About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

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 promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Friday, February 23, 2024

Timeless Truths Bible: One faith. Handed down. For all the saints. by Thomas Nelson


Be anchored in the faith “once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude v. 3) with timeless wisdom shared from church history.

The Christian faith is founded upon unchanging, timeless truth. From the days of the early church until the day of Christ’s return, all of Christianity proclaims that “Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:11). This is our unchanging and unceasing confession upon which all our hope and all our joy rests.

The Timeless Truths Bible will encourage you through the always timely wisdom of those who came before us. Devotional notes and commentary from trusted theologians and pastors from the second century up to the twentieth will stir your affections. The ancient creeds and confessions of the faith will grow your understanding of what we believe—and have always believed. And artwork created throughout the history of Christianity will deepen your worship of the one we call Lord.

Features include:                                                                       

The complete text of Scripture in the New English Translation
Margin notes featuring devotional and theological commentary from notable figures throughout church history including Irenaeus, Justin Martyr, Augustine, Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, Origen, John Wesley, Charles Spurgeon, John Bunyan, and John Calvin.
Forty-six full-page biographies of church leaders
The complete text of some of the creeds and confessions of the Christian faith that have shaped our beliefs for generations, including:
The Apostles' Creed
The Nicene Creed
The Chalcedonian Definition
The Athanasian Creed
The Augsburg Confession
The Belgic Confession
The Westminster Catechism
The Lausanne Covenant

Book introductions for every book of the Bible
Full-color tip-in pages of artwork from the history of Christianity
Line-matched, single-column typesetting
Clear and readable 9-point NET Comfort Print


This New English Translation is a balance between a strict word-for-word translation and a paraphrased translation.

This Timeless Truths Bible is written in the New English Translation, so I found it very easy to understand. The font isn't overly large, but I like that the single-column layout and the wide margins offer me ample space for making notes. I appreciate the beautiful artwork and the List of Sacred Artwork that identifies them, and I also like the biographies of 46 key people in Christianity. Some I knew, but many are unfamiliar! There is also a section on Creeds, so I have another learning opportunity here! It follows the regular format of the Old and New Testaments and each of the 66 books has an introduction showing the Author, Audience, Date, Purpose, & Themes. More insights that I may have missed before!

16 beautiful full page paintings and a list of the artists who painted them!

It is imperative to know and understand the basis of our beliefs. 
This Bible shares the wisdom of those who came before us!

There are many positive aspects, but I found two that aren't: it's sometimes hard to navigate because there's no general index, and I'm used to seeing the words of Jesus denoted in red ink. 

The Timeless Truths Bible by Thomas Nelson focuses on the faith values that have been passed down through generations, so it truly does offer timeless truths. I'm happy to add it to my home library and I consider it a valuable resource to use during my devotion time. It is a great reference Bible!

I received a copy of this Bible for review from FrontGate Media. There was no expectation for a favorable review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Matthew Z. Capps is the Senior Pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Apex, NC, and general editor of the Timeless Truths Bible. Matt earned his B.A. at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, an M.Div. with Biblical Languages at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a D.Min. in pastoral theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is a Ph.D. candidate at Ridley College (Melbourne). Matt and his wife Laura have three children.

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Explosive Reunion (LaMar County Justice, 3) by Dana R. Lynn

Explosive Reunion: LaMar County Justice Book 3

Madelyn Blake has worked hard to get where she is professionally and to be present to her twin daughters. An abusive relationship has taught her to be wary. It has also shaken her trust in God. When she becomes the target of a killer who enjoys using fire and explosives, her entire life is put on hold.

Trevor Stone appears to be a shy, mild-mannered man, but he has seen the worst of people. Still, he retains his unwavering faith that God is in control of everything. As a technician in a bomb squad unit, he has honed his ability to keep calm and clear thinking in life and death situations. When his former best friend is in danger, Trevor puts all his skills to work to keep her and her adorable little girls safe and stop the killer.

As the danger escalates, Maddie and Trevor struggle with their growing feelings for each other while trying to outwit a killer who is always one step ahead of them. 

Will they survive and get a second chance at love?


Talk about a strong woman! Madelyn Blake's survived spousal abuse, she's worked hard to become a policewoman, and she's providing a stable home for her twin daughters. It appears that she's capable of handling anything that life throws at her until...a madman targets her as she investigates a case.

The title and cover of this book by Dana R. Lynn are perfect depictions of an event that brings about Maddie and Trevor Stone's reunion. From the beginning, their working partnership is plagued with twists, turns, and a question of survival, but the real conflict appears to be in their personal relationship. If you're looking for a thrilling story filled with danger and suspense but also laced with Lynn's trademark message of faith, grab a copy of Explosive Reunion. You won't be able to put it down.

I received a copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 4 of 5 star


Dana R. Lynn is a USA Today bestselling author who believes in the power of God to touch people through stories. She met her husband at a wedding and married him nineteen months later. Today, they live in rural Pennsylvania with their three teenage children and enough pets to open a petting zoo. She is a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by day and writes stories of romance and danger at night. Dana is an avid reader, loves cats, and thinks chocolate should be a food group. Dana is a Selah Award winner, a Holt Medallion Finalist, and a New England Reader’s Choice Award winner. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. She enjoys engaging with readers and can be found on social media or contacted via her website.

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