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Everyday Matters Bible for Women

I recently received the Everyday Matters Bible for Women, from Hendrickson Publishers, for review.  The Everyday Matters Everyday Matters Bible for WomenBible for Women was created in partnership by Hendrickson Publishers and Kyria.com, Christianity Today’s women’s magazine.

The Bible I typically read is the New International Version (NIV). While I have several other translations and paraphrases, I have leaned toward the NIV for ease of understanding.  The Everyday Matters Bible for Women is the New Living Translation (NLT).  Both the NIV and the NLT are “meaning for meaning” translations of the Bible, rather than “word for word” translations, so I wasn’t quite certain how this translation would differ from my typical reading Bible.

Here is an example of the difference as seen in Proverbs 3:6

NIV: “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.”

NLT: “Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

The NLT is just as understandable and readable as the NIV, which I was pleased with.

Now that I’ve shown you a little about the difference in the translation style, let me tell you about THIS Bible in particular.  This Bible features over 300 articles and features by more than 140 of today’s most recognized Christian leaders and writers, including: Kay Warren, Priscilla Shirer, Elisa Morgan, Nancy & John Ortberg, Richard Foster, Liz Curtis Higgs, and Lauren Winner.
It also features

    • 4-color printing throughout
    • Book introductions
    • Color-coded icons identify each Spiritual Discipline addressed in contributors’ material
    • Article, “How to Use This Bible in a Small Group Study”
    • Index of Spiritual Practices
    • Resources for further reading
    • Presentation page
    • Ribbon marker

The Everyday Matters Bible for Women is designed for today’s busy Christian women.  It is designed to make time spent in the Word richer, not harder.  Everyday Matters Bible for Women

    Let’s face it, life gets so busy sometimes that it is easy for daily Bible reading to become a “have-to” or “need-to” rather than a “get-to.”  I love that I get to spend time in God’s Word (almost) daily.  This Bible features twenty four disciplines (or Christian practices/virtues) that put us in a position to be strengthened and renewed.  The disciplines include such things as Acceptance, Confession, Faith, Fasting, Gratitude, Hospitality, Stewardship, and so on.  Each of the disciplines is represented by a colorful icon that reminds the reader of its meaning.  Each discipline has studies or passages included within the context of the Bible.  At the end of each one, it tells you where to find the next one on that discipline.
    Each book of the Bible is preceded with a descriptor, which includes information on the background, message, time, and outline of the book.  This is very helpful for those who are unfamiliar with the background of each book of the Bible, and a great refresher for those who are familiar with it.

Overall, I really like this Bible.  The studies in it are timely and well thought out.  The discipline icons are colorful and serve as great visual references. The only thing I would change, and it is a personal preference, is that I would put the book and chapter reference at the top of the page (where the page number is listed) and would change it to a darker font.  Our church meets in a theater style setting, and when the house lights are not up all the way, it is more difficult to locate the passage with the font being in a lighter color.  I’ve also ditched the dust jacket, as I just can’t stand those things anyway.  Why you would want a dust jacket on your Bible is beyond me.  I would hope that it gets used enough that the dust jacket would be unnecessary.

The Everyday Matters Bible for Women would make a great gift for any woman on your list, whether for a birthday, Christmas, or anniversary.  It is available at Christian retailers nationwide, on ChristianBook.com, barnesandnoble.com, and is coming to Amazon on September 30th, and wherever else books are sold.

***I received a courtesy copy to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.***

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Partease Cosmopolitan Monogrammed Cosmetic Travel Bag Review and Giveaway

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My brother just got married on June 19th.  His bride, Missy, is a really sweet gal, so I wanted to be able to do something nice for her.

I received the opportunity to review an item from Partease, an online retailer specializing in wedding favors, bridal shower favors, personalized party favors, and more.  Partease.com helps you spell parties with ease!

There are MANY gorgeous items on the Partease site, including:

These Mod Dots Black and White Photo Coaster Favors…

Black and White Dot Photo Coasters

These Cherry Blossom Silk Fans…

Cherry Blossom Silk Fans

And these Cosmopolitan Monogrammed 5-piece Manicure Sets.

After browsing the site for quite a while, I chose The Cosmopolitan Monogrammed Cosmetic Travel Bag for review.

Monogrammed Cosmetic Bag

The bag measures approximately 8.5″ long by 5.75″ tall and 5″ deep. It is black polyester with pink satin piping and criss-cross embroidery.  The zipper goes almost all the way around the bag, making it easy to pack full of things.  The embroidered monogram letter actually snaps in place, so it can easily be removed and a different one applied.  I got the letter “S” for Missy’s, since her new last name will begin with an “S.”

What I thought…

This bag is super cute.  I decided to make a “bridal emergency kit” for Missy for the BIG day.  I included a cosmetic bag, toiletries, two-sided tape, tooth pick floss, hand wipes, Shout wipes, toothpaste, nail clippers, a hairbrush, and much much more.  The bag held it all AND zipped closed easily!  It is well constructed, the seams are finished, and no fraying was noted.  The snap for the monogram was sturdy and held the monogram in place well.

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Missy absolutely LOVED the “bridal emergency kit” and the bag!

What I would change…

I’ve gone back and forth about whether or not I would change the fact that the monogram can be removed.  On the one hand, it makes it nice if you don’t want to have the monogram there all the time.  On the other hand, what if it fell off when traveling or something.  But, even if it did fall off, it could easily be replaced.

How I rate it:

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Lady V dZine gives the Cosmopolitan Monogrammed Cosmetic Travel Bag from Partease a fun five out of five hearts.

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You can find this cosmetic bag, along with a host of other fabulous products at Partease.com.

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