Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Our Daily Bread Jesus Sourcebook - A Review






Our Daily Bread
Jesus Sourcebook


by
George W. Knight



A Review



George Knight has put together a helpful dictionary on the life of Christ. Given its size (272 pages), the book probably is better aimed at the lay audience than the scholar. However, it will have a place on this pastor's bookshelf. Besides having standard dictionary entries, the book also has collected various entries into tables of connected topics. A table on page 190 collects entries related to the "Various Teachings of Jesus".  Similarly, entries drawn from "The Sermon On The Mount" are collected together on page 170 (see the example below).  


This is in addition to a separate entry on "The Sermon on the Mount" found on page 161. There are approximately 25 of these summaries scattered throughout the book and  summed up in the "Introduction" with page numbers (missing from my arc) planned for the completed book. Though not a scholarly edition, it is based on scholarly work done by others. And because of that, this book would make a valuable edition to the layman's, the pastor's, and the church's library.  
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This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.





Breaking Cover - A Review (Sort Of)






Breaking Cover



by
Michele Rigby Assad

Some books sound interesting on paper, but when they arrive, they fail to draw the reader in. Such was the case of this book for this reader.  I admit to not having read this book in its entirety - but such is the case for most readers. 
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This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.

All-Star Batman Vol. 3: The First Ally - A Review










A Review


The world knows the early history of Batman, the man whose parents died one evening when out for dinner. Bruce Wayne would be raised by the families faithful butler, Alfred. What most of us do not know (this reader at least did not) is the early history of Alfred Pennyworth and his connection to British Intelligence. This edition of All-Star Batman provides some of that backstory.

The story moves back and forth between flashbacks and current history, occasionally making the story difficult to follow. But even with that small flaw, the story is fun and kept this Sexagenarian's interest. The artwork (both for images displaying the past and that displaying the present) appears to show a somewhat aged set of characters. I might expect the modern set of characters to show aging - but it was disappointing to see some of that same aging to appear on the historical Batman et al.

I expect those who are fans of DC Comics or Batman, whether earlier generations of the story or of the current generation will find the story and book of interest. I know I did.
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This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.





Monday, April 2, 2018

NKJV, Deluxe Reader's Bible, Imitation Leather - A Review








A Review


Thomas Nelson Publishers has made available a nicely formatted Bible designed for reading. Beginning with a cardboard slipcase to hold the Bible when not being read, the Bible itself is bound with a handsome black and brown leather-like cover. The text is printed in small margin single column text. My only concern is that the small margins include little room for the reader to add personal notes - though the text can be highlighted easily (NOTE: I prefer to use Crayola Twistable Crayons, rather than liquid highlighters).


This is truly a reader’s Bible. The beginning of each chapter is noted with a small number red number in the margin. Verse numbers are only given for major breaks in the text (i.e. most verses are not marked). There are no book introductions (save for a single sentence quote from a well-known author such as C. S. Lewis or John Piper), no textual notes, no maps - it is a reader’s Bible.


Some may not enjoy the minimalist approach taken by this edition, but for the person who is ready to READ the Bible, rather than studying it, it may be an appropriate tool for the task. There are plenty of Study Bibles out there, having an edition which focuses on the reading of the text may help some to better understand what the authors are saying.  
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This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Henery's Ghost Stories - Two Reviews


Killing in C#
by
Alexia Gordon
Six Feet Under

by
Tonya Kappes




A Review


The ghosts are back.

Having read previous books by these authors in these series, I was looking forward to again seeing familiar characters and their spirited friends. These friends are more like Casper the friendly ghost than Scrooge’s Jacob Marley. In each, the protagonist is assisted in solving a series of murders by their unexpected friendly spirits.

But there are other elements in common – the primary victim of both stories is a vindictive reviewer – of music (from Gordon’s novel) and restaurants (from Kappes’ novel). Each reviewer has a history of destroying careers and reputations. And they have ruined so many people’s lives, the number of suspects grows the further into the book the reader goes.

As expected, these two Henery Press books were fun to read and demanded to be finished as quickly as possible. It was disappointing to see Eamon’s ghostly wife be left to some unexplained nether world – perhaps she can return in a later book. One can hope.

For those who like cozy mysteries, for those who like ghost stores (especially, friendly ghost stories), for those who like music or food – these two books may just feel the bill.
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This review is based on free electronic copies provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.





Saturday, March 10, 2018

Superman: The Oz Effect - A Review






Superman - Action Comics:
The Oz Effect
Deluxe Edition



by
Dan Jurgens

A Review

Superman is back!

Take that from a sexagenarian who grew up with Superman during the Silver Age of Comics. He has matured, he has married Lois Lane, they have a son named Jon – but it was good to see some of the old, familiar characteristics of one of my favorite superheroes of that era.

In the current story, Superman (aka Kal-el on Krypton) meets a man claiming to be his father, Jor-el. The truth of that claim is never quite resolved, but it is the conflict between Ka-el and Jor-el that takes up most of this book. With the exception of missing the departure of Supergirl from Krypton (was she dropped from the modern age stories?), the story fits well with the traditions with which I was raised.

The colors are bright and attention-getting. I would not expect a 21st-century artist to imitate the work of those who lived through the 50’s and 60’s; such is the case, As the attached clipping may show, occasionally I was caught a bit off guard.

It was fun for this old man to catch up with a story that he followed as closely as possible as a child and a young teen.
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This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Faith and the Future Force - A Review






Faith and the Future Force



by
Jody Houser

A Review

A disappointing comic from Diamond Book Publishers. The story seems inconsistent, the artwork seems more like something from Casper the Friendly Ghost. The comic was disappointing to this sexagenarian.

A group of superheroes “adopts” Faith to fight super evil beings. They work together to fight an enemy across time and space that looks more like a three-prong power outlet than like any kind of super-villain. The story did not hold my attention – Twice I put it down and took up more traditional books before again being disappointed in the story.

The comic consists of a four-part story that was originally published six months earlier – but coming six months later, did not improve the story. I normally enjoy comics; I did not enjoy this one.
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This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.