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

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Product Details

  • Series: Biography
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Focus (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845507231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845507237
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.3 x 8.3 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: #3,493,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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At first I thought this book would deal with that "Home Bible Study Hermeneutic" were everyone gets into a circle and says what a single verse means to them. However, this book actually dealt with what the subtitle reads, "Testimonies of how God's Word impacts lives".

It featured 44 very different type of people (from Bible scholar, to preacher, to laymen, to Bible translator, to missionary, etc...) and they all had the unified message of thanking God for His Word. It was interesting to read all the different ways that Word applies to their lives and helps them, but again there was the unified theme of being most thankful for God revealing the way of salvation in His Word.

Each of these testimonies was anywhere from 3 to 10 paragraphs. Very easy to read and encouraging to hear the testimonies of all these different types of saints. Interspersed between the chapters was quick little Bible facts (everything from Book of the Bible, to the number of Biblical authors, to times and dates and interesting facts about the Bible itself.)

I honestly didn't find much purpose in the book, it was more of a FYI. I couldn't think of anyone I would get this book for, except MAYBE a new believer just to encourage them with the testimonies of other saints how precious they find God's Word. But don't expect for the book to deal with any apologetics, or theology about the Bible.

I love EVERYTHING I have ever ready by this publisher, but I was sorely disappointed in this book. I don't think it would fit well into any of their categories, and it just didn't seem to live up to their standards. I would suggest other books, but I am not exactly sure what the purpose or target audience for this book was. Wish I could say something better about this book.

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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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