inScribed Book Collection Review
Disclosure: I was provided four books in the inScribed Collection for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced.
I’ve been reviewing book for Booksneeze for over a year now and I have mostly reviewed bibles. Recently they made some great changes to their reviewer program and changed the name to BookLook Bloggers. As a part of the new program some bloggers got the special opportunity to review the first four books in the inScribed Collection. The inScribed series is a collection of studies by women inspired by Proverbs 3:3. Each title in the collection focuses on a specific subject matter unique to the needs and issues that women face daily. Since there are four books to cover I am going to write my review differently. I am going to share with your the books I received with their descriptions and share my thoughts after each book. I plan to keep my reviews short since there is so much to share.
Leaving Ordinary by Donna Gaines
The deepest longing of the human heart is to know and be known by God. God longs for an intimate relationship with us as well. But how do we develop that kind of relationship with a holy God? It is one thing to long for such a relationship, but quite another to experience intimacy with Him. In Leaving Ordinary, Donna Gaines shares from her personal experience how prayer can become the channel that links the believer’s heart to the heart of God.
God gave the pattern of the tabernacle to the Israelites. It was a temporary and portable dwelling for His glory. Through it God taught them how to approach and worship Him before He led them to their reward—the promised land. Using the tabernacle and its articles as a guide, Donna teaches readers how to interact with God in that secret place of true intimacy that leads to worship. Your ordinary daily practice of prayer can become an extraordinary encounter with the living Lord. Leaving Ordinary is essential reading for anyone who desires to enter into and experience the reality of God’s presence.
Understanding how to really prayer and worship God is very important to me and digging into this book is helping me grow as a christian. Gaines does an excellent job of making this book and the content relevant to me today and everyday. I would say its evergreen content that will always apply. I really like the idea of becoming much better with my prayers. This is a great book for any woman who struggles with prayer. Grab a sample chapter by clicking the link.
Living “So That” by Wendy Blight
In today’s world, it’s tough to make everyday decisions, let alone decisions that honor God. Our culture is increasingly driven by selfish desires. However, as Christians, our lives should not be self-centered and static; they should be others-centered and active, making a difference for the Kingdom of God.
Living “So That” is a fresh approach to understanding God’s Word, focusing on many of the powerful “so that” verses in Scripture, including Jesus Came So That. . .; God Spoke So That. . .; Pray So That. . .; Trials Come So That. . . . Through her approachable style, personal examples, and biblical teaching, Wendy equips readers to take what they study in the Word of God and practically live it out in order to impact the world around them. The result is a renewed appreciation for the power and applicability of Scripture. Through practical examples and biblical truths, Wendy helps readers gain a new perspective on daily living, equipping them to apply these biblical truths to present-day decision-making.
Wendy’s book is about helping us make decisions that we can feel good about by pulling the “So That” phrases from the bible. Everything is organized and all in one place for you to read and apply it. I am enjoying this book because I am using my bible much more now with it and not just reading what Wendy writes but I am also reading the scriptures and following her ways to apply it to my life. If you have problems with decision making, especially when it comes to living a life pleasing to God then you want to buy this book. Download a sample chapter by clicking the link.
Amazed and Confused by Heather Zempel
Most people have prayed for something or someone in earnest, seeking God’s will, only to be left confused by God’s response. Sometimes we ask, “Why would a good God allow bad things to happen to good people?” InAmazed and Confused, Heather Zempel tackles this question head-on by exploring the book of Habakkuk.
When the prophet Habakkuk prayed that God would bring change to the backsliding nation of Israel, this issue came to the forefront. Habakkuk begged God for revival and that He would turn the hearts of faithless people back to Him.
God’s answer to Habakkuk was, “Take a look at the nations and watch what happens! You will be shocked and amazed” (1:5, The Voice). The vision God gave Habakkuk was one of warfare and exile. How do you respond when God answers your prayers in a way that seems out of line with his character and promises?
Amazed and Confused proceeds systematically through the book of Habakkuk, exploring the prophet’s prayer, God’s response, and the prophet’s journey from confusion to worship. This interactive Bible study is the perfect choice for those who are hurting and confused about God’s responses to their prayers.
This book was very personal for me because while I try my best not to question God’s plan, I found myself doing just that when dealing with my toddler son. At this point we’re not sure what is wrong with him, if any but he doesn’t speak at all. He’s almost three and all he does is ramble. He’s such a handful at times because he loves jumping around, he’s full of energy and he loves making a mess. Some days I can feel the tears welt up in my eyes out of frustration and that’s why I like this book. I read it when I am overwhelmed and I want to be reminded that in my confusion there is light at the end of the tunnel. Everyone needs to pick up a copy of this book. You can download a sample chapter by clicking the link.
Dive Deeper by Jenifer Jernigan
Equip yourself to fall deeply in love with God’s Word through this unique, interactive Bible study. Delving into the book of Ephesians, Dive Deeper is a tool for women—those who might be satisfied and content with their Bible study and for those who find themselves fearful or numb—to dive deeper into the living and active Word of God.
Dive Deeper comes from Jenifer Jernigan’s heart. As a preacher’s daughter, she grew up with some pretty heavy expectations to live up to. Jenifer found herself becoming numb to the things of God because the Bible stories were all too familiar. She longed to break through the serene surface of her safe place and dive deeper into scripture. She wanted to fall in love with the stories she knew so well. Over time, Jenifer learned to do just that. Her unique methods are shared in this one-of-a-kind study. Dive Deeper takes readers by the hand and jumps with them into the exhilarating waters of Bible study.
I’m not really a big fan of bible study at church but I want to spend more time studding the bible and learning and understanding more about the word of God. This book really helps you to dive deeper in the word of God and be able to take more from the scriptures. I would recommend this book to anyone. Especially someone who is going into ministry. This is one book that you’ll go to over and over again. You can download a sample chapter by clicking the link.
You can also check out this video to see some more about the collection. If you are looking for something great to read and get you on track with God then I suggest you invest in this collection of books, especially if you’re a woman.