Prone to Love by Jason Clark – A Book Review


Prone to LoveProne to Love

By Jason Clark

Destiny Image Publishers Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, Pa 17257, 978-0768442496, $ 15.99, 2014, 224 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

An Invitation to Discover the Miraculous Power of the Heavenly Father’s Love

In his book “Prone to Love” Jason Clark invites the reader to join him in a discovery process; a process in understanding the deeper meaning, the realities, benefits, and expectations available to the child of God. I knew within the first few pages of endorsements, dedication, acknowledgments, and foreword that this was I book I had to read.

Jason clearly recognizes the power of “story.”  A parallel story within the narration includes all the elements of good story telling, and segues into an amazingly profound application message. Jason’s character shine through in his writing; his response  to God the Father’s love, and in his resolve to impact a new generation to become true followers of Jesus and of His Kingdom.

It was ana unexpected pleasure to find an author who resonates with the depth of feeling and sense of anointing as Jason.  Jason’s powerful song lyrics struck melodious chords of joy within me as a sense of God’s presence filled the room causing me to stop often to reflect on another revelation of God the Father’s love.

This book is for anyone who is seriously seeking an increased awareness of their identity as a follower of Christ and or to satisfy a hunger for a deeper relationship with God, the Father.

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

 

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How to Operate in the Gifts of the Spirit by Steven Brooks – A Book Review


How To Operate in the Gifts of the SpiritHow to Operate in the Gifts of the Spirit

By Steven Brooks

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

978-0768442489, $ 15.99, 2014, 190 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Biblical Perspective on the Supernatural Gifts of the Holy Spirit

In his book “How to Operate in the Gifts of the Spirit” Steven Brooks draws from Biblical examples and his personal experiences in ministry to illustrate  the way the Holy Spirit operates in the lives of God’s people as manifest by the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit working through their lives.

 

Brooks is recognized for his skill in preaching and teaching the Word of God with authority and incredible clarity. He has a far reaching International healing ministry and is a top selling author.

 

Brook’s writing is carefully organized and instructive. He classifies the spiritual gifts as the revelation gifts, the power gifts, and the vocal gifts. He goes on to describe and illustrate the manifestation of three spiritual gifts within each classification.

 

This is a comprehensive study. The real life illustrations are about credible everyday people living a lifestyle of operating in the supernatural realm of the Holy Spirit transforming the lives around them, giving honor to Jesus.

 

“How to Operate in the Gifts of the Spirit” is an important guidebook for every believer desiring a manifestation of the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit in their ministry.

 

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

The Future of Us – Your Guide to Prophecy, Prayer, and the Coming Days – A Book Review


The Future of Us – Your Guide to Prophecy, Prayer, and the Coming Days

The Future of Us

By: Julia Loren

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768403367, $ 14.99, 222 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Paradigm Shift – Shaping and Transforming the Future

Julia Loren has compiled writings from over a dozen bestselling authors, recognized for their works in prophetic ministry, radical faith, global missions, spiritual insight, church leadership and international influence in “The Future of Us – Your Guide to Prophecy, Prayer, and the Coming Days.”

The book is made up of three sections: Prophetic Warnings of Disasters to Come; Prophetic Promises Around the World, and How to Change the World. These prophetic messages are designed to bring an awareness and consciousness of the need for preparedness of the global enormousness of natural disasters and the aftermath and impact on people’s lives.

The writers clearly express personal observations, divergent views, clear instruction, warnings, perspective and hope, and preparation practical preparation for earthquakes, hurricanes, solar disturbances, and polar shifts. Julia Loren takes the reader behind the scenes of the plight of refuges of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana inside the shelters. She relates how victims transitioned from shock to anger as they were relocated from shelters to trailer parks.

I found the background of the historical workings of the Holy Spirit and of the progression to the 4th Wave of the Spirit and the chapter on the radical shift within the Body of Christ especially helpful.

“The Future of Us – Your Guide to Prophecy, Prayer, and the Coming Days” is an important preparedness manual for concerned Christians.

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

 

Your Guide to Living Life Out Loud


Your Guide to Living Life Out Loud

By Dave Bell

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

978-0768442618, $ 14.99, 2014, 158 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. BlakeYour Guide to Living Life Out Loud

Seize the Day – Living Life Out Loud

Dave Bell, worship leader, musician, and song writer tells his story in his book “Your Guide to Living Life Out loud.”

In 2003 sixteen year old Dave was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer located on the back of his right eye. Dave was faced with six months of chemotherapy as well intense radiotherapy. Doctors revealed to Dave and his parents that the cancer may take his life, impact his vision, and that the treatments might leave him unable to father children.

Through these traumatic challenges Dave learned early to face the facts, by claiming God’s promises, and embracing the truth. He took an attitude of living life to the full. He sums up his approach to receiving healing as: takingthe right perspective, recognizing the power of faith, accepting the fact that healing is a process, and  that it is a partnership with God and a team from the  medical field.

Helpful healing checklists provide a guide and reminder of the progress of the healing process. Dave also uses the lyrics of songs he has written, collaborated on, or have been helpful to him to bring encouragement and inspiration to the reader.

Bell’s writing style reads like a fast moving adventure story. US readers take note that the author is from the UK to appreciate some unique idioms.

Dozens of photos speak for themselves in telling Dave’s story. Another unique feature of the book is the: Life Out Loud Guide, written by Paul Blundel, and illustrated with artwork created by Anton Fowler.

Dave’s is a positive testimony of finding freedom through battling aggressive cancer by aggressively “Living Life Out Loud.”

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

While the Lambs Slept by Randy Johnson – A Book Review


While the Lambs Slept
By Randy Johnson
WinePress Publishing
P O Box 428, While the Lambs SleptEnumclaw, WA 98022, 978-1414121963, $ 20.99, 2013
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Cutting Edge Suspense Thriller with a Message

Randy Johnson captures the essence of God’s redeeming grace in his novel “While the Lambs Slept.” Johnson skillfully weaves the broken lives of his characters through the steps of forgiveness and acceptance through a building of relationships and establishing community.

Johnson’s personal awareness of law enforcement and parole procedures, and mentoring programs bring credibility and reality to his writing. A complex plot, well developed characters, and sensitivity in handling behavioral issues and social mores add a dimension of inspiration and soul searching reality to this work of fiction.

The writer of Christian fiction is faced with the challenge of writing for three diverse audiences; Christian readers looking for entertainment with an evangelistic slant, the sincere seeker looking for entertainment hoping to find spiritual answers, and the secular reader looking for a well written story.

Many Christian authors pattern their style, physical descriptions, dialog, and language with successful secular authors writing in their genre. They may include a compromised Christian message. Other authors may have all the elements of a good story but become preachy or may take their readers down rabbit trails of theology. Johnson has found a balance by developing character traits that manifest Christian love, forgiveness, and a lifestyle that portrays the virtue of genuine goodness.

“While the Lambs Slept” is a dramatic story, an action packed page turner that elicits empathy, awareness, and a commitment to reach out to broken and hurting individuals with nonjudgmental acceptance.

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

Correctional Chaplains – Keeper of the Cloak by W. Thomas Beckner – A Book Review


ImageCorrectional Chaplains – Keepers of the Cloak

By: W. Thomas Beckner

Capella Press, Orlando, Florida

978-0985107833, $ 24.95, 2012, 178 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Academically Relevant and Practical in Application

“Correctional Chaplains – Keepers of the Cloak” by W. Thomas Beckner is highly endorsed by leaders in Criminal Justice, Correctional Services Agencies, Educators, and Prison Chaplains.

The book is written to help the reader understand the work of the chaplaincy in present-day correctional situations and settings. Beckner begins with a brief history of the correction chaplaincy, the changing role of the chaplain, and the search for a meaningful model. He also introduces the personal, pastoral, administrative opportunity of the position. The goals and results of retribution, rehabilitation, reform, and redemption are reviewed and evaluated.

Beckner discusses psychological and social issues as the root causes that drive irrational behavioral patterns in individuals that lead to a lifestyle of poor choices resulting in criminal acts. Beckner than establishes working core principles and concepts designed for prison chaplains to be used as guidelines for serving the spiritual needs, liberating truth, and freedom from bondage. Beckner’s writing is Biblically based, academically relevant, and practical in application.

W. Thomas Beckner’s “Correctional Chaplains – Keepers of the Cloak” is an important book for chaplains both professional and lay, as well as anyone considering serving in any capacity in the corrections field.

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

Copies of the book are available through the Restorative Justice Ministries Network Store at:  http://rjmntexas.net/store.html