Thursday, June 22, 2017

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL by John MacArthur

The first question one must ask is: Why read another book on the Apostle Paul? This is what I asked myself when I agreed to review THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL by John MacArthur. My answer was: it is written by John MacArthur and I respect his writings.

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL is a type of survey of the teachings of the Apostle. In writing this book the author presents the basis of Christianity, there really is no other way to say it. What is important about this book is: it serves as a reality check for those who profess to be Christians.

The book is easy to read and only 134 pages not counting the Appendix which brings it to 190. The Appendix is just as an important a read as the body of the book. I was intrigued by the discussions found in the Appendix particularly “Redefining Atonement” page 141; Appendix 1 “In Defense of Substitutionary Atonement.” THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL proves that you do not need a thousand page book to present information.

This book, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL, is a necessary read and not like other books I have read or skimmed through. If you were going to purchase a book about the Apostle Paul this is the one. It is a very informative read thus I recommend it.  — 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.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

MISCONCEPTIONS by Steven Reider

One of the reasons I don’t read (or write) a lot of fiction is because I like books that make me think. MISCONCEPTIONS by Steven Reider is such a book, I like the book.

Do not read MISCONCEPTIONS if you are content with your church traditions (Matthew 15:2-6) or just don’t have time to study your Bible. Second Timothy 2:15 advises us to: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (King James Version) This book is going to force you back into the word.

So what are the misconceptions? The first one the author discusses is “poor Jesus.”  As I read this I felt personally vindicated as I was told by both my Pastor and an Associate Pastor (who was not a Pastor at the time) that Jesus was poor and went through Scripture to prove it. Both the word and common sense reveals the truth- he was not.

If you can digest what is in the introduction and chapters one and two then get out your pen and paper (if you haven’t already) for chapter three as this is a discussion on the names of God.

What I have noticed is the book gets deeper as you progress through the pages. What I mean to say is as you digest one part the next chapter takes you  a little deeper into understanding the word of God. If you treat MISCONCEPTIONS as a Bible teaching tool, which it is, you will indeed grow in knowledge and understanding.

OOPS!  I often neglect to give the entire title of books, which I almost did with this one it is:
MISCONCEPTIONS- A Look at God's Word through First Century Hebraic Eyes

I recommend this book, my only regret is that I have an ebook copy for review and I have to now order a print copy. Books like this are meant to be printed and place next to your dictionary!  - 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.”

Saturday, June 3, 2017

NIV KIDS VISUAL STUDY BIBLE

It just so happens that I received my copy of NIV KIDS VISUAL STUDY BIBLE as I was getting ready to study my Sabbath School lesson- so I used it. Of course Zondervan published this Bible for children between the ages of 8 to 12 but God’s word is God’s word.

The assumption is that around 8 years of age young people should be able to read God’s word and not an overview as you see with many children’s Bible. The NIV KIDS VISUAL STUDY BIBLE is a graduation of sorts for many young people however the pictures make it fun and the explanations / commentaries were easy to understand.

As I said, I was using the Bible to do my own Bible Study so I went to Judges 4-6, which is what we were studying. Within the Bible each page has two columns one white and one golden yellow. Scripture is written on the inner white column while commentary and pictures are on the outer yellow column. On page 360 there was a picture of a man leading two oxen attached to a cart and underneath was a comment regarding Judges 4:1-2:
“How the Lord “sold” his people The Lord “sold them” by allowing a pagan tribe to defeat Israel and make them slaves to Jabin.” 
I knew that but I didn’t know that! This explanation brought clarity to a verse that I have often read but rarely meditated on.

Another example of what I learned: A few weeks ago I was on Facebook and one of my FBFs called someone a Leviathan. Well I did look it up in my Bible however I was it again in the NIV KIDS VISUAL STUDY BIBLE. Isaiah 27:1 note:
Leviathan This was a mthological sea monster. Here, it is a symbol of wicked nations such as Egypt. 

Why is this important? Because this study Bible is designed for children but it is actually informative enough that grown-ups could use it. Yes; there are tables, charts and maps. This is indeed a great 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, May 25, 2017

THE DAWN OF CHRISTIANITY by Robert J Hutchinson

If a docudrama was going to be a movie THE DAWN OF CHRISTIANITY How God Used Simple Fisherman, Soldiers, and Prostitutes to Transform the World would be it.  Written by Robert J Hutchinson it is an interesting book to say the least. I kept having to remind myself that the book was not fiction.

Perhaps it is because I am accustomed to boring information being presented regarding the history of Christianity- facts just facts. This was like reading the Message Bible, very every dayish.

There is nothing inherently wrong with THE DAWN OF CHRISTIANITY by Robert J Hutchinson. It’s 242 pages, not including appendixes, notes and further reading recommendations qualify the book to be not a docudrama but a history book.

For anyone wanting to learn more about what was going on during the time of Jesus, this is a good book. The narration of the ministry of our Lord Jesus is simplistic enough as to help us understand the events of the day and detailed enough to make Christian history buffs use THE DAWN OF CHRISTIANITY as a reference tool. It is definitely worth the read so grab yourself some popcorn and enjoy! Yes I recommend this book. — Marsha L F Randolph


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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



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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


Thursday, April 13, 2017

KJV THINLINE BIBLE, LARGE PRINT CLOTH OVERBOARD

Thomas Nelson has just released The King James Version Bible. “Oh!” You might be saying. “They always put out King James Bible, I have one.” But what you do not have is a: KJV THINLINE BIBLE,  Large Print Cloth Cover board in Black/ Gray Red letter edition. And if you like taking your Bible with you to church, or when you visit then you want this. This edition also comes in a green cloth cover, which looks cute but I like this one.

I can tell you that it really is cloth! I got the black part dirty and had to clean it with a damp cloth.

This King James Bible has a classic look to it. I like the weight and its’ clean, nothing fancy, cover. When you open the book the first page is the standard presentation page: to, from etcetera. As you open it up to the books of the Bible you can actually see the words, the font is great. No, I cannot read it without my glasses but I can hold the Book at a reasonable distance and still see the words. What I really appreciate is the ability to actually read the maps! 

I don’t recall other large print Bibles having maps in which you could read all of the places. (Again, no squinty eyes.)

An important note at the back of the book: “The Bible was set in the Thomas Nelson KJV Font, a typeface commissioned by Thomas Nelson Publishers and designed in Aarhus by Klaus Krogh and Heidi Rand Sorensons of 2K/DENMARK.”  Yes, this is a unique font for a very special book and I for one am glad.

This is a very readable King James Version of the Bible that is not oversized.  xxx 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.”

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

DEEP UNDERCOVER by Jack Barsky

It’s a spy novel- no it’s a memoir that reads like a spy novel! DEEP UNDERCOVER by Jack Barsky with Cindy Coloma begins by stimulating the readers curiosity, something every book should do, as to whether or not the first few pages are truthful. I had to double check the dust cover to remind myself that this was not fiction but a very real tale of a spay who lived secret lives.
I did watch the 60 Minute news cast regarding the life of Jack Barsky thus all the information presented in this book was new to me.

Generally speaking DEEP UNDERCOVER is the story of Albrecht Dittrich who became a spy for the KGB. What lead him to becoming an agent and what happened during the time he worked for as a Russian spy is detailed in this book. But what does Jack Barsky have to do with Albrecht Dittrich? That you must read the book to discover.

Jack Barsky’s life reads like the television series “24”, a soap opera, and a news documentary combined. Is that even possible? It takes someone like Cindy Coloma, the collaborator, who has written both fiction and nonfiction to present such fascinating information in an entertaining and informative way.  To say that I enjoyed the book is an understatement.

DEEP UNDERCOVER- My Secret Life & Tangled Allegiance as a KGB Spy in America by Jack Barsky with Cindy Coloma is a great spy novel that is not a a spy novel. It is a true story of a  man who learned to love America. Written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Friday, March 3, 2017

ARE MY KIDS ON TRACK? by S Goff, D Thomas and M Trevathan

ARE MY KIDS ON TRACK - The 12 Emotional, Social and Spiritual Milestones Your Child Needs to Reach by Sissy Goff, David Thomas and Melissa Trevathan is the book I read to review. I have already raised my children thus I read this book from a post-parenting perspective.

Nothing should be etched in stone however reading ARE MY KIDS ON TRACK would be a very positive parenting tool. Many of the “Building Blocks” discussed should be common sense skill sets such as “listening.” What this book seems to do is to direct parents back to traditional parenting. I would encourage parents to read it, not to see if their child / children are on “track” per-say but to make sure as parents there is an awareness of the unique needs of each child.

At the end of each chapter there is a list of Practical Suggestions for developing the concepts of each chapter. ARE MY KIDS ON TRACK is divided into three milestones, categories: Emotional, Social and Spiritual.  These milestones are subdivided by philosophies associated with each concept presented. For Emotional Milestones the reader examines: Emotional Vocabulary, Perspective, Empathy, Resourcefulness. Thus, at the end of the chapter relating to Empathy the reader will have Practical Ideas for Building Empathy.

Why do I say these are common sense skill sets parents should have? In Practical Ideas for Building Boundaries number one on the list is: have your child talk about conflict. In other words parents need to allow their children to vent. Because I took my job as a parent very seriously and used a lot of common sense much of what was in this book I did.

Unfortunately, many of today’s parents did not have great examples of parenting or they thought there was a better way. ARE MY KIDS ON TRACK  is a good book for parents to read though some of the suggestion may have you saying; “Now you tell me!”   written by Marsha L F Randolph

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BETHANY 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, February 24, 2017

PRACTICING THE POWER by Sam Storms


PRACTICING THE POWER- Welcoming the gifts of the Holy Spirit in Your Life by Sam Storms is an interesting book that discusses the availability and purpose of the Spirit of God. The 269 page book discusses the authors understanding of the gifts of the spirit including that of prophecy.

In some instances PRACTICING THE POWER seems to focus more on the technical aspects of the presence of the Holy Spirit than the natural flow in a person’s life. Perhaps this personal interpretation of the authors words has to do with the extent in which the author goes to explain the manifestation of the gifts within the church whereas my focus on the Holy Spirit has always been how He reveals himself when a Believer is in need of Father God.

It is true, as the author writes, it is important that the gifts of the Spirit manifest in an orderly fashion in church. It is necessary that the release of a Prophetic word be done properly, though I have witnessed a person speaking in tongues in the church ‘out of order’ I have not seen, as the author discusses, security guards on standby to escort such individuals out of the building. In my experience, either the Pastor has been able to stop an individual before he or she becomes to disruptive or an usher or nearby minister has been able to quiet the person. The incident then becomes a teaching moment for the body of believers.

One of the things that struck me as I read PRACTICING THE POWER was the almost apologetic way the author presented information. He seemed to be making excuses as to why he believed what he believed which took away from the credibility of his words. On page 148 he writes: “I know that some of you reading this book will be tempted to skip this chapter.” Since this sentence is halfway through the book the reader should not be tempted to do anything but read more; the assumption is the reader is still not convinced as to the validity of the authors words.

On page 162 there was a sentence that I found peculiar: “Regardless of the exact meaning of the word;” in the previous paragraph he uses the word “perhaps.”  The word “regardless” has a take it or leave it connotation, or as the children might say “whatever!” And the term “perhaps” implies that it might not be. My suggestion: When in doubt leave it out. Such an ambiguous phrase on such an important subject can lead some to not seek the power.

This is the first book I have read by this author and it will probably be my last however there is something to glean from the book which makes it an OK read.  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.”

Thursday, February 9, 2017

KJV WORD STUDY BIBLE


In the year 2017 there are Bible purest who will only read a King James Bible translation, I am not one of them. However, I do love the King James version of the Bible and it is with great excitement that I am reviewing the KJV WORD STUDY BIBLE. Thomas Nelson Publisher.

My first impression is that it is a beautiful imitation leather Bible. The weight would make it prohibitive to carry around but the print is definitely readable, even the notes use a font that is pleasant to the eye.

Word study Bibles are excellent and for beginners the KJV WORD STUDY BIBLE might be worth owning. However, if you are have ever owned a Thompson chain study Bible you will be disappointed with this; the word study is not as extensive.

Let’s use the book of John as an example:

  • There is not the usual book over view that you find in most study Bibles. The brief introduction skims through what the reader can expect. No historical perspective.
  • The “WATCH WORDS” ARE- word, love, miracle, know see; the definitions do not reflect what you would find in a concordance. 
  • Some of the words underlined in the chapter include: darkness, witness, flesh, dwelt, only begotten, glory; I am sure there are more. 


So what do you do with these words? Within the book there are text boxes with notes on a specific word. As I read the comments for “only begotten”  I can see how this explanation could lead to confusion.

As I have written, the KJV WORD STUDY BIBLE is good for a person new to Bible study but may create some frustration to an advanced Bible study. The words in this Bible are useless to me personally but might help if I was looking for a subject to teach.

It must be noted that I usually study from the New King James Bible however I often revert back to the King James Bible when doing word study. Not everyone loves the King James Version of the Bible many choose the New King James but if you are, or know someone who is a King James kind of person it is still a good Bible to have, if for no other reason because of the font size. And, yes, it is a good gift idea!

As we get closer to the Resurrection season AKA Easter more Bibles will be available for you to chose from. Bibles make great Baptismal gifts, they are an excellent choice for a person who has graduated from Bible school and they are an excellent wedding present especially if the couples name is engraved on it - I received one and it is cherished.

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.” 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

STRENGTHS BASED MARRIAGE by Jimmy Evans & Allen Kelsey

I chose to review STRENGTHS BASED MARRIAGE because it was written by Jimmy Evans. Actually the book has two authors the other being Allen Kelsey. I occasionally watch and enjoy Jimmy and Karen Evans television program “Marriage Today”.   Perhaps because there were two different authors the book was not what I expected.

I struggled to get through this book, skimming over a chapter here and there. Part of the reason why was because as the author writes in in the “Author’s Note” found in the beginning of the book: “To make the most of this book, you and your spouse will need to take the Clifton StrengthsFinder* assessment.”  When I went to the website I discovered there was a fee for the test. BUT that was not my only problem with the book.

The problem is you really do need to take the test in order to properly utilize the information in the book; AND your spouse has to cooperate. This book makes marriage a little to complicated.

STRENGTHS BASED MARRIAGE is really about appreciating each other’s differences and there are other books out there that deal with the subject a lot better. I cannot tell you how disappointed I am in this book, and I am sure there are people who love this book. BUT if you are going through difficult times in your marriage and your spouse chooses to not deal with it THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU.

The book is based on the husband and wife working together and if you are working together on something you do not need the book. If you do want to make your marriage stronger find a project that you both have never done before and would like to try it is cheaper. xxx 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, January 12, 2017

TALK YOURSELF HAPPY by Kristi Watts


I have purchased books on the importance of the words we speak. I have listened to many messages on positive confessions. TALK YOURSELF HAPPY by Kristi Watts is a book on what it takes to align your words with your mind and your heart taking positive confession in a more doable direction.

In this 218 page easy to read book the author walks the reader through various reasons why a person may not have progressed in life as he thought he  should have. The emotional side effects of not achieving personal success can lead to sadness, discouragement or any other negative feeling. TALK YOURSELF HAPPY will point the reader in the direction of peace and contentment.

The difference with TALK YOURSELF HAPPY,  by Kristi Watts (former co-host of the 700 club), and other books I have read, is the process. This is not just a book of Bible verses and opinions but of empathy and support. Each chapter reveals a principle to help you understand how to get your faith to agree with your brain in order to develop hope and confidence. The action steps and list of Bible verses will help you achieve the main idea of this book which is to be happy regardless of what is happening in your life.

This is a book you read if you need to encourage yourself.    xxxMarsha L F Randolph



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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.”



Tuesday, January 3, 2017

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CONSTITUTION

I decided to make my first book to review for 2017 THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. I have several pocket sized copies. I admit that this was the first time that I ever read the entire document. 

Based on the past ten years in America, and the most recent election cycle I believe every American should read: THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with its’ AMENDMENTS at least once. Too many people think this is a democratic government but according to the Constitution it is a republic. Republic Definition- a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them. -SCRIVENER WordNet Dictionary.

Article IV section 4
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature can-not be convened) against domestic Violence

This document is not difficult to understand if you speak proper English, not street talk, I would suggest it be read at least twice (this is the same advice I give for those who have never read the Bible).

There are some who are calling for revisions of this important document and only an informed individual can understand why this is a foolish idea. Many young people do not fully appreciate the wisdom found on these pages. And status quo  politicians take advantage of the ignorance of the general population by disregarding  the words written within.

For example: the Constitution does not say anything about ‘separation of church and state. The first Amendment declares that the government cannot pass laws about religion. Regardless of your faith you have the freedom to vote for who you please BUT the government cannot tell you how to vote because of your faith.

Amendment I.
 Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
I read the entire document in one day. Though it was read over the course of four hours I was frequently interrupted thus I am sure it could be less than that. Free pocket Constitutions are thin enough to actually fit in your jean pocket get one today.

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