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Monday, 24 August 2020

Colors of Creation - Paul Thigpen and John Folley

Colors of Creation
Paul Thigpen
John Folley
TAN Books
ISBN 9781505114676
eISBN 9781505114690
ASIN B0854LV3CM



I have read some of Thigpen’s theological works. and loved them. When this book arrived for my youngest daughter we were both excited about it. She read it to me immediately after we unpacked it. And she has read it to me three times since. She instantly recognized the color pattern from a VBS a few year ago. The colors appear in this order:

Black
White
Blue
Brown
Green
Yellow
Purple
Orange
Red
Gray

The book is designed to help children see the colors in the world around them in a new way. It highlights the beauty of creation. And the love of the creator. It highlights some of the masterpieces in creation.

Thigpen’s verse in this volume is wonderful. My daughter marveled at the words as much as the illustrations from John Folley. She loved the illustrations and has gone over the book several times. This is a wonderful book for the young ones in your life. An excellent addition to any church or home library. It is an absolutely fantastic picture book for children.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2020 Catholic Reading Plan!




Books by Paul Thigpen:
Manual for Spiritual Warfare
Saints Who Battled Satan
My Daily Catholic Bible
New Catholic Answer Bible
My Visit To Hell: A Novel
Manual for Eucharistic Adoration
The Rapture Trap
Gehenna
Saints Who Saw Hell
The Burden
A Year with Mary: Daily Meditations on the Mother of God
A Year With the Saints: Daily Meditations with the Holy Ones of God
The Passion
Last Words of Catholic Saints And Sinners, Stars And Strays
My Daily Catholic Bible: New Testament, NABRE
Catholic Answers to Catholic Questions
A Dictionary of Quotes from the Saints
The Biblical Names of Jesus: Beautiful, Powerful Portraits of Christ
Shaken by Scandals: Catholics Speak Out about Priests' Sexual Abuse
Praying the Rosary with St. Paul
Thessalonians: Stand Firm In Faith Chapters 1-2
1 and 2 Thessalonians: Stand Firm in Faith
Queen Of Heaven Leader's Guide
Queen Of Heaven Study Guide
Praying With Pope John Paul II
Questions Catholics Are Asked: Are You Saved?
The Prayers of Pope John Paul II
...

Picture books by Paul Thigpen:
Colors of Creation
God's Wildest Wonderment of All
A Child's Christmas ABC Book: Angels in the Air Arrayed
...

Contributed to:
Surprised By Truth: 11 Converts Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic
Journeys Home
A Guide to "The Passion": 100 Questions About the "Passion of the Christ"
Doors of Mercy: Exploring God's Covenant With You
...

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Spiritual Warfare Bible - Saint Benedict Press

Spiritual Warfare Bible
Saint Benedict Press
ISBN 
9781618907738


It had been a while since I got a new bible. Once upon a time I had shelves full of them. And my wife insisted I stop buying more. But this year I got two new bibles. And I could not be more thankful. I received this one and the New Testament and Psalms for Men. Both are from Saint Benedict Press. And both are excellent resources. I picked this up to be a new bible on bedside table. This is a beautiful bible. And a very important resource. This volume combines the RSV-CE with excerpts from The Manual For Spiritual Warfare by Paul Thigpen.

Over the last 40 years I have owned many bibles. Catholic bibles, evangelical bibles, mainline Christianity bibles. This is one of my favorite bible ever. The bible text is normal thin bible pages. And the inserts are full color on glossy pages. Some of the sections have between one and three topics. The specific inserts are:

Scriptures for the Battle
Know Your Enemy 
Know Your Battle
Know Your Commander and Comrades
Know Your Armor
Keep the Enemy Out of the Camp
The Our Father is a Battle Cry
Know Your Weapons
Church Teaching About Spiritual Warfare
Confronting the Devil’s Power
Words From the Saints About Spiritual Warfare
Spiritual Warfare in the Lives of the Saints
Prayers for Battle
Spiritual Warfare Topical Index of Scripture

This is an excellent reading bible. The margins are narrow but the line spacings are ample. You can easily underline or write notes in this bible if that is what you do. The bible also has 3 built in bookmarks. If you are following the bible in a year plan with three sections a day it works perfect. 

I believe that if you only add 1 more bible to your collection you cannot go wrong by picking this one. This is an excellent resource for all Catholics, and really for all Christians would benefit from this bible.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2020 Catholic Reading Plan!





Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Manual for Spiritual Warfare - Paul Thigpen

Manual for Spiritual Warfare
Paul Thigpen
Tan Books
ISBN 9781618906533
ASIN B00SZDHHJ6


Like it or not, you are at war.

This book is excellent. To be honest I had no idea where to begin with writing a review. So I went back to the book and copied my highlighted texts from the introduction and first chapter to give you a taste.  To begin with we have: "First, belief in Satan's existence and activity is today widely dismissed as an outdated superstition. As a result, most Catholics hear very little about him, leaving them unprepared to understand and defeat him. They need to know their Enemy and his strategies." Having been involved in university campus ministry for over 20 years this statement is true not only of most Catholics but also most non-Catholic Christians. From there Paul states: "The first part of this book lays out the biblical and theological foundations for our warfare with the Devil. The second part offers aids for the battle: Church documents, scriptural texts, words and anecdotes from the saints, prayers and hymns, and further resources for study." It absolutely lives up to that goal. I have already read this book twice and know I plan on reading it again.

One of the mail goals of the book sis "Our hope is that countless Catholics, and other Christians as well, will find this manual so helpful that they will carry it with them and make frequent use of it. For this reason, the book has been produced in a sturdy, compact edition that allows you to keep it handy and refer to it often." And I honestly believe it will do that. I have already recommended it to a number of Catholics and other Christians for I know it will be an invaluable tool in their life and ministry.

"Like it or not, you are at war." Every time I see this it stirs something in me. To be in a war and be unaware of it will only lead to failure. There have been many quotes about the church being a field hospital for wounded hurting people. This book can server as a weapon for those on the front lines, and those helping to tend the wounded. We are the army of Christ but our biggest responsibility is to support the field hospital.  And on that same note "God allows evil because He's powerful enough to bring out of even the greatest evil a much greater good." God can work all things for our good and to fulfil his plans.

The last quote I will leave you with is from the end of the first chapter. "Meanwhile, our days in this life provide a season for God to test, purify, strengthen, and perfect us, making us fit to live with Him forever in heaven. To that end, the demons serve as useful tools for Him as they constantly test us by tempting us, so that we become purer and stronger and closer to perfection every time we resist the temptation." Those are just a few of the gems from the first few sections of the book. The Contents of the book are:

How to Use This Manual
Part One: Preparing for Battle


1. Know Your Enemy
2. Know Your Battle
3. Know Your Commander and Comrades
4. Know Your Weapons
5. Know Your Armor
6. Keep the Enemy out of the Camp


Part Two: Aids in Battle


7. Church Teaching About Spiritual Warfare

  • From Catechisms
  • From Church Councils
  • From Papal Documents
8. Scriptures for the Battle
  • Scriptural Names and Images for the Devil and Demons
  • Incidents in Scripture Involving the Devil and Demons
  • Scripture Verses for Warfare
9. Help From the Saints
  • Words From the Saints
  • Spiritual Warfare in the Lives of the Saints
10. Prayers, Devotions, and Hymns for Battle
  • Prayers to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit
  • The Blood of Jesus
  • Litany of Christ Our Champion
  • The Name of Jesus
  • Prayers to Our Lady, Vanquisher of the Enemy
  • Rosary Meditations for Spiritual Battle
  • Prayers to the Saints and With the Saints
  • Prayers to the Angels and to God for Their Assistance
  • Prayers for the Church
  • Prayers for the Family and Home
  • Prayers With Sacramentals
  • Prayers From Traditional Liturgies
  • Prayers for Strength and Deliverance
  • Scriptural Prayers for Deliverance
  • Hymns for Spiritual Warfare
For Further Study

I cannot recommend this book enough for anyone wishing to go deeper in the spiritual life. As soon as you pursue God and his will you will encounter opposition. This book will help you understand that opposition and strengthen you and provide tools and knowledge to stand against it. Be bold. Follow Chris and stand firm!

This is an amazing book you need to read it!


Books by Paul Thigpen:
Manual for Spiritual Warfare
Saints Who Battled Satan
My Daily Catholic Bible
New Catholic Answer Bible
My Visit To Hell: A Novel
Manual for Eucharistic Adoration
The Rapture Trap
Gehenna
Saints Who Saw Hell
The Burden
A Year with Mary: Daily Meditations on the Mother of God
A Year With the Saints: Daily Meditations with the Holy Ones of God
The Passion
Last Words of Catholic Saints And Sinners, Stars And Strays
My Daily Catholic Bible: New Testament, NABRE
Catholic Answers to Catholic Questions
A Dictionary of Quotes from the Saints
The Biblical Names of Jesus: Beautiful, Powerful Portraits of Christ
Shaken by Scandals: Catholics Speak Out about Priests' Sexual Abuse
Praying the Rosary with St. Paul
Thessalonians: Stand Firm In Faith Chapters 1-2
1 and 2 Thessalonians: Stand Firm in Faith
Queen Of Heaven Leader's Guide
Queen Of Heaven Study Guide
Praying With Pope John Paul II
Questions Catholics Are Asked: Are You Saved?
The Prayers of Pope John Paul II
...

Picture books by Paul Thigpen:
Colors of Creation
God's Wildest Wonderment of All
A Child's Christmas ABC Book: Angels in the Air Arrayed
...

Contributed to:
Surprised By Truth: 11 Converts Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic
Journeys Home
A Guide to "The Passion": 100 Questions About the "Passion of the Christ"
Doors of Mercy: Exploring God's Covenant With You
...