Saturday, November 11, 2017

THE BELIEVERS CODE by O. S. Hawkins

What an unexpected surprise! When I received THE BELIEVER’S CODE- 365 Devotions to Unlock the Blessings in God’s Word, by O. S. Hawkins, I was pleasantly surprised. First I had to chase my daughter to get the book since she opened the mail when it arrived.

FIRST IMPRESSION: The book looks elegant very inviting.

This book invites the reader to go deeper in Scripture. THE BELIEVER’S CODE is a daily devotional but, for me, it goes beyond a quick read in the morning or before you go to bed. This is a mini-Bible study book, I cannot imagine how anyone could read one day and not want to search the Scriptures for more.

The format of each devotional is as follows: Scripture, Comment, Code Word, Prayer. The “Code Word” is what makes this devotional unique. Take for example: June 8 entry. The Scripture is John 14:6 and the Code Word is “THE”. “The” is a very important word within the context of Scripture  because we know that Jesus is “the” way. This format makes the devotional something you will want to meditate on.

I am excited to begin my personal journey in Scripture using this book. Chances are I amy stay on one devotional for longer than the given day but then this is what I do- study the word daily. This is one book my daughters will not be getting.  - -  written by Marsha L F Randolph

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, November 2, 2017

CAPITAL GAINES by Chip Gaines

CAPTIAL GAINS- Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines is a good book BUT it really is a guy book. His story about the journey to his success in business and family are tales I believe many men can relate to.

As I read the book I kept thinking of all the married men I knew who could have, benefitied from this book years ago. I also developed a new respect for his wife Jo. It is rare that what you see on television reflects reality but apparently that is the beauty of their success- the Gaines family are as you see them.

What is important to understand in this 184 page book is that Chip is a man of faith. Faith in God is the underspoken theme within this book that begins with a desire to improve his working relatioship with his Spanish speaking business associates.

Even though I think this book is for the guys women can glean a lot from the positive influence Joanna had on Chip’s life even before they were married. She is a very intelligent woman and the two of them make a great team.

For me this book was not about the stupid stuff Chip did but how he allowed his mistakes to become lessons in what not to do. We all make mistakes, very few people would right a great book about it.   ---written by Marsha L F Randolph




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, October 22, 2017

THE CHRISTMAS CODE by O. S. Hawkins

THE CHRISTMAS CODE - Daily Devotions Celebrating The Advent Season by O. S. Hawkins is a book that allows you to slow down and remember the real reason for the season. With exactly 25 devotionals one could begin on December 1, if that is your pleasure.

Of course it would make a great stocking stuffer but that would mean the person would not get the book until Day 25. It would also make a wonderful table top book, or bathroom read (if you know what I mean) however, I think THE CHRISTMAS CODE is a great book to read anytime of the year but then again I watch Christmas movies year-round.

THE CHRISMAS CODE helps you keep the spirit of Christmas in your heart and mind no matter when you read it thus it would make a great gift.

Technically speaking: the book is 58 pages and each devotional comes with a Bible verse, commentary, a code word and a mini prayer. On December 11th the “Code Word” is Providence and the elaboration begins: “God is at work,behind the scenes in your life, right now.”  This book contains words of faith and encouragement a great devotional for personal use as well as a gift.   - written by Marsha L F Randolph

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, October 12, 2017

THE HOLLYWOOD COMMANDMENTS by DeVon Franklin with Tim Vandehey

I firmly believe that God wants His children to work everywhere, including Hollywood; we are to be the light where there is darkness. THE HOLLYWOOD COMMANDMENTS- A Spiritual Guide to Secular Success by DeVon Franklin with Tim Vandehey shares wisdom necessary for those who have a desire to work secular jobs especially Hollywood.

I find it amazing that this easy to read yet informative book has been released as reports of sexual inappropriateness in Hollywood are being revealed among the entertainment elites. Nothing happens by accident or coincidence and as this writer believes he has been lead by God to write this book I believe God knew what would be presented in the news at the time of its' release.

It is important to know that you do not have to be in Hollywood to glean wisdom from this book. Anyone who has dreams of success in a career even within the church should know the 10 principles revealed:

  1. Your Prayers Alone Aren’t Enough
  2. You Are The Talent
  3. You Have to Carry a Crown Before You Can Wear One 
  4. You Have to Know the Rules to Play the Game
  5. Your Gut is Hiding God
  6. You Get What You Negotiate (Not What You’re Worth)
  7. You Must Master the Walk of Faith
  8. Your Difference Is Your Destiny
  9. Your Amnesia Is Your Asset
  10. Your World Is Smaller Than You Think


Many Christians have become caught up in the ways of this world , we were commanded to be in the world but not of, like, the world. Read each of these principles, commandments, again- it is foundational wisdom for anyone moving into adulthood. For me THE HOLLYWOOD COMMANDMENTS is confirmation that I am doing the right thing in not compromising who I am in exchange for more books sold. For others this book will be a reality check, a reminder that as children of God they need to live as such.  GET THIS THE HOLLYWOOD COMMANDMENTS.   — written by Marsha L F Randolph

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Saturday, September 23, 2017

THE BACKYARD HOMESTEAD SEASONAL PLANNER by Ann Larkin Hansen

RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 2017

THE BACKYARD HOMESTEAD SEASONAL PLANNER by Ann Larkin Hansen is a compilation of data those who want to farm should know. The writer assumes that the homestead will be in an area with varying temperatures which is not where I live. I am in zone 10b thus the information provided became educational but I need more.

This is a homesteading book for someone with acres of land not a person who wants to grow a few things in their backyard. Perhaps the author was not aware of the growing number of people who were become “urban homesteaders.”

As I read the book I wanted to grasp something I could use that has not been shared on the internet.  This book is really about what to do when as it pertains to planting and raising animals, a checklist of sorts. What type of activities should you be doing: mid-winter, late winter; early spring, mid-spring, late spring, and so on? I would dare say if you live where the weather is not so cut and dry: Hawaii, Alaska, Florida, Texas and other places; this planner will not work.

THE BACKYARD HOMESTEAD SEASONAL PLANNER is how the author through personal experience has organized her routine. I would think it would be helpful to quite a few people. This book is not for those of us who have backyard gardens or even if you have a few chickens.

I would say this book is a good additional reference manual to have on hand.  —written by Marsha L F Randolph

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an advance copy of this book free. 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

KJV KNOW THE WORD STUDY BIBLE Published by Thomas Nelson

It is amazing the number of Study Bibles available today. Study Bibles can be an asset however I always encourage people to pray before you read and allow the Spirit to help you with your understanding. But for those numerous occasions in which you get stuck Bibles usch as Thomas Nelson’s KJV KNOW THE WORD STUDY BIBLE will help.

When I recieved the KJV KNOW THE WORD STUDY BIBLE I was just beginning a study of the book Song of Solomon. I am using THE KING JAMES STUDY BIBLE - Full Color Edition (also published by Thomas Nelson) I thought this would be a great opportunity to compare and contrast. I recently decided to start reading the KJV of the Bible more than others.

The KJV KNOW THE WORD STUDY BIBLE does not have as in depth introduction as my Bible does. Nor does the introductory discussion cover as broad a spectrum of interpretations to the book of Solomon but this is a good thing. Sometimes all you need is a book over view. Unlike my Bible the KJV KNOW THE WORD STUDY BIBLE is light on the graphics and heavy on commentary.

This Bible is actually more like other study Bibles I have it helps direct the reader through the book. Reading this Bible will help the person apply the word to his or her life. The purpose of THE KJV KNOW THE WORD STUDY BIBLE is to help the reader “gain a greater understanding of the Bible - book by book, verse by verse, topic by topic” I think this is accomplished. Of course there are maps and there is a concordance that most Bibles include for reference and it has a concordance all in the back of the book.

This is a great Bible for someone who has never purchased a Study Bible. — written by Marsha L F Randolph

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, September 15, 2017

CITIZEN NEWT The Making of a Reagan Conservative by Craig Shirley

Biographies and autobiographies are not for everyone, even the good ones can be a long read. Generally speaking, people read biographies such as CITIZEN NEWT The Making of a Reagan Conservative because they are interested in the nuts and bolts of the person. I have not always agreed with Speaker Newt Gingrich but I have always respected him.

CITIZEN NEWT The Making of a Reagan Conservative is an authorized biography by Craig Shirley that will not disappoint his fans. For me, someone who has known of Mr. Gingrich for years and heard about the good and the bad of his life the 428 pages served as a fill in the blank summary. (Note the book including notes and index is 541 pages.)

One of the things CITIZEN NEWT does is elaborate on what it means to be a Conservative. With so many people professing to be a “Reagan Conservative” this book serves as  a reference manual as to what that really means. I consider myself of no political party affliation and a Conservative, I probably am a Reagan Conservative.

What I appreciate most about this book is, it is not a gossip book; CITIZEN NEWT is not about his personal relationships. The author Craig Shirley simply presents the activities of a great American who continues to maintain an ideology of conservatism.  What a great read!      — written by Marsha L F Randolph

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”