ESV Women’s Devotional Bible-Review and Giveaway

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I had the privilege of reviewing Crossway’s ESV Women’s Devotional Bible.
I would love to share with you my thoughts and give one away.

There are many women’s Bibles on the market so why a new one? I recommend this for many reasons.

It is the loved ESV version; a literal word for word translation. This is a great choice for reading, teaching and Bible study.

Each book of the Bible has an introduction that includes the background, key themes, summary and key verses along with a dictionary and character profiles throughout.

There is a devotional reading for every day of the year that is based on a specific passage. These short, impactful devotions are scripture driven that will increase your desire for more study, to dwell on the Lord and apply to your life.

The articles written by many wonderful teachers and writers in the back are relevant to women at any stage of life. These, as with the devotionals are based on scripture with “robust, biblical teaching with grace-centered points of application”.

These are not just the typical articles and devotions written for women such as being a wife, mom, married or single which are important and needed topics. They also cover doctrine and why it is important we know it, how to make the most of your Bible study, prayer, evangelism, our identity in Christ and many more.

With the purchase of this Bible you also receive the online version free using the access code that comes with it. You will have access to the full ESV text, the ability to manage notes, highlight and share text and unlock additional study apps.

If you are looking for a great Women’s Devotional Bible I highly recommend this one.

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Comment and click on the link below to enter.
Thank you Crossway for providing the Bible for the giveaway.

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Women Of The Word And A Book Giveaway

know God's and His Word I have a passion for God’s Word, to study and help other women do the same.

Our study should always be about getting to know God and what He says. Too many times we make it about knowing ourselves more, changing our circumstances or to make us feel better. I keep thinking about Paul’s words- “that I may know Him…”!

We only get to know Him by studying His Word!  When our Bible study focuses on God it will transform our heart by training our mind because it places Him at the center of the story- not us.

I just read a great book by Jen Wilkin- Women of the Word- How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds.

In her book she lists 6 reasons why so many women feel that their Bible study or time with the Lord is unproductive. She says they approach their study and time with the Lord in the following ways:

1. The Xanax Approach

This approach treats the Bible as if it exists to make us feel better. The danger in this is it makes the Bible a book about me. I ask how the Bible can serve me, rather than how I can serve the God it proclaims.

2. The Pinball Approach

This approach just flips to a passage and read whatever I turn to, asking the Holy Spirit to speak to me. The problem is the Bible was not meant to be read that way. It gives no thought to cultural, historical, or textual context, authorship or original intent of the passage in question.

3. The Magic 8 Ball Approach

I have a question- should I marry this person, go here, apply for that job, etc…I open the Bible, put my finger to a passage and see if the signs point to yes. The problem is the Bible is not a magical book and it does not serve our whims, or is its primary function to answer our questions. This misconstrues the ministry of the Holy Spirit through the Word, demanding that the Bible tells us what to do rather than who to be.

4. The Personal Shopper Approach

If I want to be godly women or how to deal with self-esteem issues but I don’t know where to find the verses about that so I let ____________ (a famous Bible teacher) do the legwork for me.  The problem in this approach is that it doesn’t help us build ownership of Scripture. Much like the pinball approach we ricochet from passage to passage getting only the fragments. Topical studies do help us to grow but it should not be all we do. They are a great supplement to Bible study, not a substitute. If that is all we do we will miss out on the richness of learning a book of the Bible from start to finish.

5. The Telephone Game Approach

This is when all we read are books about the Bible and not the Bible itself.  The problem is we can quote the writer and not the Scripture. It should not substitute our own study. Just as topical studies, we need to use these books as supplements to our study.

6. The Jack Sprat Approach

This is picky-eating. Only reading and studying the New Testament and maybe Psalms and Proverbs. Avoiding the Old Testament or only reading about the characters I like or can identify with such as Esther or Ruth.

The problem is All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable- all of it. We need a balanced diet of the word. A well rounded approach to Bible study challenges us to learn the full counsel of God’s Word.

Do you see anything familiar in these approaches?

I know I have been guilty of all of them in the past. My study, growth and knowledge have grown and continues to grow since I started inductive Bible study many years ago through Precepts. There is so much to learn and study- the more you learn the more you want to know.

Jen shows you how to study inductively taking you through 5 P’s of sound study:

Purpose, Perspective, Patience, Process and Prayer.

Reading this book and applying what she shares about studying scripture will help you to dig into the rich truths of who God is from all of Scripture , to follow and serve Him.

I am giving away a free copy of this book in the link below.

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Bible Study Books Giveaway

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Bible study is vital to our walk with Christ and growing in relationship with Him. There are some wonderful Bible teachers today that help guide us on our journey through the Bible and help us study for ourselves.

I am excited to give away 4 Bible studies this weekend by 2 of my favorite teachers- Kay Arthur and Nancy Guthrie.

Forgiveness: Breaking The Power Of The Past by Kay Arthur

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This is a 40 minute study to give you the basics of inductive Bible study. This eye opening study deals with the difficult questions of forgiveness. You will discover what the Bible says on this vital topic and see the great mercy of God. You will see how choosing to forgive will free you from a painful past and enable you to live out God’s purpose for you.

God’s Answers For Relationships and Passions- a study on 1 & 2 Corinthians by Kay Arthur

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This is from the New Inductive Study Series and will help you dig into the Scriptures for answers. God’s precepts, promises and purposes are made clear in each brief lesson. You will learn to resolve conflict with other people and see how our passions affect our relationships. Learn how to live in a way that builds harmony and glorifies God.

God, Are You There? By Kay Arthur

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This study through the Gospel of John challenges you to take God at His Word and see that you can truly rely on Him. “This study is an easy to use “quick” start if you are new to God’s truth in the Bible.” You will discover that God is there and He knows you, He has accomplished what was necessary to save you and never leave you.

The Promised One by Nancy Guthrie

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This is from her series, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament. Through this study you will see how Genesis points us to Jesus Christ. You will see Jesus in the shadows of the Old Testament, apply the gospel to issues such as shame, fear and the desire for significance and develop your longing for what is ahead when one day the world will be made new.

To enter, comment below and also mention what book you would like to win. If you have not done so, “like” my Facebook page and tweet about the giveaway.

4 winners will be randomly drawn midnight Saturday.

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Christmas Book Giveaways

I am giving away 2 Christmas Devotionals (Kindle version) today on my Facebook page.

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Why Christmas by Barbara Reaoch that is helpful to explain why we celebrate Christmas to our children. This is a daily devotional that begins December 1 with Scripture reading, memory verse and a Christmas carol with questions to direct your child’s heart towards God.

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Celebrate Christmas With Jesus by Max Lucado
This is a 30 day devotional that brings to light many events in the life of Jesus from birth to ascension that demonstrate His omnipotence and the gift God has given.

To enter, “like” my Facebook page from the link on the side bar, leave a comment below and what book you would like to win.

A winner for each book will be drawn randomly at 10:00 p.m.

Advent Devotional Book Giveaway

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The holidays are fast approaching and it is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of  this season, buying  gifts , decorating,  cooking special foods and preparing for celebrations that we tend to forget  to focus on the Greatest Gift – Jesus and why we celebrate Christmas.

I am excited about a new Advent devotional by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson- Counting The Days, Lighting The Candles.

I am giving away 1 copy of this this devotional that will help you and your family rejoice and rest in the holiday season.  The devotions begin December 1 and all through the month with separate readings for adults and children for each day.  It also includes 4 activity suggestions that will enhance your family’s experience during the season.

A winner will be drawn randomly Monday, November 25 at 10:00 p.m.

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ESV New Inductive Study Bible Giveaway

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All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16)

My passion is to study the Bible and encourage women to do the same. God’s word is living and life changing when we get to know and apply it to our lives. It is vital we know His word and what it says to grow in our relationship with the Lord.

I am excited to have Melissa Deming, Christina Fox and Jessalyn Hutto share with us their passion for God, His Word and Bible study. I am so thankful for these ladies. They encourage, teach and mentor women daily with truth from Scripture. You will be blessed reading their comments.

Melissa Deming
The more I study the Bible, the more I discover its beauty. Far from being an old boring book full of tedious names and stuffy stories, the Holy Scriptures are a literary masterpiece. It’s why in many circles one cannot be considered well-read until he or she has grappled with the scope of the biblical storyline, interacted with its flawed characters, risen and plummeted through its rollercoaster plot, and cheered over the piercing resolution at the end of the story. Only a masterpiece can maintain a unified story that stretches over 66 books, from beginning to end – Genesis to Revelation. Only a masterpiece can utilize such literary devices that make Western epics and modern titles seem pale.
For example, did you know that the book of Ruth was written using a daunting (and very rare) literary device called a chiasm? The book is structured in layers with the outer layers mirroring each other and the inner layers mirroring each other. Where the layers finally meet in the middle, the reader finds the main point of the entire story. And oh, the middle section of Ruth (where the layers meet) a lovely place to dwell, indeed, as God provides our heroine a kinsman-redeemer!
God’s inspiration is of the very best kind. Believers need not be ashamed to take pleasure in studying God’s Word over other books. The Word of God is robust and grand. I study it because it is life-giving. I study it because it is life-changing. I study it because it is living! But I also study it because it is truly lovely – a literary masterpiece unparalleled. And why wouldn’t it be? Its author is, after all, the God who imagined colors, the God who fashioned the delicate wings of the butterfly, and the God who painted the evening sunset – all through his spoken Word. Could we expect any less grandeur from his written Word as well?

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Melissa has a M.Div. in Women’s Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Journalism from Texas A&M University. Melissa and her husband, Jonathan, is helping start a church plant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They have five-year-old twin boys, Zacharias and Jonah.
Melissa will be launching a new ladies Bible study soon: Daughters of the King!
http://www.hiveresources.com

Christina Fox
Following the resurrection, Jesus met Cleopas and another disciple on the road to Emmaus. Not realizing who he was, they told him what had happened in Jerusalem. Jesus responded, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And He explained to them the Scriptures. And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself” (Luke 24:25-27).
I often wonder what that conversation was like for those disciples. All of a sudden, the stories they’d heard their whole life fell into place. From Creation to Moses to David to the prophets, all of Scripture is about Jesus. “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:15-17).
This is why I study Scripture, to know this Jesus in whom “all things hold together.” He is the exact representation of the invisible God, who took on flesh, lived in this sinful world without sin, was despised and rejected, and died so that I might live. All of Scripture points to him; Jesus is the scarlet thread woven throughout all of God’s Word.
Like reading letters from the one we love, reading Scripture opens my eyes to God’s great love and mercy for me through Jesus Christ. Every year, I go through the Bible from beginning to end, reading the beautiful story of love, a story of sin and redemption, of runaway sinners and a holy God revealing his plan to pursue and bring them back to himself. In finding Jesus in the pages of Scripture, my heart resonates with Cleopas and his friend when they said, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32) Because the more I read, the more I see how much I need a Savior and just how great a sacrifice it was when God became man and dwelt among us. “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10). And the more I study, the more I love him in return.

Christina Fox
Christina, her husband and 2 boys live in Florida. She received a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and worked in the counseling field for about eight years before her oldest son was born. She no longer practices as a counselor but spends her time writing for various websites and publications. She is in her third year of homeschooling, a Bible study leader, Sunday school teacher, and facilitates a women’s discipleship group.
http://www.toshowthemjesus.com

Jessalyn Hutto
From my earliest days as a Christian, I was taught the importance of studying the Word of God. My church leaders and mentors stressed the need for me to be a diligent student of my Bible: reading it, memorizing it, meditating on it, and studying it. As I have grown in my walk with the Lord I’ve come to view bible study as less of a discipline and more as a nutritional necessity for my spiritual life. Knowing God, which is the sole purpose of studying his word, is my greatest desire because he is the source of all joy, peace, comfort, and hope. It is for this reason that I continue to come back to my copy of the Word day after day, seeking to understand it properly, and praying for a more complete vision of our holy and wondrous God. His Word is a precious gift to us and we rob ourselves of immense blessing if we don’t seek to mine its depths and understand its content.

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Jessalyn is married to Richard and they have 3 little boys. When her husband graduates from seminary in December they are looking forward to where God leads them in ministry. Her greatest desire is to encourage women to trust in the grace of our Lord and Savior, not only for salvation, but for the strength to daily live a Christ-exalting life.
http://www.desiringvirtue.com

To encourage you in your Bible study and walk with the Lord, I am excited to offer you an opportunity to win an ESV New Inductive Study Bible. This Bible will give you a more intimate understanding of God and His Word because it encourages you to study on your own. This is the only Bible based entirely on the inductive study approach by providing simple, proven tools for observing what the text says, interpreting what it means, and application to your life.

You can check it out and order (if you are not a winner) at http://www.precept.org

I love my New Inductive Study Bible and you will to!

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Click on the link below to enter. The giveaway ends on midnight Saturday.

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Bible Study Book Giveaway!

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Summer is winding down, kids are going back to school, and it is a time to begin a new Bible study. Sometimes the question is “what do I study” or “where do I begin”? These studies on the giveaway will kick-start your time with the Lord in His Word. Beginning today through Saturday, August 24 I am offering a giveaway of 3 Bible study books by Elizabeth George.

Nurturing a Heart of Humility
This is a character study of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Some key points from the study are:
To walk humbly in good times and bad with a heart fixed on God.
To serve more effectively with a humble heart.
To replace worry with patience by prayerfully waiting on the Lord.

Growing in Wisdom and Faith
This is a study from the book of James. Some key points from the study are:
How you can develop a faith that will remain strong when everyday circumstances get you down.
How you get wisdom that will help you make the right choices in life’s many decisions.
How to pray for the right things.

A Woman’s Walk With God, Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit
This is a study on the Fruit of the Spirit. Some key points from the study are:
How to walk by the Spirit.
Enjoy a closer walk with God and bear much fruit as you surrender your life to Him.
The attitudes, actions and applications of the Fruit of the Spirit.

I believe that Bible study is so important to our walk with the Lord. Being in the Word for yourself is how you learn and grow. I am excited to announce that sometime in September I will be giving away a New Inductive Study Bible, watch for it!

The giveaway will run through midnight, August 24 and the 3 winners will be drawn randomly by clicking the Rafflecopter link below. You can also comment on this post, click “like” on my Facebook page or share on Twitter if you can’t open the link.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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