Book Review: The 40 Day Soul Fast – Leaders Guide by Cindy Trimm


40 Day Soul Fast Leader GuideThe 40 Day Soul Fast – Leader’s Guide

By: Cindy Trimm

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310, 978-0768441918, $ 24.99, 2012, 184 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

An Eight Week Journey – Learning to Live Authentically

The Leader’s Guide to “The 40 Day Soul Fast” includes a DVD with teaching by the author Dr. Cindy Trimm. This guide includes all the material in the Participant’s Guide with step by step group leader guidelines and instructions for organizing, leading the class and facilitating small discussion groups throughout the course. This guide includes:

  • Steps to starting a 40 Day Soul Fast Group detailed suggestions for mapping out the course, determining location, formatting meetings, promoting the event and moving forward with your group
  • A Group Leaders Check List
  • A Suggested Agenda for the 8 Week Journey

The eight week program is designed to help the participant learn to grow spiritually and be empowered “from the inside out.” Lessons include inspiring scriptures, quotes from highly respected leaders, and helpful instruction from Dr. Cindy Trimm’s teaching. The book includes The 40 Day Soul Fast Handbook, Fasting Guidelines, and a unique Consecration Shopping List.

“The 40 Day Soul Fast” is designed for use in churches, organizations, small groups, or families desirous of spiritual growth resulting in greater health, happiness, and success.

The accompanying teaching DVDs set the pace for the group sessions that follow and capture the authenticity of Cindy Trimm. Dr. Trimm’s teaching is transforming, empowering, life changing.

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

 

 

 

Book Review: The 40 Day Soul Fast: Participants Guide by Cindy Trimm


The 40The 40 Day Soul Fast: Participant’s Guide
By: Cindy Trimm
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc.
P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310
978-07684-4192-5, $ 14.99, 2012, 174 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, richard330@yahoo.com

First Steps on a New Journey to Authentic Learning – Empowering You for Life

As I opened Cindy Trim’s “The 40 Day Soul Fast” the first time I had no idea of the amazing spiritual journey I was about to embark. The forty day adventure is made up of bite sized daily portions or lessons in this participant’s guide. Each week contains a Video Listening Guide introducing the theme for the week which is broken down into five daily studies. Each of the 40 daily lessons addresses a characteristic that defines an Authentic Person.

The lesson begins by introducing its focus, a scripture passage, and reflective questions leading to suggested action steps for the journey ahead. An important part of the effectiveness of the study are the suggested guidelines for detoxifying spirit, soul and body found in The 40 Day Soul Fast Handbook (Appendix A).

Benefits of the Soul Fast study include:

• An increased ability to discern and follow God’s direction
• An increased ability to bring your ways into alignment with His
• An increased peace in your life

“The 40 Day Soul Fast” is an excellent study guide for spiritual growth. It is designed for small group use in churches, organizations, or in family night studies in the home. Highly recommended.

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

Book Review: Awakening to Messiah by Rabbi K. A. Schneider


Awakening to MessiahAwakening to Messiah – A Supernatural Discovery of the Jewish Messiah

By: Rabbi K. A. Schneider

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc.. P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310

978-0768441949, $ 15.99, 2012, 176 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Unique Testimony of a Supernatural Discovery of the Jewish Jesus

Rabbi K. A. Schneider tells his personal story of God’s supernatural revelation of Jesus the Jewish Messiah in his book “Awakening to Messiah.” The book is written to help the reader find their true identity and to become aware of Yeshua (Jesus) as a spiritual reality.

Schneider writes from personal his experience of supernatural encounters with Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) and shares the lessons he learned from these experiences. It is his hope that the reader will be enriched with a fuller understanding of the indwelling spirit of Christ as they move forward in their faith journey. He encourages the reader to incorporate their study of the written Word of God with their experience of intimacy with the living Word, Jesus (Yeshua). His revelatory insights into Messianic prophecies, our bodies as the dwelling place of God (His temple), the inner presence of Jesus and the resultant transformation, wholeness, and peace are profound and confirmed with scriptural evidence.

“Precept upon precept” Rabbi Schneider equips the reader with an understanding of multi-cultured ministry, witnessing strategies for sharing Jesus as Messiah, conquering objections, and meeting people where they are. I was specifically challenged by the illustrations of sitting at the feet of Jesus in a leisurely expectancy allowing Him to accomplish His purpose in His timing.

“Awakening to Messiah – A Supernatural Discovery of the Jewish Messiah” is designed to point Jewish people to a personal understanding, recognition and experience of Jesus (Yeshua) as Messiah and to provide an understanding of the Jewish culture, its people, and history to Christ followers. He then challenge them to become intentional in seeking out Jewish people with the express purpose of introducing them to Yeshua.

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

 

 

Book Review: Jesus Killed My Church by Randy Bohlender


Jesus Killed My Church

By: Randy Bohlender

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc.

P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310

978-07684031090, $ 15.99, 2012, 216 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Unique Title for an Amazing Adventure in Church Planting

“Jesus Killed My Church” is an honest candid look into the intervention of Jesus in the leadership and plans of man. A story of unexpected plot (life) twists including, pitfalls, triumphs, defeats, and successes that lead to an unexpected conclusion which is just the beginning of an ongoing story of following Jesus and allowing Him to take charge.

Randy communicates much of his story using a dry humor that exhibits a direct, open, and honest look into his humanity and humility. With his wife Kelsey and a band of volunteers Randy was led through a modern day adventure of testing, similar to that of Moses and the Israelites throughout their wilderness journey. The pages are filled with experiences resulting from prayer, fasting, and spiritual battles, including an encounter similar to Elijah’s in the Old Testament account of calling on God for rain when challenging the prophets of Baal.

The prophets of The Burning Man organization were Randy’s challenge when he and four companions faced them in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada in a spiritual battle that ended with headlines in USA Today that read “Thousands Leave Burning Man Because Of Rain.”

Randy’s writing is compelling and engaging, heartwarming, and challenging. “Jesus Killed My Church” is an important book for every Christian, with special insights for the pastor planning on planting a church.  A Unique Title for an Amazing Adventure in Church Planting.

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

Book Review: Demolishing Demonic Strongholds by Morris Cerullo


Demolishing Demonic Strongholds
Demolishing Demonic Strongholds – Spiritual Firepower
By Morris Cerullo
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc.
P.O. Box 310
Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310
978-0768441932, $ 15.99, 2012, 256 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Spiritual Firepower Satan’s Greatest Fear
Internationally recognized evangelist Morris Cerullo helps the reader recognize the abysmal tactics of Satan in his book “Demolishing Demonic Strongholds.” Cerullo exposes the presence of demon spirits in the world today. He describes the oppression, torment, and vexation seeking to control, possess, and dominate our minds.
Biblical examples are used to illustrate the parallel of dozens of contemporary experiences by people in bondage to demon power. Cerullo provides the reader with practical action steps to claim power, overcome Satan, get release, and gain victory over his strongholds. Actual letters addressing personal strongholds are used to help the reader recognize that they are not alone in their struggle and to provide answers for demolishing demonic strongholds.
I found Cerullo’s discussion on the topics of fear, the spiritual battlefield, Satan’s domain and claims, his attacks, and the chapters dealing with our weapons to be especially helpful. I was challenged personally as I read Cerullo’s testimony of a new anointing.
The discussion questions at the end of each chapter offer opportunity for individual reflection, recording in a spiritual journal, or in interactive group discussion. Valuable end notes validate Cerullo’s careful research and extensive study.

“Demolishing Demonic Strongholds – Spiritual Firepower” is powerful in its presentation of a solid message for meeting the challenge of joining in the Battle against Spiritual Warfare.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Book Review


False JusticeFalse Justice – Unveiling the Truth about Social Justice

By: Stuart Greaves

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310, 978-0768441963, $ 15.99, 2012, 176 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Call for a Change in the Foundational Paradigm of Justice

From an early age Stuart Greaves became an observer in the social dynamics prevalent on an international scale. In his book “False Justice – Unveiling the Truth about Social Justice” he provides the basis for a melding of personal faith in Jesus Christ and his own affinity toward social injustice and the socioeconomic disparity across racial lines.

Greaves provides amazing Biblical insights into the plight of the poor, struggling with poverty, hunger, human trafficking, abortion, genocide, and human inequality. He then translates these perceptions into spiritual applications for implementing a Christ centered paradigm of justice.

As I read, I begin to examine my own personal commitment and motivation to explore social justice in light of the Christian principles I champion. I begin to relate the moral responsibility of society to the small acts of kindness we exercise individually. I may never impact legislation, sway social reform, eliminate racism, eradicate poverty, or abolish the political corruption rampant at many levels of government but I was awakened to a need for being spiritually relevant while being socially realistic. I determined to challenge the sophisticated, ethical, pharisaical, religious attitudes prevalent in society today.

The book is divided into two parts: Part I: Introduces the progression of justice, false messengers, the false gospel, and false worship and religion. Part II: Presents A Global Worship Movement for Justice, The Gospel as the true message of justice, The Messiah Jesus, as the just one, a man of war, and a charge for commitment. Greaves’ meticulous research is well documented, awe-inspiring resource for further reading and study.

Stuart Greaves’ book “False Justice – Unveiling the Truth about Social Justice” provides an impressive Biblical treatise a Clarian call for Change in the Foundational Paradigm of Justice. Highly recommended.

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

Book Review: The Voice – How We Can Participate, How We Should Respond by Don Nori SR.


The VoiceThe Voice – How We Can Participatre, How We Should Respond

By: Don Nori, SR.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768441970, $ 15.99, 2012, 191 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Embracing “Brokenness” a Prerequisite to Experiencing “Union” with God

“The Voice” is a call to quiet our souls, to give ourselves to the inner preparation of the Holy Spirit to bring God’s victorious reality into our walk with Him. Don Nori, SR introduces the life changing role of “Brokenness” as a prerequisite to experiencing “Union” with God.

Don writes in a conversational style, conveying profound thought provoking concepts and a depth of understanding resulting from his personal perseverance in pursuing the presence of God that accompanies “Brokenness.”

I was motivated by Don candid personal illustrations and the lessons in “Brokenness” and “Union” Jacob experienced as he wrestled with God, Moses’ spiritual journey through his wilderness wanderings, and David’s victory over his many battleground experiences.

The selected scriptures and poignant quotes from the classic devotional writings of Thomas a Kempis, Brother Lawrence, Oswald Chambers, A. W. Tozer, D. L. Moody and many others provide added insight and inspiration to the powerful impact of the book.

Don Nori SR. is a true spiritual frontiersman leading in an exploration of uncharted discoveries in the realm of prophetic living. “The Voice” details “how we can participate and how we should respond” as we listen for and hear the voice of the Lord.

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

Book Review: Grace Given by Beth Shriver


Grace GivenGrace Given
Touch of Grace Book Two
By: Beth Shriver
Charisma Media/Realms
600 Rinehart Road
Lake Mary, Florida 32746
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Story of Mystery, Mercy, and Forgiveness

As a volunteer worker in our church library I am always on the lookout for new authors to recommend to our most avid readers. Series authors in the genre of Amish fiction have become a favorite of many, so I was delighted to discover “The Touch of Grace Trilogy” by Beth Shriver. “Grace Given” is the second in the series. The story parallels the lives three women, each faced with unique hardships and demonstrates how they respond showing mercy, pardon, and forgiveness.

If you read the first title in the series “Annie’s Truth” you recognize the names John Yoder, and Annie Belier. “Grace Given” is based on Elise Kline, Yoder’s cousin.

From the first page to the last paragraph Shriver captures and holds the reader’s attention. Her writing is well paced with an absorbing well developed plot and believable characters.

Beth Shriver’s “Grace Given” adds a unique fresh approach and a deeper insight into Amish life and adds a touch of mystery.

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

Book Review: Ancient Paths – Rediscovering Delight in the Word of God by Corey Russell


Ancient Paths: Rediscovering Delight in the Word of God

By: Corey Russell

Ancient PathsDestiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310, 978-0768441956, $ 15.99, 2012, 156 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

The Rediscovery of Finding Delight in the Word of God

Corey Russell urges the reader to rediscover the delight of meditation on the word of God, to hear His voice, worship in awe, and obey His instruction. Russell calls for a shift in our approach to reconnecting with and experiencing God’s presence.

Lessons from the writings of Moses, the history of Israel, and the prophecies of Jeremiah provide the guidelines for the ancient paths of rediscovery of power available when we listen for God’s Word. The teaching of the New Testament confirms these principles.

Russell writes with a spiritual sensitivity, birthed out of his own personal spiritual journey and discovery through the power of meditation, in depth study of the word, intimate intercession, and an intentional pursuit of knowing God’s heart.

I enjoyed the documentation of the research that went into the writing of the book which included a valuable list of authors and titles for additional reading and future study.

“Ancient Days” is written for people spiritually starving, hungering for and desiring communion and an intimacy with God through the word; it is a message for the heart at a time of spiritually famished Christian’s hungry for more.

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

Book Review: Hope for Every Moment by T. D. Jakes


Hope for Every MomentHope For Every Moment: Inspirational Thoughts to Help You Every Day of the Year by T. D. Jakes

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310

978-0768410099, $ 11.99, 2012, 382 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Threefold Celebration of the Heart

New York Times bestselling author T. D. Jakes gives the reader a sense of anticipation and expectation in his book “Hope for Every Moment: Inspirational Thoughts to Help You Every Day of the Year.”  Each daily devotional begins with a selected scripture that addresses issues of the heart, baffling difficulties, confusing questions, personal struggles, or unexpected emergencies. These readings provide comfort in adversity, strength in times of weakness and hope in times of discouragement.

Each day has a “take away message.”  As I reflected on the passage of scripture, the practical instruction, and life changing promises, I begin to see them as a threefold celebration of the heart. A step backward helps me recognize God’s sustaining power, a view of the present reveals my unborn potential, and a look ahead provides a revelation of God’s purpose for the future.

T. D. Jakes’ equips the reader with a plan for overcoming with steps for succeeding, using stimulating questions to apply life changing principles, to build faith, find solutions, to determine God’s calling, and to meet the challenge experience your full potential.

“Hope For Every Moment” is packed with inspiration for reflection and renewal, with solid instruction for spiritual growth, and a challenge to redirecting your passion to God’s purpose.

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