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What the Bible Means to Me: Testimonies of How God's Word impacts Lives (Biography) Paperback – November 20, 2011

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About the Author

Catherine MacKenzie has written several biographies for young teens in the Trailblazers series as well as other titles for younger children. She lives in Scotland and has several nieces and nephews - a perfect practice audience!
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Product Details

  • Series: Biography
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Focus (November 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845507231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845507237
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,025,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My name is Catherine Mackenzie and I've been writing biographies for Christian Focus Publications for the last sixteen years. I have written some other children's books, but all of my children's material is written with the theme of 'redeeming love' - and as William Cowper 'shall be till I die'. This is my prayer... that I will be faithful to Christ in what I write and that his word and his power will bring many to trust in him from all nations.

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By Homebody on December 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
The book What the Bible Means to Me, edited by Catharine Mackenzie is a collection of the writings of 44 various individuals who answered the question of what the bible means to them. From scholars like Alec Moyter and J.I. Packer, to not as well known individuals like Lorraine Gosling and Janet Mackenzie, this book provides encouraging reflections about how the Bible impacts people. One of the things I appreciated most about this book was that it asked the question from not only "famous" Christians, but Christians who are just like me: regular, ordinary people.

The overwhelming reality that presents itself time and again in this book is that the Bible is the Word of God. As one reads this book, he can see that the writers of these chapters understand that the Bible is more than a book; it is God's word. One writer calls it "revelation," which it is.

Some of the other phrases that came up were:

it's a letter from God
it contains promises and comfort
it is manna for our souls
it is our food and drink
it gives life
it teaches about grace
it teaches me how to interact with God
it creates faith in the reader
it is a reminder that God is never silent
it transforms our behaviour
it regenerates us from death to life
One cannot read these reflections and come away that the Bible's only purpose is information. It is alive. It feeds us.

There were so many passages that I could quote that encouraged me so much, but I can't share them all. Here are a few:

The Bible has become a book in which God reaches out to me. - Fred Apps.

The Bible, however, is not merely for gaining true and accurate information - it is for finding Christ who is the truth.
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What the Bible means to me?

It is a question each of us must answer for ourselves. Within it lies our view of God and man, life and death, and Heaven and Hell. It will not only direct our course in this world, but on into the next as well.

Catherine Mackenzie seeks to find this elusive answer by proposing the question to 44 people of varying backgrounds and ages and presenting their thoughts to us in her book, What The Bible Means To Me. The stories are as varied as the people petitioned, yet there are common themes present in all.

The most prevalent would be the belief that the Word of God, actually contains the very Words of God. The divine inspiration of scripture, allows us to read the Bible knowing it can be our final authority on faith and practice. That in it, God not only reveals himself to us, but also reveals to us who we are.

The testimonies of these saints are both inspiring and encouraging. Their passion for God's word only drives me to want to be in the word more myself. Many grew up in homes where the Bible was read and revered, marking the beginning of their love for God, and yet for others this love did not flame until later in life. Often they found the life saving truth of these words only after facing hardships and trials. It was in these times that they learned that this word could be trusted and that the God behind them looked on them with love. When they surrendered their lives to their Savior they then in turn submitted to his word.

What The Bible Means To Me, is a quick and encouraging read. It comes as a fresh reminder of the importance of God's Word and it's influence upon the lives of those who read and obey.

I'd like to thank Christian Focus Publications for this free review copy.
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By VanNostrand on December 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
Books change us. They have the power to influence us. Our mind may be changed, our opinion may be swayed or our resolve may be strengthened. But when we put the book down, we walk away a little different (sometimes very different) than when we picked it up. No book has more power to change a person than the Bible. It is God's Word to man. It should come as no surprise then if people, changed by the purifying words of holy scripture, want to talk about it.

Catherine Mackenzie has done us all a great service in compiling a book containing the stories of people impacted by God's word. I found this book refreshing as a I read the testimonies of people from all walks of life recounting the importance and influence of the Bible in their lives. As Jennifer Grosser, one of the contributors, puts it, " He [God] meets us in the pages of the Bible, at whatever age or spiritual state we are in, and speaks to us there." Indeed, this statement is proven time and again by those whose stories are recorded in the pages of this book. As I read and reread some of the personal accounts, I was reaffirmed in my own experience with Bible.

The entries in this book are short and easy to digest. Even so, they are very encouraging and resound with the greatness of God's word. I recommend this book to those who are new to the Bible as a "travel guide" of what blessings you can expect from a life dedicated to reading and studying the Bible. I recommend this book to those who have spent their lives in the Bible as a "scrapbook" of God's love and mercy in giving us His holy, inspired word whereby we may know Him.

This book was provided to me by Christian Focus Publications for the purpose of review.
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