Expect God What to Do When Your problem is Hiding Your Promise By Rachel Shafter – A Book Review


 

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

God’s Presence amid Every Pain

 

“Expect God What to Do When Your problem is Hiding Your Promise” is Rachel Shafter’s story. A testimony of learning to trust God, of waiting expectantly and waiting in confidence. Rachel tells of her five miscarriages, and of adopting a “special needs” child and the resulting devastation of ongoing critical medical treatments. She describes exciting God encounters when God makes His presence known in her darkest hours, amid every pain.

 

Rachel’s writing is intensely moving, challenging, and profoundly thought-provoking. Transparent and open Rachel opens her heart to the reader, sharing incidents where she felt vulnerable, alone, and trapped. She tells of the ways God orchestrated unexpected blessing throughout painful periods of testing.

 

Page after page, chapter after chapter Rachel relates the lessons she learned from God’s faithful intervention, through dreams, prophetic declarations dreams, and supernatural encounters.

 

Author, Worship Leader, Song Writer and Blogger, Rachel, her husband Mark and four children live in Ohio.

“Expect God” is must reading for every family member touched by the challenges and devastation that face the shared experiences of a child born with “special needs,” or an unexpected traumatic accident or illness. Rachel addresses the question, “What to Do When Your Problem is Hiding Your Promise.”

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257,978-0768448290, $15.99, 174 Pages

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Be Amazing or Go Home: Seven Customer Service Habits That Create Confidence with Everyone By Shep Hyken – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Consumer Behavior, Marketing, Customer Focus

In his book “Be Amazing or Go Home,” Shep Hyken presents a creed for creating customer service habits that will benefit everyone. The book is filled with stories from his experiences and relevant case studies that demonstrate the impact of “being amazing.” Each chapter creates a sense of surprise and wonder – pretty amazing.

I found the “Key Take Away” section featured at the end of each section extremely helpful and worth of imprinting indelibly in all relationships, customer and personal.

Shep’s writing is authentic, genuine, and highly motivating.

“Be Amazing or Go Home ” is highly endorsed by CEOs, sales and marketing executives, industry leaders, professional speakers, and business managers at every level.

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 17257978-1640951495, $15.99, 2019, 230 Pages

The Strangest Secret By Earl Nightingale – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Worthy Ideas, Actualization, Purpose Driven, Achievement

Earl Nightingale spent a lifetime researching human motivation to formulate practical guidelines for attaining personal, professional, and financial success. His book “The Strangest Secret” is the result.

Nightingale challenges the reader to consider these statements:

·       Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.

·       Instead of competing, all we have to do is create.

·       Plant your goal in your mind’s eye as having already achieved this goal.

·       Life should be an exciting adventure. It should never be a bore. A man should live fully, be alive.

These statements are only a few of the insights and thought-provoking concepts Nightingale develops within the pages “The Strangest Secret.”

I have committed to implementing Nightingale’s 30 Day Challenge, beginning with goal making, habit formation, and putting the secret success formula into action in my life

“The Strangest Secret” is a book I will keep on hand for ready reference and frequent review.

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, 978-1640951068, $19.95, 2019, 112 Pages

“The Sound of Freedom” By Jenny Weaver – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Spiritual Warfare, Worship, Freedom

“The Sound of Freedom” is Jenny Weaver’s story. Jenny begins with her childhood spiritual search and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. She shares a dream and a beautiful vision of Jesus.

Tormented by school mates and abused by parents, Jenny turned to dark obsessions, including self-inflicted harm to her body. Jenny’s is a gripping story of drug addiction, abandonment, and rejection. Jenny tells of her most dismal addictive habits, the torment of loneliness, homelessness, and deep depression. She relates the life lessons she learned on her road to freedom. Using select Scriptures, Jenny describes how her life change happened, the role of prayer, encounters with God. She introduces suggested prayers for entering into God’s presence, and select scriptures with declarations for claiming His promises.

Jenny’s writing infused with power. In fast-moving chapters, she tells of a miraculous answer to prayer, her road to recovery, and new beginnings.

Jenny tells how she was healed in areas of brokenness, unforgiveness, and bitterness. She then relates the story of her surrender to the Lord, and deliverance by the Holy Spirit.

Jenny never forgot her visit with Jesus and the vision of a life of serving him. She shares how she found freedom and restoration through surrender to God’s call on her life. Paramount among these changes was the discovery of her gift of composing prophetic worship songs. Today Jenny’s calling as a true worshipper is to lead people in prophetic, spontaneous, praise worship.

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

Destiny Image Publications978-076844976, $12.99, 2019, 104 Pages

Unshakeable Hope – Joyful Expectation in Every Season By Derek Prince – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Hope Based on Faith – A Quest for Hope
Hope Based on Faith – A Quest for Hope” introduces the reader to the Biblical teaching on hope based faith.  You will receive an attitude of confident expectation as the Lord releases a measure of faith and hope.
The chapters end with a profound soul searching question, a prayer, an imploration for hope, and an advance prayer of thanksgiving for the answer. Prince’s writing is Holy Spirit anointed – key verses direct from the Scriptures on the theme of hope takes on a new depth of meaning.
The book is compact in size but dynamic in impact; a book you will want to read with an open heart, at a time when you have time to meditate. You will want to be alert for the Spirit’s promptings.

Highly recommended.

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

A Sure Foundation – Building Your Life on the Unshakable Truth of God’s Word By Andrew Wommack – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, richard330@yahoo.com

Critical Foundational Teaching on the Integrity of God’s Word

In his book “A Sure Foundation” Andrew Wommack takes the reader on a Journey of Discovery. A journey which will:

  • Strengthen your faith
  • Deepen your relationship with God
  • Experience true spiritual growth and a greater fruitfulness in your Christian life

Andrew uses personal experiences, examples from scripture, and from the lives of others to powerfully illustrate the integrity of the Word of God. He follows these illustrations with pointed personal questions to help, you, the reader make sure you have the right attitude toward the Word.

“A Sure Foundation – Building Your Life on the Unshakable Truth of God’s Word is an import book for every believer; profound foundational truths presented in easy to understand terms.

Womack’s vision and passion is to impact as many as possible with the Gospel message. Through his books, The Gospel Truth radio and television programs, and the Charis Bible College ministries, Wommack is able to impact populations around the world.

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

Harrison House Publishers, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-168032409, $15.99, 2019, 220 Pages

The Field Guide to Extraordinary Communication and Connection By Rachel Doyle – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Business Communication, Business Etiquette, Personal Success

Rachael Doyle’s book “The Field Guide to Extraordinary Communication and Connection” is chock-full with the keys to connecting and communicating in meaningful ways.

The cost of too many meetings, unclear objectives, and the lack of team communications are astounding. Rachel introduces pointers on the best channels of excellent communication.

From One-on-One communication, online networking, telephone contacts, and business meetings, readers will learn the importance of communication and connecting in positive and effective ways.

From good manners, respect, discipline, effective planning, and creating or becoming an active team member of employees who feel informed and connected.

The content is divided into eleven fast-moving chapters; each focused on a single subject, a specific communication issue.

If you think a picture is worth 1,000 words, take a good look at and heed the powerful lesson from the illustration opening each chapter. Common sense reminders formatted, in an organized natural progression, become extraordinary new tools, often overlooked in business today.

I can highly recommend Rachel Doyle’s “The Field Guide to Extraordinary Communication and Connection.”

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 172579781640950788, $ 15.99, 2019, 136 Pages

Seeing the Invisible – By Don Nori Sr. and Dr. Thom Gardner


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Devotional, Prayer, Challenging, Life-Changing, Inspirational
“Seeing the Invisible” is a hands-on interactive approach for me adaptable for my morning devotions; inspiring me to experience the “passion, presence, and purpose of God.”

The format of the book includes an inspirational reading, further evidence, some reflective observations, and an opportunity to respond by using a daily journal. I especially enjoy each of these features. I am challenged by the thought-provoking insight and positive evidence which fills the pages of “seeing the invisible” with 90 daily devotionals.

These devotionals are timely, relevant, and essential.

I plan to complete the 90 days and then repeat the process. I know I will grow in my passion, experience God’s presence, and daily discover His plan for me – each new day.

This beautiful hardback book is an excellent gift suggestion for family and friends of all ages. I can highly recommend “Seeing the Invisible” for your devotional reading.

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, 978-7684427248, $18.99, 2019, 286 pages

Increase Your Personal Productivity – Your Guide to Intentional Living & Doing More of What You Enjoy By John Martin – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Personal Success, Motivational, Inspirational

John Martin’s Increase Your Personal Productivity – Your Guide to Intentional Living & Doing More of What You Enjoy” came to me was well-timed timed. I am highly motived to pursue every tip, formula, useful initiative, resource tool, and suggested a structure to become intentional about increasing my productivity and doing more of what I enjoy doing.

I find myself stressed, easily distracted, and unable to focus as a result of starting too many projects at once. I have been reminded of the importance of recognizing my physical limitations, and of creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle of diet, exercise, and attitude.

I am already putting into practice a personalized, workable, and repeat-able goal a system, overcoming the inhabitation of being a perfectionist, all of which will unlock my level of productivity.

I can highly recommend John Martin’s book “Increase Your Personal Productivity” anyone looking for motivation, inspiration, and personal success.

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, 978-1640950634, $15.99, 2019, 152 Pages

The Resting Place By Bill Johnson – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Become a Resting Place for God’s Presence and Power
In his new book “The Resting Place,” bestselling author and internationally respected pastor Bill Johnson shares the importance of walking in the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit by positioning yourself as resting a place for God.
Key Lessons I learned:
• The Passion and Presence of God in Prayer
• The Importance of Waiting on the Lord with an “Unflinching Spirit
• The Challenge and Need to Live Immersed in the Presence of God
I enjoyed reading the awe inspiriting stories revealing the spirit behind the power of the ministry of D. L. Moody, Charles Finney, William Seymour, John C. Lake, Kathryn Kuhlman, and others.
The content included in this book has been gleaned from Johnson’s earlier writings, selected and excerpted to become the substance of “The Resting Place.” Bill has a unique way of communicating insight to his readers with clarity, transparency, and challenge to become a resting place for the presence of God.
The format, content, and size of “the Resting Place” make this an excellent book for daily devotional reading, alone or with someone, and will make an excellent book for gift giving for those special occasions.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
Destiny Image Publishing, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257,
978-0768448238, $14.99, 2019, 236 pages