"Bible Wisdom for Modern
Now available in addition to my combined MARK, MATTHEW, LUKE AND JOHN book (see Amazon link above) are three of these Gospels in two separate books, namely Mark and John the First and Last Gospels and What Matthew Really Wrote. Here, for the first time in nearly 2,000 years, is Matthew's Gospel as it was originally written, without the many spurious additions crammed into the text by over-zealous copyists and editors. (The above link will take you to the $2.99 Kindle edition). I also have available Bible Wisdom: PSALMS of Praise and Power newly translated from the Greek Old Testament. In PSALMS, you'll find 84 of the most beautiful and inspiring, presented in both an easy-to-read literal translation and
in a more poetic paraphrase. The Psalms are poems after all! "Psalms"
is available in both a regular paperback edition and in a Kindle edition
currently selling for only $3.00. All 287 pages of text are reproduced in the Kindle edition, which is certainly great value for $3. E-books are also available from Barnes & Noble and most other online stores, although they are more expensive (around $3.99)! (The Amazon icon above with no price showing
will take you to the Kindle edition).
I'm disappointed that few
writers have sought to focus attention on some of the Old Testament books,
labeled "Apocrypha", that have always been accepted as Biblical by
Catholic and Orthodox believers.
However, before writing on that subject here, I'd draw your attention to my latest New Testament translation, MARK, MATTHEW, LUKE AND JOHN THE 4 GOSPELS. This up-to-date translation would normally cost you $4.95, but on April 18, 19 and 20, and again on May 10 and June 14, this book will be FREE of charge when you click the link above! Also above, you will find Amazon links for AMAZING ADVENTURES OF TOBY, and also SHORT STORIES AND OTHER SELECTIONS FROM THE ORTHODOX OLD TESTAMENT, and also DANIEL, DETECTIVE, DRAGON SLAYER, LION TAMER. Click AMAZING ADVENTURES OF TOBY on April 19 and 20, and again on May 3, for FREE BOOKS! And on these same dates, if you also click DANIEL DETECTIVE, DRAGON SLAYER, LION TAMER, you can obtain this book FREE too! In these particular books
are new versions of the following:
STORIES (all complete):
"The Adventures of Toby"
"Three Wise Young Men"
WISDOM LITERATURE (selected
chapters, complete in themselves):
"Wisdom of Solomon" (including my
favorite quotation from the whole of the Old Testament: "I prayed and the
Lord God gave me understanding. I called upon God for help and the Spirit of
Wisdom came to me. I esteemed Her far more than scepters and thrones. Compared
to Her, I regarded riches as absolutely nothing. Nor did I count priceless gems
as worthy of the slightest value, for all the world's gold is but a pinch of
sand in Her sight, and even silver ranks as clay. I loved Her more than health
or beauty. I preferred Her over and above the sun and the moon, for Her radiance
never falters, never ceases. Everything that is good and wonderful, She freely
showers upon those who love Her.")
"Jesus Ben Sirach" (What a wonderful
opening! "Wisdom comes directly from the Lord God. She is -- and has always
been -- His! And She lives with Him forever.")
"Baruch" ("Wisdom now shows
Herself upon earth and lives among men. She is the book of the commandments of
God. She is the law that endures forever. All that hold fast to Her shall come
to life... Walk in the presence of Her light so that you too may be
"Proverbs" ("Seek out Wisdom.
Praise Her and proclaim Her. She is not hard to find.")
"Psalms 1, 2, 82, 84, 138, 145, 151"
"Psalms of Solomon 5, 6, 9, 11, 15"
PRAYERS AND REVELATIONS:
"Manasseh" ("You, my Lord, are the
God of all those who repent -- all (who) seek Your forgiveness... You will save
me because of Your great mercy, and I will praise You forever all the days of my
"The Visions of Ezra" ("Freely
forgiving all their sins and transgressions, please extend Your limitless love
to all who have firmly placed their trust in Your glory.")
To read a selection from The Wisdom of Solomon, please click this
The Holy Spirit
The inspired author of "Wisdom" writes in chapter
seven: "In every generation, the Holy Spirit passes into holy souls, making
them close friends of the Lord God and giving them the ability to reveal His
thoughts and designs." (BIBLE WISDOM, page 22). To me, this verse rates as
one of the top ten key texts in the whole Bible. Indeed, I would rank it second
to "But to those who welcome Him [into their minds and hearts] and who
believe in Him, He gives the authorization, the power, the ability to become
God's children." (John 1:12). Wow!
However, the most beautiful
description of the special relationship possible between God and man is supplied
in chapter eight (verses 51 et seq) of "The Visions of Ezra". The Lord God is speaking. "Why do you persist,
Ezra, in counting yourself amongst the godless?" He asks. "You have
not failed. For you, Paradise lies open, the tree of life is planted, and a
wonderful eternity of endless joy prepared. For you, the city has been made
ready, and there you will dwell with all perfection, continually in My Presence
and with My Spirit of Wisdom constantly at your side... A joyous life will open to you
forever." (BIBLE WISDOM, page 108).
"How much more will your heavenly Father
give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?" Jesus declares in Luke 11:13. True!
We know that "Wisdom is a breath of the power of
God, a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty. She is a reflection of His
eternal light, a spotless mirror of His soul, an everlasting image of His
goodness. She is a Holy Spirit of supreme intelligence... Although She is but
one spirit, She is omniscient. She is the same Holy Spirit now and forever... In
every generation, She passes into holy souls, making them close friends of the
Lord God, and giving them the ability to reveal His thoughts and designs. The
Lord God loves no-one more than the man or woman who lives with Wisdom."
(BIBLE WISDOM, pages 22 and 23).
Answers to Age-Old Questions
Why did God create the Universe?
"The Lord God rejoiced when He had completed
the world. He rejoiced to think that now He would have company. Now He would
surround Himself with the children of men." (BIBLE WISDOM, page 85).
Who does God favor?
"Are you kind-hearted? Then the Lord God loves you
and you enjoy instant access to His presence." (BIBLE WISDOM, page 82).
Who is happy?
Whoever loves Wisdom loves life. Those who rise
early to greet Her will be filled with happiness." (BIBLE WISDOM, page 71).
How do I find Wisdom?
"I prayed and the Lord God gave me
understanding. I called upon God for help and the Spirit of Wisdom came to
me." (BIBLE WISDOM, page 20). "Wisdom, ever radiant and unfading, is
easily encountered by those who love Her, and readily found by all who seek Her.
She hastens to make Herself known to all who desire Her." (BIBLE WISDOM,
Does God answer prayers?
"The Lord God hears the prayers of all who
revere Him... Yes, the Lord God grants the requests of every soul that trusts in
Him." (BIBLE WISDOM, page 37).
small icon below provides a link for the Kindle edition of "Bible Wisdom
for Modern Times: Short Stories and Other Selections from the Old Testament". The current price is a mere 99 cents. Please note that "More Bible Wisdom: Selections from the Early New Testament" and "Essential Bible Wisdom: GOOD NEWS by John" are not available in separate Kindle editions but in the combined "Mark and John: The First and Last Gospels" book.
Here is the second handbook in my "Bible Wisdom" series.
"More Bible Wisdom for Modern Times" is now available
from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online booksellers.
best available texts have been used to translate "Mark's Gospel" into
modern English. The picture of Jesus that emerges from the recollections of
Simon Peter (as recorded by John Mark) seems far from the usual stained-glass
image of the Savior.
Fully restored and reconstructed,
here for the first time in 1900 years is the GOOD NEWS as John, "the
Beloved Disciple", originally wrote it. Complete with its beautiful
original Foreword and equally moving Afterword, this GOOD NEWS has been freshly
translated into modern English.
Features of this new edition of
John's Gospel include:
1. The original gospel of the
Beloved Disciple is clearly identified, as are the various contributions by
John, the Elder. An effort has been made to put the narrative in order, and yet
at the same time incorporate all the many misplaced passages, including the
original Foreword and Afterword.
2. Also identified and newly
translated are the two traditional, short additions to the gospel, namely a
postscript by John's disciples and an account of the woman taken in adultery,
which has actually been extracted from "The Gospel According to the
3. The three letters by John, the
Elder, incorrectly attributed to John, the Apostle, in some Bibles, are also
4. Also newly translated for this
book, is the letter known as 1 Peter, which was certainly authorized by Peter,
but which he himself plainly states was written "by Silvanus, his
faithful brother [in Christ]."
GOOD NEWS by John, the Beloved Disciple is now on sale. A direct link to Amazon is provided below for your convenience. However, I would point out that all this GOOD NEWS is now included
in "Mark and John: The First and Last Gospels" as well as "Mark, Matthew, Luke and John: The 4 Gospels".
MARK and JOHN: The First and Last
Gospels. (Either of the two icons above with no price showing will
lead you to the Kindle edition, currently on sale for only 99 cents). This new
edition brings within the 178 pages of a single book, my previously published but now revised translations of the Gospels of Mark and John. As for John's Good News, is it wholly inspired by the Holy Spirit? Is it the word of God? Most definitely. It really doesn't matter whether the words were written down by John, the Beloved Disciple, or by John, the Elder. What matters is that the Good News tells that God so loved the world that He gave us His Only Son; and that everyone who believes in the Son will not perish but gain eternal life (3:16). Everyone knows this verse. But there is another, echoing a favorite theme of St Paul, that is almost as important. Jesus is addressing His disciples. "No longer will I regard you as slavish servants, because the slave has no intimate knowledge of his Lord, nor does he understand or appreciate His actions. But you, I will now call friends." (John 15:15). This theme of friendship and reconciliation is also dominant in Matthew's Gospel. "Did I come into this world to be served or to serve?" Jesus asks.
WHAT MATTHEW REALLY WROTE: A Radical New Translation of Matthew's Gospel is now on sale at Amazon and other e-book retailers for only $2.99. The Kindle edition of ROSALIA DE CASTRO is $3.99. The above link will also take you to the printed edition.
CLICK ON THE AMAZON LINKS ABOVE to download your copies (on any device) of "LUKE: The Gospel, A Radical New Translation", "DANIEL: DETECTIVE, DRAGON SLAYER, LION TAMER", "AMAZING ADVENTURES OF TOBY" and "MARK, MATTHEW, LUKE and JOHN: The 4 Gospels".
"MARK, MATTHEW, LUKE and JOHN" is a brand new translation of the 4 Gospels, using the very latest textual discoveries to present what Mark, Matthew, Luke and John actually wrote, NOT what well-meaning but biased churchmen think they ought to have written. The actual words of the writers clearly PROVE that these men wrote about real events which at least two of them, possibly three, witnessed with their own eyes and wrote with their own pens -- and in John's case, a pen occasionally critical of the apostle, Peter. All four were real men with real emotions and a real story to tell.
The Kindle price is $4.95 but this book will be offered FREE OF CHARGE by Amazon KIndle everywhere on April 18, 19 and 20, and again on May 10 and June 14. My first versions of three of the Gospels are also available individually: "LUKE: The Gospel" was an entirely new translation of this essential Gospel, based on the best available early Greek texts. The price is only 99 cents, but LUKE will also be available from Amazon Kindle entirely free of charge on occasional selected Saturdays, including March 22, 2014.
On the other hand, "AMAZING ADVENTURES OF TOBY" is a considerably augmented reconstruction of the Biblical book usually titled "Tobias" or "Tobit". This "Toby" e-book is available exclusively from Amazon. The usual price is 99 cents. Only 99 cents for the best story you'll ever read in your life! The heavily censored official Bible version has made considerable alterations to the original text - none of them for the better. FREE DAYS for this book at Amazon are APRIL 19 and 20, and MAY 3.
"DANIEL: DETECTIVE, DRAGON SLAYER, LION TAMER" brings together the Biblical stories of "SUSANNA" (featuring the young Daniel), and the superior version of Daniel's well-known dragon-slaying and lion taming (entitled "Bel and the Dragon" in many Bibles). These great stories have been newly translated and reconstructed. This e-book is available exclusively at Amazon. FREE DAYS for this book are MARCH 22; APRIL 19 and 20; and MAY 3. Usual price is only 99 cents. PLEASE CLICK ON THE AMAZON KINDLE LINKS ABOVE.
These uncensored, Biblical e-books are also available at Amazon stores in the U.K., Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, India and Spain, but you'll need to do a search for "MARK, MATTHEW, LUKE and JOHN The 4 Gospels" "LUKE: The Gospel" "Daniel: Detective" and "Amazing Adventures of Toby".
ROSALIA DE CASTRO: Selected Poems rendered into English verse. Poems include Saint Scholastica, The Oak Trees, Angel, The Banks of the River Sar, Realms of Refuge, The Bells, The Two Doves, Happiness, Somewhere Far Away, Happiness, Daydreaming, Hour After Hour, etc.