The Power of Collectivity

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The Power of Collectivity is a motivational book about the importance of working together as a family, church, group or company in achieving goals. Collectivity overcomes stagnation. It comes in handy in a society full of materialistic and individualistic tendencies. Readers will find help via scriptures on how they can become relevant in groups, overcome problematic tendencies and discover the benefits of collectivity. With all this in mind, Brian Sigauke explains that a people still can be useful in groups without losing individuality or identity.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Blog: www.briannsigauke.wordpress.com
Email: briansigauke@yahoo.com
Author page: https://m.facebook.com/Brian-N-Sigauke
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/NgoniSiga

Other book previews include:

Nadine C. Keel’s The Movement of Crowns, available on Amazon.com

and

Lanette Zavala’s Marriage Vows Under Fire, available on Amazon.com.

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The Movement of Crowns

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The Movement of Crowns is the first in the Movement of Crowns Series.

Is it the perfect or the worst time for the kingdom to…change?
The nation of Diachona rejoices as the king’s daughter and heir, Constance, turns twenty. Yet, not everyone approves of Constance’s desire to sit on the National Council: a Council run solely by men.

What’s more, oppressive threats from a neighboring, powerful empire are rousing the people’s fears. Amid rumors of war and personal doubts about her future, Constance suspects that her growing love for one Commander Alexander may be ill-timed. Especially if this is the end of the kingdom as they know it…

 

Other book previews available include:

Brian N. Sigauke’s The Power of Collectivity, available on Amazon.com

and

Lanette Zavala’s Marriage Vows Under Fire, available on Amazon.com.

Love Unfeigned

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Love Unfeigned is the first part in the When It’s Time Series.

Love to the chords of a classic jazz band, spanned over more than a decade…

Lorraine: plucky and competitive.
Isaiah: impish, with a smile that gleams in more ways than one.
From the time the two first square off for a wall ball battle as children, Lorraine and Isaiah can’t help knowing each other. But neither can they avoid passions and misfortunes lining their path to young adulthood. After Isaiah’s family breakup disrupts the haven he’s shared with Lorraine, their relationship is threatened by jealousy, abandonment, and a life-altering trauma too grave to…forget.

As one year follows another, what might it take to reunite this divided man and woman in love: a love unbounded by time?
“Everything didn’t have to turn out perfect. I just wanted you there.”

 

Other book previews available include:

Nadine C. Keel’s Yella’s Prayers, available on Amazon.com

and

Lanette Zavala’s Marriage Vows Under Fire, available on Amazon.com.

 

Other gospel writers previewed include:

Rose Goff’s “Be Careful Who You Disrespect

Christian Abstinence Under Fire: How Media And Entertainment Can Attack A Pure Mind

Single Woman Battling-page1Have you ever been at the point, as a single Christian, where you’ve prayed for deliverance from lustful thoughts only to find yourself still battling them? Many Christian singles battle in mind, heart, and body with unwanted lust. This blog is actually an excerpt from a chapter in A Single Woman’s Journey Through Marriage Preparation:

(You may notice my use of “we” and “us” in isolated situations. When I addressed single women, as a married woman, I often wrote “we” “us” because of the battle that we as believers are in together – to uphold one another in one way or another.)

Chapter 8

Overcoming Sensual Temptations

V. 15. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. V. 16. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. V. 17. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof. But he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. – St. John 2:15-17 (KJV)

Media, Sex, And Entertainment

Sisters, we live in a world today that parades a totally different interpretation of sexuality. And it’s outside Biblical parameters. You can see that already. You can see how the entertainment industry and its media have decorated immorality. In fact, if in the flesh, we can barely recognize when something is wrong because we are so entertained.

The movies and television shows are so interesting – not the sex itself all the time, but the plots around the sexual content. Because we want to know whether So and So will live or die, whether our favorite couple will withstand their problems, or whether So and So will find her long lost son, we watch the lust-filled show and its accompanying sexual content. We watch movies that involve obstacles preventing a woman and man from getting together. Well, when they finally get together during these plots we, the viewers, are so glad that we watch their “love-making” scenes with no heed to our convictions. We’re so glad Sue and Dew are finally together. We say, “Oh, how sweet!…Aw!” We even cry.

Now, even commercials throw hard bodies in our faces tempting us to drool over these men on our screens. Advertising campaigns, such as billboard ads and magazine ads, now display models in compromising positions. The world is demonstrating now that they do not care what you’re trying to protect your kids from – let alone your adult eyes.

Entertainment is a very common weakness for most of us who belong to Jesus. We like fun and pleasure. But God wants us to discern those choices of entertainment that subtly place us in the devil’s territory where we are presented luring, enticing, convincing opportunities to commit sins that we can possibly fail to recognize under the world’s camouflage. Sin is becoming too familiar because it’s too common and appealing. It looks too good, it sounds too good, and it is too hilarious if we try to resist it in our flesh alone.

It happened to Samson. He took a liking to activities that were not God’s will for His children. As a result, he disobeyed God as he revealed the secret of his strength to Delilah. In fact, Samson laid his anointing on the line when he told her where his strength lied. When he awakened from his sleep after a few times before with his strength, he knew the last time that the Lord’s Presence was no longer with him, as his hair had been shaven off. You can read this story in Judges 13th thru 16th chapters.

Examine Samson’s life and the areas where he chose to be entertained. He flirted with what displeased his Lord. In doing so, he diluted his sensitivity toward his relationship with God. Each time a believer flirts with ungodly activity, such as compromising movies, sensual music, and ungodly company, he or she becomes less sensitive about living a holy lifestyle before the Lord. Those temptations out there are so dressed up that, continually viewing them from our living rooms with multiple channels from which we can choose, we become permissive to ungodliness.

Samson did not transfer himself from faithfulness to sinlessness overnight. From the time when he received the knowledge of God’s Presence in his life to keeping company with Delilah, Samson had taken himself through a gradual process that made sin feel more and more comfortable to him. It had to start somewhere. He had already kept company among the Philistines where he had met his wife. Gradually, Samson had maneuvered his way into those territories where he did not belong.

Likewise, we are not tempted to commit fornication just sitting at the dinner table or by simply mingling with our friends. A process has to begin in order for the devil to do a number on a sister. (That’s why Paul warns that we are not to give place to the devil. – Ephesians 4:27 James admonishes believers that we are to submit ourselves to God, resist that devil, and know he will flee from us. – James 4:7)

The devil has compelled and tempted us by what we find entertaining, usually through beautiful love stories. To us, love scenes are so sweet. He has introduced us to sensual music that depicts fornication with melodies and beats that just take our breath away. (The melodies and beats themselves many times are not the problems. But they are hidden behind sensual words.)

Then, the devil has sent these men in our directions – even in our churches. (I’m talking about to many of the active Christian women in the churches.) Some of us have met men and begun dating them with good intentions. The men themselves may have had good intentions. With no plan to fornicate, a woman will still have those entertainment seeds planted in her mind and heart. Fornication just doesn’t seem so bad because it’s so familiar. (At least you’re not conducting yourself like you’ve seen other women on the television screen. Right? Let yourself come to the point where you can recognize the devil’s many angles of justification – just to get you to fall out of the will of God.)

Well, that’s the end of that section in my book. The entire book is far more thorough with a number of different topics for single women in Christ. But I thought this section might also help with the battles with mere thoughts. These thoughts creep into the mind because of seeds that have been planted. In our society, the main way they are planted is through inappropriate and blatantly rebellious entertainment. Behind entertainment, there is a wide range of media that promotes it while they shamelessly challenge Biblical convictions. So, if you’re ever wondering why you’re battling so much despite the prayers that you’ve sent up to the Lord, remember to take heed to His Word as you pray.

Be not deceived. Evil communications corrupt good manners. – I Corinthians 15:33

Marriage Vows Under Fire is a series of Christian romance novels that address marriage as well as courtship. In a real world of real issues, the story lines are contemporary without vulgarity and profanity. The romance is sweet as any cloud 9 journey with humor, suspense, and drama. And the message of the gospel is clear in the midst of a story of couples, to which many of us can relate.

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Patti Chiappa’s Beautiful Scars Is A Humbling Read That Enforces Beauty

By Lanette Zavala, author of Marriage Vows Under Fire and A Single Woman’s Journey Through Marriage Preparation

Beautiful Scars gripped my heart while I read it. Throughout this autobiography, Patti Chiappa tells her memoir like she’s writing to her friends and many pen pals. It’s a very personal and engaging story. She tells it very conversationally yet with many beautiful depictions and pearls of wisdom. She uses colorful language in the purest but most candid sense.

Reading about her life protecting her brother and delighting in love stories about elder family members, there should be no surprise that Patti’s focus in her story leans heavily on her family. Her tendency towards selflessness is outlined in several occurrences in her story and is an undertone in her book. The beginning somewhat reads more like a biography about her parents. As a heroine of her past and as the author telling her story, she shares what could be a spotlight in her testimony. She describes her family as a very defining part of her life and (her parents, brother, champion paternal grandparents, and eventually her husband) as a circle of retreat from a cruel world that entrapped her.

The book is a revelation of how people we assume we can trust (such as relatives, teachers, principals, and police) can show their human sides to the point where you’d doubt there is humanity in them. And when forgiveness and peace in Christ occurs, the perception about all the dirt that occurred matures to her glimpse of God’s “master plan”, as she describes it. She is clear, even throughout horrific points, that God’s angelic interventions and her faith founded on Him helped her overcome those human-imposed living nightmares. And the love of Christ also helped her overcome her overall challenge with the existence of the drug dealers and bullies who made up the grim world she lived in and had to endure as an innocent school girl.

Her childhood growing up under loving, caring parents was a heartfelt testimony to read. As a parent, I felt heart-broken for the difficult choices both her mother and father had to make for their family’s survival. The horrific conditions of their many challenges in the ghetto contribute to one of the several tear-jerking aspects in Patti’s story.

I don’t want to give any spoilers in this review. But I have to provide this angle:

At almost midpoint of her memoir, Patti stops the pace of her story to point out that she feels she has to give other victims a voice. (An example of her selfless undertone as author.) While the pace breaks, it’s so timely and so true. She does just that, describing a terrifying occurrence that (further) scarred her view of herself and others.

If you are looking for a story in a humble voice, saying, “I can relate to your pain,” this is it. And the story of the hand of God strengthening and healing for a purpose, that is not comprehensive to the natural mind, speaks throughout the pages of this book. This book can be purchased as an ebook or printed book and can be ordered through any major online bookstore.

For more information about Patti Chiappa, visit sassyangels.wordpress.com.

The Second Installment Of Marriage Vows Under Fire eBook Series Released

Marriage Vows Under Fire 2A recent press release from PR Web for Marriage Vows Under Fire, Summer Love Series 2.

(Also, be sure to check out Marriage Vows Under Fire, Mega Series 1.)

African-American Christian author, Lanette Zavala, of Houston, Texas is now aiming for her third installment after the release of Marriage Vows Under Fire, Summer Love Series 2. An inspirational romance that centers around the interracial marriage of its main characters, Natalie and Joseph Reyes, the ebook series is accompanied by a holiday book signing tour that the author has launched.

Like its first mega series (subtitled Gold Bands In The Fire), this second installment has been released to captivate Christian readers who are drawn to contemporary and ethnically diverse storylines. Natalie and Joseph Reyes continue to juggle the drama of everyone else’s lives while trying to strengthen their marriage that is strained by outside distractions. Escaping growing problems at home with her husband, Natalie opens the door of a strange connection between her brother and her executive assistant in the workplace.

Tony Taylor and Amelia Conrad contend for an open vice-president position at Millennium Fashion House. One of the required challenges for the job is to transform homeless kids and inner city high school misfits into classy models for the family-owned company.

The no-nonsense Amelia may have the ambition to successfully win the vice-president job. But her cut-throat perfectionism is no match for her softening heart toward the rough inner city teenagers with whom she has to work – and her secret love for Tony.

When there is a high-profile career to achieve versus the unlikely fulfillment of her dream to win the handsome bachelor’s heart, there should be one choice to make. Business. But her heart’s desire for the man, who rejected her in the past, risks her goal to defeat him as a contending executive.

Tony struggles with his own developing feelings toward the tyrant whom he had long ago learned to shun as a person. But right within their competitive environment, he notices Amelia’s sweet change toward the poor community he loves. A popular player among women with desires for status and everything that comes with it, he can’t understand why he can’t get Amelia out of his mind.

Centered by a host of other developing relationships within their circle of friends, Amelia and Tony reflect on a bitter past as an obstacle that stands between them. Theirs is a complicated love story between two people who don’t want to be in love – at least, not with each other for reasons neither is willing to mention.

The story continues in Marriage Vows Under Fire, Face-Off Series 3, due to release by December 2013.

Visit my page on the Marriage Vows Under Fire eSeries for more background.

Kermeshea Evans’ Going To Church To Catch Hell. Y’all, Some Things Have To Be Said

In fear of the Lord, I am reluctant about publicly exposing anybody. That’s not to say that there is no place for exposure of other people’s sins. But I believe that a person must be undoubtedly compelled by the Lord to expose a sin for a purpose that is completely untied to  selfish gain, malice, revenge, or any other questionable motive. I can’t say that I personally am able to fall into the category of exposing anyone with a clear conscience. My role, as a writer of the gospel, is to spread the gospel.

Again, I do realize that exposure of evil that could impact others should be called out on the carpet. In III John 9-10 addressing another saint, the apostle John made a reproachful reference to Diotrephes, a leader who loved status among people. Addressing Timothy, the apostle Paul made a brief reference to Alexander the coppersmith, who had wronged him with evil, according to II Timothy 4:14. But addressing churches (plural) in Galatia, he shared a mistake that Peter had made slighting his Gentile brothers, according to Galatians 2:11-21.

More recently, since the first apostles, there have been other men of God who have boldly addressed ungodly issues that plague today’s churches with distrust from unbelievers, scars upon believers, and most of all, judgment from the living God. If you don’t believe it, read the first three chapters of Revelation. It’s New Testament, written even under grace, not in alignment with our watered-down teachings of today. But It is His Word.

Leonard Ravenhill has rebuked believers of all positions and was not received as well as any Word-loving saint should have received him. Oh, some did. But most could not receive his messages because he cramped their self-serving, narcissistic styles. He passed away in 1994 at the age of 87. But his son, David, continues to preach today. Like those of his father, his messages – though soft-spoken in my opinion – present omitted parts of the Bible that challenge me to get past the offense I could take identifying my sins in the message and move toward repentance.

With the careful way we distribute the gospel today without trying to step on the toes that matter to us, is this as good as it gets? We’re afraid to challenge any evil practiced in the sight of the Lord because we, as mere believers, feel we have no right to. I’m not saying we should bang on the surface of a counter and shout our points about the Bible. I’m not saying approach authority with a pointing finger any more than I believe a child should do so toward an evil father. But as in the times when  saints opened their mouths in opposition to the world’s popular beliefs and risked their very lives, we’ve reduced our voices to non-effectiveness. Understand that the kind of persecution earlier saints received due to their vocal spreading of the true gospel was seen as occurring outside the church. Today, so many churches are operating with ungodly practices to such an intense degree for the sake of human throne preservation. As a result, persecution and mass black-balling occurs among believers if anyone questions or challenges actions in comparison to God’s Word.

Certainly, an imbalance of constant rebukes should not be imposed on believers. We need the full message of the gospel (Matthew 4:4) And the full gospel is not widespread like propaganda and fame. This brings me to my long-existing burden that motivated me to read an eye-opening and concern-validating book.

Kermeshea Evans wrote the book entitled Going To Church To Catch Hell. It is her therapeutic account of her life with her family, who has excommunicated her from their high-profile, highly celebrated ministry and even from their entire family unit. The book kept my attention throughout an entire day. I read with laughter and with tears.

She explains her childhood with heartfelt memories of rejection, her parents’ misuse of her credit before she had reached her teen years, and distrust in church that was rooted in past malicious strife, directed at her family from evil church-goers with no regard for God’s Word. She explains her young adulthood with humor and heart-breaking revelations as she recounts the years she worked closely under her parents at their church. The final chapters in her book can bring tears to anyone who had never experienced any part of what she went through. It’s that disturbing. Rejection from family to cover up sinful secrets for the sake of high-profile appearances is how this book ended from an author who appears to be, among all the titles she had once held in the ministry, a fall guy.

This book is not like reading one from a Leonard Ravenhill or like hearing a Paul Washer. Kermeshea does not extend Biblical teaching in this book. It’s more of a journal from a woman setting the record straight to clear her name among fellow believers, Y’all. It’s clear that she’s also working through her feelings with what really seems to be a successful effort to forgive a family from whom she felt no forgiveness in return. But the account of events in the book reflect the warnings and rebukes of such prophets as the Ravenhills, Washer, Voddie Baucham, Zac Poonen, Sandeep Poonen, and Walter August.

The debate about Word of Faith movement may live on until God brings everything to a halt. But the experience of someone who lived in the center of this movement in Houston TX should motivate a reader to dig deeper in God’s Word and make a soul-searching evaluation – laying aside all pre-positioned beliefs that were not initially instilled by God. He is against being misrepresented. I believe this as a charismatic (in the sense of believing that the nine gifts of the Spirit are indeed still in operation among us believers today) and as a charismatic who is non-Word of Faith, still knowing God abundantly blesses a believer who abides in Him. (If we define “abundantly blessed” according to the Word, we will see that Paul as a prisoner was abundantly blessed as was Cornelius, the centurion.)

I do recommend that a mature Christian reads this book with the urgent perception of what many unbelievers are seeing from outside looking in and of what many angered churchgoers complain about as they refuse to ever attend church again. Read this book with the understanding that accountability omitted on earth is not escaping God’s attention. What is bypassed during preliminary, corrective discussions as Kermeshea recalls herself issuing, will lead to final judgment that can fume grave regret within the heart of a stubborn individual, positioned to believe he answers to no one but God. In a high position, it is easy to believe that a seemingly insignificant voice of plea to do God’s will should not have to be recognized with self-brokenness.

Because final judgment seems so far away, we tend to feel untouchable. This grave mindset exists among believers of all positions actually. God help us. May we be broken and repentant, seeking the face of our Lord. May we regard everyone with enough humility that we would cast down any urges to lift ourselves up in narcissism.

I have one reservation about this book that I’ve got to mention in fear of the Lord. In about two places, I think, Kermeshea quoted herself and her sister using a profane word. So, I caution all believers who could understandably become distracted.

My prayers are extended for Kermeshea and her entire family. My prayers are that she continually grows from this experience and present the gospel as one ready for persecution to a group whose ministry priorities reached the attention of skeptical unbelievers shamefully and remorselessly. I believe the Lord allowed every bit of what happened for the purpose of Kermeshea being called out from the darkness of that world. I believe when saints experience such hardships, it is opportunity to draw closer to the Lord, which she testifies of doing. But also, it could possibly be meant to prepare to meet those offenders in a different way – with a different outlook and attitude – spreading the gospel to them as if they were like unbelievers, completely unaware of salvation, according to Matthew 18:15-17. (If a person who offended us won’t take heed after being approached the way Jesus instructed, we are to treat that person like an unbeliever. That means lovingly minister salvation to them as if they were lost.)

Lanette Zavala, Author and Blogger