Review: The Temple and the Tabernacle


(As first seen on New Horizon Reviews)

   `The Temple and the Tabernacle` is a reference book written by author J. Daniel Hays. Author J. Daniel Hays is dean of the school of Christian studies and professor of biblical studies at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

        The tagline of this book says it’s a study of God’s dwelling places from Genesis to Revelation. The author’s purpose in writing this book is to inform with visually stunning, full-color graphics and archaeological discoveries.

        I like the glossy pages, the colorful graphics and the easy to read script. The jist of the book is only 189 pages. However, the closing pages contain notes, bibliography, index of subjects and index of scripture and other ancient sources. Scripture references, throughout the book, come either from the New International Version (NIV), or the English Standard version (ESV).

        Each chapter begins with an overview, then subtitles with several colorful graphics. I enjoyed the use of the graphics while learning about the tabernacle. I also saw how the Old Testament intertwined with the New Testament. On page 29 it explains that the exodus event is to the Old Testament what the death and resurrection of Christ is to the New Testament.

        The Temple and the Tabernacle reads more like a reference book than a novel. There are plenty of references to scripture, sometimes making it hard to follow unless you look up each verse.

        I recommend this book to pastors and laypersons steeped in the Word of God.

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Review: The Rewired Brain


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  `The Rewired Brain` is a non-fiction health and wellness book written by author Dr. Ski Chilton. Dr. Chilton is a professor in the department of physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest School of Medicine. `The Rewired Brain` offers you a clear framework for understanding your brain and the decisions you make. The author’s purpose in writing this piece is to inform the reader how they can rewire their brain, empowering them to be free and to live fearlessly. The author’s thesis is that there is a God who loves and desires to interact with us. He also believes God created the extremely complex portions of our brains in order for us to be able to commune with Him spiritually.

        Dr. Ski says our brain has two systems of thinking, which he appropriately calls system 1 and system 2. These two systems constantly battle for attention. There are a few black and white images throughout the book that help us more readily understand the brain and how it works.

        In describing the brain Dr. Ski Chilton claims we have been on earth millions of years. I disagree and believe it has only been a few thousand years. The author states that system 1of our brain has developed over a period of 1 million years  And, that system 2 has developed over 150,000 years. I believe our brain reached totality when God made it, even though humans had a lot to learn.

        Humans and animals have similarities with system 1, but differ with system 2. Because of system 2 humans are able to self-reflect and connect with our Creator. For a healthy brain both systems need to be in balance. To help in this process there are self-help questions at the end of each chapter.

        I liked this book because it was easy to read and understand, and helped me understand why I act and react the way I do.

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Review: Fetching Sweetness


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`Fetching Sweetness` is book two of the Love Unleashed series. This series is especially for dog lovers, written by Dana Mentink.

 Although I have become a cat lover I enjoyed reading this book, with its antics, and I especially like the cover.

   As a literary agent, Stephanie Pink is eager to get the book manuscript from the author. However she must first find, and return the author’s dog, `Sweetness`. She finds Sweetness and also meets Rhett who offers her to stay at his place. When Stephanie goes into her bedroom she sees a ladies nightgown and duct tape. So, she comes to the conclusion that Rhett is a serial killer- she’s been reading too many books. She wonders why else would a single man have a ladies nightgown? She decides she needs another book to read, and soon, or she’ll get edgy. It’s an obsession. I can relate! I thought the scene where Rhett fell off the ladder showed compassion on Stephanie’s part.

   The realism of the characters made it seem as if they were my neighbors under disguise. I sided with Stephanie when she threw a bag of flour at Rhett. This was one of my favorite parts of the book. I could see myself doing the same thing. So I just laughed. Stephanie has quite an imagination. Rhett says God speaks to him, Stephanie disagrees.

    A most interesting part was when Sweetness brought a feral cat to Stephanie. Sweetness was carrying the screaming cat by the scruff of its neck. Sweetness reminded me of when our cat brought a bird and a chipmunk into our house. Both live and at different times.

  This book made me laugh and I recommend it to fans of comedy.

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Review: Hearing God in Conversation


   `Hearing God in Conversation` is a Christian Living/Spiritual Growth book written by Samuel C. Williamson. The tagline reads, `How To Recognize His Voice Everywhere`. This book has been dedicated to the author’s father who taught the author how to hear God’s voice.

        Author Sam C. Williamson is the founding director of the Heart and author of `Is Sunday School Destroying Our Kids`? The author’s purpose for writing `Hearing God in Conversation` is to inform. Hearing God in Conversation brings together the Word and the Holy Spirit, which in the Christian’s life is interdependent to one another.

        I find it interesting that Budda’s last words were, `strive without ceasing`, and Christ’s last words were, `It Is Finished`.  Not only did Christ say `It Is Finished`, He invited us to walk with Him relationaly.

        The author’s thesis is to share in this book what he has learned about conversing with God. The author has also included an Appendix that summarizes the common arguments against and the common arguments for the belief that God speaks directly today. The references as to where the author received this information are at the back of the book under, `Notes`.

        Samuel C. Williamson points out many different situations in which God speaks, but as page 33 say, `He also speaks to us when we meditate on scripture, watch a movie, counsel with friends, and driving a car, etc…

        I like the style of this book, very informative without being too preachy. God guides us through conviction, insight, revelation, and daily guidance. I like the quote on page 35, `continual lectures sink relationships; conversations buoy them up.

The author shares a couple of helpful resources:

TACTS (for scriptural meditation) T= Truth  A= Adoration
C= Confession    T= Thanksgiving    S= Supplication

Resources for meditating on God’s Word (Bibles):
American Standard version
International Standard version
King James version
New International version
New Living Translation
The Message

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Review: Mind Games


Mind Games is a mystery/suspense romance book by author Nancy Mehl. This is a easy reading book that packs a powerful punch. I was drawn into reading this book because of the suspense element, not sure what I was getting into. This is book one of the Kaely Quinn Profiler series. I do not recommend this series, but if one wishes to read this book be warned it is intense and the ending leaves the reader hanging. As I said, I didn’t know what to expect and was not warned about the triggers in this book.

By the end of the book I felt involved with the characters, especially Kaely Quinn and Noah Hunter. The thing I appreciated about Kaely was that no matter what happened her faith in God did not waver, and she knew He would not abandon her. I appreciated that Noah had her back as her partner.

I read an ARC of this book. Print version was published December 4, 2018

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Review: BackPack Explorer: Beach Walk


Backpack Explorer: Beach Walk is a children’s nonfiction activity book by the editors of Storey Publishing. I enjoyed this short (60 page) action-packed book. I received an ARC ebook for my review. A hardback copy will be available April 2, 2019 that features a real magnifying glass, stickers to use in the book, and a beach log to record what you did and what you saw.

The text in this book is organized in one – five paragraphs per page, which is sufficient for grades 2-3. The authors employ imagery to help relay the messages. The primary medium are colorful photographs.

It was interesting to see the different plants and animals of each family. Example, there are at least twelve different types of seaweed and at least nine different types of crustaceans.

This book is great for young beachcombers, ages 4-8, to use along with their caretakers. My favorite part of the book was the photographs of the different types of sand castles.

I recommend this book to young homeschoolers and young fans of the beach because it showcases items found at the beach and includes fun activities to do while at the beach.

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Review: The Memory House


The Memory House is a historical fiction book by author Rachel Hauck. Beck Holiday is a sergeant with the NYPD Ninth Precinct. After an altercation she is put on suspension. So, she leaves New York to go to Fernandina Beach, Florida. 

Beck has some issues to work through after her father’s death on 9/11. She is the sole beneficiary of Mrs. Everleigh Callahan’s possessions. One big problem, Beck has lost her memory. She doesn’t remember her dad or the friends she had in Florida. She meets Bruno again, for the first time. She does not remember her & Bruno attending a summer backyard Sunday School. 

If the reader is looking for a novel on friendship, forgiveness, and adoption they will enjoy this book.

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