Author: Randy A Brown

Will the World End in 2012? by Raymond Hundley

Will the World End in 2012? by Raymond Hundley is a well-written Christian evaluation of the top ten theories of the 2012 doomsday movement. Hundley covers the Mayans, solar storms, the Hadron Collider, Nostradamus, reversal of Earth’s magnetic poles, collision with Planet X, galactic alignment, super volcanoes, the Web Bot Project, and religious predictions. Hundley evaluates each theory and gives solid reasons why each theory is good or bad based on solid logical arguments. The book includes a simple study guide for individuals or groups. This is an interesting book. It is easy to read and held my attention through each chapter. The book contains solid information about each theory and lots of references to further your study. I was impressed with the amount of information about each theory. I also enjoyed the evaluations of the theories. Hundley shows what we should not be concerned about, what we should be concerned about and how we should react to those concerns. Hundley includes interviews to substantiate his evaluations. For example, he tells what the Mayans REALLY said, how Mayan descendants have understood those predictions, and further shows why we shouldn’t even be concerned with Mayan predictions in the first place. Even thought this is a Christian perspective, Hundley covers several religious views and treats them all fairly. I highly recommend this book. The information is straightforward and level headed without...

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Bible Covers

The cover of the Bible is a very important feature and should be chosen carefully. I recommend buying the best cover you can afford. A badly made cover will greatly shorten the life of the Bible, whereas a Bible with a high quality cover has a better chance of lasting a life-time. Here is a short glossary of Bible cover terms. Smyth Sewn – also known as ‘Section Sewn’. This is the highest quality book-binding available. It is library quality and archival safe. The pages are physically sewn together in sections, known as signatures, using binders thread. Usually around 24 pages, the signatures are folded over to make individual sections of the book. The sections are then sewn together, creating the text block. The text block is then glued into the cover using a fabric backing, imitation leather, bonded leather, or real leather. Genuine Leather – pigskin. This is the cheapest and most popular of real leathers. Berkshire – pigskin. Another term for Genuine Leather. Bonded Leather – chopped ham. Left-over leather pieces are glued together using glues and resins to form a leather-like cover. In general, bonded leathers will not last. They tear apart under regular use. Like all leathers, there are various qualities of bonded leather. Cambridge uses 100% real leather fiber. Cambridge bonded leathers will outlast some genuine leathers. Calfskin – a higher quality leather used...

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What is your Dream Bible?

There are plenty of Bibles to choose from with many features including various papers, fonts, formats, translations, covers, references, notes, etc. If I were able to ‘Build-a-Bible’ I know what my Bible would look like. It would be my dream Bible. Here’s what features I would choose: Size: About the size of a Cambridge Concord Wide-margin would suit me just fine at 7.25×9. Slightly larger would be fine. With everything I would like to add, the Bible would end up being from 2-2.5 inches thick. That would be perfect. Translation: I’m used to KJV, so I’ll stick with that. Margin: I want a wide-margin, but not a standard wide-margin. I don’t like writing on the inside margin. My favorite margin is the Note-takers from LCBP. It has one column of text on the inside of the page and a 2.5 inch margin on the outside of every page. That will do just nicely. Paper: I want the paper from the Cambridge Concord Wide-margin. It is the perfect thickness and opacity. It doesn’t have a shine or glare and has a slight cream tone, making it easier on the eyes. The paper from the Archaeological Study Bible is nice too. I like the texture in the background and on the edges of the hard-cover edition. Font: I want a 10 to 12 point font. As far as style of font...

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Storm Warning by Billy Graham

Storm Warning by Billy Graham is a well-written overview of the problems of the world today including terrorism, natural disasters, economic crisis, and conflicts that we see in today’s headlines. Graham relates these storms to the Christian life. He tells of the coming apocalypse, giving his insights on the four horsemen from the book of Revelation. This book is a revision of the original book from 1992. This was an easy book to read. It was interesting and held my attention through each chapter. Graham tells of personal situations and relates them to current and upcoming events. Graham covers cults and the ways they deceive including spiritual deceptions and the cult of self, giving thoughts and advice on each point. He shows from Scripture the importance of and how to be an over-comer. My favorite parts of the book are Graham’s treatment of the signs of the times and the coming apocalypse. He treats horseman separately, giving examples of how each will affect the world. He finishes the book with the return of Jesus to Earth, ending the reign of Satan. I recommend this book. It is insightful on the signs of the times and shows just how close we are to the end. He goes on to show that we can make it through any storm with God on our side.   Thomas Nelson provided this review copy...

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Review: Fire Bible Global Study Edition

by Jonathan Ammon of Bible Reading Project The Fire Bible: Global Study Edition is a new edition of Hendrickson and Life publishers Fire Bible, aimed at filling the need for study Bibles in foreign countries around the world featuring the 1984 NIV text. The original Fire Bible was an edition derived from the Full Life and Life in the Spirit Study Bibles aimed specifically at students and those with less theological background. The Full Life Study Bible was originally published in 1992 and featured extensive study notes written Donald C. Stamps a missionary to Brazil ordained by the Assemblies of God. These notes were later edited and extended for a wider audience and republished as the Life in the Spirit Study Bible. This  Bible was then republished as the Fire Bible with the intention of fulfilling Donald Stamps’s first ambition which was to provide an accessible study Bible for international pastors and lay workers in countries which had little access to study materials, and specifically pentecostal materials. The notes in the Life in the Spirit Study Bible were altered once more to exclude cultural bias or references, present information in a way that was accessible to those from any context, and reword the text to be easily translatable (the general content of the notes and articles is identical). This became the Fire Bible: Global Study Edition, perhaps the first...

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