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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Prayng the Psalms - Ben Patterson

Drawing near to the heart of God. The author states, :Praying the Psalms is a beginner's guide to learning to pray the Psalms." This book is in the smaller size format, similar to Seeing Jesus, and also published by Tyndale. Also most quotations are taken from the New Living Translation of the Bible.
Select Psalms are quoted, and suggestions are made of how to pray, using the Psalms as  a guide.
I can see how this book can be used as a gift to just about anyone wanting to know more about how to incorporate the Psalms into their daily prayers. I enjoyed the size and portability of the format, and can imagine this book being used as an individual devotions or as a group study of the Psalms. It's hard to pick out certain Psalms to include because many are prayers and supplications.
There is am index in the back for Psalms for specific needs, by catagory.
I would recommend this book to just about anyone, as we can all learn more about the Psalms.
I have received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Seeing Jesus - Nancy Guthrie

Seeking and finding Him in scriptures. This is a good book in many ways. It is 60 short chapters that each begin with a verse from the Old and new testaments. I enjoyed the small format size that will fit in glove compartments and can be carried just about anywhere. The ribbon marker is a plus because there is no need for a bookmark. The author is a speaker and author and a student at the Reformed Theological Seminary. They host the GriefShare video series used in many churches.
Jesus can be seen all through the Bible and this book explains how in the Old testament His coming was foretold in prophecy. The content was previously published in The One Year Book of discovering Jesus in the Old Testament, published by Tyndale publishers. It seems that most Bible quotations are from the New Living Translation. Although the introduction lists KJV, ESV, and NIV as also being used. Core verse of the whole book being Luke 24:27 "Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself."
I could see this book used as a daily devotional and read throughout the month, even two chapters a day. As I stated, the small format will lend to the book being carried just about anywhere. And being leather bound, it will last a ling time.
I have received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a review.