Thursday, June 19, 2014


After going through the technical aspects of NIrV ADVENTURE BIBLE I sat down with my 6 year old grandson to do a Bible Study. I chose the book of Proverbs.
Our first impression of the book; cool! It’s special edition 3-D cover quickly attracted my grandson who wanted the Bible instantly. I personally played with various angles intrigued by what I saw. Getting past the pleasure of the book cover design I read the information presented about what an NIrV was, this was important for me because I have read the NIV Bible but not the New International Readers Version. Of course there was the section on “How to use this Bible written in very simple, large font, terms; perhaps grown up Bibles should do the same. The overall opinion of my grandson, his sister, their mother and myself was this is indeed a good Bible.
I chose the book of Proverbs because I knew I could explain the verses easily to a six year old. As with every book in the NIrV Bible the overview contains what individuals studying the Bible need to know: who wrote it, when was it written and why was it written. It also points out verses that are relevant to children. I used the recommendation to read Proverbs 3:5-6 which happens to be one of my favorites.
The two verses generated an excellent discussion between myself, my grandson and his 10 year old sister. It was clear to me that they both understood the verse and could apply it to their own life, which is what we want when our children, grandchildren, read God’s word.
There are quite a few Bible nuggets presented in the NIrV ADVENTURE BIBLE. However, I suspect that one of the attractions for young people is the adventure theme woven throughout the book. There are pictures of: elephants, parrots, frogs, and monkeys that ask “Did You Know” tells us to “Live It!” and share various treasures. “Life in Bible Times” signs teach various historical information.
The NIrV ADVENTURE BIBLE is written on the level of an early reader age 6 -10 years old. Yet I will be sharing some of the information in it with my adult Bible Study group.
I definitely recommend this Bible be purchased.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.xx Marsha L Randolph

Monday, June 16, 2014


I have mixed emotions about SHARING CHRIST WITH THE DYING perhaps because I had such high expectations based on my activities within the church and the various classes I have taken as a Bereavement Support Team Member. I was hopping to learn something I did not know unfortunately I did not.
SHARING CHRIST WITH THE DYING is a well written book about that journals the authors experience with death of loved ones. Anyone who has had to deal with hospice understands how well versed in the nuances of each member of the care team who works with the family as well as the patient. Melody Rossi presents an overview of almost every aspect of hospice care.
This is my problem with the book: I expected to read about sharing the gospel with someone who was dying I was not looking for a book on hospice care.
Her chapter on Spiritual Warfare seems incomplete almost amateurish. She presents 10 questions for the reader to ask him or herself the first two are as follows: What is God trying to accomplish right now? 2) Would Satan have any reason to interfere? Dear readers the answer is found in John 10:10 (paraphrased): Jesus declared that the enemy (Satan) came to kill steal and destroy but I (Jesus) came that you may have life and more abundantly. Whenever believers pray for someone Satan is going to oppose it thus there will be a battle.
It has been my personal experience, you share Christ with the dying the same way you do with the living - by first praying and secondly choosing your words so the individual receives them.
There are other things within the book that I could not fully appreciate however this would be a good book as a reference for anyone who would like to know what to expect when a loved one is placed on hospice care. I would suggest you check this book out of the library.

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

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

KING RULES by Alveda King

The forward to King Rules: Ten Truths for You, Your Family, and Our Nation to Prosper by Alveda King begins with a forward written by the Honorable J. C. Watts which establishes such a level of expectation for the reader that anything less than a great read would make the 189 page book not worth the paper it was printed on. Reading the forward, which set the tone of this hopefully great book, I was ready to sit down and read a story about the King family. This is not another book about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that King Rules: Ten Truths for You, Your Family, and Our Nation to Prosper was not just another book about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is a collection of faith based generational lessons that anyone can apply to his or her life.
The King family stories serve as a foundation for the ten rules,life principles, that Alveda King presents to the reader. As a a nation we know the sacrifice the late honorable Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr made on behalf of this country and we are familiar with the contributions of other members of the King family. By incorporating the behaviors of these great American’s within the pages of the book the reader is able to understand the importance of each rule.
I was sharing with my daughter the contents of this book for two reasons: 1) I felt validated as a parent because my philosophies agreed with the words I found on this page and 20 I want her to read this book as she raises my grandchildren. Not only did I recommend this book to my daughter I also recommend you purchase a copy of this book.   Marsha L Randolph

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