Take The Lid Off

Title: Take The Lid Off

Author: Smokie Norful

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Number of Pages: 221


ISBN10: 0718078934

ISBN13: 978-18078935

About The Author:

Smokie Norful is founder and senior pastor of Victory Cathedral Worship Center, a congregation on three campuses in Bolingbrook and Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, Norful also served on the board of regents for Trinity International University. A multiple Grammy-winning artist who has sold more than three million albums worldwide, he has also received Stellar awards; Dove awards; an NAACP Image Award nomination; a Soul Train Award nomination; two nominations for the BET Award for gospel music; two RIAA-certified Gold-selling compact discs; and countless other awards. He lives with his wife and family in the Chicago area.

About This Book

Pastor and Grammy-winning musician Smokie Norful inspires readers to go to God and experience more fulfillment, delight, power, and success than they ever dreamed.

According to Smokie Norful, sometimes our lives feel like a pot of rice in his grandmother’s kitchen: hissing, boiling over, about to explode and create panic. The only way to avoid an explosion is to take the lid off—that is, to stop being trapped inside ourselves and instead look to God and his grace to make us all he intends us to be. Taking the lid off, Norful argues, entails four actions: look inward, experiencing the cleansing of forgiveness and the power of the Holy Spirit; look outward, seeking for others to experience the joy of living for God and have the best God has to offer; look upward and marvel at God’s love and strength to accomplish his purposes; and move onward, devising a strategy to accomplish all God has put in our hearts to do.

When we take these four steps, the pressure goes down, we gain peace and perception, and things work out much better in the end. When we finally take the lid off, we can become the people God has created us to be and do what we were intended to do. We get in touch with the unlimited power of his Spirit, we’re directed by the challenge of his purposes, and we experience the joy of seeing him use us to change lives. All of us need help in taking the lid off in order to trust God, take action, and reach our full potential.

Take The Lid Book Review

“Take The Lid Off” written by Gospel Artist, Smokie Norful is definitely a powerful Inspiration Motivation book. Smokie shares his personal story about how he had it all, in the window of the world, although he felt that God directed him to starts his own Church. A number of times there were humor accounts of the journey that Smokie Norful experience through his life. Through his lifetime, I found it very entertaining and there is a lesson that we all can learn from.

Smokie Norful created “Take The Lid Off” with a design from the Holy Spirit in a logical way. “Take A Lid Off” is a powerful sermon in a book that can be a prescription we can use as both a journey of personal and spiritually. This is a wonderful tool for your Church Bible Study or a discussion group. I truly believe “Take The Lid Off” is the book that is required for everyone to read at this current time. This book given me the validation that I was right to get out of my comfort zone. I wanted my lid to be taken off so I can unleash my own full potential that God has given to me.

Smokie Norful provided his anointed gifts with powerful words to empower the readers with tools to unleash their own full potential. I knew Smokie Norful as a Gospel Singer who inspires us with the Good News in the arts of music. Music is a great tools of format for therapy in our souls. Now with “Take The Lid Off”, Smokie Norful shares his personal testimony in written form at to teaches us the importance of unleashing our God Given powers.

Look At It This Way

Look at it another way.  Had it not happened the way that it happened, you would not be in position to receive what God planned for you. We have to be thankful for losses that we needed for our victory, doors that closed so that we didn’t miss our opportunity, relationships that ended so that our life could begin,and the painful process that pushed us into our powerful potential.  God is greatly to be praised — we are thankful for His grace that keeps us, His mercy that restores us and His favor that surrounds us. Patrick Weaver

Change Gospel Magazine November 2017

Hey Guys the November Issue of Change Magazine is here. November is National Family Caregivers Month. Read Great articles from a few of our writers such as  Milton Kelly, Melinda Melinda Grimmage Lawrence, Diane Cooper, Thais Sherell and many more. To read the articles go to http://www.changesoe.com 1.when you get to the website, scroll down a bit until you see this Months issue of the Magazine. 2. Click on the Magazine and it will then open. 3. After it opens, go to the LOWER RIGHT CORNER of the page and click, the pages will turn. If you are using your phone or tablet, then click on the PDF and scroll up or down the view the Magazine Thank you. We Love you guys.

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Change Gospel Magazine October 2017

The October issue of Change Gospel Magazine is here. On the front cover is Psalmist Raine. On the inside are Juan Santiago & Uninhibited Praise and also Veronica N. Chapman. Please check out my article on Pages 30 & 31 about my fellow brother in Christ and fellow Christian Author, Sheldon D. Newton’s Book “Genna’s Fight” and my Sister in Christ and fellow writer, Melinda Grimmage Lawrence’s article “Live In The Moment” on Pages 14 & 15. To read these and many other articles go to http://www.changesoe.com 1.when you get to the website, scroll down a bit until you see this Months issue of the Magazine. 2. Click on the Magazine and it will then open. 3. After it opens, go to the LOWER RIGHT CORNER of the page and click, the pages will turn. If you are using your phone or tablet, then click on the PDF and scroll up or down the view the Magazine Thank you. We Love you guys

Even Me



Title: Even Me

Author: Tanisha Stewart

Publisher:  Tanisha Stewart (July 18, 2016)

Number of Pages: 334 pages

ISBN-10: 1535374500

ISBN-13: 978-1535374507


About The Author:      


Tanisha Stewart was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. She has been writing books since the age of 13. She also takes part in hobbies such as performing rap and spoken word for various audiences. In addition to her career as a published author, Tanisha also teaches psychology, which she loves. She considers her interactions with her students to be the highlight of her day, and because of this, they often see her with a smile on her face. If you would like to connect with Tanisha Stewart via social media, here are her contacts:

Facebook: Tanisha Stewart, Author
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Tanisha Stewart

About This Book:      


PAIN . . . HOPE . . . CONFUSION . . . LOVE?
Not long after a group of college friends start their junior year, a series of events are set in motion that will change their lives forever… Rondell is a good-looking, smart, confident young man who seems to have it all, but he hides the pain of his past. He grew up in the foster care system and experienced a series of traumatic incidents that rocked him to the core. He made it out of that life, but it hasn’t let go of him yet. Faleesha has just transferred to this college to make a fresh start. She is focused on building her relationship with God and leading others to Christ, but she encounters many stumbling blocks – distractions, persecutions, drama, and a growing attraction to Rondell that excites her and scares her at the same time.
Gesston has had enough. He’s grown up in church, and Jesus is all he knows. He has friends but no girlfriend, a good reputation but no street cred. He meets Faleesha and is convinced she is the woman for him. Shelly’s been in a number of relationships, none of them good. She’s tired of players and wants true love, the kind of love her friend Rashonda has with Tyrone, but she just can’t seem to find her soul mate. Then Gesston asks her out, and Shelly is sure that she has found the man of her dreams. But Gesston can’t hide the truth forever, and everything unravels the more he tries.

Even Me Book Review:  

“Even Me” is one of Christian Books that I have read that really caught my attention from the Book Cover to the last page. This narrative touches on some practical subjects that individuals encounter everyday. The fact that this was a Christian based book was awesome. I just finished reading Tanisha Stewart’s novel “Even Me”. What an amazing story. If you need to be healed then “Even Me” is the perfect book to read in the purpose of being minister to through the characters. Without sharing the whole narrative, I have to admit that “Even Me” is an authentic portion of literature, with noticeable characters, uncommon language, and actual depiction of life true to the last punctuation mark. Despite the fact “Even Me” has two central characters: Faleesha and Rondell, the narrative carries an exhaustive representation of characters: Shelly, Gesston, Mike, Tyrone, Chris, Rashonda and  much more, in conjunction with confused boy Quincy and bad girl Shalonda. Everyone is presented in a memorable, refreshing approach, so all of them appears not just like characters, but like real live men and women from the neighborhood. And just like in the real world, “Even Me” carries a lot of obstacles. Some of it is inner obstacles; it burns within their souls. Yet a lot spills out, and brings strife, hatred, envy and pain to young men and women involved. It is a difficult period in life and, frequently, a way out seems as the only choice. There is no doubt, we live in the time of false idols when it is so easy to gone astray in the self-conviction of commercialism, lewdness, and selfishness. As a consequence it takes a lot of courage to break out of those temptation. Although there is light and it comes with the one and only name: the name of Jesus. And this is why “Even Me” has an ecstatic ending outcome, although it is not recognizable how it will conclude until you are up to the last chapters. Sadly, in life such stories often end differently. I discover that “Even Me” is the perfect book for healing, understanding and redemption. So if you are looking to be healed, seeking for understanding or longing for love then I recommend you to read this wonderful Christian Book. While I was reading this book “Even Me”, I was thinking about this Hymn of the Church which Yolanda Adams recorded on her Cd. I meditate this lyric Below:


Lord I hear of showers of blessings, Thou art scattering full and free, Showers the thirsty souls refreshing,  Let some drops now fall on me

Pass me not oh gentle saviour, Sinful though my heart may be, I am longing for your favor, Whilst thou art blessing, Oh lord Come on and bless me, Even me lord, Even me, Even me lord, Even me Let some drops, Let some drops, While thou art blessing

Oh lord Stop by and bless me
Oh stop by lord Yes and bless me
Bless me, Protect me, Direct me
Even me lord  I need you
To come on down and bless me
Sinful though my heart may be
I need you to come down and bless me
Yes, While thou art blessing
While you are in the blessing business today
Not tomorrow, I need you today, Yeah
Bless me, Protect me, Direct me, Even me lord
To stop by, Just drop by, Oh lord lord lord lord lord lord lord
Bless me, Even me, Even me lord, Yeah I need a blessing
I need a blessing, I need a blessing lord
Songwriters: Roberta Martin
Even Me lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Capitol Christian Music Group







The Gospel According To The Wiz


Title: The Gospel According To The WizSermons/ Worship & Devotion/ Religion & Spirituality/Ministry & Evangelism/ Christian Books & Bibles

Author: Reverend Dr. Otis Moss III

Publisher: The Pilgrim Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2014)

Number of Pages: 145


ISBN10: 0829819916


About The Author:



With civil rights advocacy in his DNA, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL, Dr. Moss spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice, and economic inequality. Dr. Moss is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching a prophetic message of love and justice, which he believes are inseparable companions that form the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As part of his community engagement through Trinity United Church of Christ, Dr. Moss led the team that came up with the “My Life Matters” curriculum, which includes the viral video, “Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival” created in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Ferguson, Missouri police.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Moss is an honors graduate of Morehouse College who earned a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary. He returned to Yale in 2014 to present the famed Lyman Beecher lectures. The three-day event included an in-depth discourse on the subject of “The Blue Note Gospel: Preaching the Prophetic Blues in a Post-Soul World.” The lectures, which demonstrated a homiletic blueprint for prophetic preaching in the 21st century, were the foundation of his latest book, Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair, published in 2015. Dr. Moss was named to the inaugural Root 100, a list that “recognizes emerging and established African-American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions,” according to the publication’s Website. Honorees range between ages 25 to 45 and their accomplishments and successes transcend media headlines or statistics. With a unique gift to communicate across generations, Dr. Moss’ creative Bible-based messages have inspired young and old alike. His intergenerational preaching gift has made Dr. Moss a popular speaker on college campuses and at conferences and churches across the globe. He is highly influenced by the works of Zora Neale Hurston, August Wilson, Howard Thurman, Jazz, and Hip-Hop music. The work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the pastoral ministry of his father, Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, have been primary mentors for his spiritual formation.

Dr. Moss is the former pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia, his first pastorate, where the church grew from 125 members to over 2,100 disciples during his tenure. His earlier publications include: Redemption in a Red Light District, and The Gospel According to the Wiz: And Other Sermons from Cinema. He co-authored The Gospel Re-Mix; How to Reach the Hip-Hop Generation with three other contributors, and Preach! The Power and Purpose Behind Our Praise, with his father, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.

His sermons, articles, and poetry have appeared in publications such as Sojourners Magazine and The African American Pulpit Journal. Those works include: Power in the Pulpit II: America’s Most Effective Preachers, Joy To The World: Sermons From America’s Pulpit, Sound The Trumpet: Messages of Hope for Black Men, and The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama. His work has also been featured on Huffington Post, Urban Cusp, and The Root. Dr. Moss is an ordained minister in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the United Church of Christ. He is on the board of The Christian Century Magazine and chaplain of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Child Advocacy Conference.


He is married to his college sweetheart, the former Monica Brown of Orlando, Florida, a Spelman College and Columbia University graduate. They are the proud parents of two creative and humorous children, Elijah Wynton and Makayla Elon.


About This Book


“Through a biblical lens The Godfather is a retelling of the Shakespearean story of Macbeth . . . and The Matrix is a modern retelling of the Christ narrative.” Every Sunday, more than 5,000 people come to hear Otis Moss III preach at Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ. According to Common, hip hop artist, actor, and member of Trinity, “A message from Otis Moss III always teaches about love, justice, and commitment to the community. It’s good to have a pastor who’s real and relevant.” Moss describes himself as, “a jazz-influenced pastor with a hip-hop vibe committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ rooted in love and justice.” And he admits he can talk endlessly about theology, popular culture, and movies. Especially movies. That’s why he’s based some of his best sermons, collected in this book, on these powerful films:
12 Years a Slave
The Butler
The Book of Eli
The Color Purple
The Wiz
For Colored Girls

Read this book if you love movies and want to find even deeper meaning in them. Discussion questions are included, making it ideal for individuals or groups, movie nights and book clubs. As Pastor Moss says, “If you think about it, movie theaters are the modern cathedrals. Where else, outside of the church, do we gather for a shared experience and are not bothered by the outburst and shouts of neighbors?”
The Gospel According To The Wiz Book Review

“The Gospel According To The Wiz” is that book taken by surprise in the views of the readers. This isn’t any book like other literary pieces that I have read. There are many sermons from themes of your favorite movies including “The Wiz”. Reverend Dr. Otis Moss III really created a book that have several sermons based on Cinema. I thought that was a wonderful ideas in a creative way to minister to the readers through the Cinema. My completely treasure moments about “The Gospel According To The Wiz” is the contemplation questions that deliver the chapters together. Additionally encourages the readers network with the principles provided from Reverend Otis Moss III. The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III is definitely one of the unmistakable, most fearless and creative speakers in the current seasons. “The Gospel According To The Wiz” explains in a creative expressions format to the readers. Reverend Moss’ collections of sermons and shudder. This preacher from the South Side of Chicago steeped in the world of faith and rituals. He engaged the readers with secular texts to lectures and preach. He wanted to shares his theological foundation. He believes as a person of the African descent who is deeply informed by Africanized motifs from the South that flow from the black churches and West Africa, traditional modalities of sacred and secular disrupting. The entire life is connected to God and all cultural productions from music, dance, and the arts are gifts from God. The Gospel music, the standard bearer of religious inspired folk music, is an amalgamation of blues chords and structure. Jazz and the blues inform and serve as a catalyst for gospel music.Although the arts when authentic, creative, and developed from the wellspring of humanity will absolutely speaks to spirituality. He also mentioned that the references of movies are the language for cultural competency in America. It is not possible to completely engage any television shows or understands a comic reference unless our cultural competency is sufficient to make the connection between the reference, irony, and punch line of the comedian. In my opinion that movies in the hands of gifted writers should be able to do more than entertain. Movies should inspire, empower, inform and motivates us to reexamine our relationships to the world. Movies have always been parts of our lives. That’s exactly what Reverend Moss did with “ The Gospel According To The Wiz” for that purpose in preaching the Gospels to the lost and empower the Believers of Christ.