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Christian Book Basket Magic City (3)
By R.P. Bendedek
Apr 9, 2014 - 12:25:12 AM

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Every Sunday we publish the "What's in the Book Basket" article in which we list book reviews we have published in the previous week and provide links to articles we received from various authors and which we published at Magic City during that time. It also provides publicity details for a variety of new book releases.

Because we receive so much publicity material in relation to new book releases, and given that so much of that concerns decidedly 'Christian Books,' on Wednesday March 26, 2014 we inaugurated the first 'Christian Book Basket' here at Magic City Morning Star. In that edition we provided material for ten books, and today's third edition we provide material for six (6) more.

Authors please note: We have no regular contributor to the 'Christianity' Section at Magic City, and you are most welcome to help us provide Christian material, exhortation, teaching or sharing of any kind. We offer all authors a "no-pay no charge" self-promotions offer in which authors are invited to provide suitable material for publishing that does not need to be related to their books but within which we provide their bios, book cover photographs and links to purchase pages.

Publicists can assist their clients to immediately get listed in this book basket by providing appropriate publicity material, bio's and book cover photographs rather than sending two lines of text and expecting me to go do the research.

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1

"Heaven's Eagle"

by Rev. Daniel O'Neil

"Heaven's Eagle" by Rev. Daniel O'Neil
According to Rev. Daniel O'Neil, God's training of believers is much like an eagle training its young. In his new book, "Heaven's Eagle", he unpacks this theory. A commentary on Psalm 91, the book explores the parallels between an eagle and the Holy Spirit. Rev. O'Neil, is a pastor who has dedicated his life to bringing the presence of the Holy Spirit to his congregation. He says that the Holy Spirit wants intimacy with believers and wants to train us to live our best lives. According to O'Neil, Psalm 91 tells a life story of an eagle that mirrors how believers can grow in the power of God's Spirit.

The author relates how the egg stage of an eaglet is a strong parallel to the believer's prayer closet and his most heartfelt efforts to enter into the secret place of the Most High. After hatching, a young eagle is then under the shadow of the parents, who deliberately work at shading the young in the nest. This book informs us that in the Scriptures, a shadow is often a symbol of power. Eventually, the young eagle will develop into an adult whose talons are lethal.

"When it comes to striking prey, the eagle's talons are much fiercer than the teeth of most land-bound predators," says O'Neil. "For example, the African fish eagle may beam in on a prey fish at twenty miles per hour, and strike the fish with what is calculated to be five thousand foot-pounds of energy -- more than the muzzle energy of a bullet from a heavy rifle."

As the story unfolds, we learn that an eagle's powerful feet, with its sharp talons, obtain victory trampling a lion and a snake. Then the Psalm goes on to speak of the Holy Spirit, Heaven's Eagle, seizing the believer and transporting him to a high place of safety. The book refers to one eagle, instrumental in killing 14 wolves in a single day for a human master who trained him. It also speaks of historical tales relating to eagles trampling fiery, flying serpents that the Bible refers to as "dragons." Including many personal testimonies and supernatural experiences, O'Neil has included many instances of God's active presence in our lives.

Rev. Daniel O'Neil is the pastor of City Reach Church East, an inner-city church with a strong Messianic influence. He and his congregation major in bringing the presence of the Holy Spirit with them to minister healing and deliverance. Dan lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife, Linda.

"Heaven's Eagle"
A Revelation of the Holy Spirit in Psalm 91
By Rev. Daniel O'Neil
ISBN: 978-1-4908-1169-7
Paperback: $24.95
Available at and

No. 2.

"One for the Heart"

by G. Raye Jones

"One for the Heart" by G. Raye Jones
Charlottesville, VA. -- At the young age of nine, God saved G. Raye Jones' life at a revival in his hometown church.

In his new book, "One for the Heart: A Collection of Poems," Jones expresses his love and dedication to God. Jones believes that it is only through God's love that we can truly live a good and meaningful life.

Jones writes of the true meaning of friendship and the beauty of eternal love. He believes that his anchor in life is his Bible, daily prayer, preaching and teaching. Through poetry he expresses his full love for God, Jesus and his fellow man.

Throughout his poetry, Jones focuses on thanking God for saving his life and for continuing to show him the way. However, his poetry isn't just about his dedication to spirituality. He shares his thoughts and feelings on what it means to be a true friend and a good person.

This is a book filled with poetry about the good of God, friendship and love. His main goals for writing was to simply help others keep their faith.

"This book reminds us of God's plan, being a true friend to help others and never quit," Jones said.

G. Raye Jones was born in a tenant house in Rawlings, Virginia, and worked in tobacco fields until he left for college. Jones earned a BA and JD from University of Virginia and a Master of Laws degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law. He is the pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"One for the Heart"
by G. Raye Jones
ISBN: 978-1-46273-404-7
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble Booksellers and CrossBooks online bookstores

No. 3.

"Saints and Heroes"

by Andrew Schultz

"Saints and Heroes" by Andrew Schultz
LINCOLN, Neb. -- We all have pasts stretching far into the world; however, not all of us know our family history. Andrew Schultz, a writer and professor, has researched and explored his family heritage and brought it to life in his new novel, "Saints and Heroes."

Schultz's inspiration for the book was his mother's background. She was a British war bride and a Menteith, one of the original seven ancient earldoms of Scotland. This inspired his interest in researching and learning more about his family line and the history of ancient Scotland.

"As she filled me with this family history, and from this I learned of its Celtic roots, it's Norman connections and it's long membership in the Graham family tree," Schultz said.

In "Saints and Heroes," Schultz explores Scottish history as his book follows the story of Anselm through the rugged Isle of Iona. Anselm has always been fascinated with all things biblical and historic and begins studying to be a priest. As he develops a friendship with Prince Malcolm Canmore, the novel quickly turns into a fast-paced adventure as they journey to establish Catholicism as the official religion of Scotland. Schultz's story reinforces the idea that even the most ordinary person can have a lasting impact on history if he remains true to his beliefs.

"I believe that people are heroic, that they can aspire to living heroic lives, and that by reading about people who prevail despite all evidence to the contrary, ordinary folk, like myself, can make their lives have significance," Schultz said.

Andrew Schultz is a teacher, professor and writer who enjoys woodworking, reading, traveling and learning. He currently lives in Lincoln, Neb.

"Saints and Heroes"
by Andrew Schultz
ISBN: 978-0-59509-633-6 (sc); 978-1 -46977-489-3 (e)
Softcover: $14.99
Ebook: $3.99
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iUniverse online bookstores

No. 4.

"What To Do Before You Say 'I Do.'"

by Susan Ziggy

"What To Do Before You Say 'I Do.'" by Susan Ziggy
As God takes the act of marriage seriously, so should you. Author Susan Ziggy knows that committing to your relationship before marriage is the best way to make it work. With a long history of psychology and counseling and lessons learned from personal experience and mistakes, Ziggy shares the tools couples need for a strong, happy marriage in her new book, "What To Do Before You Say 'I Do.'"

Are you thinking about getting married?
How do you know you have a life partner?
Are they the right life partner?
Do your goals and ideals really compliment each other?

These are just a few of the questions that you will get to ponder on as you turn the insightful pages of What to Do Before You Say "I Do". In a time and society where most marriages lead to separation and divorce, it is of utmost importance for a man and a woman to learn what to expect in marriage, for indeed, it is not an easy experience. The realities of a life-time commitment can take a toll on a person's life, hence having a deep and mature understanding of its concept can aid one in the process.

What to Do Before You Say "I DO" gives you the answers that you need in order to overcome problems in your married life and guide you to the best decisions to make when it comes to the unchartered waters of marriage.

Susan Ziggy's father who was a psychologist drilled his children on understanding psychology and analyzing why people behave the way they do. She is a retired teacher with a Master's degree in education from Buffalo State College and is also a wife, mother and educator. Medical problems forced her to retire from teaching and she now helps young adults learn how to cope with their life problems. She now talks to people suffering from depression and or relationship difficulties. She wrote this book because she wanted her children to have the best shot at a healthy relationship by sharing what she had learned throughout her life, education, two marriages and a divorce.

""What To Do Before You Say 'I Do.'""
by Susan Ziggy
ISBN 13 (TP): 9781481707145
ISBN 13 (HB): 9781481707138
ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781481707121
Prices $4.00 / $15/ $24

No. 5.


by J. Ibeh Agbanyim

"Fear" by J. Ibeh Agbanyim
Fear: The Secret Ingredient of Life.

Fear, whether the threat is real or imagined, is the feeling or condition of being afraid, Generation to generation, mankind has been affected by fear, but most view fear from a negative perspective, something author J. Ibeh Agbanyim intends to change.

"Fear" is an educational guide on the emotional distress of fear and informs readers how to utilize constructive fear to achieve successes in personal and professional lives.

"My successes are rooted on fear of failing," Agbanyim said. "Fear essentially, can be a motivating tool in the journey of life, especially, constructive fear."

This book is a guide that covers every step of the process of fear, from diagnosis, to everyday concerns and even treatment.

"Fear is a secret ingredient of life," Agbanyim said. "It's like electricity, if used with caution, it can produce positive and impactful results."

J. Ibeh Agbanyim has his master's degree in general psychology with an emphasis in industrial and organizational psychology. He is currently attending Grand Canyon University, Arizona, for his doctorate degree in industrial and organizational psychology. Agbanyim is currently a Mesa, Arizona resident and professionally working as an industrial psychology consultant.

by J. Ibeh Agbanyim
ISBN: 9781491711781
Retail price: $24.95
Available in paperback, hardcover and e-book

No. 6

"Connected to Goodness"

By David Meltzer

"Connected to Goodness" By David Meltzer
LOS ANGELES -- David Meltzer was at the top of his game in the business world. As CEO to sports super agent Leigh Steinberg, he worked alongside Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon and lectured about sports and business around the world. Despite his success, Meltzer was unfulfilled and caught in a rapid downward spiral. Bankrupt and at rock bottom, he realized that reviving his personal and professional lives required blending spirituality with business.

In his book "Connected To Goodness: Manfiest Everything You Desire in Business and Life," Meltzer reveals seven proven principles for success that helped him incorporate peace and balance into every area of his life. The principles help readers embrace the restorative power of energy in common tasks such as negotiation, sales, client relations and business development.

With each principle, Meltzer provides key elements that help readers adopt the values and habits necessary for complete life change. He hopes to help readers recognize that life without spirituality leaves much to be desired.

"At the time in my life when I looked to have it all, I was actually lost and quickly heading in the wrong direction," Meltzer said. "My downward spiral turned out to be a necessary journey. Along the way, I found the recipe for success that allowed me to reinvent myself, find true peace and happiness, and inspire others. "My mission is to save readers the time, money and happiness I spent and lost -- and make their journeys easier." For more information, visit

David Meltzer attended Occidental College and Tulane University Law School. He and his wife, Julie, and their four children live in California.

He is the chief executive officer (CEO) at Sports 1 Marketing, which he founded with his business partner and president of Sports 1 Marketing, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon. Prior to this, as CEO of Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment, David, along with Leigh and Warren, negotiated over two billion dollars in sports and entertainment contracts. In addition to athlete representation, LSSE served as creative and technical consultants on movie and television projects such as Jerry Maguire, Any Given Sunday, For the Love of the Game, and HBO' s Arli$$.

"Connected to Goodness: Manifest Everything You Desire in Business and Life"
By David Meltzer
with Harrison Lebowitz
Foreword by Warren Moon
Price Softcover $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-45259-122- 3
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book formats
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Balboa Press

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