Understanding God's Love, Character and Nature

The Transcendent Signet of God: A Proposal Made in Time to Last an Eternity by Lawrence Pillay takes a closer look at God Himself and Agape love as set forth before time itself.  The question asked was, “Why did God place the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden to tempt Adam and Eve and then give them such a harsh punishment, and why did all of mankind since then also have to pay in a manner that we ourselves, as mere men, would not impose for something seemingly quite innocent when we as people compare that act to the severity of sin today?” Reviewing the warnings given by Jesus to the church of Ephesus in the book of Revelation, the author administers to the Church to also come back to agape love as mentioned in Scripture.

While also considering the “whole counsel of God” the author takes readers on a logical trail of thought, discovery, revealing the incredible story of mankind, the author sheds light on many facets of God’s love for mankind, answering the many questions one might have. Simple in nature, yet profound, the author relates that humanity may not be interested in abounding theologies of religion and the like, but that all of mankind seeks one thing: Love. With that in mind, Pillay defines “Agape love” coupled with excellent Biblical teaching that assists readers in understanding God’s nature, intent, and love with an intertwining of Scripture that paints a beautiful picture of God’s love for all.  This pure love-based interest in us as humans, as His creation, is what defines us, and what brings true identity and a deep understanding of the love of God that brings solid understanding of the freedom offered in the love of God.

Tackling such subjects as truth, the Free Will, the Law, Sin, Forgiveness, Agape in Man, the Work of the Holy Spirit, Pain and Suffering, The Kingdom of Agape, the author lays a Biblical foundation built on truth from the Word of God that is profound teaching with insights set forth to help readers comprehend the “why” of such things as the Garden of Eden and the forbidden fruit, free choice, freedom, with the resounding theme that “God is LOVE”. Further defining of the deep meaning of “Agape” love brings an important piece to the puzzle, as the author continues to set forth answers. Concluding with “Discipline on Earth means rewards in Heaven” brings encouragement, understanding and hope for life on Earth and life beyond into Eternity.

This is truly an incredible and introspective read and will give those who believe in God, and those who “believe not” in God, a true perspective of the God of love – not of religion or a set of laws, commandments and rituals. The author makes it known to readers that you are loved from the beginning of time, into Eternity and the Father desires you to come home.

Title: The Transcendent Signet of God: 
A Proposal Made in Time to Last an Eternity
By: Lawrence Pillay
A CBM Christian Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0 stars

This is a highly recommended read to bring fresh hope and perspective into dying hearts, lives, relationships, ministries and purposes that will reignite the fire of God’s love for YOU - while giving deep-insight into the love of God. Get your copy of The Transcendent Signet of God at Amazon or in Kindle as a download.

Book Buzz presents A Wonderful Must Read Book

We are very proud to present the following book to you. It is a blessing to read from cover to cover. 

Blowing Sandstorm by Horace Crenshaw Jr. describes his life-story leading up to his deployment in 2003 during Operation Iraq Freedom (OIF). Beginning from his childhood upbringing in Butler, Alabama, describing his youth as a young African American boy during the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s. Coming from a Christian upbringing by a Christian mother, he covers his schooling, football to college, as his autobiography leads up to an adventure of a lifetime in the Army Reserves Active Army Reserve (AGR). His aim in writing this book is to,  “… make the average person understand the hardships and challenges that the military’s junior executives or company commanders face in modern day operations and warfare.” His goal is accomplished within this vibrant account, mixed with faith and endurance that were developed in him, giving hope to others in the military and beyond.

Inner-workings of a military officer (Officer Commander) during deployment are revealed that include: Tactical techniques and itineraries that relate operations-based protocol, concepts, and leadership before military advances begin and end. The high integrity of soldiers, commanders and officers reveal a highly organized unit that our military operates within. For the average non-military personnel (as myself) I found it interesting and amazing.

Obviously, a military person would be perhaps more interested in the author’s biography, but for one not in the military this comes as a highly recommended read also as to understand the inner-workings of the military and what soldiers have had to endure during certain past years of deployment to Iraq. The author personally experiences a time that has since passed as things have calmed down since 2001 to say the least. One will also become familiar with certain protocols and models used for leadership and action within a unit. Of particular interest is the technical, but relevant, “Rocket Model” which spearheaded Crenshaw’s leadership of his unit.

Leadership Through Mentorship is a particularly interesting chapter giving a summary of the life he lives and serves well as a outline to live life by. Other well-rounded chapters lend to the author’s experience as a Commander in the Armed Forces such as: Personal Background, Years After the Tuskagee Experience, The Staff Professional, Staring Out as New Commander, Building the Team Using the Rocket Model, Preparing the Unit for War, Leadership Through Mentorship, & Conclusion.

Readers will also appreciate the intertwining of Scripture, morale boosters for soldiers that kept him and his unit going, as one will truly come to appreciate anew the sacrifices made by our military. Faced with over 130 degree heat during the day, and 110 degree nights in Iraq with pesky mosquitoes and sand mites, shortages of water, pre-made ready to eat meals (MRE’S) & no toilet facilities, one will gain a new perspective and respect for those who defend our country.

In the end, he adds pictures of Iraq and himself on duty. I personally welled up in tears at the man in uniform who would put his life on the line for me and our country. You will feel the same. I did get concerned when he expressed the lack that the military faced and a “take from Peter to pay Paul” type situation and realized that military expense and suffering of our soldiers is something not to be taken lightly but that should be put as a priority in all our lives. May our government fund our military as they should is my thoughts and maybe yours too. All in all this book did stir great patriotism and was a much-appreciated breakdown of one’s life in the military.

This is a memorable well-written account of a life used unto the glory of God and a highly recommended read for those that may be in the military and would like inspiration during times of trial.

TBlowing Sandstorm
Horace Crenshaw Jr.
A CBM Christian Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0 stars

Get your copy of Blowing Sandstorm at Amazon.

Dr. Tony V. Lewis, President of Christian Bible Institute and Seminary


The Message & the Messenger: A Guide to Basic Sermon Preparation & Ministry Protocol

Dr. Tony V. Lewis, President of Christian Bible Institute and Seminary offers practical, scholarly, academic and practical preparation in sermon preparation, but greater than that, this book sheds his insight from a pastoral perspective on the preaching and teaching ministry call. This may be the only book you will need on this subject, covering a clear guide and roadmap to service from the pulpit to the masses. Dr. Lewis writes, “The call to ministry and to preaching is also a call to preparation and a call to study.”

A must-read for all who have been called to preach!



Word Potential: Essays on the Faculty of Spoken Words

Dr. Tony V. Lewis as a pastor, preacher and founder of Christian Bible Institute and Seminary speaks “life” of the Word of God into readers’ lives! Giving a transparent, yet thought-provoking and challenging premise derived from the Word of God, as speaking spirits, we are called to “speak” not “talk”. Those who talk only consume, but those who speak create by the very Word of God. This is one of those books EVERY Christian should know, learn and have in their arsenal to share with others. 

YOUR WORDS ARE POWERFUL


The Wife He Wants - What a Godly Man Seeks in a Wife

Dr. Tony V. Lewis writes on the subject of returning a relationship into the loving resource it was meant to be. This not a one-sided male chauvinistic view on what a woman should be without any accountability from the male counterpart of the relationship. In his pivotal, yet practical and biblical viewpoint, the author gives insight, tips, guidelines into sharing meaningful relationships and restoring balance so that both sides to end in a compliment to each other. This book will bring understanding to 7 things of what a godly man should desire in a wife, while setting the bar for behavior, attitudes and actions on both parties from a firm godly perspective.

A must-read for godly men desiring a godly wife. For women this book might be designed to understand your ideal mate and/or husband. For couples, this book might enhance and give practical insight into your relationship that can promulgate change for the better.

For more information about the author, his books and some wonderful ministry, 
visit TVLewis Books.

A Great Educational Series for Young Children!

Craig T. Feigh delights children with colorful illustration and fun learning on how to “Go Green.” The Romie family learns that it’s a good thing to save the environment and recycle.  

Going green is great in the month of March too! In March one may wear green for St. Patrick’s Day.  Green is a good color and is their favorite color in “Saving the Environment.” See how all the fun ways one can “Go Green” with the Romie family.

In this cute little children’s book, going green means you can recycle all different types of products – mainly three are recycled – paper, plastic & aluminium. 

One can save energy to help save our planet by going green too. There are many ways to conserve energy and go green as well. Conserving water and using less electricity is a way the Romie family learns to be a part of the going green community which helps our planet and conserves the Earth’s natural resources like: water and electricity. In this way, we can give back in our daily lives. Even using public transportation helps conserve and save our planet. Find out how that works.

Intertwining science and education, Craig T. Feigh has created a wonderfully fun and easy way to teach children to conserve energy, save natural resources, recycle and go green for a better environment. In this way, children understand that conservation is necessary not only for those who live now, but for the Earth to be protected for future generations. Children and parents alike will adore the Romie family that live in our everyday modern-lives through our computers and phones.

A great educational series for young children!

I had my daughter read Craig’s book and here is what she said;

“Little Bit & Big Byte, Go Green is very colorful and teaches children what to do to help our environment, it also gives examples of what not to do which is very important. I think it is a very cute book that will teach youngsters how to help the environment in their daily lives as they grow up and that is something that we all should do.” 

On The Issues of Bullying

Book Title: God Squad Mission Him-Possible II:
The Giant Slayers
Authored by: Darlene Laney
A CBM Christian Book Review
Rating: 10.0 out of 10.0 stars

The God Squad Episodes are an upcoming series to watch!  As a parent, I would highly recommend this book to young middle school and high school girls. What a blessing to have a positive Christian perspective applied to the issue of bullying that plague our schools in many different ways! ~ CBM

God Squad Mission Him-Possible II: The Giant Slayers by Darlene Laney depicts a group of high school age girls at Carver Preparatory Academy. Carver Prep is a prestigious school, yet there are some serious issues within the school that the God Squad addresses. 

The God Squad is a group of young girls led by Ms. Foster, their school-site advocate, in a program called the Peer Mentor Program. This program is geared to help encourage students in all aspects of school life through a peer mentorship. The God Squad girls are all peer mentors and they are sent to help Taylor.

Taylor is a normal girl who encounters a series of bullying that ends climatically, as the bullying turns into a violent assault upon Taylor. With the God Squad, they help mentor Taylor through it all, meanwhile addressing the issues of bullying. Bringing a Christian perspective into the mix, the girls seek a proactive approach, offering solutions to mend the school. 

Vibrant, filled with witty dialogue, readers will be kept glued to the pages with the interaction of the characters throughout the book. The author also presents some of the basics of the Christian faith and spiritual warfare, namely “Prayer Power” as the girls call it, while teaching essentials of the armor of God.

This book comes as a highly recommended and unique work for tweens, teens, students, teachers and parents addressing the issue of bullying, offering solutions and a godly way of handling trials. Coupled with a Christian perspective on prayer, spiritual warfare, each student learns the importance of being a team player, treating others with respect and adhering to godly ways, in which prayer and honor are the first and foremost within the God Squad ethic.

Wonderfully inspiring, with well-developed characters that the author has created brings to life the principle of becoming “Giant Slayers” in God. You may get your copy of God Squad Mission Him-Possible II: The Giant Slayers at Amazon or in Kindle as a download.

Now Available At Amazon

René Harkins born and raised in Germany shares in his autobiography "I AM better than you think" how he experiences deep voids in his heart as a child, caused by an unhealthy family environment.
Trying to find satisfaction in drugs he gets caught in the vicious cycle of Heroin for almost 20 years. Crime, police and prison are part of it.

Believing that there is more to life than what you can see, he goes on a spiritual journey which takes him all over the world. He comes in contact with different religions, philosophies, and new age movements where he meets Gurus and Priests, practicing Yoga, Buddhistic Meditation and prayer.
The result of his search is so overwhelming, he experiences a complete transformation, discovers the reason for life, and his true identity. As the healing takes place on the inside, restoration is visible on the outside. He finds a wonderful wife, has children, leads a private language school, teaches at the public school, experiences financial overflow and ... so much more. 

Amazed about the true identity of who he really is, he realizes that the boundaries set by human thinking are no longer his limits. Order your copy of I AM Better Than You Think at Amazon.

Rebuilding Alden, Redirecting Billy, Reprogramming Carlos - Three Must Reads

Christian Author JR Thompson releases, The Worthy Battle Series

Rebuilding Alden - Alden is a delinquent youth bent on destroying himself. With abusive and violent tendencies, he meets Probation Officer Phillip Bones whose tough love and sacrificial service give Alden a fighting chance. This story offers an endearing look at the story of a rebellious teenager redeemed by the love of God. Bones sometimes unconventional ways bring suspense and intrigue to a story that turns out better than expected!

Redirecting Billy – Book 2 in The Worthy Battle Series depicts a young boy named Billy whose scheming, lying and thievery are a way of life. Defiant and a possible gang banger, Billy’s life consists of drugs and hussling which are no big deal to Billy. He also sees nothing wrong with usury and making the government pay for his way while he sits at home doing whatever his young heart wills. Billy is easily angered and believes a life of crime is his only future until he meets Probation Officer Phillip Bones. Bones is determined to teach this young man integrity, respect and hard work as a way to success instead of living the life of the streets.

Reprogramming Carlos – Book 3 in The Worthy Series presents Carlos Estrada. A classic clown with no cares in the world. His choice of function is to not take anything seriously. His immaturity is an embarrassment and he is on a path to becoming known as a possible sex offender. In this series, Bones questions whether or not he can help this kid who just does not seem to care about anything. In this heart-wrenching series, a rollercoaster ride of emotions culminates into a story that will make you jump for joy.

Reforming Dawson – Book 4 in The Worthy Battle Series, Dawson, a rich kid born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth thinks his money is what makes him better than everyone else. And worse, Dawson thinks his bribes and temptations will sway Bones from treating him the same as everyone else. It’s obvious Dawson needs a strong reality check and needs to learn the value of good day’s work with a firm lesson on the value of money. With his work cut out for him, Bones proceeds to teach Dawson valuable life lessons that will he will appreciate, once he learns his money can’t save him.

Renovating Elliot – Book 5 in The Worthy Battle Series, Elliot depicts a young boy drowning his problems with alcohol abuse and illegal activity. He seems to like being bad, but his friends realize that Elliot is on his way down into a spiraling death spin that will leave him at the bottom with no way out. But that doesn’t scare Elliot. He likes being in control and no one will tell him what to do – that’s until Probation Officer Phillip Bones gets a hold of him. Bones is in for a battle and a spiritual one at that with this kid! Readers will cheer for joy as they watch Elliot’s transformation. 

Refurbishing Felipe – Book 6 in The Worthy Series, Refurbishing Elliot takes readers on a thrill ride of emotions and into a deep spiritual battle for Felipe’s mind. Controlled by outbursts and radical mood swings, Felipe’s bipolar episodes seemed to be spiraling out of control. His grandparents thought he would outgrow his mood swings but are worried that they are leading Felipe down a very dark path. Bones thinks he has a way of helping Felipe without the use of drugs since Felipe refuses to take his medication; Bones is everyone’s last chance. Felipe and Bones are in for the fight of their life. Will darkness succumb to the light?  

The Worthy Battle Series, is a collection of real-life battles, giving insight into the spiritual battle. These Christian fiction novels have a theme of redemption and restoration for today’s youth. The author has created a unique series that touches on controversial subjects that face our youth of today. With compassion and tough love, the books present an overcoming victory in the face of adversity and youthful rebellion.

JR Thompson has been an advocate for youth for over eighteen years. As a current assistant pastor and director of Canaan’s Land Boys Ranch, his love for under-privileged youth spans a lifetime of service as a mentor, housing foster children, as an adoptive parent, and also as a director for at-risk youth programs. His love and sacrifice remind us all what love looks like to those youth that are our future. Many youths today need loving guidance and a Biblical foundation.  

For more information visit JR Thompson's Amazon page

Christian Book Review - A Must Read

A CBM Christian Book Review - 10.0 stars out of 10.0 stars - Final Grains of Sand: A drama fiction, bringing light and life to James Kreider, a man faced with his own demise. The author blends a fantastic and engaging novel as James plans his funeral.  The novel is inspired by the vibrant and full life of Roy Kreider Woods II (1936-2013). 

Choosing 5 friends who will represent his life at this funeral, this novel is about friendship, displaying God’s love and forgiveness in our lives and living a life that is pleasing to God. All these characteristics describe the character of James Kreider, who in his final moments, leaves a legacy to others before he passes.

Touching and inspiring, this author brings readers through a journey - a journey of a life lived through the man James Kreider, his sufferings and offers a heavenly perspective. All will be able to identify with Kreider in some fashion or another. This book causes one to reflect on the value of life and teaches others to enjoy the present, love others and God above all else, keeping with the theme of choosing love. Each page keeps readers focused, and the Epilogue gives a glimpse of what it might be like to pass from death into eternity, which is intriguing to say the least.

This book comes as a highly recommended read for those that enjoy a blend of Christian fiction with a look at relationships, life on Earth, the realities of our choices on Earth and the impact that we can have on individual lives, one-by-one. An absolutely wonderful, entertaining and deeply touching novel that captures the ingredients of life!

“Like a mirror of reality, learning the information between the covers of a book defines the message hidden in the pages. The life of James Kreider is no different.” ~ David Harder

Order your copy of Final Grains of Sand at Amazon or as a download in Kindle. Be sure to visit the author at David Harder