Searching For The Heart Of God – A Hebrew Word Study Devotional

I finished a book unexpectedly yesterday. Hebrew Word Study: A Hebrew Teacher’s Search For The Heart Of God. This is a devotional that has been read sporadically, but has been finally completed. Each chapter is a study on a certain biblical Hebrew word. The author, Chaim BenTorah, pulls a word out of a passage and breaks it down further.

There are multiple meanings of some words due to the depth of the Hebrew aleph-beit. When the word of choice is broken down by looking at each letter meaning, it really opens up a new world of context.

I have used certain chapters to share truth with my fellowship in prison. As there are more books in this series, I intend to read on… and be enlightened. If you search the book through clicking the picture, you will see a listing for the book on Amazon as well as references to the other books in the series.

The only drawback is that the Hebrew text in this Kindle version runs from left to right (the opposite of how it should be formatted). The author also warns that the iOS kindle app version gets transposed into English, so it’s hard to see what he is describing about the Hebrew letters. Overall, I was enriched. Next, I will read this out loud with the family.

From the Amazon description:

There is a growing interest in the Christian community to study the Hebrew language. Many Christians have expressed a deep feeling that there is much more to the Old Testament than one experiences in a first reading. There is a growing hunger among Christians to study the biblical languages to gain this deeper insight. As a Christian who was raised in an evangelical Christian environment, I am convinced there are spiritual lessons in the Old Testament that we as Christians never experienced. As a Hebrew teacher who has studied the Hebrew language from both a Christian and Jewish perspective, I am convinced that there are truths buried in the Old Testament that have never been exposed to us. A day rarely passes that I do not discover something new and exciting about God and my relationship with Him that I have never realized in a lifetime of walking with God. I have learned that the Old Testament is like the heart of God; it is a well that will never run dry. In this book, you will discover things about God and your relationship with him that you may never have considered. Perhaps you have considered such things but found no biblical reference to confirm it. Ultimately, what you will be discovering is God revealing His heart to you through the depths of His Word as shown through the ancient Hebrew.


How Many Books Have You Read In January?

My review of “Looking Backward: My Twenty-Five Years as a Homeschooling Mother” by Joyce Swann.

I have been sitting on this book for far too long. I was introduced to the book by Alexandra Swann when I was working on the Homeschool Channel (no longer in existence).

I enjoyed this book by one who can be called a pioneer in the movement. It was exciting to see the transformation in a parent that took place while homeschooling. I can certainly speak for that in my life. If you homeschool, did you ever imagine that you would grow so much as a person? Maybe that is what drew me into this lifestyle. I needed more homeschooling myself. I certainly learned from Mrs. Swann.

The Swann children have all grown up to succeed in various ventures, and are writing books as well. This book is not written as an instruction manual. However, there is much to be gained by reading. I appreciate the anecdotes and the testimonies of God’s powerful hand in the lives of the Swanns.

My two oldest daughters have read part of this book as well. They both concur. It is a much needed text for today’s home educator.


How To Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul – Review

Do you blog? What’s your URL? This “Daddy-blogger” looks to one of the most successful Mommy-bloggers for tips and tricks. I guess I tip my hand a little to reveal that one of my books on my list of 52 is about monetizing the blog.

How To Blog For Profit is not as much about tricks as it is about tips. Basically, this book will not lead you on a fast track to blogging profit. I guess you would have to sell your soul for that one. It is essentially about consistency and improvement. Sometimes we read self improvement books to better ourselves by simply getting a little re-assurance that our strengths are “our strengths.”

One take-away I received here was that I should limit my emails. So, if you are getting daily email updates (and they don’t go to Spam Central) you will see them a little less. If you are not getting them, sign up. You will find stuff here that no one else has. You get a mixture of smiles, insight, and random safari photos.

I appreciated the author’s (Ruth Soukup) insight very much. She was not an overnight success, but has one of the most respected presences in the blogging space. She has employed the traffic building/sustaining tactics that she recommends here. How to Blog For Profit could very well be entitled “How To Blog For Quality.” If you are a blogger and you want to stop stressing and start impressing, follow Ruth Soukup’s recipe.


One tip I give to myself is to figure out how to get paragraphs back. Have you ever lost your paragraph formatting in your blog? ‘Had it two days ago. WP updates messed it up for now. There’s a cliff hanger for you. Join us tomorrow. Will Paul’s blog have it’s paragraphs back, or will it be one big clump of words… Dah Dah Daaah!