Book Review: Journey of a World Changer by Banning Liebscher


Journey of a World Changer:  40 Days to Ignite a Life That Transforms the World

By: Banning Liebscher

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310, 978-0768402933, $ 15.99, 2012, 234 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Living in Intimacy with Jesus – Moving in the Supernatural

Banning Liebscher reveals his amazing insight into a new generation in his book    “Journey of a World Changer.”  The book is designed as a 40 day devotional journal and as an extension of his earlier book “Jesus Culture.”

I liked the format of the material: Each of the 40 chapters (days) includes: An inspiring quote, the testimony of a “world changer,” instruction on discipleship, with “what if” exercises,” a pattern for prayer, a challenge for activation, and suggestions for additional reading for further reflection.

The probing study questions and solid instruction on discipleship and supernatural living provide an excellent balance of activation and reflection. The passionate testimonies of the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit through a new generation of world changers are inspiring and motivating. The strong positive affirmations help the reader accept ownership of their personal identify in Christ, understand the all-encompassing love of God, and accept the reality of the indwelling power and presence of Jesus in their lives. Banning also provides a plan for using the 40 day journey with friends with suggestions for a facilitator.

“Journey of a World a Changer:  40 Days to Ignite a Life That Transforms the World” reaches into the heart of a new generation of “revialists.” In this 40 day Journal Banning Liebscher leads his readers into a radical transformation, mobilizing, equipping, activating and challenging them to make an impact in changing their world.

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

Book Review: Reclaiming God’s Original Purpose for Your Life by Myles Munroe


Reclaiming God’s Original Purpose for Your Life: God’s Big Idea

By: Myles Munroe

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, Pa 17257-0310, 978-0768441369, $ 16.99, 2012, 296 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

The Gospel Message – An Alternative to the Confusion, Disillusionment and Distrust of World Politics, Religions, and the Failure of Today’s Economic Systems

Dr. Myles Munroe, internationally known author, lecturer, Bible teacher, and leadership mentor, tackles the questions being asked by people around the world, “Why Am I here?” and “What is the purpose of my existence?”

“Reclaiming God’s Original Purpose for Your Life” is divided into two parts.  Part one introduces “God’s Big Idea” in a 40 day reading format made up of illustrations, stories, and instruction which take the reader back to the Garden of Eden to rediscover God’s purpose and plan for his kingdom, for man, culture, community, worship, and service.

Part two provides the reader the opportunity to journal personal responses to each of the 40 day readings. The journal includes a relevant scripture, excerpts from the book, questions and ideas for consideration and reflection and a meditation which will prompt additional introspection and action.

Dr. Munroe’s writing is filled with powerful principles for life based on scriptural foundations incorporated in his own philosophy, lifestyle, and personal experiences. “God’s Big Idea” is a book for everyone seeking to know God in a deeper more intimate relationship while reclaiming their own destiny.

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

Book Review: The Lost Art of Pure Worship By: James W. Goll and Chris Dupre


The Lost Art of Pure Worship

By: James W. Goll and Chris Dupre

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310, 978-07684741284, $ 16.99, 2012, 174 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Fresh Look at the Pursuit of God through Worship from a Pure Heart

James W. Goll and Chris Dupre join forces with four other contributors, well known for their insights and experience as worship leaders in the book “The Lost Art of Pure Worship.” Each contributor is passionate about an aspect of worship close to their own heart.  Their presentations are written with clarity and relevance.

I gained a new appreciation for, and understanding of, what is meant by pure and intimate worship as coming from “the intent of the heart” offered up as praise, adoration, and thankfulness in pursuit of God.

Each chapter includes the words of a song that “declare the glory of God” and make Jesus the center of our worship, bringing honor and praise to him. Well-chosen scriptures, personal stories, and practical instruction help the reader in their pursuit of a deeper understanding of purity in worship, individually or corporately, as a member of the body of Christ.

Whether worshipping with your words, music, talents, service or lifestyle pure worship is a response to God’s love for us, out of a heart “secure in his affection.”  The words of Sean Feucht caught my attention and capture a fresh look at pure worship. “There is a hungry stirring in the hearts of people all across the world to know, feel, and experience the presence of God. They are in a “quest for authenticity.”

“The Lost Art of Pure Worship” gave me a fresh look at the pursuit of worship from a pure heart.

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

Book Review: An Apple for the Road – Wisdom for Life By: Pam Spinosi


An Apple for the Road: Wisdom for Life

By: Pam Spinosi

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768441338, $ 15.99, 176 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

An Honest Transparent Glimpse into Loving God, Loving Others, and Living Life

Pam Spinosi has compiled engaging stories from members of the staff of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry of Redding, California. These stories reflect honest and transparent glimpses into their lives and their passion for God. The authentic testimonies provide the reader with examples of, impartation, preaching, healing, and prophecy.

The book is divided into three parts: Loving God, Loving Others, and Living Life. Each author shares a specific aspect from one of these themes. I was captivated by the realization of the many different ways God uses to manifest himself to us as unique individuals. There are heartwarming testimonies of victories won, and of heartbreaking testimonies of disappointments experienced while learning lessons in God’s perfect timing. I was touched by the hunger expressed for knowing the “manifest presence of God,” and for a deeper connection with the Holy Spirit.

I gained new insights in the scriptural dynamics of human relationships, our identity in the father’s love, and of enjoying friendship with the Holy Spirit. I identified with the longing to find the meaning of true intimacy with God while cultivating a lifestyle pleasing to him.

If you are looking for answers to the questions: Why am I here? Or “What should I do? you will find guidance, meaningful answers, and practical suggestions for life in the wisdom found in “An Apple for the Road.” Highly recommended.

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

Book Review: Once Life Matters: A New Beginning By: Marty Angelo


Once Life Matters: A New Beginning

Marty Angelo
Impact Publishing (2006)
ISBN 0961895446
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (5/07)

While on a roller-coaster  ride of self-destruction, Marty Angelo experienced the thrills and pinnacles of  success and the despair and depression of the pits of personal failure.  For fifteen years he pursued a career as a  music business entrepreneur.

“Once Life Matters: A New  Beginning” is his life-changing memoir. Such well-known celebrities from the  music industry as Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, John Lennon, Janis Joplin, and  Rob Grill all had a part in Marty’s rise to success as a manager and promoter.

Although outwardly  successful, Angelo was searching for more, for meaning. During this  fifteen-year journey he experienced the powerful hold of drugs, alcohol, and  rock/disco music on his life.

In March of 1981 Angelo had  reached rock bottom.  It was at this  point that Marty experienced a dramatic and powerful life-changing conversion  to Christianity. Since that time, he has become a strong witness of God’s  saving grace, mercy, and forgiveness.

In Marty’s own words, “It  took me thirty-five years, but I finally found peace through Jesus Christ. The  decades of the wild life I led, along with the few times when I was close to  finding the right path, weave an amazing story. I’m not proud of the many  problems I created for myself–the incredibly stupid things I did–but I’m not  running from them or trying to cover them up either. In fact, by telling my  story here, I hope you, dear reader, can learn the lessons I learned without  going through the trials and dangers I faced.”

Since his conversion in 1981,  Marty has served significant roles in full-time ministry with Chuck Colson’s  Prison Fellowship, as a counselor with Teen Challenge, and as director of  evangelism and court liaison with the Faith Farm Ministries.

Angelo’s writing is engaging,  entertaining, informational, and inspiring. He made himself vulnerable,  exposing his weaknesses as well as his strengths.  I appreciated the no-holds-barred approach in telling his story,  balancing the message of his newfound life as a follower of Christ with his  experiences in the music industry and well as a glimpse into his life while  serving time in the Federal prison in Lexington, Kentucky.

Marty views  this book as a ministry. It is his prayer that readers will discover the truth  of God’s Word and be motivated and encouraged to take a stand for God.  This  is a book that will challenge hearts, offer hope, and I believe it will change  lives, which is, I am sure, exactly what Marty intended it to do. I feel confident that “Once Life Matters” has that kind  of potential.

Book Review: Abba Calling:Hearing…From the Father’s Heart Every Day of the Year By: Charles Slagle


Abba Calling: Hearing…From the Father’s Heart Every Day of the Year

By: Charles Slagle

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310, 978-076841376, $ 14.99, 2012, 414 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Devotional Thoughts Direct from the Father’s Heart

Charles Slagle has captured the tender loving words of affirmation, wisdom and comfort from God the Father in his book “Abba Calling.”  The book is made up of daily readings representing letters from God. Each letter includes promises from the scriptures with intimate words of personal encouragement, inspiration, and comfort. Every single reading contains a wonderful revelation of God as Father, Abba, or Daddy.

Each day’s reading becomes a brief encounter with God the Father, intimate times of worship giving me a sense of connecting with God experiencing his presence in a time of renewal, reflection, and contemplation.

Slagle has profound insight into the mind of God and the realities of the busyness of daily schedules. His writing offers hope, guidance, and promise to readers in every walk of life facing seemingly insurmountable difficulties, hectic lifestyles, family adversity, or impending economic crisis.

Slagle writes from his own experience of intimacy, love, and worship as he unfolds the concept and drama of God the father reaching down to embrace his child as Abba or Daddy.

The eye-catching cover, binding, format, contents, and attractive presentation page add to value of “Abba Calling.” In addition to your own reading enjoyment the book is the ideal gift for holidays, graduation, birthdays, or any other gift giving occasion. The daily affirmations of the book also make it especially meaningful for shut-ins or for hospital visitation.

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

Book Review: Hollywood Mission Possible – Piercing the Darkness of a Decadent Insudstry By: Steve Cha


Hollywood Mission: Possible – Piercing the Darkness of a Decadent Industry

By: Steve Cha

 

WinePress Publishing, P. O. Box 428, Enumclaw, WA 98022, 978-1414119984, $ 19.99, 2011, 300 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Life Changing Witnessing Tool

“Hollywood – Mission Possible” is the story of Steve Cha’s spiritual journey.  Cha candidly relates incidents from the experiences of his three-years as an extra in over one hundred movie, television, and commercial productions.  During this time he shared his faith with peers, crew members, and such celebrated stars as Brad Pitt, Tori Spelling, James Wood, and others.

Steve also relates incidents of evangelistic opportunities taken by his mentor, Jonathan Khan, who witnessed to luminaries like Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Dan Aykroyd, and many others.

The book is more than a memoir. Steve is articulate, insightful, and intentional in his writing.  He writes to challenge, inspire, and equip the reader to Christian discipleship through the recurring themes of:

  • Spiritual growth
  • The Good news of the gospel – Using the 10 commandments, divine judgment, the doctrines of grace, holiness, righteousness, and justice as springboards to effective witnessing
  • A plan of intentional evangelism

A thought provoking discussion guide is provided for individual or group use. Questions stimulate reflection and discussion of topics covered within the chapters of the book dealing with our relationship to God, doctrinal subjects of:  Christian responsibility, prayer concerns, and approaches to sharing Christ with others.

Currently Steve is using social networking and his website to enlist prayer warriors to pray for Christian actors and actresses in Hollywood. His prayer is that they might be an influence in “Piercing the Darkness of a Decadent Industry.”

“Hollywood Mission Possible:” is entertaining, informational and life changing, providing a working tool for intentional evangelism and witnessing.

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

Book Review: The Children of Eternity by Kenneth Zeigler


The Children of Eternity  – By: Kenneth Zeigler

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310, 978-0768441468, $ 14.99, 2012, 380 Pages, Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

New Insights into Heaven, Hell, and Spiritual Battle

“The Children of Eternity” is the fourth in Kenneth Zeigler’s “The Tears of Heaven Series.” The book introduces Christopher, Jerry, Jonathan, and Lilly who are called on to liberate more than 300 people taken into captivity by Satan’s demonic invaders of heaven.  They discover the power of the faith within them as they develop their special gifts and the work of the Holy Spirit as God’s warriors in the War on Heaven.

The book is divided into two parts: They come face to face with Lucifer and his demons as well as a physical manifestation of the Creator of the Universe, God the Father in book one. In book two they are called on to rescue Leona Stahl from the torments of Hell as they are faced with a battle against death and Satan’s dark angels as they deal with unresolved issues of their past.

Zeigler is a gifted communicator with a creative imagination, and an amazing insight into the scriptures. Several themes recur throughout which are rich in spiritual application: These include:

 

  • Developing faith
  • Spiritual warfare
  • Growing in Christlikeness
  • God’s plan for the universe
  • Guarding against fear
  • Bonding together in Christian love
  • The importance of teamwork

Fans of Star Wars, fantasy novels, and science fiction, will enjoy the quest and fast moving adventure of “The Children of Eternity.”  Zeigler’s use of his own imaginative and original vocabulary, vivid word pictures, thought provoking dialog, and unique concepts of heaven, hell and the complexity and confusion of spiritual battle added to my reading enjoyment.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: It’s Your Life , Live Big by Josh Hinds


It’s Your Life – Live Big

By: Josh Hinds

Sound Wisdom, 167 Walnut Bottom Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-1937879020, $ 15.99, 2012, 200 Pages,

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

How to Identify and Achieve Your Success Goal

“It’s Your Life, Live Big” tells the story of Josh Hinds journey and how he overcame the symptoms of Tourette’s disease and other adversities on his way to becoming highly successful as a motivational speaker, mentor, and entrepreneur.

Practical examples, effective ideas, proven theories and simple action steps fill the pages of each of the clearly titled chapters. The reader friendly format of the book, with bold topical headings, adds value for getting an immediate grasp on the material as well as the benefit of later review and application.

I found the suggestions for personal and professional development, creating your life mission, and visualizing the accomplishment of your goals especially helpful. I also found the life lessons on pursuing your goals and dreams and the concept of “breathing life into an idea” motivating.

Josh is able to create the sense of experiencing one on one coaching through his writing. He inspired me to incorporate  powerful motivational  principles  from the quotes of dozens quotes, classic and contemporary, from well-known successful leaders in business, government, philosophy, and other great achievers from every walk of life.

“Live Big” is a book you will want to read, re-read, assimilate, apply the principles, and commit to identify your goal and to put the suggested action steps into practice to achieve that goal.

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

Book Review: Unbound: Breaking Free from Life’s Entganlements by Jack & Trisha Frost


Unbound: Breaking Free from Life’s Entanglements

By: Jack & Trisha Frost

 

 

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310, 978-0768441314, $ 14.99, 2012, 156 Pages, Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Let Go – Break Free – Embrace Change that Liberates

“Unbound: Breaking Free from Life’s Entanglements” is made up of heartfelt testimonies, helpful teaching, powerful questions to ponder, and soul searching sample prayers. These prayers are filled with strong affirmations, heart searching confessions, and refreshing inspiration which result in spiritual revitalization.

Jack shares a testimony of his own radical salvation experience. I appreciated Jack’s candid openness as he told of the period of discovery and growth after his conversion. “Unbound” combines Jack’s writing and Trisha relates stories of how the wounds of the past left them bound by the entanglements of life. Jack has introduced their discoveries in two earlier books. Trisha tells of her own rediscovery of these lessons as she faces life alone, as Jack’s widow.

Jack and Trish promise the reader hope and healing from the cycle of inner fears, resulting in strongholds of life’s entanglements in exchange for boundless freedom to live out their destinies. I envisioned Satan filling our subconscious minds with strongholds of fear and identity to alienate us from believing the truth that we are loved by God.

The questions to ponder are penetrating and thought provoking. Chapter by chapter I sensed a progression – moving from recognizing and identifying the source of my own woundedness to understanding the process of how strongholds develop and finally to discover how to embrace change that gives freedom.

“Unbound: Breaking Free from Life’s Entanglements” is filled with authoritative instruction, well-chosen scriptures, and relevant illustrations.

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