How to Work with Angels in Your Life by Kevin Basconi – A Book Review


How to Work With Angels in Your LifeHow to Work with Angels in Your Life: The Reality of Angelic Ministry Today

By Kevin Basconi

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

978-0768403589, $ 16.99, 2013, 254 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

 

A Compelling Study on the Role of Angels in the Scriptures, in History, and Today

 

Kevin Basconi carefully considers the work of angels today in How to Work with Angels in Your Life: The Reality of Angelic Ministry Today.  This is the second book in the Angels in the Realms of Heaven series. Kevin develops the scriptures that speak of angels in heaven, Jesus and the angels, angels in worship and prayer, healing angels, angel encounters, guardian angles, duties of angels, and much, much more.

 

The book is filled with stories, testimonies, and illustrations of personal encounters with angels today that provide insight, understanding and affirmation to the open minded reader. Kevin boldly proclaims a message of supernatural activity in the today’s world. He invites the reader to examine the scriptures in light of these modern day testimonies of angelic ministry.

 

 

Kevin’s writing is compelling, biblically based, relevant, and written with clarity. Chapter end notes and biblical references add to the credibility of his writing. The inclusion of dates, names, and locations of the individual experiences add to the authenticity of these testimonies.

 

How to Work with Angels in Your Life is an important addition to the reference library of pastors, bible students, and anyone seeking answers to the doctrine of Angelology and the supernatural presence of angels today.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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The Ezekiel Generation – The Father’s Heart for Israel and the Church in the Last Days by Grant Berry – A Book Review


The Ezekiel GenerationThe Ezekiel Generation: The Father’s Heart for Israel and the Church in the Last Days

By: Grant Berry

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

978-0768403602, $ 16.99, 2013, 304 Pages

Reviewed By Richard R. Blake

Fresh Insight on the Roles of Jews and Gentiles in the Body of Yeshua/Jesus

Grant Berry proclaims a message of reconnection of Jew and Gentile in his book The Ezekiel Generation. The book is divided into three distinctive parts: Understanding the mystery between Israel and the Church, understanding the disconnection, and understanding the reconnection. Berry’s personal insights and God inspired revelations address the roles of Jews and Christian in God’s end-time plan.

In his first book The New Covenant Prophecy Berry unveils God’s purpose for Jewish peoples, the nation Israel, and for Jewish Christians. Grant is a Jewish believer in Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah.

In a practical and compelling presentation Berry takes the reader to the written, unchanging teaching of scripture as the basis of his premise and conclusions. In his discussion of the history of the church Grant introduces healing, repentance, and forgiveness in the body of Christ, end-time teaching and prophetic scriptures.

I was moved by the chapter titled “The Father’s Heart” filled with an important discussion on prayer, model prayers of confession, renouncement, repentance, for pastors and leaders, and for unity within the church. In the chapter “The Ezekiel Generation” Berry looks at God’s plan for showing Himself through the church. The final chapters of the book include important and vital suggestions for lifestyle Jewish evangelism.

 The Ezekiel Generation is destined impact the global body of Christ in restoring God’s family in these end-times.

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

 

Overwhelmed By the Spirit – Empowered to Manifest the Glory of God by James Maloney – A Book Review


Overwhelmed By the Spirit – Empowered to Manifest the Glory of God

Throughout the Earth

By James MaloneyOverwhelmed By The Spirit

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

978-0768403572, $ 15.99, 2013, 160 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Practical Principles and Applications for Experiencing the Empowerment of the Holy Spirit

James Maloney is a gifted communicator, an expressive story teller, and an articulate writer.  I was emotionally touched and moved with compassion as I read his vivid descriptions of physical suffering and the plight of the diseased and infirmed in hopeless circumstances. Humanly speaking, doomed to more horrific suffering and death.

Overwhelmed by the Spirit offers hope to the suffering and a challenge to the reader; to take action and join him in unlocking the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit available within and to do His work. This is strong theological teaching on the Holy Spirit, well documented, from a Charismatic tradition, with practical principles and application that cross over any denominational lines. I appreciated the scholarly presentation at an academic level that will be appreciated by theologians, yet written with clarity easily understandable at a layman’s level.

The book details the progression of the Maloney’s ministry and takes him to a new understanding of what it means to manifest the sonship of God and to allow Christ full reign in his life. Consistent with his testimony and with Biblical teaching James helps the reader discover their gift and calling, experience supernatural experiences in their lives, to walk in the miraculous, and to lead others to Christ.

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

Fearless: 90 Days to Eliminating Fear from Your Life by Joe Pileggi – A Book Review


fearkessFearless – 90 Days to Eliminating Fear from Your Life

By Joe Pileggi

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

978-0768403305, $ 16.99, 2013, 304 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Finding Courage in a World Plagued by Fear

Unresolved fears today are as prevalent as in the days of Moses, David, Job, and throughout Israel’s history. God gave Israel a choice, return to Him for salvation and rest or continue to look to Egypt for their security. The prophet Isaiah, inspired by God, wrote this reassuring promise, “…in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength;” then he added this admonition “and ye would not.”  God offers us this same promise. The choice is ours.

In the book Fearless Joe Pileggi provides the reader with a 90 day devotional plan designed to eliminate the fears facing us in today’s tumultuous world, a world plagued by fear. Joe challenges the reader to let go of the false security of the world system to embrace the promises of God to remove our fears and comfort us in our afflictions.

Whether in the midst of chaos or crisis, fear of failure and ridicule, in times of bondage and slavery to addictions, or in fear of personal failure God offers the reader the promise of hope, through turning to him.

Fearless – 90 Day to Eliminating Fear from Your Life delivers a message based on scripture and from personal experience that unlocks the door to a lifestyle of security, peace, and victory.

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

Just One More Thing…Before You Leave Home by David and Bernice Gudgel – A Book Review


Just One More ThingJust One More Thing: Before You Leave Home

By: David and Bernice Gudgel

Create Space

9781484820582, $ 11.99, 2013, 252 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Unique Perspective on Parental Counseling – Preparing Your Teen for Independence

 

Just One More Thing: Before You Leave Home is the result of the concerted efforts of David and Bernice Gudgel; originally used as a unique approach they used as they “counseled” their oldest son during his senior year in high school. The concept incorporates 30 chapters divided into 10 important topical themes emphasizing Biblical principles and practical guidelines.

 

The book is made of up stories, various viewpoints, and topics for interaction in helping the teen understand and develop their worldview, financial independence, prioritizing their time, their career choices, and moral issues. Guidelines for making good choice for maintaining sexual purity, dealing with disappointment, and the importance of developing their spiritual life are also considered.

 

The format of the book adds to the value of the material. Charts, illustrations and interactive exercises help the reader identify with, understand, and assimilate the importance of each of the principles considered.

 

David served on the staff of Walk Thru the Bible Ministries for 25 years. He currently is the lead pastor of the Bridges, a California community church, and has authored four books. He and his wife Bernice are the parents of three adult children. They share from their experiences in parenting, Biblical principles, and common sense, to provide the reader with practical advice to teens to help them move from living at home to the reality of life beyond high school.

 

Highly recommended; I suggest you get two copies, one for the parents and one for your teen.

 

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

Life Outside the Matrix -A Journey into the Supernatural Faith Lifestyle by Venetia Carpenter – A Book Review


Life Outside the MatrixLife outside the Matrix – A Journey into the Supernatural Faith Lifestyle

By: Venetia Carpenter

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

978-076840359-6, $ 14.99, 2013, 158 pages

Reviewed by: Richard R. Blake,

Unplugged from the Temporal – Connected to the Supernatural

Life outside the Matrix is Venetia Carpenter’s story. In response to Jesus’ invitation Venetia quit her job, spent extended time in prayer, recorded the lessons she learned in a journal, rested and trusted in Him (Jesus) for all her finances. This is her account of obedience, trusting, and learning to walk in supernatural realms of faith.

Venetia describes the details of adopting a lifestyle of faith that does not look at our circumstances but is based on the word of Jesus alone; a lifestyle that does not come from a attitude of the heart which causes fear, but looks to previous faith encounters for assurance that Jesus was, still is, and will provide for every need.

 Carpenter’s journey of faith is engaging drawing the reader into a vicarious experience; is easily understandable, is believable, and is encouraging, filled with scriptural promises accessible to every believer.

Life outside the Matrix – A Journey into the Supernatural Faith Lifestyle buoys the spirits of the reader; inviting them to step out in faith and join her in seeing miracles released, and in experiencing a new norm in supernatural living Aduring these critical times.

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

 

Where Are The Christians? The Unrealized Potential of a Divided Religion – A Book Review


Where Are the ChristiansWhere are the Christians? The Unrealized Potential of a Divided Religion
By: Eric Shuster
Plain Sight Publishing, 2373 W. 700 S, Springfield, Utah 84663
978-1462112067, $ 21.99, 2013, 306 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
 
The Changing Nature, Dynamics, and Impact of Christianity in the Modern World

In his book Where are the Christians? Eric Shuster presents a scholarly survey, giving a panoramic overview and analysis of the history of the Christian Church. At a time when moral principles, cultural ideologies, and individual worldviews are being challenged Shuster calls for intellectual integrity and Christian compassion to examine The Unrealized Potential of a Divided Religion (the subtitle of the book.)

Shuster draws heavily from the writings of Paul Johnson’s comprehensive and highly revered book The History of Christianity. Although he skillfully models the scholarly presentation of Johnson and is genuinely engaging he lacks Johnson’s gentle sensitivity and objectivity.

Other reviewers have thoroughly covered the content and intent of Shuster’s work. I will neither try to replicate, nor challenge their evaluations. It is hoped that as you consider each review you will better understand Shuster’s intent and passion for the cause of Christianity. Be sure to avail yourself of the companion workbook which provides a framework for additional individual or group study and reflection.

Shuster is to be commended for the thorough research and impeccable documentation of his work. The quality of the content, binding, cover, print, and format of the book insure that Where are the Christians? will have a permanent and prominent place in my reference library.

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

Questions Writers Ask – Wise, Whimsical, and Witty Answers from the Pros by Karen Speerstra – A Book Review


Questions Writers AskQuestions Writers Ask: Wise, Whimsical, and Witty Answers from the Pros
By: Karen Speerstra
Robert D. Reed Publishers, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, OR 97411
978-1934759325, $ 16.95, 2010, 312 pages
Reviewed By Richard R. Blake

Age Old Questions Writer’s Ask – Fresh Contemporary Answers

“Questions Writers Ask” is a surprising gift, a compilation of nearly 6,000 quotations addressing questions asked by real writers. Karen Speerstra has been painstakingly scrupulous in her task of gathering and selecting the quotes for this project.

Writers from the past some contemporaries, well known greats, recognized authors, and a number of upcoming more recent writers provide bits of wisdom, wit, insight and advice participating in a worldwide forum in dialog across an imaginary common table.

Using a conversational approach, Karen presents fresh writing insights and small gems of wisdom explaining why writers write, practical ideas on play writing, poetry, comedy and satire. The quotes she uses are often funny, sometimes profound, and always enlightening or entertaining.

Among the twenty topics covered in the book, I personally appreciated the information on editors and publishers, the thoughts on handling criticism, and where writers get their ideas. I plan to implement many of the thoughts on personal writing: journals, diaries, and memoir. Getting started and facing up to writer’s blocks were also very helpful. The chapter on writing specifically for children and adolescents is packed with information and inspiration.

Karen is the perfect one to compile this book. Her thirty year career in publishing encompasses writing, acquisitions, newspaper columns, curriculum writing, and developmental editing.

“Questions Writers Ask” is destined to become a classic. I am adding it to my own permanent library to be read and re-read often for sheer enjoyment.

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

The Adventure of Supernatural Discovery by Michael Kaylor – A Book Revieew


The Adventyure of Supernatural DiscoveryThe Adventure of Supernatural Discovery – A Handbook on Receiving Divine Encounters
By: Michael Kaylor
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-0768403655, $ 14.99, 2013, 160 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Normal Christian Living Redefined

The Adventure of Supernatural Discovery – A Handbook on Receiving Divine Encounters is made up of accounts of Kaylor’s personal encounters with God, testimonies and inspiring stories describing supernatural transformation, miracles, and illustrating the power available through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Michael Kaylor encourages the reader to move beyond the “norm” to experience a new norm through the same vibrant encounters with the Living Christ as experienced by the disciples in the early church. In the chapter titled simply “Bam” tells of the outpouring of God in Belem, Brazil where Michael and his wife Cherrie were ministering with Randy Clark, founder of Global Awakening. Michael relates an encounter with God that has forever changed his life and ministry.

Key guidelines are quickly identified with “compass icons” used to emphasize guidelines vital to the adventurous journey of discovery, unexplainable joy, life changing divine appointments, prophetic dreams and visions, and other supernatural encounters.

Michael Kaylor writes with simplicity and boldness, with confidence, compassion, and conviction. Michael uses a combination of Biblical teaching, positive affirmations, and supernatural events to illustrate “God’s extravagant abundance.” Some of these events are almost unimaginable, unbelievable, but definitely supernatural. This is a book for the individual with a hunger for God, willing to pursue and embrace the abundant life that Christ offers. An amazing account of the discovery and adventure of supernatural living.

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

Praying for Your Addicted Loved One 90 In 90 by Sharron K. Cosby


Prayer for Your Addicted Loved OnePraying For Your Addicted Loved One 90 In 90
By: Sharron K. Cosby
BookJolt LLC
P. O. Box 1619, Auburn, Washington 98071
978-1624800719, $ 14.99, 2013, 296 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Restoration Is Promised – A Parallel Journey

Praying for Your Addicted Loved One 90 in 90 offers a message of hope to individuals caught up in an addiction of self-destruction and to the family members and loved sharing in the accompanying suffering, pain, and hurt.

The 90 in 90 parallels the model set by 12 step programs encouraging addicts to attend 90 meetings in 90 days. Readers are encouraged to read these daily devotionals over the same period of 90 days as an evidence of support.

Sharron Cosby shares in an honest transparency shares and insight into struggling with the addiction of a family member and examples of how others facing the same seemingly hopelessness they faced. Each of the daily devotionals include a promise or challenge from the scripture a brief narrative, a daily prayer, and a directed question for further thought or reflection with space provided for recording a personal response.

These messages of hope and encouragement offer helpful guidance in areas of:

• The process of relinquishment, restoration, and redemption
• Identifying with the anguish of the brokenhearted those crushed by a spirit of hopelessness
• Finding release and liberation from bondage to a life of wholeness
• A step by step road to recovery, a day by day road map for living
• A process for redirecting behavior
• Suggested guidelines for personalizing the scriptures

Praying for Your Addicted Loved One 90 in 90 provides a roadmap to restoration and with signposts for the journey.

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