Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Mormon Mirage Third Edition: By Latayne C. Scott

The Mormon Mirage:
A Former Member Looks At The Mormon Church Today Third Edition
By Latayne C. Scott

What's Inside
The Mormon Mirage is a collection of Mrs.Scott's finding from years of research as a devout Mormon. The 3rd edition is the latest version of her book, in this edition you will also find her more recent research and opinions. Mrs.Scott writes in a conversational non-scholarly tone, and is very strait forward in her statements. In the back of this book you will find many references so that you can do your own research and draw your own conclusions.

Table Contents

Part One
  1. A Gentle Apostasy: Mrs. Scott's personal history and conversion story.
  2. The Joseph Smith Story: The of life Joseph Smith from Mormon, Non-Mormon, and Ex-Mormon sources.
  3. The Book of Mormon: " The Most Correct of Any Book"?: Information about the Book of Mormon, how it was transitioned, its contents, what it means to Mormons today.
  4. One Bible, Two Books of Commandments, and Unlimited Wives: How Mormons view the Bible and the translations used by the LDS church. The history, contents and teachings of the LDS Scripture "The Doctrine and Covenants".
  5. The Perils of the Pearl: The history, contents and teachings of the LDS Scripture "The Pearl of Great Price".
  6. The Precarious Summit of Continuing Revelation: The different groups who follow Joseph Smith's teachings. The nature, and mechanics of LDS Revelation. Joseph Smith's successors and continuing revelation.
  7. The Mormon Pantheon: Topics covered in this section are the eternity of man, the idea of preexistence, the Mormon veiw of God ,The belief that one may attain godhood (or goddesshood), The Mormon view of God as a progressive being, the Adam-God doctrine, the Mormon view of Christ, his conception, marriages, other LDS doctrine, the Mormon view of the Holy Ghost, the Mormon view of Satan and evil spirits. the Mormon veiw of angels as resurrected and translated beings.
  8. Salvation and Exaltation: The idea of Salvation vs Exaltation, The Mormon veiw of Baptism, Baptism for the dead and Proxy Baptism. The different types of Endowment for Exaltation, Temple Ceremonies, Sins which prevent Exaltation, The Mormon Doctrine of Resurrections.
Part Two
  1. Issues and Challenges Facing Mormonism in the 21st Century- Part One
  2. Issues and Challenges Facing Mormonism in the 21st Century- Part Two
  3. Conclusion
Addendum-Evangelizing Mormons in the 21st Century
For Further Reading
Notes
Subject Index
Mormon Scripture Index
Scripture Index

Pros

Latayne C. Scott was a devout Mormon for 10 years, she served as a Sunday school teacher, and participated in lady's groups, and children organizations. She received her eduction with the help of scholarships provided by LDS for Brigham Young University. "I lived Mormonism; I loved it-and I left it." ~Latayne C. Scott

Cons

One must always be aware when reading books written by an individual that sometimes personal opinion will come through, even when one is trying to write objectively. The reason I point this out is because she writes very passionately.

About The Author
Latayne C. Scott is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, published by major Christian publishers such as Zondervan, Moody, Baker, Word and others. In addition, she has published poems, radio plays, and hundreds of articles in magazines such as Today’s Christian Woman, Guideposts, Writer’s Digest, The Upper Room, Christian Research Journal, Christian Retailing, and Military Officer. A full-time writer, she also speaks at seminars, retreats, and on television and radio programs. She is the recipient of Pepperdine University’s Distinguished Christian Service Award for Creative Christian Writing, and makes her home in her native New Mexico.

Web Site: http://www.latayne.com

My Personal Opinion
The Mormon Mirage is defiantly an interesting, and shocking book. According to Mrs. Scotts research the majority of Mormon beliefs are very different from traditional Christianity. Before writing this review I had never talked with a Mormon missionary, because of this I went to the LSD website and asked a Mormon missionary some questions. My questions were "What are your views of the Trinity?, Will faithful Mormons attain godhood after death? and does God the Father have a flesh and bone body?" the answers I was given were basically the scholarly version of what I found in Mrs. Scott's book. She encourages the reader to do their own research, and gives multiple references. Many of the references are Mormon books of scripture, such as the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.

This book can be found at the following link

Friday, June 19, 2009

NET Bible - First Edition -Cromwell Premium Bonded Leather


About the Binding & Cover
This edition is made from smooth finished Cromwell Premium Bonded Leather, with a Premium Smythe sewn binding. The cover has a smooth leathery feel, and rich color. Bonded leather is made from tiny bits of leather reformed together with latex binders to create one sold sheet of leather. Depending on the quality bonded leather is composed of 80% to 100% leather fibers. Bonded leather doesn't last as long as Genuine Leather, but does certainly out lasts other types of covers. Smythe sewn binding is considered the highest quality binding, the pages are sewn and glued to the spine of the Bible. The benefits are a long lasting Bible that can be read and reread for years without falling apart. Books with Smythe sewn binding will stand up to more abuse than regular glued binding, and can be read on a flat surface. For these reasons many textbooks, picture books and Bibles that are designed to stand the tests of time use Smythe sewn binding. Smythe sewn book printing and binding gets its name from its inventor, an Irish-American named David McConnell Smythe (1833-1807). A pioneer of modern day bookbinding, Smythe took a bold leap forward over the centuries old methods of binding by producing the first technology and methods for sewing book pages to the spine to create a book of superior quality and appearance. Smythe-sewn Bibles are durable, but they may be heavier and less flexible than glued Bibles. That said if you want the best, then you want Smythe sewn binding. Size: 9.75 X 7.0 X 2.25

What’s inside?
This Bible is printed on Premium Bible paper, the text is clear 9 point type, the translators' notes are 7.5 point type text. The lay out of this Bible is double column format, black letter edition, with paragraph/subject headings. Features include 60,932 extensive translators' notes (more translators' notes than any other Bible in history), detailed table of contents, glossary of terms, 12 full color satellite maps, 8 full color pictures, 6 maps depicting the old testament periods, and 4 Journeys of Paul line maps. This edition has gold gilded page edges, which adds to the traditional elegance of this Bible. Along with this Bible is included a bonus Companion CD which is a very well featured program.

In the Front
  1. Preface to the First Edition
  2. Introduction to the First Edition
  3. Books of the Bible in Canonical Order
In the Back
  1. NET Bible Principles of Translation
  2. Abbreviations
  3. List of Cited Works
  4. Principal Manuscript Evidence for the Greek New Testament
  5. Hebrew and Greek Translation
  6. Detailed Table of Contents
  7. Index to NET Bible Maps
Contents of the Companion CD
NET Bible
  • HTML version like the one online
  • HTML Help version - searchable (windows only)
History of the English Bible Articles
  • Part I: From Wycliffe to King James (The Period of Challenge)
  • Part II: The Reign of the King James (The Era of Elegance)
  • Part III: From the KJV to the RV (from Elegance to Accuracy)
  • Part IV: Why So Many Versions?
Making of the NET Bible Articles
  • Innovations in the Text and Translation of the NET Bible, New Testament
  • An Open Letter Regarding The NET Bible, New Testament
  • Consideration of Contexts in the Translation Philosophy of the NET Bible: Discussion and Examples
Studying the Bible Section
  • Finding God - a brief explanation of God’s plan of salvation
  • The Basics of the Faith - A question and answer Bible study series
  • Introduction to Christian Belief - A layman’s guide to systematic theology
  • How to Study the Bible ($15 book) - covers the place of the Bible in the life of the Christian, key components of Bible study, and different kinds of Bible study.
  • How to Teach the Bible - Shows you how to begin to communicate what you’ve learned in your study of the Bible to other people.
Gospel of John Tools
  • Audio version of Gospel of John
  • Pastor's Commentary on John - Bob Deffinbaugh
  • Technical Commentary on John - Hall Harris
Reference Tools:
  • Introductions, Outlines and Arguments of whole New Testament - extensive background materials
  • Easton's Bible Dictionary
  • Nave's Topical Bible
  • Torrey's Topical Textbook
  • Matthew Henry's Commentary
About this Translation
This information is from "Preface To The NET Bible http://www.bible.org/page.php?page_id=3537 " if you would like to learn more about this translation please refer to the above address."The NET Bible is a completely new translation of the Bible with 60,932 translators’ notes! (The translators' notes can be found online and in the printed First Edition) It was completed by more than 25 scholars – experts in the original biblical languages – who worked directly from the best currently available Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts. The translators’ notes make the original languages far more accessible, allowing you to look over the translator’s shoulder at the very process of translation. This level of documentation is a first for a Bible translation, making transparent the textual basis and the rationale for key renderings (including major interpretive options and alternative translations). This unparalleled level of detail helps connect people to the Bible in the original languages in a way never before possible without years of study of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. It unlocks the riches of the Bible’s truth from entirely new perspectives.

The Deutero-Canonical books/Apocrypha are not completely translated yet and are not certainly in the printed editions. Plans are underway to translate these books the translators' of the Net Bible seek to create a translation which all Christians can use regardless of denomination.

The Net Bible can be found online at http://net.bible.org/or go to http://www.bible.org for a free downloadable copy. A short video about the NET Bible Watch



My Personal Opinion
Many would assume that this edition is meant especially for those in ministry or those who know the original languages but this isn't the case. The translators' notes of the first Edition are meant to help people get a better idea of what the original languages said and of the translation process that went into the NET Bible. Personally I love the extensive translators' notes of this edition, they are very useful and interesting. Even though I can't read Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek I still find the notes fascinating and comprehensible, although I'm sure someone with knowledge of the the original languages would find this edition even more helpful. Many times I find myself using this Bible along side other study Bibles to get a better idea of what the original languages said. This edition lays flat while reading, which is very helpful when studying or while comparing translations. The Net Bible First Edition is a good choice for study because of the extensive translators' notes and the wonderful maps.I recommend the First Edition to those looking for a study Bible with extensive translators' notes.

This Edition can be found at the link below

Thursday, June 18, 2009

NET Bible - Compact Edition - Cromwell Premium Bonded Leather


About the Binding & Cover
This edition is made from smooth finished Cromwell Premium Bonded Leather, with a Premium Smythe sewn binding. The cover has a smooth leathery feel, and rich color. Bonded leather is made from tiny bits of leather reformed together with latex binders to create one sold sheet of leather. Depending on the quality bonded leather is composed of 80% to 100% leather fibers. Bonded leather doesn't last as long as Genuine Leather, but does certainly out lasts other types of covers. Smythe sewn binding is considered the highest quality binding, the pages are sewn and glued to the spine of the Bible. The benefits are a long lasting Bible that can be read and reread for years without falling apart. Books with Smythe sewn binding will stand up to more abuse than regular glued binding, and can be read on a flat surface. For these reasons many textbooks, picture books and Bibles that are designed to stand the tests of time use Smythe sewn binding. Smythe sewn book printing and binding gets its name from its inventor, an Irish-American named David McConnell Smythe (1833-1807). A pioneer of modern day bookbinding, Smythe took a bold leap forward over the centuries old methods of binding by producing the first technology and methods for sewing book pages to the spine to create a book of superior quality and appearance. Smythe-sewn Bibles are durable, but they may be heavier and less flexible than glued Bibles. That said if you want the best, then you want Smythe sewn binding. Size: 6.75 x 4.5 in

What’s inside?
This Bible is printed on Premium Bible paper, the text is clear 8 point type, the translators' notes are 5.5 point type text. The lay out of this Bible is double column format, black letter edition, with paragraph/subject headings. Features include 7,722 condensed translators' notes, glossary of terms, Concordance with over 6300 entries/references covering more than 1000 key biblical terms, detailed table of contents, Bible Answers to Life Questions, On Prayer section a resource that lists more than 25 passages about prayer, Scripture Memory Verses, NET Bible Maps six Old Testament Maps, four Journeys of Paul Maps and two brand new New Testament Maps. This edition has gold gilded page edges. Along with this Bible is included a bonus Companion CD which is a very well featured program.

In the Front
  1. Preface to the Compact Edition
  2. Introduction to the Compact Edition
  3. The NET Bible Team
  4. Books of the Bible in Canonical Order
In the Back
  1. Glossary of Terms
  2. Compact Concordance
  3. Principles of Translation
  4. Bible Answers to Life Questions (Preview at http://www.bible.org/page.php?page_id=5377 )
  5. On Prayer (located online at http://www.bible.org/page.php?page_id=5378 )
  6. Scripture Memory Verses
  7. Detailed Table of Contents
  8. Index to NET Bible Maps-Black and White New & Old Testament Maps
Contents of the Companion CD
NET Bible
  • HTML version like the one online
  • HTML Help version - searchable (windows only)
History of the English Bible Articles
  • Part I: From Wycliffe to King James (The Period of Challenge)
  • Part II: The Reign of the King James (The Era of Elegance)
  • Part III: From the KJV to the RV (from Elegance to Accuracy)
  • Part IV: Why So Many Versions?
Making of the NET Bible Articles
  • Innovations in the Text and Translation of the NET Bible, New Testament
  • An Open Letter Regarding The NET Bible, New Testament
  • Consideration of Contexts in the Translation Philosophy of the NET Bible: Discussion and Examples
Studying the Bible Section
  • Finding God - a brief explanation of God’s plan of salvation
  • The Basics of the Faith - A question and answer Bible study series
  • Introduction to Christian Belief - A layman’s guide to systematic theology
  • How to Study the Bible ($15 book) - covers the place of the Bible in the life of the Christian, key components of Bible study, and different kinds of Bible study.
  • How to Teach the Bible - Shows you how to begin to communicate what you’ve learned in your study of the Bible to other people.
Gospel of John Tools
  • Audio version of Gospel of John
  • Pastor's Commentary on John - Bob Deffinbaugh
  • Technical Commentary on John - Hall Harris
Reference Tools:
  • Introductions, Outlines and Arguments of whole New Testament - extensive background materials
  • Easton's Bible Dictionary
  • Nave's Topical Bible
  • Torrey's Topical Textbook
  • Matthew Henry's Commentary
About this Translation
This information is from "Preface To The NET Bible http://www.bible.org/page.php?page_id=3537 " if you would like to learn more about this translation please refer to the above address."The NET Bible is a completely new translation of the Bible with 60,932 translators’ notes! (The translators' notes can be found online and in the printed First Edition) It was completed by more than 25 scholars – experts in the original biblical languages – who worked directly from the best currently available Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts. The translators’ notes make the original languages far more accessible, allowing you to look over the translator’s shoulder at the very process of translation. This level of documentation is a first for a Bible translation, making transparent the textual basis and the rationale for key renderings (including major interpretive options and alternative translations). This unparalleled level of detail helps connect people to the Bible in the original languages in a way never before possible without years of study of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. It unlocks the riches of the Bible’s truth from entirely new perspectives.

The Deutero-Canonical books/Apocrypha are not completely translated yet and are not certainly in the printed editions. Plans are underway to translate these books the translators' of the Net Bible seek to create a translation which all Christians can use regardless of denomination.

The Net Bible can be found online at http://net.bible.org/or go to http://www.blogger.com/www.bible.org for a free downloadable copy. A short video about the NET Bible Watch

My Personal Opinion
This Bible has clear, easy to read text, which is always nice to see in a compact edition. I would like to point out that the size of this edition is 6.75" x 4.5", as you can tell from the photo I have very small hands which makes this Bible look larger than it actually is. The features of this edition such as the Compact Concordance, Bible Answers to Life Questions, On Prayer section, and Scripture Memory Verses section makes this Bible a very useful compact edition. I recommend This edition to any one looking for a compact NET Bible.

This Edition can be found at the link below.

NET Bible, Bonded leather, burgundy Compact Edition


NET Bible - Reader's Edition -Cromwell Premium Top Grain Genuine Leather





About the Binding & Cover
This edition is made from Cromwell Premium Top Grain Genuine Leather, with a Premium Smythe sewn binding. The cover has a fine leathery feel, rich color, and well defined grain. Top Grain leather is considered the second highest grade of leather, and is as strong and durable as full grain leather. This type of leather is split from the top layer of the hide, sanded and then refinished. Smythe sewn binding is considered the highest quality binding, the pages are sewn and glued to the spine of the Bible. The benefits are a long lasting Bible that can be read and reread for years without falling apart. Books with Smythe sewn binding will stand up to more abuse than regular glued binding, and can be read on a flat surface. For these reasons many textbooks, picture books and Bibles that are designed to stand the tests of time use Smythe sewn binding. Smythe sewn book printing and binding gets its name from its inventor, an Irish-American named David McConnell Smythe (1833-1807). A pioneer of modern day bookbinding, Smythe took a bold leap forward over the centuries old methods of binding by producing the first technology and methods for sewing book pages to the spine to create a book of superior quality and appearance. Smythe-sewn Bibles are durable, but they may be heavier and less flexible than glued Bibles. That said if you want the best, then you want Smythe sewn binding. Size: 9.75 X 7.0 X 1.5 (inches)

What’s inside?
This Bible is printed on Premium Bible paper, the text is clear 11-point type text. The lay out of this Bible is double column format, black letter edition, with paragraph/subject headings. Features include 7,722 condensed translators' notes, a glossary of terms, 12 full color satellite maps, 8 full color pictures, 6 maps depicting the old testament periods, and 4 Journeys of Paul line maps. This edition includes a Premium black ribbon marker, and gold gilded page edges, which adds to the elegance of this Bible.


In the Front
  1. Preface to the Reader's Edition
  2. Introduction to the Reader's Edition
  3. The NET Bible Team
  4. Books of the Bible in Canonical Order
In the Back
  1. Glossary of Terms
  2. Principles of Translation
  3. Detailed Table of Contents
  4. Index to NET Bible Maps
Along with this Bible is included a bonus Companion CD which has many features.

Contents of the Companion CD
NET Bible
  • HTML version like the one online
  • HTML Help version - searchable (windows only)
History of the English Bible Articles
  • Part I: From Wycliffe to King James (The Period of Challenge)
  • Part II: The Reign of the King James (The Era of Elegance)
  • Part III: From the KJV to the RV (from Elegance to Accuracy)
  • Part IV: Why So Many Versions?
Making of the NET Bible Articles
  • Innovations in the Text and Translation of the NET Bible, New Testament
  • An Open Letter Regarding The NET Bible, New Testament
  • Consideration of Contexts in the Translation Philosophy of the NET Bible: Discussion and Examples
Studying the Bible Section
  • Finding God - a brief explanation of God’s plan of salvation
  • The Basics of the Faith - A question and answer Bible study series
  • Introduction to Christian Belief - A layman’s guide to systematic theology
  • How to Study the Bible ($15 book) - covers the place of the Bible in the life of the Christian, key components of Bible study, and different kinds of Bible study.
  • How to Teach the Bible - Shows you how to begin to communicate what you’ve learned in your study of the Bible to other people.
Gospel of John Tools
  • Audio version of Gospel of John
  • Pastor's Commentary on John - Bob Deffinbaugh
  • Technical Commentary on John - Hall Harris
Reference Tools:
  • Introductions, Outlines and Arguments of whole New Testament - extensive background materials
  • Easton's Bible Dictionary
  • Nave's Topical Bible
  • Torrey's Topical Textbook
  • Matthew Henry's Commentary
About this Translation
This information is from "Preface To The NET Bible http://www.bible.org/page.php?page_id=3537 " if you would like to learn more about this translation please refer to the above address."The NET Bible is a completely new translation of the Bible with 60,932 translators’ notes! (The translators' notes can be found online and in the printed First Edition) It was completed by more than 25 scholars – experts in the original biblical languages – who worked directly from the best currently available Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts. The translators’ notes make the original languages far more accessible, allowing you to look over the translator’s shoulder at the very process of translation. This level of documentation is a first for a Bible translation, making transparent the textual basis and the rationale for key renderings (including major interpretive options and alternative translations). This unparalleled level of detail helps connect people to the Bible in the original languages in a way never before possible without years of study of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. It unlocks the riches of the Bible’s truth from entirely new perspectives.

The Deutero-Canonical books/Apocrypha are not completely translated yet and are not certainly in the printed editions. Plans are underway to translate these books the translators' of the Net Bible seek to create a translation which all Christians can use regardless of denomination.

The Net Bible can be found online at http://net.bible.org/or go to http://www.blogger.com/www.bible.org for a free downloadable copy. A short video about the NET Bible Watch


My Personal Opinion
The cover has a very nice leathery feel and texture, I understand now why many of my friends say "When you get a Genuine leather Bible you don't want to put it down". This Bible lays flat while reading, I've found this to be very helpful when studying or while comparing different translations. The Reader's Edition would be a good choice for devotional reading or study, because of the text size and the condensed translators' notes. Personally I find the translators' notes to be very interesting and helpful, giving a deeper understanding in to the possible translations.I recommend this Bible to those looking for a copy of the NET Bible for devotional reading.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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  1. NET Bible - Reader's Edition - Black Top Grain Genuine Leather
  2. NET Bible - Compact Edition - Burgundy Bonded Leather
  3. NET Bible - First Edition - Black Bonded Leather
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Saturday, June 13, 2009

True Identity: The Bible for Women (NIV Italian Duo-Tone™, Violet/Melon Green

Description:
True Identity: The Bible for Women
is designed to be a devotional Bible for women in their 20's and 30's, with an emphasis on the issues women face during these years, such as career, dating, marriage, children, changing friendships, moving, etc. Although designed to help women in this age group, women of all ages can relate to the contents. The purpose of the True Identity Bible is to show us that our identity as women isn't what we do for a living, or in human relationships, but in being a Christian and having a relationship with God.

A quote from the publisher about the True Identity: The Bible for Women
"The Bible that helps you see yourself as God sees you. No matter what your stage in life, you’re probably facing a challenge or a change. Whatever you’re facing, you probably share your struggles with a friend. Now imagine your friend has incredible wisdom and is available anytime of the day or night! That’s what this Bible is about: becoming who you are in Christ through your relationship with him."

About the binding & cover
As demonstrated in the above slid show the True Identity Bible is flexible and lays flat while reading. The cover is made from Italian duo-tone which is a soft flexible artificial leather. Italian duo-tone is a good quality artificial leather which should prove to be close in durability to bonded leather. Artificial leather book covers such as this haven't been on the market long enough to know for sure. Italian duo-tone comes in many colors, and feels more durable then most artificial leathers. Size: 7.5 wide x 9.4 high x 2.2 deep in. | 190 wide x 239 high x deep 55 mm

What’s inside?
The text of this Bible is single column format ,with purple text and bold mint green paragraph/subject headings. The format and the layout of the features is eye catching and well designed. The paper is thin, and has a semi-transparent quality. I do not recommend using highlighters in this Bible. If you like to highlight passages I recommend crayola color pencils they work best on thin paper. The pages are edged with silver , which matches the cover & mint green ribbon marker very well. All of the notes, articles, and other features have a light conventional tone.

In the Front

Feature Contents:
  1. Ask Me Anything
  2. Myths
  3. Welcome to True Identity
  4. Contributors
  5. Preface to the NIV
Table of Contents:
  1. Books of the Bible in Canonical Order
In the Back
  1. Table of Wights and Measures
  2. Subject Index
  3. 60-day overview of the Bible reading plan
  4. 30 days with Jesus reading plan
  5. 30 days of "ask me anything" reading plan
  6. 30 days of "conversations" reading plan
  7. 30 days of "He is" reading plan
  8. Article: table for two
  9. Article: six degrees of separation
  10. Article: mentoring 101
  11. Article: you most powerful possession

Below is a brake down of the different features

• 100 “Myth” articles—States a commonly accepted myth that the world tells you is true, then refutes the myth with the truth of God’s Word.
• 30 “Ask Me Anything” notes—Profiles a woman from the Bible in an interview format where the biblical woman speaks to the modern readers about the life issue she faced.
• 200 “Conversations” notes—Penetrating questions to reflect on, either alone or with a friend or mentor.
• 200 “He Is” callouts—Highlights an attribute of God as shown or taught in Scripture and teaches how that affects a woman’s identity.
• 300 “At Issues” notes—Short teaching notes on life topics such as money, sex, or pride.
• Book introductions
• Topical index
• Back matter articles on topics such as mentoring, developing a consistent quiet time, Bible reading plans, memorizing Scripture, etc.

About this Translation.
The New International Version became one of the most popular modern translations made in the twentieth century. This translation is easy to read & understand. The NIV is a Protestant translation that was released in full in 1978. The Deuterocanonical books (Also known as the Apocrypha) are not included in this translation.

If you would like to learn more about the New International Version please go to the following sites

http://www.ibsstl.org/niv/index.php

Preface to the New International Version (NIV) Bible

My Personal Opinion
The Cover and Text: The cool spiral designs of the cover give this Bible a very whimsical yet modern look. The purple text is easy to read, and surprisingly isn't a distraction.(From now on I'll be looking for purple letter editions.) The Features: Many of the articles are interesting and useful, but at times some articles come across as overly simplistic. This would be a good Bible for women looking for answers to every day issues. I recommend this Bible to women looking for a devotional Bible with a conversational tone.

This Bible can be found at the link below.

True Identity: The Bible for Women, NIV--soft leather-look, violet/melon green



The soft-cover edition can be found at the following link.

True Identity: The Bible for Women (NIV), Softcover

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

How Harry Cast His Spell: by John Granger




How Harry Cast His Spell:
The Meaning Behind the Mania for J. K. Rowling's Bestselling Books


Harry Potter has captured the imaginations of millions of children and adults from every walk of life. The series has possibly experienced more popularity than any other book of the last fifty years having sold millions of copies around the world. With this in mind many have asked "Why is Harry Potter is so insanely popular?" As a fan of the Harry Potter series I already knew the answer, but this book has wrought to light many of the Christian aspects of series which I over looked. How Harry Potter casts his spells is an interesting look in to the Christian aspects of the Harry Potter Book series.


Below is the Table of Contents taken from the book. I like the way the Author wrote an explanation of each chapter in such a informative and humorous way. Through this book the Author adds a touch of humor to his writing.

Acknowledgments Publisher's Preface Introduction

1: Magic, Fantasy, and Transcendence
The magic in Harry Potter is traditional literary spellwork that acts as a counterspell to the materialism of our times.

2: Cosmic White Hats and Black Hats
The Harry Potter Novels revolve around the central conflict of good and evil

3: The Hero's Journey
Harry's adventures take him through life, death and resurrection

4: The Alchemy of Spiritual Growth
The story of cycles are built on the stages of transformation

5: One Person, Two Natures

Doppelgangers point to the struggle of dual natures- and their resolution in the God-Man.

6:Don't Judge, Lest You Be Judged
Surprise endings suggest a remedy for the evils of prejudice

7: The Triumph of Love over Death
The mystery of death meets the ultimate answer

8: The Question of Identity
Harry defines himself through choices, change, and destiny

9: Evidence of Things Unseen

The symbols in Potterdom are powerful pointers to spiritual realities

10: Fun with Names
The character names are delightful puzzles with hidden spiritual meanings

11: The Purification of the Soul
Spiritual keys to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
12: Dangerous Books and Edifying Books
Spiritual keys to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

13: Despair and Delivery
Spiritual keys to Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban
14: Girded with Virtue
Spiritual keys to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

15: Dark night of the Soul
Spiritual keys to Harry Potter and the the Order of the Phoenix

16: Baptism into a Sacrificial Death
Spiritual keys to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

17: Choosing to Believe
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the stuggle with faith in story form

18: Christian Birth through Baptism
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the alchemical adventures of a Christian Everyman
19: Victory Over Death
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the Passion gospel of Christian Everyman

20: FAQs
The other big questions on the minds of Harry Potter reader's

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My Personal Opinion
"How Harry Cast His Spell:The Meaning Behind the Mania for J. K. Rowling's Bestselling Books"
is an interesting read for any Christian fan of Harry Potter, this book shows that Christian symbolism is easily found in the Harry Potter series for those willing to search for it.


How Harry Cast His Spell: The Meaning Behind the Mania for J. K. Rowling's Bestselling Books