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I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Sunday, February 28, 2021

NIV Verse Mapping Bible by Kristy Cambron: Review & Giveaway with FrontGate Media

Bible Description:

Verse mapping means getting real about studying the Bible. More than simply reading a verse or Scripture passage, verse mapping uses Bible study tools to research what you’ve read---to learn about what God is saying and how you can apply his Word to your life. The NIV Verse Mapping Bible includes 350 partially completed verse maps to get you started.

Go beyond just reading the Bible.

Verse mapping means getting real about studying the Bible. More than simply reading a verse or Scripture passage, verse mapping means using Bible study tools to research what you’ve just read in the Bible—to learn more about what God is saying to you and how you can apply his Word to your life today. 

In the NIV Verse Mapping Bible, author Kristy Cambron expands her verse mapping curriculum series to include verses from the entire Bible, showing you how to compare Bible translations, pick out meaningful words, and delve into the true meaning of each verse using starter verse maps and prompts. Verse mapping will help you study the historical context, transliteration, translation, connotation, and theological framework of a verse. This unique study technique includes exploring Hebrew and Greek word studies, finding connections in Scripture, comparing Bible translations, and learning as much as you can from your time in God’s Word. 

Verse mapping involves five steps:

  1. Choose: Select a verse and write it out.
  2. Compare: Record this verse in two or three other Bible translations and underline key words that are the same or different between translations.
  3. Research: Look up the Hebrew or Greek meaning for the underlined words and record it.
  4. Consider: Ask questions of the verse. Imagine what it would be like to have experienced what’s happening. Read the verses surrounding this verse and use other study tools to dig even deeper, if you prefer.
  5. Apply: What is God saying to you? How does this verse relate to your life today?


I've recently heard so much about the verse mapping concept and a chance to preview this NIV Verse Mapping Bible has been a wonderful opportunity to learn more. My minister uses the NIV Bible in his weekly sermons so this Bible is the perfect tool to enhance my worship time. There are wide columns on each page that offer ample space for notes and many of the verses have already been mapped out. Since I am a novice, I appreciate that there is a section at the beginning that explains "How to Verse Map" and that there are also social media groups to help me along the way. My only negative thought is that the words of Jesus aren't printed in red.

I recommend this NIV Verse Mapping Bible to anyone who wants to use verse mapping as a way to deepen their knowledge of God's Word.

I received a copy from FrontGate Media. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin

When Twilight Breaks

Munich, 1938. Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent as determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession as she is to expose the growing tyranny in Nazi Germany. To do so, she must walk a thin line. If she offends the government, she could be expelled from the country--or worse. If she fails to truthfully report on major stories, she'll never be able to give a voice to the oppressed--and wake up the folks back home.

In another part of the city, American graduate student Peter Lang is working on his PhD in German. Disillusioned with the chaos in the world due to the Great Depression, he is impressed with the prosperity and order of German society. But when the brutality of the regime hits close, he discovers a far better way to use his contacts within the Nazi party--to feed information to the shrewd reporter he can't get off his mind.

This electric standalone novel from fan-favorite Sarah Sundin puts you right at the intersection of pulse-pounding suspense and heart-stopping romance.


l've read several historical fiction books set in Germany during WWII that dealt with the years of the Holocaust but this new book by Sarah Sundin is set in 1938 Germany, during the time leading up to the beginning of the war in 1939. There was a real-life event named Kristallnacht that I didn't know about and Sundin shares powerful scenes based on this event that occurred November 9-10, 1938. Fictional characters Evelyn Brand and Peter Lang find themselves fleeing for their lives as German soldiers burn and destroy homes, businesses, and synagogues. As I read of their desperate attempt to escape, I experienced their terror and confusion. These vivid scenes reminded me of the atrocities that were soon to be suffered by all Jewish people.

Sundin once again demonstrates her ability to place relatable characters into believable storylines that combine both fictional and historical events. Historical fiction fans will find this book appealing, romance lovers will love the budding relationship between Evelyn and Peter, and there is a strong faith message that affirms God's power. I highly recommend When Twilight Breaks!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. I was under no obligation to write a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the bestselling author of The Land Beneath Us (February 2020), The Sky Above Us (2019) and The Sea Before Us (2018), as well as the Waves of Freedom, Wings of the Nightingale series, and Wings of Glory series. Her novel The Sea Before Us received the 2019 Reader's Choice Award from Faith, Hope, and Love, Through Waters Deep and When Tides Turn were named to Booklist's "101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years," and Through Waters Deep won the 2016 INSPY Award and was a Carol Award finalist.

A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California and teaches Sunday school and women's Bible studies. She enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers' groups. Sarah serves as the Program Director for West Coast Christian Writers Conference.

Learn more about Sarah and her books here. 

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