CSB Study Bible for Women: Review & Overview

CSB Study Bible For Women Review and Overview
CSB Study Bible For Women

I am so excited to bring to you today, the CSB Study Bible for Women. So what exactly is a CSB study Bible? The CSB Study Bible is designed to help you know and be transformed by God’s Word. It features reliable text and keeps Scripture primary on every page. 

I received the light turquoise and white hardback cover. You can also purchase the floral imitation leather cover or brown imitation leather cover shown above. 

This Bible is made for women. To help women understand how the Bible translates for the every modern day women. Who were the women of the Bible? What are the Biblical women principles? It also answers tough questions like women sexuality. I think this Bible is perfect for the women of today. It helps women understand that God loves them and he wants them to be the best version of themselves. But also honoring God and his Word. 

My review is going to be a visual overview/review to take you through the main aspects of the Bible and what areas I found to be most beneficial. 

csb study bible for women

Each section or chapter of this Bible has this beautiful floral detail at the top. How gorgeous is the graphic? I also really appreciated that it started with a section on how to study the Bible. If you are new to studying the Bible, this is an excellent section to read. My personal favorite method is the S.O.A.P. method if you are looking for an easy way to study the Bible! 

csb study bible for women

Each book of the Bible starts who wrote that particular book, who were the recipients, when and where it was written, and what that particular book is about. This is especially beneficial for people who are new to Christianity and the Bible. It will help them understand each book of the Bible and why it's important to read. They also included a timeline at the bottom - which I found super helpful as I am a visual learner! 

csb study bible for women
csb study bible for women

Throughout the Bible there are Doctrine's and Character Profiles. The character profiles are filled with women of the Bible. Who were they? Why are they important and what kind of lessons can I learn from them? This little section will answer all that! It gives specific Bible verses to read for you to journal and study. 

The Doctrine sections help you understand important beliefs and terms. It also references Bible verses to study to help further understand that Doctrine. I absolutely love these little Doctrine's. It really helps me understand Christianity better and how it applies to my life. 

csb study bible for women

You all know that I love maps! And this Bible has quite a few of them. Maps really help me visually understand the Bible. What it was like during that time and how the land developed over time. I also love that they are super colorful and easy to read! 

csb study bible for women
csb study bible for women

At the bottom or side pages of the Bible, you will find Word Studies and Biblical Womanhood sections. The Word Study sections help you understand certain terms of the particular book you are reading. And the Biblical Womanhood sections help you be the Christian woman God intended you to be. 

 

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About The Authors

Rhonda Kelley

Rhonda Harrington Kelley is the President’s Wife at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. Rhonda was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and was raised in New Orleans. She is married to Dr. Chuck Kelley of Beaumont, Texas who became President of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1996. She received two college degrees from Baylor University and her doctorate in Special Education/Speech Pathology from the University of New Orleans, Louisiana. Rhonda served as Director of Speech Pathology at Ochsner Medical Institutions in New Orleans for 15 years. She is now in full-time ministry–writing, speaking, and teaching.

Rhonda Kelley currently serves as Director of the Ministry Wife Program and Adjunct Professor of Women’s Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as well as Associate Director of Innovative Evangelism. She is the author of several books including The Devotional for WomenTalking is a GiftLife Lessons from Women of the Bible, the Woman’s Guide Bible Study series, Divine Discipline, and Raising Moms: Daughters Loving Their Mothers in the Later Years. She was the managing editor for The Study Bible for Women as well as the Old Testament and New Testament Commentaries for Women published by Broadman & Holman. She has been called to minister to women through the local church.


Dorothy Patterson

Dorothy Kelley Patterson
Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies

The First Lady Dorothy Kelley Patterson serves as professor of theology in women’s studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The wife of President Paige Patterson, the mother of Armour and Carmen, and the doting grandmother of Abigail and Rebekah, she finds her duties as the First Lady of Southwestern to be challenging and fulfilling. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hardin-Simmons University, a Masters of Theology (Th.M.) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from Luther Rice Seminary, and a Doctor of Theology (D.Theol.) from the University of South Africa. She and her husband have traveled in ministry to more than 135 countries.

Despite the successful completion of these degrees, Patterson’s theological education was not her idea: “My husband is responsible for my studies in theology. I did not have the inclination to do it. My health challenges and responsibilities in our home as wife and mother just pulled me away from an interest in the pursuit of graduate and post-graduate studies. I owe my graduate education to my husband’s encouragement and determination to put me through these programs in order that I could excell in the area of woman-to-woman teaching. The bonus for me is what this education has done to equip me to be a better helper to my husband.”

Patterson has authored a number of books and articles, including: Touched by Greatness: Women in the Life of Moses, The Handbook for Ministers’ Wives, The Family: Unchanging Principles for Changing Times, BeAttitudes for Women, and A Woman Seeking God: Discover God in the Places of Your Life. She has also co-edited the Women’s Evangelical Commentary series with both Old and New Testament volumes, The Christian Homemaker’s Handbook, and The Study Bible for Women. Dr. Patterson was a member of the founding group of the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and served as president of the SBC Ministers’ Wives Luncheon in 2006.

For over four decades, Patterson has focused her teaching ministry on the practical question, “What is God saying to me as a woman?” One of her greatest challenges came early in her life. “I had been married only about a year when I became pregnant unexpectedly.” In the middle of a challenging academic program, the pregnancy seemed inconvenient. But when complications required that she go on bed rest, suddenly saving her baby was the most important thing in her life: “I was unsuccessful and lost the baby at home and alone in a very painful way. My life was changed forever at that point. I realized clearly that my own selfishness and personal goals had tainted my attitude toward the blessing of a child. The Lord used that experience not only to draw me to Himself for comfort in a very difficult time but also to establish once and for all in my own life and heart the value of a child and the sanctity of life.”

Despite a demanding teaching and administrative schedule, Patterson finds great joy in hospitality ministries. She loves serving people in special ways and opening her home to guests. She also loves to cook and is known for her family’s famous “Kelley biscuits.” Dorothy Patterson hopes she will be remembered most as, “a faithful wife who helped her husband, a mother who nurtured her children and grandchildren, and a homemaker who has taken special joy in ministering through her home.”

 

I hope you enjoyed this review and overview of the CSB Study Bible For Women! 

You can purchase the Bible ---> HERE

What is your favorite study Bible? Share in the comments! 

the caffeinated bibliophile

NOTE: I was provided this Bible to review by B&H Lifeway Blogger Program. All opinions are my own. 

Book Review: The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy

accidental guardian mary connealy book review

The synopsis on the back of the book: 

When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes an attack by the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he's finally carved out a home and started a herd--while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail. He'd hoped the days of driving off dangerous men were over, but the latest attack shows otherwise.

Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack, and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace becomes an accidental guardian when he offers the only shelter for miles around and agrees to take them in until they can safely continue their journey. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling--yet enticing.

Trace and Deborah find themselves drawing ever closer as they work together to bring justice to the trail and help the group survive the winter--but every day closer to spring means a day closer to leaving the mountains forever.

accidental guardian mary connealy book review
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
— Ephesians 1:7

Why I Chose This Book

This month I chose this book from the Bethany House Publishing blogger program. I love western stories so I had to pick it up! 

First Initial Thoughts

First off, how adorable is the cover? I am a daddy's girl so it just touched my heart. 

I really liked that the story picked up off right away with the attack of Deb and Gwen's wagon train. God really had a plan for them, because Deb, Gwen, and the children went out to the tall grass to do their womanly duties when the attack happened. I couldn't imagine the horror that those two women - let alone the children had to face when that happened. Deb is a strong woman and it showed. I really applauded her for stepping up and taking care of the children with Gwen. 

Trace is a young man who operates a cattle ranch with two men, Adam and Utah (who has a name like Utah?). Trace is the guardian of the trail and came upon Deb, Gwen, and the children. I found him to be the perfect gentleman helping them and taking them to his cabin. When he could have just left them, or taken them to a town not fit for women (it was a "tough" western town). He even built them a cabin to live in since the one he lived in with Adam and Utah was less than desirable. Even though he is a good man, he also has a past that he is not so proud of. Being the guardian of the trail he has done things to men that has haunted him for years. 

Setting

What I really appreciated about Mary's book was the realistic setting of the Sierra Nevada's and how desolate it really was in the 19th century. She emphasized how hard it was to live on a homestead during this time. For example, no floors (which was common believe it or not), just a bed and table with just a fireplace to cook out of. Now that is really roughing it! 

Trust in the LORD. Have faith, do not despair. Trust in the LORD.
— Psalm 27:14

Final Thoughts

Even though the story was well written I didn't feel as attached to the characters. Maybe because I felt they were not quite developed well enough for me to appreciate them more. Because of a young girl on the cover, I was really hoping an adorable relationship between Maddie Sue and Trace. But there wasn't really much story between them, which was slightly disappointing. This is why I rated it 4 solid stars. 

What I also found kind of unplausible is how Trace never really met a woman in his life, except for 2 women. As the story progresses you find out why this is so, but I found it kind of odd. I did appreciate however that the violence was kept to a minimum and focused on the story and events revolving around the characters. 

Despite all that I did appreciate Deb and Trace relationship. Their awkwardness and growing attraction to each other over time were sweet and enduring. It kind of reminded me of the story, Love Comes Softly where the young lady in the story falls in love with the man over time when she stays at his homestead over winter. And I absolutely adored that book!

Trace though he had done terrible things in the past and endured so much learned about redemption and the love of Christ. He learned that the past doesn't define him. That God loves you for you - despite all your flaws. 

It also ended in a way that led up to more books in the future, which this is the first book in the High Sierra Sweethearts series. So I will definitely be looking forward to reading the next books in the series! I think the next one is out this fall! 

Would I Recommend?

Yes! If you love a good western story, I am sure you will enjoy this heartwarming redemption story. 

 

You can purchase the book --- > HERE

Do you also love a good western redemption story? Share in the comments which western story is your favorite! 

the caffeinated bibliophile

NOTE: I was provided this book to review by Bethany House Publishing. All opinions are my own.

8 Christian Books To Read To Help You Grow In Your Faith

Christian Books To Read To Help You Grow In Your Faith

As Christians, we have seasons that we struggle with our faith. When we struggle not only is it imperative that we return to the word, but also dive deep into the literature that will help us get back into our faith in Christ. 

Here are 8 books to help you grow in your faith: 

Adamant by Lisa Bevere

What is truth? This has become the defining question of our time. But while everyone has an opinion, truth, it seems, is getting harder and harder to find. Perhaps that's because we are searching for something when we should be looking for someone. Truth has a name. Truth is not a river that changes with the cultural currents but a rock and the cornerstone of all we are and ever dreams to be. Adamant will be an anchor for your soul in a raging sea of opinions, giving you a clear sense of direction in a wandering world.

Everybody Always by Bob Goff

What happens when we stop worrying about difficult people and simply love them? A revolution! In this follow-up to his best-selling Love Does, Goff shares how he learned to accept others without inhibition, insecurity, and restriction---including when he befriended a Ugandan witch doctor. Discover how a no-limits embrace of everybody can transform the world.

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

Busyness drains our souls and harms our bodies. When you don't have a moment to be still, how can the still, small voice of God's wisdom and love speak into your life?

Shauna Niequist was in a season of extreme busyness that finally broke her enough to become desperate for change. In Present Over Perfect, Shauna shares what she's learned in her journey toward slower living, which has become more abundant, fruitful living. Come alongside to rest, play, and recreate. What you'll find there satisfies more than you can imagine.

The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel

If you were a journalist, how would you investigate the top story in human history? Join the award-winning former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune as he cross-examines scholars to uncover incontestable evidence supporting Jesus' claims. Includes updated archaeological material, an interview with Strobel, and more. A powerful defense of the Christian faith! 

Watch the movie version of this book---> HERE

The Light Within Me by Ainsley Earhardt

From her insightful political coverage, including a sit-down with Melania Trump, to her powerful reporting covering some of the most headline-making national events, to her live coverage, including Pope Francis’ visit to New York, Ainsley considers her career and the factors that have propelled her to the top of her field, becoming a cohost of Fox & Friends and contributor to Hannity. Ainsley credits her success to the values she learned from her parents, and to the enduring Christian faith that has been her ballast through thick and thin, in good times and in periods of great difficulty.

Filled with inspirational quotes taken from Scripture and illustrated with sixteen pages of never-before-seen photos, her memoir is infused with her spiritual beliefs and will touch the hearts of all her fans, reminding them to count the blessings God has given them every day of their lives.

Peace With God by Billy Graham

Drawing from Romans 5:1, Dr. Graham addresses such issues as life after death, the nature of faith, our future hope, and finding peace. With quiet confidence and surefooted faith, Billy Graham points unerringly toward the One who is the only dependable source of the peace that passes understanding. Both comforting and challenging, this classic explanation of the human predicament and the divine answer has been changing lives for generations.

Stronger Than The Struggle by Havilah Cunnington

Discover the truth about spiritual warfare! In her down-to-earth style, Cunnington combines sound theology and biblical teaching to help you discern whether your personal struggles are from God, yourself, or Satan; create realistic battle plans; and use practical tools to thrive amid hardship, put the enemy in his place, and start living.

Wait and See by Wendy Pope

Every woman struggles with times of waiting—for a spouse, a child, a job. In Wait and See, Wendy Pope guides readers to focus on the Person of their faith rather than the object of their wait. Pope draws on the story of King David, who was anointed king nearly twenty years before he took his throne.
This hands-on guidebook invites readers to record their own waiting discoveries. With practical suggestions and real-life stories, Pope shows readers how they can be active in the present as they hope for the future.

 

I hope this has helped you find some books to read! 

What books have you read that has helped you grow in your faith? Share in the comments! 

the caffeinated bibliophile

Book Review: The Weaver's Daughter by Sarah E Ladd

the weaver's daughter sarah e ladd book review

 

The synopsis on the back of the book: 

Kate's loyalties bind her to the past. Henry's loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions?

Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder --including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father's pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.

Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war seeking refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather's goals to modernize his family's wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family's livelihood and legacy.

Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry's side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village's future. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls - even if it means risking their hearts in the process.

  • Genre: Christian Regency Romance
  • Published: 4/10/2018
  • Pages: 320
  • Goodreads Rating: 4.27 Stars
the weaver's daughter sarah e ladd book review
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
— Ephesians 4:31-32

Why I Chose This Book

I was approached by TLC Book Tours to participate in the book tour for this book. This has been on my TBR for a while so of course, I signed up! 

First Initial Thoughts

Henry was thought to be dead but then returned home after 3 years at war (the Napoleon war). Apon arriving much has changed. Including his Grandfather's business. Before, it was was a small profitable business, but in the three years, it has exploded into a much larger and extremely profitable business. What has changed the most is the family dynamics. His Grandfather is hostile and has no compassion towards certain individuals, without any real reason. Henry has changed and no longer feels that a grand life and possessions matter. And what matters most is family and love. When he comes back, he feels like no one close to him agrees with that kind of life. Then Kate enters his life. 

Kate is a spunky 21-year-old who feels pressured to lead the life of a weaver and marry someone who will carry on the business. She is independent and determined, but also compassionate and kind. At the beginning of the story - we are introduced to her former friendship with Fredrica Pennington. Their friendship had to end because the Penningtons formed a business relationship with the Stocktons. And there has always been a trift between the Dearborne's and Stocktons. 

Now Kate's family pressures her to marry a man named John but she doesn't feel any kind of attraction towards him. John is a good man, but something about him just didn't feel right. At times I felt John was forceful and agitated. 

At first, I was a little confused as to what caused the war between the weavers and millers. However, as I read into the story it came clear to why there was an issue between the Stockton and Dearborne's, and other weaver families. Machines started replacing workers and the weavers started to brew anger at millers for placing these machines in their mill- specifically the Stockton family. As the story progressed a tragedy happens and the war brewing between the families intensifies. 

Setting

Sarah brought the village of Amberdale to life. I loved how everything seemed just cozy and quaint. Despite the war brewing between the weavers and millers. It was easy to picture the English country landscape with the rolling hills, mills, and old English stone buildings. Definitely a perfect setting for a romance. 

Do not take revenge on others or continue to hate them, but love your neighbors as you love yourself. I am the Lord.
— Leviticus 19:18

Final Thoughts

What I really liked about this book is that it wasn't solely focused on the romance. There was a mystery (no spoilers!) to be solved - along with all the family rivalry. It also kind of reminded me of a Regency version of Romeo and Juliet - without the sad ending. 

Kate and Henry, I really liked their romance. It was slow but they had an immediate attraction at the start. But tried to deny it because of their families. However, love wins and I am glad it won in this instance for Kate and Henry. 

One character I felt for in the story through a minor character was Miss Fredrica Pennington. Though I won't tell what happens with her family, I felt like she just wanted to be happy and marry the man she admired. But as events laid fold she had to flee her home. It felt like her life was laid out for her- without having any decision about it. 

I also liked how the story covered sin and how it affects us as a person. How it affects families, relationships, business, and most of all our relationship with God. The message of this story emphasizes that no sin is too great for God. All is forgiven in the eyes of God. He knows your heart and loves you despite all that you have done. 

Would I Recommend? 

Yes, definitely! I think anyone who loves a good Regency Romance will thoroughly enjoy this story! 

About The Author

sarah ladd author

Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance. Ladd also has more than ten years of marketing experience. She holds degrees in public relations and marketing and lives in Indiana with her family and spunky Golden Retriever.

Connect with Sarah

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Purchase Links

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Do you also enjoy reading Regency romance books? I hope you check out this book, I know you will thoroughly enjoy it as much as I did! 

the caffeinated bibliophile

NOTE: I was provided an advanced readers copy to review for the TLC Book Tour. All opinions are my own.