The Fight of Your Life – Manning Up to the Challenge of Sexual Purity By Tim Clinton and Mark Laaser A Book Review


The Fight of Your Life – Manning Up to the Challenge of Sexual Purity

By Tim Clinton and Mark Laaser

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

978-0768406993, $ 15.99, 2015, 240 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Conquering the Bondage of Sexual Addiction – Finding Freedom, Integrity, and Purity

Tim Clinton, Ed. D. and Mark Laaser, M.Div., Ph.D. alert the reader to the sobering reality of the devastating role of pornography on the breakdown of Christian marriages, families, churches, and friendships in the book “The Fight of Your Life – Manning Up to the Challenge of Sexual Purity.”

The book discusses strategies for conquering the strongholds that lead to the bondage of sexual addiction; the biological, emotional, and spiritual consequences of these strongholds, the principles of accountability, healing, and restoring broken relationships.

Story and metaphor used for illustrations help the reader identify with cycle of addiction, the things that accompany the feelings of guilt, shame, emptiness, and loneliness. The central message of God’s love, grace, and forgiveness give the reader hope for the future.

The book contains shocking statistics on the impact of the internet over the last 15 to 20 years. Thorough research and careful documentation add to the credibility of the book. Extensive resource lists are provided for additional reinforcement, reading, and study.  “Strategy” or “Action” exercises and thought provoking questions for reflection and practical application are included throughout the book for added emphasis.

Dr. Clinton and Dr. Laaser are highly recognized as men of faith and for their work in Christian counseling, mental health issues, sexual health and addiction.  “The Fight of Your Life – Manning Up to the Challenge of Sexual Purity” is a timely and important wake up call for men of all ages. Must reading for pastors, counselors, and youth leaders.

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

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House on Fire – Revival Begins in the Home by Antonio and Christelle Baldovinos


House on Fire – Revival Begins in the Home

By: Antonio and Christelle Baldovinos

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

978-0768406795, $ 15.99, 2015, 248 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Wake Up Call to Alert Christians to the Impact of Today’s Secular Society on Our Homes, Our Children, and on Future Generations

Antonio and Christelle Baldovinos alert the reader of extent the inroads the secular society has made into our homes and how we are being assaulted with the deceit and lies of world views that are contrary to God’s ways. In their book “House on Fire – Revival Begins in the Home” the Baldovinos review God’s intended chain of authority within a marriage and family relationships from a biblical perspective.

Drawing from personal experience and scriptural instruction they discuss pointers for maintaining a thriving marriage, effective parenting, and building in the lives of their children preparing; them for adulthood, marriage, and establishing homes of their own.

The pages are filled with examples of how to incorporate a successful marriage with parenting and ministry; and describe what it means to build a prophetic home in a New Testament culture.

“House on Fire – Revival Begins in the Home” is a timely wake up call to Christian parents. Antonio and Christelle write with profound insight, share powerful examples, and practical pointers for maintaining a thriving marriage and a successful family. The book is ideal for use in small community Bible study groups, family devotions, or adult Bible fellowships in a church setting.

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

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Prevail – Discover Your Strength in Hard Places by Cindy Trimm – A Book Review


Prevail – Discover Your Strength in Hard Places

By Cindy Trimm

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

978-0768406733, $ 21.99, 2015, 206 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Results of the Refining Work of Trials, Set Backs, and Challenges

Best-selling author Cindy Trimm known for her reputation as a catalyst of change uses the metaphor of the diamond in her book “Prevail” to challenge her readers to  “Discover Your Strength in Hard Places.” She looks at twenty-four facets of life as she guides the reader through: the seasons of life’s struggles, chronic relational issues, life skills, making wise choices, learning through failure, and broadening the capacity, to inspire change.

From chapter one titled “Clarify” to the final chapter “Complete” or “Finish Well” the book is filled with inspiration, motivation, and instruction, on character development, making wise choices, and pursuing God’s best.

I found the challenge to clarify the values I consider as non-negotiable and the chapter on the power of perspective particularly interesting. The daily declarations and confessions of faith provide short powerful reminders of the valuable lessons learned from the book and serve as a resource for ongoing assimilation and application of these powerful principles. Each of these declarations is keyed to a correlating scripture promise or life practice which adds another dimension to these affirmations.

This a book you will want to read, reread, recommend to your peers, and keep an extra copy on hand for impromptu giving or for gifts for special occasions. Highly recommended.

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

The Modern Fig Leaf, Uncovering Your True Identity, by Pablo Giacopelli – A Book Review


The Modern Fig Leaf – Uncovering Your True Identity

By: Pablo Giacopelli

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

978-0768407143, $ 16.99, 2015, 252 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Authentic Christian Living – Discovering the Real You through a Heart Relationship with the Savior

Pablo Giacopelli invites the reader to join him on his spiritual journey; one that is taking him on a path to learning to live from his heart; fully integrated with his humanity and his mind.  In Part I of the book he builds the foundation to show why living from the heart is so important to our journey. In Part II Pablo becomes vulnerable as he shares a true account of who he is, as he lives out this new reality.

Each chapter ends with a prayer and a point of action. These became a high point of my reading experience, as I was moved to reflect on what I had read and to intentionally contemplate specific actions I could take; that would move me from trying to live out a performance based religion to move beyond man made rules to fully experience the peace and happiness that God has placed within me.

One thing that makes “The Modern Fig Leaf” so unique is Pablo’s eagerness to put aside all pretenses and the masks he has been wearing to share the lessons he has been learning about living from a loving heart relationship. The reality of his personal relationship with God comes across as he respectfully, lovingly addresses the heavenly father simply as “Dad.”

“The Modern Fig Leaf – Uncovering Your True Identity” will open the spiritual eyes of the reader to a new perspective of living life in the reality of the “now,” while discovering a new and deeper heart relationship with Abba Father.

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

Power To Deliver – A Guide to spiritual Warfare and Freedom by Stephen Beauchamp – A Book Review


Power to Deliver: A Guide to Spiritual Warfare and Freedom

By: Stephen Beauchamp

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

978-07868407167, $ 15.99, 2015, 204 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

The Power of God Demonstrated – A Paradigm for Christian Living

In his book “Power to Deliver: A Guide to Spiritual Warfare and Freedom” Stephen Beauchamp relates the story of a radical encounter with Jesus at the time of his salvation and of how he was miraculously delivered from demonic bondage by the power of the Holy Spirit. He tells of his years of training in deliverance ministry at the Brownsville Revival School of Ministry and his three month internship ministry in Paris, France. He has since gained over ten years of experience in deliverance ministry and currently serves as director of Prophetic Healing and Deliverance training at the International House of Prayer University in Kansas City, Missouri. He equips leaders and pastors with solid ministry tools for strengthening their pastoral and deliverance ministries.

Beauchamp carefully develops and defines the meaning of “power” in the Biblical context and establishes evidence for a theology of present day operation of the gifts of the Spirit, the nature and character of God, and manifestations of the Spirit.

In the final chapters of the book Beauchamp looks at the reality of spiritual warfare, demonic strongholds, and operating in a deliverance ministry. He helps the reader understand their identity in Christ: as sons and daughters of God, as the bride of Christ, and as the priesthood of believers. He writes with clarity, transparency, integrity, sensitivity and authority.

“Power to Deliver: A Guide to Spiritual Warfare and Freedom” is a written for anyone seeking spiritual health, wholeness, and restoration. This is a book you will want to revisit frequently to review insights and perspectives on spiritual warfare and to pursue the power of God for your calling to deliverance ministry.

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

Unhealthy Anonymous: Exposing the Greatest Threat to Your Health and Happiness by Dr. Pete Sulack – A Book Review


Unhealthy Anonymous – Exposing the Greatest Threat to Your Health and Happiness

By: Dr. Pete Sulack

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

978-0768406887, $ 15.99, 2015, 200 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

12 Simple Steps to Recapture Your Health

“Unhealthy Anonymous – Exposing the Greatest Threat to Your Health and Happiness” is made up of twelve steps to silence stress systematically by using a new paradigm of health balancing proper nutrition, attitude, rest, and movement. Dr. Pete Sulack introduces homeostasis as a process to fight disease by maintaining a state of balance in the internal system with the interaction of the body as a whole.

Illustrations from people who have benefited from their association with “Unhealthy Anonymous” exemplify the importance of: identifying our stress, the advantages of connecting with others, and choosing the right strategies. I found the wake up calls within each chapter to be very enlightening. They reinforce  the specific steps being addressed within the chapter.

The book helped me get a new perspective and deeper understanding of the importance of genetics, the environment, detoxifying, and the significance of incorporating organic foods in the diet, and their impact on neutralizing the stress that can destroy your health.

“Unhealthy Anonymous – Exposing the Greatest Threat to Your Health and Happiness” is an important book for anyone wanting to live healthy who is willing to implement these simple steps in exchange for unhealthy habits to recapture good health.

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

The Dark Side of the supernatural by Brynne Larson – A Book Review


The Dark Side of the Supernatural

By: Brynne Larson

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

978-0768407082, $ 14.99, 2015, 160, Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Glimpse into the Dangers of the Paranormal for Today’s Millennial Generation

Through powerful stories of deliverance from the misery of years of spiritual oppression Brynne Larson offers hope and healing for victims caught up in experimentation in the unseen world of the paranormal, Her book “The Dark Side of the Supernatural” reveals the evil strongholds present in pop culture, and warns of  the dangers of the occult, supernatural curses, witchcraft, and spell casting.

Throughout her childhood Brynne traveled with her father, Bob Larson, well known for his worldwide ministry in combatting the occult, Satanism, while exposing and exorcising demons. From the front row of these events Brynne observed her father as he drove back the darkness of the evil and demonic influence pervading society today. At age sixteen Brynne met the challenge of her father’s calling and became an active participant in exorcising a demon from a close friend. Over the next five years Brynne continued in the work and has responded to God’s call to openly battle the evil influencing many of her peers; to become a “spiritual culture warrior.”

Brynne’s writes with conviction and passion. Her message is timely and important. Her writing is articulate and relevant.

“The Dark Side of the Supernatural” is dedicated to today’s Millennials; a clarion call to beware of the dangers of fascination with magical mystical beings, vampires, shape shifters, werewolves, and demons. Brynne Larson invites the reader to recognize that we are spiritual beings intended to delight in God’s Holy presence.

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

Inked for Eternity: Living in the Light of Heaven on Earth, by Roxanne Wermuth with Peter Lundell


Inked for Eternity – Living in the Light of Heaven on Earth
By: Roxanne Wermuth with Peter Lundell
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-0768407419, $ 15.99, 2015, 158 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

An Inspiring Testimony of a Near Death Experience – A Vision of God’s Waiting Room in Heaven

Caught up in cycle of family abuse Roxanne Wermuth becomes driven to succeed. In an attempt to prove her worthiness she allowed her “Type A” personality and her fierce career ambition to become an obsession as she climbed the ladder of success to a lucrative position in the corporate world of sales.

Roxanne describes the years of her childhood, the verbal and physical abuse. She tells of the anger, hatred, low self-esteem, depression and of her thoughts of suicide. She relates incidents of her childhood friends, her mother’s love, bonding with her brother, her first romance, and of her early exposure to church, the message of a personal God, the importance of making right choices, and of the long range impact of her father’s verbal abuse on her development even into adulthood.

Complete exhaustion and a visit to her doctor led to a diagnosis of chronic progressive multiple sclerosis. After years of pain, hospital stays, and medical leaves from her employment; in a severe attack Roxanne entered a twenty-four hour comatose condition. She tells of an out of body experience and a foretaste of seeing the “outskirts” of heaven during the coma.

In telling her story Roxanne is candid; revealing the extremes of her struggles with the accepting the excruciating pain, and the negative impact of Multiple sclerosis on her body, her emotions, her personality, and of her self-centered pity.

Collaborator writer/author Peter Lundell captures Roxanne’s change in perspective, after her heaven experience. He describes her new passion for life and the joy of sharing lessons she learned through adversity.
The brilliance of the colorful flowers Roxanne glimpsed in the meadow on her brief visit to the “outskirts of heaven” are now indelibly inked onto her scalp as a testimony of God’s love and a reminder to put eternity into proper perspective.

Roxanne’s story is being used to restore hope and inspiration to those struggling with chronic illness, broken relationships, anger, and depression. A remarkable story of courage and transformation.

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

How Can These Things Be? A Preacher and a Miracle Worker but Denied Heaven – A Book Review


How Can These Things Be? A Preacher and a Miracle Worker but Denied Heaven

By: Dr. Bill Hamon

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 172587, 978-0768409031, $ 15.99, 2015, 224 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Understanding God’s Plan for Redemption, Righteous Living, and Fellowship

Bishop Bill Hamon helps the reader answer the question “How Can These Things Be? – A Preacher and a Miracle Worker but Denied Heaven” in his book by this same title. He begins by clarifying some important keys to understanding basic Christian theology: God’s purpose in creating man, the doctrine of sin, the prophecies of Jesus Christ, His plan for the Church, and the importance of the bodily resurrection.

He goes on to expose some of the most controversial issues facing the church today by identifying true and false ministers, prophets, and ministries. He uses specific examples in light of Scriptural teaching to warn the reader of the danger of deception and helps them recognize strange doctrine and the spirit of error.

Bishop Hamon’s work is well organized, solid in content, presented in a reader friendly format, and written in layman’s terms for easier understanding. I personally enjoyed his use of topical headings within the chapters, his frequent use of alliteration, and his use of lists, for example: “The Ten M s for Maturing and Maintaining ministry,” and “Eight Major Reasons God Created Man.”

Bishop Hamon is an anointed Bible teacher, a natural communicator, and a gifted prophetic minister. “How Can These Things Be? A Preacher and a Miracle Worker but Denied Heaven” is a Clarian call to Christians today to avoid false teachers, deceptive doctrine, and to discern truth, a timely and important message.

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

The Fire that Never Sleeps – Keys for Sustaining Personal Revival, A Book Review


The Fire That Never Stops: Keys for Sustaining Personal Revival

By: Michael L. Brown and John Kilpatrick with Larry Sparks

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768407181, $ 15.99, 2015, 256 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Igniting and Maintaining Personal Revival – Nourishing Your First Love and Passion for Jesus

Larry Sparks skillfully teams up with authors Dr. Michael L. Brown and apostolic leader John Kilpatrick to adapt and apply the stories, insights and principles gleaned from their writings to produce “The Fire That Never Stops: Keys for Sustaining Personal Revival.”

After reading the forward by Jack Hayford and the endorsements of a number of international Christian leaders I knew I was in for a rich reading experience. I was not disappointed.

This is a remarkable work on the history of revival over the last 100 years and its impact on the American Church. The authors have captured the passion of personal renewal by applying spiritual lessons learned from the insights of revivalists and visionaries, including: Charles Wesley, Charles Finney, William Booth, George Whitfield Leonard Ravenhill, Vance Havner, A. W. Tozer, and D. L. Moody.

Although much of the book is uniquely Pentecostal and Charismatic in appeal Christians from mainline denominations, and evangelicals will benefit from these examples of the spiritual awakenings led by these men.

A unique feature embraced by the authors of this book is a respect for the dramatic conversions, conviction of sin, tears of repentance, and uncontrolled emotion manifest by people smitten by the Holy Spirit as they received, deliverance, healing, and salvation during these services. The resultant agonies and commotions were accepted as a natural part of the “outpouring of the Holy Spirit” in the revival setting.

The authors are genuine and passionate in their writing; they are expressive, and inspiring. The work is carefully researched and well documented.

“The Fire That Never Stops: Keys for Sustaining Personal Revival” is a book for anyone hungering for more of Jesus, His power, His strength, and desirous of living a Spirit filled life.

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