With contributions from a diverse and respected group of scholars and pastors, 'Feasting on the Gospels' will include completely new material that covers every single passage in the New Testament Gospels, making it suitable for both lectionary and non-lectionary use. Moreover, these volumes will incorporate the unique format of 'Feasting on the Word', with four perspectives for preachers to choose from for each Gospel passage: theological, pastoral, exegetical, and homiletical.

There are two books I read volume 2 and I will say that this will help you very much in your study of the Bible. If you are a Pastor, teacher, these books are also very helpful and books that are just another tool to help you in learning. I got this book from netgalley.com.  I give this 4 stars.  Follow us at:


THE VALLEY                                          JOHN RENEHAN

 “You’re going up the Valley.”

Black didn’t know its name, but he knew it lay deeper and higher than any other place Americans had ventured. You had to travel through a network of interlinked valleys, past all the other remote American outposts, just to get to its mouth. Everything about the place was myth and rumor, but one fact was clear: There were many valleys in the mountains of Afghanistan, and most were hard places where people died hard deaths. But there was only one Valley. It was the farthest, and the hardest, and the worst.

When Black, a deskbound admin officer, is sent up the Valley to investigate a warning shot fired by a near-forgotten platoon, he can only see it as the final bureaucratic insult in a short and unhappy Army career. What he doesn’t know is that his investigation puts at risk the centuries-old arrangements that keep this violent land in fragile balance, and will launch a shattering personal odyssey of obsession and discovery as Black reckons with the platoon’s dark secrets, accumulated over endless hours fighting and dying in defense of an indefensible piece of land.

The Valley is a riveting tour de force that changes our understanding of the men who fight our wars and announces John Renehan as one of the great American storytellers of our time. 

This was a well written and very detail story of an army officer Lt. Black who is a desk officer being sent deep into the valley of Afghanistan to do an investigation. He knows that this is not a place he really wants to be and neither does the men assigned to the post. Once there he makes do and begins his investigation and he must also go into a village and speak to the chief who started this investigation. Things are not what they seem on paper and before he knows it they are leaving the village. Barley getting back they are expecting to get attacked, which happens. They come under fire just about every night and he begins to see that there is more to this story. Once he finds out and starts putting the pieces together they are attacked again and this time it is a mass assault where they are losing the post. With help of a gunship they get control but a lot of men are wounded, by the time he figures it all out he is abroad a medevac helicopter. Let me first say this is a good story and written very good, but for the people who want to read true life story about the valley. Read the outpost by Jake Tapper, who takes you to the real story of the 53 soldiers of outpost Keating against 400 Taliban. You then get a real feeling for the battles these men were up against and still are. I normally don’t put another book in my review but I thought people should know. Also two men were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their actions. Back to the book the Valley, it is a good book and I enjoyed it very much. I got this book from netgalley.com.  I gave this book 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.


TEXAS HUSTLE                                       CYNTHIA D' ALBA

They’re different as night and day…but it’s the right time for love.

Texas Montgomery Mavericks, Book 6

Porchia Summers was born into a family who gave her everything except affection. She acted out until her parents sent her to Whispering Springs before their high-society friends found out about her arrest record.

She builds a good life in Texas, but then the old boyfriend who got her in trouble tracks her down. Desperate to find a way to keep her past and present separate, she places a bid at a bachelor auction on the one man who’ll get her out of town for a few days.
Darren Montgomery is thrilled when Porchia wins him and a week of camping with his entire family in a charity bachelor auction. He’s also curious. He’s been flirting with the town’s sweet, sexy baker for years. Sometimes she flirts back, but she’s never let things go further than that. Darren’s not complaining, but he wonders just what’s going on behind Porchia’s pretty eyes.

Warning: Watch out for chigger bites, love bites, and secrets that bite.

Porchia Summers owns a bakery in Whispering Springs Texas. She is really from Atlanta, but no one knows this. They also don’t know that her father is a judge and her mother of course is on every socialite committee in Atlanta, but they had her shipped off to her father’s mother after her freshman year in high school because she was in the car that was involved in an accident that killed someone. She was not drinking, or driving, but because she was in the car her parents felt that she needed to be sent away because of her father’s career. That was the story. She stayed away and created a life for herself in this town. The only thing she did not do was date. Darren Montgomery who is four years younger has been asking her but she has been turning him down. One day she notices a new customer and it turns out to be the person that was driving the car and who was put in jail, prison. He is now out and he tracked her down and figures that she owes him money. Don’t know how he came up with that one but he is beginning to bully her when Darren walks in and puts an end to that. Instead of calling the police she tries to handle it herself. Later that night when she is at a charity auction for single men she ends up winning the bid on Darren. There date is to spend time with his family for a week at their camp in the mountains. Instead of cancelling like Darren thinks she decides to go. During this week she gets close to his sister and mother and then decides to go for it with Darren. When everything's going good or at least she thinks. The sheriff comes up and tells her that her shop burnt down. Knowing or thinking who did it she now comes clean with the sheriff and with Darrin. She also decides to go to Atlanta to try to fix the relationship with her parents. After almost two weeks there and not really having a good time Darren shows up, and is surprised at the size of the house, her name is different, and these people are not really that pleasant. He tells her before he leaves that he will only wait for a short while when he gets back for and it is up for her to decide what to do. She does not wait and leaves with him. This is not the end of the book. There is more and you must read to find out what happens to the guy who burns down her bakery. A very good story, full of passion and some funny moments as well. I got this book from netgalley.com.  I give this 4 stars.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com 



In the six years since her husband was killed by S.W.A.T., Carrie Padilla has spent long hours at work, rebuilding a life for herself and her son. The little time she has at home is spent keeping her eight-year-old son out of trouble, but he is all too eager to try to be the man in the house. When a handsome cop shows up on her doorstep, her errant son in tow, Carrie's heart stutters. The sexy Italian cop sets off all kinds of bells in her system, and she knows there's only one thing she can do to save what is left of her family, her husband’s memory, and her heart...avoid her new neighbor at all costs.

S.W.A.T. officer Jake Stafani already lost one little boy to gang violence, the dead boy’s older brother is missing, and Jake's not about to let the same thing happen to a neighbor's son. He drags the youngster home only to discover much more than a passing interest in the boy's beautiful, but wary, mother. Forced to take a leave of absence after a bust goes awry, Jake can think of nothing better to occupy his time than to keep Carrie and her son safe, and locate the missing teen who holds the key to taking the gang off the streets, once and for all.

But Jake doesn’t count on his stubborn, intriguing neighbor distracting him from his job, or the passion that flares between them. He doesn’t expect her amazing son to steal a piece of his heart. Jake is ready to risk everything for Carrie, body and soul. But it’s not all up to him. If their new love is to survive, Carrie will need to be strong enough to see the man's beating heart behind the badge, to look beyond the pain of her past, and decide that loving again is worth the risk.

Carrie Padilla lost her husband six years ago during a bank robbery when he was shot by a swat member. He was not the robber but she is still working on herself. Her son is wanting to be the man of the house but ends up being dragged home by the new neighbor Jake Stafani who is in his uniform. Carrie is brought back to the day of when her husband died she is now grateful that he is not pressing charges since he was trying to break into his home. Instead he has him and his friend who he saw take off help him with work around his place. She ends up going over to his house and finds out that he is not married. The more time they spend together because now he is helping her son with baseball she is getting more attracted to him. He is most diffidently attracted to her. They both must overcome their fears if they went any type of a relationship that is going to last. The way it gets worked out is great and this is a good story. I gave this book 4 stars. I got this book from netgalley.com.  I give this 4 stars.  Follow us at: 



Trouble big as all hell.

Retired sheriff’s detective Al Quinn hasn’t spoken to his brother, Maury, in twenty years. When Maury lands in the hospital under suspicious circumstances, though, Al reluctantly abandons his quiet country seclusion to look into the matter. A second attempt to take Maury out drives the brothers back to Al’s lakeside home, where Al knows the territory, but they’re not alone for long. ICE agents demand that Maury rat on his silent partner, city cop Fergie Jergens comes investigating the murders of Maury’s lady friends, and someone takes a match to Al’s house.

Al soon learns his problems are only getting started—his brother’s in trouble on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Caught in a ruthless power struggle between the ICE and Los Zetas, a vicious Mexican mafia bent on ascendancy, Al learns the hard way who he can trust—and who’s willing to do whatever it takes to succeed.

With everything he loves on the line, Al will learn just how far he’ll go to protect his own.


What a story, this goes all over the place and is full of action from the beginning to the end. Al Quinn, and his brother have not spoken to each other for 20 years. Now he gets a call from a friend saying his brother is in the hospital. After seeing his brother he ends up taking him to his own house the next day along with a nurse to provide care. This is where the story really takes off and you have local sheriff, ICE agents, and a drug cartel after them trying to kill his brother. He must find out why and who is actually behind it all. Doing this while dealing with why he and his brother don’t talk. This is a fantastic book and fast pace and the ending threw me for a loop. I liked this book a lot. I got this book from netgalley.com.  I give this 4 stars.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.


Talkin’ Sports
With Pat

     Last night Russell Westbrook put his name in the record book along the likes of Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, & Isaiah Thomas.  25 points, 20 assists, & 10 rebounds.  According to stats, this is the first triple double with those totals since Magic for the Lakers in 1988.  Westbrook was born in 1988.  Whenever you can be on a list with Oscar Robertson & Magic you know you did something special in Basketball.

    Here’s a name no one talks about in HOCKEY.  Andy Bathgate Hall of Fame for the N.Y. Rangers passed away in Feb. He played when there was only six teams and scored 272 goals.  That record was not broken until 73’.  He played over 12 seasons from 50’ to early 60’s.  Named to the All N.H.L. Squad 4 times when his rivals at right wing were Maurice Richards & Bernie Geoffrion of Montreal & Gordie Howe of the Redwings.  The Rangers were not very good and only made the playoffs 4 times when he was playing.
     It was said, “That he was a graceful skater, superb puck handler, & passer who had one of hockey’s hardest slap shots and highly accurate wrist shot.”  He got no garbage goals.  He won the most valuable player (The Hart Trophy) in 59’ scoring 40 goals.  Was elected to the Hall of Fame in 78’.  He was traded in 64’ to the Maple Leafs and scored the first goal in a 4-0 clinching game 7 over the Red Wings in that years Stanley Cup Finals.  He later played for the Red Wings and Penguins.  He finished with 349 goals and 642 assists in 17 seasons.  His #9 that he wore as a Ranger was retired in 2009 and hangs from the rafters in the Garden.


Loved These Two Books
Book #2

Worth the Trouble (St. James 2)
Cover girl Cat St. James’s picture-perfect life is anything but flawless. Luckily, she’s a master of hiding the truth from the camera. Relying on that skill, she conceals her latest secret from her family while attending her brother’s wedding. Her only trouble now is Hank Mitchell—the soft-spoken carpenter she’d once brushed aside. Seeing him at the reception underscores her private heartache and ignites unwelcome longing, which she promptly drowns in champagne.
Hank is no stranger to sacrifice, having set aside his own ambitions to take care of his family. One thing he won’t forsake is his pride, which Cat already wounded once. But when the maddening beauty’s reckless behavior forces him to rush to her rescue, he sets in motion a series of events that leads Cat to make a business proposal granting him his dream job.
When Cat and Hank mix business with pleasure, promises and secrets unravel, and each must decide if and what they’ll surrender for love.

“Good night, Catalina. Sleep well.” He turned to go.
“Wait!” She shifted her weight up onto her elbow. Thick falls of hair cascaded over her shoulders as she patted the edge of the bed. “Come back.”
He crossed his arms and faced her. “Why?”
“Please,” she said, sitting up in bed.
The blankets now bunched around her waist. That familiar longing rushed back once again, tempting him beyond bearing. He could give in, crawl in beside her to take what she offered. Use her the same way she’d used him. But he’d never been that guy, and it’d be a cold day in hell before he’d allow Cat to turn him into one.
Hank inhaled slowly then sat at the edge of the mattress while rubbing his hands back and forth across the tops of his thighs.
“Thanks for helping me,” she said.
Her expression reminded him of the way his sisters used to look when suffering through one of his lectures. He stopped himself from touching her. “You’re welcome.”
Her uncertain smile twisted him up inside as she reached one hand up and fingered the ends of his hair. “Kiss me goodnight.”
All the blood drained from his head and raced to his crotch. The relentless throbbing between his legs urged him to comply despite his better judgment. Just a kiss.
As if watching himself in a dream, he saw his fingers caress her cheek. She raised her chin and parted her lips, and he pressed his mouth against hers. He gave over to the moment, to taste her once more, to slip his tongue inside her mouth and tangle with hers. The faint taste of champagne and honey overwhelmed his senses as he grazed her lower lip with his teeth.
Time slowed. Every part of his body came alive. She bulldozed her fingers through his hair while moaning, engulfing him in desire.
“Like I remember,” she whispered against his skin. He’d been teetering on the verge of making a gigantic mistake, until her words summoned bitter reminders of the last time he fell for her games. Abruptly, he grabbed her wrists and pushed back.
“Hank!” She fell back into her pillow. “Stay.”
“No.” He had to get out of her room before hell finished freezing over. “Good night.”
Rising from the mattress, he reached over and turned off the lamp. His gaze lingered on her diary again, but he retreated from the bed.
“You’re mad about before,” she muttered, half asleep already. “But trust me, I did you a huge favor.”
He froze in his tracks. Glancing over his shoulder, his breathing slowed as he absorbed her words and the glimpse of self-doubt she hid from the cameras. As apologies go, it wasn’t much. Would she have admitted it if she were sober? Did she really believe what she’d said? Did it even matter anymore?
Her gentle snore ended his musing. He crept from her room. Standing in the hall with his palm pressed against her closed door, he waited a minute longer before shoving his hand in his pocket and heading down the hall.


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