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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

DANGEROUS PRAYERS Published by Thomas Nelson

DANGEROUS PRAYERS 50 POWERFUL PRAYERS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD is not what I expected, it is better. As I read through the book I thought of the latter portion of James 5:16: “ The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (New King James Version) This is truly a great collection of prayers.

But, DANGEROUS PRAYERS is more than a collection of prayers it is a tribute to men and women who influenced history throughout Christian times. Prior to each prayer is a mini-biography of the author of the prayer. People such as: Polycarp (69-156) the first person recorded as being killed for his faith; Aimee Semple McPherson a well known revivalist of her time, a divorced evangelist;andeven John Newton author of the song Amazing Grace. A prayer of Abraham Lincoln can also be found. Jarena Lee (1783-1864) the first Black female to publicly preach, a free woman has one of the shortest prayers, if not they shortest. And of course the prayer of our, at least my, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ- guess which one that is!

Published by Thomas Nelson, the spectrum of prayers range from simple to formal from individuals from all walks of life representing various centuries. It is an excellent collection of prayers. Dangerous prayers? I don’t know. Powerful prayers? I don’t know. Effective prayers? Absolutely! Written by Marsha L F Randolph


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Sunday, December 16, 2018

A MORNING and EVENING PRAYER BOOK by Jeanie and DAvid Gushee

The following is a review of A MORNING and EVENING PRAYERBOOK by Jeanie and David Gushee. It is a collection of prayers from Protestant, Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox individuals from all over the world. There are two prayers for each day- a morning prayer and an evening prayer.

The mini-bios of the authors explains why I feel about this book as I do. (I will share in a minute.) Jeanie Gushee is a poet and has a BA in English Literature. David Gushee, PhD is a Christian ethicist (whatever that is) and serves as “distinguished university professor of Christian ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. A credentialed couple.

Aside from the historical nature of the works found within the book I cannot think of a reason to purchase it. Take away the dates at the top of the pages and you have a collection of prayers. The idea of mixing Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant prayers, organizations that have different understanding of Scripture, and using it as a spring board for prayer makes no sense to me.

Many of the complimentary books for review that I receive I give away, not this one. I don’t give away books in which I hesitate because of potential doctrinal errors, the authors just presented a group of prayers the writer of the prayers may not have had the understanding of GOD that most people today have. And again, the mixture of Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox prayers would not be received well by many people I know.

A MORNING and EVENING PRAYER BOOK is actually a collection of prayers. I would not recommend it be used as one would use a daily devotional.      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. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

FIXING MY EYES ON JESUS- by Anne Graham Lotz

FIXING MY EYES ON JESUS- Daily Moments in His Word by Anne Graham Lotz is in ‘my humble opinion’ one of the best daily devotionals around. I have been gifted devotionals, reviewed devotionals and seen daily devotionals being sold in retail stores everywhere but this one is only the second one to impress me.

My first impresseion has to do with the size of the book, it is not pocket size but 8 3/4 by 6 3/4 an excellent size with a readable font! My coplimentary copy is leather bound with gold lettering title framed with a beautiful embossed floral design.  Yes, if I was giving this devotional away it would make a perfect gift!

FIXING MY EYES ON JESUS has 365 words of faith. Today’s topic, November 30th, “More Blessing” the corresponding Scripture is Matthew 7:11. The associated comments give the reader a different perspective on what a blessing really is.”The blessing God wants to give you and me can be summed up in one word-Jesus!”  As the title implies it is all about Jesus.

As I skimmed through the various dates in the book I became excited. For me this devotional though simple in it’s message, by simple I mean peaceful, is very encouraging. Think about the quote I shared above: “God wants to give you”, we all know God gives. The author personalizes it by reminding me that God cares for me and wants to give tome. I can really see myself reading more than one devotional a day!     Written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Monday, November 19, 2018

JESUS OUR PERFECT HOPE - 365 DEVOTIONS by Charles F Stanley

I have come to the conclusion that we all need some type of encouragement from time to time and a friend is not always present to give it. We know that Scripture is filled with hope BUT there are days in which we don't know where to look for that nugget that will trigger our joy. Charles F Stanley Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta has been teaching biblical truths for over 45 years and his consistency has gained him great trust within the body of believers. JESUS OUR PERFECT HOPE is his most recent contribution to the family of faith which presents those nuggets of encouragement we all need.
I have been given and I have obtained for review many daily devotionals over the years. I have kept some but did not really read most of what was inside, I don't think that is the case with this devotional.
Even as I read today's words: "An Anchor In The Storm" it was something I needed to be reminded of. As I read the lesson, comments, that followed the Scripture for the day, November 19, it became clear to me how to adjust my thinking. The words of the day answered my prayer.

"Jesus, help me to act in obedience, focus on You, and embrace Your Word so my faith can stay strong. Amen."

The prayer reflects the lesson which supports the Scripture reference which solidifies the confession:
"My hope is in Jesus because He is trustworthy."
This is one of the better devotionals and one that I will keep on my desk, unless it is on my nightstand.
                                    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.


Friday, November 16, 2018

KINGDOM RELATIONSHIPS by Dr. Ron Moseley

KINGDOM RELATIONSHIPS - God’s Law for the Community of Faith by Dr. Ron Moseley is a book that I was looking forward to reading. Unlike many of the books I reviewed this was a personal purchase that was recommended by my Pastor-Teacher and it is part of my personal faith journey. I believe the best way to find a book to read is by recommendations from people you know not book reviewers. Yes, I am a book reviewer but my opinions are based on my biases thus it should be your secondary method of determining what you read.

KINGDOM RELATIONSHIPS is presented as “reading reference” giving the reader a general understanding as to why Scripture was written as it was. It is a reminder to us all that our 21st century understanding neglects to adapt our understanding to 1st century behaviors. KINGDOM RELATIONSHIPS helps the believer adjust his or her perspective.

KINGDOM RELATIONSHIPS is 54 pages if you count: The Bibliography, Other Related Resources, Glossary of Terms and the Teaching Review questions at the end of each chapter and 32 pages of actual  content. The only reason for not reading the book in a day is to allow yourself time to consider the ideas that are presented.

Though I would not consider this book a foundation for anyone’s faith I do see it as a great study tool. If you are reading the Pentateuch (First 5 books of the Old Covenant) or the Gospels (the first four books of the New Covenant) reading this first will help you evaluate the relevance of Scripture and how you need to incorporate what is written or justify why it is not applicable to you today. I recommend this book to anyone read to take their relationship with YHWH to the next level.                                          written by Marsha L F Randolph

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.