A Treasury of Success Unlimited, edited by OG Mandino – A Book Review


A Treasure of Success Unlimited

Edited by OG Mandino

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257

978-0768408348, $ 15.99, 2016, 236 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, richard330@yahoo.com

Important Proven Success Principles to Help You Become the Person You Want Be

OG Mandino has compiled the best of the articles published in the Success Unlimited magazine published and edited by W. Clement Stone whose own success stories attest to the credibility of the principles set forth in is writing. “A Treasure of Success Unlimited” captures the essence of this highly significant collection of articles designed to motivate and inspire, to instruct and teach, and to help the reader discover and achieve the fulfillment of the principles most applicable to the reader’s personal success goals.

Articles written by these highly successful men often present a variation of similar themes. These include:

  • Learning to use an analysis of your mistakes and the mistakes of others to determine the course of action for moving forward
  • Acknowledge the power of faith
  • Find ways to love people and render them a service
  • Recognize, develop, and use your giftedness and talents
  • Discover the benefits of finding peace of mind, inner security, and  the calm of contentment

I found their true stories, enriching, stirring, and highly motivating.

The Napoleon Hill Foundation continues to encourage and inspire readers to pursue the philosophy, ethics, and success secrets of leaders of the past.  Dream Big! Work Hard! Find Contentment! –  all while serving others.

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

 

 

Real Success – A Handbook for Personal Success and Happiness, by Patrick Mather-Pike


Real Success – A Handbook for Personal Success and Happiness

By: Patrick Mather-Pike

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768409758, $ 14.99, 2016, 190 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Attitudes, Paradigms, Success Habits for a Positive Life Change

Patrick Mather-Pike promises to stretch your mind, and expand your awareness through his book “Real Success – A Handbook for Personal Success and Happiness.” Part One reveals how defining our thinking, attitudes, and paradigms determine and develop personal success. Part Two offers key to how to develop success habits that will determine your life’s outcome and measure of your success and happiness.

Each chapter contains a significant inspirational quote by a highly recognized leader in business, award winning author, or other notable leader in literature, political science, an educator, or life coach. These thought provoking statements evoke a stimulus for the focus of the chapter. Real success exercises provide opportunity for determining action steps, launching goals, time management, as well as establishing core values, self-image, and people skills.

Other features of a book I always find interesting and helpful are the recommended reading lists, and references to other resources. Pike has included them as well as access to a complete pdf of the Real Success Exercises.

Patrick Mathew Pike is a network marketing entrepreneur. He has successfully coached people in many countries who have and are achieving success in every area of their life.

“Real Success – A Handbook for Personal Success and Happiness” is an ideal road map  for those just starting out on their journey tp success, as well as for those who may have taken a detour on their journey and are ready get back on the road to successful living. Highly recommended

 

 

 

 

 

The Principle & Power of Kingdom Citizenship by Dr. Myles Munroe – A Book Review


The Principle & Power of Kingdom Citizenship – Keys to Experiencing Heaven on Earth

By D. Myles Munroe

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc. P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0780768408683, $ 19.99, 2016, 218 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Training Guide for Citizens of the Kingdom of God in the context of the Present Day

In “The Principle & Power of Kingdom Citizenship” Dr. Munroe helps the reader understand the characteristics of a Kingdom, the rights and benefits of citizenship, and the principle of dual citizenship. Dr. Munroe’s gifted teaching style empowers and enables the reader to recognize and enter into their rights as citizens of God’s kingdom.

Dr. Myles Munroe has a distinctive way for taking a complex concept, breaking it down into bite sized chunks, bisecting and dissecting these into visual word pictures that open to the reader a new understanding of an eternal truth. This book is devoted to exploring the uniqueness of Kingdom citizenship drawing from the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels, from the prophecies of Isaiah, and Micah, from the book of Acts and from the writings of the Apostle Paul.

Dr. Munroe presents scriptural truth in a way that illuminates and challenges the reader to accept the responsibility of Kingdom citizenship, to exercise their authority as ambassadors of Christ, and to impact the world around them through the power of the Kingdom of God. This final book written by Dr. Munroe “The Principle & Power of Kingdom Citizenship” is a tribute to his legacy.

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

Deliver Me from Negative Self-Talk, A Guide to Speaking Faith-Filled Words by Lynn R. Davis


Deliver Me from Negative Self-Talk – A Guide to Speaking Faith-Filled Words, By Lynn R. Davis

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc. P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257,978-0798407679,     $ 14.99, 2015, 236 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Biblical Principles for Replacing Negative Talk with Life Changing Faith Declarations, and Positive Thought Patterns

In this expanded version of “Deliver Me from Negative Self-Talk” Lynn R. Davis adds new and exclusive content in a reader friendly format, using Biblical principles, engaging personal and real life experiences to illustrate and introduce practical steps to help the reader replace negative self-talk with positive thought patterns.

 

“Faith Declarations” are also included which are designed inspire the reader to practice the process of using positive thought patterns and to increase their faith. Discussion questions are used to encourage the development of critical thinking skills with a clearer focus. The chapter titled “Developing Your Spiritual Self-Talk” succinctly shows the reader how to grow spiritually and to walk in faith.

 

The final section of the book is made up of thirty-one daily reflections and meditations. A powerful scripture promise provides the reader with the stimulus that “will lift the spirit” encourage clear thinking, and to “embrace” God’s unconditional love, grace, and mercy.

 

Davis writes with a balance of candor, sensitivity and authority. “Deliver Me from Negative Self-Talk” will resonate with Christians desirous of building and growing in faith and those wanting  to experience the amazing impact of replacing negative self-talk habits with positive thought patterns.

 

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

 

Healthy & Free – A Journey to Wellness for Your Body, Soul, and Spirit by Beni Johnson


Healthy and Free – A Journey to Wellness for Your Body, Soul, and Spirit
By Beni Johnson
Destiny Image Publishing, Inc., P. O. Box 310 Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-0768407914, $ 15.99, 2015, 206 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Guidelines for Healthier Living – The Importance of Physical Exercise, Proper Nutrition, and Spiritual Fitness

“Healthy and Free – A Journey to Wellness for Your Body, Soul, and Spirit” encourages the reader to become more aware of the importance of physical exercise, proper nutrition, and spiritual fitness and introduces a series of practical, proven guideline for healthier living.

The book is also Beni’s personal story, a story of struggle and transformation, a story motivated by her passionate love and concern for peoples of the world, who are undernourished, or unaware of the need for and importance of finding and pursuing tools that lead to healthy living.

The importance of soul health is reinforced with Biblical principles and documented examples of how this is a precursor to physical wellness. In her presentation of “Tools for Health” ” Beni discusses hydration, the power of sleep, exercise, proper eating, and detoxing for a better life. I found the Q&A section to be of special interest as well as the recipes and the references to essential oils, and nutritional supplements.

The book is thoroughly researched and meticulously documented with chapter end notes and a resource list with websites with recommended product brands, food documentaries, recommending reading, and recommended blogs.

Beni Johnson serves with her husband Bill Johnson as senior pastors of Bethel Church of Redding, California and is highly respected internationally for her role overseeing Bethel’s intercessory prayer ministry.

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

Faithing It – Bringing Purpose Back to Your Life by Cora Jakes Coleman


Faithing It – Bringing Purpose Back To Your Life
By: Cora Jakes Coleman
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-0768407891, $ 21.99, 2015, 230 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Growing Up in a Family Fishbowl of World Renowned Ministry Leader

Cora Jakes Coleman tells her inspiring story in, “Faithing It – Bringing Purpose Back to Your Life.” It is a story of spiritual and personal growth in the midst of physical pain and emotional upheaval; a testimony of an ashes to beauty spiritual journey.

Coleman draws from her experiences and those of friends as examples to help the reader identify and relate to the “storms of life” they face. She goes on to offer important practical reminders for meeting each problem, head on, by claiming the promises of God for strength, comfort, and guidance. She weaves a theme of rediscovering purpose, order, and balance to uncover anything hindering our God given dream, single-mindedness, influence, and potential.

I enjoyed Coleman’s natural conversational style of communication to draw attention to scriptural tenets and her own personal insights on the process of recognizing our weaknesses to focus on finding our identity with Christ, allowing him to put purpose back into our life; with the goal of becoming world changers for Him.

A reader friendly format, a series of group leader outlines, and the inspiring prayers at the end of each chapter insure the reader of: and increase in faith, and an impact on ministry which encourage an honest self-appraisal and a personal quest for finding our divine purpose.

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

The Five Times I Met Myself by James Rubart – A Book Review


The Five Times I Met Myself
By: James L. Rubart
Thomas Nelson
9781401686116, $ 19.99, 2015, 388 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Life Changing Fiction with an Absorbing Plot and a Powerful Redemptive Message

Award winning author James L. Rubart’s gift of communication, creative imagination, teaching skills, and a masterful use of the elements of story bring life to his novel “The Five Times I met myself.

Brock Matthews is on familiar terms with the pressures and tensions that often accompany midlife is faced with the reality of a distancing in his marriage relationship and of a downward spiraling of a successful career.

After a disturbing recurring nightmare Brock, desperately wants to change his life. He opens up to a trusted friend who introduces him to a concept of controlling the sub conscious through a “lucid dreams technique,” a creative tool for healing fears, and an effective means of problem solving.

I am fast becoming a fan of James Rubart. I enjoy his fast paced narrative, unexpected plot twists, the fast moving action, his use of conflict and resolution, his strong character development and stimulating dialog. The thought provoking discussion questions included make this an ideal selection for Book Club use and individual personal reflection.

The life changing message of redemption, restoration, and freedom in “The Five Times I Met Myself” offers hope to readers eager to reconnect or stay connected with God.

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

Celebrating Jeus in the Biblical Feasts by Richard Booker – A Book Review


Celebrating Jesus in the Biblical Feasts, Expanded Edition
By Richard Booker
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-0768409017, $ 15.99, 2016, 220 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Discovering the Significance of Our Christian Roots by Exploring and Celebrating the Biblical Feasts

This expanded edition of Dr. Richard Booker’s “Celebrating Jesus in the Biblical Feasts” helps the reader understand the importance of Jewish roots impact Christianity and God’s plan of redemption, and how these feasts of the Lord are fulfilled in Jesus.

Chapter one introduces the Biblical Jewish calendar and explains the prophetic significance of the Biblical feasts in the overall plan of God. The chapters that follow include an in-depth study of each of the feasts. Chapters include an introduction, historical background and point to Jesus and how he has satisfied each of the individual feasts. Personal study review questions stimulate application, a deeper understanding of the life changing significance each of the seven Biblical feasts. This feature makes the book easily adaptable for individual or group use. The comprehensive chapter endnotes are rich as a source for further reading and study.

Dr. Richard Booker and his wife Peggy are co-founders of the Institute for Hebriaic-Chistian studies. They are recognized internationally for their tireless efforts at building relationships between Christians and Jews.

“Celebrating Jesus in the Biblical Feasts” is a “treasure find” for anyone on a quest for a greater passion for Christ and to discover and walk in His peace, rest, and resurrection power.

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


Empowering Young Christians – Developing Bible Based Leadership and Soft Skills
By: Gary J. Green, PhD
Dog Ear Publishing
4011 Vincennes Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46268
978-1457540998, $19.99, 2015, 190 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Biblical Principles for Christian Teens to Cultivate, Empower, and Embrace -Leadership Skills and Abilities for Success

“Empowering Young Christians – Developing Bible Based Leadership and Soft Skills” is a self-help book for Christian teens to develop a successful life and to fulfill the life that God has planned for them. Dr. Cary Green leads the reader into a self-awareness, communication, and values and priorities within a structure of: Readiness, Relationships, and Results.

Each chapter is filled with practical advice, hands on exercises to help the reader determine their goal, develop their skills, and discover God’s guidance for the future. Examples from the Scriptures reveal essential characteristics that will empower the reader in areas of integrity, professionalism, attitudes, balance, synergy, prioritizing, problem solving, and accountability.

The book is organized for ease in reading, in understanding adaptation, and application. The material is presented in ways that make it relevant and age appropriate for contemporary youth.

Dr. Green is an educator, author, speaker, and life skills coach, highly recognized for his teaching and mentoring. In the church setting, Dr. Green has taught and mentored youth in the Sunday School and youth programs.

“Empowering Young Christians” is unquestionably, stimulating, motivational, and inspiring. Highly recommended as “must reading” for teens, their parents, and mentors.

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

Bronner – A Journey to Understand – A Book Review


Bronner – A Journey to Understand
By: Sherri Burgess
New Hope Publishers
P O Box 12065, Birmingham, AL 35202
978-1625915009, $ 16.99, 2016, 222 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Finding Triumph in the Midst of Tragedy

‘’Bronner – A Journey to Understand” is a memorable, heart wrenching story that will impact the reader and linger in their thoughts long after the books’ covers are closed.

Sherri Burgess challenges the reader to find triumph in the midst of personal adversity through God’s limitless grace. Sherri’s writing is sensitive, filled with beautiful descriptions of defining moment, inner struggles, and personal victory.

A supplemental interactive reader’s guide: a resource for personal growth with life changing questions for application, contemplation, which will lead the reader to pursue a pure heart, manifest by a passion to know the heart of God, The study guide is designed for individual or small group use.

“Bronner – A Journey to Understand” will resonate with every parent and family who has experienced the loss of a child through death.

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