Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Colorful Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

So excited to participate in this week's Top Ten Tuesday. Let's get right into some colorful book covers.

When the Butterflies Came was my second favorite book by this author. 

I still want to read The Mothers. 

This is a great book if you're looking to self-publish.

This book wasn't for me, but this is a great cover.

The Unhoneymooners is another book I want to read. 

Doesn't this sound like a fabulous collection? 

What do you think of these colorful covers? Looking forward to seeing what colorful covers you share.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Book Spotlight: Phenomenal Vision: Eyesight to Life Sight by Rev. Dr. Leonidas A. Johnson


Phenomenal Vision: Eyesight To Life Sight dramatically reveals one’s “sight” is the magical and wondrous blending of the physical, mental, and spiritual phenomena of enlightenment…

By Rev. Dr. Leonidas A. Johnson

Author: Rev. Dr. Leonidas A. Johnson
Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.
Pages: 116
Genre: Nonfiction


“I’ve spent my life helping people to see, both as a licensed optometrist and also as an ordained minister,” said author Rev. Dr. Leonidas Johnson. “Vision, what is it? I discovered that physical vision is very similar to spiritual vision and the mind is the bridge between the two.”

In Rev. Dr. Johnson’s book, readers will experience a concept called learning by comparison. Comparing physical vision with spiritual vision will help the readers see themselves and the world God created in a whole new light. Readers will see the world God created from a physical, mental, and spiritual vantage point that will enrich their lives, Rev. Dr. Johnson says. These vantage points help build a foundation for developing a decision-making strategy that is both liberating and biblically sound.

Rev. Dr. Johnson went on to say “The title of my book – – Phenomenal Vision: Eyesight To Life Sight – – came after contemplating the impact vision has on one’s life, not just physical but eternal. It leans into the concept of one’s worldview. A proper view of oneself and the world can deeply impact the outcome of one’s life. Jesus said I come that might have life and have it more abundantly. How can you see physical beauty if you are physically blind? Conversely, how can you have an abundant life if you are spiritually blind?  Vision should never be taken for granted and vision that incorporates physical, mental and spiritual vantage points is not ordinary but phenomenal and lead to a phenomenal life.”

I just read Phenomenal Vision Eyesight to Life Sight by Rev. Dr. Leonidas A. Johnson.  It is a delightful book written thoughtfully.  He linked the physical aspects of vision with the metaphysical aspects of vision in a creative way.  I share a common perspective as Rev. Dr. Johnson because I am also an Optometrist and a Christian minister.  He has captured both the physical science of vision and the metaphysical science of vision.  I am confident that there will be “aha moments” for readers who may not have a foot in either area.

This author so wonderfully explained the spiritual nature of vision.  His linking of disorders or disease to both the physical and spiritual makes it easy for the reader to “get it.”  His use of graphs, diagrams, pictures, and charts is also very creative.  Often books are “dumbed down” and don’t trust the intellect of the reader.  This book soars in bringing light to something that has often been opaque.  This book is a must-read.  It will be a blessing for those who desire to have a more in-depth understanding of the link between the physical and metaphysical aspects of life.

— Rev. Dr. Clyde W. Oden, Jr.


"The human soul consists of our Emotions, Volition, and Mind...The ability to view and understand these two important factors - our emotions and a logical mind - in the decision-making process is a fundamental step in the development of phenomenal life sight vision." - page 53 


"In summary, our volition is the emotional and mental process by which we, as individuals, decide on and commit to a specific course of action." - page 56

Amazon → https://amzn.to/38lIKiK  

Check out my book at Goodreads!

Rev. Dr. Johnson attended Evanston Township High School. From there he went on to study at Illinois Wesleyan University.  His professional education for his Doctor of Optometry degree was completed at the Southern California College of Optometry, now known as Marshall B. Ketchum University.  Rev. Dr. Johnson received his Master’s degree at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. “I plan on leading a crusade against blindness due to age related cataracts. I’m able to do all these things because I serve a great God who does great things and He has allowed me to do great things,” commented Rev. Dr. Johnson. He has set up a foundation known as the Rev. Dr. Leonidas The Optometrist and The Miracle Eyes Foundation. See this web site for more information www.revleonidastheoptometrist.org. Due to his work demands – Dr. Johnson lives in both Chicago and Los Angeles.

Visit his website at www.revleonidastheoptometrist.org.

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Mailbox Monday - Apr 19

Welcome to It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Mailbox Monday.


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

Here we are close to the end of a crazy April. After sunny, warm weather, we ended the week with four or so inches of snow. Welcome to spring in New England. It was still an awesome week with two accepted offers, a coming soon listing, and a listing appointment. 

On Tuesday, we will honor my father-in-law on the first anniversary of his death. Our family will be getting together, but I pray one day we will be able to spend some time with the rest of the relatives. I am still waiting on my vaccine appointment. 

On a related note, the MA House passed Bill H.3701 (160-0) to finance the construction of a new Soldiers' Home in Holyoke. This is where my father-in-law resided when he caught COVID. A total of 77 veterans died as a result of the outbreak there. We are cautiously optimistic that the bill will also pass in the MA Senate.

In my reading world, I am happy to report that I finished this book. My review will appear at The Children's and Teens' Book Connection on April 30. 

I also finished this book. I uploaded my review to Goodreads and Amazon. The review won't appear here until June 8. 

I am reading one of my new books.

I am also reading these. 

I just started this one.

These two are next.

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

My books from Christianbook.com arrived on Thursday. Each of these cost me only 99 cents. That's why I like shopping there: they often run great sales. I also bought two bookmarks for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day and picked up ten packs of different bookmarks for my office.

That's it for me this week. I hope all is well with you and that you are getting a lot of reading accomplished.  

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Book Review: Know Your Bible by Paul Kent (ValueBooks)


Looking for a handy resource to complement your time in the Word? ValueBooks has compiled Know Your Bible to help you get to know your Bible better so that you get more from your time reading it. 

Author Paul Kent brings you through all 66 books of the Bible in an easy to understand way. Each book is broken down by the author; the date it was written or the time the book covers; a ten word or less explanation of the book's theme; a synopsis of the key people, events, and messages in the book; one or more key verses; unique and unusual facts, and an inspirational or devotional thought about each book.

Reading your Bible takes on greater meaning with a helpful resource such as Know Your Bible. This book opens with the following introductory paragraph: "Through sixty-six separate books, 1,189 chapters, and hundreds of thousands of words, the Bible shares one extraordinary message: God loves you." When you think about it, isn't that really the whole point of everything included in God's Word? We make it hard, but it really is so simple.

As soon as I read the introduction, I knew I would enjoy Know Your Bible. What follows is key information that puts Biblical events in historical context and an easy to understand summary of each book. The verses will probably be familiar to you, but you appreciate them all over again as you get this snapshot into every book. 

Know Your Bible will stay by my bedside so I can always have it handy when I need it. Highly recommended.

  • ASIN : 1602600155
  • Publisher : Value Books; 9065th edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language : English
  • Mass Market Paperback : 96 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9781602600157
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1602600157

I purchased a copy of this book from Christianbook.com. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This is one of those weeks when the topic was too good not to participate. I ended up looking at the current colors on the Crayola website. When I found one I liked, I put the name into my search engine. 

Here are the Top Ten Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Mountain Meadow.

And one that actually is. :) 

What do you think of these choices? What is your favorite color? Mine happens to be red, but this is