Thursday, February 14, 2013

Book Review: Advice for Seekers

For the past couple of weeks, I have had the opportunity to try out two amazing resources from Master Books.  Advice for Seekers, by Charles H. Spurgeon is something I've been reading aloud to my oldest boys. This book is published by Attic Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group, and we have been impressed with the other Attic Book titles we have seen.  The Henry Morris Study Bible is something I have been reading on my own.

Connor had done some studying of Spurgeon recently, and that brief introduction is what led me to consider working through this with my boys.  The language definitely is more complex than what we are used to encountering, and that has meant that my 6- and 8-year-olds are pretty lost.  Everyone else (ages 12 to 15) has seemed to keep up reasonably well.

 From the publisher:
Many people get lost in their faith walk by using the map of their own understanding rather than the guidance of God. Spurgeon, one of Christianity’s most enduring influences, helps set the seeker on the path of peace. In his classic work, Advice for Seekers, Spurgeon offers Scriptural truths to help remove the obstacles so the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ can be grasped.
From his own experiences and his years of ministry, C.H. Spurgeon shares a gentle spirit of grace through his words to comfort and encourage those desiring to know the Lord.
Chapters inside this exquisite reproduction of a late 1890’s classic work include:
  • Do not Try to Save Yourself
  • Despised Ones Seeking Jesus
  • Seekers Touching Christ
  • Still no Light and Why?
  • and 9 more
Apart from Biblical writers, Spurgeon is considered to be history’s most widely read preacher. Called the “prince of preachers,” he is said to have preached the gospel to over ten million people in his lifetime.
Each of the essays in this book are fairly short -- six to twelve pages -- and we have found the length to be about perfect. The antique-y feel to the book adds so much to the experience of reading it.  Connor just saw me flipping through the book, and he wanted to make sure I knew that he is really enjoying this book and he is glad we are going through it.  When he found out I was writing the review, he said that he'd definitely recommend it highly.

The Henry Morris Study Bible is an immense book, published by Master Books.  And by immense, I mean huge.  Check out a couple of our Lego figures --

This Bible is HUGE.  As in over 2200 pages huge.  Most of that is the Bible text and the commentary.  There are also 22 appendices, but I have not really delved into them.

In reading through this Bible, there are portions where the commentary is extensive, like this shot from Genesis:
Do you see the line an inch or two down the page?  That is separating the Bible (above the line) from the commentary (below the line). 

Not all of the Bible has that many notes.  Here's a page from Numbers:

Doesn't that look a lot more normal?

I have never read through the Bible using the King James Version, so getting through this Bible in 2013 is my goal.  Instead of a goal of reading so many chapters of the Bible, I am focused instead on working through a certain number of pages.  Specifically, five pages of the Old Testament, and two pages of the New Testament.

I am loving this Bible.

There is a Facebook party coming up on February 21 (Thursday) where you could win cool prizes, probably including this title, and discuss these books.  I'll try to keep my Facebook page current with details about this party!

Disclaimer:   I received these books for free from New Leaf Publishing Group as part of the Moms of Master Books program.  No other compensation was received.  The fact that I received complimentary products does not guarantee a favorable review.

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