Monday, August 21, 2023


 I am happy to receive and review Thomas Nelson’s New King James Bible thanks to my favorite go to website: Biblegateway.

The box that contained the Bible was elegant, serving as an introduction that created an expectation  of excellence.  If packaging means anything to you then the opening the box to see the wrapping that covered the Bible, with a “Premier Collection” authentication seal,  takes this New King James Bible to more than just an unboxing but a revealing. Finally I saw the beautiful NKJV Personal Size Large Print Reference Bible, I was not disappointed. 

The first descriptive word that comes to mind is “clean” followed by “elegant. My Bible, the one I received, is a brown goatskin leather, no writing is found on the cover. The spine reads: HOLY BIBLE, and at the base of the spine New King James Version, Thomas Nelson. What else is needed? 

Opening up the book I appreciated the words which is written on premium European Bible paper with art-gilded gold edges. The font is very legible, I wear progressive glasses which makes this feature very important to me. I also  noted the font in the reference section and the maps are also legible to me.  Finally, there are three ribbons tucked inside to be used as needed in three unique colors: brown, red and blue. It is a Bible that is meant to be used as well as seen.

The Thomas Nelson NKJV, Personal Size Large Print, End-of-Verse Reference Bible, Premium Goatskin Leather  is a reference Bible. Unfortunately the references are not as extensive as I would like. I looked up words that I believe are relevant to what might people might be interested in today: wine, love, wife, marriage, married, sodomites, faith and government; faith had the most references and government had none. 

When I review Bibles I do not give such detailed description as I wrote in the first few paragraphs. At the time of this writing many people are think of gifts to give to various people of faith, this is not a Bible I would want to give to someone who is going to put it on a shelf and forget about it. This is a Bible to be gifted to someone who is going to use it, perhaps for his or her personal Bible study, but not take it to church with him or her. This is a Bible you gift to someone who appreciates the word of God and quality.

 Never would I have imagined as a #BibleGatewayPartner that I would receive such a gorgeous book for review. Many of the Bibles I have reviewed I have given away, though I have kept more. Because of it’s elegance I don’t want to give this one away, however by the time this review is posted the new owner will have it in her possession. The new owner is young in her faith but does appreciate God’s word, she does read her Bible, meaning she already owns one or two. The new owner is ready to go deeper in the word, this Bible is inspirational and motivational.  I am gifting this Bible to her because she will use it, she will be able to take advantage of the reference section, she will appreciate the craftsmanship, and she will not be afraid to write notes in it. 

YES, I recommend this Bible. I might just by me one just because. 

                          Written by Marsha L Floyd 

NOTE: In exchange for receiving the Thomas Nelson NKJV,  Personal Size Large Print,  End -of-Verse Reference Bible - Premium GoatSckin Leather  I agreed to write and publish an honest review. I received this Bible for free as a member of the #BibleGatewayPartner. 

Friday, August 11, 2023


 The truth is everywhere and you really don't need a book to know it. People should stop listening to those who profit from the lies of "isms" and remember the real history of the world.  - Marsha L Floyd

Thursday, August 10, 2023

HISTORY IN BLACK- learning about slavery in America


Yes, slavery is bad, harsh and often cruel, yet, the enslaved survived. As I dive into my family history and discover the life  my ancestors lived I appreciate what they endured. It is because I look back and learn how they survived despite the obstacles I am determined to live because of my opportunities. 
The historical reenactments are created so that we will not forget. Those who want to tear down, paint over or ignore the past are destined to repeat history. 
"Take note of the blessings you are given." Brenda Parker


Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. 

As i watched this reenactment, I think about how blessed I am. The song: I Wont Complain by Reverend Paul Jones came to mind. To many people complain about what they don't have compared to what other people have; this is what it means to covet. 
A thought: we were enslaved because the trive our ancestors were a part of lost the battle and became slaves; the defeated tribe was sold; slaves owned by one tribe was sold to the highest bidder.  Though our ancestors worshipped gods we learned of the one True God; the war did not free us; Jesus set us free. 

                                  written by Marsha L Floyd


'Ive had some good days

I've had some hills to climb

I've had some weary days

And some sleepless nights

But when I look around

And I think things over

All of my good days

Outweigh my bad days

I won't complain

Sometimes the clouds are low

I can hardly see the road

I ask a question, Lord

Lord, why so much pain?

But he knows what's best for me

Although my weary eyes

They can't see

So I'll just say thank you Lord

I won't complain

The Lord

Has been so good to me

He's been good to me

More than this old world

Or you could ever be

He's been so good

To me

He dried all of my tears away

Turned my midnights into day

So I'll just say thank you Lord

I've been lied on

But thank you Lord

I've been talked about

But thank you Lord

I've been misunderstood

But thank you Lord

You might be sick

Body reeking with pain

But thank you Lord

The bills are due

Don't know where

The money coming from

But thank you Lord, Thank you Lord, Thank you Lord

I want

I want to thank God

God, God, God

Has been so good to me

He's been good to me

More than this old world

Or you could ever be

He's been so good

He's been so good

He's been so good

So good, So good, So good, So good

To me

He dried all of my tears away

Turned my midnight into day

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

FAITH, FAMILY & TRADITION- family of 10 does it well

 I came across this YouTube channel and was mesmerized by it's content. The level of cohesiveness, respect and productivity I see is refreshing. This is an excellent example of a Christian family that happens to to include two cultures.

These two videos: #1 Visiting a college campus - the entire family of 10! Video #2 Celebrating the Korean New Year ( I really loved this one). 💓💓💓

Sunday, June 26, 2022



Charles Spurgeon was a Preacher born in the United Kingdom (1834 to 1892). He was known as the Prince of Preachers.

Of his many sermons, he tackled the Book of Psalms, one by one.These messages were included in written form, in the periodical entitled: “The Sword and the Trowel” over a twenty year period. “THE TREASURY OF DAY is the compilation of these periodicals which is now classified as a commentary, seven volumes total, with the last book completed around 1886.

Thomas Nelson has extracted parts of Mr. Spurgeons works in SPURGEON AND THE PSALMS as part of the Thomas Nelson Maclaren Series.  Subtitled: “The Book of Psalms with Devotions from Charles Spurgeon”. 

I loved the presentation of the book. I received a complimentary copy (yes, I give honest reviews) that has a beautiful black leathersoft (TM)  cover. Presented in a classy red and black enclosure (form fitting box that allows the book to slide out of the top. It is giftable- I made up a word! The marketable features include: space for you to write your thoughts and readable font.

So, what do I think of it?  I am sure Spurgeon preached from the King James Bible and this book uses the New King James, a plus for some, a big disappointment for me.

Another personal quirk about this book: The note section is in the back and if I was going to take notes: 1) I would prefer the space be near the chapter and 2) it would not be enough pages.  

Admittedly, I did not read every Psalm, I picked 3. I read Psalm 23, 119 (my favorite) and 103. Each meditation I liked. I actually checked out Spurgeon’s actual commentary on Psalm 119 and it was very extensive- I did not read it all. The exert utilize as a devotional was, in my opinion appropriate and  profound. 

“Doctrines that we teach to others we should experience for ourselves.” 

The big question is: Would I purchase this book for myself? No.

Would I purchase this book as a gift? Yes.

I like Spurgeon and I do think this is a great tool to use if you are studying the Psalms. I am a King James fan, and would lead to having the King James version of the Bible to coincide with Spurgeons comments.  Had Thomas Nelson used the KJV I may have purchased it. As it is, I think this will be one of my give aways- I said may be! I may keep it!!!

     Written by Marsha L Floyd.