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“An everyday companion to help navigate through this highway called life.”

SPIRITUAL GPS GOD PROMISED SOLUTIONS by Oliver Reid is a reminder that God is in control. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to get to your destination, just stay on the road, declares the author.

Apostle Oliver Reid wrote this book for those that are weary in well doing. For those that want to change course and give up. What you see in reality is very different from what God has promised you.

Just as rush hour traffic causes us to sit at a standstill, life will do the same. You can’t rush GREATNESS or your destiny. We must wait on the proper time.

After reading this book you will understand that we have an internal GPS, which is the Holy Spirit and Delayed never was intended to mean Denied. Use the routes and affirmations in this book to help guide you each day along your journey.


 There is an expected end to the traffic jams, accidents, recalculations and standstills in your life.  Author, Oliver Reid wants you to know that God has created each of us, as a solution.

Are you ready to be the solution to your very own problem?


Reviewed By Nicole Cleveland
Founder of Breathe Again Magazine

About the Book

Spiritual GPS is dedicated to the masses that found themselves paralyzed at life’s intersections and crossroads. This book is committed to those who are in desperate need for God’s direction each and every day of your life. To the one that has lost their way this book is devoted to you. To the one that can’t see God’s promises because of life’s obstructions this book is designed with you in mind.
If you have ever faced a problem that appeared to be bigger than the solution this book is handcrafted by God for you. If you have endeavored to hear the simple words you can this book is for you.
Spiritual GPS is tailored to people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. This book caters to individuals who dare to dream and live on the cutting edge of their next level. Spiritual GPS is focused on allowing you to concentrate on godly solutions instead of the equations.




Just like our daily commutes life’s highway is filled with winding turns, unexpected delays, breakdowns, and unfortunately accidents. We can start off in our minds envisioning a well thought out plan to get us to our desired destination only to later find that road is closed or under construction. Oftentimes our fondestshortcuts lead us into major traffic. It is a proven fact that we map out our lives by identifying the familiar streets marking the crossroads that we are accustom to. You may be asking where I’m
going with this and all I can say is stay along for the ride and keep your mental, emotional, and spiritual seat-belts fastened.


About the Author

Apostle Oliver T. Reid, called into the ministry in his youth, is a powerfully anointed and dynamic man of God.  Known to be a remnant preacher and a testament to these times, Apostle Reid flows with a global prophetic mandate with God’s signs and wonders following.  A man of many gifts and talents, he walks in the office of Pastor, Prophet, Evangelist and Teacher, and most affectionately knows him as “Apostle.”  As a trailblazer, stalwart, and international apostle Reid has a passion to see the body restored, sinner’s saved, and broken hearts mended.

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Apostle Reid is happily married to Miatta Reid and a proud father. He is a graduate of Winston Salem State University with a BA/BS degree in History and Sociology. Apostle Reid obtained a Bachelors as well as a Master’s Degree in Theology from Life Christian University. He is presently in pursuit of his Doctor of Ministry in Theology degree from Life Christian University.

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Conversations of a Watchman : Prayers to Frame your Prophetic Destiny


“A practical guide that can be used for intercession and effective prayer”

Conversations of a Watchman: Prayers to Frame Your Prophetic Destiny is a clarion call to believers.

“Will you stand in the gap and intercede or will you give up on others and yourself? “

From the moment I started to read K.E. Allen’s “Conversation of a Watchman: Prayers to Frame Your Prophetic Destiny”, my spirit identified with the words and tears rolled down my face.

I could literally see the Lord standing on a rooftop asking the questions that were posed in the book.

Will you answer the call to intercede for others?

Will you be the one to convince God to show mercy as Moses did?

Will you be the one to pray for your nation to experience true deliverance?

How long are you willing to intercede until you see Christ born in others?

Author K. E. Allen breaks down the scriptures in Conversations of a Watchman: Prayers to Frame your Prophetic Destiny in order to show the readers how to pray past the selfish, one dimensional prayers that go unanswered.

After reading this book you will have the tools to intercede on behalf of others until manifestation is revealed and prayers are answered. You will also discover the secret to building a deeper, more intimate prayer life with our Heavenly Father.

The author takes us on a journey of utilizing our authority, as children of the most high God. K.E. Allen doesn’t just tell us to pray, she provides the correct words to say in prayer.

Reviewed By Nicole Cleveland
Founder of Breathe Again Magazine

About the Book:
How does a person move from a place deficient of light?  How can an individual shift from a place of complete and utter chaos, obscurity, apathy, and adversity?  The pathway to transformation is through in-depth conversations with the One True God of Creation–El·?·h?m’.  For you to move to a place of prophetic providence, your conversation must be divinely inspired.  Hebrews 11:3 states: “The worlds were framed by the Word of God.”  Framing begins with an idea, expands as a result of the imagination, and gives life through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit through divine utterance for a specific purpose.  Declaring the Word of God releases the creative power of God for authentic transformation.

K. E. Allen designed this book to draw you into a deeper conversation with the Father to renew your prayer life, mend your brokenness, enlighten your pathway, and arrange your chaos according to the divine order of God.






The watchman is responsible for framing prophetic destiny

spoken by the council of God. The watchman’s anointing allows

one to perceive accurately the enemy approaching from a distance to

warn the people of God of the plots and plans of the enemy.

(Ezekiel 33:1-6).

As one matures and develops a disciplined prayer life, prayer

becomes a conversation based on God’s covenant, God’s heart,

God’s mind, and God’s purpose. God and His purpose are the center

and focus of every dialogue. Essentially, prayer is an exchange of

ideas about His purpose pertaining to one’s family, ministry,

business, community, and nation. This is the key to successful

prayer–exchanging self generated thoughts for God’s thoughts.

When one prays apart from God’s desires, there is no guarantee of

answered prayers. The assurance comes when one’s desires align

with His. Asking according to His will cultivates the confidence that

He hears, He answers (1 John 5:14-15), and He is faithful.

Understanding God’s authenticity facilitates a deeper level of

conversation based on relationship.

About the Author:

K.E. Allen has proven to be an incredible, spiritual force in the Kingdom of God by displaying a God given indomitable spirit to change atmospheres and environments. Through the extraordinary gift of intercession and pure worship, she has become a spiritual weapon in the hand of the Lord whose knowledge is relevant for the church today. She is a dynamic leader, extravagant worshiper and prophetic intercessor whose worship has become a definitive lifestyle that penetrates and permeates every facet of her life and the lives of those she touches.  Karla is a leader to leaders and lives a life of committed consistent intercession, giving selflessly of herself in her prayer closet.  For over 20 years, as a student and teacher of the Word and woman of faith, she implements the truth of the Bible through the dynamics of intercession and worship that releases a tangible anointing.  Knowing firsthand the transformative power of God in her own life, she is determined to see others healed, delivered and set free. Karla will stop at nothing to see God move in the lives of His people!

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When Reality Shines


Author Susan Majette irradiates her readers to the power and completeness of connecting with ones’ essence.  She takes us to the era of her life when she became aware of, “Something Higher,” than herself.  With humble candor, Ms. Majette overpoweringly gives us an intense look into a health clash, which provides an almost tangible experience and warning for readers to appreciate the “simplicity” of having normal functioning body parts.

Not too long after graduating from College, Susan Majette was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and her road to the awareness of herself & God had begun.  She says, “The things I had been striving for and living for most of my life suddenly had no place in the ever-present struggle that I now found myself…The only thing I knew for sure was that I needed more knowledge and wisdom to deal with it.” (TRIED AND TRUE p. 61)

The section, “CONTRAST AND CANDOR,” reminds me of the biblical account about the healing at the pool in John 5:1-10.  Jesus asked an invalid man if he wanted to get well.  The man gave an excuse of why he couldn’t make it to the pool to be healed, Jesus then commanded him to pick up his mat and walk; AND HE WAS HEALED!  Susan intimately shares details of the day God asked her if she wanted to be well.

“WHEN REALITY SHINES,” authored by Susan Majette, is the ideal testimony of what faith looks like.

Reviewed by:

Larie of My Heart Speaks…™ & Resident Book Reviewer for Breathe Again Magazine

From Brokenness to Greatness

Sometimes, stepping into greatness actually requires taking a big leap; and that’s just what authoress & entrepreneur LaTersa Blakely talks about in her debut book, FROM BROKENNESS TO GREATNESS.

Mrs. Blakely strategically shares her childhood insecurities which crept into her young adult journey and landed her in the last place she’d ever expected; the Psych Ward and she says, “If you heal the little girl, there will be no broken women.” Readers are greeted with, “Your life can be whatever you want it to be,if you invest the time, effort and energy into making it a reality,” in the introduction. LaTersa goes on to say that her desire for this book is to help broken women and girls.

From wanting to be liked by everyone, thinking that she’s being taken advantage of by all men, and to a stank attitude, LaTersa came out & built the credibility to expertly offer herself as a guide for those who fight with similar or the same things. I enjoyed reading FROM BROKENNESS TO GREATNESS because I’ve been where LaTersa has been so I understand the courage it takes to publicly bare oneself as well as the sensational feeling offreeing your soul.

FROM BROKENNESS TO GREATNESS is a cheerful read, filled with self-evaluation nuggets, self-love assignments,and quotes which have daily inspired LaTersa Blakely. Go ahead, engage yourself in her story; learn& grow from it.

Reviewed by:

Larie of My Heart Speaks…™ & Resident Book Reviewer for Breathe Again Magazine

Rewrite Your Story

Rewrite Your Story is a real-life, persuasive self-empowerment book about a young lady who made risky decisions which turned into frequent mistakes, but has also learned from them and now wants to enlighten others how to evaluate self and make the needed changes to successfully “start over.”

Authoress Shivawn A. Mitchell fiercely uses her own story as a tried & true example for readers to reassuringly take hold of as they begin the chapters of their new stories.  Shivawn states that everyone experiences things like set-backs, broken hearts and disappointments, but the key is how we come back from those things; she asks, “Have you learned from life’s experiences, or are those experiences taking a toll on your life”? The goal is to provide readers with the knowledge to take the steps of changing their minds about their past mistakes.

Listening to our inner voice and knowing when to throw the towel in, (or as Shivawn puts it, “…learn when to fold”), are two of the many compelling nuggets that I took away from Rewrite Your Story because Shivawn mentions that we often ignore the signals our bodies are sending us when we become overwhelmed-which leads to stress, all because we are afraid of being labeled as giving up and/or not trying hard enough.  This then in turn makes us push ourselves harder as well as internalize problems in fear of humiliation and further interfere with our health.

When you’re ready to make some positive & ambitious changes in your life, I suggest reading Rewrite Your Story by Shivawn A. Mitchell as it is certainly like having an accountability partner literally in the palm of your hand.

Reviewed by:

Larie of My Heart Speaks…™ & Resident Book Reviewer for Breathe Again Magazine

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Brown Paper Bag











Brown Paper Bag by Venus Mason Theus will have you shaking your head, talking out loud as read and on the edge of your seat.

I fell in love with Natalie, Bernadette and even the sinister Albertina Baptiste.

Natalie was ridiculed because of her dark complextion by her colored peers all throughout school. Growing up without much ,she was determined to follow her dreams.It seemed like Natalie had it all – A “well to do” young man that was madly in love with her, a growing business and a family that loved her. It was going so well until her future mother in law decided Natalie was “not good enough.”

Despite shame and a broken heart, she pressed her way through,depending only on the Lord. Natalie’s character speaks to women everywhere that’s  been left with a child and no support.

Bernadette is a widow trying to do the best she can for her son. Along comes a very married man with status, money and an offer that would change her semi-broke status to living a very comfortable, rent free  life. Although she knows it is wrong, she is tired of struggling. She, like so many women find out the hard way that nothing in this life is really free.

Brown Paper Bag by Venus Mason Theus reminds us that discrimination exists, even among our own race.

An excellent read that will have you cheering for Natalie’s happiness and Albertina’s downfall.

I can’t wait to read the next one.

PORN-Aholic; Expose the Secret and Save your Life










Being held captive by pornography can sabotage one’s life because of its’ ability to cloud sound judgment.  Author Zerek L. Baker Sr. walks readers through his experience from the first exposure to his victory; “Victory begins with the admission that you’re in bondage and the confession to those important to you that you’ve lived a life of secret sin.  As long as it’s kept secret you can never be free of guilt, shame and condemnation,” says Zerek.

“PORN-Aholic” doesn’t just speak to those who are entrapped or overcame pornography issues, it resonates with wives, sons, daughters, & others who are often times the ones who may be most affected.  Chapter 7, “SHE LOVES ME…SHE LOVES ME NOT,” is specifically written to the wife of a porn addict.  Zerek Baker first assures her that she is NOT at fault; the problem exists within the husband.  Also in this chapter, mothers of sons are offered a gentle, but profound, warning about assisting them in guarding their minds.


Zerek offers 5 tools that helped him gain some control over his flesh in chapter 5:

  1. Get a Victory Over the Flesh
  2. Singleness of focus
  3. The power of fear
  4. Get a life
  5. Connection with God

For the single men Zerek L. Baker Sr. suggests that they start with tool #5 and work backwards. He also stresses that he is not writing about pornography as an authority; he felt compelled to do so as a life calling & the above listed tools were a practical & realistic set of disciplines that gave him a “degree of victory” over the vice of pornography.  Zerek states that gaining a basic understanding of the switches that trigger the pornographic impulses and actions, one will be able to effectively take part in the battle for control of the flesh.

While reading “PORN-Aholic; Expose the Secret and save your life,” by Zerek L. Baker Sr., I felt the sincerity of this book’s purpose.  Zerek has daringly exposed his old secret to help ‘you,’ save your life.

Reviewed by Larie Writes
Author of “My Heart Speaks”
Breathe Again Magazine Resident Book Reviewer

BRAINSTORM: Is This The Beginning???










Think about the last storm you endured.  Did you try to “take cover” until it ended?  Maybe you blindly walked through it as fast as you could, trying to remain as dry as possible, and hoping for the end.  How did you feel about the storm once it ceased?  Author Clevette Harris revisits her time during a storm in the book, “BRAINSTORM:  Is This The Beginning???” which encourages readers to embrace their storms.

Clevette suggests that when we are hit with an unbelievable expectation that is far from what we previously thought that makes our heads turn like that of an animated characters’, it’s called a ‘”POWER SURGE.”  These surges may affect each one of us differently.  Some may be blown down, while others could get a burst of energy that lifts them up.  Referencing to Matthew 17:20, (“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.”), Clevette Harris says, “That my friends, is the Possession Of Wondrous Energy Released or what I say is POWER.” (Introduction p. 16)

Fighting medical issues that some doctors coined as, “unreal,” because of lack of sufficient evidence, facing financial strain, material damage and longing to be a faithful servant for the Lord, Ms. Harris guides us through her praise-worthy struggles which brings about a tangible understanding of faith; what it looks and feels like.  Readers are left with Psalm 121, a song of ascent, (one sang as worshippers ascended up the mountain to the temple), which aptly compliments Harris’ analogy of her faith-strengthening trials.

As I read, I caught myself releasing an excited “Yes, I know, me too!” or, “Okay, I see.  Wow, that makes sense, I never thought of it that way.” a few times.  Clevette Harris’ testimony certainly reins confirmation to this statement, “It’s always beautiful after the storm.”


Reviewed by Larie Writes
Author of “My Heart Speaks”
Breathe Again Magazine Resident Book Reviewer

Secret Regrets









Secret Regrets by Kevin Hansen will draw you in as soon as you start reading.

This book will tug at your heart and even bring you to tears. The book is a compilation of hundreds of people sharing past hurts and pains.

We all have done things in this life we wish we could do over. Some things we would rather not share with others. Actions we are not proud of doing, places we’ve gone and people we have hurt.  Secret Regrets by Kevin Hansen is like an anonymous confession room with positive feedback.

To my surprise the comments on the posts were as sincere as the confessed regrets. Initially I thought the comments on the posts would be mean and degrading. To my surprise, it was the complete opposite. People were truly sincere and thoughtful with their comments.

Secret Regrets shows us that we can be open and completely free while sharing those deep dark demons that haunt us and be encouraged by people, just like us that may have been in our shoes.

When we think we are alone in our tears all we have to do is pick up Secret Regrets, read a couple chapters and discover that we are not as bad as we have convinced ourselves.

A must read !

Reviewed by Nicole Cleveland
Author of “So He Cheated, Now What?”
Founder of Breathe Again Magazine


Life After the Down Low (A Lily Among Thorns)

Life After the Down Low BookcoverMen on the down low. Affairs revealed. Marriages unraveled. Though the phenomenon is all too common, the discussion about it rises and falls with the times. A universal dialogue typically takes place only when it has to do with a high profile male’s fall from grace. The ‘DL’ lifestyle has become the elephant in the room. It’s happening in somebody’s home, but whose?

In Ingrid Michelle’s novel, “Life after the Down Low,” we take a look into the life of a man on the down low. However, it’s not through the tell-all perspective of a man on the ‘DL,’ but through Michelle’s real life story as a wife who must pick up the pieces of her life after her husband reveals that he has had sexual relationships with the young men entrusted to his care in youth ministry.

Michelle gives a voice to the otherwise silent women whose lives have been forever changed, and sometimes ended, because of deceitful actions of the men that they made the commitment to love and honor. And who were supposed to love and honor them in return.

A gripping read, the book opens with the weight of her then husband’s confession dropping with a thud. As we relive what Michelle calls the greatest catastrophe in her personal history, the pages are awash with disbelief, pain and anger. But rather than buckling from the pressure and shame, Michelle takes the high road, exhibiting phenomenal strength as she uncovers the entire truth, layer by layer.

“Life After the Down Low” takes us on an upward journey. Leaning on God, Michelle seeks to fill the gaping holes in both her natural and spiritual lives left by the tumultuous marriage. She takes the time to orchestrate her own healing while raising and protecting her young son. The novel is centered around scripture that imparts wisdom and life lessons to pass on to other women.

The story is one of a situation made bearable only by standing on the promises of God. For Michelle, pain is not a dwelling place, but a bridge that she crosses to journey into her new life. Michelle is a living testimony of God exchanging “beauty for ashes.”

Michelle says that writing the book was therapeutic for her, as well as an opportunity to “speak with other women and encourage them.” It is her chance to say, “Hold on sista. Hold on. A change is coming.”

In a world where dark truths are hidden, Ingrid Michelle emerges as a hero to tell her story, shining the light to free herself as she gives other women permission to do the same.

Life After the Down Low (A Lily Among Thorns)

By: Ingrid Michelle

Book Review by Adrienne Adams
The Write Vision Group