“Let Food Be Your Medicine” (Paperback Edition) by Dr. Don Colbert

I REVIEWED THIS BOOK ONE YEAR AGO WHEN IT WAS ISSUED IN HARDBACK. IT IS NOW BEING RELEASED IN TRADE PAPER AND MY OPINION OF THE BOOK REMAINS STRONGER THAN EVER. THIS IS, WITHOUT A DOUBT, THE BEST BOOK THAT I’VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW FROM WORTHY PUBLISHING. I AM BLOWN AWAY WITH THE AMOUNT OF KNOWLEDGE AND VALUABLE INFORMATION THAT I’VE GAINED IN THESE PAGES. PART TWO OF THE BOOK REMAINS MY FAVORITE PORTION, WHERE DR. COLBERT GOES INTO SPECIFIC DISEASES AND CONDITIONS. MY BATTLE WITH STAGE 4 CANCER HAS BEEN RE-STARTED AS OF DECEMBER 30, 2016. MY COLON REMAINS CANCER-FREE AND I THANK AND PRAISE GOD FOR THAT. MY BATTLE AGAINST THE LIVER CANCER HAS MOVED TO THE NEXT LEVEL AND, IN ADDITION TO NEW ROUNDS OF CHEMOTHERAPY, WE ARE ALSO COMMENCING GENOMIC TESTING AND TREATMENTS.
ALL THESE FACTORS BRING TO EVEN BRIGHTER LIGHT THAT ADDITIONAL THERAPIES, LIKE THE MODIFIED MEDITERRANEAN DIET, BECOME EVEN BIGGER ROLE PLAYERS IN MY OVERALL TREATMENT. DR. COLBERT IS AMAZING AND HIS BOOK IS AMAZING. I AM PUTTING MUCH MORE THAN JUST A BOOK REVIEW OPINION AT STAKE HERE. FOR THESE REASONS, I CANNOT OVER EMPHASIZE THE ABSOLUTE NEED TO OWN, READ, AND USE THIS BOOK. WISH I COULD PROVIDE COPIES TO EVERYONE I KNOW. IT’S THAT GOOD.

Original Review:
I am pleased to provide a review of this publication by well-known Christian physician, Dr. Don Colbert. “Let Food Be Your Medicine” is not a new concept. Chinese have practiced this for thousands of years. Before such things as antibiotics, our pioneer forefathers used food as medicine.

This review would have been totally different if I had written it just 24 hours ago. At about 11:00 a.m. CST this morning (11/7/16) I received a diagnosis from my doctor of Stage 4 colon cancer. Consequently, I am about to put the book to the ultimate test. I’ll decide if the book is valid or invalid by the results I experience using the ketogenic diet to create an unfriendly environment for cancer cells within my body.

Colbert covers the use of food to combat a range of diseases; including: heart disease, obesity, arthritis, ADHD, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, and more. From my own experience, I know that Colbert is spot on with regards to diabetes and heart disease. I’ve suffered from both, and have managed to not only survive, but thrive by using my own versions of his modified Mediterranean Diet.

I’m anxious to once again get a healthy eating program underway and to experience the results of cancer being stopped in its tracks.

So…. in 6 months, ask me how I feel about this book, the eating programs, and the other valuable information provided by this volume.

Colbert’s style is down to earth and is written in English, rather than some “Medicinese” journal or text book. I’ve enjoyed a number of Dr. Colbert’s books over the years. But for me, personally, the subject and timeliness could not be any better.

I highly recommend this good read and award a 5 Star Rating.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and timely review. There are no other expectations or arrangements between the publisher, author, or myself. The timing of this review and my medical diagnosis is purely coincidental.

Happy reading!
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“Authentic Living” by Richard Exley

Each year for the past ‘who knows how many?’, right around Christmas time, I go through an annual process of selecting a devotional for the following calendar year. Looking back over the collection, I can see that the different points in my life can be seen reflected in my annual choices. This is not something I consciously set out to do; but that, indeed, is the result.

This year, my perspective changed, because, as a First Look Reviewer, I was exposed to a wide range of “niche type” devotionals, covering a broad band of subjects.

My experience as a devotional reader has shown me that our choices in devotional content are very personal, and very significant to us as individuals. Consequently, they become fixtures of our own personal taste.

Richard Exley is an institution. Longtime pastor, missionary, broadcaster, and author. I remember those nights, 30+ years ago, when the silky, calming and re-assuring voice sliced through the nighttime quietness to bring us the latest “Straight From the Heart”. Since then, Exley has been somewhat of an unsung, yet elusive, hero of mine.

I say all this to tell you that Exley’s devotional isn’t one of the “trendy” mass produced devotionals. It is one that lives up to its title, as it is indeed “authentic” and “deliberate”. In just a few lines each day, the passages elicit a mental and spiritual pause as one reads along. That pause causes a deeper pattern of thought and consideration. It may cause a question, or three, to bubble up inside.

But, what you get in this little annual package is a tool that will bless you, raise questions, raise doubts, raise challenges, and ultimately make you feel just a little warmer, cozier and safer wrapped in the Savior’s arms. For that reason, “Authentic Living” easily makes the list for devotions I should consider for 2017 and/or beyond.

I received an advanced readers copy of this wonderful book from the publisher, Worthy Publishing, in exchange for an honest and timely review. No other expectations extend beyond that point.

Therefore, I provide a very favorable recommendation that you go to your local Christian Bookstore and thumb through a copy. I believe that you will be glad that you did.

Happy Reading and Happy New Year.

“First Words of Jesus” by Stu Epperson, Jr.

This is a nice book to read as we lead up to the Christmas season. Author Stu Epperson offers this sequel to the earlier “Last Words of Jesus”. This book focuses on Christmas and the birth of a king. Of course, the first recorded words of Jesus were captured when Joseph and Mary had to return to Jerusalem after learning that their young savior/son had been left behind. Those words were spoken after the worried parents found their twelve year old son teaching the scholars in the temple.

The book focuses not just on the first words of Jesus, but also of Joseph, Mary, the Magi, the Shepherds as each one provided his/her perspective on the indescribable tale of the birth of a Messiah.

This book is not a theological masterpiece, or a deep study into the early Greek texts. It is, however, an entertaining, informative and inspiring look at the time of Christ’s birth, and leads us to consider the sheer gravity and profundity of the humble birth of the King without an earthly kingdom.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book for its overall appeal and approachability. It can serve as a very positive addition to the library of a serious Christian interested in this topic.

It is a quick and relatively easy read. I would recommend it to most any level of reader, leaning more to the somewhat spiritually mature. You’ll often find yourself nodding in agreement with the author as you pore through this reasonably quick read. Bottom line is that this is just a pretty good book to enjoy during this most festive time of year.

I received a complimentary copy of this book as an Advanced Readers Copy from the publisher (Worthy) in exchange for a fair, honest and timely review. No other expectations exist regarding the author, publisher, or reviewer.

“Pray A to Z” by Amelia Rhodes

A very simple format in this book on prayer. Author Amelia Rhodes teaches us in prayer in a simple alphabetical arrangements of subjects. “Prayer A to Z” looks at subjective prayers with each entry giving a Bible passage, a short commentary, and a prayer.

The mode is simple, the material is accessible, and the message is for us to be open to new subjects. I found many of Rhodes comments to be uplifting and encouraging. I was especially touched by her content on the subject of GRATITUDE: In her prayer she evokes: “Father, it’s easy to give thanks when life is full of good things and I don’t have to hunt for the blessings. It can also be easy to forget to give thanks when life is good and things are going well.” How true.

Or, consider a portion of her prayer on the subject of KINDNESS: “Father, I desire to display the fruit of kindness, yet sometimes I don’t now how to do so Through your Holy Spirit, please grow this fruit in me until it overflows into the lives around me. Prompt me with practical ideas to reach our and offer Your loving-kindness to those around me every day.”

Finally, under the subject of PAIN: “Father, I lift up individuals who struggle with physical pain on a daily basis. Pain interrupts their lives and prevents enjoyment of many activities they love. Help all in pain now they are not alone Remind them to bring their pain to you….”

I found this to be an easy to read, easy to understand book with some sound spiritual guidance. I think it would appeal especially to the new Christian, and highly recommend this book to such a reader. I hope you enjoy.

I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy (ARC) of this book from the publisher, Worthy Publishing, in exchange for an honest and timely review. There are no other expectations beyond this review, and no connections between this reviewer, the publisher, or the author. Thank you.

“While My Child is Away” by Edie Melson

In “While My Child is Away” author and parent Edie Melson brings a special perspective into our role as parents. This book contains a collection of devotions, prayers for our children, and even prayers for ourselves, as parents. Edie’s writing demonstrates an abundance of love and grace. The devotions are based on a life well lived as both a woman and mother. The honesty she shares with the reader is refreshing, encouraging, and inspiring. The prayers are reflective of one who walks with and recognizes the voice of Almighty God.

Written primarily to mothers, this book is equally appropriate for fathers, as well. I think this book belongs on the nightstand of every Christian parent. Its content is timeless and worthy of repeated readings and referencing. I thoroughly enjoyed every word.

With that, I award this book with a 5-Star Review, and wholeheartedly recommend this book to every home. I think you will be abundantly blessed by the content and the power of the Holy Spirit that lies behind every word.

I received an Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of this book from Worthy Publishing Company, in exchange for a timely and honest review. There are no other expectations or future benefits between myself and the publisher or author. This review appears on Goodreads.com, Amazon.com, and my blog, jonreviewsbooks1.wordpress.com.

Thank you and happy reading.

Priceless: She’s Worth Fighting For by Joel and Luke Smallbone (with Nancy Rue)

To be honest, this book was saved by the events in the second half of the book. I thought that “Priceless” started out at a painfully slow pace. It wasn’t until I was about 100 pages into the book before it grabbed my attention and interest. Joel and Luke Smallbone (front men for the Christian band ‘For King and Country’) tackle a very difficult subject of human trafficking and exploitation of young women. It’s the story of two young sisters from Mexico who were sold into the trafficking business to settle the debts of their father. And its the story of a young man who transported them to Reno, Nevada and eventually became their hopeful rescuer. I’ll leave the rest of the plot to you to read and digest.

Like I said, around page 100, the story picks up speed and the book, that I earlier considered putting down, became nearly impossible to put down for even a moment. The subject matter made this book very compelling, and challenging to consider the size and scope of such a demonic business. Living in the Southern Bible, the subject of human trafficking is not something I’ve ever been forced to understand. But now, I realize the possibility that it may even be happening in my own back yard.

The underlying theme is how men should value women. Hence, the title “PRICELESS”. And that valuation is clearly present in the eyes and heart of the male protagonist, James Stevens. Stevens is trying to overcome a difficult and tragic past in order to be re-united with his daughter. And he shows the reader how its done.

Despite the very slow beginning, I urge the reader to keep on reading, and you will be given a very satisfying conclusion. I, therefore, award this book four (4) stars, as a good and worthwhile read.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Worthy Publishing) in exchange for an honest and timely review. I have no other associations with the publisher or authors. This review is being posted on Amazon.com, Goodreads.com, my blog jonreviewsbooks1.wordpress.com, and Twitter.

Happy reading!

2 Chairs: The Secret that Changes Everything by Bob Beaudine

Does God know your situation? (Yes)
Is it too hard for Him to handle? (No)
Does He have a good plan for you? (Yes)

The three questions above (the author calls simple but disruptive questions) form the basis for the book “Two Chairs: The Secret that Changes Everything”. It’s about prayerful communication with God. And a new way of hearing God’s voice.

In the 2 Chairs setup (Which by this point you’ve realized that the 2 Chairs are reserved for you (the reader) and God. The 2 Chairs model is about God hearing your prayers, and listening to His words to tackle various life challenges.

The book is an easy read, just as is the 2 Chairs practice in real life. It’s more than just a theory on or about prayer. It is Truth wrapped in a different package. Its a book that you don’t want to put down because you want to get through it so you can prove it out on your own.

Yes, I’ve added the 2 Chairs prayer in my own morning prayer time. I must be honest here. After 3 days, nothing had happened and my skepticism started to rise. There was just an empty chair sitting in front of me. On that 4th day, however, I did indeed hear that still small voice beckoning me toward a closer, more intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
THIS STUFF ACTUALLY WORKED!! I’m now working on the Seven Steps to further enhance my growth toward being the most positive Christian I can be. Pastor Beaudine did a bang up job of dispensing this idea and the truth therein.

I highly recommend this book for any Christian or non-Christian alike. For that, this volume receives 5 Stars.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest and timely review. There are no expectations beyond that. You can also see this review on Amazon.com, twitter.com, and jonreviewsbooks1.wordpress.com.

So, how do you answer those three simple yet disruptive questions?

Does God know your situation? (Yes)
Is it too hard for Him to handle? (No)
Does He have a good plan for you? (Yes)