Saturday, February 29, 2020

QUILTING by Jennifer Fulton

QUILTING by Jennifer Fulton was and is exactly what I need to understand the process of quilting. The writing paired with the images make understanding the process easy. 

I am glad that I have made a few quilts because I can tell you that this book is everything a person needs if he or she is going to start quilting- by hand or by machine. The writer keeps it simple.

It is not difficult to navigate the chapters if you want to skip to a specific style of quilting like: appliqueing. If you do not want to use the sewing machine QUILTING will walk you through the steps to hand sewing.

I would say that QUILTING IDIOT’S GUIDES -As Easy As It Gets, is the very first book you should get if you want to learn how to quilt or there are some skills you need to work on.

Did I mention there are lessons to help a sewist master a particular technique and projects that you can do?

QUILTING is worth the investment.
      Written by Marsha L F Randolph

Thursday, January 23, 2020


I don't watch much news, at least not the traditional network / cable news programs. For many years I was a devoted FOX News watcher, I had my personalities I loved to hate and people I swore by.  Things began to change on FOX and I began to watch less and less.

I prefer to listen to Sean Hannity on his radio show instead of his television program on FOX.  He can be found on iHeart radio Monday thru Friday

Glen Beck was the first casualty of my personal "I am not watching this anymore" about a year later he was off the air at FOX News. But, now I listen to him via YouTube and am debating if I should subscribe to his  BLAZETV

Even the vindicated Bill O'Reilly is doing better now that he is no longer with FOX.

What has got me thinking about cable news in general is the fact that I enjoy John Stossel more now than I eve did when he was on FOX NEWS.  If you ever visit his website, STOSSEL TV, You will discover what happens when news reporters are allowed to speak freely.

Many people love their news, however, Conservatives must learn how to think outside of the FOX! FOX news is a moderate news source with a few Conservative commentators.  Many news outlets can be found on  YouTube. The news sources I listen to are credible and offer more in depth stories if you subscribe to their website.  Just to name a few:

  • OAN- One News Network: YouTube, also available on ROKU, FIRESTICK, and other non-traditional cable and internet sources. 

One of the best things about ditching cable is the discovery of life outside of the FOX.
                                                                                   written by Marsha L F Randolph

The words written reflect the opinions of and is the soul property of the author MARSHA L F RANDOLPH. All rights reserved- do not use without permission. Disagreeing with what is written is not offensive to the author a disagreeable comment will be deleted.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

LIFE APPLICATION STUDY BIBLE - 3rd edition published by Zondervan

The first Bible I received was a Life Application Bible, it helped me read and understand what I was reading and prepared me for reading the King James Bible.  Thirty-five years later I still have that Bile, though it is held together with packaging tape. That Life Application Bible is the "Living Bible Translation" I was excited to have the opportunity to review the NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION - LIFE APPLICATION STUDY BIBLE.
I have had this Bible for a few weeks now and have been using it for my personal Bible study, I forgot that I had a job to do- tell people what I think.
I am a strong supporter of people doing more than just reading a Bible in one year, we need to study with the intent of understanding what is written and applying the word to our lives. The New International LIFE APPLICATION STUDY BIBLE helps the ready do just that- read with understanding and apply it to one's life.  The commentary for Job 14:22: "They feel but the pain of their own bodies and morn only for themselves",  is a great example of biblical application.
 "Job's profound speech in this chapter illustrates a great truth; knowing the right set of doctrines is not enough. To know what to believe is not all that is required to please God.  Truth untested by life's experiences may become static and stagnant....."


  • There are concept segments that also enhance Bible reading. For example:  A list of people who had to wait on the Lord is found on page 804 of my hard back copy entitled - "Bible Waiters".
  • Personality Profiles are helpful in understanding certain behaviors. It adds a humanness to the reading when you are aware of not only strengths but the weaknesses of an individual.
  • In addition to there are: book introductions,  an outline of each book, cross references for significant verses, charts, diagrams and timelines.  These are important tools for studying.

Although, I often read the King James Bible, particularly when I am checking for the original terms- Greek or Hebrew- I have no problem with reading the New International version of the Bible.  THE NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION LIFE APPLICATION STUDY BIBLE is an excellent resource for those who want to grow in biblical knowledge and understanding.

I have the brown soft leather copy. It is a beautiful looking Bible with readable prin, it has one ribbon for marking pages. The words of Yeshua are in red. The pages are that vintage thin sheeting with gold edges which gives it a wonderful elegance, great for gift giving  I will not be giving this one away!

written by Marsha L F Randolph

The above is my honest review of a book that I received  for free as a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid. #BibleGatewayPartner

Wednesday, October 9, 2019


I was asked by a Facebook friend to review his wife's book, I have been so reluctant to review any book lately that I almost said no. The fact that, like many self published authors, I would have to purchase my own copy of the book was also a deterring factor. Never-the-less, I ordered I AM PRETTY by LeQuita Zachary Johnson, illustrated by Chasity Hampton, it is a children's book.

First impression: What a beautiful cover, and great illustrations. n order to properly review a children's book, I believe, you must read it to a child.  I read I AM PRETTY by JeQuita Johnson to a 3 year old.

I enjoyed reading the book and the three year old sat quietly listening, not really asking questions but commenting on the images she saw. The one thing that bothered her was the little girl got in the swimming pool without taking a bath! LOL!!! After I finished reading the book to the three year old she grabbed the book and went off to her spot and began reading it to herself. This is how you know the book is good.

I AM PRETTY by Je'Quita Zachary Johnson is a great book for little girls, particularly girls of color.  It is not an in your face 'you're the bomb' kind of book but one of affirmations. The author gently allows the little girl to appreciate who she is even though she does not look like someone else. The author also reminds, ever so gently, that being pretty on the inside is more important than outside appearance.

I am keeping my signed copy of I AM PRETTY but I will be purchasing a copy as a gift for my great niece due in 2020. I have already begun recommending this book to other mothers and grandmothers. Yes, the little girl I take care of will be getting this book for Christmas.

I AM PRETTY by JeQuita Zachary Johnson is available via Amazon, I would strongly suggest you ORDER YOUR COPY NOW.  Unfortunately, Amazon stocks a limited number of books, this time of year print on demand companies are bombarded with printing books- YOU WILL GET YOUR BOOK please make sure you get it in time to put under the tree.

                                                                                                      written by Marsha L F Randolph

Thursday, September 26, 2019

QUEST STUDY BIBLE published by Zondervan

The NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION QUEST STUDY BIBLE published by Zondervan press was copywritten  1994, again in  2003 and in 2011. As of this book's release there have been over one million copies sold, which is not much in terms of book sales but based on the number of Bibles released each year including NIV's this is an impressive number. So why would anyone buy this one?

The NIV QUEST STUDY BIBLE  is "The Only Q & A Study Bible" according to the book cover and  "Answers Thousands of Your Questions About the Bible". So, does it?

The questions asked are excellent questions particularly for Bible Study, For example:

Isaiah 49:8 reads: "This is what the Lord says:  “In the time of my favor I will answer you,  and in the day of salvation I will help you;  I will keep you and will make you  to be a covenant for the people,
to restore the land  and to reassign its desolate inheritances, "
The question asked: "When is the time of God's favor?"
The response to the question begins:  "The time when God decides to redeem his people." The elaboration on this statement continues to be just as ambiguous. 
Perhaps I expected a more definitive answer. But, the questions, at least the ones I read, are all subject to understanding.The answers to the questions are what denominations are made of.

The NIV QUEST Q & A STUDY BIBLE has a top 100 list of questions that are highlighted. I would submit these are the top 100 questions we do not have the answer to.  I doubt if this Bible would encourage an atheist to be a Christian or give understanding to a Believer who has questions.

written by Marsha L F Randolph

The above is my honest review of a book that I received  for free as a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

DEAR MOM by Denise Guidice

I am glad I had the opportunity to read DEAR MOM- A Guided Journal As We Go Through This Journey In Our Grief by Denise Guidice. I was asked to review this book because I am a book reviewer, I am glad I am the one reviewing it because I am a mother who lost a son.

Every one goes through the grieving process differently, this ‘journal’ will help the bereaved walk through the process at her own pace.  Even though this book was written from the perspective of a person of faith, those who do not believe will benefit from it.

DEAR MOM could be easily be entitled: Dear Son, Dear Daughter, Dear Aunt or any other loved one who has graduated from earth to eternity. Although the book is written from a feminine perspective  I believe that anyone experiencing a loss, male or female would benefit from the words found on each page.

The format is simple: A Topic, a Scripture(s), a letter / note to Mom which expounds upon the emotions and thoughts the bereaved may be experiencing and a place for the reader to write his/her thoughts.  There are 44 (if I counted correctly) “Topics” which revolve around the emotions a person experience, triggers.

Triggers are things that happen that remind you of your loss: Christmas, family gatherings and other memories. The Bible verses included are words of comfort to let the reader know that He sees and knows. In no way does the author suggest that your feelings are not real. Having experienced the loss of her son she would not dare.

My story includes the loss of a son and a mother within 30 days of each other, both who had terminal illnesses. It is because of my dual losses that I can tell you that it is not just a child that we miss.

If I could I would place copies of this book in every church store and recommend that every leader of people read this book. I most certainly recommend anyone who has experienced a loss read DEAR MOM.

                                                    written by Marsha L F Randolph

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Saturday, May 11, 2019


I am excited! I have been a Tax Preparer for about 20 years and by default have talked to many people about their personal finances. I have been in private practice for over ten years and financial consultations has been a key part of what I do. I have read many books from a variety of authors including the well known ones, taken classes and attended seminars. I do not say lightly: FROM MONK TO MONEY MANAGER by Doug Lynam is the very best book on money I have ever read (which includes the one I wrote)
“Money has caused me so much stress, anxiety, and hardship that giving my own finances attention triggers all the horrible memories and experiences I’ve had” Page xiii FROM MONK TO MONEY MANAGER

It is an ongoing theme I see in my practice, among my friends and family as well as myself. I hate with a passion the word budget, I choose to use the term “spending plan” to make managing my own money palatable.

FROM MONK TO MONEY MANAGER goes beyond what most books on financial planning, financial help, budgeting, whatever you want to call it, does. This book hears you! The author understands what you are going through.

FROM MONK TO MONEY MANAGER by Doug Lynman discusses money, the need for it as well as sharing a practical approach Believers can have regarding financial planning.

The information in this book covers every area of finances a person needs to know: retirement, estate planning, giving, maintaining a lifestyle and even bankruptcy.

I will be recommending this book to my clients. I find it interesting that most of the information in this book I know but it is not only what he says but the way he says that makes the information digestible.
- 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.