Living with Purpose – Knowing God’s Design for Your Purpose By Barry D. Ham, Ph. D. – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Directional Guide for Living with Purpose and Knowing God’s Design for Your Life

Using practical illustrations drawn from life, and selected biblical certainties, Barry D. Ham, Ph. D. helps the reader establish a pattern for living life to the fullest. Step by step Dr. Ham establishes foundational truths in a quest for meaning and purpose in life. He leads the reader into a life of adventure, significance, and meaning. He provides insight that replaces doubts with confidence, fulfillment, and discovery.

A college professor, marriage, and family therapist, Dr. Ham is authentic. He writes with clarity and confidence. Dr. Ham asks and addresses the hard questions, foundational questions that need to be answered, questions on the meaning of life, the purpose of life, God’s will for an individual’s life, and how this impacts all of life. The book is divided into three parts: Love God with everything you have. Love your neighbor, and love yourself.

I was challenged to become more intentional in my quest for direction as I enter into a new phase or season in my life journey. I am in the process of examining my focus and reestablishing my goals in areas of family, ministry, and recreational activities as I seek to know and pursue God’s purpose.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768417289, $ 16.99, 2018, 286 pages

 

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Accelerated Healing – Accessing Jesus’ Finished Work of Divine Healing By John Proodian – Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Expect to be Encouraged, Equipped, Fortified, and Expectant

Dr. John Proodian’s book “Accelerated Healing – Accessing Jesus’ Finished Work of Divine Healing” is packed with thirty-one fast-moving chapters; candid honest unassuming stories from personal experiences openly relating early disappointments and lessons learned from testimonies of miracle stories of accelerated healings.

These chapters introduce the ministry of miraculous healing, the word of knowledge in healing, faith response, and Jesus’ anointing for healing, and a remarkable revelation into the study of living out the book of Acts in healing encounters and the manifestations of the Spirit. Dr. John calls for boldness, explains three levels of faith, and provides the reader with insight from the Old and New Testament scriptures.

These stories draw the reader into accessing the miraculous; the words and works that reveal Jesus’ finished work of divine healing. Readers can expect their study to create a desire to initiate a relationship and encounter with Jesus as they recognize the reality of Jesus ministry of faith.

I enjoyed Dr. John’s conversational writing style.  He piqued my interest in this new paradigm shift with questions and concepts I had not studied in any depth in the past. I went away from each reading with lots to think and pray about.

Dr. Proodian work is highly endorsed by well-known Christian leaders in the prophetic and healing ministries globally.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc. P.O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 9780768419047, $16.95, 2018, 180 Pages

 

 

 

 

Defeating the Enemy – Exposing and Overcoming the Strategies of Satan By Phil Hopper – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Field Manual for Spiritual Warfare – Strategies and Tactics for Overcoming Satan’s Deception

In his book “Defeating the Enemy – Exposing and Overcoming the Strategies of Satan” Phil Hopper helps the Christian overcome and avoid Satan’s attacks; those hindrances that keep us from living the abundant life in Christ.

The book is divided into three parts: Part One traces the Battle of the Ages from the beginning, Satan’s fall from heaven, man’s fall into sin at Eden, and the Birth of Jesus at the Manger in Bethlehem.

Part Two introduces Satan’s deceptive tactics and attacks.

Part Three provides tools and weapons for winning the battle; living in freedom and being healed from the effects of sin.

Pastor Phil’s writing will resonate with readers of a new generation with a message for Christians of every age. Candid and transparent in Phil writes with integrity and knowledge as he shares parallels from his life in law enforcement fighting evil to equip the reader for overcoming and avoiding  Satan’s devious strategies and tactics.

Hopper’s sharp and discerning illustrations and word pictures opened the way for me to vicariously experience biblical scenes, healing services, and recognize the battlefield we face.

“Defeating the Enemy – Exposing and Overcoming the Strategies of Satan” puts a new slant on becoming victorious over Satan and growing into spiritual maturity.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768417821, $16.99, 2018, 186 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Living on with Purpose – Devotions for Discovering Your God-Given Potential By Dr. Myles Munroe – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Keys to Finding Your Purpose and Releasing Your Potential

Readers will discover their God-given potential through devotional in thematic readings developed into progressive thematic steps that direct the reader to fulfill their God-given purpose.

·        Part 1 – You Have Potential

·        Part 2 – Turning Potential Into Action

·        Part 3 – Learn to Work Hard

·        Part 4 – Don’t Waste Your Potential – Share It

As I began reading the first devotion, I asked the Lord to expand my vision, my world, and my potential.

As I began reading the section “Turning Potential into Action” I was reminded of my earlier prayer as I considered a new concept for me. When you take your imagination and put it on paper you are looking at a visionary that is becoming a missionary; you are looking at becoming a world changer; coincidence or destiny? I am taking the first step by becoming a visionary and ultimately to fulfill my God-given purpose.

I have a whole new appreciation for Dr. Munroe’s writing after reading and apply the principals outlined in “Living on with Purpose – Devotions for Discovering Your God-Given Potential.”

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Destiny Image, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257,  978-0768411034,  $14.99, 2018, 254 pages


Passing the 21 Tests of Leadership By Larry Kreider – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

 Preparation for Leaders to Face Future Pressure During Times of Trial and Testing

“Passing the 31 Tests of Leadership” presents the reader with Biblical insight for leaving a legacy of leadership, and influence. The book is made up of 21 short fast moving chapters packed with vignettes, anecdotes, and principles for achieving maximum leadership skills for effective ministry.

 At the end of each chapter is a test with personal perceptive questions for reflection and discussion. These questions revealed areas where I need to be more transparent and open in my relationships as I transition into a new season of life.

·        For me as a leader, what would it mean not to walk in integrity?

·        How do your priorities reveal what you value in life?

·         Why is it important that a leader “knows himself” during a transition time?

·        How can ego get in the way of vision?

 Larry Kreider, prolific author, and director of Dove International trains leaders worldwide.  The Dove Leadership & Ministry School sponsor seminars which provide practical training in leadership, and in personal and spiritual growth.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Destiny Image, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768419528, $ 16.99, 2018, 220 pages

A Lifestyle of Divine Encounters – Through Prayer, Prophecy, and the Living Word By Patricia Bootsma A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Abiding in Christ – Growing in His Character and Christlikeness

 

Patricia Bootsma writes from her study of God’s Word. Her lifestyle demonstrates how she is actively living out the title of her book, “A Lifestyle of “Divine Encounters through prayer, prophecy, and the living Word of God.”  She defines knowing God relationally, personally and powerfully through: intimacy, encounter, and in an experiential dimension of prayer

Bootsma includes a balance of Scripture, Biblical examples, instruction, and insight from the writers of many classic books on prayer. I was quite amazed at the power packed pages throughout the book. I was drawn into Rees Howell’s intense urgency for prevailing prayer, as well as the prayer secrets Reinhard Bonnke, Reese Howells, Charles Finney, and other prayer warriors, past and present.

In a logical progression, Patricia helps the reader discover reasons for pursuing regular, diligent prayer, develop a two-way dialog with God, enhance a more in-depth relationship in His spirit, recognize spiritual gifts which result into finding open doors for active service.

The extensive chapter endnotes become a compilation of essential books for every prayer chapel, pastor’s library: a resource list for Christians in all walks of life.

“A Lifestyle of Divine Encounters – Through Prayer, Prophecy, and the Living Word” is a book I plan to recommend to friends, refer to often. I plan to put into practice the pointers, keys, and tips that have already motivated me to reexamine my prayer life, Bible study habits. I also want to study more deeply the chapters on prophecy, revelation, and walking in the realm of the spirit.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257,

978-0768418828, $ 16.99, 2018, 198 pages

The Cleansing, Healing Power of the Blood By Dr. Sandra G. Kennedy – A Book Review


 

 

Reviewed by Richard R Blake

The Transforming Power of the Shed Blood of Christ on the Cross – Continuous Cleansing and the Priestly Role of Believers

In the book “The Cleansing, Healing Power of the Blood” Dr. Sandra Kennedy introduces solid Biblical teaching on the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus in salvation, the power for living in obedience to the Word of God, and for victory over spiritual darkness.

I found the emphasis on spiritual growth, prayer, purity, reconciliation, and restoration was edifying and very insightful. I especially enjoyed Dr. Kenney’s personal stories and illustrations. I would have like to see more of these stories.

Other important Biblical truths emphasized include the need for a pure heart, the fulfillment of the Old Testament Law by Jesus, and the ministry of reconciliation. Dr. Kennedy writes with clarity and passion, faithful to the teaching of God’s Word in a ministry of “growing the body of Christ.” She is the founder and senior pastor of Whole Life Ministries and internationally known for her television ministry and teaching resources.

“The Cleansing, Healing Power of the Blood” will resonate with anyone looking for a deeper relationship with Jesus, hungry to know more of the power of God in their life, or anyone facing the devastation of defeat through difficulty.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768419399, $ 14.99, 2018, 164 Pages

 

 

 

 

Think and Grow Rich – The Original Unedited 1937 Text By: Napoleon Hill – A Book Review


 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Success Stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Hundreds of Others

“Think and Grow Rich – The Original Unedited 1937 Text” include the thoughts, ideas, and organized plans drawn from more than 500 interviews from men like Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford which resulted in Napoleon Hill’s 13 Steps to Riches or 17 Fundamentals of Success.

I first became acquainted with Hill’s writing early in the 1960’s and established a life practice on a path of achievement motivated by desire, faith, the power of decision, organized planning, persistence, and over time adapting Hill’s 13 principles.

Although I no longer remember the edition of “Think and Grow Rich” I read, there is something nostalgic about rereading it in the original unedited 1937 text edition that restores a sense of excitement. I realize the abundance of fulfillment, and how I have been blessed in the material realm, contentment, and peace of mind, lasting friendships, and family relationships.

I can highly recommend Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” as a book for finding the satisfying rewards of success and riches in every area of life.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-1937879488, $ 27.95, 2017, 382 Pages.

Wisdom for Winners – Volume Four By Jim Stovall – A Book Review


 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

The Art of Success – Seek Wisdom – Set Your Sights High – Pursue Your Passion

Jim Stovall, author of the bestselling book “The Ultimate Gift” and the successful movie by the same name continues to impact readers through his books. He has over 30 books to his credit. “Wisdom for Winners – Volume Four” validates the popularity of this series.

Stovall’s true-life stories and personal illustrations and well-chosen quotes of sage wisdom of the past are ‘poignant and powerful.’ I personally found one or more take-away applications from each of the five thematic sections of the book.

I was reminded of the Gift of Gratitude, the importance of optimism, and challenged to begin now to build an enduring legacy. I took to heart the concept that no person can ever be considered poor if they have one true friend. I reconnected with the gift of giving and giving of myself by sharing my time and love with others.

Jim Stovall’s “Wisdom for Winners – Volume Four” is one of those books you will want to add to your library shelf of “Must Read Again Soon” titles. I am!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-1640950009, $ 19.99, 2018, 206 pages

Nutrient-Based Psychiatry – A Nutritional Prescription for ADHD, Volume 1 – By Emanuel Frank, MD – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

An Important Breakthrough in Assessment and Treatment of ADHD Patients

“Nutrient-Based Psychiatry – A Nutritional Prescription for ADHD” is one of a series of NBP books by Emanuel Frank, MD advocating the integration and use of nutritional supplements and modifications to treat psychiatric disorders.

The book is divided into three parts. Part one is written to help the reader understand Nutrient Based Psychiatry (NBP) and is intended to be a guide to supplemental and alternative treatment approaches.

Part two looks at the science behind NBP and Part three addresses assessment and treatment for the ADHD patient using NBP.

Readers will appreciate Dr. Frank’s exhaustive research, valuable endnotes, and the Quick Reference Prescribing Guide for NBP treatment for ADHD patients.

Nutrient-Based Psychiatry is designed for those diagnosed with ADHD, their loved one’s medical doctor, nutritionists, clinicians, and other healthcare professionals.

Dr. Frank is a practicing board-certified psychiatrist, highly respected by his peers. “Nutrient-Based Psychiatry – A Nutritional Prescription for ADHD” is destined to become recognized as a breakthrough in a controversial nutrient-based approach in ADHD treatment plan.

Highly recommended for anyone working in or impacted by ADHD.

Emanuel Frank – Publisher, San Jose, California, 978-0996761703, $ 15.98, 2017, 266 Pages