Friday, November 29, 2019

STATUS REPORT # 152

In the past two weeks I’ve completed writing my anthology of “Christian Short Stories and Essays” by writing a personal testimony of the Lord’s involvement of taking me from the reading/reviewing of Christian books as merely one of the genres I deal with to make it a mainstay of the books I’m doing now at around 45%,

This conversion in the books I love to read/review ultimately brought me to the writing of my debut YA/NA Christian romance novella, while forsaking the writing of my two secular romance endeavors, not to mention the endeavors I write, heaven forbid, under my erotic pen name; which then brought me to writing a compendium of the 40 items I’ve mentioned at the beginning of my post today.

As I wrote in the last item mentioned above, I stated that

“…Giving testimony is the ZENITH of a person’s faith in the Lord. While the willingness to give testimony is a marvelous event in a believer’s life, the value of the testimony grows intensively only if it’s shared publicly with others…”

Thanksgiving Day threw my hopeful writing schedule awry and I didn’t do any writing like I had planned. I’ve just got over 92% of my debut Christian romance already completed, and now hopefully with the Lord’s guidance in my writing this endeavor, I’ll be able to time that elusive final period in the manuscript by the end of tomorrow, Saturday, November 30th. After this, I’ll then start an almost around-the-clock editing process using a program other than what my Microsoft Word program provides.

And in thanking His guidance with all that I do in regards to the Christian faith, I’d love for everyone reading this post to consider what is written in PSALM 103:22 [NKJV]

“Bless the LORD, all His works, In all places of His dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!”

AMEN !!! 😊😊😊

Thursday, November 14, 2019

STATUS REPORT # 151 - AND MY FIRST PUBLIC TESTIMONY REGARDING THE LORD


Once again, it’s been a month since my last status report, but there has been nothing that I really felt important enough for me to write out. However, recently I’ve felt the urge to finish writing my first two Christian endeavors ahead of all my other 3 endeavors.

I still have a predominance in reading/reviewing Christian books with about 44% of the 237 books I’ve done so far belonging to this genre; and since my last report of the 22 books I’ve reviewed, over 40%, have been for Christian books. In writing my reviews for these books, I always endeavor to write ones which engage potential readers in knowing how I feel about what I’ve read. An example of this can be found in a book I’ve reviewed a few days ago, William Dika’s, “Who Am I in Christ: 59 Truths to Build Your Identity in Christ”


However, more importantly, has been the review I wrote for Angie Dent’s “Covenant Keeper 2: Stories of God's Promises to Every Believer” where one of the short stories resonated so much with me that I felt compelled to share my own testimony in regards what happened to me because of the Lord.


I would love for everyone to enjoy reading these two reviews, and the rest of my reviews so they can find their next book, especially Christian book to read. To find all of my reviews, simply click on one of the above links and then click on my name at the review itself.

With my inclusion of scripture in most of the reviews I write for a Christian book, individuals have been repeatedly asking me in personal messages which Christian faith is mine. Each time I get asked I simply have to tell them that an individual’s faith, including mine, is a personal and private matter. I tell them it’s far more important to look at how an individual portrays themselves to be and what they’re saying publicly. I tell them just read my review for a Christian to see where I’m coming from and the kind of person I am, spiritually.  AMEN

If anyone would like to interview me regarding the reviews I write or the two Christian books I’m in the process of writing please feel free to contact me.

The first of my debut Christian endeavors is a collection of 40 Flash Fictions, Short Stories, and Essays involving the Christian faith, written around a prompt word – I only need to write one more item. The second is a YA Christian romance novella, entitled “It Had All Been a Game” – this story is now about 88%, with another 4,500 words still anticipated to be written before I can type that elusive final period in the manuscript.

PSALM 118:24

Saturday, October 19, 2019

ANOTHER MARRIAGE ANNIVERSARY IS AROUND THE CORNER


In a few weeks, on November 20th to be precise, I and my Dear OH [my other half] will be happily married for 26 years. This is not to say that we never had any disagreements/arguments, which we had, but out of them we grew and had a better understanding and admiration for each other. 

So far this year, about 45% of the 220+ books I’ve read/reviewed have been for Christian books; because of this and my upcoming anniversary I decided to check the books I reviewed to see if there had been any book which might enhance the marriage of individuals, essentially regardless of their actual religion and found I had reviewed “Marriage God's Way: A Biblical Recipe for Healthy, Joyful, Christ-Centered Relationships” by Scott LaPierre which is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0692689354

At its best, marriage brings joys and blessings rarely seen in this life. At its worst, marriage generates pain and conflict, often because husbands and wives do not fully understand their roles and responsibilities.  


Wouldn't it be great if husbands and wives had access to clear, simple instructions on how to have a wonderful marriage? Such instructions exist! As the author of marriage, God placed the recipe in His Word that shows husbands and wives how to experience the marital blessings available to every couple. Whether you are preparing for your wedding, newlyweds, or marriage veterans, you will learn those instructions in Marriage God's Way.
Pastor Scott offers a clear guide on the Bible's view of marriage. He explains:

Scripture's commands for husbands and wives Godly love and how to show it Submission and headship Biblical intimacy How to build your marriage on an indestructible foundation Scott LaPierre combines clear teaching from Scripture with practical application for daily married life to encourage, challenge, and equip you to experience a healthy, joyful, Christ-centered relationship. 

https://scottlapierre.org/book/marriage-gods-way/
Atitsbest,marriagebringsjoysandblessingsrarelyseeninthislife.Atitsworst,marriagegeneratespainandconflict,oftenbecausehusbandsandwivesdonotfullyunderstandtheirrolesandresponsibilities.

Wouldn'titbegreatifhusbandsandwiveshadaccesstoclear,simpleinstructionsonhowtohaveawonderfulmarriage?Suchinstructionsexist!Astheauthorofmarriage,GodplacedtherecipeinHisWordthatshowshusbandsandwiveshowtoexperiencethemaritalblessingsavailabletoeverycouple.Whetheryouarepreparingforyourwedding,newlyweds,ormarriageveterans,youwilllearnthoseinstructionsinMarriageGod'sWay.

PastorScottoffersaclearguideontheBible'sviewofmarriage.Heexplains:
Scripture'scommandsforhusbandsandwivesGodlyloveandhowtoshowitSubmissionandheadshipBiblicalintimacyHowtobuildyourmarriageonanindestructiblefoundationScottLaPierrecombinesclearteachingfromScripturewithpracticalapplicationfordailymarriedlifetoencourage,challenge,andequipyoutoexperienceahealthy,joyful,Christ-centeredrelationship.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I'm the senior pastor of Woodland Christian Church in Woodland, WA, a Regional Facilitator over WA and OR for The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, an author, and conference speaker.

My wife, 
Katie, is also an author, and we have been blessed with seven children that we homeschool. We grew up together in the small town of McArthur, in the mountains of northern California. 

After college, I served as an Army officer before becoming an elementary school teacher. While teaching, I began working part-time as an associate pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Lemoore, California. When the church grew, I was hired full time and remained there until coming to Washington.

I have a bachelor’s degree in business administration and two master’s degrees, one in education and the other in biblical studies.

I spend most of my time with my home and church families. I love studying and teaching God’s Word. The free time I have is usually committed to reading and writing. Our kids stay busy with church, music, and school.

My books come from my sermons, which take twenty-to-thirty hours of work each week. This means each book contains hundreds of hours of study in God’s Word.

I hope you’ll consider 
subscribing to my newsletter. I know your inbox is already busy, so I’ll do my best to make sure each message is packed with value.

If I can pray for you in any way, please 
let me know!

God bless,
Scott LaPierre



Here’s my review for this book.

LOVE AND MARRIAGE - YOU CAN'T HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER

I read this book via an Amazon KINDLE Unlimited download.

Being a child of the 1950’s I can’t help but recall the now-classic song being sung by Frank Sinatra called Love and Marriage. According to the song’s lyrics, they go together like the old-fashioned horse and carriage where you can’t have one without the other. In addition, it's a foundation which no one can denigrate; and if you’ve got any doubts, just basically ask anyone who’s happily married. These two items according to the song are something so tightly interwoven, that it’s a misconception if you would try to separate them.

However, one thing which this song doesn’t address is how important the Lord’s presence is in the relationship between a husband and his wife. Some individuals allow their hearts to rule their minds when it comes to falling in love and blindly rush into marriage with that person. And sometimes, an individual’s mind rules their hearts and they rush into marriage because it’s the proper thing to do; yet, there’s no real love for that other person.

Given the vast multitudes of personalities that exist between men and women, it’s impossible for two individuals to perfectly mesh 100%. There needs to be some sort of compromise between the two, and within this compromising, couples on occasion might have incidents where anguish and disagreement rule the day. Unfortunately, there’s no single book designed to give individuals detailed information about how something should be done when these incidences arise, save one; which is the book written by the Lord, the one who had created the institution of marriage.

In his book, the author, Pastor Scott LaPierre, with his extensive knowledge of the Lord’s words and personal stories gives readers the much sought-after marriage instructional manual they’ve been looking for. Within the pages of this book, readers are given easy to understand descriptions for the roles husbands and their wives have been given by the Lord. Basically, almost all aspects of a marriage are presented including intimacy. Naturally, readers are told about the Lord’s love and how to show it to each other; and more importantly how couples can form the everlasting basis for the kind of relationship God wants his believers to have. Marriage is by far one of the grandest gifts he could ever give His children.

In conclusion, let’s look at what Ephesians 5:28-33 [ESV] has to say about marriage
28] In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
29] For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,
30] because we are members of his body.
31] “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
32] This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.
33] However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.



For having written this book, with the Lord’s guidance, for his readers, there’s no way I can’t give Pastor LaPierre, the 5 STARS he deserves for this book.

You should check out the accompanying workbook, which is designed to enhance your reading experience of this book.

Friday, October 11, 2019

STATUS REPORT # 150

I know. I know. It’s been almost a month since my last post and even more since my last Status Report. To begin with, since both my dear OH and myself are senior citizens, we both had to deal with family and personal medical issues [nothing at all serious]; but they did take a few hours on several days to get everything handled.

I’ve hit another milestone in regards to my reviewing of books since my last post – I’ve hit 200 books and have updated my Good Reads Reading Challenge target, by increasing it to 250 books by the end of the year. I’m also fast approaching my having read 100 Christian books so far this year, my current percentage in books for this genre now stands at about 45%, and I can definitely see myself having read/reviewed 100 Christian books with the next 10 days. If anyone is interested in reading my reviews for Christian books or any other genre, here is the direct link to my Amazon profile:


I hope you’ll enjoy reading what I’ve written for my reviews, especially the reviews I’ve written for Christian books most of which include scripture.

I had started to post copies of each of the reviews I write. But then, I came to the realization that this blog would have slowly been turned into merely the Robin Leigh Morgan Book Review site since I wouldn’t essentially have any variety to my posts besides my reviews. [No one had taken my offer to interview authors on this blog.]

Since I’m approaching reading/reviewing my 100th Christian book, I figure it might be a good time to start adding a new feature from time to time to this blog which would spotlight one of the Christians authors whose book[s] I’ve read/reviewed. I hope you, as one of my blog followers will enjoy having this new feature on my blog.

As far as my writing endeavors are concerned my adult Contemporary romance, “His Darkest Secret” is almost 90% completed, and my YA Urban Fantasy, “The Secret of the Well” is almost 70% completed [this book is also a stand-alone sequel to my debut YA romance novel, “I Kissed a Ghost.” 

As I’ve mentioned previously, with all of the Christian books I’m reading/reviewing, I’ve decided to write 2 Christian books of my own. The first is a YA Christian romance novella entitled, “It Had All Been a Game” and the second is “Christian Short Stories and Essays” a collection of 50 items.

Hopefully, if everything goes as planned, I’ll have all these writing endeavors published by the end of November. In the meantime, why not check out all of my books on Amazon.

If anyone would like to interview me as an author, as a book review or both for their blog/website just send a message to my FaceBook account. Just enter my full name to start the interview process – THANKS]

So, in closing my dear followers have a BLESSED WEEKEND for your families !!! 😊 😊 😊  

Don’t be shy I would love hearing from you, so please leave a comment.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

CAN'T STOP READING THESE BOOKS


TO MY FELLOW LOVERS OF CHRISTIAN BOOKS
I’ve been quite busy reading/reviewing these books, especially with my having read 7 Christian books in a row. As such I can’t remember if I had time to leave links to my reviews here, I’m leaving the links to them now. I hope everyone here will enjoy reading my reviews as much as I had reading/reviewing these books and writing these reviews.

Have a BLESSED WEEKEND with your families !!! 😊 😊 😊

NOTE: ALL of these books can be read for FREE as an Amazon KINDLE Unlimited [KU] download

IN YOUR HOUR OF GRIEF
Jocelyn Soriano
https://www.amazon.com/review/R25WSNDS3V0YZA

HEALING TO PROSPERITY
Dr. Alex Young
https://www.amazon.com/review/R1AURGZLLXWLZM

SHOULD YOU BLAME GOD?
J M Navon
https://www.amazon.com/review/R1V5SDZA39FG8L

SOWING AND REAPING
D L Moody
https://www.amazon.com/review/R39KDJPADR93KC

ESCAPE TO AVALON
Eloise Cole
https://www.amazon.com/review/R2GIS99XUX45DG

ENJOY HEAVENLY LIVING NOW: BECOME CHILDLIKE
Daniel Green
https://www.amazon.com/review/RCCOJNTCVXO45

MEND MY BROKEN HEART
Jocelyn Soriano
https://www.amazon.com/review/R36MTXJ9N83KJS

Friday, August 23, 2019

BOOK REVIEW # 2019-153 - Polly Diamond and the Super Stunning Spectacular School Fair


A CHILDHOOD FANTASY CAME ALIVE FOR ME IN THIS BOOK

I received a print copy of this book from the publisher through a giveaway they had on LibraryThing, and the following is my honest opinion.

How many parents reading this review can remember as a child you loved to write stories and pretend that they were true, I can. As a child, using one of those black/white marble cardboard covered notebooks, I can remember writing them. Some of these stories were like the ones Polly Diamond writes in her magic book, Spell; which is why my inner-child loved reading this book, the only difference is that the stories she writes actually do come true.

As adults, we know how complicated the English language can be to learn even though we’ve been born here; especially when a word can have several meanings. We need to be precise as possible so there won’t be any problems with what we need or want. This is the lesson Polly learns, as the difference between her stories and the ones we wrote, is that her stories actually do come true.

If you’re going to be using your imagination as Polly does, there could be all sorts of consequences, some funny and some serious; if you don’t sure you’ve asked for precisely what you want to have, like what happens to her. And if you’re going to have something like a school fair, you’d like to make sure it will an extraordinary one which no one will ever forget.

For having given her young readers, including my inner-child, an imaginative educational reading experience; my adult side is giving the author, Alice Kuipers, the 5 STARS she’s gotten; along with Diana Toledano for her on-point illustrations for the text.

This love of writing is still with me, as I’ve become an author myself.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

CHRISTIAN SHORT STORIES - SNIPPET # 1


With my manuscript for my second Christian writing endeavor entitled, “Christian Short Stories,” having a total of 24 stories, I've decided to post an example periodically of what I’ve written so far. In this one, the letters of the prompt are being used to begin the first word of each sentence.


Your feedback would be appreciated.

Remember, I usually post reviews here for the Christian books I’ve read/reviewed. So far this year 66 of the 160 books [over 40%] have been for Christian books. To read these reviews, you’re invited to check them out at:


Have a BLESSED SUNDAY with your families.


PROMPT WORD = BEACH

DID A RAPTURE TAKE PLACE HERE ?

Brian Spector has a 40th-anniversary gift for his dying wife Joyce fulfilled his promise of taking her the Holy Land, Israel one day,

Everything he planned for their stay there had been thought out and planned to the nth degree.

After arriving at their hotel in Jerusalem and resting a bit, Brian started to take Joyce on the itinerary he had so painfully planned.

Crossing back and forth, from town to town, these two followed wherever the Lord had traveled to during his short life here on earth.

Happenstances caused Brian to change his plans on their last day, and instead of going to Bethlehem, he took Joyce to a BEACH on the Sea of Galilee [Tiberias]. There on the sands, they sat peacefully talking about the fabulous time they’ve had living together, raising their children and grandchildren as devout Christians, when all of a sudden Joyce went silent. Brian looked at his wife and instead of seeing her looking forward, he saw her looking towards the heavens with a huge peaceful smile on her face. When he tried touching her, she didn’t move but remained motionless with her eyes still looking towards the sky and the smile still frozen on her face.

Then came the dreaded, yet consoling, realization that his dear wife had died peacefully sitting there. Given the location, and being a devout Christian, Brian began to wonder whether his wife had actually seen the Lord during the last final minutes of her life, just as His disciplines saw him during his third post-resurrection appearance, as stated in John 21.