Saturday, 19 July 2014

Book Review: NIV Essentials Study Bible

Bulky study bibles and commentaries have long been known as the preserve of those who wants to be bible teachers, pastors, youth leaders, etc. The way these books are structure and written favours the academic-brained but a chore for those who love light reading.

The NIV Essentials Study Bible doesn’t feel this way, though. It has the simplicity, both in structure and content, to appeal to those who just want to enjoy and assimilate the content for themselves, not because they want to stand in front of people to preach or teach. Even a new Christian will feel very comfortable and not overwhelmed reading NIV Essentials Study Bible.  image

So what makes this study bible unique in terms of structure and content? Firstly, it has a very minimalist outlook, no cluttering and mashing-up of sections. There is enough space between the sections to make sense of what is what without getting confused. Apart from the minimalist look, the language used is simple and in everyday English. There are basic concepts listed in bullet points for you learn about a book before you start reading, maps to show the locations of the events in each book, key players, Q&A, and other stuff that makes the reader understand what the book is all about as well as relate it to the modern world.

The only downside I have is that the kindle version was aesthetically ugly. The paper version is far better.

Having said that, NIV Essentials Study Bible has the feel of someone guiding our hands and eyes to see, understand, and comprehend this complex spiritual guide. For this, I heartily recommend it.

Note: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.







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Saturday, 5 July 2014

Book Review - Samantha Sanderson: On the Scene by Robin Caroll

“…bullies don’t stop bullying. Once they get a target in their sights, they keep on doing it until they’re made to stop,” says Samantha “Sam” Sanderson to Nikki as she vows to find the person who has been sending her nasty messages.

Sam loves been a journalist and recent events happening at Robinson Middle School is the opportunity she needs to sharpen her skills. With the help of her computer-whizz friend, Makayla, Sam is determined to shine a light on the evils of bullying and how to deal with it.

However things take an unexpected turn as family problems start interfering with Sam’s investigation. Her loyalty to her sources is also put to test when the School Principal demands to know everything Sam knows about the bullying incident. With school suspension in the horizon, Sam has to decide what is most important to her and summon the courage to stand by her decision.

“Samantha Sanderson: On the Scene” is the second book of the series. However, you do not need to read the first book to understand this tale as each story stands on its own.

This book is brilliants in parts and disappointing in parts. The plot is strong enough to sustain my interest till the end. As with most Christian fiction, there is a lot of unrealistic dialogue rooted in how we would like to talk but not how we really talk. Having said that, I think some teenagers might love this book since it is a light read and has enough interesting situations to engage them. Moreover, Samantha’s character is delightful and believable.

This is a book that did not live up to its potential. Much so as the author refused to take enough risks.

NOTE: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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