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Inside Story: 52 Weeks in the Word

Rekindle your love for God’s Holy Word. 

It is written: “God’s Word is alive and powerful! It is sharper than any double-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). Bible reading should be a consistent habit that helps grow your faith. But if you are like most Christians, those resolutions are easily lost in the wilderness with the children of Israel.  

If you:

  • get bogged down in Old Testament Scripture,
  • find that your reading gets lost in the daily devotional,
  • wish you loved reading the Word of God,

then Inside Story: 52 Weeks in the Word is for you. Broken down into easy twenty-minute readings, you can now easily read through the Bible in one year. This book is your guide to becoming immersed in the Bible in the meaningful and simple way you’ve always needed.

Inside Story 

  • Is organized by genre to alleviate confusion
  • Starts each week with brief summaries of what you’ll be reading
  • Offers brief comments to help you reflect on these ancient words 
  • Provides thoughtful questions to help you apply the Word to your life

Endorsements

I love the “Concept Sections” you have introduced in a fresh, doable, and simply organized structure for all readers that want to grow in God’s Word. Your “Learning Segments” to each section of reading underlines the historical and cultural setting in which the scriptures were written. Your “Reading Assignments” are very attainable and basic for any reader, and your thought-provoking “Consider Sections” are insightful and inspiring. Finally, your “Response Sections” give the reader an opportunity to pen their thoughts for present contemplation and future reminder of lessons learned. I highly recommend this devotional journey through the scripture to anyone that seems to find themselves stuck in the standard Bible reading plans.

Craig Dacus

Pastor, Bethesda Assemblies of God, Oklahoma City

My first impression was that it is: “Compelling” (a very unique approach to Reading the Bible through.)
Interesting” (lots of stimulation in the facts presented and the questions that followed.)
Easy” (none of us have a lot of extra time and this format is simple to follow and leaves the reader challenged and fulfilled from God’s Word.
Susie Purkey

Director of Women's Ministries, Oklahoma District Council, Assemblies of God

Tonya Pember’s Inside Story is a thoughtful guide that will grow your understanding—and enjoyment—of God’s Word. Each week, readers benefit from a wonderful overview, insights relevant to life today, and thought-provoking questions. Plus, her organization of the Bible by genre is fascinating. This is a wonderful guide and devotional that invites readers deeper into the riches of Scripture.

Karen Bouchard

Managing Editor, Power for Living

Several years ago, TonyaAnn Pember attended my workshops at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference. She did something afterward that surprisingly few writers do: She wrote. Though it took a few years, TonyaAnn obeyed God’s call, and the result is this book. In Inside Story: 52 Weeks in the Word, she writes as a fellow sojourner who has struggled to read through the Bible, something all of us can relate to. Her approach is flexible and fresh, engaging the reader to connect with the Word of God in a new, relevant way. I can’t think of a more needed resource in these days of increased biblical illiteracy.

Sherri Langton

Associate Editor, Bible Advocate

About TonyaAnn

Hi, I’m TonyaAnn, an imperfect woman pursuing a perfect God endeavoring to point everyone to His word and purpose.

I spent thirty-two years in public school as a Speech/Language pathologist and early childhood educator. For ten years, I was blessed to serve as an Assemblies of God Girls Ministries Specialist. My passion for foster children led me to forthechildren.org and I have volunteered at Royal Family Kids Camps for twenty summers.

Raised in a Pentecostal home, church was the center of everything. I had knowledge of God’s Word but the love of the Word came later. Now, I study the Bible and prayer extensively. This rekindled love of the Word spurred my desire for others to see the Bible with a new and fresh anointing.

The great loves of my life are my two adult children, their spouses and six incredible grandchildren. I’m a born and bred Oklahoma girl now living in Colorado.

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The MAP: Making the Bible Meaningful, Accessible, Practical by Nick Page

The book  delivers on the promise to make the Bible meaningful, accessible & practical.   Meaningful in that Page references familiar stories and passages. His metaphor of a map carries through visually as one reads.     It is accessible due to Page’s format.  He uses many graphics and sidebars that are consistent throughout the chapters.  Each book begins with a “Quick Guide”  that gives the author, genre, purpose, a key verse and a memory point.   Practical because the author addresses information that normal readers need.  It is not overly literary or scholarly.

Page’s choice of key verses does not always make sense to the book’s theme.  He openly admits the book does not require a complete reading of the Bible.  He gives you a “representative sample of the book”.   In my opinion, this book is a good supplement to a more in depth study of the Bible.

Page’s conversational style of writing makes his writing easy reading.  However,  some comments can be controversial to the conservative Christian.  His sidebars entitled “Puzzling Points” could be used by skeptics to contradict the truth of the Bible.

Nick Page identifies as “writer, information designer and creative consultant.”  His website describes him as “writer, speaker, unlicensed historian, information-monger, applied ranter.”   The website also calls him a “popular speaker for churches, church weekends, retreats, book festivals and other events.”  While his books appear written for a Christian audience, no mention of Christ or Christianity is mentioned in his website or biography.  Nor is there any information of his background and/or training. Nick Page appears online to be respected among the Christian community of the UK where he lives and writes.

The MAP is a valid resource for the reader looking for more insight to the books of the Bible.  However, having no knowledge of his other writings and no posted credentials or faith statements,  the reader should read discerningly.  The MAP should not be the only resource consulted.  For this author,  The MAP confirmed information from other sources and/or stated a fact in a more reader-friendly format.  As a resource, it was helpful in researching dates and little known Bible characters.  On the few occasions when Page disagreed with other resources,  this author quoted resources with clear statements of faith.

Revelation God's Word for the Biblical Inept by Daymond R. Duck

    “Revelation (God’s Word for the Biblically-Inept) is a revolutionary commentary for those who are not interested in all the complicated stuff.”  

   Daymond R. Duck actually does include the “complicated stuff”  in this writing but,  he uncomplicates it for the common reader.  In this, one of the many books he has authored on the topic of prophecy,  he promises to keep it simple.  And he delivers. 

   Rev. Duck uses a verse by verse application with icons for sixteen pragmatic sections.  Each chapter covers one chapter of the book of Revelation beginning with sidebars announcing the chapter highlights,  cross referenced scriptures and definitions of pertinent terms for the chapter.  An introduction to the chapter is quickly followed by the verse by verse  NIV text included.  

  Icons by  Reverend Fun, (Dennis Max Hengeveld)  point the reader to key points, key symbols, and study questions.   Readers are directed specifically to “something to ponder”,  something to remember and warnings.   The book includes quotes from other prophetic teachers and related current events.   Keep in mind the book is over thirty years old, so these sections are dated. 

  Despite the not so current events and Duck’s scholarly position,  his writing is easy, understandable and Biblically sound.  The sections directing the reader to enhanced understanding are enjoyable as well as educational.  Cross referencing scripture enhances the prophecy and is a bonus for those wanting to go further in their study.  

   All in all,  this is a must have for the ordinary  Christian seeking to understand Revelation without being terrified!

NOTE:   In 2010, Larry Richards and Zondervan Publishing released an updated copy of Duck’s original entitled  “Revelation,  The Smart Guide to the Bible” in paperback and Kindle edition. 

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Muhammad Ali & Me

   I’ve never understood the ‘sport’ of boxing. I can understand the desire to pummel someone with your fist but the risk of being pummeled far outweighs the joy of the former. Even more confusing is the audience excitement at the sight of flowing body fluids and swollen faces. Why doesn’t the beat up boxer just lie there,  down for the count,  at least it’ll be over.

     I was an unwilling participant when a phone call hurled me into the ring with the enemy of my soul. We’ve being going round and round for a few weeks now. For a time he landed punch after punch of fear, anxiety, heartache, depression, and hopelessness. I stumbled back onto my feet time after time, but exhaustion set in quickly. I was down for the count and not at all sad about it.

  In that moment,  the guy in my corner steps in. He pushes my opponent aside and gets in my face. Do not be afraid,  he repeats 365 times. Be strong and courageous he says 25  times. I am with you he tells me over three hundred times. And with those words ringing in my ear above all the din of the world arena,  he grabs my arm and pulls me up. I wish the next scene were limping out of the arena with his arm supporting me, but it isn’t. Instead he pulls me to my feet and propels me to the center of the ring where Satan awaits bouncing around on his feet ready for the next blow.

   An old gospel song reminds me,  “it’s a battlefield, brother, not a recreation room,  it’s a fight not a game.”   So back into the ring I go, and Satan pulls his best punch,  hopelessness,  this will never change certainly not for the better. This final blow,  the one he expects to bring me down,  can and will. I am  on the ropes with only one hope of survival. The one thing that will stop his final punch and throw him to the ground, my  only defense. I throw the only blow I have, ‘by the blood of the lamb and the word of (my) testimony.’    My return blows come from my mouth (no surprise there)  not my hands.

   Satan,  you have no power, Jesus took it from you on the cross (Hebrews 2:14-15)  The Word of God abides in me, and I can overcome you. (I John 2:14)  My steps are ordered of God (Psalm37:23)  and I have been made righteous by the blood of the lamb (Romans 5:17). You have come against me, but I come against you in the name of the Lord almighty(I Samuel 17:45)  No punch you throw at me can succeed,  your accusations are lies, I am defended by the God of the Universe and because of Him I will be victorious. (Isaiah 54:17). I have peace that you cannot steal because it is a gift from Jesus himself (John 14:27)  You don’t scare me because I have a spirit of power and my thoughts are captive to that spirit (2 Timothy 1:7,  2 Corinthians 10:5) 

    So,  I live to fight another day. “ I have told you this so that you might have peace in your hearts because of me. While you are in the world, you will have to suffer. But cheer up! I have defeated the world.”  –Jesus (John 16:33 CEV)  

He's Still God 12/8/2021

The first line  of Phillips, Craig and Dean’s song You’re still God, says  “I thought I could trust you.”   It causes the saint to be shocked at the honesty, the transparency,  some might even be offended by it. In another time,  I might have been. But not today,  today,  it is exactly what I’m thinking. If you’re honest,  you’ve thought it too.

   We, who, know the Lord expect Him to be completely trustworthy and faithful. Because He is. However, on that day when it seems like all hell has lashed out against you,  when everything you ever believed seems lost, and your heart is not only in pieces but scattered across the widest desert, everything you thought you knew,  well…  “ I thought I could trust you.”” 

  In that moment,  we must, we MUST move back to the past before we can move forward. We cannot move forward in the belief that we “thought” he was trustworthy,  implying that maybe he isn’t. In that moment, we must look back. Like the songwriters we must acknowledge in the deepest recesses of our soul, that we know he is trustworthy because we have experienced his constant faithfulness.   

   As we intentionally enumerate the situations, the crisis’,  the examples of his faithfulness in our lives;  even in our brokenness, we must proclaim. He is still God. Sovereign, omnipotent, omnipresent, loving.  Every situation, every crisis, every heartache had to pass though His hands before it reached his child. Sometimes He perpetuates the event for our good,   (think Job)   other times He permits the event because of our choices, (think  Israelites, wilderness, 40 years)  Neither goes unnoticed by our Father.  

  Phillips, Craig and Dean end their song with “and all I’ve got left is a whisper to say,  ‘you’re still God’.”  If you’ve got a strong voice today, share it with someone,  whose got nothing but a whisper right now. Remind us that He has always been faithful. Our whispers will become shouts again,  soon.  

He's Still God 12/8/2021

The first line  of Phillips, Craig and Dean’s song You’re still God, says  “I thought I could trust you.”   It causes the saint to be shocked at the honesty, the transparency,  some might even be offended by it. In another time,  I might have been. But not today,  today,  it is exactly what I’m thinking. If you’re honest,  you’ve thought it too.

   We, who, know the Lord expect Him to be completely trustworthy and faithful. Because He is. However, on that day when it seems like all hell has lashed out against you,  when everything you ever believed seems lost, and your heart is not only in pieces but scattered across the widest desert, everything you thought you knew,  well…  “ I thought I could trust you.”” 

  In that moment,  we must, we MUST move back to the past before we can move forward. We cannot move forward in the belief that we “thought” he was trustworthy,  implying that maybe he isn’t. In that moment, we must look back. Like the songwriters we must acknowledge in the deepest recesses of our soul, that we know he is trustworthy because we have experienced his constant faithfulness.   

   As we intentionally enumerate the situations, the crisis’,  the examples of his faithfulness in our lives;  even in our brokenness, we must proclaim. He is still God. Sovereign, omnipotent, omnipresent, loving.  Every situation, every crisis, every heartache had to pass though His hands before it reached his child. Sometimes He perpetuates the event for our good,   (think Job)   other times He permits the event because of our choices, (think  Israelites, wilderness, 40 years)  Neither goes unnoticed by our Father.  

  Phillips, Craig and Dean end their song with “and all I’ve got left is a whisper to say,  ‘you’re still God’.”  If you’ve got a strong voice today, share it with someone,  whose got nothing but a whisper right now. Remind us that He has always been faithful. Our whispers will become shouts again,  soon.  

Christmas Unwrapped

With Christmas just 3 days away,  some faces are not radiant with happiness at the season. There are empty chairs around a festive table and one or more of those chairs will be empty at dinner. Some are tethered to their phone in hopes that today is the day the...

Spam Risk

I recently read an article by Chad MacDonald, host of  Charisma podcast network’s The Voice of Revival. He shared a story of being detained by hostile forces in a land barely open to the gospel.  The soldiers confiscated his cell phone and began scrolling through it....

Moving delayed

 If you've ever moved, you know the frustration of delays and roadblocks  Moving digitally is an even more challenging event.  This old dog is having trouble with the tech tricks!   Blog is currently posted at TonyaAnn, Writer  on...

Moving Day

This blog is moving to my website within the next few days,  you can access today's word on my facebook page,  TonyaAnn, Writer.  Please like the page while you are there!  Thanks.  

Two-Faced?

      Luke is the only non-Jewish writer of any book in the Bible.  His gospel and the book of Acts comprise over one fourth of the New Testament. This lengthy writing focuses on Jesus’ many parables and teaching but does not neglect the...

Tolerance and Righteousness are not Synonyms

    Paul founded the church at Corinth during his second missionary journey.  Most of its membership were ex-pagan Gentiles.  As a result, they still walked in their worldly desires. Their spiritual immaturity blinded them to the seriousness...

Come, See, Be Changed

  John,  the beloved disciple.  One of the first disciples called.  Part of Jesus’ inner circle.  A fisherman by trade.  The author with the most to say wrote his account of the gospel almost twenty years after the others. ...

BIG Announcement

      I’ve always been told to write the book you want to read.  In early 2021,  I knew I wanted to read the Bible through this year.  I had used the One Year Chronological Bible on several occasions and even used the format with a...

Old Gold, Gold and Silver

    A few years ago,  my daughter and I had a heart-to-heart conversation.  She's the practical one,  I'm the emotional one.  We were discussing my move from my childhood/adult/entire life home.  She wanted me to move closer to...

Worthy of the Call

   Thinkin' about grace today.  The unmerited favor of God coupled with forgiveness.  Considering the price Christ paid,  we need to be sure he’s getting his monies worth.  We must be worthy of the call.  Paul said this in Ephesians...

Christmas Unwrapped

With Christmas just 3 days away,  some faces are not radiant with happiness at the season. There are empty chairs around a festive table and one or more of those chairs will be empty at dinner. Some are tethered to their phone in hopes that today is the day the...

Spam Risk

I recently read an article by Chad MacDonald, host of  Charisma podcast network’s The Voice of Revival. He shared a story of being detained by hostile forces in a land barely open to the gospel.  The soldiers confiscated his cell phone and began scrolling through it....

Moving delayed

 If you've ever moved, you know the frustration of delays and roadblocks  Moving digitally is an even more challenging event.  This old dog is having trouble with the tech tricks!   Blog is currently posted at TonyaAnn, Writer  on...

Moving Day

This blog is moving to my website within the next few days,  you can access today's word on my facebook page,  TonyaAnn, Writer.  Please like the page while you are there!  Thanks.  

Two-Faced?

      Luke is the only non-Jewish writer of any book in the Bible.  His gospel and the book of Acts comprise over one fourth of the New Testament. This lengthy writing focuses on Jesus’ many parables and teaching but does not neglect the...

Tolerance and Righteousness are not Synonyms

    Paul founded the church at Corinth during his second missionary journey.  Most of its membership were ex-pagan Gentiles.  As a result, they still walked in their worldly desires. Their spiritual immaturity blinded them to the seriousness...

Come, See, Be Changed

  John,  the beloved disciple.  One of the first disciples called.  Part of Jesus’ inner circle.  A fisherman by trade.  The author with the most to say wrote his account of the gospel almost twenty years after the others. ...

BIG Announcement

      I’ve always been told to write the book you want to read.  In early 2021,  I knew I wanted to read the Bible through this year.  I had used the One Year Chronological Bible on several occasions and even used the format with a...

Old Gold, Gold and Silver

    A few years ago,  my daughter and I had a heart-to-heart conversation.  She's the practical one,  I'm the emotional one.  We were discussing my move from my childhood/adult/entire life home.  She wanted me to move closer to...

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