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As someone who has taught a range of Sunday school classes, from preschool through high school students, I was glad to receive a free copy of Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts as part of the Booksneeze book review program.

Often, when talking about the places Jesus traveled as He taught, healed and ministered, or in describing the journey of the Israelites in the Old Testament, it is helpful to have a visual illustration.  Complete Book includes many different maps, photos and helpful summaries — including a map that shows the geographic location of major events in Jesus’ ministry, the apostle Paul’s journeys and the wandering of the Israelites.

Since Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts is slightly larger than other books (a little over 7″ x 9″), I can see how it would be a helpful teaching tool for a class of eight to ten students to view pretty easily.  Complete Book also includes a link to free downloads of all the maps and charts included inside the book — again, very helpful for those preparing to teach Sunday school classes.

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This is the second Hermie DVD I have received via the Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger program, now known as Booksneeze (sounds a little gross, but the idea is “Great books are contagious”).

We showed Antonio Meets His Match to our six-year old daughter, along with a three and one year old at our church.  My daughter is a fan of Hermie; here is her review below:

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Chris Seay, lead pastor of Ecclesia Houston and co-founder of the Advent Conspiracy, explores the overarching themes of mystery, faith and spirituality in the television series Lost in his recently released book, The Gospel According to Lost. [Scott Erickson, artist in residence at Ecclesia Houston, painted the image to the left, along with other “icons” of characters from the series, for the book.]

The Gospel According to Lost is a thoughtful engagement of the series written from the perspective of a fan (although, non-fans could probably read and enjoy this book as well).

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I find it increasingly difficult to keep up with all the music being released these days.  And, perhaps due to my increasingly crotchety old man disposition, I find myself favoring old-timey indie rock (although, I still enjoy plenty of current music, as you’ll see below).

So, without any further caveats, here is some of the music (and music-related) stuff I liked from this past year:

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My experience, within mostly evangelical Protestant circles, with practices such as Sabbath, fasting and the liturgical year has been limited mostly to academic study and/or suspicious caution. That’s why I was glad to see the Ancient Practices series released, which covers many of these practices. As followers of Jesus, we miss out immensely when we ignore the wisdom of those who have pursued Christ wholeheartedly before us.

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While it might lack the immediate appeal to adults or older kids that, say, VeggieTales might have (with their Monty Python-referencing irreverence, snappy one-liners and fully-orchestrated songs), we have found that the little ones in our church enjoy Max Lucado’s animated Hermie series.  My six-year old daughter was pretty excited to receive our copy of Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure for review.

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I recently received a copy of Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear, by Max Lucado for review. As the title suggests, Lucado employs his warm narrative approach to encourage readers to break free from their fears and live faith-filled lives in Christ.

In order to do this, though, we must first recognize and identify how great a hold fear has on many of our lives. As Lucado writes in the first chapter:

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