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Kaplan ACT Premier 2016

act premiereI have found that nothing is more stressful to a college bound high schooler than taking the ACT. My oldest is a junior and has taken the ACT and taken practice ACT through her school and each time it’s a lot of prep and stress. I got this book to help with the stress, but I found that this book will intimidated the heck out of her! Adding to the stress, rather than diffusing it.

Kaplan ACT Premier 2016
2nd Edition
Kaplan Publishing
June 2015

This book is gigantic, complex & frankly contains way too much information. It’s several years worth of schooling crammed into one huge tome. If a poor kid tried to read this start to finish, let alone attempted to complete all of the practice tests, it would require most of a whole school year. This is NOT a last minute thing, this should be considered additional tutoring for your student while they are in class every day. For the fastest results, I recommend setting up practice tests once a month with study time in between and even that will take you 9 months.

What I do like about this book and the online portions is that this book will give a good insight as to what to expect as far as what the exam may look like, and provide clear areas of focus to improve scores, but I found that you’re seriously going to freak your kid out even more if you plop this behemoth down in front of them! (Yes, my daughter, 16, who is a high achiever at a magnet school was so intimidated by it that she wouldn’t even pick it up on her own for most of the last month I’ve had it and been working through it.) I would recommend taking one of the practice tests (if your kid hasn’t yet) and then flipping through the book to that portion to do the practice and worksheets to improve that area. Maybe retake once, but I don’t know if I recommend doing this 8 times.

On the whole, I agree with my daughter that this massive book and 8 tests is overkill. But it is useful, even if you don’t use all of it.

Arieltopia, Young Adult Editor, is an 15 year old avid reader – usually going through a book a day – who gives readers a unique perspective on Young Adult, Teen Fiction, along with adult fiction: an actual teenager’s perspective.

Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he turns real life into stupid cartoons, writes on Christianity, Zombies, and whatever else he wants and posts Bible studies from his classes at church.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Hot Buttons Series by O’Dell

Hot-Buttons-booksParents of teens can use all the help they can get. That’s where this new series of topical help guides aims to fill those needs.

Hot Buttons Series
(Bullying and Image Editions)
Nicole O’Dell
September 2013

Kregel sent two of the series to me for review: Bullying and Image Editions. (They also publish Hot Button books on other topics like Internet, Sexuality, Dating, 30-Day Challenge, and Drug Editions.) The books are written by a well known talk radio and author who specializes in parent/ child relationships. As if having six children of her own wasn’t enough reason to respect her opinions!

Each book in the series starts with exploring the issue (with chapters on Why, When and How) then moves in to particulars on how to reach and teach your child to respond appropriately in situations surrounding the Hot Buttons. Each book is timely and doesn’t feel dated (like so many parenting books do). We deal with real current even stuff like Cyberbullying, Self-Harm, Eating Disorders and such and then move in to part three of each book: strategies.

I really liked how relevant these topics are to today’s teen. Reading the strategies – filled with Biblical references and responses – came across as genuine and helpful not preachy or tired. And if you think your child isn’t going through these struggles then you need them more than most parents. These struggles are real and prevalent.

Each book is less than $10 on Amazon and well worth the price.

Scott Asher is the Managing Editor of His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he turns real life into stupid cartoons, writes on Christianity, Zombies, and whatever else he wants and posts Bible studies from his classes at church.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Star Trek FAQ 2.0 by Clark

We all know Star Trek: The Motion Picture was lame. But do you know why? I do. Thanks to Star Trek FAQ 2.0.

Star Trek FAQ 2.0
By Mark Clark
June 2013

Star Trek FAQ 2.0 picks up where the original left off: the dawn of the original cast’s movies through the development of The Next Generation to 2009’s reboot Star Trek. Each section is packed with details and behind the scenes insight that, as a Trekkie, had me devouring it like a man starved who suddenly finds himself in front of a T-bone.

The book included chapters on each of the movies, each season of TNG, with detailed synopsis of each episode, the various alien species, analysis of show themes, actors and how they were selected along with biographies, directors and show runners, and more. Because this is not authorized readers get both the good and the bad, which enriches this work. Too often, we’ve had memories and authorized books that sugar coated the struggles of the movies early on and the difficulty in getting TNG made, the conflicts between writers and Gene Roddenberry, or the rivalry between Shatner and Nimoy. This book is refreshingly honest.

If I must pick something to dislike, I mean if you really bent my arm, it would be some of the titles used by the author. I grew tired of Roddenberry being called The Great Bird of the Galaxy and I dislike the term Trekkers only because I identified with Trekkies before I ever heard that term.

Seriously, there isn’t anything here that a Trekkie (or Trekker) would absolutely love in this work. It’s going on my shelf where I keep my favorite SciFi and fantasy. It’s a Star Trek fan’s dream come true.

Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he turns real life into stupid cartoons, writes on Christianity, Zombies, and whatever else he wants and posts Bible studies from his classes at church.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Biblical Hebrew by Alef Press

Alef Press Biblical Hebrew a homeschool Primer: in these books, we will emphasize Biblical Hebrew as a tool for lifelong Bible study, worship, service, and joy. By completion of this series a student should be able to read from A Reader’s Hebrew Bible, a Bible edition that provides same-page basic definitions of words that appear less than 100 times in Scripture. The path to that point will include Biblical culture, geography, history, and worldview. A student will be additionally equipped to use Bible reference tools, understand translation issues, study Biblical words in depth, and enjoy the language with fluent reading and singing.

Biblical Hebrew
A Homeschool Primer
Alef Press

Since primarily Jews and seminarians have been learning Biblical Hebrew lately, available texts generally expect you either to be immersed in Jewish tradition, or to have graduate level study skills and a professor of Ancient Near Eastern linguistics to hand. The goal of this series is to make Biblical Hebrew a viable and richly rewarding option for a homeschool foreign language course. The highest hurdles are crossed by the time you finish the primer: believing it is possible and mastering a new alphabet.

The primer resources below, available now, will have you reading, writing, singing, and praising God in Hebrew. Forthcoming Biblical Hebrew volumes will take a student through high school foreign language credits to reading the Bible in Hebrew.

My Thoughts and what I love: First of all let me say that this Hebrew Primer set in my opinion is not just for homeschoolers. It is very user friendly for anyone wanting to learn Biblical Hebrew. It definitely is homeschool friendly. Okay so you might have to be a homeschooler to really understand that. We tend to be curriculum junkies and not all curriculums are very friendly!

Homeschooling is a lot of work. The reality is that electives especially foreign language aren’t usually on the top of the to do list. Grammar, math, reading, and writing are the priority. Those subjects take up a lot of time.

That is why I love it when I can find an elective that I can open the book and teach the subject. I don’t even have to know about that subject. You get to learn something new along with the kids. Alef Bet Homeschool Primer is the above-open book and learn.

My family has been using Alef Press Biblical Hebrew a Homeschool Primer by Kim McKay for around two months now. Wow, my kids and I are really enjoying it. We have done a few different Hebrew curriculums over the last two years. Well let’s just say that those other Hebrew Curriculum is not intended for the homeschool setting. Or they assume you know what you are doing and know Hebrew already. We stuck with it and then I found a big sigh of relief in when I came across Alef Press Biblical Hebrew a Homeschool Primer.

The Teacher’s Manual is simple to understand. The explanations are clear so you won’t question what you are teaching. I like that the lessons vary from lesson to lesson. Some lessons you may have stories, supplements, and a variety. The Teachers Manual has lots of tips and suggestion and you can check your child’s work in the answer key.

Show and Tell DVD I love the Show and Tell DVD. It makes the curriculum interesting with all the different subjects and stories that are covered with in each lesson. It also goes over the sounds of the Aleph Bet Alphabet, vowels, and the vocabulary. The illustrations are gorgeous and the stories are so rich that go along with Hebrew traditions.

Student Workbook is not a bunch of unnecessary busyness. Each lesson has a short summary that covers the pronunciation of the sound and a grammar rule if there is one with that particular letter. Then you practice writing a little and a read out loud. Not every lesson is the same and I like that it has a variety.

You can download flashcards from the website-I know those dreaded flashcards but, I feel that it is very effective when you are learning Hebrew. If you want to remember all those new Aleph Bet letters, vowels, and vocabulary then you want to go here.

Music CD has many different Hebrew traditional songs and also the Aleph Bet song. They are sung slowly so you can hear the words clearly of the song and you can join in easily. Not only are you getting Biblical Hebrew but music! Okay so I may be stretching it. The songs are beautiful.

Jonah Workbook is the whole book of Jonah in Hebrew. This in my opinion could be used as a reader also. Writing is an awesome way to enforce those skills in Hebrew.

Cons: Jonah copybook has small spaces for writing. Personally, I would love to see it just a tad bigger. I would not recommend this book for younger kids unless they have a fair amount of Hebrew knowledge as you can use it for a reader or for writing a few words for extra practice.

I hate junk mail but when I do add my name to a list it’s because I am interested in something. I would like something on the website that I can add my email so I know when the next series comes out. Some kind of update on what is coming up in the future with Alef Press. I don’t have time to keep checking out the website all the time! Kim said,” that she can put you on an update list and email you when the new series is available.” Go here if you are interested in being added to the list. She informed me you won’t get a bunch of junk mail from Alef Press.

I would love some suggestions on how to use some of the supplements like the Trail Guide to Bible Geography, Drive Thru History, and the other resources. Can they be tied together with certain lessons? Okay this curriculum has spoiled me and I want my cake and icing! That may be wishful thinking but it doesn’t hurt to suggest it!

Complete Primer Set: Primer, Teacher’s Guide, music CD, DVD set, and Jonah Copybook: $107.80. This is a con and pro as it is pricey but you also get a lot for your money. The curriculum is well thought out. You are paying for something that is simplified. Trust me as I have spent some money on Hebrew curriculum!

You need to buy a student workbook for each student as it has a copyright not to reproduce it.

All of those cons are pretty small on my end as this is a wonderful, well thought out, open and go, fun, and amazing curriculum.

What a wonderful way to teach your kids and yourself a lifelong study tool when it comes to Gods word. Reading His Word in Hebrew is truly life changing. I want my kids to experience God’s Word in His language and not man’s transliteration.

Disclaimer: This curriculum is attended for ages 9 and up, the author really intending them for Jr. high and high school. A family that uses Hebrew already may be able to use them very well with younger kids, but they are not aimed at most elementary students.

Please keep in mind that my children already know the basics and are ready for reading Biblical Hebrew. They need lots of practice still. Especially Bug who needs extra work in some areas. Little Man has started putting together words with Hebrew with and without out the vowels. Both of my children already know lots of vocabulary due to us hearing it in our Synagogue and from us teaching them those words.

ReneeK is a sweet tea addicted mamma who loves to cuddle up to a good book. She blogs at Little Homeschool on the Praire and writes about family, homeschooling, having a special needs child, and about whatever else tickles her fancy.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Future by Gore

In the future, according to the former vice president, national governments will hold less sway than multinational corporations, there will be no privacy and all the world’s information will be freely available, we will struggle with basic strategic resources like topsoil and fresh water all the while we will try to change the genetic make-up of humanity (with possibly costly genetic failures) and continue to ruin our planet’s ecology and climate by the reckless use of greenhouse gasses. Yeah, the future looks a lot like Blade Runner.

The Future
By Al Gore
Random House
January 2013

The problem with Gore’s book? It’s right on. The changes that science fiction writers have seen and envisioned coming are coming and are even here. (Consider The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi for a recent, excellent novel with similar themes.)

Unlike Science Fiction, the Vice President breaks down the coming changes in deep, but easier to understand sections:

1) Earth, Inc. – the globalization of economic factors, the movement of labor from developed to developing countries and “robosourcing” (the movement of labor from humans to robots.
2) The Global Mind –the rise of the internet to connect all of mankind in network similar to the way a mind works with billions of bits of information travelling instantaneously around the globe and (frighteningly) the complete lack of privacy users can expect.
3) The change in power – from U.S. centric to global, from governments to corporations.
4) Strategic Resource Loss – the depletion of strategic resources like topsoil and fresh water due to the increase in the world’s population.
5) Future Science – the technology that is rapidly changing the way we practice medicine, how we have the power to manipulate DNA and the path of our genetic future along with new techs that will impact our world and lives.
6) Climate Change – (of course) the impact of manmade global warming and climate changes due to reckless use of greenhouse gases.

This book is so dense that the audio book is 18 hours long and filled with words that would make your average young adult reader grimace in lack of comprehension. There are some great call-outs, though, that everyone should be able to understand. (And some movies that warn of a similar issue, for those who do read at a young adult level 🙂

“When I became Vice President in 1993, there were on average four different offices representing the U.S. Department of Agriculture located within every one of the 3000 counties in the United States yet the percentage of total jobs represented by farm jobs had declined to 2%. In other words, a determined and expensive national policy to promote agriculture for a century and a half did little or nothing to prevent the massive loss of employment opportunities on farms. Although these policies arguably contributed to the massive increase in agricultural productivity. But the larger point is that many systemic technology driven changes are simply too powerful for any set of policies to hold back.”

The Vice President rightly points out that the changes are coming and will be more and more difficult to stop or slow if action isn’t taken now. Unlike the above situation, which Republicans would likely love to read out of context, we are still early on in the genetic modification of humans and need to get ahead of the curve by making changes to our DNA illegal now, before they become commonplace. (Ala, the Island or Gattaca.)

A theme that comes up over and again is the Vice President’s call to change accounting practices to count the costs of natural resources utilization and ecological impact: “The emergence of rapid unsustainable growth in population, cities, resources consumption, depletion of top soil, fresh water supplies and living species, pollution flows, and economic output that is measured and guided by an absurd and guided by a distorted set of universally accepted methods that blind us to the destructive consequences of self deceiving choices we are routinely making.”

Some may jump at that “self deceiving choices” phrase and go for the cheap shot about the Vice President selling his cable TV channel to Al Jazeera, the fact is that the future envisioned in the book is coming and no amount of character assault should distract us from quick choices and changes. (Also seen in Mad Max and every other post-apocalyptic movie about the fall of society based on a scarcity of natural resources).

The scariest section in my opinion was the section on the Global Mind and the lack of privacy we should expect. I immediately drew a connection between this book’s concerns and Arther C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter’s prophetic novel, the Light of Other Days, where characters wore privacy suits to hide their gender and keep private their DNA.

This book reads like a cautionary tale of what our society is coming to and the massively important decisions we need to make. To make them, though, we need to get past the arguments over global warming and climate change and the partisan politics (Gore hasn’t been in any elected office for 13 years!) I can’t see any logical reason to oppose the conclusion that man has negatively impacted global climate change and we need to make adjustments. Even if you don’t believe in climate change can’t we at least agree that less smog is good for us?

I highly recommend this book. And if you enjoy audio books, I recommend the audio book version of this even more than the print version. The Vice President reads it himself, and while he can come across as the long winded professor who’s lecture we all doodled through in High School, when he get’s passionate about the subject you can hear it and frankly that helps with some who may doubt the veracity of Mr. Gore. This should build empathy; a great starting point for discussion and positive change.

A note to my Christian friends: why are you against climate change? Is it only because you are Republican and this is a Democrat issue? Have we looked at the research or just the Facebook timeline pictures with the snarky bumper sticker phrases? Taking care of the environment IS a Christian virtue and responsibility.

Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he turns real life into stupid cartoons, writes on Christianity, Zombies, and whatever else he wants and posts Bible studies from his classes at church.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Explore Meteor Crater and Petrified Forest DVD and Study Guide

Awesome Science Explore Meteor Crater and Petrified Forest is episode 3 in the series. Noah Justice takes us to Arizona to explore Meteor Crater and Petrified Forest National Park.

Explore Meteor Crater and Petrified Forest DVD and study guide
Featuring Noah Justice
New Leaf Publishing
April 2012

Noah helps kids and adults like understand the Biblical view of how flood affected our planet and not evolutionary views of Meteor Crater, dinosaur extinction, and the Petrified Forest. Noah will show you scriptures to back it all up. Noah will show you that the Bible is the final authority on the history of the world.

The video is 30 minutes long. Noah is fun, energetic and his enthusiastic is contagious. Noah makes the learning fun. The scenery makes you want to pack up your bags and head out to the parks. Your kids will absolutely love it. Mom and Dad will love it just as much!

Come and join Noah as he tours many of the world’s most famous geological sites and shows how their origins line up perfectly with the biblical account of the flood and also with a young earth creationist worldview.

Noah will share with you how:

Millions of acres of petrified forests were created during the Flood
A large meteor is not responsible for killing off the dinosaurs
Meteor Crater was instrumental in recognizing other craters around the world.

I was given the study guide to look through and review. I would say this is more suited for older kids/teens. I also feel that you can adjust it easily enough for younger kids without too much hassle. The study guide that accompanies the DVD includes word lists, key concepts, Fill in the blank section, true and false section, and a Biblical study guide and much more. The questions are centered on the movie and the guide is well thought out and a good companion for the DVD series.

My only complaint is the size of the book. As a homeschooler with many books I would have loved to see a larger book so it doesn’t get lost in my books or I would love for it to fit inside the video DVD case. That is minor complaint compared to the quality of this production. That’s just what happens when you have books all over your house. The DVD is $14.99 and the Study Guide $3.99.

In addition there are currently others in the series including, Explore Yellowstone, Explore Yosemite and Zion National Parks, Explore Mt. St. Helen’s, Explore the Grand Canyon, and Explore John Day Fossil Beds.

I look forward to see the rest in this series.

ReneeK is a sweet tea addicted mamma who loves to cuddle up to a good book. She blogs at Little Homeschool on the Praire and writes about family, homeschooling, having a special needs child, and about whatever else tickles her fancy.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

A Different Dream for My Child by Jolene Philo

This is a very inspirational book. It’s for anyone dealing with any type of health issues with their children. Not just for those families who have terminal ill children. Having a child with medical issues this was a very touching and inspiring book. Granted I don’t face many of the challenges like the families in the book. I can relate to the the stories in many ways. Each child has their own challenges that are hard to deal with. We sometimes feel alone.

A Different Dream for My Child
by Jolene Philo
Discovery House
August 2009

I have spent countless hours in Dr. offices and hospitals and I don’t foresee an end to this for quite sometime. I needed the encouragement that this book had to offer. Having a child with disabilities can take you places you never knew existed both physically and emotionally. What we planned for the future of our child is different than God’s plan.

Each chapter begins with a Bible verse. Then each section is around 2-3 pages. They have personal stories from families that the author has interviewed or the authors personal experiences. The families talk about how they faced each challenge that came their way. You will cry and laugh. Only someone with a child with medical issues can truly understand what it is like to deal with a sick child. This book is for those parents, extended family, or even for someone who wants to help out the family. The chapters each touch on different challenges faced along this unique road of having a unique child. Each chapter ends with a prayer/meditation and questions to help the reader reflect on the issues at hand.

A child is still a blessing, no matter what the diagnosis is and this books reminds you of this. No matter how much we love our children, we recognize that they are ultimately God’s child, and we trust Him to the One who loves them more than we do. Our job is to take the best possible care of them while they are here on earth, then trust the Lord when it is time for them to go home with Jesus. Whether they go home to be with Jesus in childhood, teens, or as an adult they are gifts from God. We are here for a little time. He trusted the gift in our hands to care for.

If you know someone who has a child who is seriously ill, or with any type of disability- get this book into their hands. This book is like a lifeline.

Thank you, Jolene for sharing your amazing and inspiring story. I needed this book.

ReneeK is a sweet tea addicted mamma who loves to cuddle up to a good book. She blogs at Little Homeschool on the Praire and writes about family, homeschooling, having a special needs child, and about whatever else tickles her fancy.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Fyodor Dostoevsky by Peter Leithart

Daravoe. Fyodor’s favorite memory. He could remember when his parents bought the three-room bungalow there, complete with thatched roof and clay walls. Oh to be in those woods filled with terror and excitement, to run through the quiet cottage, to explore! He felt the whole family become free as they entered the countryside. It’s where he first gathered literary material and had his first taste of grace.

Fyodor Dostoevsky
by Peter Leithart
Thomas Nelson Publishers
September 2011

Back in Moscow Fyodor and his siblings would often cower around their father. He was a good father, instilling them with the Word, and teaching them Pushkin, who would always stay close to Fyodor’s heart. But unlike their kind and compassionate mother, their father was given in irritable rages and tirades. However the children cherished his love and teaching of the arts, and his story telling at night.

After publishing Poor Folk, his first novel, a masterpiece unlike anything yet written in Russia, he became involved in numerous literary circles, listening to writers he respected. Deemed socially awkward and sickly, he was also known for his short fuse at such events. One night, while goaded into an impassioned speech, by a colleague, he met his demise, having been overheard by a spy. The next time he would see these friends, they would all be emaciated and standing in front of a firing squad.

Having been spared at the last minute, he spent years of exile in the bitter cold of Siberia. Sleeping in lice infested beds among criminals, he found the harsh conditions and his own sociological studies began to form the basis for one of his best selling novels.

Upon release, he kept on with his urgency to write and print his views. Sometimes hardly having enough money to eat, other times at the pinnacle of public admiration. He found love, he found lovers, and he met with loss. But then he found Christ, which radically changed him and the peoples adoration of him forever. Once despised he grew to be a most loved author.

As someone who enjoys Russian classic literature, I was eager to read this book. The author does a good job helping the reader gain more insight into Fyodor’s personal life. I did like the book, but I found a couple areas to be a little slow. However, it was really almost true to form for classic Russian works where the author most often fills pages with his views on the political state of his country. It was a short and quick read, I did enjoy it and I do feel it’s worth a read. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about Fyodor, or enjoys fictionalized biographies.

Heather Ring say that books are her plane ticket into another world, “I’d feel lost with out them. Reading is a part of me. However I am also an avid lover of the outdoors and pouring into my creative outlets. But I think my biggest passion, is spending time with my family and friends.”

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Unveiling the kings of Israel by David Down

Unearth the history of the small nation of Israel. Using the bible as an amazing historical record and the archaeological discoveries continue to prove the validity and significance of God‘s Word.

Unveiling the kings of Israel
by David Down
New Leaf
July 2011

What an amazing hardcover book from New Leaf Publishing. I love history and add in Biblical history makes it that much more amazing. You will discover some modern archeological finds. The pictures are detailed and the pages are jammed packed with information that is easy to understand.

You will see relevant maps, gorgeous photos of the actual ruins. The pictures are amazing. This book is divided into twenty chapters that reveal archaeological finds. This would make a wonderful reference and encyclopedia to anyone’s library. Chapter titles include: Abraham came from Ur, Joseph to Moses, David as King, and many other wonderful chapters. You have passages of the biblical accounts included to support the validity. Appendix has a lot of information from the Tabernacle, charts, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

I was very impressed with this book and look forward to using it in our homeschool. My husband will be able to find some useful information when putting together bible lessons.

ReneeK is a sweet tea addicted mamma who loves to cuddle up to a good book. She blogs at Little Homeschool on the Praire and writes about family, homeschooling, having a special needs child, and about whatever else tickles her fancy.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The New Moody Atlas of the Bible by Barry J. Beitzel

Every year the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association awards its Christian Book Awards in six categories: Bibles, Bible Reference & Study, Christian Life, Fiction, Children & Youth, and Inspiration & Gift. In 2010, the award for Bible Reference & Study went to the New Moody Atlas of the Bible with good reason: this altlas is one of the best published in recent years and is a must have for those who wish to study the Bible.

The New Moody Atlas of the Bible
by Barry J. Beitzel
October 2009

The first obsticle to creating a new book like this is justifying its existence in light of the internet. Why should we pay $50 for a hard bound book instead of just using Google to look up the maps and info? The answer is as clear as the reason why exists. You can’t trust the internet completely because you never know where the info on the internet came from.

With Beitzel’s atlas you know where it comes from. Moody has a long and storied history of publishing solid scholarly references and Beitzel (Dr. to you and me,) is professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical University and his mapwork has been published in some of the Bibles readers probably carry with them, like the NLT Study Bible, the ESV Study Bible, and the NIV Study Bible.

This solid scholarly work has one more thing going for it that the internet just doesn’t: there isn’t an equivelent to pulling a chair up to a table, grabbing all your reference books, the Word, and a notepad and digging into the scripture. Tablets and PCs just can’t compete against the satisfaction of having the book on your desk in front of you and in your hands. Seeing in full clarity, not dealing with lo-res images.

But if you must have these maps and info online, Moody has a special treat. Everyone who buys the book gets a code to unlock all the images and info online as well.

This is a great reference that all students of the Word should consider.

Scott Asher is the founder and administrator of Along with his contributions to BookGateway, he reviews for the commercial site His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he cartoons and writes on anything he finds funny and Christianity, which sometimes overlap.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.