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Crafty Moms Share5 Stars Out Of 5A Book that Helps Build Your Trust in GodOctober 9, 2018Crafty Moms ShareQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As the description of this book says, it is suggested for ages 12+. However I am planning on having my almost 10 year-old read it. Each chapter is a discussion of one of God's promises to us. It is about faith and God's love. Each chapter has a list of scripture showing the promise in that chapter then it has a place to write responses to help the reader process the chapter. Then it offers a prayer or promise for the reader to make to God. Having taught high school and worked with youth groups as well as teaching Sunday School I find this book to be a wonderful resource for teenagers and tweens. Treated as a devotional it would be a great lesson a day. The chapters are very short and it is an easy read. As I said I plan to have my tween daughter read it and expect her to find some self confidence in the promises from God and the way they relate to our lives.
Disclosure: I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Scotty2 Stars Out Of 5A little confusion over Lucado's student edition "Promise Book" ...October 6, 2018ScottyQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2There's a reason why pastor and author, Max Lucado, has more than 130 million "products" in print it's because you can usually count on fine quality writing and reliable biblical insights. But one of his new book "products" slightly confused me.
I had the opportunity to review "Unshakable Hope: Student Edition Promise Book" (published by Thomas Nelson). When I saw the offering, I liked the idea of students reading about the unshakable hope we have in Christ, and about the reliability of His promises. So I selected the book, and discovered it does, indeed, contain Lucado's fine quality writing and reliable biblical insights.
But I was slightly confused
It became obvious to me this book is supposedly related to a larger book that isn't a devotional. As I searched my memory, I thought I recalled seeing a book by Lucado called "Unshakable Hope," and sure enough, he had written such a book that was the precursor for this offering. However, nowhere in "Unshakable Hope: Student Edition Promise Book" does it ever mention the original book. It also never clarifies who is meant by "student" in "Student Edition" is the book intended for high school students, college students, or both? It would be wise to include in this book some understanding of its relationship to any original book, and who precisely this book is intended for.
With that said, this book can stand on its own. Even though it's referred to as a "Promise Book," it really is a devotional focusing on some of God's promises. The layout of each "chapter" is simple: you begin with a key scripture verse, then have a devotional writing that's no more than two pages long. That is followed by "God's Promises For You," which is a listing of a few additional scriptures related to the current "promise," and then comes "Think and Respond," which are about four questions pertaining to the topic. Personally, I didn't find a lot of the questions to be all that sharp or helpful. The chapter then concludes with "My Promise to God," which is some type of promise readers are encouraged to make to God relating to the promise of God they just read about.
I find this book can be recommended only because Lucado consistently provides quality writing and sound biblical insights, and because there is value in "students" learning about some of the promises of God and how we can trust all that He says. Beyond that, there's nothing remarkable about this book.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5For All Kinds of StudentsOctober 4, 2018JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've really enjoyed reading Max Lucado's Unshakable Hope Student Edition Promise Book. It contains 30 devotionals about promises God has made to each of us, promises found in His Word. Lucado's goal is to help readers see how God kept His promises in Bible times, so they can live in confidence that He is keeping His promises now.
As always, Lucado brings God's Word to life with entertaining stories from his own life and with skillfully told-in-his-words Bible stories. Each devotional starts with a title and Bible promise followed by Lucado's thoughts about the verse. Main points are highlighted in text boxes. Devotionals conclude with lists of related Bible verses, thought-provoking questions, and promise for the student to make to God.
I'm not sure for what age this student edition is intended, but I would recommend it to high school students, college students, and adults who consider themselves to be lifelong students of God's Word. I thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy, so I could share these thoughts with you.
Nay DeniseNJAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Perfect for Teens and AdultsSeptember 4, 2018Nay DeniseNJAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is perfect for teens and adults. It's geared towards teens ages 12-16 because of the way its formatted and the questions asked, but I think, as an adult myself, that this perfect for new adult believers as well. It goes through various promises of God broken into mini lessons that really dives deep into the promises by giving various scriptures to remember and meditate on, a place to journal which is called "Think and Respond" and then ends with a promise to God that can be prayed or written as a vow. This book is very useful as a study help for adults when studying various promises of God. I recommend this for personal use, youth leaders and anyone over the age of 12. Awesome study.
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Unshakable Hope Promise BookAugust 23, 2018Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5UNSHAKABLE HOPE PROMISE BOOK (Student edition) is a book for students (Jr high and highschool) to study the promises of God. There are thirty different promises included in this book along with a mini-teaching lesson about the promise mentioned, several verses and thoughts about them, questions for the student to think about and answer, and an application.
This book would be excellent for the Christian homeschool student for a Bible class, for Sunday school classes or small groups for this age group, for Bible lessons in a Christian school, and more.
I like the study included in this book and it will really help the teen learn about God and His promises and His ability to keep them. My two daughters will be working through this book in our homeschool this school year.
I was given one copy free. All opinions are my own.
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