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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Book Review #29: HEAVEN HELD by SUZANNE GENE COURTNEY


TITLE: HEAVEN HELD
Author: SUZANNE GENE COURTNEY
Publisher: STRATEGIC BOOK PUBLISHING & RIGHTS CO.
Date of Publication: 9 JANUARY 2017
Genres: RELIGIOUS & SPIRITUAL
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE.

The Beauty of Heaven As Told By Daniel

            The author of this book, Suzanne Gene Courtney, had a son named Daniel Robert Sayre, who died back in August 26, 1997 in Hawaii when he fell from a mountain ledge there.  Courtney tells in the preface of this book how she was heartbroken and how she and her remaining family went through a series of supernatural experiences where they felt his presence in dreams, how a photo of him would “continually fall off the wall at his grandmother’s house, and a shooting star on the night when he went missing.”  This book is an account of her communications with Daniel from beyond through a Christian medium she and her other family members talked to because of signs from Daniel from heaven where they (including the medium) believe he is at in his afterlife.

            Heaven Held’s entire body is made up of a dialogue between Courtney and Daniel where he tells her his experiences in heaven with the angels and the children that die and come there as their place for eternity.  He talks about how there is nothing but sweetness and glorious colors and happiness in heaven.  He reveals that the souls of children who have just made heaven their home go through a passage in order to achieve angelhood.  While reading about this, my heart sighs with wonder and awe thinking what it would feel like to become an angel in the kingdom of the Lord, basking and existing in the light of His aura and never experiencing any more struggle like it is here on Earth.  This book is very short but speaks volumes to how magnificent and blessed a soul (child or adult) will be when they are admitted to heaven and pass on to become beings known through history as all-good and all-loving.  It makes this book a must-read for everyone who has lost a loved one, especially a child.

            I recommend this book to anyone who believes in heaven, God, and angels.  I also recommend this book to those with a lost loved one questioning where and how his or her beloved is faring after death.  Just reading about the goodness of heaven and the angels in this book will assure you that the kingdom of God is one we ought to strive to achieve once we depart this world of ours.  Because when we are made aware of heaven and God and angels, we will not die unhappy but die happy knowing we will be in good hands after all.  Get this book today as it is Sunday and I know you are in need of positivity to get on with this temporary life we have down here on Earth.  God bless.  


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Review #28: PARALYSIS: BEATING THE ODDS by ADDISON D'MARKO


TITLE: PARALYSIS: BEATING THE ODDS
Author: ADDISON D'MARKO
Published Independently
Date of Publication: 28 MARCH 2017
Genres: HEALTH & FITNESS
Available from AMAZON.

A “Stay Strong” Account from a Hemiplegic Teenage Girl

            Addison D’Marko is a strong-spirited, diligent, and hemiplegic teenager who experienced a stroke at a very young age and therefore got paralyzed on her whole left side.  The book starts off with her in the hospital right after she went through brain surgery to stop her seizures that she had since she was three years old.  When she found out that her whole left side was paralyzed, she did not cry or feel bad about it.  Instead, she had a fit of laughter and that, to me, showed she was a positive go-getter.  That she took bad news and processed it into something humorous.  As much as it seemed sad, D’Marko did not let this fact slow her down from enjoying her life.  And that is why this book and account is a must read for anyone out there with a permanent/temporary disability to rise above it and make sure that he or she won’t surrender to its debilitating complications and so and so.

         This book is filled with what D’Marko did after she was paralyzed on her whole left side.  In it, she tells of the time she was in the hospital to the time she went back to finish her high school requirements to the time she was working at various places to the times when she was going through physical therapy to recover from her disability.  D’Marko’s storytelling skills are so easy to read and comprehend that it makes this book a quick read as I read it in just two days.  It can really provide encouragement for anyone who thinks that his or her disability is the endpoint of his or her life.  It makes one want to get up and do something in his or her life to succeed.  D’Marko’s spirit is very strong and she is a very independent individual as well.  Her employment that she tells about in this book, all part-time, heartens my heart that with the will and self-motivation, one will land a job no matter what one feels about a job.  All that matters is that you have a job and you are earning money and you are paying your bills.

         I recommend this book to everyone who is in a situation that has set him or her back from reaching a goal or realizing a dream.  With D’Marko’s independence and hard work, you will look at your hardship a whole different way.  The fact that she even wrote this book with the help of an editor, despite her paralysis, should tell you that you can do anything, you can be anything no matter your level of ability.  She proves in here that you are the key to your own success.  That you must not let your disability hinder you from getting on with your life.  If she can do it then we all can do it no matter our disabilities or shortcomings.  Get this book now for your own personal growth.  I really urge you to!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Book Review #27: THE UNIVERSES OF GOD 4 (THE FINAL ETERNITY) by TWE STEPHENS


TITLE: THE UNIVERSES OF GOD 4: THE FINAL ETERNITY
Author: TWE STEPHENS
Publisher: CREATESPACE
Publication Date: 25 OCTOBER 2016
Genre: CHRISTIAN FICTION
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE.

Brilliant Except for Bias

            The Universes of God 4: The Final Eternity here is so brilliant, you’d have to call the writer Stephens a genius for his Biblical knowledge and vast imagination.  I think for someone to write an entire book, let alone, a quadrilogy set for the most part in heaven is worthy of praise and respect.  As a Christian and a Holy Bible lover, I thought this book stood right up there with such masterpieces as Avatar and the whole Star Wars series.  I mean, this book resembles movies as those in that they are set entirely in a universe apart from our Earth here.  I laud Twe Stephens for his work here, very well done and thank you for this contribution to Christian literature.

            The book follows the events that are detailed in the Biblical book of Revelations with citations included.  It tells of the time when the holy and the blessed are celebrating the Son of God with all the angels and the heavenly creatures magnifying his name to the unfaithful and the unholy having to labor for their sins and disobedience of the laws of the Lord.  There is a slight change in the retelling as Stephens’ added his own flair to it by giving the apostles of the Lord different names, names that are earned through their having achieved the kingdom of God and for their righteousness.  There is Yeshamiel (Matthew); Ophaniel (Thomas); Morael (James the son of Zebedee); and others called Mariah (this one is male and is supposedly the new version of Judas); Raquel (Matthias); and Pesagniyah, Jazel, etc.  There are also names for those who were damned and followed satan such as Zillah, Freiel, Aarel, etc.  They are the ones who chose to stand with satan and his “synagogue.”

            Now there is a pet peeve about this book that ruined it for me.  This book puts the Jews and Catholics in a bad light and considers those people as allies of the devil.  I guess this is because Catholic practices include veneration of the saints and the Virgin Mary and the Jews were the ones who persecuted the Christ when He lived as a man during His days on earth.  I didn’t like that about this book because that’s “hate” right there and hate is a property of the evil one.  Also, when the Blessed were chastising the damned, they used swearing words like “stinking” for example which I personally felt was unnecessary since they are Blessed and the children of God so they should only speak beautiful, heavenly words instead of foul words like that that only should come out of the mouths of the wicked.  I don’t know, maybe it’s just me.

            All in all, I advise those who buy this book to read it wisely as this is biased and holds a dangerous view against groups of people that if taken too seriously could lead to some grave consequences.  But other than that, job well done Mr Stephens.  Your writing skills are amazing!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Book Review #26: AMERICAN ROCOCO: ESSAYS ON THE EDGE by ISHAM COOK


TITLE: AMERICAN ROCOCO: ESSAYS ON THE EDGE 
Author: ISHAM COOK
Publisher: MAGIC THEATER BOOKS
Publication Date: 17 MARCH 2017
Genre: ESSAYS
Available at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE.

Engaging Essay Collection You Have to Read!

            If there was a collection of essays as interesting as the Monalisa, this one is surely it!  It was assigned to me to be read and reviewed and just by the title itself, I knew I was in for a treat since I love all things art.  From the first essay about the hidden dangers of smartphones to the one about love that preaches: “hate between a man and his wife can help their marriage.”  Very interesting right?  That and many other views of his made me read this collection from cover to cover.  His thoughts and ideas can make you go “oh really?” to “wow, I didn’t think of that before.” 

            The title essay made me smile when he talked about the “variety” of customers that shop at Walmart and how the “obese” are praiseworthy for their carelessness about their appearances.  I rarely go to Walmart and when I do there’s always a shortage of shoppers or the “uniques” are absent but this is not the first source of this idea that I stumbled upon.  It tickled me that Cook brushes aside the negative side of it and lauds these people for their confidence in their bodies.  Heck, I would do so too since I am not perfect and whoever polices people on their shopping looks ought to be chastised for their shallowness.  Who gives right?  This is why I trust Cook and his essays the more.  (Also, he goes on to compare fatness with the rococo style…haha).

            I recommend this collection to everyone who wants to learn a new angle about certain topics.  I recommend it to those readers who love the arts too since there is a good ladle of essays about music and the visual arts in this gem.  I assure you the ideas and views of this author will force you to keep on reading to discover fresh points of views.  I guarantee you that you will not be wasting your money and that once the book is over you’ll smile, shake your head, and acknowledge Cook for his interesting views.  I did and it was a great feeling on this sunny day of June 2017!