Greeting



Hello and welcome to the blog of one crazy mom!

Here I want to share about my life, my struggles and successes, the brighter pieces of my life's mosaics and the darker ones, too. They all are a part of the masterpiece God is working on, it just takes time to see a bigger picture.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

From the Grateful Heart...

Being grateful can be a difficult task sometimes. Yet this is one of the most rewarding practices. Whenever I felt down as a child/teenager, my wise mother would encourage me to start thanking God for the blessings I had. Surely, counting the blessings lifted my spirits and allowed me to see beyond the challenges of the moment.

I wish I could say that I have mastered the art of being thankful, but I still have a long way to go. But there are several people in my life that always fill my heart with gratitude. In this post I will mention only those closest to me, with more posts to come.

I am always and forever grateful for:

- My husband
Our love story is definitely out-of-this world. Every time I think of the way God has brought Illya into my life, I can't help but thank Him for His amazing provision! I doubt there is another person in the whole world who would care for me the way Illya does. His unconditional love, his patience and acceptance, his devotion to me are the source of constant gratitude for the greatest husband I could ever dream of. Our 10 years together have been a wonderful journey, and I'm looking forward to many more!  


- Our kids
It's clearly stated in the Bible that children are the gift from the Lord, and that is the absolute truth! It's not always being a mom (is it ever?!) but nothing can compare to the joy of parenthood!

I am grateful for Bogdan, our firstborn, for his gentle spirit and inquisitive mind, for his rich imagination and curiosity, for his love for God and people. 


I am grateful for Daryna, our mover-and-shaker, for her energy and ideas, for her sweetness and insatiable desire to help and serve.

I am grateful for Matthew, our sweetest baby, for his joyful heart and clever mind, for his kisses and laughter, for  the joy he's brought to us all.   


Last Friday Bogdan, along with other Kindergarten students, recited Psalm 100 as a part of the Thanksgiving Chapel at Mission Hills Christian School. I was so blessed to see our 6-year-old enthusiastically shouting out the words of the psalm! I thank God for the precious gift of the family, and pray that our kids grow to know and love their Creator and Savior more every day!

PSALM 100
1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his;
   we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
   give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
   his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

"The Whole Earth Is Full Of His Glory!" (Isaiah 6:3)

Today we enjoyed a truly one-of-a-kind experience! We flew over the island of Kauai on one of the Sunshine Helicopters. Just amazing!.. The skies, the mountains, the waterfalls, the ocean, - all were shouting of the glory of  Creator God!..

Waimea Canyon, Ka

Waimea Canyon, Kauai

Na' Pali Coast, Kauai

The North Shore, Kauai

Our God is an Awesome God!

  

Standing in Awe...

There are few pictures from our trip I can't help but share in the context of my amazement with the beauty of God's creation.

Hanalei Bay Beach Park, Kauai

Kilauea Lighthouse, Kauai


Sunset at the Ke'e Beach, Kauai
Sunset at the Ke'e Beach, Kauai


"By the word of the LORD were the heavens made;
and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. 
He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap:
he layeth up the depth in storehouses. 
Let all the earth fear the LORD:
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. 
For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast." 

Psalm 33:3-9 (KJV for Kindle)



Monday, October 3, 2011

Let All The Earth Fear The Lord!..

My husband Illya and I are blessed to be able to have a vacation on Hawaii. For us, it is akin to a miracle. Being married for 10 years, we haven't gone to any place special until now. There were good reasons for this, but this year we decided to set time and money aside to do something just for the two of us. Then, just a week before our trip, Illya hurt his back to the point of being immobile. Many friends have prayed for Illya's back, including his chiropractor, Dr. Charles Adamo. The final decision was made on Friday, and here we are, enjoying the magnificent beauty of God's amazing creation!

   
Sunday was our first full day in Kauai, and we had a privilege to worship at the Calvary Chapel Northshore. The message was from Ephesians, chapters 1 through 3. I will definitely share my thoughts on that message later, as it has touched my heart in so many ways. However, the pastor urged the church to make sure they read Psalm 33, which was a sort of "homework" from the previous Sunday. So Illya and I read Psalm 33 this morning and then had a wonderful time of prayer and contemplation. Am I glad we were once again reminded though God's Word about the mighty works on our Creator God! Being here at one of the most beautiful places on earth, we are in awe of God's power, His might, the breath-taking beauty of His creation, and His indescribable mercy and goodness!.. I will post many photos of the amazing views that make us bow before our awesome God in awe and admiration. But today I just want to share the Psalm that stirs our hearts to worship. 


Psalm 33

Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.

For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.

By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.

There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. A horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

(read on our Kindle KJV Bible)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Just For Laughs

They say the laughter is the best medicine. Of course, the idea comes from the Bible, "A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones." (Proverbs 17:22)

Today I was going through some old emails and came across something that brightened my day. So I'd like to share it here with you.


Proverbs From the First Grade
A first grade teacher collected well-known proverbs. She gave each kid in the class the first half of the proverb, and asked them to fill in the rest. Here's what the kids came up with:

- Better to be safe than... punch a 5th grader.
- Strike while the... bug is close.
- It's always darkest before... daylight savings time.
- Never underestimate the power of... termites.
- You can lead a horse to water but... how?
- Don't bite the hand that... looks dirty.
- No news is... impossible.
- A miss is as good as a... Mr.
- You can't teach an old dog... math.
- If you lie down with dogs, you... will stink in the morning.
- Love all, trust... me.
- The pen is mightier than... the pigs.
- An idle mind is... the best way to relax.
- Where there is smoke, there's... pollution.
- Happy is the bride who... gets all the presents.
- A penny saved is... not much.
- Two is company, three's... The Musketeers.
- None are so blind as... Helen Keller.
- Children should be seen and not... spanked or grounded.
- If at first you don't succeed... get new batteries.
- You get out of something what you... see pictured on the box.
- When the blind lead the blind... get out of the way.
- There is no fool like... Aunt Edie.
- Laugh and the whole world laughs with you. Cry and... you have to blow your nose.

Have a joyful and blessed day!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Three Truths I Want My Daughter to Remember

Today we celebrated our sweet Daryna's third birthday. She is our only daughter, right in between two wonderful boys, Bogdan and Matthew. My pregnancy with Daryna was the bumpiest. I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep, I was constantly nauseous, exhausted, my emotions were a havoc. How did I even survive?! But oh boy, it was all well worth it!

Daryna (or as we lovingly call her, Darusya) is the most unusual little girl. She is {super} strong-willed yet gentle, though a little bully yet irresistibly sweet and charming. To me, she is the most gorgeous girl ever (she's my daughter, doh! :)). She constantly brings me joy, yet challenges me the most. I'm either crazy about her, or she drives me crazy! I love her with all my heart! (as I actually do all three of my kids, but today is her birthday, and this post is all about her!<3)

As Daryna is celebrating her third birthday, she might be too little to remember all things I'm telling her. So I've picked these three truths I want to instill in her heart today:

YOU ARE A GIFT FROM GOD!
You are not a result of chance, or luck, or accident, or our wishes. You were knitted together and made "fearfully and wonderfully" by God the Creator Himself.
"Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him." Psalm 127:3
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17
YOU ARE LOVED!
Always and without conditions. You are loved by your Dad, you are loved by me. You will always be our little princess. But above all, you are loved by God. As a matter of fact, He loved you so much that He gave His own life to pay for any mistakes, bad choices and sin that you may ever have in your life. All you need to do is accept His love, His guidance and His gift of forgiveness and eternal life.

YOU ARE SAFE!
The other day you were afraid of "the bad guys" when you were falling asleep. Don't be afraid! Even though our house and our parental protection cannot guarantee complete safety, there is One who can. He "covers you with his feathers and shelters you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection".
"If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.” Psalm 91:9-16
As you grow older, smarter, stronger, may so grow your love for God and trust in His name. He will always be your shelter, if you only let Him!.. 

I pray you grow to know and love your God more every day. Be blessed, our precious one!

Happy Birthday, Daryna!






Friday, September 16, 2011

Being My Husband's Cheerleader... :)

I am a huge {HUGE} fan of my husband's work on Christian Kindle publishing! I am the one who sees all the hard work behind the great publications that Illya's customers call "the gold standard" and "the cut above". I think my husband is a genius to come up with such great products. But above that, I know he is a perfectionist and workaholic, who commits many hours into making the Christian materials for Kindle the best possible. At first I was jealous - I felt like Illya's passion for Kindle and the books was robbing me off my time with him. But then I realized that it was not just Illya's hobby, but also his calling. So I am not jealous anymore. I am Illya's biggest fan and promoter. I am proud of his efforts to make the Word of God available for e-readers in the best form possible. And I am proud that he uses his knowledge and talents to engage in conversation with people who often are far from God but still wish to purchase Illya's books "just to try it out". Being as introverted as he is, I am glad that Illya has found his own way to share his faith and the Gospel!

Today I am {again} reprinting one of the post from Illya's blog about one of the Kindle Bibles that he was actually asked to make for Biblical Studies Press. Hopefully, this post would be useful to my readers as well.



The NET Bible is a modern English version, available online for free at www.netbible.com, with 60,932 footnotes that help explain the translation.  It’s an entirely new way of looking at translation, that the translators themselves justify the words they choose and provide bibliographic, linguistic and textual support for those words.
This is a premium version for the Kindle with all of the 60,932 footnotes. The Greek text in the footnotes is displayed in addition to its Latin transliterations.  However, due to the Kindle limitations, the Hebrew text in the footnotes is represented only by its Latin transliterations.

TECHNICAL FEATURES OF THE KINDLE NET BIBLE:

  • Direct Verse Jump, a revolutionary new method to open the exact verse you need in seconds (see more information below)
  • two other ways to navigate between books and chapters: (i) using a hyperlinked table of contents;  and (ii) pressing the joystick right or left to move between books of the Bible or chapters of supplemental materials. Once you learn all of the three navigation methods, you will be able to open any verse in your Kindle NET Bible as fast as (or even faster than) in your paper copy.
  • correctly formatted (for example, see special poetry formatting in Songs of Solomon and Psalms, italics, small caps in LORD, etc.)
  • includes all translators’ notes (all you need is to click on the hyperlinked note numbers in the text and, when finished reading the note, to press “Back” to return to the Bible text)
  • as any Kindle book, the NET Bible is searchable; however, when you first install the file please wait for the Kindle to index the whole Bible! The file is very large (almost 14 megabytes!) and it takes a long time to index. For this reason, the DVJ navigation method will be available only after the book has been indexed.
Direct Verse Jump – a revolutionary navigation method using the search functionality:
In this version, all you need to do is type an abbreviated book name (see the table of contents for the complete list), then period, then chapter number, period again, and then verse number and finally press “find” twice (you need not wait for the Kindle to display the search results) and you will be looking at that particular verse in seconds. If you just need to open the first verse of any chapter then the verse number is not necessary. Do not forget periods and use only the abbreviations that are listed in the table of contents.
For example, if you wish to select chapter 3 of Genesis, you would:
  1. type the standard abbreviation for Genesis (see the table of contents for a complete list), then period, and finally number “3″ in other words: ge.3
  2. click “find” twice and you are there.
For John 3:16, you type jn.3.16 and double click “find”.
Note: that you should put the chapter number even for books that have only one chapter. For example, the Epistle from Jude verse 5 would translate to jud.1.5and a double click.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11: What We Learned



"Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana


Video by Igniter Media.

"Meet Me In The Stairwell"

A friend of mine has forwarded me an email with this message. I am sure many other have received the same forward. I think it is beautiful. I think it is worth repeating. And it is definitely worth pausing and thinking about.


"You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news On September 11, 2001. Neither will I.

I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say 'good-bye.' I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, 'Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK... I am ready to go.'

I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn't coming home that night.

I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. 'I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!' I said. 'Of course I will show you the way home - only believe in Me now.'

I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered.

I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there, comforting and assuring them that their faith has saved them.

I was in Texas, Virginia, California, Michigan, Afghanistan. I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me?

I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name - though not all knew Me. Some met Me for the first time on the 86th floor. Some sought Me with their last breath. Some couldn't hear Me calling to them through the smoke and flames; 'Come to Me... this way... take my hand.' Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me. But, I was there.

I did not place you in the Tower that day. You may not know why, but I do. However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time, would you have reached for Me?

Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey for you. But someday your journey will end. And I will be there for you as well.

Seek Me now while I may be found.
Then, at any moment, you know you are 'ready to go.'

I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.
                                                                                                                                         - God"


“Seek the Lord while He may be found; 
Call upon Him while He is near.”
                                                                                                  Isaiah 55:6

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Bible, God's Word


Today I am sharing my husband Illya's blog post from his OSNOVA page.

God has revealed Himself through His Word to His people.
One of God’s mercies is that He allows us access to the Word in our own language. At the time of hundreds of English translations “competing” for our attention and each extolling its virtues, we may not realize how huge this is.

I grew up in Ukraine during the waning years of the Soviet Union where the religion was despised and true believers were persecuted. Older believers would share stories that oftentimes during the heyday of Soviets’ “militant atheism” a whole church would have only one Bible that had been smuggled through the Iron Curtain. Each person was given this one copy of the Bible for one week to copy whatever he could by hand. Over time each person would have a handwritten incomplete copy of the Bible, which people would then exchange so that everybody could read through the God’s Word.
Given the risk of discovery and possible imprisonment (especially for the preachers, ministers, and anybody who dealt with church finances*), people memorized whole books of the Bible with chapter and verse numbers. First, if memorized, police could not find and confiscate the Bibles during searches. Second, if the Christian was arrested, God’s Word could not be taken away.
Once during 1990′s I heard a sermon by an old blind man in a village in the mountains in Ukraine. His entire sermon consisted of long quotations of God’s Word where he would identify each chapter and verse before he recited each passage from memory. One passage from the Bible explained another. He did not add anything to the passages. I felt goosebumps when I listened to him.
As an aside, every male church member was expected to be able to preach so that it would be difficult for the KGB spies and informants to identify the church leadership and even if the leadership was identified and imprisoned, the preaching of God’s Word would not stop.
This is the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, the translation that “brought” God’s Word to English-speaking peoples. The KJV Bible was a miracle and a blessing. With this post, I wanted us to stop for a second and consider how blessed we are to be able to read God’s Word in the translation of our choosing in paperback, hardback, leatherback, on the Kindle, PDA, Nook, iPhone, with Logos Software, BibleWorks, etc.
* My wife’s late grandfather was sentenced to ten years of hard labor in Siberia for preaching Good News to the youth. When Stalin died in 1953 the grandfather was released after serving “only” three and a half years in the Gulag.  The release was under the “Beria’s” general amnesty that freed millions of common criminals, “politicals” and believers.

Monday, August 29, 2011

What has changed?

As a child, I used to invite people to church easily and readily. I felt no barriers, no insecurity, no self-consciousness. I was excited about God, about church, about faith, and I was eager to share my excitement with everybody I met.

With time I've lost that easiness and spontaneity. Now I worry if people would get offended with my invitation, whether it's "politically correct" (who came up with that anyway?!), whether my church is appealing enough. As I look at myself today, I wonder what has changed me so much.

I might analyze myself and actually write a post about those changes, but today it's just a heartbroken confession. I am sad to see myself like this. So many worries and concerns, so little action.

God deserves to be the center of our life, of my life
He is exciting enough to share about Him with everybody I meet! 
His love is highly appealing and not offending in any way!
"The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and He adds no sorrow with it" (Proverbs 10:22) 

It's my attitude that needs correction, not His methods nor His offering. And that's something I commit to start working on. I want to cross the boundaries and share the wonderful love of my God and Savior with people who haven't met Him yet. For this I may even start driving a Lincoln...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Our God-Given Is 6!

After many unsuccessful attempts and two lost pregnancies, we stopped trying to build a family in our own strength and in our own time and had fully trusted our future to God. Not that we hadn't trusted Him on the past - our love story actually proves the opposite - but until that point we still seemed to put too much control into our own hands: our timing, our ideas, failures we claimed to be ours, questions we asked. As soon as we had transferred the control to God, we felt a relief. Now it was up to God and His ways and His timing.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD." Isaiah 55:8
When I found out I was pregnant again, I trusted this pregnancy and this child to God, knowing perfectly well that although as parents we should do our best, God is ultimately in control of our lives and His will is "good and perfect" (Romans 12:2). 
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
I am with my husband Illya and my Mom the evening before Bogdan was born.


On August 25, 2001 we received God's amazing gift to us - our first-born, our precious baby boy! He was a gift from God, so we called him Bogdan, which is Ukrainian literally means "God-given".

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17


Proud Daddy and Peaceful Child


Bogdan, our God-given, has changed our lives forever! We exchanged our self-absorbed life as a care-free couple for a restless life as parents! But all those sleepless nights and tiresome days were nothing compared to the love, and warmth, and gentleness, and sweetness our little one had brought us.


Bogdan with a sleep-deprived momma :)


We were very blessed to have my Mom with us for the first two months of Bogdan's life. He was the luckiest one of our kids - my Mom went to be with the Lord just a month after our second child was born, so our two younger ones have never seen her. But she is sure watching them from above, smiling at them and waiting to meet them in the unspeakable wonderful Heavenly Home.


My fabulous, amazing, sweet, loving Mom with her first Grandchild.


Yesterday we celebrated Bogdan's 6th birthday. How blessed are we to have such a miracle in our lives! 


Birthday mornings are always fun!


Bogdan was sleepy but super excited. Well, he's been waiting to turn six for a long time! :) Why? I don't know, but for some reason being a six-year-old was a huge milestone for him. When he entered a living room, he saw some mighty great gifts: a dream-come-true bunk bed, a super fun volcano experiment kit, Lego Star Wars Wii game and a World Map puzzle. Wouldn't YOU be excited? ;)


To celebrate our son's big day, Illya took a day off and even abandoned his OSNOVA work (wow, that doesn't happen often, and I was the one most excited:)) and we headed to LEGOLAND as a family. The best day of this summer ever!..


LEGOLAND was the best thing ever!..

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BOGDAN!
WE LOVE YOU, SON!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Use Kindle to Kindle Your Faith

Lately I've been involved in some article writing as a representative of my husband's small business/ministry. While I still await on this article to be approved and published, I've decided to share it on my blog.

KINDLE AS A BIBLE STUDY TOOL

"Why not lighten your load and use a Kindle for Bible studies? You can take notes, highlight passages, search for words and phrases and interact with scriptural text on a Kindle just as you would with a book or with your Bible. If you think the Kindle is a bit pricey, this list of 25 ways to use the Kindle for Bible study may change your mind about Kindle's sticker price" - Joy Shepherd, Biblical Learning Blog.

MODERN TECHNOLOGIES AND GADGETS are gaining popularity among Christians for enhanced methods of Bible Study. Amazon's Kindle e-reader is one of the best ones for that purpose. With the capacity to hold numerous Bible translations, commentaries, dictionaries, theological materials, the writings of prominent Christian authors and other resources all in one place, Kindle is often seen in churches, at Bible study groups and during personal devotions.

KINDLE BIBLES ON AMAZON
"to study the Bible, you've gotta have one"

There are hundreds of electronic Bibles offered on Amazon's Kindle Store - different translations, versions and editions, as well as dramaticaly different prices. The price varies from $0.00 to $199.00. Even if you know what translation you want, how do you pick the best one?

Well, since there are as many opinions and needs as there are people, there might not be THE best one for all. However, there are definitely some that have been tried and found more accurate and helpful than others. In the list below you will find the Bibles that stand out of the crowd due to their quality and functionality. We invite you to read the reviews, try these Bibles yourself, and see whether you agree with our choice.


Kindle Bible (KJV) (best navigation with Direct Verse Jump; paragraphed):

"This edition incorporates the strengths of other KJV Kindle versions, such as chapter and verse navigation from the Table of Contents, but in addition, allows for going straight to the desired verse by simply typing in the abbreviated book, chapter, and verse and double-clicking "Find". This is an incredible time saver! This is a really wonderful edition. I highly recommend it." by WT Sharpe (Chesapeake, VA, USA) 

"I did a bit of research before deciding on a bible for my kindle, and am not disappointed that I chose this one. It's very easy to navigate, as other reviewers have pointed out, due to direct verse jump and I've found NO errors. It's so easy to follow my pastor all over the Word during his sermon, and to make notes, etc. right along with him. This is the best one out there. I will say that (as the intro points out) it does take about 10 minutes to load up all the way for use of Direct Verse Jump, so don't panic!" by C. Lee (Ohio, USA)

KJV New Testament with Strong's markup, dictionary and more
"Wow! This is the kind of portable study tool I have been looking for. I have been using PC Bible 5 by Biblesoft for about 5 years and bought the Kindle in hopes of finding a more portable Bible study tool. I bought and tried several of the other Strong's works, but have not been totally satisfied with them. This one is different: the hot links to words, Strong No's, Thayer's as well as Strong's definitions, etc is great." by RAB "Richard Bost" (McMinnville, TN USA)
"I have the KJV Bible for my Kindle and I wanted a concordance. This device delivers better than the concordance on my PC. I would like to get the Old Testament concordance also." by TryConnect
"This New Testament is best used as a study reference, not for everyday reading. The words of the verses are spaced far apart to allow for the Strong's numbers after each word. The Strong's numbers are hot links to the definitions. [...] The original Strong's [regular] books are too large to carry anywhere making this version pretty handy to have anywhere." by J. Coker (GA, USA)


NET Bible First Edition (with notes)
"I've been using this Kindle version of the NET Bible for a month now and it has become one of my main resources when looking for help understanding particular passages. There are an incredible number of notes that help you understand the text - several for each verse. Yes, it's produced by a group of more evangelical Christians such as Dan Wallace of the Dallas Theological Seminary and the conclusions reached in the notes come from that perspective, but even as a much more liberal Christian that doesn't bother me. The reason is that the study notes are very scholarly and fair in presenting alternative views of a text even though they may tend to opt for a more conservative reading, that's not always the case either. In all, it's a major piece of biblical scholarship. Since the primary goal of the authors is accuracy, the style of the text isn't the most literary compared to other versions, but to me, a study Bible should put accuracy above literary quality since there are other versions you should also have to read the Bible as literature." by Indulgent Dad (Mpls., MN)


ESV Study Bible

"I was very pleasantly surprised by the Kindle edition of the ESV Study Bible. The folks at Crossway went out of their way to transfer the content over a new format. There are links to study notes on verses and sections, charts, maps, background and more. A special introduction to the Kindle edition helps you use the five-way button. Also, as some charts do not fit the Kindle screen, Crossway provides internet links for you to see them on your computer. Overall, this is a bargain at $9.99 and probably the largest file book you will download. It is loaded with great resources!" by K.Allen (Colorado Springs, CO USA)
"The ESV Study Bible for the Kindle makes Bible study a joy again. My eyes are not what they used to be when it comes to reading, So the ability to choose the size font I want and to be able to adjust the number of words on a line (features of the Kindle) just add perfectly to the value of the wonderful study Bible. Articles, footnotes, maps and so much more are all right there with a quick move of the Kindle 5-way controller. The ESV Bible translation is highly readable, beautifully done, and has has shown to be one of the very best word-for-word translations out there. I bought the the awesome leather-bound version of the wonderful study Bible also. I would give this item three thumbs up...if I ever grow an extra thumb." bMichael Witherington (Wilmington, NC)


OSNOVA Study Bible
"This Bible is great for one serious in their study of the Word. It has most all the scripture references you need on the same subject. As it is advertised, let the Word itself tell you what a passage means instead of reading or hearing someone else's opinion. It works great on my IPad. It takes you to each reference and with a tap of the back arrow returns you back to where you were to get the next reference. It has a daily Bible reading to take you through the Bible in a year. Most days have 4 different passages on the subject for the month. I will be starting this the first of January. It looks like it was designed for family readings. It has a vast amount of serious study suggestions and tools for study. This Bible may not be what one would want to use in following along with your pastor's sermon but it is definitely well worth the money for study. All you might need to go with it would be a Strong's concordance." by Tippy2
"All of the biblical resources produced by OSNOVA are fantastic. This bible with the active links and cross references is invaluable for bible study.Dont know how he produces such nice resources for such low prices when the "big" christian publishers charge over 3-4x's as much. Only one thought- calling this a KJV Study Bible might be more clear to some since many might not be familar with the name of "OSNOVA".Thanks again for another great product!" by sunmoon

In addition to Kindle Bibles, there are many different BIBLE STUDY MATERIALS, available for Kindle at Amazon's Kindle Store. These include Bible Commentaries, encyclopedias, Study Bibles, the writings of Christian authors on the subject matter.

Below are listed several publications that would prove very helpful during personal Bible study, sermon preparation and group discussions.

BIBLE STUDY MATERIALS ON AMAZON


Unabridged Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible by Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's six-volume 'Exposition of the Old and New Testament' or Complete Bible Commentary has long been celebrated as the best of English commentaries of the Bible for devotional purposes. It provides an exhaustive verse by verse study of the Bible, covering the whole of the Old Testament and the New Testament.




Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown's Commentary on the Whole Bible
(best navigation with Direct Verse Jump) by David Brown, A. R. Fausset, Robert Jamieson
Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown's Commentary of the Bible has stood the test of time and remains the preeminent evangelical expository commentary of the Scriptures. It provides verse-by-verse exposition of most Bible passages in insightful, accurate, succinct, and easy to understand articles.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) by James Orr
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia is an exhaustive classic Biblical encyclopedia consisting of 5 paper volumes. This bastion of knowledge is now available in one beautifully formatted book for the Kindle. The Kindle edition works as any other Kindle dictionary and may be set as the Kindle default dictionary. The ISBE includes almost 10,000 thoroughly written authoritative articles representing the scholarship of nearly 200 evangelical scholars

NIV Archaeological Study Bible: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture
by Walter C. Kaiser Jr., Duane Garrett
Readers who desire a more intimate knowledge of the historical context of the Bible will appreciate the NIV Archaeological Study Bible. Full of informative articles and photographs of places and objects from biblical times, this Bible examines the archaeological record surrounding God's Word and brings the biblical world to life. Readers' personal studies will be enriched as they become more informed about the empires, places, and peoples of the ancient world.


How to Study the Bible by John MacArthur 
The Bible is the Word of life. As such, studying the Bible is crucial to the life and growth of every believer. In this revised work, John MacArthur examines various Scripture passages in the Old and New Testament to answer both the "why" and the "how" John F. MacArthur pastors Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, and serves as President of the Master's College and Seminary. A well-known Bible expositor and conference speaker, he has written more than six-dozen books, including the MacArthur New Testament Commentary Series and the MacArthur Study Bible. He is the Bible teacher on Grace to You, an international radio broadcast.

OSNOVA Kindle Bible publishers offer on their blog a great post by Joy Shepherd from Biblical Learning Blog, in which the author lists numerous ways one can utilize a Kindle for Bible Study. The article offers many helpful links to Bible Study resources for Kindle.

OSNOVA has been publishing Bibles and Bible Study materials for Kindle since October 2009. OSNOVA Kindle Bibles feature a revolutionary navigation method, called DVJ (Direct Verse Jump), which allows the reader to find any Bible verse in seconds. Other great features of their Kindle Bibles include the hyperlinked table of contents, a 5-way controller navigation between chapters and books, and in many cases a cross-reference system between the Bible text and build-in Bible study resources or translator's notes (as in case with Osnova Study Bible and The NET Bible). OSNOVA Kindle publications can be found at their web-store as well as on Amazon's Kindle Store.

Although already mentioned above, Crossway's ESV Study Bible deserves a few extra words. Here is what Chris from eReader Chat writes about ESV:
    "This is the nerd's version of the Bible, and I mean that in the most positive way possible. The ESV Study Bible goes beyond the text to give you all the history and context for fully understanding those same old passages. It's got 20,000 notes sprinkled within the text itself, easily accessible by links. It's also got scores of articles, charts, maps, and specially-formatted illustrations to really stimulate your imagination. Unfortunately, like the NIV, it uses the Table of Contents as its principal form of navigation. I still think it's the most useful version, all told, but it could make better use of the Kindle itself."

One more Bible that deserves special attention is the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) with The Comprehensive Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic Glossary, and The One Year Bible, New Living Translation by Miklal Software Solutions, Inc. From a product description:
    "Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) is a complete Hebrew Bible in an aesthetically pleasing Hebrew script. It contains all of the consonants, vowels, cantillation marks (accents), and other symbols. It follows the text of the Leningrad Codex as digitized by the J. Alan Groves Center for Advanced Biblical Research. This is the same manuscript underlying Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) and Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ). In addition, the Kindle version has The Comprehensive Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic Glossary, by Humphrey H. Hardy, appended to it." A detailed review of the Hebrew Bible appears on the blog This Lamp.

And last, but not the least, - a great FREE resource for every Bible scholar: the SBL Greek New Testament, from Logos Bible Software and the Society of Biblical Literature.
    "The SBLGNT is edited by Michael W. Holmes, who utilized a wide range of printed editions, all the major critical apparatuses, and the latest technical resources and manuscript discoveries as he established the text. The result is a critically edited text that differs from the Nestle-Aland/United Bible Societies text in more than 540 variation units... Students, teachers, pastors, and interested laypersons can use the SBLGNT right now for research, writing, and study-at no cost." (from the product description).

If you are not quite sure why serious students of the Bible must read the Greek original, read Biblical Greek as a Way to Better Scripture Knowledge.

REFERENCE AND FURTHER READING

25 Ways to Use the Kindle for Bible Study
Why not lighten your load and use a Kindle for Bible studies? You can take notes, highlight passages, search for words and phrases and interact with scriptural text on a Kindle just as you would with a book or with your Bible. If you think the Kindle is a bit pricey, this list of 25 ways to use the Kindle for Bible study may change your mind about Kindle's sticker price.


Bible Reading on the Kindle Revisited
A look at some of the most popular Kindle Bible versions on Amazon.

E-books are a perfect solution for expat bookworms!
Ruth Stutler shares his experience with e-books (mostly, Bible materials). Being an expat, Ruth finds e-books to be the perfect way to have plenty of reading material without the inconvenience of expensive shipping of paperbacks from his homeland to where he lives and serves now.
Biblical Texts for Kindles
Suggestions and links to various Biblical texts for Kindle.
Kindle Bible Study on OSNOVA web-store
The collection of Bible Study materials on OSNOVA's web-store.
Biblical Greek for Kindle
About the value of Biblical Greek and various resources how to learn it.
"Your word is a lamp to my feet 
and a light for my path" 
Psalm 119:105




About the author:
Oksana Antonenko is a follower of Christ, a wife, a mother and an integral part of OSNOVA.
OSNOVA is a small family company, established by Illya Antonenko in 2009, for the purpose of publishing high quality Bible resources for Kindle and Nook.
The word OSNOVA means "foundation" (in Ukrainian, which is our native language). One of our favorite Bible verses, found in 1 Corinthians 3:11, says that Jesus is our foundation. Through our work we want to proclaim this truth and celebrate His lordship in our lives.