Facilitator’s Guide Praying to Change Your Life – A Book Course Review


Praying to Change Your Life - Facilitator's GuidePraying to Change Your Life Facilitator’s Guide
By Suzette T. Caldwell
Destiny Image Publisher, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-076841994, $ 39.99, 2013, 48 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Christ Centered Teaching from His Model Prayer

The Praying to Change Your Life Facilitator’s Guide provides detailed steps for implementing each of the nine lessons of the course. Two DVD discs are included which feature Suzette T. Caldwell as facilitator of the series. She leads the participants with Biblically based, articulate, relevant teaching on a life changing approach to prayer.

The book centers on the model prayer of Jesus as being the Lord’s: because He said it, it is God centered, practical and productive, transformational, producing faith, is relational, and defeats the power of the devil and it produces kingdom results.

Caldwell carefully presents basic Bible doctrines to build evidence of the purpose and importance of prayer in an authoritative and convincing, presentation. Her material is well organized. She skillfully presents complex concepts and Biblical truths in simple terms, easy to assimilate and understand. Everyday illustrations are introduced to reinforce the scripture truths included. I appreciated the way Suzette portrayed Jesus as a man’s man and conveyed the idea of an individual’s prayer becomes the command center for Christian living.

At the beginning of each new session Suezette gives an excellent review of each of the previous lessons to reestablish the meaning of prayer as well as clear instructions for the ensuing week’s assignment and expectations.

The program incorporates a balance of effective graphic power points and lectures to command and maintain a powerful presentation that captures the attention of the participant.

Praying to Change Your Life Facilitator’s Guide is highly recommended for small group use by incorporating in the church educational program, as a prayer emphasis for the whole church, or for use as an important resource in Bible college and seminary curriculum.
A complimentary copy of this material was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

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Small Group Edition Praying to Change Your Life by Suzette T. Caldwell – A Book Review


Prahying to Change Your Life - Small Group EditionPraying to Change Your Life – Small Group Edition
By: Suzette T. Caldwell
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Spartanburg, PA 17257
978-0768442007, $ 24.99, 2013, 344 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Christ Centered Teaching from the Model Prayer He Taught His Disciples

The Praying to Change Your Life course includes this student guide which is designed to provide instruction, thought provoking prayer exercises that stimulate a spirit of expectancy and a prayerful attitude of awe for God’s majesty and His omnipotent power to perform His promise to meet our needs and to hear and answer our prayers. Personal stories and powerful testimonies of miraculous answers to specific prayers are used to help the reader experience a more effective prayer life. The power guide material encourages small group participation and practical personal application.

Pastor Cadwell identifies and carefully develops six different areas of concern from the model prayer the Lord Jesus used to tech His disciples to pray.

• Intimate Praise and Worship
• Praying God’s Will
• Praying Your Needs
• Praying for Forgiveness
• Praying for Protection
• Kingdom Praise and Worship

There are also sample model prayers drawn from the scriptures that follow the pattern mentioned above with suggestion for personalizing.

Suzette’s writing reveals the vibrant reality of the potential and power of a life intentional about incorporating prayer, praise, and worship at its core. I strongly recommend the book for every believer desirous of improving the effectiveness of their prayer life.

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

Searching for Tom Sawyer: How Parents and Congregations Can Stop the Exodus of Boys from The Church by Tim Wright – A Book Review


Searching for Tom SawyerSearching for Tom Sawyer: How Parents and Congregations Can Stop the Exodus of Boys from the Church
By: Tim Wright
WestBow Press, 1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, Indiana 47403
9781449786205, $ 13.95, 2013, 138 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, richard330@yahoo.com

Challenging Boys to Become Heroic Men – Followers of Jesus

Tim Wright’s book Searching for Tom Sawyer: How Parents and Congregations Can Stop the Exodus is highly endorsed by highly respected church and ministry leaders, educators, life coaches, and businessmen.

At a time when we are seeing the alarming number of an estimated 70% of the young men raised in the church abandoning church involvement in their teens and twenties Tim Wright carefully analyzes the problem and offers positive solutions for meeting the challenge.

Tim’s writing is:

• Articulate, timely, and relevant
• Well researched and documented
• Diagnostic and analytical
• Practical and Engaging
• A clarion call to action

A helpful appendix provides suggestions supplementary lessons for parents and class coaches and suggestions for additional, books and programs that reinforce the principles and concepts introduced throughout the book.

Tim’s credentials include over twenty-five years as a church pastor, as an established writer, and as a trainer of pastors, Christian educators, and church leaders. The core focus of Tim’s message is a challenge and call for: “Parents and congregations, partnering together to lead our boys into manhood…in a heroic quest to follow Jesus.”

Searching for Tom Sawyer is must reading for of every pastor, youth director, family counselor, and Christian parent.

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

A Fax from Heaven, Gift Edition by Faye Aldridge – A Book Review


A Fax from HeavenA Fax from Heaven, Gift Edition
By: Faye Aldridge
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-076840347-3, $ 9.99, 2013, 144 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Dreams, Visions, and Encounters

A Fax from Heaven is made up of stories the lessons learned along the way in one family’s spiritual journey. Faye Aldridge shares from her heart how God met her
in times of testing in hope of helping others find hope and comfort, assurance of an afterlife, and the reality of God’s presence and communication today.

Each chapter presents a story with a clear message of:

• Divine Intervention – an unexplainable occurrence
• A demonstration of God’s loving concern for the individual
• An evidence of the reality of a personal relationship with God revealed through His Son, Jesus
• Spiritual promptings of God’s gifts delivered by the Holy Spirit

Faye has amazing insights into Scriptures often overlooked in casual reading, powerful promises available for the Christian today. These dreams, visions, and encounters describe how dreams can be heavenly forms of communication, often symbolic of things to come.

A Fax from Heaven is a rich reading experience. The events and supernatural occurrences, divine visitations, and miraculous answers to prayer provide excellent conversational starters, offering inspiration, encouragement, and hope to the hurting, and to those searching for peace of mind or an assurance of their destiny in the afterlife. This attractive edition makes it ideal for gift giving.

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


Supernatural ManThe Supernatural Man: Learn to Walk in Revelatory Realms of Heaven
By Adam F. Thomason
Destiny Image Publishers Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
798-0768403428, $ 14.99, 2013, 144 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Remarkable Revelatory Teaching on Supernatural Living

Adam Thompson boldly proclaims a message that moves today’s Christian from an ordinary or halfhearted dedication and humdrum experience to an exciting adventure in supernatural living.

Kingdom truths and revelatory teaching from Jesus in the Gospels, the Apostle Paul, and the Prophets and writers of the Old Testament are accompanied by faith building, heartwarming stories of God’s intervention, transformed lives, healing, and prophetic fulfillment. Thompson shares his own testimony of personal encounter in the heavenly realms, dreams, visions, and Holy Spirit empowerment.

Scripture references and key concepts are highlighted for easy recognition and emphasis through the use of indentation of passages and through the use of bold print. These techniques provide the reader with additional visual impact, a reminder for later review and are effective for immediate assimilation. Chapter end notes add to the authority and credibility of Thompson’s writing as well as providing additional suggestions for future reading and study.

The Supernatural Man: Learn to Walk in Revelatory Realms of Heaven motivates and equips readers and Christ follower desirous of experiencing God ministering through them in the power of the Holy Spirit as “carriers of God’s glory” in a global awakening and a harvest of souls.

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

Elevating Excellence: Defining Choices that Lead to Relevance bt Curtis Wallace – A Book Review


Elevating Leadership by Curtis WallaceElevating Excellence – Defining Choices that Lead to Relevance
By Curtis Wallace
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
9780768403435. $ 14.99, 2013, 130 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

How Relevance and Choices Can Help You Achieve Success in Business, Ministry, and Life

Evaluating Excellence – Defining Choices that Lead to Relevance, as the subtitle suggests, defines ten choices that when applied will lead to relevance. Curtis Wallace is recognized for his cutting edge leadership skills and his personal dedication for elevating excellence among the leadership of faith-based non-profit organizations. The many principles introduced in this book address leadership in the Church, however they are also applicable for business ventures, as well as personal achievement and ministry.

Wallace is articulate and knowledgeable. His writing style is direct, well organized, and formatted in a reader friendly and easy to assimilate style.

The book is divided into two sections. In the “Know Yourself” section, I found the concepts of the big idea, ability to focus, and the power of the brand especially interesting. Section two covers the area of active choices. The chapters are crammed with practical counsel on the need for understanding your primary focus, the need for a coach, and the importance of working as a team.

Elevating Excellence – Defining Choices that Lead to Relevance provides the tools for making right choices that will result in relevance, impact lives, transform your organization, and raise your personal standard of excellence.

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

Relentless Pursuit – Awakening Hearts to Burn for Him By Antonio Baldvinos – A Book Review


Relentless PuauirRelentless Pursuit – Awakening Hearts to Burn for Him
By: Antonio Baldovinos
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc.
P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-0768403442, $ 15.99, 2013, 224 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Important Keys to Intensify and Maintain a Passionate Walk with God

Antonio Baldovinos guides his reader on an exciting life changing spiritual journey in his book Relentless Pursuit – Awakening Hearts to Burn for Him. He shares glimpses into his life story, his calling, and his destiny. It is his prayer that as you read the book your heart will be awakened and ignited with passion as you realize God is pursuing you, desirous of your wholehearted response to the reality of His relentless pursuit and fervent love.

The pages are filled with profound quotes and references from dozens of highly respected contemporary and classic writers on the subjects of pursuing God, knowing Him and experiencing His presence. These are well documented in the chapter end notes and provide the reader with excellent additional resources for future reading and study.

Antonio encourages the reader to pursue God’s presence with a reckless abandon, to abide in proximity to the heart of God, and to take a deeper look into pursing holiness, and cultivating a supernatural prayer life. He takes a deeper look into the Christian’s positional identity, as the Bride of Christ, intimacy with God, and fasting.

Relentless Pursuit is informational and inspirational. Baldovinos’ cutting edge writing style is sure to impact a generation of contemporary Christian leaders as well as new readers for generations to come. Highly recommended.

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

Paperboy by Stan Crader – A Book Review


PaperboyPaper Boy
By: Stan Crader
Wheatmark
610 East Delano Street, Suite 104, Tucson, AZ 85705
978-1604944761, $ 21.95, 2011, 290 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Growing Up in Rural America During the Unrest of the Sixties

The decade of the sixties brought about unrest and change as opposition to the U. S. involvement in the Vietnam War escalated. Even the small towns across rural America felt the impact brought about by racial tension, public demonstrations, and societal challenges.

Paper Boy tells the story as seen through the eyes of young Tommy as he delivers papers to the homes and businesses of Colby, Missouri during one critical year. Tommy got the first glimpse of the daily headlines and picked up the local news (town gossip) firsthand all along the route.

Stan Crader has a keen gift of observation and storytelling. His writing captures the unique flavor and nature of growing up in a small town in rural America. Crader’s dominant characters move the story along at a unique slower pace, representative of his characters, the era and small town setting of the locale, while creating a compelling story line that kept me eagerly reading as I did not want to miss one word of the growing sense of intrigue, mystery, and suspense.

Paper Boy is a character driven novel. I However, Crader uses of a balance of event structure and has a good understanding of the power exerted by his dominant characters. He has a gift for skillfully developing well-crafted colorful descriptions of every person introduced.

I enjoyed Crader’s creative dialog filled with juvenile “playground barbs” and the way this adds realism to the character of the protagonist and his friends. I especially appreciated his imaginative dialog and descriptive word pictures of the action during the combined football practice among the sixth graders who are thrown together with the junior high team. Another fun filled incident described Colby’s marching band and the playful humor used in the conversation between Tommy and his budding romantic interest, Melody.

Paper Boy will be enjoyed by aficionados of Americana, coming of age stories, and memoirs. It will also appeal to anyone growing up during the sixties, as well as young adult readers of an emerging generation. This is a book that should be in school libraries, it is rich in examples of the core values of love for country, compassion, responsibility, perseverance, and faith.

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

Activist Faith by Dillon Burroughs, Daniel Darling, and Dan King – A Book Review


Activist FaithThe Activist Faith – From Him and For Him
By: Dillon Burroughs, Daniel Darling, and Dan King
NavPress, P. O. Box 30051, Colorado Springs, CO 80935
978-1612913919, $ 14.99, 2013, 220 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Wake Up Call to the Needs of a Growing Global Society

Dillon Burroughs, Daniel Darling, and Dan King, co-founders of the Activist Faith Movement collaborate in “Activist Faith – From Him and For Him. The authors skillfully blend engaging stories, Biblical principles, and carefully presented analysis of issues facing an increasingly global society. They have a united goal to challenge the reader to rethink their world view, their involvement in politics, and their cutting edge responsibility as a Christian to important societal issues in light of faith and culture, and to encourage Christians to live out what they believe.

The book is written for an emerging generation of Christians as well as for Christians at every walk of life. Each chapter is packed with informational tools, resources, guidelines, encouragement and support presenting ways to influence and become actively involved in meeting the needs of the hurting.

Well-developed chapter notes provide the reader with additional reading and equipping tools for joining others in communities of faith to reach out locally with the love and compassion of Jesus, God’s Son, the motivation of our worship and service.

“The Activist Faith” has given me a new appreciation for the complexity of issues of immigration, poverty, homelessness, prison reform, education, and the environment.

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