Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible

"Happy happy, happy are the people whose God is the Lord! Psalm 144:15 (extra happies added)"
The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible is a New King James version, edited by Phil and Al Robertson. It is a really nice men's Bible, especially for the outdoorsman or fan of Duck Dynasty.

Whether or not you are familiar with the television show, however, this Bible stands alone, not only because it holds God's Word, but also because the devotions by the Robertsons are applicable to so many aspects of life and offer biblical insights from two godly men.

Features of The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible include:
  • 125 articles
  • Personal welcome note from the authors
  • Comprehensive topical index
  • Bible reading plans
  • Scripture references for "30 Days with Jesus," "Ministry of Jesus," and more
  • The text is printed in a green and brown color scheme, and subtle illustrations of leaves and ducks enhance the pages. The cover underneath the book jacket is really nice, with a woodgrain look.
  • Each book ends with a "Set Your Sights" devotion and an "On the Hunt" guide to Scripture verses.

My favorite feature is the "Lifechangers" section at the beginning, a thirty day reading plan with really thought-provoking and convicting articles by Phil and Al:
" . . . a guy, maybe fifty-five or sixty years old, with a beard of gray hair, walked up to me. He said, 'Mr. Robertson, you know what I'm trying to figure out? I've been an atheist my whole life. I never had any use for a God I didn't believe existed. So, what I'm trying to figure out is how you've convinced me to become a believer instead of an atheist in thirty minutes.' He stood there searching my eyes, humbled by the fact that he had just chucked his whole belief system -- a system he had embraced throughout his long life. 'Well, it really wasn't me, it was what you heard,' I replied. 'You heard that God loved you and sent Jesus to die for your, that in Him your sins are buried, and one day He'l raise you from the dead to live eternally eyond the grave. That message is what is bringing you around. There's power in the message of Jesus. You heard it'" (p. XLIII).

I only watched a few episodes of their show, but I think this Bible is a wonderful way to get a Bible into the hands of people who might be fans of the show and wouldn't otherwise read the Bible. As some of their personal testimonies attest, the Robertsons have impacted many lives. However, the editorial content in The Duck Commander Bible isn't geared around the show, so anyone would enjoy it. 

{The publisher provided me with a review copy for my honest opinions.}

Friday, November 21, 2014

Moosewood Cookbook

A treasure from the 1970s,  Moosewood Cookbook: 40th Anniversary Edition by Mollie Katzen is an impressive reprinting of the original hand-written version. Featuring recipes from the Moosewood Restaurant, Mollie's book introduced cooks to a healthier variety of foods, including seasonal, whole grains, and vegetarian selections.

Moosewood Cookbook retains the delight of the original, with Mollie's illustrations and neatly hand-printed text. Recipes include soups, salads, sandwiches, snacks, entrees, and desserts. With back-to-basics ingredients, Moosewood Cookbook offers an approach to cooking that gives cooks a basis for experimenting in the kitchen.

The recipes are easy to follow, and though some of them are time-consuming, they are worth the effort and not difficult to put together. I appreciate that the preparation times for the recipes are given, and I've learned from experience that quicker isn't always better. Making time to savor and enjoy the process of preparing and enjoying a delicious and healthy meal can be therapeutic as well as nourishing. There's something for everyone in Moosewood Cookbook, and parents will find that many of the selections are kid friendly: vegetable kabobs, calzones, apple strudel, and samosas -- yum!

{The publisher provided me with a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions.}

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Time of Jesus

Look Inside: The Time of Jesus is a lift-the-flap picture book that takes young readers inside the world of Jesus from the stable in Bethlehem to the garden tomb.

This large hardcover book features thick sturdy pages similar to a board book, but with several flaps to open on each page. The story is told briefly, with a paragraph of so of text explaining the setting, followed by captions around the pages and inside the hidden flaps. This interactive book is very visual, almost like a seek and find type book, with lots of attention to detail given.

The Time of Jesus is a nice way to introduce preschoolers to the story of Jesus' life and key events from his timeline. The authors are careful not to overwhelm young readers, and their approach is gentle. Frightening elements are left out, but children still get an introduction to the life of Jesus that they will remember when learning more about him later.

As a read-aloud book, The Time of Jesus provides a great discussion starter and parent/child activity. No Scripture references are included, so parents might wish to have the Bible on hand when they sit down to read this book with their children, so they can refer to the biblical text and teach that these stories come from God's Word. Overall, I am pleased with the high quality of The Time of Jesus, and I think it's a good addition to any child's library.