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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

THE MAXWELL LEADERSHIP BIBLE Published by Thomas Nelson

I have had a copy of   THE MAXWELL LEADERSHIP BIBLE  since 2005,which is why I was very interested in reviewing the THIRD EDITION  of the New King James Version of the Bible with notes by the famous author / speaker John C Maxwell.  Two questions I am asking myself:
  1. Why would anyone purchase a John C Maxwell Bible?
  2. Is it necessary to get the newer edition if you have an older one?
Superficially, the newer copy has a great book cover but the Bible itself is red with writing on the sleeve identifying it as THE MAXWELL LEADERSHIP BIBLE - John C Maxwell NKJV. The print is bolder much easier to read. The older version I have , copyright 2002, has 1,616 pages whereas the newer one has 1,629. But we are looking for the added value as is provided by John C Maxwell himself  so let's now look at content.

First I see an exert from the writings of Kevin A. Myers "What On Earth Is God Doing? Pretty much an overview of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation - confirming that there is nothing happening today that is a surprise to God.

As I moved forward into the Bible itself, beginning with the beginning I noticed how information is presented is different but it is still the same information. Both Bibles present Mr. Maxwell's teachings on leadership laws, qualities. and issues as well as Profiles in leadership.

But with the newer edition there is more!  For years, perhaps decades, John C Maxwell has shared his knowledge of leadership from a biblical perspective through speeches, classes and book. Anyone who has ever read the Bible knows that every time you read it you learn something- THE MAXWELL LEADERSHIP BIBLE contains the somethings Mr. Maxwell has learned over the years some of which you will find in greater detail in his books.

Why would anyone purchase THE MAXWELL LEADERSHIP BIBLE?  Because Christians have to distinguish themselves from worldly leadership and the only way to do this is by studying God's words. By having leadership principles and their modern day applications pointed out being a God pleaser and not a man pleaser is that much easier.

Is it necessary to get the newer edition if you have an older one? I would say YES, if you don't have all of John C Maxwell's leadership books. NO, if you have and have read all of John C Maxwell's leadership books.  YES, if you are like me and like the idea of having reminders of various principles written in your Bible.

Though this is a review copy and I often give away such Bibles- this one is a keeper for me! 
                                                                                                   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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

ANCIENT MODERN BIBLE- NKJV Published Thomas Nelson

Let's face it, if you want a New King James Version or even King James Version Bible you can go to the dollar store and get one. Any person going to a book store wants more than a Bible, every year there are numerous Bibles and Bible translations released, the decision as to which to purchase is not just KJ or NKJ.

Thomas Nelson Publishing company introduces a new concept of the New King James Bible version with ANCIENT-MODERN BIBLE One Faith. Handed down. For All Saints. My complimentary copy came in a the beautiful gold box you see in the picture. The Bible itself has a White hard cover with Gold and bronze  print. As many of Thomas Nelson's newer Bibles it is presented  in it's trademark comfort print (that means it is easy to read).

So, what makes this Bible unique? The presentation of commentary from voices of the past, biographies of celebrated men and women of faith, and general information to help facilitate an excellent study of God's words.  As an added bonus: "The Art of the Church" a section found at the end of the Bible contains copies of famous paintings.

Contrary to what I usually write, this is not one of my new "favorite" Bibles. I appreciate the insertion of words Eugene Peterson, Jack Hayford, C H. Spurgeon and so many more. Every believer should be familiar with the great believers of the past thus the  mini- biographies of such grates as John Wesley make this a worth while addition to my collection.      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, October 2, 2018

YOUR MONEY, YOUR MARRIAGE by Cherie & Brian Lowe

I really believe that there are two issues most married couples disagree on, even if they do not talk about it: sex and money,   which is why I was excited to read and review YOUR MONEY, YOUR MARRIAGE by Cherie & Brian Lowe. Unfortunately, I would not recommend this to a couple who has been married for years; though newlyweds would benefit from this book.

The concept of blending money and marriage into one book is an excellent idea and the one plus this book has is the discussion questions at the end of each chapter. Personally, the questions were to simplistic and would not lead to areas of agreement with my husband and I.

I am sure many people would love this book. I know a few cutesie couples who don't have divorce threatening problems in their marriage that would use this book as a tool to maintain their relationship. The church I once attended would use this book in one of their small groups.

For everyone else I would suggest seeking a financial adviser to help put them on the right path. Since money problems acts as a deterrent for intimacy and marriage counseling to help with improving communication. There are separate books that can address each.

YOUR MONEY, YOUR MARRIAGE is a great concept that, for me, did not deliver. After 22 years of marriage my husband and I still don't agree but we have learned how to manage not using any of the concepts presented in this book.  As a Tax Preparer I have married clients that have disagree about how to manage money and they too have discovered a way to agree without being  disagreeable.        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, 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.