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Christian Book Basket Magic City (5)
By R.P. BenDedek
Apr 23, 2014 - 12:20:07 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.

On Wednesday March 26, 2014 we for several reasons, inaugurated the first 'Christian Book Basket' here at Magic City Morning Star. In that edition we provided material for ten books, but in today's fifth edition we are only providing material for seven books.

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.

Being With: Maybe This Is What Life Is All About

by Robert R. Ball

"Being With: Maybe This Is What Life Is All About" by Robert R. Ball
Authentic personal relationships in life are essential to our well-being. In Robert R. Ball's new book, "Being With: Maybe This Is What Life Is All About," he reveals the profound meanings contained within the simple phrase "being with." On the basis of both modern psychology and extensive biblical references, this little phrase points to and expresses the fullest realization of our authentic humanity and our most compelling hopes and dreams.

"In times of crisis and loss, the reality of this need is apparent and inescapable; yet, 'being with' relationships turn out to be equally as important in our day-to-day activities," Ball said. "Modern-day medicine and psychology have made it incontestably clear that authentic personal relationships, truly 'being with,' are central and irreplaceable in the nurturing of human health and healing."

Ball served for 28 years as a Presbyterian pastor and later was the executive director of California's Task Force to Promote Self-Esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility.

Robert R. Ball has a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Kansas, a Master of Divinity from the Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctor of the Science of Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He is retired and currently resides in Austin, Texas.

"Being With: Maybe This Is What Life Is All About"
by Robert R. Ball
Hardcover: 138 pages
Publisher: AuthorHouse
February 17, 2014
ISBN-10: 1491855827
ISBN-13: 978-1491855829
Prices $4 - $14 - $22

No. 2.

"The Purpose of Life"

Mark Kolodziej

"The Purpose of Life" Mark Kolodziej
What is the true purpose of life? With today's hectic lifestyles, the search for direction and purpose continues to be an overwhelming challenge for many people trying to balance work and a spiritual relationship.

"The Purpose of Life" explores not only the more abstract questions of religion and meaning, but also how systems like government, education and employment fit in to the larger picture of life and personal development. The guide is designed to inspire reflection and action in developing a relationship with God and self.

Author Mark Kolodziej has coached people in the realms of athletics, management, leadership and parenting, as well as having studied human behavior for the past 30 years. He carries over that success and experience to his work in the hopes of helping others achieve their life purpose and develop their spirituality.

"I'm a practicing Christian who has questioned my beliefs," said Kolodziej. "Because of that doubt, I've been blessed with insight into some of the most perplexing issues facing people today."

By examining the three entities that humans are composed of, including the body, the mind and the soul, Kolodziej brings a well-rounded Christian perspective to the age-old question of purpose.

Mark Kolodziej is a speaker, teacher, coach and founder of two self-improvement based companies, MARTHA7 and World ICU. He has been studying human behavior for the past 30 years, and continues to share his insights through sessions that address wellness and leadership. He offers a one-day seminar for groups and churches to discuss God, self and community. Kolodziej lives in Calgary, Canada.

"The Purpose of Life"
By: Mark Kolodziej
Hardback: $19.00
Paperback: $12.50
E-Book: $9.99
ISBN: 9781463440855
Available at,,

No. 3.

"Why Christians Need to Suffer"

by Joseph Bonacci

"Why Christians Need to Suffer" by Joseph Bonacci
Cancer survivor and devout Christian, Joseph Bonacci argues that suffering is a positive experience that everyone, especially Christians, should be thankful for. His new book, "Why Christians Need to Suffer" calls on Christians to refine suffering by accepting that tough times permit us to grow in faith. He stresses that by experiencing hardships, we are better prepared to be a source of support for others and abide by the word of God.

"Struggle matures the Christian mind and removes aspects of life that separate us from God," Bonacci said. "The fact of the matter is that the Bible tells us we will indeed suffer. It also promises that great blessings will come as a result."

Joseph Bonacci is an elder at Calvary Chapel in Old Bridge, New Jersey. He is a writer, blogger (, and adult education and Bible study teacher. Outside of church, he is a successful financial and investment executive.

While Joe has always been involved in the responsibilities of being an elder and teaching, he never really experienced the trials and suffering that many people he counseled were dealing with.

That all changed in May of 2012 when he was diagnosed with cancer. (See the Preview at Westbow Press) After enduring a very difficult treatment and recovery over a period of ten months, Joe felt compelled to tell just how Christian suffering should be different from that of the rest of the world. Christians need to redefine suffering.

It is suffering that serves to equip us and permit us to grow in our Christian walk. Joe makes a very clear and concise presentation as to how Christians can embrace suffering as a way to truly strengthen their relationships with the Lord and, more importantly, to use the experience to be of service to others. He explores why Christians actually need to suffer.

Joe lives in New Jersey, with his wife, Diane, and has two grown children and a granddaughter.

"By Joseph Bonacci"
By Joseph Bonacci
Published: 2/3/2014
Pages: 72
ISBN: 978-1-49082-241-9
Price $10

No. 4.

"Casting Lots"

by William McEachern

"Casting Lots" by William McEachern
The US today looks an awful lot like ancient Rome. People bought and sold senate seats. They craved publicity, fame, and celebrity. The masses celebrated sports and wealth. While these attributes typify the people of ancient Rome, they also directly apply to Americans today.

"Casting Lots" by William McEachern brings to life the authentic facets of ancient Roman life as Christianity unfolded. Aligning biblical history and faith with what we know to be true today is a way to hold up a mirror to society and bring about change. "Today, many people have the attitude of 'what's in it for me'. This sounds very much like the Roman religious philosophy of 'du ut des' which means: I give to you, the Gods, so that you, the Gods, will give to me," McEachern said.

Because McEachern's parents felt that a religious education was very important, the author attended schools of various Christian denominations, endowing the author with an ecumenical outlook. While these studies piqued his interest, it was his study at Duke University that galvanized his interest in early Christianity and eventually led to his writing "Casting Lots", the story of one of the Gospel writers, Luke, his journey to Christ, and the Centurion who guides him on his journey.

"I have always wondered what it would have been like to live in the Roman Empire during early Christian times. It would have been fascinating to meet and talk with Peter and Luke," McEachern said.

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William D. McEachern is married with three children and lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The author earned his bachelor of arts in religion and psychology from Duke University, where he focused on early Christianity. He is also a graduate of Fordham University School of Law J.D. and New York University School of Law LL.M. (Taxation). A practicing tax attorney for more than thirty-five years, McEachern has written numerous articles and several law treatises.

"Casting Lots"
by William McEachern
ISBN: 978-1-4918-4244-7
Available in softcover, e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AuthorHouse

No. 5.

"Blessings: Questions and Answers"

by J. Michael Lewis

"Blessings: Questions and Answers" by J. Michael Lewis
Brain tumor and surgery survivor, author J. Michael Lewis, has found his role in life, as a teacher and coach to accepting and acknowledging ones given blessings.

Lewis is an engineer who attended a theological four-year program and found pursuing a blessing goal more Christian-like than focusing on avoiding sins and trying to be saved from sin. His new book "Blessings: Questions and Answers," is an instructional religious guide that elucidates a concise process for solving problems in life.

This book covers significant questions and answers regarding our God-given blessings. It first discusses issues concerning both our early-life nature-oriented blessings and the ones later in life, which are goal-oriented. The point is that currently in life each of us is blessed with a God-given goal for our remaining time on earth. The book initially addresses what a blessing is, where it has come from, how important it is, and what our responsibilities for achieving it are.

The most significant part of the book involves eight major blessing areas, including friendship, love, and religion. The largest value to you is coverage of each of these areas with detailed definitions of blessing statements, visions, action plans, goals, and performance measures. These examples will help identify and address your specific God-given goals. (Read More)

Michael and his wife, Brenda, have four daughters. Michael has a master's degree in engineering and a career including quality coordination, training management, and employee benefits management for two thousand employees and spouses. He made significant contributions to two National Quality Awards and completed a four-year ministry course by extension.

"Blessings: Questions and Answers"
by J. Michael Lewis
Published: 12/26/2013
Perfect Bound Softcover
Pages: 130
Price $12

No. 6.

"America's Prophet: How the Story of Moses Shaped America"

by Bruce Feiler

"America's Prophet: How the Story of Moses Shaped America" by Bruce Feiler
Bruce Feiler's New York Times bestsellers Abraham, Walking the Bible, and Where God Was Born brilliantly explored the roots of faith. With America's Prophet, Feiler looks at Moses and the essential role the prophet has played in our nation's history and development. Bruce Feiler's most fascinating and thought-provoking book to date, America's Prophet delves deeply into how the Exodus story and America's true "Spiritual Founding Father" have inspired many of the most important figures and defining events in this country's history--from the Mayflower Pilgrims to the Civil Rights movement--and how Moses can provide meaning in times of national crisis, even today.

For four hundred years, one figure inspired more Americans than any other. His name is Moses. The exodus story is America's story. Moses is our real founding father.

Bruce Feiler travels through touchstones in American history and traces the biblical prophet's influence from the Mayflower through today. He visits the island where the pilgrims spent their first Sabbath, climbs the bell tower where the Liberty Bell was inscribed with a quote from Moses, retraces the Underground Railroad where "Go Down, Moses" was the national anthem of slaves, and dons the robe Charlton Heston wore in The Ten Commandments. (Read More and See Photographs)

Bruce Feiler is one of America's most popular voices on family, faith, and survival. He writes the "This Life" column about contemporary families for the Sunday New York Times and is the author of five consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including WALKING THE BIBLE and THE COUNCIL OF DADS. He is the writer/presenter of the PBS series "Walking the Bible" and the forthcoming "Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler." His latest book, THE SECRETS OF HAPPY FAMILIES, is a bold playbook for families today. It collects best practices for modern-day parents from some of the country's most creative minds, including tops designers in Silicon Valley, elite peace negotiators, the creators of Modern Family and the Green Berets.

"America's Prophet: How the Story of Moses Shaped America"
by Bruce Feiler
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Reprint edition 2010
ISBN-10: 0061726273
ISBN-13: 978-0061726279
Cost $10-$13.00

No. 7.

"Historical Phases of Prophetic Teaching"

by Evelyn T. Watson

"Historical Phases of Prophetic Teaching" by Evelyn T. Watson
In our modern world, the true meaning of biblical passages are often lost without the context of history and language. Evelyn T. Watson is seeking to fix this with her new book "Historical Phases of Prophetic Teaching." The book is the result of Watson's 40 years of biblical study. She shares information for scholars and seekers alike, including various charts, references and translations to illuminate biblical meaning.

An iconic, important book like the Bible can seem daunting to start reading or studying. Concepts and passages can be misunderstood or seem overwhelming without the proper guidance or framework.

Evelyn Theresa Watson, a longtime scholar of the Bible, is seeking to clarify the meaning and context of biblical prophecy with "Historical Phases of Prophetic Teaching." Based on her forty years of research and study, these books verify biblical prophecy within its historical context.

"My book provides ways to gain spiritual insight into the Bible's message to enable the reader to fulfill the promise of their life with God," she said.

The recently released first volume provides in-depth historical analysis of the Bible's statutory code of ethics, and helps both the average person and biblical scholars study Old and New Testament doctrine more effectively. Watson includes translations, definitions, references and charts to clarify specific passages of the authorized principles that constitute the statutory code of ethics.

"People will learn how to minister unto themselves and others with the words and works of God," Watson said. "By accepting the positive teaching of the Gospel, they will overcome the negative teaching of the Scriptures and see how to break down the religious barriers between people and nations."

"Historical Phases of Prophetic Teaching Vol 1"
by Evelyn T. Watson
Publisher: City Foursquare Pub House
Published February 23, 2007
ISBN-10: 0979170702
ISBN-13: 978-0979170706
Softcover, $11.95
Hardcover, $28.95
Ebook, $3.99
Approximately 130 pages

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