About me.










My name is Bob Snyder.  I don’t have any degrees or formal education that would qualify me as an expert in the field of theology.  I do love God and His word.  I am a Christian first.  Everything I am is colored, and determined by my faith.  My faith didn’t originate with me, but it was the gift of God.  I adhere to the accepted orthodox doctrines of Christianity as understood by the Reformers and the Puritans.  I like to read the old dead guys, like Calvin, Edwards, and Baxter.  I like the modern writings of J.I. Packer, R. C. Sproul, and John MacArthur.  I like to listen to sermons preached by Art Azurdia, Paul Washer, and Steve Lawson.  I am firmly planted in the, “Reformed” camp of soteriology.  I guess I would fit best with the 1689 Baptist Confession.

I have been a Corrections Officer in the Pacific Northwest since 1994.  I have been married once, to the same woman since 1991.  We used to regularly attended a local Nazarene Church, where we had been members for about nineteen years.  In 2007 my theology changed by the will and work of God in my life.  I think I was a false convert all of those years.  I affirmed an intellectual agreement with the principles of the gospel, but had not truly repented or submitted.  God saved me from from my sins and Arminianism was left in the dust as well as the Nazarene Church.  I now regularly attend White Stone Christian Fellowship in Payette, Idaho.  I have four children.  Three of them are grown.  I hope these articles can be helpful to someone besides me.

Most of all of the books and Bibles I review were given to me for free from the publishers to do an honest original review on.  Just assume that I got them all for free.

ps.  For those of you not familiar with Idaho, the picture on my page is of a butte about 5 minutes from my home.  It is in Payette, which close to the Oregon Idaho border.  The picture was taken on a winter morning on my way to Church.

34 thoughts on “About me.

  1. Dear Bob,

    I recently wrote the book Breaking Free: How to Be Completely Free from Any Addiction, and I am looking for some reviewers for Amazon and/or people’s websites. I found you are a Christian blogger and review books. I think my book may have interest to your readers.

    My book will be free to download this coming Tuesday and Wednesday (9/9-9/10): http://amzn.to/1qafe5c. You can see a brief write-up on my site: http://prayer-coach.com/breaking-free. I would appreciate a review from you.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.
    Kevin Shorter


  2. José Mª de Rus

    Hi, Bob.
    I’m a blogger writing about Bibles. My blogs are biblias.tumblr.com and edbiblias.wordpress.com I need some counsels from you, please contact me at josemariaderus at gmail dot com
    Best regards,


  3. Belinda

    Hi Bob
    May I please ask about the smell of Bibles, like the Lockman NASB SC side margin 9781581351606
    I want to add an NASB to my studies, but the one I’ve got is eye wateringly smelly! (Precept Ministries Induction Bible, though printed in the US). I also have trouble with Hendrickson Parallel bibles, printed in China.

    (My nose tells me Cambridge printing is OK (browsing in their shop), my ESV Calfskin Legacy is OK, as is LBCP, if a little earthy, and I have an Oxford NKJV Scofield which isn’t too noisome.)

    So I wondered whether the Calfskin NASB SC side margin etc. you reviewed is not chemically, because I hope it’s better quality all round?

    You talk about the lovely smell of leather, and I like that too, but I have allergy trouble with chemicals in ink and glue, and would like to know whether the actual text block smells, since it is printed in China? I read there is one Chinese bible printer, Nanjing Amity, and my Hendricksons are Chinese, and they smell, so that doesn’t look good for me, unless they have different inks for different qualities. It reminds me of pungent newspapers fresh off the pile.

    I am in the UK, so post in either direction is very expensive if I buy from the US. I don’t just want to send things back but try to get it right in the first place! So I thought I’d ask a man who notices smells!

    Thank you


    1. I agree, some Bibles smell excessively of chemicals. The Oxford KJV Scofield Study Bible III I just received is pretty bad. Part of it is the processing of the leather and some of it is the adhesives and inks. The NASB Large Print Ultrathin I received recently in genuine leather was pretty strong, but the same Bible in genuine cowhide was much less odiferous. I don’t know what your budget is like, but if you can afford it, I would recommend the R.L. Allan Readers Bible. It does smell a bit of leather, but it is very mild compared to the Chinese bound ones. The recent edition of the Allan is printed by Jongbloed in the Netherlands. They are the same bindary that produces the Cambridge Bibles. I hope this helps.


    2. Part of the problem with commenting on the smell of the SCR is that I did that review a while ago. Back when that one was made, it didn’t stink. With Chinese manufacture it is hard to say if the ones they are making right now are being made out of the same materials. The manufacturing methods are not consistent. You could very well order one and it would be fine. On the other hand, they might be using a different adhesive or leather supplier and it could be very unpleasant. It is too bad Christian bookstores can’t afford to keep Bibles on the shelf to look over first.


    3. IAmHis

      Belinda, I purchased that same bible – but it’s the Leathertex version. Initially the text block was a bit chemical smelly and it did bother my eyes, nose, throat quite a bit. It has aired out and now I don’t notice it unless I actually put my nose within 4 inches of the open book, barely smell it if closed and touch my nose to the pages. My bible’s copyright page says:

      NASB Side Column Reference Edition
      Copyright 1996 by The Lockman Foundation
      All Rights Reserved

      (blah blah stuff)

      Published by
      Foundation Publications, Inc.
      Anaheim, California, 92816

      Printed in China

      I just double checked and the ISBN-13 matches what christianbook dot com has for the leathertex version of the bible you asked about.

      I wish I could tell you about the leather smell but that is why I purchased the leathertex. My previous attempt at buying a bible was horrific. Not only was I severely allergic to the text block chemicals but the leather chemicals caused severe contact dermatitis.

      This was the bible that did that to me: ISBN-13: 9781581351316
      NASB UltraThin Large-Print Reference Bible–genuine leather, black.

      I highly recommend staying away from that one.

      Blessings to you.


  4. IAmHis

    Bob, I have been comparing bible translations and noticed that my beloved NASB actually says:

    1 Corinthians 15:21 NASB
    For since by a man came death, ***by a man*** also came the resurrection of the dead.

    I am very upset by this! Jesus was no ordinary man. He was God-man! At the very least it should read:

    For since by a man came death, ***by Man*** {also} came the resurrection of the dead.


    Ok before I blow a gasket..

    How do you feel about that wording?


    1. Bella

      Just looked 1 cor 10:21 up in my little Greek New Testament, and the words for man is the same Greek work for both ‘men’, Adam and Christ. This is the greek text used by KJV and NKJV. Looks to be the same in the modern txt sources. Anthropos. Cf Rom 5:12, the same word anthropos. Note there is says that Adam is a Type of Christ. The point is Jesus can take the sin away because he *was* anthropos. He wouldn’t qualify otherwise?


    2. @IAmHis This is one of those sections, that if read by itself, without context, we could eisegetically utilize it in error to support heresy. Since context is part of a good hermeneutic, we can look at it in light of the rest of scripture to see it for what it is.


      1. IAmHis

        Bob, you are absolutely right. I, being a newbie to the faith, forgot that context is everything and reading 1 Corinthians 15:21 makes perfect sense when read after verse 20.

        I had been comparing bible translations and came across that individual verse.

        Thank you.


      2. IAmHis

        Is there a better place on your blog where questions like the one I asked can be placed? I don’t know what you mean by your comment above: “We also see federal headship in both Adams.”


  5. Jak

    Hey Mr. Snyder,

    I was wondering if you could help me with finding a bible.

    I am looking for edge lined, goatskin, sewn binding with indexing. KJV. Know of any?


    Liked by 1 person

  6. Jim Ottaway

    Bob — I enjoy coming by your site on occasion and seeing your thoughts and reviews. I have had a thought and wonder if this has already been done. or if it would interest you: “The Basic and Essential Library for a Christian.”

    This would be a set of books that are solid resources for the fundamental doctrines and issues that a serious Christian should have command of. It would cover such areas as the nature of God; the person of Christ; Christ’s work on the Cross; redemption; Scripture; etc. Perhaps it would be 15-30 books.

    I see two tasks in this: determining the categories, and then selecting 1-3 books that would be good candidates for each area.

    This idea occurred to me after I recently read Stott’s The Cross of Christ. I wondered why I had not read it much sooner, and I thought that this is a book I should own and re-read every few years. It is one I should mark up and index so that I can easily reference key concepts when a question or concern arises.

    Anyway, if it would be of good value to your readers or others, I would certainly value your thoughts. Regardless of that, thanks very much for your work on this site. God bless you.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. That is actually an idea I’ve have been contemplating for awhile now. I do have a reading list I give to new Christians. It is targeted on the layman and primary articles of the faith. I think I would have to come up with basic, intermediate, and advanced, lists. Some of the books are pretty much scholastic works, and would not be accessible to neophytes. I am glad you enjoy checking in from time to time. Out of curiosity, would you rather see more Bible reviews, book reviews, or original articles? Thanks again for your feedback. Oh, and could you tell me what theological affiliation you are? Could you also tell me if there are any books you would recommend for the new convert, with no prior Christian education?


      1. Jim Ottaway

        I am generally of the baptist and reformed camps. I am a big admirer of Mohler, Sproul, Macarthur, Piper and others in the reformed circles. Of the three categories, the easiest items to replace would be the Bible reviews, as I also read bibledesign blog. But I do like all that you have; it seems a great mix. I recently gave Stott’s Basic Christianity to a new convert, and she seems to be getting good value from it. I haven’t been good at getting through his works, but I have high regard for Jerry Bridges, and heard him speak here in Portland a couple of years ago. His humility and devotion would be great examples for new believers to follow.

        Thanks again for your work.

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  7. Pretty sectarian as you talk Ref vs Arm, you use a link fully reformed for that description, yet use a link that discusses both for the arminian viewpoint. As you say the Thomas Nelson study is not fully honest as compared to the Holman,; i think you’ve been the same. Your sectarian choice is fine but you are not laying both visions side by side. You shouldn’t be afraid of an honest side by side comparison, should you?


    1. I don’t know what link you are talking about. What are you commenting on? I am pretty clear that I am in the Reformed Baptist camp. I don’t hate Arminians. I’m not sectarian as far as the notion of bigotry or hatred are concerned. I am convinced that Arminianism is wrong. I do think the Holman did a better job. I write reviews from my perspective. I’m not, “afraid” nor do I have any obligation to layout both sides. It is my site. I pay the bills for it. They are my opinions. If you don’t agree that is your prerogative. If you want to espouse the Arminian view, go get a web site, domain, and write articles. I am capable of defending my beliefs. My site is not a place for debate or conversation that way. Of course I set the rules, because it is my site. If you want to sponsor my site, then you can have a smaller soapbox on my soapbox lol. Seriously though, calling me sectarian isn’t fair. You don’t know me. Even if I use strong language it doesn’t mean I am a hate filled bigot. Maybe you are just used to people being overly polite in your circles? I have been a Corrections Officer for 22 years. I have a thick skin, and sometimes come off a bit gruff.


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