One Season of Hope by Jim Stovall – A Book Review


One Season of Hope, By: Jim Stovall – Best Selling Author

Sound Wisdom Publishers, 167 Walnut Rd, Shippensburg, PA 17257978-9780768407129, $ 19.99, 2014, 200 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Dramatic Story of Courage and Hope – Inspiring Teamwork and Sportsmanship

Bestselling author Jim Stovall’s “One Season of Hope” is the first in a series of books and movies featuring historical homecomings. In this inspiring novel Stovall combines human discernments, historical events and unforgettable characters.

Truman High School’s Glen Fullerton, coach of the Truman High Eagles, is being honored at his retirement dinner, after a 42 year career as coach and history teacher, at Truman High in Springfield, Missouri, the birthplace of President Harry S. Truman.

Throughout the evening, Coach Fullerton relives highlights from his career, championship games, trophies won, games lost, and the possibilities, potential achievements and disappointments of some of his key players.

Through imaginary conversations with President Harry S. Truman, at the foot of a life-sized statue of  the President, (fondly referred to as Harry), Coach Fullerton gained insight into the process Truman used in the decisions he faced during the course of his career, and in the climatic days of of World War II. These dialogues with the president helped Fullerton face strategic decisions throughout his coaching and teaching career.

One particular season stands out in his reflections, fondly remembered as the season of hope, which centered on Bradley Hope; a victim of Ewing’s Sarcoma, Bradley’s story is a tribute to his spirit, of courage, purpose, and hope.

Riveting suspense builds to a climax that keeps the reader awestruck through play-by- play accounts of action “under the lights.” Stovall’s choice of strong positive words encourage sportsmanship, team building; leaving the reader with life changing inspiration which motivate character traits of teamwork, sportsmanship, self-discipline, resolve, and confidence.

Stovall’s remarkable word pictures and descriptions stimulate emotional involvement. His characters are genuine and believable creating empathy and a bonding with the reader.

This is a book for sports fans, coaches, and achievement motivated readers, and leaders in the community.  This is a book that should be in public and private school libraries. “One Season of Hope” will also be enjoyed by fans of inspirational novels with a historical perspective

Stovall’s flair for using fiction to inspire readers to step up to the plate to unselfishly reach beyond themselves to impact and touch the lives of others within their community is again demonstrate in “One Season of Hope.” His remarkable word pictures, descriptions and identification grip the heartstrings and stimulate emotional involvement of the reader. “One Season of Hope” will be a story long remembered after closing the last page.

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The Prosperous Soul DVD by Cindy Trimm – A Review


The Prosperous Soul DVD Study

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768405200, $ 49.99, 2015, 2 Disc Set

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Choosing a Life of Abundance and Prosper: Spiritually, Emotionally, Intellectually, Physically, Relationally, Vocationally, and Financially

This DVD study includes a two disc set for video teaching for eight sessions. These sessions are led by Dr. Cindy Trimm, filmed in a representative group setting. A Leader’s Guide is included in handy compact plastic kit.

Step by step instructions provide the leader with vision and inspiration for the each of the eight weekly sessions that make up this 40 Day Adventure leading to complete prosperity of the soul. These guidelines include suggestions for group or individual use. The Prosperous Soul book and study guide are also available for individual participants.

Dr. Cindy Trimm is widely recognized as an advocate for cultural change, with a background in government, education, and theology. Dr. Trimm is highly motivated and genuine; she radiates confidence, enthusiasm, and joy. She is a gifted communicator who inspires, motivates, and empowers individuals in well-chosen terms that are easily understood, applicable, and transformational.

I was impressed with Dr. Trimm’s humility, charismatic personality, and anointed teaching. Each fast moving presentation captured my full attention. I am eager to review the DVD series again with book, study guide, and a remote control/pause button in hand to review each of the eight keys to the prospering the Soul: Spiritually, Emotionally, Intellectually, Physically, Relationally, Vocationally, and Financially.

mplimentary copy of this material was made available for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

The Prosperous Soul – Your Journey to a Richer Life by Cindy Trimm – A Book Review


The Prosperous Soul – Your Journey to a Richer Life – By Dr. Cindy Trimm

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc. P. O. Box 310 Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768405167, $ 15.99, 2015, 278 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Transformation Growth Principles for Fulfilling Your Destiny

Dr. Cindy Trimm captures the essence of living in the abundance of a life focused on Christ in her book “The Prosperous Soul – Your Journey to a Richer Life.” She writes to inspire, encourage, and empower the reader to live and love from a pure and prosperous heart.

I was personally challenged to answer some tough questions: What is God’s call on my life? Can I envision His destiny for me? What is my motivation? What drives me? What am I pressing toward? How do I want to “finish well?”

The book is divided into two parts.  Step by step I was able to formulate an action plan for determining answers to my questions as I followed Dr. Trimm’s insightful instructions for initiating a fundament change of heart. (Part one). In Part Two: I was challenged to embrace the “40 principles and practice for a more prosperous life.”

I am eagerly looking forward to completing the Study Guide and devotional Interactive Guide to Living a Richer Life, as well as going through the DVD study that reinforce the principles introduced in this book.

“The Prosperous Soul” is packed with amazing insights, practical instruction, and logical conclusions for finding completeness in each of the eight realms that make up wholeness or wholeheartedness in the Christian Life.

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

Dream Journal, By Bill Johnson – A Book Review


Dream Journal

By: Bill and Beni Johnson, Danny Silk, Banning Liebscher, and Kevin Dedmon

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310 Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768406085, $ 14.99, 2015, 192 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Journal for Recording Your Dreams, Visions, and Prophecies

In recent years I have read and benefited books by each of the contributors to the “Dream Journal,” Bill and Beni Johnson, Danny Silk, Banning Liebscher and Kevin Dedmon. So, I was immediately drawn to this journal. The book is designed to encourage the practice of writing down your dreams and visions and for recording revelations from your quiet times with God.

Each of the authors provide instruction, insight, challenge, and shared experiences on the importance of keeping a dream journal and making it a meaningful resource as you  and pursue God’s leading in light of these exciting prophetic days.

A positive model prayer is provided for beginning your dream journey. Each journal page is lined for easy recording of your personal entry with an inspirational thought, theme to follow, or a suggestion for your writing.

Throughout my spiritual journey I have made a practice of recording highlights from inspirational reading and devotional reflections that have influenced me. These have been in the form of gratitude journals, spiritual journals, God sightings, and various topical 40 day adventures with God.

I have been amazed to find how this practice is helping me recognize the voice of God, keeping me focused on Jesus, as the spirit gives me an awareness of God’s presence, in an attitude of expectation.

“Dream Journal” will be especially helpful for anyone beginning the practice of writing down your dreams as well as those already established in recording their dreams, visions and interpretations.  Highly recommended.

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

40 Days to a Prosperous Soul – Your Interactive Guide to Living a Richer Life, By Cindy Trimm – A Book Report


40 Days to a Prosperous Soul – Your Interactive Guide to Living a Richer Life

By: Dr. Cindy Trimm

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310 Shippensburg, Pa 175257, 978-0768405224, $ 14.99, 2015, 194 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

God’s Divine Plan for a Truly Richer Life and a Prosperous Soul

“40 Days to a Prosperous Soul – Your Interactive Guide to Living a Richer Life” is designed to be a daily devotional companion to the book and curriculum in the Prosperous Soul Series. The daily devotions provide positive reinforcement for continuously, walking in freedom, living authentically, and pursuing a life of wholeness.

The devotionals in this volume are correlated with Part Two of the Prosperous Soul book, and are interactive and action driven. Each day includes a short narrative based on the day’s theme, key suggestions essential for experiencing a richer life, profound interactive questions designed to help the reader make decisive answers the questions: Now What? How do I continue to experience abundance in every area of my life?

Each daily devotional provides an action plan which addresses practical steps for implementing a personal application. I found the days dealing the subjects of: focus, joy, empathy, and purpose especially beneficial.

The “40 Days to a Prosperous Soul – Your Interactive Guide to Living a Richer Life” is a powerful resource tool for prospering in every area of life. Enriching, empowering, and personal.

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

Sooner Than Your Think – A Prophetic Guide to End Times, By Sid Roth – A Book Review


Sooner Than You Think: A Prophetic Guide to the End Times

By Sid Roth

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc. P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 9780768406092, $ 14.99, 2015, 272 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Revelation, Revival, Remnant, and Readiness

Bestselling author, Sid Roth, known internationally for his television program “It’s Supernatural!” brings the writing of twelve highly recognized prophecy teachers in his book “Sooner Than You Think: A Prophetic Guide to the End Times.” The book is a clarion call to watch with vigilance and expectancy at a time when all seems to be getting darker. Roth reminds the reader that God’s desire is to flood us with light so that we might be ready for a great end time’s revival

Paul McGuire leads off with an end time’s preview that reads like fiction. He encourages Christians to take the Bible in one hand and the daily news in the other to find personal peace in the midst of these tumultuous       atimes. L.A. Marzulli looks at the warning of the great deception, the signs of the times, and the similarity of the days of Noah stressing the importance of knowing we are ready.

Sid Stone sheds light on the first and second comings of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, on the feasts of Israel, and revelations into the teaching of the book of Revelation. Mark Biltz goes back to the very beginning to help the reader understand the Biblical calendar with a clear message to be alert and watching for the Lord’s return.

Tom Horn leads the reader through a prophetic maze of prototypes and patterns, Armageddon, and the infiltration of demonic elements into our national identity. Anne Rowen, John Shorey, and Ron Cantor detail the stance taken by the pre-tribulationist, the mid-tribulationist, the great tribulation, and the Anti-Christ. David Brennan and Pat Schatzline interpret teaching of prophecies on the judgments and on the remaining remnant. Dr. Jim Richards challenges the reader to trust God’s promises, to follow Him, and to rely on Him for sustenance throughout these last-days.

Each contributor’s work is well researched, written with authority and presented with clarity. “Sooner Than You Think” is an important study in Eschatology and is worthy of note by every concerned Christian watching for the Lord’s return, inviting them to join others in becoming a part of the coming Last-Days Revival by alerting as many as possible of the salvation provided through Jesus, the promised Messiah, and preparing them for these final days.

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

Overcoming Crisis: The Secrets to Thriving in Challenging Times (Expanded Edition) – A Book Review


Overcoming Crisis: The Secrets to Thriving in Challenging Times (Expanded Edition)

By: Dr. Myles Munroe

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc. P.O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768404791, $ 16.99, 2015, 272 pages

Reviewed by: Richard R. Blake,

In this expanded edition of “Overcoming Crisis: The Secrets to Thriving in Challenging Times.” Dr. Myles Munroe, respected international Christian leader and bestselling author, offers practical advice for converting crisis into opportunity and growth.  He coaches the reader by encouraging them to develop attitudes and principles which will help them reach their true personal potential.

Munroe cuts through to the heart of the matter as he describes the emotional responses to crisis and the resulting consequences. He maintains that management is the number one “Kingdom Key” for overcoming crisis as he explores in detail seven keys for managing crisis. He uses the Old Testament example of the life of Joseph to illustrate these management principles.

Fast moving chapters provide the reader with invaluable guidelines and principles for facing issues of job crisis, family disappointments, and other difficult situations. He then introduces ways for maximizing the benefits of crisis. This expanded edition includes questions for reflection and for personal or group study.

The final chapter entitled “10 Ways to Rise Above Crisis” provide s an added permanence to the value of the book. Like the chorus or last refrain of a song, these thoughts capture the essence of the earlier concepts or truths and should be read and reread often.

Munroe’s writing is Biblically sound, financially practical, and economically feasible. This is a book for reading, reference, referral, study, assimilation and application.

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

 

 

Jesus Culture by Banning Liebscher – A Book Review


Jesus Culture: Calling a Generation to Revival

By Banning Liebscher

Destiny Image Publisher, Inc. P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310

978-0768405378, $ 16.99, 2015, 220 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Revelation, Relevancy, and Reformation for a New Breed of Revivalists

In his book “Jesus Culture: Calling a Generation to Revival” Banning Liebscher begins by describing what a new breed of revivalists looks like and how we are living in the greatest hour of history. He draws lessons from the relationship of Moses’ authority and Joshua’s courage to illustrate the importance of spiritual covering and the power of alignment in ministry. He goes on to introduce the reader to God’s extravagant love and how we can ignite revival fires across the world. He challenges the reader to see the connection of a life of prayer and a life of power. In the final chapters he calls the reader to accept responsibility, and the role of “risk taking” in the realm of the supernatural.

He tells the story of God’s call on his life, of his childhood salvation experience, of a teenage encounter with Jesus, and of being overwhelmed with a sense of gratefulness for God’s presence, of his anointing, and of being captivated with Jesus.

Banning describes a wholehearted consecration to prayer and revival, and of the strong desire to join others for the purpose uniting together on the “brink of a new wave of global revival; fanning the flames of revival” He tells how God used prophetic words, revelation, and dreams to call him to raise up and guide a new breed of revivalists: a generation of anointed revivalists, a remnant raised up to change the course of history.

I was deeply moved by Banning’s articulate/word patterns and fervor as he describes the new revivalist, as burning ones (igniting fires) abiding in the love of Jesus and burning with passion for Him.

The book is filled with wisdom for life, insights into scripture, and keys for successful and victorious living. Banning discusses cultivating God ordained relationships, unity and discernment. Banning brings a message of life changing principles written with authority and passion. Each chapter includes profound questions which stimulate (awaken) self-examination, commitment, and a challenge to wholehearted living

Page after page Banning conveys a sense of urgency for a new focus to individual destiny, and to pursing holiness with a new passion. Banning’s writing draws the reader in with an irresistible power and contagious sense of expectancy. He has convinced me that we are living in “the greatest hour of history.”

“Jesus Culture: Calling a Generation to Revival” is a book for anyone passionately desirous of seeing supernatural power released through their life.

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