August 2, 2017

An Uplifting Way to Start Each Day: 100 Favorite Bible Verses

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What if you had a collection of your favorite Bible verses that you could easily reference back to when needed? Many moons ago, I created a journaling notebook where I would jot down verses that I'd come across during my Bible studies. Some were verses about comfort and peace, while others were about courage and protection. Either way, these verses were some that I knew I'd want to go back and read from time to time, especially during specific moments in my life. I always keep this notebook close by, because let's face, you never know when you're going to need to hear a special reaffirmation from God. Just recently, I received a beautiful book that follows the same suite, 100 Favorite Bible Verses.


ABOUT THE BOOK:
Often readers don’t know which Bible verses to start with, and this book curates 100 of the best loved verses, adds a short application, and surrounds each scripture with lovely botanical-themed artwork. It is a lovely gift for any home!


There's nothing like having a book full of encouraging and heartfelt scripture passages right there. Of course, all of these verses can be found in the Bible, but it is really nice to have them all laid out and ready to go. You can tell there was a lot of care and thought put into what verses should be included in the book. Each one can have an impact on somebody, at some point in their life. In fact, the introduction of the book does mention that it was put together with a compilation of suggestions from a group of people who wanted to share their favorite verses and why they were personally so special to them. As I read through the pages, I found verses that were also included in my personal scripture notebook, as well as others that I would have definitely added sooner or later.

The physical book, itself, is very pretty with lovely flower drawings throughout. It has a hardcover and is rather compact in size, so it can easily be taken on the go if need be. While the verses are the highlight of this book, there's more to add to the reader's experience. You see, this is set up like a devotional, although there aren't any notations on dates or day numbers. The left side of each page spread offers a main topic, as well as a take away devotion about the verse. The bottom of the page also includes a special one to two sentence prayer, while the right page offers the scripture verse in large emphasized letters.


For instance, the first one is themed Love Is...

It goes on to then discuss the verse–which is one of my favorites from 1 Corinthians 13, 4-7, and what it means to us and how it can be applied to our lives. There's even references to other verses in the text for further studying. A prayer then follows:


Thank you, Lord, that you are love and
You never give up on us. Please use me
to share Your love with others


The right side of the page then highlights the scripture passage in it's entirety:






I like that a table of contents is included, because it allows me to reference the titles of each verse page, so that I can easily turn to a particular theme. With that being said, I would have loved to also see a page in the front or back of the book that lists the verses by topics like, verses to offer peace, verses to read for protection, etc.

I was a little disappointed to not see any verses included from one of my favorite passages, Psalm 91, but the beauty of this book is that it also included four extra lined pages to add some of the reader's favorite verses that weren't already included in the book. This was a thoughtful gesture from the author and publisher to make sure that readers can add to the book if need be.

100 Favorite Bible Verses is a beautiful addition to my library of faith-based reads. It also makes a wonderful coffee table book, where it's always right there, ready to be picked up when I need a little encouragement.




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6 comments:

Brenda Loves Sharing said...

Wow, these series of books seem to be really in-depth and helpful. My older son was also very interested in astronomy. In 3rd grade, they study science, and he and his friend already knew more than what they were going to be taught. So, they're teacher let them research something they wanted to learn more about and give a presentation to the class, rather than have to sit and listen to her teach them what they already knew. A book like that Astronomy book would have been great for them back then.

Valerie McClintick said...

Thank you so much for your review Kelly! I love that your son enjoyed the quilt squares, it's really fun to see the completed project at the end of the curriculum. Blessings, Valerie

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

The pleasure is all mine, Valerie! We are still really enjoying your curriculum. My son has been doing such a great job at memorizing and reciting the characters of God using the lessons. Oh, and of course he is still enjoying those quilt squares. :-) Blessings!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Wow, that sounds really neat, Brenda! It's nice that the teacher was able to recognize their level for the course and allow them to adapt by doing a presentation, instead. If your son is still interested in Astronomy, he just may enjoy this book.

Brenda Loves Sharing said...

Looks like a very pretty book. This would be useful in helping come up with verses to include in my daughter's lunch notes.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

That's a great idea, Brenda! I know you had previously mentioned that you did that (such a nice idea, by the way!). There are plenty to choose from in this book...ones that I'm sure she'd enjoy reading.

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