Sunday, April 20, 2014

HOW HIGH WILL YOU CLIMB by John C Maxwell


In order to grow within you have to read books with nuggets; bits of information that you can carry with you forever. In his latest book, How High Will You Climb?: Determine Your Success by Cultivating the Right Attitude by John C. Maxwell has once again provided motivating words of wisdom in which the reader can take with him wherever he chooses to go.
I am a John Maxwell fan and have purchased many of his books. Though the basis of all of his books are pretty much the same, developing the leader in you, the approach varies. In How High Will You Climb? The reader is encouraged to examine his or her attitude.
Part of Mr. Maxwell’s success has to do with his ability to incorporate biblical principals with the realities of life. You will not appreciate this book if you do not understand the need to incorporate God’s word in your daily activities. Bible passages are woven throughout the entire book.
How High Will You Climb? serves as a life coach thus it reads like a one on one motivational conversation. The antidotes told lead to life observations which lead to suggested life applications all of which should force the reader to determine what his or her goals are.
As with any self-help, personal motivational, or leadership book, upon reading this book the individual should have a better understanding of how to succeed. I like books that focus on personal responsibility which is why I can recommend How High Will You Climb? I believe even non-Christians will be able to glean life truths from this book.


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KNOWING GOD by NAME by David Wilkerson

Sometimes you can have more than enough books on the same subject as is the case with the book I am now reviewing thus the question becomes: Is this book necessary? I chose to review Knowing God by Name: Names of God That Bring Hope and Healing out of curiosity.
What makes Knowing God by Name unique is the authors’ approached.This is not a book that simply gives you various Greek and Hebrew names of God. Knowing God by Name reveals who “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14)is to the person of man.
El Elyon, El Shaddaai, Jehovah Jireh (chapter 1); Jehovah Rophi, Jehovah Makkeh (chapter 2); Jehovah Nicssi (chapter 3); Jehovah Tsebbaioth (chapter 4); Jehovah Shalom (chapter 5); Jehovah Tsidkenu (chapter 6); Jehovah Shammah (chapter 7) Jehovah Rohi (chapter 8); Immanuel (chapter); as well as Forgiveness and Intercessor are the “I AM” revealed in the book. Each of these Names many of us are already familiar with.
Knowing God by Name is not so much about the Names of God as it is how His name manifest in the life of the believer. Because of his easy to understand writing style I recommend this book to anyone who seeks better understanding as to who God is and how he or she can use His character to bring hope and healing.
Pastor Wilkerson went home to be with the Lord April 27, 2011 thus this book is a reprint.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

fixing the money thing by Gary Keesee

I happened to come across the program FIXING THE MONEY THING on the Daystar network a few months ago I was so intrigued by the message of Gary and Drenda Keesee. After a few weeks of  watching the program I ordered the book “Fixing the Money Thing: A practical Guide to Your Financial Success .” 
 This is the best book on finances that I have ever read. I am financial consultant with clients that range from low income to financially independent Fixing the Money Thing will benefit everyone. Unlike other books including Dave Ramsey (yes his book is on my shelf as well) Gary Keesee discuses our money behaviors in a non-accusing manner then teaches the reader a better way of doing things. Unlike other books I have read on the topic “Fixing the Money Thing ” uses Biblical principles to teach individuals how to manage money, in particular how to get out of debt.  According to Gary and Drenda (his wife) it is possible to become debt free within 7 years.
The concepts taught in Fixing the Money Thing thing the book and the television program are the concepts I use with my clients only he has more experience than I do. Pastor Gary Keesee is able  to present “a practical guide to your financial success” using numerous real life examples. More important he has been there and done that.
The Keesee’s were able to get out of debt in which they owed approximately $200,000 in seven years. Their television program serves as a platform for men and women of God to share their faith based keys to success and includes people who are struggling to get out of debt and multi-millionaires.
Many people enjoy another individual who has both books and a television program. I have watched his show on the Business News Network and I have evaluated his University program which is offered at my church. Though I cannot deny the number of successes he has had I can tell you it is not for me.
After watching the program for a few weeks and desperately wanting to become debt free I wrote Gary Keesee via email and he replied (about 3 days later). For years I felt that I could not become debt free without the agreement of my husband, which I did not have. I wrote Pastor Keesee and explained my situation and wondered if there was an “alternative program”. His encouraging response gave me the boost of faith that I needed.
In Fixing the Money Thing Gary Keesee teaches how little things can make a difference. This book is well worth your purchasing, definitely doable and I recommend it to all of my clients, friends and family.
Unlike other reviews I purchased this book and am reviewing it independent of any publishing company or writer.
Note to the reader: Debt has become an American norm, this should not so. I am on a personal mission to own my home in less than 15 years, despite what my husband says and to be otherwise debt free in less than 7. My goal is to bring as many people as I can along with me.  For more information about what I do and how I do it please email me at nowayztired@gmail.com or visit my financial web site: Marsha Lynnette Randolph You can become debt free and financially independent.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

FIGHTING FOR PEACE by Carol Howard Merritt & Tyler Wigg-Stevenson


FRAMES- Barna Group a series of books that provide an in-depth study of Christian philosophy, I chose “Fighting for Peace: Your Role in a Culture Too Comfortable with Violence (Frames) ” as a book to review, currently there are a bout 10 topics to choose from.
I don’t know what I expected when I looked at the title Fighting for Peace: Your Role in a Culture Too Comfortable with Violence (Frames) and quite frankly after reading the book I am not sure how I would classify it.
FIGHTING FOR PEACE is a mini-reference book on the concept of peace in the world today and the responses of believers. Such statistical data as American opinions regarding guns broken down by faith contrasted with a discussion on “Would Jesus Really Turn the Other Cheek?” (pages 26-28) add relevance to Upon completion of this book the reader will have developed a better understanding of what he or she believes as well as why he or she believes it.
Though Christian based do not expect to see Bible verses. When introducing the concept behind the series FRAMES the introduction uses the analogy of a eyeglasses, each book assist the believer in seeing the teachings of the Bible clearer. Fighting for Peace: Your Role in a Culture Too Comfortable with Violence (Frames) gives understanding to the various ways violence has infiltrated the lives of believers and how to be proactive in restoring peace one person at a time.
I recommend this book because it is a necessary read. I would suggest it be used not only for personal growth and development but Small Group Bible studies as well.


I received a complimentary copy of in exchange for an honest and fair review.