A Touch from Heaven by Neal and Christopher Pylant – A Book Review


A Touch from HeavenA Touch from Heaven: A Little Boy’s Story of Surgery, Heaven and Healing
By Neal Pylant and Christopher Pylant
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-0768403275, $ 15.99, 2013, 200 pages
Reviewed by: Richard R. Blake
A Remarkable Journey of Faith in the Midst of Tests at Every Turn

“A Touch from Heaven” is the amazing story of Christopher Pylant, his complex brain surgery, his account of visits to heaven, his healing, and his parent’s astonishing faith.

Neal Pylant and Carol Zinz made their wedding vows in her parents’ home in, Baltimore, Maryland on May 19, 1973, before over sixty guests. Rabbi Shusterman officiated. Neal and Carol came from families of very different religious traditions and teachings.

Although Neal took seriously the need to father a son, “a seed for the next generation, a legacy” he was casual in the practice of living out his Christian faith, but strong in his conviction that God would provide the seed. In January of 1981 Christopher O’Neal Pylant was born, God’s answer to the promised seed.

In young Christopher’s third year it was discovered and confirmed by medical professionals in the field of neurology that he had an inoperable brain tumor. Devastated the Pylant’s faced trial after trial and test after test. They tenaciously held to the faith that God would spare Christopher’s life and heal him. “A Touch from Heaven” is their story. A story of Carol’s conversion and Neal’s recommitment to his childhood faith.

Beautifully written, this journey of faith is incredible, a dramatic, unforgettable testimony of a growing faith in a miraculous, loving God. Highly recommended.

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

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Secrets of Sucessful Writers by Darrell Pitt


Secrets of Successful WritersSecrets of Successful Writers
Darrell Pitt
Amazon E-book

A Compilation of Interviews with Success Tips from 50 Contemporary Successful Writers

As an avid reader with dream of becoming a successful writer I frequently find books written, or compiled by other writers provide the motivation and inspiration to continue in the process of perseverance in writing. I especially enjoyed Darrell Pitt’s “Secrets of Successful Writers.”

Darrell has compiled results from his interviews with 50 individual successful authors. The proven tips and techniques featured are the results of a variation of questions asked in these interviews: Authors responded to questions on topics including:

• Their typical day of writing
• Best way for authors to promote themselves
• The future of hard copy books with the growing trend of e-book publication
• Advice for someone trying to make it as an author
• Plotting stories/Character led writing
• Producing a Series
• Pricing e-books to sell
• And dozens of others

I have accumulated two full shelves of select titles on a number of topics on writing, including other compilations. Darrell’s book “Secrets of Successful Writers” is one I will go back to time after time for reminders of these key tips, additional motivation, and inspiration

Raising A Lady in Waiting by Jackie Kendall – A Book Review


Raising a Lady in Waiting

Raising a Lady in Waiting
By: Jackie Kendall
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-0768403237, $ 15.99, 2013, 240 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Key Principles to Prepare Your Daughter for God’s Best in Her Relationships

By the second page of the preface Jackie Kendal had me hooked. As a father, grandfather, and an active member of a church reaching out to young families, I am always on the lookout for books and resources I can recommend to our Christian Education staff, parents of family and friends, and our church librarian. “Raising a Lady in Waiting” will be high on my list of recommendations.

Each of the 10 chapters centers on Biblical principles highlighting an important characteristic of your young “Lady in Waiting” with guidelines for parents and profound questions for discussion. Lessons are drawn from the Biblical story of Ruth and Boaz. Jackie is passionate in her writing, entertaining, with subtle humor and an enjoyable wit, and contagious spirit. She articulates with clarity, as she expresses informed and proven principles.

I only wish that the material addressing Mom’s had been more inclusive to address parents or that specific suggestions would be made for Fathers as well. Chapter endnotes provide excellent additional resources for further consideration, study, and implementation.

“Raising a Lady in Waiting” is an important guide for parents to insure that their daughters avoid the pitfalls of bad choices in their relationships while pursuing God’s best.

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

Identity Theft by Ron Cantor – A Book Review


Identity TheftIdentity Theft
By: Ron Cantor
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-0768442175, $ 15.99, 2013, 286 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Meaningful Look into Jewish Roots

Ron Cantor has chosen a unique approach to engage the reader in a meaningful look into the background and history of the Jewish people and their roots. In his book “Identity Theft” Ron uses fiction as a platform to present a fresh look into history to bring to light an age old cover up. He skillfully weaves the history of the Jewish people and the brutalities and carnage against them in the name of Christ the Messiah.

An angelic guide, Ariel, time travel, modern technology, and the Jewish scriptures help Cantor’s protagonist, David Lebowitz, a young Jewish journalist move from his skepticism to become a serious seeker of the truth of Yeshua.

Careful endnotes clearly detail scholarly comparisons, website references, and other suggested resources for study. These notes also reflect and establish Ron Cantor’s credibility and credentials as Messianic Jewish Communicator, and educator.

Cantor’s a passion to mentor young leaders, to share the Jewish roots message, and to spread the good news of the gospel of Yeshua is apparent throughout his writing. The dramatic scenes from the crucifixion, the Crusades, and from Hitler’s treatment of the Jews in World War II combined with the commanding use of dialog lend themselves to adaptation for an impressive movie production.

Informative, entertaining, and memorable – a great read.

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

Curse Breaking – Freedom from the Bondage of Generational Sin by Bob Larson – A Book Review


Curse BreakingCurse Breaking – Freedom from the Bondage of Generatioal Sin
By: Bob Larson
Destiny Image Publications, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310
978-0768403299, $ 15.99, 2013, 174 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Guidebook to Breaking from the Bondage of Generational Curses

Recognized as an expert on cults, the occult and supernatural phenomena Bob Larson has written over 30 books. In his book “Curse Breaking – Freedom from the Bondage of Generational Sin” Larson exposes the complex and often neglected deep seated satanic strategy for keeping people in bondage to sin and ineffective their ministry.

Personal stories, Bible centered teaching, and specific model prayers combine to give the reader practical keys to breaking and reversing curses. Chapter titles clearly define the topics being covered, carefully identifying root causes and conduct of curses, with glimpses into secret societies, metaphysical bondage, and cultic and occultist origins,.

I found the section “Practical Resources to Break Curses” to be particularly helpful, informative, and instructional. Chapter end notes give evidence of Larson’s extensive research and provide the reader with additional tools for future reading and study. Larson’s writing is clearly articulated, well organized, and formatted with the reader in mind.

“Curse Breaking – Freedom from the Bondage of Generational Sin” is an important addition to the library of anyone looking for answers while seeking freedom from the bondage of sin, and for those ministering in areas of spiritual warfare.

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

DVD Raising a Lady in Waiting by Jackie Kendall


Raising a Lady in Waiting DVDRaising a Lady in Waiting: Parents Guide to Helping Your Daughter Avoid a Bozo (DVD)
By: Jackie Kendall
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310
978-0768403374, $ 16.99, 2013
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Principles for Maintaining Purity

In this DVD presentation of “Raising a Lady in Waiting: Parents Guide to Helping Your Daughter Avoid a Bozo” Jackie Kendall cleverly demonstrates all the skills of a master story teller while she captivates and holds her audience throughout this dramatic presentation. She has an obvious passion for her subject of purity and for her audience of teenage girls and their mothers.

She is emotive, articulate, and savvy. Her warm smile, obvious eye contact, and changing body language result in a persuasive delivery and an immediate connection with the seminar participates. The material is appropriately age-graded for Junior and Senior high girls.

Lessons are drawn from the Old Testaments books of 2 Samuel and Ruth. Illustrations from the story of Ammon (King David’s son) warn of falling into the schemes of a “Bozo.” The story of Ruth and Boaz illustrate the kind of man who is bent on God’s way of protecting a girls honor and respect.

An effective use of acrostics take advantage of a teaching technique aimed at establishing an assimilation of the main thrust of her carefully structured narrative. Kendall introduces life forming principles for making right choices in important decisions that impact the challenges of life long relationships.

Exceptionally well done. Highly recommended.

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

Healing Starts Now! Expanded Edition by Dr. Joan Hunter – A Book Review


Healing Starts NowHealing Starts Now: Expanded Edition – Complete Training Manual
By: Dr. John Hunter
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc.
P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-0768436457, $ 29.99, 200 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Another Look at a New Paradigm in Healing Ministry

Dr. Joan Hunter sat under the tutelage of her parents Charles and Frances Hunter. The Hunters had a major impact on a whole generation of Christian leaders during the 1970s and 1980s. In this expanded edition of “Healing Starts Now – Complete Training Manual” Dr. Hunter presents a powerful and effective model for healing. She helps the reader take the mystery out of healing prayer.

The manual is divided into four parts: Healing, Root Causes of Disease, God’s Wisdom for Vibrant Health and Wealth, and The 4 Corners of Your World. Biblically based, well balanced, and filled with practical principles. The format is reader friendly and the material flows in a natural progression, with easy to follow directions diagrams, photos, and model prayers. This expanded edition provides a complete Addendum which includes a whole spectrum of physical diseases and disorders.

Dr. Hunter writes with clarity. Her writing is strong and vital, specific in direction, offering the reader a new confidence in ministry. Included with the narrative are questions for consideration, opportunities for taking notes, and suggested prayers. Examples and illustrations are introduced using the testimonies of people released or healed from physical trauma, stress related disease, mental illness, and generational curses.

“Healing Starts Now – Complete Training Manual” is designed for all Christians. The clear, proven instructions provide the reader with new insight and power for experiencing an anointed ministry of supernatural healing and miracles.

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


An Apple a  DayAn Apple a Day: Health in Every Realm
Compiled by Pam Spinosi
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-0768442229, $15.99, 2013, 182 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Food for the Whole Person – Body, Soul and Spirit

An Apple a Day: Health in Every Realm is a compilation of writings from ten of the best-selling author of the Bethel Redding Church. This excellent presentation has given me a new understanding an appreciation for the broad base and scope of the International outreach of the church and the School of Supernatural Ministries.

The testimonies of spiritual renewal and stories of dramatic life changes and miraculous healing all honor the name of Jesus the author of our salvation and the power behind Kingdom Living.

The individual chapters feature a unique side of the ministry of the writer highlighting topics relating to their area of ministry. These topics give an inside glimpse into developing a healthy relationship with God and others; keys to embracing and implementing creativity into your spiritual journey, and a look at the impact of healing your finances.

Other subjects include: A challenge to use your mind to its full potential; the importance of maintaining a childlike curiosity, forgiveness, trust, and the capacity delight and awe of all of God’s creation.

The authors are all gifted communicators whose lives back up their message.
“An Apple a Day: Health in Every Realm” not only explores spiritual health but healing in many realms of the body, soul, and spirit, and the ways they interconnect.

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

The Frontier Boys, John Groters, Producer – A Review of the DVD


The Frontier BoysThe Frontier Boys (DVD)

John Grooters, Producer

Destiny Image Films and Grooters Production

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

B005Th1ALM, $ 19.99, 2012, 92 Minutes

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Important Lessons from the Game of Life

Undefeated and with a conference championship within their sight, the Charlevoix, Michigan High School basketball team are devastated when their star player, T. J. Lewis, becomes the victim of a drive by shooting. T. J. is left in a coma, fighting for his life.

A close knit set of his friends, known as the Frontier Boys; Jed, Brent, and Jackson were left to work out their own unanswered question as to “Why?” this happened to their friend T. J. Brian, left with his own secret, was drawn between loyalty to his brother and his loyalty to his friends; Jed with a determination to locate the driver of the car involved in the shooting, and Jackson filled with doubts about God.

I quickly found myself personally involved and inspired by the film. The casting is excellent, the characters well portrayed, which enhanced the action filled plot, building suspense right up to a climatic surprise ending. The dramatic dialog draws the spectator in emotionally. The film presents a strong Gospel Message without being “preachy.” Other life lessons for building character are introduced through the basketball coach.

“The Frontier Boys” is family entertainment with a message of loyalty, friendship, and faith exemplified by camaraderie, parental love, and example.

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

Real Messages from Heaven by Faye Aldridge – A Book Review


Real Messages From Heaven

Book 2 – Real Messages from Heaven: More Stories of Miracles and Divine Intervention
By: Faye Aldridge
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310
978-0768403244, $ 14.99, 202 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Supernatural Encounters, Miracles, and Divine Interventions

Fay Aldridge has assembled 42 heartwarming testimonies of individuals who have had near death experiences, after death appearances, angel encounters, divine intervention, or miraculous answers to prayer in Book 2 of her “Real Messages from Heaven” series. These stories offer hope and comfort to the reader; evidence of the afterlife, and a positive message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

These are simple stories that give the reader glimpses into heaven and assurance of life after death. Each story offers words of praise to God, pause for reflection, and examples of God’s protection, power and presence.

Faye’s love for people, unique story-telling approach and gift of communication combine to transform words on a page into dramatic emotions, deep feelings and intense passion. Well documented end notes provide excellent resources for further reading, study, or research. The narrative is rich in Biblical content and theological teaching providing a greater understanding on the subject of the supernatural.

“Real Messages from Heaven” is an amazing compilation of real life short stories packed with incidents of miracles, supernatural encounters, and divine interventions, inspiring a new sense of peace of mind and assurance of afterlife.

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