The New Lady in Waiting by Jackie Kendall with Debby Jones – A Book Review

The New Lady in WaitingThe New Lady in Waiting – Becoming God’s Best While Waiting for Mr. Right
By: Jackie Kendall and Debby Jones
Destiny Image Publishing, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310
978-0768403978, $ 16.99, 2014, 236 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

All New Insights for Finding God’s Best in a Changing Culture Influenced by Social Media, Reality TV, and Multiple Media Services

“The New Lady in Waiting” reexamines the transferable concepts which have been so helpful and encouraging to over a million women in the original edition of Lady in Waiting. The authors have added fresh new insights for a new generation of readers. This is an important book for readers today faced with the challenges of a changed and changing culture at a time when core Christian values are being challenged by public opinion and influenced by Reality TV entertainment and Social Media.

The focus on finding fulfillment for the longing of the heart through a relationship with Jesus continues to be the focus of the book. Lessons are taken from the example Ruth in the Old Testament. Kendall identifies ten qualities of a godly woman. Each chapter includes powerful teaching, hands-on illustrations, and reflective questions for contemplation and application.

Kendall’s writing is entertaining, forthright, candid, and compelling. Principles are relevant, Biblically based, practical and workable. She is a gifted story teller and has included dozens of unforgettable short stories taken from real life.

“The New Lady in Waiting” is for every woman, regardless of age or station in life who wants to fulfill God’s purpose and find His best. Highly recommended.

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


Total Turnaround – 12 Keys to Breakthrough in Every Area of Your Life by Danette Joy Crawford – A Book review

Total TurnaroundsTotal Turnaround – 12 Keys to Breakthrough in Every Area of Your Life
By: Danette Joy Crawford
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
9780768404081, $ 15.99, 2014, 266 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Twelve Tested Turnaround Keys for Radical Breakthrough

In her book “Total Turnaround” Danette Joy Crawford carefully presents a program for getting break though in every area of life emphasizing twelve Turnaround Keys.

These keys provide a plan for change in a natural progression that leads to a continuous communion with the Father and an all-encompassing experience with Him, a dynamic prayer life, and a mindset of faith, hope and expectation, and a life of righteousness.

Crawford uses examples of men and women of faith from the scriptures, compelling illustrations from her personal experiences, to reinforce the principles of each of the twelve keys. The “Points to Ponder” section in each chapter gives the reader an opportunity to review the Turnaround Key introduced, compare and memorize related scriptures, and reflect on God’s intent for personal application or action.

I appreciated Crawford’s careful word choices, the way her essential message is true to the scriptures, and sensitivity to the needs of her reader. Crawford is an anointed teacher, a gifted communicator. Her passion for her message resonates on every page.

“Total Turnaround” is a dynamic step by step plan for change with a message for everyone who desires a deeper relationship with the Savior.

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



The Illusion of More – The Trick to Finding Faith in a World of Deception – By Harris III and Barton Green

The Illusion of MoreThe Illusion of More – The Trick to Finding Faith in World of Deception
By: Harris III with Barton Green
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-0768404043, $ 12.99, 2014, 114 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Lucifer’s Tactics, Trickery, and Deception

Master illusionist Harris III collaborates with Barton Green in this remarkable story of Lucifer’s illusion that he could become equal with God. He shows how Satan formed the seed thoughts in Eve’s mind of separation, fear, deception, doubt, and the illusion of being satisfied with more.

Harris uses the principles of magic and the art of illusion to demonstrate how easily we are deceived by our perception of the things we think we see. He helps the reader get a new perspective on Satan’s tactic of deception. He helps the reader discover the secret of finding peace and satisfaction through truth, “dispelling all doubt, removing all fear… and the illusion of more.”

Whenever I read a book focusing on spiritual growth, I like to determine the author’s intended take away and then adapt it for personal application. Harris provides a tool for this through the use of reflective questions at the end of each chapter. These profound questions can be soul searching, and life changing. I found the thought provoking summary sentences worthy of reflection, application, and assimilation.

Harris is a gifted story teller. He is articulate, writes with simplicity and clarity, as he uncovers Satan’s fraud to reveal truth. “The Illusion of More” is highly endorsed by recognized Christian ministry leaders

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


Shift Your Brilliance by Simon T. Bailey – A Book Review

Shift Your Brilliance – Harness the Power of You, Inc.
By: Simon T. Bailey
Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Blueprint for Audacious Living

Award winning author and Leadership Catalyst, Simon T. Bailey challenges his readers to take seven action steps that will help them “shift into drive” and accelerate them on the road to achieving personal success. These seven practical principles are presented in a format which can be restated to become positive affirmations, action steps, or guidelines for writing a personal mission statement.

Bailey helps the reader see and understand things in a new fresh way enabling them to focus energy more effectively through futuristic thinking. I appreciated Bailey’s openness and honest self-appraisal in the incidents, examples, and illustrations taken from his own life lessons which re-enforce his unique insights and power principles.

“Shift Your Brilliance” came to my attention at a time when I had reached a plateau, an impasse between being liberated from the limitations of my past and a readiness to make a deeper commitment to step out of my comfort zone to shift from average to a more meaningful new significance.” Simon Bailey provided the impetus and motivation I needed to take a risk, free myself to live my future now by following my heart to “own the moment.”

Bailey’s writing is innovative with a creative spark that infuses an infectious brilliance in the reader. Highly motivational; a must read for leaders in business, government, education, and in the church community.

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

Hollywood Behow the Line – A Prop Master’s Perspective by Steven M. Levine – Book Review

Hollywood From Below the Line

Hollywood From Below the Line: A Prop Master’s Perspective

By: Steven M. Levine

Robert D.  Reed Publishers, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon 97411

978-1934759851, $ 14.95, 2014, 180 Pages

Reviewed by: Richard R. Blake

An Entertaining and Informative Inside Look at Hollywood from the View of a Prop Master

Steven M. Levine, a Hollywood prop master takes the reader behind the scenes of the mystique and glamor of Hollywood to reveal the role of the on-set life of a crew member.

He begins with a description of the job of prop master with an interesting story of his father’s career and of how he was challenged to follow in his footsteps. This background includes the history and scope of prop house rental services. He tells of the progression and evolution of the job expectations and goes on to develop a careful detailed description of the prop master’s job from the first script review to the final “wrap up.”

A photo section includes a timeline of Steven’s career of 39 years. He highlights photos taken while working with some of Hollywood’s greats while working on award winning films including: Airplane 1979, Cocoon 1984, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure 1985, and Apollo 13 in 1995. He also shares experiences from his television work including the series True Blood. He had many opportunities in episodic and pilot projects from 1980 through 2012.

“Hollywood From Below the Line: A Prop Master’s Perspective” is well written, informative, highly entertaining, poignant, and often humorous.

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




The Devil Walks in Mattingly by Billy Coffey – A Book Review

The Devil Walks in MattinglyThe Devil Walks in Mattingly

By: Billy Coffey

Thomas Nelson Publishing Company, 501 Nelson Place, Nashville, TN 37214

978-1401688226, $ 15.99, 2014, 392 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

A Haunting Tale of Mystery, Small Town Secrets, Regrets and Redemption

“The Devil Walks in Mattingly” encourages the reader to identify with key characters disillusioned by the crippling impact of the darkness of regret, the insecurity of self-doubt, and the struggle to move forward after the death of Philip Mc Bride.

Author Billy Coffey left me with a lingering sense of reliving my own past shedding light on events, thought long forgotten, and their dramatic impact on my personal choices, core values, their limitations on my accomplishment and their inspiration leading to current successes, self-worth, and healthy relationships.

Coffey writes with a n intensity and conviction that reaches deep into the heart, producing self-revelation, higher aspirations, a stronger sense of commitment to purpose, and a better understanding of God’s grace,  forgiveness, and redemption.


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