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Monday, September 17, 2018

NKJV SPIRIT-GILLED LIFE BIBLE Published by Thomas Nelson


Bibles are Bibles are Bibles are Bibles..... Aside from the different translations- King James, New King James, NIV, and so forth- many people just grab the first Bible they see on the shelf. Far too many people don’t own a print Bible, opting for an electronic device to present the Word to them BUT for those who desire to study the word of God Thomas Nelson has published the NKJV SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE BIBLE - Kingdom Equipping Through the Power of the Word; Jack W. Hayford Executive Editor, this is the revised and updated 3rd edition.

I am reviewing the elegant black genuine leather NKJV SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE BIBLE a book guaranteed to make any Bible collector stand in line to get their copy. (Not everyone has to have the latest cell phone!)  The thumb index, tabs I call them, are a luxury item I have not seen in a Bible in decades and with 3 ribbons to mark you place it is definitely worthy of at least taking it for a spin! (I am full of metaphors today!)

When a person declares I have my sword and holds up his Bible if you see the NKJV SPIRIT FILLED LIFE BIBLE you will know it is double edged. The contributors of this edition includes a host of men and women known throughout Christiandom for their knowledge of Scripture and their ability to teach it.

The NKJV SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE BIBLE contains commentary and lessons designed to feed your soul is food for the soul. The book of Books highlight: Kingdom Dynamics; Word Wealth; Praying the Word; Truth in Action.  The Concordance is legible and more extensive than other Bibles I have seen. I rarely look at the maps however you will not be disappointed if you look at one both in text and at the end of the Book. As with many Bibles there are cross-references to some verses and footnotes.

If you were looking to purchase a great Bible for yourself or as a gift to that Bible enthusiast you know this has to be it or at least in the running.       -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, July 29, 2018

MURDER AT THE FLAMINGO by Rachel McMillan

Appreciate the process! I began reading MURDER AT THE FLAMINGO by Rachel McMillan poolside. This book was to be my summer read and it did not disappoint. The problem was the number of interruptions I had as every time I got to a good spot.
MURDER AT THE FLAMINGO is more than a murder mystery it is a classic movie in print. I was a participant in the 1937 based drama. I met each character: the anxious Hamish, the need to find herself Reggie and the various personalities surrounding the event.
What makes a novel a great book is the stories surrounding the story. In the beginning the reader is introduced to two individuals who are struggling with the preconceived ideas of parents. Unable to cope they escape to a world unfamiliar.
As you read this book, uninterrupted I hope, you find yourself going deeper and deeper into the world of 1937 night life in Boston. By the time you reach the halfway point you will be totally sucked in and no one will be able to interrupt you.
MURDER AT THE FLAMINGO is the type of book I like; filled with personality, intrigue and the lack of modern dramatic hyperbole. Far to many books today have lots of sexual descriptions and violence that the imagination becomes unnecessary; they are quick reads, mindless dribble not so with this book. It’s a good book, get it!  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, July 19, 2018

OPENING TO LOVE by Oliver Kent PhD

It is important to know the author speaks in rhythm, Oliver Kent PhD loves to dance and he writes rhythmically. I discovered this as I began to read OPENING TO LOVE.

The book is only 136 pages, something I should have been able to read in a day but I could not. In fact I struggled to read it. It took me an entire day to read the first 5 pages. Why?

As I informed the author: Whenever someone presents a book to me that is supposed to be based on Scripture I become super critical. The subtitle “Healing Your Relationship with God” made me want to really want to like this book. So many people have been hurt by traditional churches and it is my desire to help people understand that God is not the problem man is. Unfortunately, this book misses the mark.

I get it! There are so many hurting people in the world and God’s love is the ultimate healer. Though he quotes many Bible verses OPENING TO LOVE has nothing to do with a personal relationship with God.

I found each concept discussed to be lacking substance. Dr. Kent uses a lot of painful life events to explain the pain people experience: abuse and the lack of acceptance of homosexuality. There is also a discussion of heaven and hell.  Be it talking about abuse, the LGTBQA lifestyle, heaven or hell the entire discussion seemed to lead to nowhere.

I can tell you, I have quite a few friends who would love this book. Most are liberal in ideology and indifferent when it comes to faith.

I AM NOT A TRADITIONAL REGULAR CHURCH ATTENDING Christian. I do believe the Bible is the infallible word of God and the only way to establish a personal relationship with Father God is through Jesus the Son of God.

I do not recall reading anywhere in this book the only way to experience true love is to be a child of God because God is love.  Written by Marsha L F Randolph

Reviewers NOTE: In the 8+ years I have been reviewing books I have only on 2 other occasions did not want to rate the book, give it zero stars, this will be the 3rd one. I once reviewed a book in which the author informed me that his dead wife helped him write the book. I did not like it and gave it a poor review. This book is worst.


I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Monday, June 25, 2018

ROOM ON THE PORCH SWING by Amy Clipston


It has been quite some time since I have read a novel primarily because I a very picky about what I read. With nothing but junk on television and after years of reading nothing but non-fiction I decided I needed a break from reality. I chose to review ROOM ON THE PORCH SWING by Amy Clipston as my first adventure into the world of non-fiction because I am facsinated by Amish life and because I love a good love story.

ROOM ON THE PORCH SWING was an easy read and, despite it being 320 pages, a quick read. I would daresay anyone who is used to reading novels could finish it in a day but it took me three days to complete.

The plot was interesting and, yes, predictable as most love stories are. The development of the relationship between the main character, Laura, and  her best friends husband gets the readers attention pretty quickly.

One of the difficulties I had was the use of Amish words at awkward points of the story. At the beginning of the book there is a glossary of the words used in the book but who wants to keep going back to look at definitions. I guessed the meaning of words based on the context in which it was used but I would have personally preferred just not be used. It seemed weird to me for a person to speak English and through in an Amish word in the middle of a sentence; but that is me.  Never-the-less this is a great poolside book.     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, May 27, 2018

HOPE OF NATIONS by John S. Dickerson

HOPE OF NATIONS Standing Strong in a Post-Truth Post-Christian World written by John S Dickerson is a strategically written book of a seminary trained former journalist. I struggled to read this book, mid-way through I realized that my problem was found in the title. “Hope” and “Post-Truth Post-Christian”, for me it was like telling me: Learn how to survive as you go to hell. I found it difficult to shake off this impression as I journeyed on.

This is a good book for intellectuals but not the casual reader.

In Hope of Nations the author succinctly details what the problem is with society today and why it happened. He details his opinion as to how a Christian should address this “Post-Truth” condition that we are all destined for, again this is his perspective.

The author uses historical data to justify his opinion and uses Scripture to validate what he has written.  His, the author’s, presentation of information though accurate plagues with my personal theology; I prefer to use biblical principles and precepts to analyze what has happened in the past as well as what is happening now. Far to many theologians justify their personal ideology by extracting Scriptures.

(To be fair John S Dickerson states this Post-Truth Post-Christian world “may happen’ not that it will.)

I have read the Book of Revelation as well as the rest of the Bible and I know that stuff has happened, is happening and will happen. The term “Post-Truth” bothers me because I believe that there will never be a time in which there is “post” truth. The truth will always exist but, as we see clearly in society today, it is not always acknowledged. (Romans 1:18:22)

One of the Conclusion found in HOPE OF NATIONS as it relates to “So what will we do?”  is: “We will resolve to live as though we are engaged in a spiritual war for the souls and minds of humanity.”  (Page 277) Since Adam at the fruit in the Garden of Eden we have been in a spiritual battle thus this is not what we “will do” it is what every Believer in the Trinity should be doing now.

The book does contain an excellent historical perspective of society in general. In order to present hope for any nation I would have preferred the writer discuss why God will heal the land and how, despite the adversities we see, God’s children always overcome.  If you read this book from a historical perspective you will find it interesting.

 I am appreciative of the opportunity to review the book.    written by Marsha L F Randolph

I received this book free from the publisher through HANDLEBAR  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, May 22, 2018

KJV MINISTER'S BIBLE published by Thomas Nelson

If you are looking for a gift for someone you know who is entering the field of pastoral services, Thomas Nelson has published a KJV MINISTER’S BIBLE that is perfect. The box that this particular soft leather feel Bible is in service as a great holder for such a wealth of information.

I remember years ago someone asking me to perform the wedding ceremony between her and her fiance, I refused because I knew they were not ready for a marriage. I was not equipped at the time to facilitate premarital counseling. One of the many helps this book includes is an outline for six pre-marriage counseling classes.

The KJV MINISTER’S BIBLE is first and foremost the King James Bible. Included between the two Covenants are what I would call ministerial cheat sheets: Resources for the Minister. The resource categories include:  Weddings, Funerals, Dedications, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, Worship, and Pastoral Care. The section on weddings includes pre-marital counseling as I mentioned but vows as well. Pastoral Care includes: a Home Visitation Checklist, recommended Bible verses to read depending on the situation and of course a Prayer of Salvation.

The resource found within the Old and New Covenant is actually the Nelson’s Minister Manual. Whereas, a minister may own a Bible and the manual THE KJV MINISTER’S BIBLE is both which makes it worth the purchase and a great gift.   

By the way, the couple that wanted me to marry them: were divorced after 3 months.
                             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, May 15, 2018

CAN'T NOTHING BRING ME DOWN by Ida Keeling with Anita Diggs

I don’t recall the last time I was so excited about reading a book and became puzzled mid-way and then felt let down. CAN’T NOTHING BRING ME DOWN-Chasing Myself In The Race Against Time by Ida Keeling with Anita Diggs was supposed to be the biography of the first woman in history to complete a 100 meter race.
Shortly after the midway point of this 198 page book it seemed to me the tone change. It seemed that the book transitioned from being a biography with historical tid-bits inserted to a History book with biographical information added. (I am wondering what was edited out.) Though I read this book in a half a day I struggled with the last 50 pages.
Despite my disappointment in the book I do think it is well worth the purchase and something many women, of all races, should read. From a historical perspective there is a lot to learn from Mrs. Keelings life and what it was like being a single mother. From a biographical perspective her life reminds me of the Langston Hughes poem: “Mother to Son”  (see below)in the poem the mother says: “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.”
I suspect there are wounds that have yet to be healed in the heart of Ms. Ida Keeling and this is when history replaced words from the heart.                                  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.

MOTHER TO SONBY LANGSTON HUGHESWell, son, I’ll tell you:Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.It’s had tacks in it,And splinters,And boards torn up,And places with no carpet on the floor—Bare.But all the timeI’se been a-climbin’ on,And reachin’ landin’s,And turnin’ corners,And sometimes goin’ in the darkWhere there ain’t been no light.So boy, don’t you turn back.Don’t you set down on the steps’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.Don’t you fall now—For I’se still goin’, honey,I’se still climbin’,And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
Langston Hughes, “Mother to Son” from Collected Poems. Copyright © 1994 by The Estate of Langston Hughes.