Holiday Book List 2018

Looking for a great gift? Books are the perfect way to touch someone’s life, especially if you know their interests and desire to inspire them, especially in the sense of something that lasts longer than a box of chocolates or even clothes might last in someone’s closet. Here is our 2018 holiday list, perfect for everyone you know!


Seeds For The Season: 91 Days of Breakthrough

By: Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino, Ph.D., D.Min., D.D.












A telling and intimate revelation into the “season that changed everything!” Delving into lessons learned, Dr. Marino offers the best revelations she received in a four-year period of time that literally turned her world upside down, inside out, and then back up again.

In nature, a season is ninety-one days long. With God, a spiritual season may be much longer. That might not be what we want to hear, but it’s the truth. The duration of our spiritual seasons with God relate to what He is preparing us for and what is coming for us next, thus He is preparing us in one season for what we will do in our next season. That means as we go through our season, we need to pay special attention to the things that happen to us, the things we learn, and the very heart of change that God wants to work within us.

Come along for a “natural season” and share with Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino in stories and reflections from her spiritual season, which lasted just around four years. God’s lessons touched nearly every aspect of her life, including God’s timing, letting go of past people who were from other seasons, God doesn’t do things as a “crash course,” and beyond. From seeing God’s grace in her difficult dog to noting the need for patience in an abandoned plant outside the dumpster of her apartment complex, Dr. Marino’s reflections are brutally honest, genuine, and revealing to all of us as to how God works in season and out, in the times we enjoy as well as the ones we don’t, and learning to hear His voice in the season you are in, right now.


Put A Stamp On It!: Seventy-Seven Sparkling Stories Showcasing How Stamps Have Intercepted Historical Events

By: Herman “Pat” Herst, Jr.










A long-time bestseller for almost three years at the Righteous Pen Publications group, join in and see the awesome world of Pat Herst, Jr., a long-time stamp expert and collector who changed the world of collecting with his incredible wit and expertise on all things related to stamps and stamp collecting.

WHAT do the Charley Ross kidnapping, the Dunning sale, Britain’s female mason, Sherlock Holmes and the Littlewood’s pool, the founding of the YMCA, George Sloane, and the Madeline Smith Postcard all have in common? Stamps were an important part of these historical events. Even though we don’t often think of stamps in the context of making history, those small, decorative aspects of the mail system are far more than just there to decorate the envelope. At the heart of every letter, every postal moment for hundreds of years, stamps can be found, changing history as we know it. In this book, author and stamp historian Herman Herst, Jr. shares with us about the rich history of several historical events and the way that stamps influenced them. Told with good humor, perspective, and solid documentation, Herman Herst, Jr. offers us insight into the smallest details of the mail industry – stamps – and shows us that history is often staring back at us every time we mail or open a letter. Come along to share in seventy-seven stories where history proves that stamps are the stars, sealing history in ways we would least expect it.


Gideon – A Yellow Lab: A Love Story

By: Nina B. Marino








The first children’s book (and book for children at heart) by Nina Marino, celebrating the love of pets and the connection that we have with our pets, even as they get older. Enjoy the beautiful story of Gideon, a dog who, although he is large, still believes that he is “little.”

Ever since Yellow Labrador Retriever Gideon was a puppy, he has always wanted to be “little.” Even though Gideon is a big dog now, he still remains, in the heart of his owner, Lee Ann, as “little.” Celebrate the joys and memories of Gideon, from the time he was a puppy, until now. Written in a style children can read and embrace and beautifully illustrated with pictures transformed into painting-like designs from throughout Gideon’s life, Gideon – A Yellow Lab (A Love Story) displays the love we have for our pets, as they transform our hearts and lives as they leave paw prints on our memories, long after they are older and bigger, and no longer literally “little.”


Pocketbook of Faith: A Little Book of Encouragement

By: Anthony Sluzas






The first installment of a three-volume series of little “pocket books” perfect to provide inspiration, any time, anywhere.

IS your pocket full? What is in it? Is it money, change, a portable device, or is your pocket full of something else – maybe faith? It might seem like the world crowds and overtakes us much of the time, but when it comes to faith, it is something we should always have ready, accessible, and at hand, because it is faith that connects us to God and makes our lives better.

In Anthony Sluzas’s classic “pocket book” style, Pocketbook of Faith: A Little Book of Encouragement, you will find a special, short, and perfect-sized book to inspire and challenge your faith in new and exciting ways. Easy, accessible, and readable by everyone from the most advanced believer to the newest believer in Christ, this read challenges you to turn over every aspect of your life to God, from personal faith, to believing beyond what we can see, to weathering storms by faith, to the work of the Holy Spirit in our faith. In a book perfect to keep in your pocket, purse, take to the beach or park, read on your lunch hour, or just keep handy for Bible study and personal reference, stir up the great gift of faith that is within you, and watch it make a huge difference in your walk of Christian faith.


The Bible Alphabet: Exploring the Wonders of the Bible from A-Z

By: Lee Ann B. Marino, Ph.D., D.Min., D.D.



If you’ve got a child who is ready to learn the wonders of the Bible, this is the perfect book for them! Colorful, exciting, and rhythmic in read, this is a great book for any young child who wants to learn more about Bible characters.

Who says learning about the Bible has to be boring? Bible reading opens up an entire spiritual world of adventure and excitement, and if it is approached with interest appeal and fun, children can find a spiritual excitement in an ancient book that is still relevant for today. Come along and share this book with a favorite child in your life and explore the Bible through the alphabet, looking at twenty-six different people, places, and things found in the Bible, corresponding to each different letter. From Adam to Zephaniah, and everything in between, the beauty of Bible people and places are explored through great artwork of the ages, edited as pencil drawings for beautiful illustration, relatable to children. Spark faith in the next generation by sharing this book with them, which will quickly become a repeat classic in your favorite child’s library.


Understanding Demonology, Spiritual Warfare, Healing, And Deliverance: A Manual For The Christian Minister

By: Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino, Ph.D., D.Min., D.D.


An always timely and interesting topic, this book is perfect for anyone who might want to learn more about the powers that be – both divine and demonic – as well as how both operate, interact, and how the demonic is overcome this side of heaven.

The study of the divine and the demonic – and how the two affect humanity – has been a source of fascination and intrigue for thousands of years. While divine interaction with humanity has always brought about the benefit and growth of human beings, demonic interaction is never so uplifting. The demonic realm has caused humans to lose their status with God, venture where they should not, fall into sin, and at times, into places of oppression, depression, and possession. How are the divine and demonic understood in such situations, and how do we fight, liberate, and deliver those when such situations arise? Hailed as the most comprehensive textbook on the topics of demonology, spiritual warfare, and healing and deliverance you will ever need, this writing stands as a thorough and complete examination of matters that relate to all things we encounter, but many that we cannot easily see with the naked eye. Learn about the realms and operation of both the divine and the demonic, spirits and identifying types of spirits, demonology and mythology around the world, the occult, witchcraft and magic, superstitions, spiritual warfare from the perspective of Ephesians 6 and the War Scroll from the Dead Sea Scrolls, needed spiritual disciplines, healing and deliverance, having the right attitude about healing and deliverance, ethics in healing and deliverance, regulating healing and deliverance ministry, and helping others maintain healing and deliverance. Designed for classroom use, perfect for discussion and containing textual assignments for each chapter, this book is a must-have for any serious student who wants to learn the truth about – and the proper ways – to handle all matters of spiritual warfare, healing, deliverance, and ultimately, spiritual discernment.


Fruit of the Spirit: God’s Code for Living

fruit_of_the_spirit_cvr (2)LEARNING about and developing the fruit of the Spirit is an important part of being a Christian believer. Helping children to recognize and memorize the fruit of the Spirit in their lives can go a long way in raising kind, compassionate, empathetic, and caring children who are quick to think of others as much as they think of themselves. By presenting the fruit of the Spirit in a fun, relatable way, author Nina B. Marino takes years of Sunday School instruction and applies it to these important spiritual virtues. Designed to get young children interested in spiritual development, the easy-flowing rhyme text, beautiful full-color graphics, and the practical ways the fruit of the Spirit becomes alive to a young child, this book is perfect for your favorite child, grandchild, or for any nursery, children’s church, or Sunday School program.


  • Author: Nina B. Marino
  • Illustrations: Lee Ann B. Marino
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Burning Bush Books (September 17, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940197589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940197586
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches

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Lee Ann Marino’s Review Of: The Promises Of God Spiritual Checkbook

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By: Abigail Lawrence


  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Righteous Pen Publications (February 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940197457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940197456
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches


What I like most about this book is that it is exactly what it sounds like: a little book perfect for remembering the promises of God in your own life and discovering a new way to remember how to apply them. Abigail Lawrence wrote this book based on a teaching of her husband’s that teaches how to apply God’s promises in life just in the same way that we would write out checks.

By looking at several key aspects of spiritual life, including remembering the spiritual things of God, coming to Christ, the difference between salvation and application of God’s promises, a clear-cut comparison (with illustrations) between checkbooks and check writing and spiritual promises, and a complete reference listing of over 500 Biblical promises that are there for believers to embrace and receive in their own lives.

Sometimes writers try too hard to make the concepts of God sound difficult so they can sound smart. This often causes potential readers to shy away, as they don’t think they’ll be able to understand the concepts. This book doesn’t do that. It’s readable, understandable, and something that everyone, from the newest believer to the most advanced believer, can gain from reading. The practical illustration of a checkbook is understandable to most readers, and is even explained for those who might not be familiar with check writing. It is also 5×8 size, meaning it is the perfect book for evangelism distribution, to take along with you in a purse or bag, or even keep in the front or back of your Bible for handy reference.

I look forward to seeing future writings from Abigail Lawrence, as it’s obvious she has a lot to offer us in the world of Christian writing.

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Holiday Book List, #2


If you or someone you know has been touched by the LGBT community or the larger issues that relate to individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, activists, or their families, look no further for the perfect holiday gift! Written for instructional practicality as much as discussion, thought, and education, Ministering to LGBTs – And Those Who Love Them by Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino, Ph.D., D.Min., D.D. reveals a true heart and love for the marginalized and mistreated, and shows that love through Scriptural examination and ministerial service.


51w7saKMGLLReal Talk: Becoming A Woman In Ministry: Telling My Story The Way It Really Is…No Matter What!

By: Yolanda Y. Davis (Greggs)


  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Righteous Pen Publications (August 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940197104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940197104
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches


As a woman who is in ministry myself, I can definitely testify that life does not always turn out the way you might hope. One of the best signs of ministry endurance is the ability to push and pursue through difficulties to set one’s sights right to where they should be. Real Talk: Becoming A Woman In Ministry: Telling My Story The Way It Really Is…No Matter What! by Yolanda Y. Davis is a testament of overcoming spirit, endurance, and finding God in even the most difficult and impossible to bear situations.

This book chronicles the author’s entire life, from birth and childhood, to her adolescent and young adult years, to married life, divorce, remarriage, and her present-day experiences. The author is very candid in the book, revealing many things that others would be hesitant to speak on or discuss, in an honest, open, and truthful way. It is obvious that she has learned from her mistakes, taken life in stride, and had a new outlook as she speaks on the realities of ministry that many ignore, life and remarriage, and a special section for men who are married to women in ministry.

I would personally like to hear more from this author and learn more about her life since publication, as I haven’t a doubt that there have been many more things for her to discuss and draw upon as she has a few more years in ministry than she did back then. I would definitely recommend this book for any woman in ministry, because you will identify with it; you will see yourself in the struggles of the author, even if yours are a little different than hers; and it will give the overall encouragement to continue on, even if you want to give up. The chapter written for men who have wives or girlfriends in ministry is also most important, and you will want to read that and then share it with the man in your life to help him gain greater perspective. A read that must have been hard to write, to confront and to experience all in one, this book is a must-read for anyone serious about pursuing ministry, especially if you have a past.

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your_personal_behavior_map_book_cover-2Your Personal Behavior Map To Self-Fulfillment: A Book For All Families As Lessons From A Teacher, Coach, And Parent

By: Harvey D. Heartley, Sr., Forward by Dean Smith


  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Lee Ann and Veronica’s Publishing (October 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940197295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940197296
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches

In his lifetime, Harvey D. Heartley, Sr. touched the lives of many as a teacher and a coach. With a true love for sports and inspiration for encouraging students to be all they could be, Coach Heartley made sure that those he taught and coached were touched not just as students, but as people, as well. Such is evident in his book, Your Personal Behavior Map To Self-Fulfillment: A Book For All Families As Lessons From A Teacher, Coach, and Parent. The book itself is a reprinting of Harvey D. Heartley, Sr.’s original book, A Book For All Families, that was brought back into print by his son, Harvey D. Heartley, Jr.

Written in a manner that sounds much like the advice a coach, mentor, or older friend would give to a student, the book provides the author’s life theories into twelve areas he calls “the real daily dozen:” Attitude, Relationships, Imagination, Socializing, Education, Mentality, Physical Fitness, Finances, Professionalism, Politics, Sexuality and Spirituality. Each of these areas provides information, advice, and guidance on how to navigate life through these different areas and how important and foundational they are to having a personal behavior map to a self-fulfilled life and discovery of purpose and ultimate happiness.

The advice presented in the book is not my personal style, and I will admit that, as a reviewer, I don’t agree with everything the author says or presents. Just because it is not advice I would give or follow, however, doesn’t mean that it isn’t right for everyone, or that nobody else can benefit from the book. Even if you don’t agree with the advice for yourself, it is good to learn and hear what others have to say, and I would definitely state that the book is worth a read and is worth discovering how you feel on each of the topics presented. The formatting is a high step up from the original book, and it is presented in a beautiful, easy-to-read format and font, and whether one agrees with the advice, or not, there are a few things that are quite evident in the presentation. The first is that the author clearly cared about his students, teaching, and about education. The second is that he obviously cared about his community and about making a difference in the lives of those around them. This means his ideas are worth a read, and he has a valid voice that should be heard.

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