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Friday, April 20, 2018

THE VINES EXPOSITORY BIBLE - NKJV published by Thomas Nelson

Gone are the days in which a person simple goes to a bookstore and grabs a King James or New King James version of the Bible. Once upon a time the only options a person had was the type of cover a Bible had. Today, the accompanying supplements to a Bible can make a person grab the cheapest Bible off the shelf and move on BUT DON’T DO IT!

Thomas Nelson publishing has once again present an option to those who want to read Scripture with understanding in the form of THE VINES EXPOSITORY BIBLE. Hmmm, that sounds like a pretty serious compilation of information, perhaps it is to much for the novice reader; it is not.

Expository: to bring clarity by presenting information in a more detailed way (my defintion).

The VINES EXPOSITORY BIBLE General Editor Jerry Vines, Pastor First Baptist Church Jacksonville FL, Retired, is a New King James version of the Bible that contains various Bible study helps. As listed on the back of the jacket the study helps include: 205 Presenting Messages, 148 Living the Message, 237 Applying the Message, 311 Discerning the Meaning, introductions to each book, a topical index and a concordance; and of course there are maps. I personally appreciate Bible application thus reading “An Anguished Cry” found in Lamentations (APPLYING THE MESSAGE| Lam. 1:12) was not only thought provoking but made the book all the more relevant to today. To discuss the sections entitled PRESENTING THE MESSAGE would make this review longer than it already is however I must say- if you are a Church Leader of any level you will definitely appreciate this discussion.

I firmly believe it is very important that people own a tangible copy of the Bible, for those who really want to know what ‘thus sayeth the Lord’ this is a Bible 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.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

NKJV MINISTERS BIBLE


Thomas Nelson’s NKJV MINISTER’S BIBLE is the first Bible I have reviewed that was not what I expected. What I thought I was going to read were commentaries that were historical in nature and suggestions as to how to present information. I anticipated seeing a lot of Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic words noted within the text. I did not see any of what I was expecting.

Tucked between the book of Malachi and the book of Matthew is what I would refer to as Pastoral cheat sheets. It is a book within a book containing “Resources for the Minister”; a compilation of how-tos. The sections include: Weddings, from pre-marital counseling to the actual ceremony; Dedications, Baptisms and the Lord’s Supper; Worship, including a worksheet to help plan the entire service; Pastoral Care, which includes ministering to the both Believer and un-Believer; Invitations, a.k.a. Alter Call; and of course Funerals. If you wanted to start your own church this would be a good Bible to get.

Personally, all book reviews are personal, I felt much of the Pastoral information presented was denominational. As I read some of the suggested plans/ remarks / ideas I thought: This sounds like what I have seen in a Catholic service. Other times I could see a traditional Baptist church flair. This is why Scripture instructs novices not to be in the ministry.
The NKJV MINISTER’S BIBLE is a great source and one I will definitely keep. For the experienced leader the information provided is a great guideline which can be adjusted according to one’s faith. There are Pastoral books that contain this information, having it in your Bible is a great idea.

This Bible is not for everyone but would make an excellent gift to one entering the ministry. Physically the Bible is beautiful enclosed in a unique box that you will not want to throw away. — 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.

Monday, March 26, 2018

NKJV, DELUXE READER'S BIBLE

I did not know what to expect when I agreed to review Thomas Nelson’s NKJV DELUXE READER’S BIBLE. Upon arrival my first impression was how elegant the box is that the Bible is in. I equated the box that my cell phone came in except the Bible simply slid out, no need to open. I chose the cloth bound copy with a yellow spine and what they are calling gray but I say is golden/ grayish front and back cover. It also has two place mark ribbons, I have learned that one is not enough. Like many of Thomas Nelson’s Bibles the font is easy to read; so-far, so-good.

I have never read a “Readers Bible” before so it took a few minutes for me to adjust to the presentation of Scripture. I was not constantly reminded of what book I was reading, found in the header of the page on the left not on the opposite page. I had to look on the page to my left on the left column and the small red number to determine which chapter I was in and look in the folds for the numbers written in black to determine, generally speaking, which verse I was reading. The NKJV DELUXE READER’S BIBLE is as close as I have gotten to reading actual scrolls.

This is a Bible to be read as a letter should be read. It is presented as a book should be written.  The NKJV DELUXE READER’S BIBLE is meant to be read, I would not use it as a Bible study tool, nor would I take it to church with me. (By the time you find Jeremiah chapter 10 verse 5 service would be over.) This is the Bible to get if you want to read Scripture from Genesis to Revelations non-stop without having to read footnotes, commentary or look at pictures- there are none.

I wish I had had this Bible the first time I read Scripture from Genesis to Revelations. This will make a great gift if you do not keep it for yourself.                   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, March 8, 2018

NIV- THE WOMAN'S' STUDY BIBLE

         RECEIVING GOD'S TRUTH FOR BALANCE, HOPE, AND TRANSFORMATION

How fascinating! As I opened the NIV, THE WOMAN’S STUDY BIBLE immidiately following the page used to place who “This Bible belongs to” on is “the Ketubah Marriage Contract”. As I went through the pages, looking for the introduction, I what was once part of many Bibles- “Family History” pages and something new “My Spiritual Mothers”. Wow! This makes this Bible worth buying as: a Bridal Shower gift, a Mother’s day gift, a sweet 16 gift, or a gift to yourself.

Today’s Bibles are more than just the presentation of Scripture and editiorials. They serve as introduction to biblical truths. The NIV, THE WOMAN’S STUDY BIBLE presents the Word from a feminine perspective, an important task considering societies push towards asexual identity ideologies.  This Bible celebrates being female.

Not all women in the Bible are as well known as Esther and Mary. There is the “Levite’s Defenseless Concubine” - Judges 19- her tragic story was discussed on page 380. A warning against paganism is found on page 1085, within as part of a discussion about Solomon: “In recent times, a renewed interest in paganism has arisen amoung many women”  and “Christian women must guard their hearts and minds against these influences.”  A commentary on Sapphira in the book of Acts, she was a deceptive woman who exprienced the consequences of her lie.

NIV, THE WOMAN’S STUDY BIBLE is filled with a wealth of information. The words included within the pages of God’s word are presented in such a way that the woman who reads it will grow. Without even getting into the actual word I learned something new, the Ketubah.

A Jewish marriage contract is called the Ketubah. The Ketubah is a binding document presented by the groom listing his responsiblities to his bride. “The rabbis extended the explicit Old Testament requirements of food, clothing,, and conjugal rights to include the demand that a husband respect his wife and not make her cry.” (See page follwing “the Keubah Marraige Contract”

It is a New International Verson Bible translation, those words are as they have benn.  Though I a NIV Bible, several in fact, I will not be able to give this one away! xxx 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, March 1, 2018

WHOLENESS by Toure Roberts

WHOLENESS Winning in Life from the Inside Out by Toure Roberts is a book worth reading. I was not going to read it because there was a forward by T. D. Jakes, I didn’t want more of the same. (Been there read that!) I chose to review it because I noticed no one else was- I often choose what no one else wants to read to review.

What makes WHOLENESS a good book is the concept is applicable in everyone’s life. We all reach a plateau in which we cannot seem to move forward but there does not seem to be a loically reason as to why. The issue, as the author explains, is not readily seen because it comes from within; it is not them it is you.

We all have life events that were unexplainable or unavoidable in which we can ignore. Often what we do is take the hurt or feelings of rejection and place it in a mental compartment deep within our souls. Like a missing piece of the puzzle that memory creates a void in our lives the author refers to it as brokenness.

WHOLENESS, is a easy to read book (I read it in a day) that systematically takes the reader from- how it happened to how to fix it. As easy as this book is to read for some people it might be hard to digest. This book, though autobiographical in nature, is about you the reader; don’t lie to yourself and think that it is not.

This is a healthy healing read.

Note: another reason I was reluctant to read this book is the authors’ face was on the cover, he looks to young to know about life. Change the cover and perhaps you would sell more books in a greater demographic- unless your target audience is Black males.    - -  written by Marsha L F Randolph

ADDENDUM: To my readers  my book MOVING FORWARD BY FAITH , published in 2011 and updated in 2016, addresses similar issues from a different perspective. Though the author says he is a church leader he does not use Scripture as the basis for his opinion I do.

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, 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