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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

NKJV FAITHLIFE ILLUSTRATED STUDY BIBLE published by Zondervan

Bibles are back! In this world of: Aps, on-line viewing, big screen on church walls, and audio versions that allow you to access Scripture, it is great to get a nice big fat old fashioned Bible. Zondervan publishing has released NKJV FAITHLIFE ILLUSTRATED STUDY BIBLE for those who not only want to read the Bible but study the 66 books.

“The Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible” helps remove the obstacles to understanding the Bible, so that people with any level of knowledge and experience can pursue an enriching study of Scripture.” (Editors Preface paragraph 3)

That is what a ‘study Bible’ should do and that is what the NKJV FAITHLIFE ILLUSTRATED STUDY BIBLE does. What I like about this Bible is the presentation of timelines, somehow they make more sense to me than I have found in other Bibles. Also the family trees and graphics of various structures are easy to examine and understand. The space dedicated to the various illustrations in this illustrated study Bible is what makes it worth the investment.

Years ago, when I first started reading Scripture, I did not want a Bible with commentary; they were not called ‘study’ Bibles back then. Study Bibles have come a long way and the NKJV FAITHLIFE ILLUSTRATED STUDY BIBLE is something I would recommend to a person who has never read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation before.

I am not going to say this is my new favorite as I have said with some reviews but this one is definately a keeper and a go to reference tool as I study God’s word.
- -  written by Marsha L F Randolph

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, February 1, 2018

DEVELOPING THE LEADER WITHIN YOU 2.0 by John C Maxwell

If you have never read a John C Maxwell book and you are interested in having your own business and / or improving upon your leadership skills then I recommend you read DEVELOPING THE LEADER WITHIN YOU 2.0. If you own more than 2 John C Maxwell books I would suggest you skip this book.

Though may be a few “nuggets” found within the pages of this book however as a fan of John C. Maxwell it grieves me to say DEVELOPING THE LEADER WITHIN YOU 2.O is more of the same. It seems that Mr. Maxwell is re-releasing his books with a slite twist and it is now to redundant for me to give him a pass. Perhaps he has said all that he has to say.

In the not so fine print on the cover it reads: “Over 2 Million Copies Sold (Original Edition)”.

If you have never read a Maxwell good then grab a copy. There are great tips on leadership including developing an understanding when the problem is not the other person but you- see chapter 5: Problem Solving. If you are determined to read this book even though you have read the others you will find some diffences and two chapters that have been omitted.

Book stores require I indicate how I like this book by assigning between 1 to 5 stars. On average I have given 5 stars to a John C Maxwell book. I cannot do it this time because if I had not received a complimentary copy I would not have purchased this book.   - - - written by Marsha L F Randolph

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

GOVERNMENT VS GOD by Fenton Ward


What I expected and what I read were not the same, but I don’t always read the subtitles when choosing a book for review. GOVERNMENT VS GOD,  Twenty-First Century Insights into Revelation, A First Century Riddle  by Fenton Ward is actually a study of the book of Revelation.

Chapter by Chapter GOVERNMENT VS GOD shares insight as to how what is going on in the world today has been written about in Scripture. Though it is easy to read it may not be easy to digest, those who are comfortable with the book of Revelation and have some knowledge as to what is going on in the world will have no difficulty getting through the almost 300 page text.

This book is a study- manual and not really something you would get for casual reading. Though I recomend it for reading, for me it took a while to get through it. But, whenever I read non-fiction I like to evaluate the truthfullness of what is being written, this takes time. Not only does the author reference other books in the Bible, which is expected, he also references non-biblical ideologies / philosophies such as Marxism.

This book is more important today than ever before since many individuals are embracing a marred presentation of what it means to be a follower of Christ.  GOVERENMENT VS GOD presents a systematic study of the world today by applying the book of Revelation to the modern Believer.    — written by Marsha L F Randolph

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, January 7, 2018

MUSLIM by Hank Hanegraaff

I had two preconceived notions prior to reading MUSLIM by Hank Hanegraaff. I read some of the reviews, something I rarely do, they were mixed and this swayed me to my second prejudice. One of my neighbors is a Muslim and I get along with his entire family very well. Even though I was skeptical about this book I felt it would be something important I needed to read.

Many Muslims are peaceful and tolerant; however, the history of Islam demonstrates conclusively that it is not a peaceful and tolerant religion.” This sentence found in the introduction(page xiv) help me to open my mind for what was to come.

There are 74 pages of notes, 188 pages of text. In addition there is a glossary of terms many have heard on the news as well as: a general index, Scripture index and a Qur’an index. The information presented is in a systematic way that will help the reader understand Islam, including who Muhammad is, and the significance of Sharia. If this is not enough there is also a suggested reading list of books for anyone who chooses to learn more.

This is an important read, particularly for Christians because as it states on the cover Islam is “The World’s Fastest-Growing Relgion.” I would suggest every Believer study their Bible of course but also “Know What You Need to Know About” what it means to be MUSLIM “The Worlds Fastest Growing Religion.”  — written by Marsha L F Randolph

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


Sunday, December 24, 2017

HOPE FOR EACH DAY by BILLY GRAHAM

The book is: Billy Graham “HOPE FOR EACH DAY- Words of Wisdom and Faith”. It is a rerelase of daily devotional that was first released in 2002 hope is still needed thus the book is still relevant. It has been updated to reflect the climate of the day.
Some people you may say: “I do not need another daily devotional”. I don’t. Others may say: “I have given people daily devotionals every year it is time for something different.” Well, I don’t give them but I do get them, not to mention the daily devotional books I have reviewed! But this is Billy Graham! And this is words of hope.

Hope for every day is something we all need in this sex crazed hyper-sensitive world. As Believers we see how Satan and his demonic force has placed himself into a prominent position throughout the world, even in some churches- we need hope. HOPE FOR EACH! DAY reminds us daily that: “…even when circumstances have been hard or the way unclear, God has still surrounded me with His love.” (Preface by Billy Graham)

The reason I am keeping this book that I was given is because HOPE FOR EACH DAY. Just looking at the title on the cover of this leather bound book reminds me that my hope is in the Lord. I have scanned through the days and see so many words of hope as only Pastor- Evangelist Billy Graham could speak them. If you have never owned a Billy Graham book - this is the one, or at least your first one.  Written by Marsha L F Randolph

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

NKJV STUDY BIBLE FOR KIDS published by TOMMY NELSON

The NKJV STUDY BIBLE FOR KIDS published by  THOMAS “TOMMY” NELSON is presented specifically for children ages 8-12 (note: I do not particularly care for the word “Kids”.)  A New King James Bible translation with study notes, it is unique because of the presentation of color and the commentary which targets young people.


 I like the study emphasis that are presented in the “Spotlight”  sections that encourage the reader to: Read it, Get it, Live it. There are also text blocks that present: “Epic Ideas”  and calls to “Action.” All of the text box / commentaries have a movie theme icon assocated with it even the “In Focus” text blocks, which are short one or two sentence statements.

As far as Bibles go, for young men and women it is good. The commentaries are written so as to not overwhelm the reader with college level terms but not insulting to the mind of a 14 year old, though the target reader is 8-12. The dictionary -concordance in the back of the book has words in it that shed light as to how to pronounce many of the names found in the Bible.  Also note worthy, the introduction to each book is brief, to the point and easy to grasp.

This is a good starter Bible and worth purchasing.    - - written by Marsha L F Randolph

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

NKJV UNAPOLOGETIC STUDY BIBLE - Thomas Nelson publishers

Reviewers bias: I love Bibles and I love the New King James Bible and I have declared the last few Bibles as my “new favorite Bible.”  But this is the BIBLE I NEED!

Thomas Nelson has presented many Bibles with commentaries and references the NKJV UNAPOLOGETIC STUDY BIBLE has become my most relevant Scripture source in addressing today’s issues.

NKJV UNAPOLOGETIC STUDY BIBLE- Confidence For Such A Time As This (the complete title) focuses on eight specific areas of study: Church, Corruption, Economics, Education, Family, Government, Sanctity of Life and Virtue. Within each of these areas of study there are commentaries.

Ecclesiastes 9:9 could lead to a discussion on marriage. In this case there is a commentary on: THE MYTHS OF COHABITATION, found on page 724 of my Hard cover copy. This discussion is  in the area of Family,  and addresses Adultery and Fornication by sharing 4 myths living together.

This Bible is not for the “Sunday Only Christian” using it will push you further away from worldly living into the Kingdom of God. No modern day issue is avoided in this Bible. Sanctity of Life addresses the issues of abortion and infanticide. A biblical perspective of homosexuality and transgenderism are also presentend.

In addition to the areas of study there are also what is refered to as quadrants. These four quadrants: Biblical, Historical, Quotation & Writings and Commentary help put the writings in perspective. For example: Psalm 139:13-16 There is an Article “Embryonic Stem-cells: Fearfully and Wonderfully made. This is under the area of “Sanctity of Life”, it is undeer the subcatagory of “Stem-Cell research, Cloning and Biotechnogolgy. Psalm 139:13-16 has been placed in the QUADRANT- BIBLICAL. With this Bible you will want to take full advantage of the INDEX FOR CANONICAL STUDY, which is what I did to find and present this example.

THIS IS A SERIOUS STUDY BIBLE MEANT FOR THOSE SERIOUS ABOUT KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD. (All caps intentional.) It will challenge your theology. This Bible was published for such a time as this.

NOTE: The NKJV UNAPOLOGETIC STUDY BIBLE  links with a website dedicated to assisting church leaders in their quest for “Spirit-directed, kingdom-building thought and action” discipleship. I have visited the site: www.kairosjournal.org and found it to be worth using. - - - written by Marsha L F Randolph

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”