Indelibly Inscribed: Collected Musings on Christian Spirituality explains and expounds on both simple and deep subjects in religion. Reading this book gets one to understand not just where the author comes from, but also why many believers choose religion and salvation. Readers learn about the love of God and how faithful he has been to his servants. Anthony Maranise explores various religious topics and even goes the extra mile to discuss what many call earthly matters. I like Anthony Maranise as an author because he does not force one to subscribe to his beliefs. All he does is write about God, the Holy Spirit and religion as he understands them, and leaves the reader to make a decision on what to believe. Not many authors in this genre can write like Anthony Maranise. The author starts from the basics and progresses to weighty subjects that require both attention and assessment.
One of the best things about this book was the historical tales that the author squeezed in between chapters. The addition of the stories breaks up the monotony of explanation about God and spirituality. Anthony Maranise takes the reader back in the day, narrating accounts of religious icons and historical figures that young readers may not have known of. I also enjoyed reading about the author’s personal stories. Anthony Maranise’s life has been nothing short of a miracle. Not many people get to experience the grace of God the way the author did. By telling his story, the author gave many Christians hope of emerging triumphant in whatever battles they are fighting.
Indelibly Inscribed gives hope gets one to have a different perspective about religion and about spirituality, and life in general. Anthony Maranise also gets the reader to reflect on their loves. The text causes you to reflect on your actions, responsibilities and how you lead your life. When talking about an event, activity, idea or the word of god, Anthony Maranise looks for the most relatable things that the reader can find practical.
There are several topics in the book that spoke to me on a personal level. Some of them include the chapters on Supernatural CPR, sacramentality and sport, and tattoos and the transmission of faith. In all my favorite topics, the author uses familiar wording and uses relevant examples in his descriptions. By the end of the reading, the reader gets to be more enlightened on spirituality, the bible, denominations like Catholicism, living righteously and being a wholesome and kind human being.
Pages: 138 | ISBN: 0578843757
Seven Principles for Super-Effective Leadership provides readers with strategies and tactics that will help them become a better Christian leader. What inspired you to write this book?
It all started from my first book, The Diamond Soul. I realized that I had a powerful concept that could be used as the basis for building leadership skills.
What is the first step someone can take on their journey to becoming a better leader?
First step is to build a strong moral character which I call the Diamond Soul. This will give them the moral compass which is the essential component in leadership. Then, to start acquiring the skills and competencies, all constructed on a solid scientific foundation. The art and science of Leadership is a mysterious endeavor in which morality and psychology must blend harmoniously. In my view, spirituality should provide the moral direction, while the science provides the tools and methods necessary to do the job. Although it addresses a Christian audience, I’m sure the reader will quickly realize that most principles are valid from any cultural or spiritual perspective. As an author with technical/scientific background yet with strong Cristian beliefs, it has been rather challenging for me to try to balance the two. The readers will judge it I managed to do a persuading job or not.
What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were younger?
This is a tough one. As I look back, I realized that nobody had warned me about the long self-development road which is life. And, to tell me to have faith and be patient.
What is the next book that you have planned in your Diamond Soul Character series?
It is titled The Nine Secrets to Super-effective Relationships: Christian strategies and tactics to master the art of human connection, everywhere and every time. As the title says it, the book addresses issues of human connection and relationships from a Christian perspective. It should publish on Amazon in April or May this year.
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Walking with the Word: Viewing Chronic Health Issues Through the Lens of Scripture will give readers the strength to face the challenges that they are going through. Aaron Montgomery gives readers a message of hope and optimism even when one feels like giving up. The text in the book is warm, welcoming, and pleasant. I like that the author never hides his vulnerability. The author feels very authentic and connects with his audience and does not try to conceal any truth. Reading this book is therapeutic and will have you change your perspective on many things in life.
Any reader who enjoys good inspiring stories will appreciate how Walking with the Word starts. In the introduction, the author directly speaks to readers that either have received news about their health or the health of their loved ones. This part of the book is important for many as it feels like a one-on-one session with the reader. I enjoyed reading the introduction because the author gives a sneak peek of Walking with the Word while mentally preparing the reader for the content in the book. Chapter one of the book is titled ‘Trust God and His Word’. This was one of my favorite chapters because of the assurance one gets while reading. Aaron Montgomery talks about the love of God and how faithful the lord has been to him. This chapter is refreshing to read and encouraging for any Christian who had started to lose faith. The author adds bible scriptures after every few pages to explain the content into perspective. I love this style of writing because the bible verses are a good reference point for those that want to read more.
Each chapter in the book has something different that the reader can learn about. Aaron Montgomery writes about being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain Syndrome among other conditions. His journey is interesting as the reader takes us through the details of living with the mentioned conditions, relating with family and friends and how one can survive chronic ailments. The author tells it all. He is candid and has the ability to help the reader understand even the most complex of terms. One of the major lessons learned in this book is that it is important to have a strong support system when going through health issues. The support system could be one’s spouse, their children, colleagues at work, parents, and even friends and neighbors. Brandy, Aaron’s wife is an inspiration among many. I like how Aaron talked about his wife. One could feel the love through his words.
Walking with the Word is a motivational book that inspires faith in readers. Anyone looking for an easy to read book that will help them grow spiritually will find a wealth of knowledge and encouragement in this book.
Pages: 180 | ASIN: B08DTLQRJ4
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Rise by D.U. Okonkwo is an engaging and exciting story that makes you root for the heroine. Riana or Ria, who is socially awkward and struggling due to her facial scars, is an extremely talented artist but unable to pay bills due to her withdrawn nature. Readers feel her pain and rejoice at her success. The reader experiences her self-actualization at every step.
This book made me fall in love with art, mostly sculpting. Author D.U. Okonkwo’s use of imagery in the book is exceptional. The representation of art in the book is charming, elegant, and exotic at the same time. The visual appeal of the book keeps you hooked and the characters are endearing and compassionate. One of the beauties of the book is the relationship of Ria with her family. Especially the mother-daughter relationship between Ria and her mother is beautiful. Ria is scared and intimidated by the world around her, but her mother is always there for her. She also finds support in her close friends. The chemistry with her romantic interest is also terrific. The overall dynamics between the characters portrayed are quite heartwarming.
One of the positive aspects that I liked about Rise by D. U. Okonkwo is the length of chapters. Okonkwo keeps the chapters short, concise and unfolds in a manner that keeps you yearning for more. The book is an enjoyable experience and keeps you entertained till the end. It soothes your heart and creates warm fuzzy fluttering in your heart.
The story begins as a fun and entertaining read that turns into her experiences with God, and the rest of the book is filled sermons of Pentecostal ideology. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book, because it was an interesting fictional account of a serious medical condition that’s handled in a compelling way.
Rise will appeal to readers looking for a feel-good empowering book. Author D. U. Okonkwo has given readers a stimulating inspirational religious fiction novel.
Pages: 358 | ASIN: B00RUMK4ZM
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Joel Cupps will get every reader to critically and deeply think about the blood covenant between believers and their creator. In his book, Joel Cupps gives readers a chance to reflect on the covenants they have made, whether with God or other men. The author provides examples of covenants that have been made in history, highlighting their significance and how impactful they were to the people who made them. Blood covenants are grave affairs. They carry weight and are crucial to the people involved, in that if one person that was part of a blood covenant breaks any agreement made, they get to be excluded from any further activity. Reading about holy covenants made me realize just how great it is to associate with people that have the same mindset as you.
Your Costly Blood Covenant is an amazing read as it teaches you more about the bible and early believers. I enjoyed reading about the Old Testament and the references Joel Cupps made. The author does not just define what blood covenant is, he goes further and explains different covenants to the understanding of the reader. Anyone who wants to have a clear understanding of the covenant between God and Israel in the Old Testament should read this book. Reading about the comparisons between the blood covenants of the Old Testament versus that of the New Testament was eye-opening. The author writes in detail, demonstrates the advantages and downside of each side.
After reading Joel Cupps’s thoughts, the reader gets a chance to decide for themselves which blood covenant is better than the other. I like how engaging the author is. His writing style is straightforward and the words used easily are comprehensible. Covenants are not the only subject covered in the book. Joel Cupps also writes about other religious themes like how to be a good Christian, the love of God, living righteously, how to deal with worldly challenges and why Christians should not give up. Reading this book gives one a sense of fulfillment. The author’s words offer one hope and make the reader feel good about being a believer. Joel Cupps’s words have the power to change your perspective on many things and not just how you view God and religion.
Your Costly Blood Covenant is a thought-provoking and enlightening read that Christians and non-Christians will appreciate for it’s depth of knowledge and clarity of ideas. This is an inspirational book that I found to be educational as well as uplifting.
Pages: 294 | ISBN: 1647733243
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Family Leadership in Times of Crisis provides readers with the skills and tools they will need to build a strong family foundation. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
The inspiration to begin the process of writing this book was unique. I did not plan to write and publish a book in 2020 until something special happened. Christian Family in Action, a group that is dedicated to equipping families with skills to build and maintain loving relationships, refused to bow down before the fear of COVID-19. Under the leadership of Venet Smith, the president of the group, CFA bravely decided to organize a much-needed family retreat with seventy-seven loving people at a beautiful resort in Orlando, Florida, from June 26–30. They graciously chose me to be their guest speaker. We spent time together bonding and reflecting on family leadership in times of crisis. God moved greatly and touched our hearts to become better husbands/fathers and wives/mothers using the new skills learned to foster a loving environment for our children to become responsible adults.
It was during this special moment that Venet Smith felt prompted by God to encourage me to write this book. His encouragement was like a drop of blood into the veins of my body. My mind began to conceptualize the contents of the book immediately. I took his remarks to heart and asked God to help me get the job done. Fast forward three weeks later, and the book was written. This book was meant to be.
What is a common misconception you feel people have about building a strong family?
In my practice as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a pastor, a common misconception that I notice some people have about building a strong family is the disbelief that building a strong family is not possible because of current sociocultural norms about marriage and family. They look at how society defines family, its structure, and functioning and they feel disempowered. They think that the negative influences of culture and social media make it hard to build a strong family. As a result, they become discouraged to even try to build a strong family. However, once they turn to the biblical pattern of marriage and family as revealed in Genesis 1-2 by God at creation, this instills hope in them believing that they can build a strong family with God on their side. Consequently, they begin to have a strong desire to learn and apply biblical principles and counseling skills to build and maintain a resilient, spiritual, and loving family.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
Some of the themes that were important for me to explore and develop in my book were establishing the right family structure, family identity, family leadership hierarchy, family crisis interventions skills, and Jesus Christ.
What is the first step someone can take to start developing their family leadership skills?
The first step someone can take to start developing their family leadership skills is to know and acknowledge their spiritual identity. This is fundamental because someone’s spiritual identity shapes their beliefs and values. Then, their belief system and value determine how they think, feel, and behave. For example, God wants me to form my beliefs and values based on who Jesus Christ is and his teachings. Jesus is the perfect example to model one’s family leadership skills. Jesus commended his followers to follow him (Matthew 16:24). Jesus’ style of leadership has at least five components: believing in people, providing positive and corrective feedback to people, motivating people, modeling for people to know the” How to” of leadership, and empowering people to lead.
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Over the last year, we have been met with more challenges than any of us could have dreamed. Leadership and structure within our families provides us with comfort, stability, and direction. Families grounded in faith living lives in which they reflect on that faith are able to overcome any challenge thrown their way.
Frantz Lamour’s Family Leadership in Times of Crisis lays out the framework of a family based in faith and all of the steps necessary in maintaining a strong spiritual connectedness. Included in Lamour’s guide is an in-depth look at the foundation of a spiritual family along with ways to cope with crises as a family. The author also provides readers with scenarios and ways to deal with each. I was especially touched and pleased to see that the author includes specific prayers and questions of reflection for the various scenarios. The reflection questions are incredibly helpful in fully analyzing the different crises and the family’s way of coping with each.
Lamour’s work is a real comfort in times of such hardship. We all need reminders to keep the faith and could all use tried-and-true advice from others struggling with family crises. Parents of teenagers will truly appreciate the forthrightness shown in Lamour’s writing. He cuts straight to the heart of the matter and directs readers to scripture appropriate to their situation. Raising teenagers is a full-time job all on its own, and a direct connection to scripture will put many a mind at ease.
There aren’t many among us who have not experienced financial woes. Lamour breaks down the way in which a family of faith deals with financial stresses and how to attack the situation with both logic and open lines of communication. Commitment is a huge part of Lamour’s advice–commitment not just to one another but also to their faith as a family.
I found Lamour’s words incredibly helpful and comforting. In the middle of many of my own hardships, his work is more than welcome and leads me back to a faith to which I feel I have lost connection over the last few years. A short and powerful read, I highly recommend Family Leadership in Times of Crisis to anyone seeking words of inspiration in these difficult times.
Pages: 85 | ASIN: B08QNHBJHX
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Leaders have one thing in common: they come from a family. Family leadership is one of the most important concepts of life because family is the source of human ingenuity. With good family leadership, we can push for greater justice and racial equality in the United States and around the world, and maintain a more just and loving humanity. Family leadership is even more essential during times of crisis, such as the Covid-19 pandemic when this book was written. When difficult situations threaten to weaken the strength of your family, you need a solid structural foundation of leadership. Family Leadership in Times of Crisis provides this foundation through five practical principles, relevant scriptures, counseling skills/techniques, and biblical teaching to equip you and your family with the skills to successfully navigate any crisis.
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