Set Your Family Free – Breaking Satan’s Assignments Against your Household By: Dr. Bob and Laura Larson – A Book Review


 

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Identifying Potential Family Crisis – Moving from Recognition to Resolution and Release, and From Spiritual Bondage to Freedom

Bob and Laura Larson have collaborated in the writing of “Set Your Family Free.”  This guide book is designed to provide biblically based counseling, founded on scriptural principles, and sound psychological practice, combined with spiritual and emotional Inner Healing.

“Set Your Family Free” is uniquely different from Bob Larson’s other books. In this book the reader is provided with a proactive plan for using biblical knowledge to raise spiritually equipped children with an understanding that will enable them to avoid falling into demonic strongholds by using an offensive approach when facing spiritual warfare.

Using a case study as an example Laura describes a plan for purposeful parenting that resulted in repentance, restoration, and healing. An important step in this instance was the necessity to help these parents recognize the dangers of the previous generation’s predispositions, before they could resolve the negative spiritual impact these negative behaviors on their son.

Dozens of similar stories tell of ways that Satan attacks families, and tries to destroy marriages. Therapeutic interaction, and deliverance prayers may be needed to restore these families to a biblical model.

The logical progression and organization of the material in “Set Your Family Free” heightens reader understanding, assimilation of the principles, and for taking the action steps necessary to make application of these principles to real life issues. Hundreds of other keys and suggestions are presented with positive suggestions to produce spiritual growth, and victory over the powers of darkness.

“Set Your Family Free” is an important redemptive tool for families in crisis, for Christian deliverance, inner healing, marriage counselors, and pastors.

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

Destiny Image Publishers, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-07684122746, $16.99, 186 pages

 

 

 

 


W. Clement Stone’s Believe and Achieve – 17 Principles of Success

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 9780768408362,

$ 15.99, 2016, 278 pages

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

 

Time Tested Principles for Achieving Success

 

  1. Clement Stone’s “Believe and Achieve – 17 Principles of Success” is an official publication of the Napoleon Hill Foundation. The writings and principles introduced by Clement Stone and Napoleon Hill have influenced and become the model for contemporary motivational writers. Nationally recognized leaders in industry and highly influential people in the medical and educational fields also validate the soundness of these principles.

 

The book is divided into five categories:

 

  • Attitudinal Principles which emphasize the importance of a positive mental attitude and a well-defined purpose
  • Personal Principles which discuss initiative, enthusiasm, self-discipline, finances, and health.
  • Fraternal Principles which introduces the Master-mind alliance and teamwork
  • Intellectual principles that include creative vision, controlled attention and accurate thinking
  • Spiritual Principles of applied faith and the constancy of change

 

Anecdotes and success stories demonstrate the importance of learning from defeat; going the extra mile, taking initiative, and maintaining enthusiasm; these stories are interspersed throughout the book. Readers can easily identify with the testimonials, and become motivated to apply the principles personally.

 

This revised and updated edition of W. Clement Stone’s “Believe and Achieve – 17 Principles of Success” is must reading for anyone today seeking to achieve success in business, relationships, and a personal sense of finding purpose.

 

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

The Seer’s Path, an Invitation to Experience Heaven, Angels, and the Invisible Realm of the Spirit, by Ana Werner – A Book Review


The Seer’s Path, an Invitation to Experience Heaven, Angels, and the Invisible Realm of the Spirit

By Ana Werner

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

978-0768410709, $ 15.99, 2017, 176 Pages

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

 

Exciting Insights and Essentials to Entering into and Experiencing the Realm of the Spirit

 

In her book “The Seer’s Path, an Invitation to Experience Heaven, Angels, and the Invisible Realm of the Spirit” Ana Werner describes her incredible encounters with the Lord Jesus.  Throughout the book Werner addresses questions regarding the gift of the Seer, the marvels of heaven, spiritual; warfare, revelatory visions, and evangelizing.

 

“The Seer’s Path” is uniquely organized using the term “activation” as it relates to specific chapter themes, prayers, and discussion questions. I found the “activation prayers” to be wonderful models, preparing hearts for worship, thanksgiving, and introspection, leading to soul searching confession, and commitment. The discussion questions at the end of each chapter are carefully designed for self-examination, leading to a commitment to take specific action.

 

This is a book that will resonate with anyone seeking a deeper understanding of what it means to experience more of God, the fullness of his power and the reality of knowing his presence

 

Werner is passionate about her message, direct in her approach, and powerful in her presentation. She is confident in her writing style and known for her transparency, spirit filled ministry, and love for sharing the heart of Jesus and the message of the gospel.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Chasing Famous – Living the Life you’ve Always Auditioned For By: Lisa Lloyd – A Book Review


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Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Using the Stage as a Platform to Proclaim the Prominence God for His Glory

In her book “Chasing Famous – Living the Life you’ve Always Auditioned For,” Lisa shifts the focus from self-seeking affirmation to pointing people to God as the one to be honored. The theme of exchanging auditioning for approval from the crowds and seeking world renown challenges the reader to change the focus and to seek to proclaim the excellences of God.

Chapters are filled with Scripture truths and an invitation to:

  • Embrace yourself as unique
  • Find God’s unique purpose for you
  • Break free of the bondage of shame and guilt
  • Boldly step out to accomplish your mission of proclaiming the redemptive message of Christ.

Lisa’s writing is articulate, relevant, profoundly thought provoking, and rich in illustrative metaphor. Lisa is openly transparent; and shares an account of an incident from her life when she was young, vulnerable, and felt alone and trapped. She also tells of events in her career where God orchestrated unexpected blessing after a period of testing.

The ‘Questions to Consider’ feature at the end of each chapter can be easily adapted for use as a Reading Guide for book clubs or a discussion guide for small group Bible studies.

Destined to become a spokesperson for a new generation of Christian women, Lisa Lloyd is a successful actress and writer and is a popular speaker at women’s retreats, conferences, and other events, nationally. “Chasing Famous – Living the Life you’ve Always Auditioned For” is highly endorsed by her peers, and by well-known Christian leaders.

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

New Hope Publishers, P. O. Box 12065, Birmingham, AL 35202, 978-1625915177, $ 14.99, 2017, 192 pages

 

The Simplicity of Healing – A Practical Guide to Releasing the Miracle Power of God’s Word By: Dr. Sandra G. Kennedy – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Learn to Activate God’s Word to Build Your Faith and Find Healing and Wholeness

Dr. Sandra Kennedy’s book “The Simplicity of Healing” provides the reader with keys and principles to release and activate the miracle power of God’s Word to build faith, to receive healing, and wholeness. Readers will learn the important principles of the power of agreement, confession, and declaration.

God spoke to Sandra as a child, “One day I will use you in the healing ministry.” Dr. Kennedy tells the story of her personal miraculous healing. The book is filled with testimonies and stories that tell of the fulfillment of God’s calling on Sandra’s life through her role as founder and pastor of Whole Life Ministry, and the healing ministry of The Healing Center. Dr. Kennedy has been teaching the principles of healing for over 30 years.

Two important features add to the value of the book as a resource tool for ministry:  A summary statement of healing principles including things you need to know, things to do, and a complete list of healing scriptures. Although “The Simplicity of Healing” is concise, easy to read, and understand, the book is a complete manual of walking in faith and a practical guide to healing.

A unique feature of the book is the emphasis Dr. Kennedy places on the individual believer applying these principles personally for “Releasing of the Miracle of Power of God’s Word” for healing and wholeness. A forceful principle.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, 980768415193, $14.99, 2017, 160 pages

 

 

Preparations for a Move of God … in your life – By: Dr. Sandra G. Kennedy A Book Review


Reviewed by: Richard R. Blake

Foundational Principals for Renewal, Overcoming Obstacles, and a Living a Victorious Life

Dr. Sandra Kennedy’s book, “Preparations for a move of God … in your life” offers the reader clear, concise, instructions on how to  position our Christian life for spiritual growth through a faith expectancy on God, so that He can intervene, change our perspective on our situations, circumstances and problems; increase our faith, and transform our life.

Dr. Kennedy introduces fundamental foundational truths and principles which allow God to infiltrate and change every facet of our lives, as we diligently seek his presence, and make a volitional surrender to the Lordship of Christ. Kennedy shows how the power of true faith produces action. She describes how revelation produces heart knowledge in the process and how renewing our minds and confessing the word can turn our stumbling blocks in to stepping stones.

“Preparations for a Move of God” clearly proclaims promises from the uncompromised Word of God with solid step by step teaching on faith that results in healing, and victory. Dr. Kennedy has a calling and passion for the Church to have a worldwide impact with a far reaching message of the splendor and glory of God.

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, 978-0768418293, $9.99, 2017, 72 pages

 

The Jewish Jesus – Reconnecting with the Truth about Jesus, Israel, & the Church By: David Hoffbrand – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Getting a Clearer Perspective of Jesus, in Light of His Manhood, His Teaching, and the Purpose and Restoration of Israel

David Hoffbrand in “The Jewish Jesus” helps the reader reconnect with Jesus, who he is; as a man, as a Jew, his ministry with his early disciples, and how the church lost its Jewish roots. He introduces the reader to the truth about Israel, why God chose them as a people, his love for Israel, his covenant with Israel, his plan for Israel, and the restoration of Israel.

Hoffbrand challenges the reader to get a clearer understanding of the New Testament, to carefully read it within the context in which the Jews were living at the time Jesus walked on earth. He goes on to ask the reader to consider a profound question: “How much are Gentiles supposed to live as Jews, and how much are Jews supposed to live like Gentiles?” He concludes the book with five principles from Paul’s letter to the Romans for application to our lives and in the church today as Jewish and Gentile believers.

David’s writing has “a richness of detail” that encourages Christians to follow Jesus more correctly as individuals and as a church. This also enables more Jewish people to “discover and reexamine Jesus’ claim to be their Messiah.”

David Hoffbrand grew up in a Jewish family in England. He is an associate pastor of the City Coast Church. David is passionate about his desire help the church today get a better understand the Bible by reconnecting with Jesus within the framework of his Jewish background. David

“The Jewish Jesus” is timely, important, and relevant, enabling the reader to get a new perspective on Jesus, his Jewish roots, and God’s plan for Israel and the Church today. David writes with clarity, conviction, and certainty. This is “must reading” for Christians today, Gentile and Jewish alike. Highly Recommended.

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

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768411041, $15.99, 2017, 224 pages

Baptized in the Spirit – God’s Presence Resting Upon You with Power By Randy Clark – A Book Review


 

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Celebrating Diversity – Embracing Empowerment – Without Compromise

In his book “Baptized in the Spirit – God’s Presence Resting Upon You with Power” Randy Clark, presents a definitive study on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The book is the culmination of years of study, application, and personal experience in areas operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, prophecies, the gift of tongues, and the gift of impartation. Dr. Clark understands the depth of diversity and opinions prevalent today in Apostolic teaching and Pneumatology.

The book is divided into four parts:

  • Part One describes and defines the Scriptural, historical, and theological, perspectives of six different positions taken on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
  • Part Two provides an introduction to the subject of experiencing the baptism of the Spirit, receiving the baptism, and evidences of the baptism. Clark shares his own story as well as the personal testimonies of a broad spectrum of Christian leaders from different eras and backgrounds to illustrate how individual experiences vary. These stories attest that baptisms have occurred at the time of salvation, deliverance, or surrender.
  • In Part Three, Dr. Jon Ruthven, a mentor of Clark, presents “A New Biblical Understanding of the Sprit.” Ruthven compares Theological traditions on the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the central mission and message of Jesus on the Holy Spirit as found in the four Gospels.
  • Part Four covers issues of holiness, equipping, revival, and more testimonies of Holy Spirit Baptism.

Clark delivers a masterful, Biblically based, historically accurate, and theologically sound resource that crosses denominational positions. “Baptized in the Spirit – God’s Presence Resting Upon You with Power” is destined to become required reading in seminaries, leadership workshops, and seminars.. Theological Professors, Pulpit Ministers, and Bible Teachers, professional and lay, will appreciate Clark’s thorough research, documentation, detailed chapter end-notes, and extensive bibliography.

Randy Clark founder of Global Awakening earned a DMin from United Theological Seminary and is highly recognized by his peers for his credibility and integrity. He is in demand as an speaker, in Bible conferences, international missions, and as a leader in the Apostolic movement.

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, 978-067412345, $15.99, 2017, 254 pages

 

 

Renew – Breaking Free from Negative Thinking, Anxiety, and Depression By: Julie Winter – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

“Renew Breaking Free from Negative Thinking, Anxiety, and Depression” is important reading for anyone seeking freedom and deliverance from anxiety and depression. Readers will find powerful keys for replacing these strongholds through the joy by recognizing their true identity in Jesus.

Author, Julie Winter, has a burning passion to help people exchange toxic thinking for joy, receive healing by releasing forgiveness, and breaking  free from the bondage of shame and guilt. She provides the reader with Biblical solutions for renewing the mind, maintaining a healthy thought life, and achieving victory while overcoming oppression.

Winter writes to help the reader understand what happens in the body, mind, and spirit when a person is anxious or depressed and to provide some practical strategies and tools for prevention and treatment for healing and recovery.  She defines the physical, psychological, and spiritual impact of depression on Christians, who often deal with a sense of guilt because of a misunderstanding of the causes of anxiety. Actual case studies and stories illustrate the application of the principles and other material presented throughout the context of the book.

Powerful Action Points provide suggestions for meditation, prayer suggestions, and practical pointers that will enable the reader to put into action the lessons being learned through real life application.  Winter’s work is thoroughly researched with documentation and chapter endnotes which can be used as a resource for additional reading and study.

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

Destiny Image Publisher, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768412222. $16.99, 254 pages

 

 

Created for the Impossible – Break Every Hindering Thought, Believe What God Says About You By: Krissy Nelson A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

See Yourself the Way God Sees You – Live Out His Amazing Plan for Your Life

In her book “Created for the Impossible – Break Every Hindering Thought, Believe What God Says about You” Krissy Larson establishes the foundational truth of the depths of God’s love, the centrality of the cross, of God’s transforming power, and of his unique purpose and plan for every individual life.

Krissy has a gift for casting vision, inspiring dreams, and encouraging hope.

Her writing is uplifting, transparent, and genuine.  Krissy relates stories and testimonies that touch the heart are authentic and meaningful.

Each chapter ends with the question: What is God saying to you? As I listened expectantly in spirit filled wonder, He reminded me of the innocent faith of my childhood, never a doubt of who Jesus was, , an innocent blind faith, the faith of a child, deeply rooted in Christian heritage, a faith that embraced God’s love and saving power.  Chapter by chapter I listened. He spoke.

“Created for the Impossible” is written for anyone willing to dream dreams, ready to “challenge the impossibilities of life,” and will resonate with those Christ followers who understand what it means walk in an attitude of expectancy and experience the miraculous power of God at work in the lives.

Krissy Nelson regularly hosts women’s conferences and is founder of Not Alone Ministries. She has a vision and passion for people, to help them learn how to let God’s supernatural promises, dare to dream, and overcome obstacles

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, 9780768411706, $15.99, 2017, 238 Pages