Product Review: Pursuing Jesus

The “Pursuing Jesus” pamphlet is very similar to the “Following Jesus” pamphlet. “Pursing Jesus” is a revised, more contemporary version of “Following Jesus” geared towards appealing to the youth. The layout, format, and overall design is edgier and more colorful. The length is the same. While still scripturally based, there are less scriptures while maintaining scriptural references and has more of a questions and answers layout.

While I do appreciate that this has been designed with teens in mind, the graphic design and fonts used would not give you the impression of Christian pamphlet at first glance, but something that you would see to advertisement a secular Halloween flyer. The font used for headers appear as scratches in blood red color. The cover display a female face that is pale with wide horizontal stripe of red across the eyes and a wide vertical stripe that comes down the middle.

The same questions used in “Following Jesus” are used and sometimes re-worded in “Pursing Jesus.” As in the previous pamphlet, there are suggested scriptural references provided for memorization. As I have been seeking content for my Teen Sunday School class, I wanted to review both products. Initially, I believed “Pursing Jesus” was a continuous of “Following Jesus.” This is not the case they are virtually the same product. Overall, I prefer “Following Jesus” over the “Pursing Jesus” pamphlet because I like the layout, format, and overall design better for teaching. Both products are good for introducing New Believers to Christ. I would recommend it be used in small group settings to facilitate discussions about what it means to be a Christian.

Product Review: 30 Ways a Father can Bless His Children

John Trent, author of “30 Ways a Father Can Bless His Children,” addresses fatherhood principles using biblical viewpoints and personal experiences. Trent cleverly extracts biblical accounts of father-child relationships and provides a modern day perspective. Ultimately, the book addresses the active commitment that men need to possess to produce a healthy environment for their families. This book highlights how fathers can be instrumental in their child’s physical, emotional, and spiritual development by offering keen insight from the Scriptures.

Trent uses the acronym of BLESS (Be Committed, Loving Touch, Express Value, See Potential, Say It) to highlight the key components for fathers to express their love, to encourage, and show their children how much they cherish them. This book is ideal for men that did not have a father or father-figure in their lives and are now in the process of entering fatherhood themselves. Trent offers valuable insight to overcoming some of these challenges to fatherhood by offering practical and biblical advice on how to bolster communication and relationships with both sons and daughters.

Although, the book appears to be written primarily for men it would be beneficial to women to read it as well. This book can be used as a conversation started for couples that are planning to have children or who have children possessing the desire to ensure that they are addressing the critical needs of their children with a biblical influence.

Product Review: The Book of Ruth: Hope Fulfilled and the Redeemer’s Grace

The “Book of Ruth Hope Fulfilled and the Redeemer’s Grace” is a commentary written by Sam Nadler. It provides in-depth analysis of the Book of Ruth from three different perspectives: Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz. The major themes within the Book of Ruth are faithfulness, kindness, integrity, and protection along with prosperity and blessings. Nadler provides background information and vividly describes the era as a time of anarchy, the dark age of Israel in need of a Messiah.

Ruth was faithful and kind to Naomi exemplifying the God’s faithfulness and loyalty to us. As Ruth was kind to Naomi, in turn Boaz showed kindness by buying back land to guarantee Ruth and Naomi’s inheritance. This demonstrates Christ kindness by dying for us to guarantee our eternal life. Ruth demonstrated high moral character by showing her loyalty to Naomi. Ruth left her homeland and customs and clung to her mother-in-law embracing Naomi’s beliefs in God and willing to support her. Through the three viewpoints we are able to see in parallel God’s protection, kindness, and prosperity for us even in dark times.

Nadler provides comprehensible examples of how the themes within the Book of Ruth correlate to God’s revelation of himself and relationship with His people. Nadler gives us insight from Hebrew and Greek languages for a cohesive understanding of the Scriptures. Additionally, Nadler offers a glossary of terms and Jewish tradition. Although Nadler categorizes this book as a commentary, it is not your typical theology textbook. It is well written and a great read. I would recommend using this commentary as supplement reading to enhance your understanding of this book of promise.