Book Reviews


The Message and The Messenger

“It should be mandated that every minister is thoroughly equipped to properly handle the Word of God. One of the ways to equip oneself is to have the proper homiletical training. In this modern age that we live in there is no excuse for a minster to be homiletically unprepared. In this new book, The Message and the Messenger by Dr. Tony V. Lewis, we all find an adequate resource to help us in our homiletical preparation.

I highly recommend this book to seasoned veterans and to newcomers that are just entering the ministry. This book will help you grasp the concepts of homiletics and hermeneutics, so that you can enter the pulpit with heavenly power. In the past few years I have come to realize that helping ministers is one of Dr. Tony V. Lewis’s greatest desires, and in designing this book, he has knocked a grand slam when it comes to a book on sermon design and development.”

Dr. Donald Cantrell
Pastor, Antioch Baptist Church
Adjunct Professor Christian Bible Institute & Seminary

“Dr. Tony V. Lewis has passionately put forth an insightful and helpful work on the eternal task of preaching. He unapologetically challenges the reader to embrace preaching as a supernatural event where God uses him to speak to his people. The reader will be blessed with both information and inspiration for the call to faithful proclamation.”

F.B. Brown, Jr.
E.L. Mays Assistant Professor of Expository
Preaching & Biblical Teaching
College of Biblical Studies-Houston

“Dr. Lewis has put together an excellent primer on preaching, fit to help every young preacher master the fundamentals of homiletics.”

Dr. J.R. Miller
Professor at Southern California Seminary

The Message and The Messenger is a powerful resource for pastors and leaders who desire to be more effective in their perspective roles. Dr. Tony V. Lewis has provided this powerful ministry tool that encourages spiritual to demonstrate honest and ethical behavior. From pulpit etiquette to ministerial ethics to sermon preparation, this book is essential for any Christian leader who desires to demonstrate excellence in all that God has assigned them to do. This book is such a valuable tool that I will be utilizing The Message and The Messenger in our Pastoral Ministry course at Victorious Living Bible Institute. I encourage you to invest.”

Dr. Renae Sellers
President at Victorious Living Bible Institute

The Message and The Messenger is required reading for anyone seeking the will of God in their sermons and overall ability to teach God’s people. It crosses over denominational and cultural lines to masterfully outline the complete process of teaching the Word of God. Preparation is always a major key to success, the five-fold steps of preparational prayer given by Dr. Lewis will increase the anointing and effectiveness of all preachers regardless of their experience.

The practical lessons from each chapter will help anyone improve their sermon creation and delivery . Dr. Lewis has answered all the questions concerning how to prepare and deliver a proper sermon in The Message and The Messenger.

This is a great book Dr. Lewis has written. Many years ago, I bought several books on this subject and never really connected with any of them. This book answered all of my questions. This will bless people for many years to come. I sincerely hope you continue advertise this book as it is absolutely worth the effort to get this great message out. “

Dr. Shawn P. Kirk
Christian Counselor/Life Coach/Author

Between Mountains

“Knowing who author is, I was certain Between Mountains was going to be a great resource on how to navigate through life’s valleys. This book is masterfully written and will change how the reader views valley experiences. Though theologically trained, Dr. Lewis, was able to make this book practical, as well as inspirational for all readers. He lays out how the average person believes God is with them on the mountain but fails to see God with them in the valley. He clearly explains how God uses valleys, just as He does mountains. He further expounds on how God uses valleys for our personal preparation and growth.


I started reading Between Mountains and gained tremendous insight and understanding about the valleys we all experience. Upon completion, I had a completely different perspective and attitude about life’s valleys. I assure you this book will both instruct and bring comfort to the reader as they begin to understand the normalcy and purpose of valleys. Moreover, Dr. Lewis shares how both valleys and mountains are a part of God’s plan.


What I liked most about Between Mountains is its’ diversity. Dr. Lewis does not just address one type of valley, but he competently explains a variety of life’s valleys and how to find God in them. Since we will all have valley experiences in life, I kindly recommend this book so you too can begin finding God in your valleys.”

Apostle Dr. Charles E. Perry, Jr
Senior Pastor, Word of Restoration International Church
Adjunct Professor Christian Bible Institute & Seminary

“The meaning and purpose of valleys have long been misunderstood by Christians.

Many believe God has abandoned them or is punishing them in their valley. Dr. Tony V. Lewis masterfully explains that “Valleys are a call to purpose, to relinquish what is holding you down, to rise up, and get to the next level.” This book is full of Biblical truth and wisdom that will help anyone pass through their valley to reach their mountain top. We do not always know the reason for our valley, “Sometimes we choose our valleys and sometimes they choose us, but it is our choice to keep going”. To successfully navigate life, one must understand that “Valleys have a purpose. They are a part of God’s plan.” Some need this book to get through valleys, some need this book to help teach others how to get through valleys. Regardless of your reason, this book will bless you.”

Dr. Shawn P. Kirk
Christian Counselor/Life Coach/Author

“I consider this particular book to be an inspiration to Christians and Non-Christians alike. This book addresses the realities of life that confront us all at some point in time.

Chapter 5 especially caught my attention titled “ Valleys Of Sorrow “ This particular chapter explains the difference between Godly Sorrow and Worldly Sorrow. The author brings out the point that Godly Sorrow leads to repentance without regret and does not linger when we acknowledge our sin and repent.

Whereas Worldly Sorrow brings with it guilt and condemnation leading to depression.

The writings in this book I believe, will change one’s viewpoint on life, as well as their perspective concerning their present situation.

From my evaluation of this wonderful book I would rate it with a 10.”

GR Woodard / Associate Pastor KGM Ministries

The Wife He Wants

“Storms arise in every marriage and they need practical wisdom to navigate when the winds blow and the seas are rough. In The Wife He Wants, Dr. Lewis has offered very simple yet practical help for hurting marriages. You can salvage the most turbulent marriage if you read this book and apply it. If you are single and aspiring to be married, this is a must read so that you are clear about the expectations God has for your married life. Marriage was designed to be fulfilling and returning to Biblical principles will do that.”

Trevon Gross, Lead Pastor,
Hope Cathedral, Jackson, NJ

“The Wife He Wants, What A Godly Man Seeks In A Wife by Dr. Tony V. Lewis, wow, what an amazing book. As my wife and I read each page, it was like taking a journey that opened our eyes as well as our outlook. True, there’s no set format on marriage, but there is the correct way to love her. Because the man is the priest of the house, it doesn’t always suggest that priestly decisions are made, unless he knows the way God says to love. He that findeth a wife finds a good thing, which suggests that she’s only a good thing as he finds her by staying in His will. This book is necessary for every couple to read as it successfully captures the truth of what we prefer to keep hidden, diving into the desires of a man while clarifying what he seeks in a virtuous woman. Transparency at its best. This book is truly a must-read! We will be using this book to counsel couples.”

Pastor Nick and Dr. Rhonda Travitt
Restoring The Years Global Ministries

“The “Wife He Wants”, is an absolute must read for any couple that’s serious about the success of their marriage. In an age where relationships are fooled into operating under the umbrella of their representative, rather than their real selves. Dr. Lewis has so practically placed principles in this marriage manual of sorts, that will prime the driest relationship to a place of restoration, refreshing and renewal. If it’s to be done, it must be done together!”

Dr. J. Wesley Boyd, Lead Pastor,
Tabernacle of Deliverance Worship Center, Houston, TX

“Dr. Tony V. Lewis has his finger on the Pulse of Love. The chapter titles alone speak loud volumes to the Church that’s often hush-hush, as it relates to the reality of sensuality in spirituality. His penning is that of a prophetic teacher and a teaching prophet. Scholarism encased in Exceptionalism. His words burn. One’s heart turns. First, toward God. Then, to the Companion, whose the gift of God. Surely, this is a Man’s perspective. But, the Woman is educated. Both are benefited. He, understands himself. She comprehends him. Better the pulpit, than the streets, to teach “WOMEN OF VIRTUE”, that Marital Bliss, is more than, “Between The Sheets.” I highly recommend this God-Sent-Pen. I know the Author. I know the purity and profundity of his POWERFUL, PRECISE, TEACHING. You will thank God, you were blessed to meditate upon this motivation. He makes it plain: “A Godly Man Seeks a Spirit, Soul, and Body Mate”, not a Life-long Checkmate. Thank you Man of God, Dr. Tony V. Lewis. Transformative is the Word. Translational is the Verb. “

Bishop Dr. Brian Keith Williams
The Floating Church Dock, Inc., Orlando, FL

“Dr. Tony V. Lewis, has broken through with insight and truths concerning the wedded covenant. I, believe this book speaks to the, “Culture of Marriage”, presenting a challenge for the man & woman to look deeper within themselves, unlocking depths of love and intimacy that will indeed keep the fire burning for one another. This book is, “The Power of Love!”

Kirby D. Gant
Influencers Church, Sr. Pastor

“I received the book “The Wife He Wants: What A Godly Man Seeks in a Wife.” Thanks to @drtvlewis for sending this great gift! This book is for both men & women to read. Be sure to visit his online store and get a copy for yourself!”

Dominique Barlow

“As the Chairperson’s for our Couples Ministry at Ray of Hope Christian Church, we reached out to Dr. Lewis about his book “The Wife He Wants” for our couples library. After posting several excerpts from the book on social media our friends began asking how to get a copy. The book is very direct and eye-opening. Each chapter ends with a prayer for inspiration. We highly recommend this book for all married and single females. Thanks Dr. Lewis for pointing out realities we may have ignored, but will enhance our relationships if implemented!”

Joyce Jeanette Auld
Ray of Hope Christian Church

“The Book “The Wife He Wants – What A Godly Man seeks In A Wife” written by Dr. Tony V. Lewis covers some deep spiritual chapters that offers both single men and women a deep understanding in their search for a committed relationship. This book covers topics on being Saved (conforms to the will of God), being Authentic, Passionate and Committed which are the qualities that nurtures a friendship, love, and marriage.

The Scripture under the Chapter on Committed in 1 Peter 4:8 “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins” can be used as a foundation for a Christian family loving relationship.”

Pastor Archie C. Browne
New Life Church of Christ

“Thank you first and foremost for blessing the Ray of Hope Christian Church (Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, Senior Pastor) Couples Ministry with a copy of “The Wife He Wants” book and workbook for our ministry library. In a society that is seeking quick fixes and often lacks the patience to study and put in the work for Godly marriages, your book provides a lot of clarity. As well as requiring the female reader to be honest about our actions. Many of us as African-American females have adopted and implemented unhealthy relationship practices that have been observed and passed down through generations. With the absence of many fathers in our homes, we grew up with no clear direction as to what a Godly man seeks in a wife. The Wife He Wants, is a tool available now to help us.

Often in our circle of friends, the topic of submission is discussed. And as you state in the book Ephesians 5:22-26 has been misinterpreted, misapplied, and misused. This chapter offers a clear understanding of the responsibility for both the husband and the wife – to be submissive. So, thank you!

Each chapter in the book provokes discussion and requires the female reader to assess her perspective and to take a close inventory of whether we are prepared to be the Godly woman the Godly man seeks.”

Joyce Jeanette Auld
Ray of Hope Christian Church

Pastoral Counseling

I could not put the book down. There are a variety of books on pastoral care and counseling. However, Dr. Lewis’ book has made it to the top of my shelves. He marries the counseling field with the theological field, without neglecting the foundation of Biblical truth. Moreover, as a student of his at Christian Bible Institute & Seminary, I can say that I count it an honor to learn from the author, Ph.D., researcher, and man of God himself, Dr. Tony V. Lewis.

Curtis Bracy
CBIS Student

“Dr. Tony V Lewis did an excellent job making a complex subject accessible to non-specialist, he performed a very in-depth teaching on counseling from a biblical perspective. There are 21 phenomenal chapters, in each chapter, Dr. Lewis analyzes the potential of one to reach their desired goal, by coping with the crisis in these days and time. He expounds on how we as people need strong counsel by exhibiting honesty from with-in, we need answers, not from ourselves or friends but, to hear a word from God.

He addresses how the biblical counselor can assist the client in resolving the problem. Chapter 6 was one of my many favorites, it hit home for me, it demonstrates how counseling is detrimental to the functions of life. (Proverbs 8:14). Dr. Lewis expounds on how the bible gives the framework for all counseling heavily referenced in the Book of Proverbs where the scriptures exemplify knowledge and wisdom of the body, soul, and spirit. Furthermore, Chapter 6 teaches a comprehensive approach in coping with one’s past, understanding the present, and moving towards a healthy future, you can also find the demonstrations of the Fruits of the Spirit- (Galatians 5:22-23) as well as exercising the Christian goals and counseling of the Gifts of the Spirit- (Corinthians 12:8-10).

  • Maturity in Christ (Ephesians 4:13-15)
  • Sanctification in Christ (I Thessalonians 5:23)
  • Holiness in Christ (I Thessalonians 5:23)
  • Renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2)

I Rate the book 5 stars *****!

As an experienced Pastor of 34 years, I have been challenged with Christian, family, and community conflict, I have used this book for counseling preparation, and it has strengthened my ministry and counseling sessions.”

Pastor Zal Walton

“The need for Christian Counseling in our local church and world is needed now more than ever. In Dr. Lewis’s newest book he gives us insight as leaders providing us with tools to minister in effective ways that bring change and healing to the total person. Many Pastors are often afraid of counseling based upon inadequate training resulting in more harm than help to the Body of Christ.

Dr. Lewis shows that we can have a great impact on providing competent counseling from a Christian perspective minimizing liability and maximizing opportunities that edify our churches and evangelizing our world and communities.

Get this book leaders to equip yourself and members for the future as the need for competent counseling becomes greater in our churches and our world.

Pastor Allen Randall
Impact Ministries in Houston, TX

“Dr. Lewis has done a phenomenal job at not just laying out the high expectations of a Christian Counselor but has also ensured an understanding of the language of a counselor in general and the complexity of a Christian Counselor. This is definitely a must-have resource for anyone considering the position of Christian Counselor!”

Marcus L. Howard, PhD
Sr. Pastor/Lead Trainer
New Life Training Center

“Dr. Lewis, I want to say thank you for your book, “Pastoral Counseling: An introduction To Pastoral Care”. I must say, it is by far the best book I’ve read relating to Pastoral Counseling. I was so impressed with the comprehensiveness of the book. Truly, it speaks for itself. Your book has enabled me to view Pastoral Counseling with a deeper revelation and understanding. Best Regards.”

Laura Robinson

All Books

“Friends I encourage each and everyone of you to get all of Dr. Tony V. Lewis’ writings. These books and materials are life changing. Dr. Lewis is the president and founder of Christian Bible Institute and Seminary in Houston, TX. With a graduating alumnus that spans the entire globe. You will be enlightened and taken on a journey of theological insights and truths that will change your lives, families, churches and ministries for the rest of your lives.”

Dr. Kevin G. Hall, President & Founder,
Redeemed International Ministries