Monday, January 26, 2009

Chronological Bible

It seems fitting for this to be the first review on my new site.

I was blessed to win a giveaway by Melinda at Traveling the Road Home. The part I looked most forward to is the One Year Chronological Bible. It takes the entire Bible, puts the passages in the order the events are most likely to have actually occured and then breaks them down into 15-minute daily readings.

So far, I'm loving it. It's nice to make a 15-minute committment to read each day and to know just exactly how much that is. And it's a refreshing change to have things mixed-up a bit, yet somehow make even more sense than reading straight through the Bible I've known since I was young.

You know something is different by January 5th. The first four days of the year take you through the familiar accounts of creation, the Fall, and the Flood, and then Job shows up. Estimates are that Job was enduring his trials and tribulations at about the same time Abram was learning to obey God's voice (the accounts of Abram/Abraham follow Job). At the end of September when you hit New Testament passages, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John work together to give a new twist to the accounts of the life of Christ.

It's possible that this particular Bible resonates with me because I'm a chronological remember-er myself (give me a small clue of a restaurant receipt or one sentence in my day planner and I can give you an account of many of the details before and after that particular event or moment). I'd recommend this Bible, however, to anyone looking to see "the old, old story" in a fresh, new way.

Have you read the Bible chronologically before? What did you think of it? What has been the most effective method for you to read the Bible through in a year?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Welcome to RefreshMom Reviews

As a newly minted reviewer for Thomas Nelson books, I needed a blogspace to post the reviews of the books I've read. Sometimes I find out about products that I know others would be interested in and I want a place to share those finds, even though they don't fit in with the mission of RefreshMoments.

So, I bring you RefreshMom Reviews. If you have a product you'd like me to review, you can contact me via the email addy listed in the sidebar.

I've got lots of opinions and like to share them!