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Truth and Error Remain Rivals On Tithing

Book Review by Brenda Johnson Padgitt 6-16-2013

Sunday Morning Stickup: What Your Pastor Doesn’t Want You To Know About Tithes

by David Lee

Sunday-Morning-Stickup book pic 2Truth and Error will forever be rivals in the Christian Community concerning the issue of tithes.  In this instance, the individual Christian is faced with the question of whether or not tithing is a New Testament requirement.  The practice of tithing has been widely accepted for centuries in the modern church realm.  Unfortunately, successfully getting the masses to accept the practice of tithing is not the end of this matter.

Questions, research, articles and published books continue to surface within the Christian Community questioning the validity of tithing.  Books such as “The Tithing Hoax” by R. Renee and Cynthia Harper, “The Tithe That Binds” by Rory Moore and now “Sunday Morning Stickup: What Your Pastor Doesn’t Want You To Know About Tithes” by David Lee have made such a bold, uncompromising and unapologetic entrance into book stores that the issue of tithing has to be dealt with.  Tithing is a practice that many pastors support and uphold on a weekly basis.  They also hold their members accountable to this practice.  Many pastors continue to use Malachi 3:8-9 to justify tithing, while other pastors interject their own commentary to put fear about tithing in their members.

In David Lee’s Sunday Morning Stickup: What Your Pastor Doesn’t Want You To Know About Tithes he answers those unsettled questions concerning tithes and puts the book of Malachi in perspective.  Lee uses Chapter 1 titled “You Need Contentment” as the foundation for the rest of the book.  Living above our means is in direct disobedience to God’s word.  According to I John 2:15-17 it says “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the father in you.  For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see and pride in our achievements and possessions.  These are not from the Father, but are from this world.  And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave.  But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”

Lee says “At the root of our discontentment and the rapidly degrading moral social consciousness, can be found the source to why so many individuals are wantonly frustrated.  He also says that the preaching and teaching of God’s word has changed and that many of our pastors have fallen in love with money.  This love has negatively impacted how they deliver the morning message, the decisions they make concerning church business and how they handle God’s people.”  Lee further states that we need the kind of balance that will allow us to live modestly in this life, to the extent that it does not circumvent our hope to live eternally in the next.

According to 1 Timothy 6:6 godliness with contentment is great gain.  God wants us to be content no matter what circumstances we face.  This state of contentment I believe is where we will find happiness and joy.  This happiness and joy is free of wanton frustration that David Lee talks about in his book.  As you continue to read Lee’s book, you will learn in Chapter 7 how to recognize the characteristics of a Good Shepherd versus a Greedy Preacher.

Sunday Morning Stickup: What Your Pastor Doesn’t Want You To Know About Tithes will surpass your expectations with knowledge and research on the topic of tithing.  It is evident that Mr. Lee has done his research and has taken a prayerful approach when writing this book to dispel the error of a very important subject.



ASWIFTT Author Kenneth Simmons On ASWIFTT RADIO

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6-15-2013 by Brenda Johnson Padgitt

ASWIFTT Author Kenneth Simmons will be live on ASWIFTT RADIO on August 24, 2013 at 1 pm CST, 2 pm EST and 11 am PST.  Simmons will talk with ASWIFTT RADIO Host Brenda Johnson Padgitt about the Second Edition of his book “The Land of Simonia.”  Kenneth will also discuss the story line of his book, the characters and his future plans as an author.

Kenneth originally wrote and published  “The Land of Simonia” in July 2010 with the publishing company Xlibris.  The Second Edition of “The Land of Simonia” will be published by ASWIFTT PUBLISHING, LLC in the fall of 2013.  Simmons is from the small town of Greenwood, Mississippi.  Kenneth grew to become a writer at the age of 19.  In 2001, Kenneth gave his  life to God.  He says after that moment there was something placed inside of him.  He wrote his first book of gospel poetry and another collection of stories.  His goal is to give the world something fresh and new to see and read.  He hopes his writings leave you wanting more and more of Simonia.

Don’t forget to tune in online to listen to the show at:  For more information on the show contact ASWIFTT RADIO Host Brenda Johnson Padgitt at 1-800-775-2708 ext. 3060 or e-mail:

The SHESS Revolution Has Begun

Book Review by Brenda Johnson Padgitt 6-14-2013

“Let’s Play SHESS” Succeed in your game of life and business by playing chess: From Pawn to Queen.

by Wendy Oliveras

Lets Play Shess book picIt is no secret that Wendy Oliveras started a revolution when she wrote “Let’s Play SHESS” Succeed in your game of life and business by playing chess: From Pawn to Queen.  Her inspirational SHESS Movement is to encourage women and girls of all ages and backgrounds to play a fun game of chess and transfer the chess-playing skills into their real life activities, including business development.  Oliveras is the Founder and CEO of Oliveras & Company and SHESS Global Alliance.  She is also an author, columnist, search consultant and motivational career mentor.  Her goal is to mentor and motivate women and girls to believe in their abilities and achieve their goals.

“Let’s Play SHESS” is an easy read and is well written.  The word SHESS in the title of the book was Wendy’s creative and intuitive way of giving women a place in the world of Chess while projecting a powerful inherent message.  Wendy explains that she merged the word SHE and CHESS together thus making SHESS.  She also explains in her book what it means to be a SHESS player.

Wendy starts her book with a personal experience that she faced which became the turning point and cornerstone for writing her latest book.  She wants women to understand they have the power within themselves to move their status in life from Pawn to Queen.  On page 73-74, Wendy states “Being a Queen in either circumstance signifies you are unrestricted when making your own strategic moves and decisions.  This is a powerful position to have in SHESS.  Depending on what personal and entrepreneurial path you choose to take, you must BELIEVE you have what it takes to follow any dream or start your own business.”

In “Let’s Play SHESS” Succeed in your game of life and business by playing chess: From Pawn to Queen, Wendy successfully shows the correlation of life’s challenges and the game of Chess.  She believes women and girls can learn invaluable skills that are taught in the game of CHESS. She also believes that these skills are paramount to becoming successful in obtaining your dreams and goals.  So Ladies, “Let’s Play SHESS!”