The stepping stones shared by George Vasilca in his book The Diamond Soul will help you change your life for the better. The author highlights the necessary virtues and habits that you can adopt to be the best version of yourself. The text in the book is uncomplicated and convincing for any reader who enjoys reading inspirational and religious books. When reading about heavenly virtues, I got to understand why God wants to be closer to his people and why everyone who believes in him has a personal responsibility to do by his will. The virtue of love spoke to me the most. Human love is beautiful. The author explains that by loving each other unconditionally, human beings get to exalt and exhibit the nature of the Almighty.
Other than improving your character to be Christ-like, George Vasilca will also have the reader ponder life and it’s meaning. While reading through the chapters, one thinks of one’s purpose on earth, their destiny, and why certain things happen. The author also gives clear answers to questions Christians ask about God as a supreme being. Reading this book is fulfilling as the author makes one feel at peace with his words. The text is therapeutic and gives one hope to face the next challenge. George Vasilca also reminds the reader that God’s love is all we need to enjoy life. The Lord has plans for everyone and will not hesitate to step in when the devil tries to overpower you.
Every stepping stone discussed in the book is important. My favorite stepping stones were 2, and 5. The topics under the two were ‘You are a Fighter’, and ‘Polishing Your Character’. The second stepping stone is helpful for someone who feels conflicted about self and is on the verge of giving up. the author reminds everyone that even when the going gets tough, there is someone or somewhere where you can lean on until things get better. The author also speaks to people who are still discovering themselves and explains how change can influence one as a human being. The biggest take I got on polishing one’s character was being a kind and humble servant. Christ loves it when his people serve the church and others. You will receive blessings when you serve your family, perform acts of kindness to strangers, and respect your friends. By putting yourself ahead of others, you are living as God intended.
George Vasilca incorporates his personal stories while giving lessons in the book. I enjoyed stories from his past because they show that human experiences are almost the same. His encounters were interesting and the conversations he had with people fascinating. The stories also added a personal touch to the book which made reading and relating with the author’s words easier. The stepping stones are like guides or tidbits of wisdom that will help you build character. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy inspirational books and are looking to live a righteous life.
Pages: 282 | ASIN: B08FMXTWVR
Holy Grams looks at the Bible through anagrams from Creation to modern times. Why was this an important book for you to write?
While the opinions of humans are subjective to speculation, debate, and cultural bias, anagram software is impartial; generating results based on algorithmic precision. Upon realizing that even Artificial Intelligence validates Biblical history and futuristic prophecies, it was imperative that I share this witness.
How did you come up with the idea to explore the bible with anagrams?
Anagramming uses the letters in a word to form another word, or letters in a phrase to form a different phrase. The fascinating beauty of anagrams becomes apparent when the resulting word or phrase has a high relevancy to the original word or phrase. Simple anagrams such as silent (listen), heads or tails (I herald a toss), French cuisine (nicer chef in us) that are on point – suggested that phrases formed from Biblical events would likewise yield targeted results. I was pleasantly surprised to see anagrams also accurately confirmed both the Old and New Testament record.
What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?
Confidence in the Holy Bible as the unerring Word of God.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
A sequel to Holy Grams is in the works. Watch for Dire Grams: The Dystopian Future Foreseen with a projected release in Spring 2021.
Amen and Amen by Gene Vickers is a simple but enchanting story set between the backwoods of Blairsville in northern Georgia and the elegant suburbs on its hilltop. While abject poverty and limited opportunities have kept one side of society barely scraping by, the other half lead extravagant lives filled with imported cars and vacation homes overseas. Long-buried secrets and animosity steeped in classism have divided the town for generations yet all that will start to change when the wealthiest boy in school befriends one of the poorest girls in the county. Their unlikely relationship will inspire a revolution throughout their town, leading to well-drawn lines in the sand becoming blurred as God and humanity intervene.
At its core, the book focuses on faith, family and football, first and foremost, and how those factors can come together to unite those who would be torn apart otherwise. Prepare to get swept away by interweaving tales that peer into the lives of the disenfranchised and the rich that prove that maybe the two have more in common than expected at a glance. Follow two disadvantaged adolescents in a heart-warming underdog story who join the elitist ranks of the football team in a move that upsets long-established social dynamics, for better or worse. Out on the gridiron, economics hardly even matter as the playing field is leveled to allow everyone’s God-given talent to shine through whether they reside in a trailer park or a mansion. Enemies can become brothers just as school friends can become lovers as long as everyone grows in grace and understanding.
Still, not everyone is without their faults and prejudices and, since the ages of old, the sins of the father can and certainly do come back to haunt his children so it’s easy to get caught up in the quaint town’s gossip mill and endless drama. Sinners and their descendants alike try throughout to reconcile with their past and present misdeeds from clandestine backroom dealings to unplanned pregnancies with only a hope and a prayer. However, with God’s eternal love comes forgiveness, culminating in a story brimming with vibrant characters, a touch of colorful language, and a whole lot of soul.
Amen and Amen is a twist on the classic boy-meets-girl theme yet the rags-to-riches theme can become repetitive. Some characters can feel one-dimensional at times as they heel-turn their previous convictions seemingly through faith alone and not necessarily hard work. Perhaps it just goes to show that humans are flawed and still God forgives all.
Read Amen and Amen if you want a feel-good Christian story filled with patriotic characters who, through their faith, prevail no matter what comes their way.
Pages: 357 | ASIN: B08DL6FB5P
Holy Grams: Past, Present, Future Through Anagrams’ gives readers a new experience of the bible. The author divides the book into three parts that focus on the past, the future, and the present. The arrangement of the parts in the book make reading Trenet Worlds book relaxing and easy. The text in the book is biblical and does not go outside of the stories in the bible. Going through every topic in the book gives one a different perspective of the bible and spirituality. In between the text are lessons for Christians too. Trenet Worlds blends biblical stories and links them with experiences believers go through. This element in the book is eye-opening and helps people on their journey of reflection.
I applaud the author for starting with the story of the creation and fall of man. This story is important for every Christian as it shows them how they came into being. Starting the book with this story gives the reader a chance to go back and reflect on their lives and check if they are living life as instructed by God. Holy Grams: Past, Present, Future Through Anagrams is generally about understanding the bible through anagrams. The author recounts the Genesis story, highlighting crucial parts that will have Christians thinking deeply and asking questions. Trenet Worlds answers pertinent questions that sometimes seem ambiguous.
Just like the first part of the book, parts two and three are also enlightening. The selection of stories is marvelous and the breaking down of the stories even better. I got the impression of reading the lite version of the bible when reading Holy Grams: Past, Present, Future Through Anagrams. The reader is also informed on the lives of followers of Christ who try to seek the kingdom of God as they navigate through this secular world. Part two of the book has some of my favorite topics as the author was real with her words and open with the discussions. Some of my favorite topics include apostasy and spiritual delusion, persecution of the saints, and merger of the church and state.
Holy Grams: Past, Present, Future Through Anagrams is relatable to many Christians who are trying to live a righteous life but are obstructed by wordy obstacles. It is also a great book for those that love literature. The inclusion of different bible stories spices up the reading. The author covers the beginning of life to the end and everything in between. Readers learn that there can never be a present without a past. And that the future is as important as the present.
Pages: 321 | ASIN: B07V4MTCWD
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Songs in the Night: How God Transforms Our Pain to Praise by Michael A. Milton is a religious nonfiction audiobook narrated by Brenda J. Davis. The intent of this audiobook is to change the way that people view the suffering and tragedies in their life, to help them see that the “thorns” that afflict us serve to bring us closer to God. The author uses Bible verses, as well as songs and the quotes and testimonies of others, to illustrate how readers can find hope and inspiration in God’s word when dealing with personal crisis, spiritual depression, physical challenges, painful memories of the past, strained relationships, and looking toward the future with hope.
The questions for reflection (written by Theresa Gillis) at the end of each chapter were helpful in applying the author’s words to the reader’s own life, and useful resources for further study are provided at the end of the book.
I liked hearing the author’s reminiscences and personal reflections of his own life, especially when he was a boy, explaining how his past experiences taught and shaped him. It was encouraging to know that even pastors have times of self-doubt and struggle with the same issues as everyone else.
I enjoyed the narrator’s reading of this audiobook overall, but there was some times when words were emphasized unnecessarily, which distracted from the narrative of the book. While I appreciated the points that were being made in this audiobook, that good can come out of bad things, I much preferred the analogy of the storm as something that a person must weather, but in which we can see God.
This book has an inspiring message of finding light in the darkness to overcome the obstacles in life, which is especially needed at this time when so many people are feeling uncertain about the future and dealing with unexpected hardships and losses. It is a struggle to hold on to faith during difficult times, but these times are when faith is needed to most. This book helps readers see that God is working in their lives and that His blessings are appreciated more by those who have suffered and persevered.
Duration: 9 hours 7 minutes | ASIN: B089NDYYDT
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Lil and Peter have a daughter, Amy. Debbie and David are the parents of a little girl themselves. The two families don’t know one another, but their daughters–both in comas–have managed to find one another. Lil and Peter, both believers in God’s Word, have never once given up or given in to their fears as they watch and wait for Amy to recover. Debbie and David, on the other hand, don’t find themselves as trusting in the Lord. They watch their daughter, Melisa, and hope for a miracle, but their actions don’t show their faith in it ever happening until, that is, they meet Lil.
A Visitor to Heaven’s Garden of Blessings, by Joyce M. Englehardt, is the touching story of how one couple is led to discover God’s Word through their daughter’s coma and hospital stay. The closeness they develop with another couple, Lil and Peter, opens up a whole new world of faith, hope, and promises of an eternal life. Lil’s vivid dreams of her daughter lead her to understand that Amy’s coma was no accident and actually served a purpose much bigger than any of them could ever have realized.
Englehardt’s entire work is a beautiful testimony of faith, hope, and love. From the beginning to the end, readers are treated to glimpses into Lil’s dreams and the amazing way in which her daughter, Amy, is able to communicate with her about, not only her own feelings, but about Melisa’s as well. The evidence of the miracle is clear each time Lil talks about her dreams. Amy’s ability to communicate with her parents through their dreams is quite amazing and leaves readers with a feeling of hope and renewed faith.
One of the most visually stunning aspects of Englehardt’s writing is her description of the garden itself. The image of blessings being bestowed through the children in the garden is quite breathtaking to behold. I don’t know that I have ever read anything described in such a tender and loving way.
Debbie and David’s curiosity and desire to feel more spiritually connected is obvious, and their questions are genuine. I was reminded of questions I used to ask my grandmother as we had Bible study when I was a little girl. There’s a different level of curiosity when it comes to spirituality, and the author demonstrates it well through Debbie and David.
I was moved by the plight of both families and appreciated the overwhelming focus on developing a relationship with the Lord. Readers who are struggling with their faith or have met with a situation that seems too heavy to bear will welcome Englehardt’s story with open arms.
Pages: 212 | ASIN: B07957BJMV
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There are many life lessons to be learned from the Holy Bible and messages readers and believers can apply to their most trying situations. From relationships to remaining faithful believers in Christianity, the Bible can sometimes be difficult to interpret, and some passages have as many interpretations as they have readers. Blessed Beyond Measure, by K. Denise McQueen, is one woman’s work based on scripture and life experience. From being virtuous to having a forgiving spirit, McQueen covers a vast array of life’s dilemmas head-on and with scripture in mind.
Blessed Beyond Measure, by K. Denise McQueen, is filled with quotes from the Bible as well as quotes from inspirational speakers like former President Barack Obama. In each of McQueen’s chapters, she tackles an ethical dilemma or an aspect of relationships based on scripture and adds her own opinions throughout. Though I don’t agree with some of her thoughts on making sure the man is the one making decisions in the household, she does make some valid points about self-worth and being humble.
I was expecting a book rooted in the Bible and focused on general life advice but found this to be more of a text designed to advise women in their relationships. Peppered throughout the book is valuable commentary on self-respect, how to treat others, and how to live a life with purpose. The bulk of the book is centered on the choices one must make in order to begin a romantic relationship and how to maintain a strong marriage.
With a few organizational and grammatical issues aside, I think that Blessed Beyond Measure has strong messages that come from the heart, each of them valuable in different ways and K. Denise McQueen’s passion for life and faith shines through every chapter. This is an inspirational book that motivates readers to live a God first life.
Pages: 90 | ASIN: B07C33V2Z4
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“Revelation” the Patmos Vision Unveiled provides a deeper meaning to the book of Revelation from the Bible and interprets the symbols, metaphors and figurative language in the same book. The author also covers the similarities between the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation.
The author, Rev. Gerald F McPeters has brought a new perspective to how Christian’s interpret the Bible, especially the book of Daniel and Revelation. The author understands and respects different religions and also different perspectives of Christianity. His perspective sheds new light on what most Christians have been brought up knowing and maybe overlooked. Although Rev McPeter’s interpretation of the book of Revelation is possibly controversial, it has created room for people to think outside the box. He has done a great job of comparing the relationship between the United States of America and Israel to what the bible talks about God’s chosen nation. The author uses real life scenarios and current events to explain his understanding of the book of Revelation and this helps in creating a vivid image in the mind of the reader.
“Revelation” the Patmos Vision Unveiled does not have fictional characters but the author has done a marvelous job of creating perfect images of all the symbols and metaphorical figures in the book of Revelation using simple language that can be easily understood. A good example is of the seven seals that are mentioned in Revelation 5. The book makes many references to Christianity and the United States so if you’re not within one of those two groups you may have a different experience with this book. Besides that, the book is an thought-provoking piece of literature that provides guidance, new perspectives and new ideas to the biblical knowledge of Christians all over the world. I would recommend this book to Christians and anyone who wants to learn more about the life of Christ and end times.
Pages: 130 | ASIN: B0793NSBST
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