"Bible Wisdom for Modern Times" Series
Now available in addition to my combined MARK, MATTHEW, LUKE AND JOHN translations (which will be available FREE on Amazon on May 28) 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. 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 selling for around $3.00. All 287 pages of text are reproduced in the Kindle edition, which is certainly great value. E-books are also available from Barnes & Noble and most other online stores, although they are more expensive (around $3.99).
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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 (or its equivalent in your own currency) at Amazon Kindle, but on MAY 28, this normally $4.95 Kindle book will be available to all comers FREE of charge!
"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, or dictated to a trusted disciple.My first versions of three of the Gospels are also available individually: "LUKE: The Gospel a Radical New Translation" is 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 May 28 and 29, plus June 4.
Also now available at all Amazon stores are AMAZING ADVENTURES OF TOBY, as well as SHORT STORIES AND OTHER SELECTIONS FROM THE ORTHODOX OLD TESTAMENT, and DANIEL, DETECTIVE, DRAGON SLAYER, LION TAMER. AMAZING ADVENTURES OF TOBY will be free of charge on May 28 and 29. DANIEL DETECTIVE, DRAGON SLAYER, LION TAMER will be FREE on April 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2016. 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 illuminated.")
"Proverbs" ("Seek out Wisdom. Praise Her and proclaim Her. She is not hard to find.")
To read a selection from The Wisdom of Solomon, please click this link: http://reidbooks.exactpages.com/solomon.htm
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, I believe 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 among 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, page 18).
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).
The Kindle edition of "Bible Wisdom for Modern Times: Short Stories and Other Selections from the Old Testament" is now available. 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.