise funds for charities as diverse as Beef Tea for Troops or The Blue Cross Fund for Warhorses ), read, preserved, awarded prizes and often critically acclaimed. Tumult and Tears will demonstrate how women s war poetry, like that of their male counterparts, was largely based upon their day-to-day lives and contemporary beliefs. Poems are placed within their wartime context. From war worker to parent; from serving daughter to grieving mother, sweetheart, wife; from writing whilst within earshot of the guns, whilst making the munitions of war, or whilst sitting in relative safety at home, these predominantly amateur, middle-class poets explore, with a few tantalising gaps, nearly every aspect of women s wartime lives, from their newly public often uniformed roles to their sexuality.

Review:

Poetry was the language of the people (men, women, and children) during the wars, helping them express their sadness, joy, concerns, confusion, and so much more in ways that are so openly honest. Tumult & Tears is a book that focuses singly on the women who wrote poetry during World War One, breaking down and explaining the desire, meaning, and emotion each poet may have had when writing.

The layout of the book is very organized and flows wonderfully in and out of each transition to the next section. The descriptions of the poems are brief and to the point, but also informative and enjoyable to read.

The way the poetry is listed (and written by the poets) is engaging and will bring a whole new view of the war to the reader, because, personally, I think poetry is more raw and heartfelt than a story. If you are a fan of poetry, especially older poetry, then you may very well need Tumult & Tears because some of the poems stick out with intensity and I was a bit sad when the book ended.

I give Tumult & Tears:  An Anthology of Women’s First World War Poetry by Vivien Newman 5 out of 5 stars and will look forward to reading more books from this author.

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NIV, Journal the Word Bible published by Zondervan

I received this Bible for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

Description:

The NIV Journal the Word(TM) Bible allows you to creatively express yourself every day with plenty of room for notes or verse art journaling next to your treasured verses. With unique and sophisticated covers, this single-column edition features thick cream-colored paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins, perfect to reflect on God’s Word and enhance your study.

Excellent for a gift or for personal use, it can also be a cherished heirloom to pass on to future generations with your personal writings inside! This exquisitely designed floral cloth over board edition is likely to become a lifelong treasure.

Features of this treasured Bible include: • Lined, wide margins for notes and reflections • Thicker cream paper for enduring note-taking • Full text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible – the New International Version (NIV) • Easy-to-read black-letter text • Lays flat in your hand or on your desk • Ribbon marker

Review:

Journaling Bibles have become extremely popular in the past year or so and it’s easy to understand why, a journaling Bible allows you to take memorable notes that won’t fall out or fill up your Bible to the point that it won’t close (I speak from experience 🙂 ). Bibles have always been more personal than the digital ones we can access on our devices, but the journal Bible actually makes it more personal, more long lasting, because of the room for thoughts, mediations, quotes, and highlights that can turn your Bible into your very own study Bible (in your own handwriting!)!

**If you know from my past reviews, I’m not a huge fan of the NIV Bible (I prefer ESV and NKJV) in general, however I knew that this was NIV when I requested it so I am not going to be including that particular opinion in this review, I am simply reviewing the Journaling Bible as a design.

First, this Bible is a solid book that feels good when you hold it (if you like the heavier Bibles) and the fabric cover is very well made and looks to be durable. The font on the binding is elegant and adds that touch of personality that many women like in their Bibles.   On the inside is a place to write your personal information and it is very clean looking. Also the font throughout the Bible is large enough to read easily but not so big that anyone looking over your shoulder would assume you’re blind 😉 (The journaling Bible I have had for a while has very, very small font and has two columns of words per page, this has a single column with probably a 2 pt increase in font and allows room for note taking in between verses if desired).

As for things I don’t care for, this Bible doesn’t have a map, which I’ve always liked in my Bibles, but more importantly it doesn’t have a glossary of any sort. I’ve always been one to use glossaries because they are convenient and honestly quite helpful when studying, next to glossaries I like cross references of which this Bible also lacks. Also the Red Lettering found in many Bibles is not present in this journal Bible which I thought was quite odd.

So if you are looking for a journal Bible that you want to use to study with (scholars), however cute this one may be, I think that there are better ones to choose from, but if you are just looking for a Bible that you want to read from and jot down your thoughts and definitions while drinking a cup of coffee, this one may be for you! I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

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NIV Teen Study Bible published by Zondervan

I received this Bible for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

Special Features:

*We Believe- Unpacks the Apostles’ Creed to reveal the Biblical foundation of faith.

*Panorama- Keeps the big picture of each book of the Bible in view

*4 full-colored pages- Presentation page and information about the Apostles’ Creed

* Key Indexes- Help with in-depth Bible study

*To the Point- Reveals what the Bible says about pressing issues

*Dear Jordan- Offers biblical advice for teens

*Instant Access- Tell what God says to you personally

*Q&A- Tests you knowledge of Bible trivia

*Bible Promises- Highlights Bible verses worth remembering

*Book Introductions- Provides an overview for each book of the Bible

*8 page, full-colored map selection

*Complete text of the New Living Translation (NIV) of the Bible

Review:

This new teen study Bible from Zondervan is perfect for both teen boys and girls, who are looking to study God’s Word on a more intimate and knowledgable level.

There a few sections that focus mainly on girls or mainly on boys. These are the Dear Jordan pages and they deal with real teen problems such as cutting, porn, clothes to wear, cussing, etc. and help teens find verses to go along with the subject they are studying.

The “overview” of each book of the Bible is helpful and interesting to read as well. It includes 5 or so facts about the said book as well as about when it was written and who probably (if unsure) wrote it. The Questions and Answers are also fun.

A check list can be found in the very back of the Bible that encourages the reader to go through the entire Bible, and helps keep track of where you are. The colors are neutral, not boring and not crazy colors and pictures, and the Bible is hardback, making it appealing to either gender of teen.

The only thing that wasn’t up to par with me was that it is NIV; I personally prefer the ESV or most of the time KJV, but that’s a personal opinion.

Overall, this particular teen study Bible from Zondervan earns 4 out of 5 stars and I recommend it to any teen who has been looking for a study Bible.

 

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