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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....."

What else is in THE NIV LIFE APPLICATION STUDY BIBLE?

  • 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

CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW: I AM PRETTY by Je'Quita Zachery Johnson

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

FROM MONK TO MONEY MANAGER by Doug Lynam

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.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

THE LOGIC OF GOD by RAVI ZACHARIAS



If you have been a follower of my reviews then you know that when a book really excites me I go on an on and on about how awesome it is. THE LOGIC OF GOD by Ravi Zacharias is one of those books. I cannot give it enough praise.

THE LOGIC OF GOD 52 Christian Essentials for the Hear and Mind is 292 pages of thought provoking words created for the Believer to understand what is that he or she actually believes. In addition to the 292 pages there are a few blank pages for notes.  The format is simple: there is a Bible verse; a commentary / observation; Questions; Application. This book does not tell you what to believe but help the reader understand exactly what he or she believes.

THE LOGIC OF GOD by Ravi Zacharias is a book which is best tackled one section a week for a total of  52 weeks. Each chapter, section, presents a thought, a concept of YHWH, GOD; a thought that leads the reader into developing an understanding of what faith is. The book is apologetics simplified; one could call it Apologetics for the layman except everyone should read it even leaders.

If you look around at what is coming out of the mouths of leaders in the church it should be clear that individuals should know and understand why GOD is.

"God is not merely good, and His holiness is not merely goodness. Explain" Reflection Questions #! page 200 
It is not enough to just say" God is good all the time and all the time God is good." It is important to understand what that "good" is and what it means in the life of a believer. You will find this question after chapter 36 "A Beacon of Hope": Isaiah 6:1-5 is the Scripture that starts this chapter off.

"Is our faith in Jesus reasonably grounded and experientially sustained or do you struggle with doubt? How might you address any doubts of the mind or heart this week?"  Personal Application #1 page 5

The first chapter of THE LOGIC OF GOD is entitled Behind Every Question, the Scripture for this section is 2 Corinthians 5:20-21. It is important that as a Believer we understand why we believe in YHWH and we must know that the word is true; doubt is an indication that He is illogical.

If GOD is illogical then sins we see in the world today cannot be considered sinful.

Upon completion of this book the reader will have a deeper foundation of faith in Eloheem.

This book would make an excellent Bible Study for any group as well as for individuals.
   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, April 1, 2019

THE MAXWELL LEADERSHIP BIBLE Published by Thomas Neslon

The  NEW INTERNATIONAL THE MAXWELL LEADERSHIP BIBLE - lesson in Leadership from the Word of God by John C. Maxwell is more of the same except it is the NIV bible translation.  I say that as a personal opinion and one that has been consistently disappointed in John C. Maxwell's publications as of  late.

If you are new to John C. Maxwell you are in for a treat, the fact that he shares his wisdom in leadership and combines it with his understanding of God's word is an absolute good thing. If you have been following John C.  Maxwell for any length of time and you already have any of his previous Bibles you will be disappointed.

It was out of curiosity more than a need for another Bible that I agreed to review this book, when a respected leader shares his comments within the pages of Scripture it is usually a good investment, particularly since the Word does not change. I seek study Bibles because of the historical information presented, the contextual interpretation of the contributors, and the life application the contributors present.  John C. Maxwell teaches people how to be great leaders thus he emphasises leadership skills using Scripture to support his ideology, unfortunately there was nothing new in this edition.

I chose to compare this 3rd Edition NIV Bible with the the 3rd Edition NKJV that was released last year. Aside from Bible verses and chapters being on different pages and the notes and comments being on different pages there was nothing new shared. Perhaps my disappointment was heightened by the release of a book on leadership that he published, and I reviewed, that contained very little new information.

Bible's are an investment. If a person just wants to read the Scripture, both the NKJV and the KJV are available without any commentary or study notes and it is a lot cheaper. It is not that I am suggesting to anyone not to obtain this particular Bible but I am sending out cautions. This is one you might want to test drive before you buy. Go to the book store and skim through the pages.

Because I was disappointed in the lace of new information my eyes wandered through looking for some good. I had assumed there were but I could not find any maps! This Bible does not have maps.
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Perhaps it is me but ever since I looked at the book I was bothered by the name MAXWELL being larger that the name BIBLE. Am I being nit-picky? If you are browsing in a book store you will see the name Maxwell  and think 'John C Maxwell' among the many Bibles to choose from- assuming it was done for marketing purposes.

There will always be John Maxwell fans and I suspect there will be a 4th edition Bibles  next year. It is good to tie in your leadership and business savvy with the Word of God so don't let me discourage you.  This is just one reviewers opinion.   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