Friday Review Mash Up #15

Friday Review Mash Up

Friday Review Mash Up

Friday Review Mash Up #15


Happy Friday, friends!  Here’s the last Friday Review Mash Up for January.  February is right around the corner.  While the rest of the US is getting snow and winter weather, we, in Florida, are getting lots of rain.  We’ve had 6 inches in just one month.  Here are some reviews written by my husband, Scott, and I to bring some sunshine into your life.


Scott & Sandy - reviews for you


Zondervan Study Bible

The 2015 edition of the Zondervan Study Bible in standard print may be one of the most thorough offerings ever published in the English language, for a number of reasons.  It is in the New International Version (NIV) translation. 

The 2,880 page Bible, edited by D. A. Carson, contains a vast array of topical analyses of each book of the Bible, in great detail, as well as study notes for major and minor issues in both Old and New Testaments, detailed commentaries for every book and the supporting historical timelines, archaeological findings, maps, photographs, and secular cross-references that go to support the bible story from Genesis to Revelation.
Each book is treated as a related but separate subject area, and is tied together. Each book also has it’s own subject matter expert doing the commentary, making it even more interesting and arguably more scholarly, considering the wide variety of seminaries and religious schools the contributing scholars attended.

The timelines, maps, and other graphics offer pertinent support for the Bible and the commentaries are superbly supported with cultural facts of the times in which the Scriptures were written. The quality of the maps is particularly vivid and focused on the Scriptural writing.

With regard to the commentaries for each writing, they are easily accessible on the same page and well enough detailed to give an excellent explanation of why the reading is important in the present time and how it relates to the Gospel story, which is the stated subtitle of the work:
“Built on the Truth of Scripture and Centered on the Gospel Message”.

There is an additional concordance which is quite broad in its reach, and a separate section of commentaries for many issues that link Judaism and Christianity, also. The include The Priesthood, Shalom, Creation, and Holiness among others.

• A. Carson, General Editor of this Bible states in his preface five main things this new Study Bible was to accomplish in those who wrote it as well as those who study by it:

• All contributors revere Scripture as the Word of God and seek to be mastered by The Word

• The NIV remembers the original languages of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic and their idioms, phrases, and sentences must be taken into account

• This study Bible aims to provide enough detail to answer the big questions readers raise when studying without the need for separate or specialized commentaries

• In addition to the graphics, the brief essays dealing with historical circumstances provide additional and needed insight

• Finally, Biblical theology is emphasized so that the reader is encouraged to spot themes for themselves and become adept at tracing themes throughout Scripture

This extraordinary hardcover work is a bargain for the price of $49.99 and one that the entire family will use again and again for generations. Carson’s five points are achieved many times over in this Bible.

I have a number of Bibles from which I study and teach and this has become a new and important tool in my arsenal to touch and educate those in every stage of their walk toward salvation or reconciliation, if they have lost the well-lit path the Lord has prepared for them to walk in.  I highly recommend this Bible.


Apologetics Study Bible For Students

I’m excited to be bringing you a review of the Apologetics Study Bible for Students written in the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) translation. When it comes to our faith, we Christians are all students of the Bible, so this resource is a wonderful tool for everyone. Apologetics is the branch of theology devoted to the defense of the divine origin and authority of Christianity.

The Apologetics Study Bible for Students has many great features including:

– Introductions to each book
– Study notes at the bottom of each page that show the reliability of the scriptures
– 120 of the most commonly asked questions answered by modern Christian thinkers like Ravi Zacharias, Hank Hanegraaff, Chuck Colson, and Lee Strobel
– 60 scriptures that are easily twisted by non-Christian believers
– 50 important archaeological discoveries
– 50 notable quotes
– 25 of the most commonly distorted passages are highlighted with the truth
– 20 encouraging personal stories
– 20 apologetic topics each with a bullet-point list for easy reference

There are a number of great references available on the Apologetics Study Bible for Students including 16 weeks of video teachings from Sean McDowell, the General Editor. There are free study tools for download and a mobile app so you can take your Apologetics Study Bible on the road with you. The Bible is tabbed so that you can easily find any of the 66 books at a glance. And, finally, it has a ribbon bookmark for you to conveniently mark your place.

This is definitely going to be a great tool in my arsenal of Bible study resources and is highly recommended.


The Maxwell Leadership Bible

“…the American church is dying due to lack of strong leadership. In this time of unprecedented opportunity and plentiful resources, the church s actually losing influence. The primary reason is the lack of leadership…Nothing is more important than leadership.” ~ John C. Maxwell

As I’ve grown in my career, I’ve spent more time gleaning information from leadership experts. One of the first that I started to follow was John Maxwell. He is what’s known in leadership circles as a “leadership expert”. What makes that even better is that John is a Christian. What could be better? Jesus was the ultimate leadership expert with the ultimate leadership manual.

This newly released The Maxwell Leadership Bible (Lessons in Leadership from the Word of God by John C. Maxwell) is the New International Version (NIV) is a must-have for anyone in leadership or anyone striving to be a leader. The leadership expert provides an in-depth look at God’s laws for leaders and leadership and directly connects them to the Bible.

Some of the features include:

*Complete NIV Bible text and translators’ notes
*Book introductions with:
***God’s role
***Outstanding leaders
***Other people of influence
***Lessons in leadership
***Leadership highlights
*Over 100 biographical profiles of the leaders of the Bible
*Short articles and notes on mentoring and influence
*Articles describing the The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and the The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader
*Notes throughout the Bible that connect with The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and the The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader
*Indexes listing the location of each of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, leadership issues, profiles in leadership, and many other leadership lessons

This is a wonderful Bible. As a student of theological studies, I’ve found Maxwell’s Leadership Bible an invaluable tool in my studies, my professional life, and my personal life. This Bible shows the reader what a godly leader is and explains how God is glorified by godly leaders when they accepts their leadership role and empower others to become godly leaders as well.

Thomas Nelson Publishers offers a “Guaranteed for Life” warranty on this Bible. All you need to do it register it HERE. With that registration, I was offered three free e-books.


The Greek-English New Testament

The NIV Greek-English New Testament is a 2015 co-publication of the Greek-English New Testament and New International Version of the New Testament is a joint work between the Zondervan publishing house and the German Bible Society.

This is a detailed, scholarly work that lays out, side by side, greek language on one side and english on the right, each New Testament book along with Old Testament cross-references for many quotations at the bottom of each page.

As this is the 5th Revised Edition of this work, each previous edition’s , as well as the current edition’s, research methodology is explained in detail. Warnings about spurious references to some later and potentially heretical writers are well examined and included, but explained, also when there is no better reference to be used.

This is not a Bible to used by the casual reader and one that I would certainly recommend for the serious researcher, who is literate, or seeking to become literate in the application of the original Greek or Syriac, where it applies.


The Voice Bible – New Testament

I was very excited to be able to read The Voice Bible on my Kindle. I ran into all sorts of problems in trying to do so.  Because of those problems, I just can recommend the Kindle version of this particular Bible.  If you’re interested in it, then you should purchase the actual book.

1. The introduction was almost too wordy with explanations.
2. The format of the book didn’t translate to Kindle format at all. Verses were interspersed with other verses (17, 18, 19, 31, 32, 33, 34, 20, etc), the notes broke up the reading format. It was all very confusing and I had to give up in trying to read it because every book was the same way.
3. Seems like it might be a good book for a Bible beginner because it explains things hat people who read the Bible take for granted.
4. You can’t navigate by book or chapter with the Kindle so I was stuck going page by page to get anywhere.
5. There were good introductions to each book.
6. In the speaking format, God is called “Voice”. I think God should be called God.



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About Sandy Sandmeyer

Lover of Jesus, Scott, my family, sea glass, eyeshadow, pretty toes, the stars & autumn. Theology school student. Doctor of Sacred Studies.

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