Saturday, May 20, 2017

THE BIBLE CRASH COURSE FOR THE SUNDAY SCHOOL DROPOUT by Robyn Downey

You may not be able to explain it in 500 words or less but THE BIBLE CRASH COURSE FOR THE SUNDAY SCHOOL DROPOUT  does explain Genesis to Revelations very well in 84 pages (according to my ebook copy).

More than a “crash course” this is very easy to read understandable review of the Bible from Genesis to Revelations. Without getting the reader bogged down in detail the author, Robyn Downey, explains what is in the sixty-six books we know as the Bible.

One pieces of information presented, I wish someone had told me the first time I read the Bible, was: the Bible is not written in chronological order. Knowing how confusing it was for me, I think it is important to know. I also thought it was good that there was a short answer as to why certain people, such as Rahab, were mentioned.

What makes this book good for small groups is the discussion questions provided at the end of each chapter.

I know the title of this book is; THE BIBLE CRASH COURSE FOR THE SUNDAY SCHOOL DROPOUT but I would suggest that this is a great book to read BEFORE you read your Bible from Genesis to Revaluations whether you are a Sunday school drop out or not. But for the first time a person is going to read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation I would say this is a must get book. As the author said:  “Once you’ve mastered this, you’ll be able to read, study, and discuss the Bible on your own with more confidence.” Absolutely! This book really does help make the Bible make sense.   —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, May 12, 2017

THE LYONS LIFESTYLE by M Frank Lyons II,, MD

I was looking for a book on healthy living and healthy eating recently and I was overwhelmed by the selections. I wanted a book that did not tell me what to eat but why I should or should not eat something. I wanted a book that explained the difference between things like pasteurized and unpasteurized milk. THE LYONS LIFESTYLE, by M. Frank Lyons II,  does all of this and more.  I began learning at the introduction, which is not always the case with non-fiction books.

“a growing number of women joined and remained in the American workforce. This change contributed to rapid expansion of the fast-food industry, the processed food industry, and the dining-out experience as a way for families to cope with less food preparation time at home. The shift in the US diet to prepared food brought on more sugar, trans fat, omega-6 fat, and carbohydrate consumption. The human body wasn't engineered to handle this massive surge in carbohydrate metabolism,” (Page 9)

The book is easy to read and understanding while teaching in a non-condescending way. Quite a bit of the information in this book I suspected to be true but never did the research to confirm my suspicions.

Do you remember the “Read the Label” television ads?  Once upon a time the government wanted us to know what we were eating. Why did they stop making those public service ads? After reading this book you will know what the food industry does not want you thinking about which is probably why no one is encouraging you to read the label. “Low Sodium” is placed in bold writing so that you will not examine the fine print.


I firmly believe, and this book confirms the idea, that we must evaluate everything we introduce into our body. Reading labels are important as is knowing where you foods come from. There is a direct relationship between the types of diseases prevalent today and the way food is processed.   This book should be on your MUST READ LIST. —written by Masha 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.”

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

IDOLATRY OF BUSYNESS Through the Eyes of Romans by Jaclyn Zahn

As I was reading IDOLATRY OF BUSYNESS Through the Eyes of Romans by Jaclyn Zahn I developed a like-don’t like attitude.  It is written based on the idea that far to many people are consumed with their lifestyle and not their relationship with God. Using the book of Romans as the basis for the discussion and incorporating other parts of the Bible the author teaches what a Believers life should be.

The book is a Bible application study which should help a person determine if he or she has become to busy for a personal relationship with God.

The author uses the New American Standard Bible to guide the reader through self evaluation. Much of the fill in the blank statements, questions and self-evaluation scorings are based on the NASB translation as well as the NIV; this is a problem if you do not own either translation and choose not to use on line Bibles like Biblegateway or YouVerse. The reader of IDOLATRY OF BUSYNESS should have a better understanding of the motivation for his or her busy schedule.

I don’t know how I feel about this book. Though I think print would be better to use as a personal Bible study book but I am kind of glad I have the ebook. Perhaps my prejudice abut this book has to do with the author  not using the KJV or the NKJV of the Bible as the main source. I am not a fan of some of the questions mainly because they are asked based on Bible translations other than the aforementioned.

What I did like about this book is the overall concept: People have made their activities so important that the activities have become like an idol. Perhaps a better title for the book would have been: Are you too busy for God?  —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, May 5, 2017

DON'T SETTLE FOR SAFE by Sarah Jakes Roberts


I was surprised to discover that I liked  “DON’T SETTLE FOR SAFE” by Sarah Jakes Roberts beginning with the introduction. Yes, I had prejudged her as someone using the ‘Jakes’ name to make a few dollars- if this is your opinion STOP!

DON’T SETTLE FOR SAFE is a book of encouragement to all people but in particular young women (dare I say  of color?) who have made a few wrong turns in their lives and have decided not to put their past dreams in a box.

Like many of us Mrs Roberts is a member of the been there done that club except she was the daughter of a very well known Pastor.. It could not have been easy being the daughter of the internationally known Bishop T. D. Jakes daughter and pregnant at 14. Imagine how the tongues wagged when she was married at 19 and divorced with two children at 23! The safe route for her would be to live under her father’s love and grace and keep quiet but she is speaking up and out. Now married to a Pastor the two have six children between them and her choices have become the basis of her words of encouragement.
 “Nothing has happened to you that God can’t use to restore you.”  (page 3)
In DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS Sarah Jakes Roberts keeps it real, keeps it positive so that the reader will walk away confident. Well worth the 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.”

Friday, April 28, 2017

KJV, THINLINE BIBLE -COMPACT

Not everyone considers a compact Bible when they seek to purchase one and today more people are dependent on electronics to make a Bible available when they need one. But for those individuals, such as myself, who feel the importance of having a tangible form of Scripture Thomas Nelsons’ KJV, THINLINE COMPACT BIBLE is a viable option.

Admittedly, the main problem with compact Bibles is the size of the print. (If you have read any of my reviews you know this is a biggie for me!) And the font size is definitely small in the KJV, THINLINE COMPACT BIBLE, but I can read everything with my glasses on even the maps. That is because this Bible is set with the “Thomas Nelson KJV Font” a typeset created specifically for Thomas Nelson for the Bibles they publish; in other words even though the print size is small the words are still easy to read.

This is straight Bible- no commentary, no cross references, no profound words of encouragement scattered throughout the pages but Jesus words are in red. There are 8 maps, a one year Bible reading plan and a “30 DAYS WITH JESUS” passage reading plan. I found the “introduction” very interesting. It seems to set the right tone for the reading of God’s word.

 “To the most High and Mighty Prince James by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France, Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &C.
The Translators of the Bible Wish Grace, Mercy, and Peace,through Jesus Christ Our Lord

Why would anyone purchase the KJV, THINLINE BIBLE Compact edition? Because it is portable you can take it where ever you go. It is dependable, it does not need batteries or a charger. It is convenient you can keep it at your bedside or on your desk at work without taking up a lot of space. And, because everyone should have a Bible when they go to church even if the words are on the screen. However with this particular Bible, the KJV, THINLINE BIBLE compact edition, it is bound in cloth and looks beautiful. (Did I mention it has two ribbon page keepers?  

This is a great King James Version of the Bible well worth the cost!I love it! xxx 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, April 21, 2017

THE WOMAN'S STUDY BIBLE NKJV

What a beautiful Mother’s Day gift THE WOMAN’S STUDY BIBLE NKJV, published by Thomas Nelson, would make. As I glanced through it’s pages I began to come up with excuses as to why I should keep this one for myself but as with most of the books I review it will be given away.

I did not have a first impression with THE WOMAN’S STUDY BIBLE because I had multiple impressions all at once. The floral cover appealed to the softer side of me, technically it is a cloth cover board with a pink floral design and it’s content sold me on this New King James Bible’s usefulness.

As I look at the various notations through out the book I am impressed with the information presented. On page 358 for example the topic block is: “Israels Unfaithfulness to God.” There is a comparison of Israel’s God vs Pagan gods,”  and “Worshipers “Of Israel God” vs “Of Pagan gods.”

As a test of the content I wanted to know what was written about Deborah, since she is one of my favorite people in Scripture. My thought was if they did not mention her it is not a real study Bible. On page 362 a mini-bio of Deborah was written and on page 363 Jael was discussed -double wow.

There are a lot of positive attributes within the pages of this Bible and I could write many more words but there are some technical factors that are important that need to be mentioned. First, and very important to me, it is written in LARGE PRINT! Yea! There is an INDEX at the back of the book - a Reference Guide to the Special Features which is helpful. And of course there are MAPS; the maps are readable and found at the back of the book as well as throughout the Bible.

Did you know that Aloe is mentioned in the Bible twice. The reader can learn about various herbs mentioned in the Word of God in THE WOMAN’S STUDY BIBLE NKJV. This book is full of little treasures.

This Bible has a lot to offer anyone looking for a New King James Version 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.”

Thursday, April 20, 2017

SEWING BASIC RESOURCE GUIDE


I have quite a collection of FREE reference books which includes SEWING BASICS RESOURCE GUIDE. I am not new to sewing but I do lack quite a few fundamentals thus I was looking for information on line one day when I happened upon this FREE PDF ebook. If you have this guide you will not need any other!  What is discussed:

  • YOUR SEWING MACHINE
  •   The Basic Parts of a Sewing Machine
  •   Sewing A Seem
  •   Basic Machine Stitches
  •   Selecting Machine Stitch Length
  •   Sewing Machine Tension Control
  • SEWING TOOLS & NOTIONS
  •   Top Five Cutting Tools for Sewing
  •   Deciphering Measuring Tape Marks
  •   Sewing Machine Needles
  •   Hand Sewing Needles
  •   Selecting the Right Thread
  •   Bias Tape Cheat Sheet
  • TIPS & TECHNIQUES
  •   Selecting Fabric
  •   Know How Much Fabric to Buy
  •   How to Rip Out a Seam
  •   Securing Machine-Sewn Seams
  •   How to Make a Simple Hem
  •   How to sew a Button


The diagram of the sewing machine is accompanied by an easy to understand definition of each item.
For example: #11 is the THREAD TENSION DIAL on the diagram. But what is it for? The explanation reads as follows:   “Thread tension dial: Controls the tension on the top thread. If too tight, the bobbin thread appears on the right side of the fabric. If set too loose, the needle thread loops on the underside of the fabric.”

SEWING BASICS RESOURCE GUIDE a FREE DOWNLOADABLE PDF file is an overview of everything a sewist needs to start sewing. I have seen some of the very expensive books available for purchase and I would suggest you download this file first. True, it is an overview of how to sew but most of the things you will learn is achieved through practice.

I am sure that somewhere on the Sew4Home web page you can access this and more data however you can also Google the title and the link will take you directly to the file (or just click the link). SEWING BASICS RESOURCE GUIDE is well worth the download and, as I have done, printing out the 30 pages.

I am not affiliated with Sew4Home in anyway and was not asked to write this review.  The website contains a wealth of information for the beginner as well as an advanced sewer. xxxMarsha L F Randolph