Our Journey with Alzheimer’s – Notes from my Journal – June 28, 2016


“God usually answers our prayer so much more according to the measure of His own magnificence than our asking that we do not recognize His benefits to those for which we sought Him.”              Coventry Patmore

 

On April 1, 2007 I made this note in my Caregiver’s Journal.

“Today I became a writer.  I had an epiphany – an “aha” moment for me.  I hurried to the car to find a pen. I scribbled a note on the back of my Target sales receipt.  I didn’t want to lose my nugget of wisdom.  Later in the day I grabbed a pen while shaving.  I didn’t want to lose another gem, a perfect descriptive phrase.”

Over nine years have passed since my remarkable epiphany. Two years later in the fall of 2009 I had another epiphany of sorts. I’ll describe it this way: in an excerpt from an assignment in a writing workshop series sponsored by the Bridgman Library, I wrote:

I have a great idea. I know what I’m working on. I just need a push in the right direction and some guidance through the inevitable pitfalls along the way.

 I naively completed a questionnaire stating my premise of writing A Caregiver’s Journey – One Man’s Commitment to Caregiving. I then prepared a time line of weekly goals I needed to achieve in order to write a rough draft of from 35,000 to 60,000 words. I had set a goal finishing the rough draft ready for my first edit.

A lot has happened in the nearly seven years since then. The manuscript was not completed as planned.

The story is still in the making.  Today is a new beginning of another chapter on an unknown story of our journey; a day at a time in a walk of faith with Thelma, an amazing lady.

“…so walk…just as you were instructed…overflowing with gratitude.”   From the writing of the Apostle Paul in a letter to the Colossians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planet Heal Thyself – The Revolution of Regeneration in Body, Mind, and Planet by Jordan Rubin – A Book Review


Planet Heal Thyself – The Revolution in Body, Mind, and Planet

By: Jordan Rubin

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

978-0768408591< $ 16.99, 2016, 254 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Clarion Call to Join the Revolution of Regeneration to Heal Our Planet and Restore Your Health

New York Times bestselling author and Biblical Health Coach Jordan Rubin’s new book “Planet Heal Thyself – The Revolution in Body, Mind, and Planet” is destined to become another bestseller. The book is a serious wake-up call to the extent of degeneration of the earth’s natural resources and the future of our ecosystem. It is made up of page after page of stimulating new ideas for recycling, composting, and reversing the rate of degeneration of our topsoil.

Diagnosed with Crone’s disease at the age of 19, Jordin became devastated. In a desperate attempt to avoid a radical experimental surgery, Rubin’s father contacted nutritionist Bud Keith and wan was introduced to a proven plan of Neuropathic healing, using Biblical principles.  After following the program for six weeks Jordin’s body was totally regenerated. This began a life change for Jordin that led to a 20 year study in the areas of alternative health therapies, sustainable agriculture, food production, economic prosperity, and abundance. His recovery set in motion a passion to transform the health of our nation, “one life at a time.”

Jordin warns of the crisis created by our country’s loss of top soil, how nutrients create health, and an effective plan for growing your own food. He talks about regenerative farming, steps to creating real health, and benefits of eating organic, going gluten free, and saying no to GMO. He warns of eight common allergens to avoid, and introduces the artisanal eater.

“Planet Heal Thyself – The Revolution in Body, Mind, and Planet”  will be fascinating reading to everyone who recognizes the key to health depends on decisions we make in health and nutrition for ourselves, our families, and our nation.

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

 

Unstuck – Escaping the Rut of A Lifeless Marriage, by Barry D. Ham, P.H.D – A Book Review


Unstuck – Escaping the Rut of a Lifeless Marriage

By: Barry D. Ham, P.H.D

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 970768408539, $ 15.99, 2016, 234 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Steps to Restoring Vibrancy, Energy, and Intimacy to a Troubled Marriage Relationship

“Unstuck – Escaping the Rut of a Lifeless Marriage” offers hope and happiness to couples seeking to reconnect in an intimate and vital marriage relationship. Dr. Ham is a highly skilled communicator with a unique gift of storytelling. True stories, examples, and case studies come alive and identify real issues readily identifiable offering practical resolutions leading to a new commitment to reengaging, and infusing new life into the marriage relationship.

Dr. Ham draws from his ministry and therapeutic experience as a marriage and family therapist to provide biblical insight, helpful guidelines, and workable strategies for couples seeking counsel. He writes with clarity and is forthright in his observations. His illustrations are matchless and will challenge the reader’s thinking and allow them to explore causes for disillusionment and to determine steps to pursue in their search for reawakening romance and a successful marriage.

The book is extensively researched, well documented, and highly endorsed by recognized Christian leaders, professional therapists, and pastors.

“Unstuck – Escaping the Rut of a Lifeless Marriage” is important reading for pastors, lay counselors, and for couples seeking recommitment, healing, and restoration in their marriage.

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

 

 

 

Nine Lies People Believe About Speaking in Tongues, – A Book Review


Nine Lies People Believe About Speaking in Tongues

By: Steve Bremner

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

978-0768408515, $ 15.99, 2016,

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Most Frequent Misconception Regarding Walking in the Spirit and Speaking in Tongues

Steve Bremner tells the story of his spiritual journey in his book “Nine Lies People Believe About Speaking in Tongues.” Steve writes with passion, using an easy going, conversational style, interspersed with humor, open candor, and simplicity. He relates his story of conversion as a teenager and the ultimate impact on his life by the sometime s overzealous Charismatics and Pentecostals. His story is an exciting and unique faith adventure.

The book is divided into three sections:

  1. Steve’s Personal Story
  2. The Misconceptions
  3. Speaking in Tongues and Intimacy with God

This is a book you will want to read, reread, and study, pen and highlighter poised for note making, underlining, and marking highlights, for further study. Be ready to integrate new insights into your spiritual journey, as Steve clarifies the nine most common and misunderstood interpretations of Biblical teaching on the controversial gift of speaking in tongues.

“Nine Lies People Believe About Speaking in Tongues” is written for people who are looking for answers to their questions about glossolalia and charismata, and for anyone seeking a new level of intimacy with God through a personal union with the Holy Spirit,  in what the Apostle Paul presented to the Corinthian church as “a more excellent way,”

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

 

 

 

Woman thou art Healed and Whole – A 90 Day Devotional Journey


Woman thou art Healed & Whole – A 90 Day Devotional Journey

By: T. D. Jakes

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc.P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 098-0768409796, $ 14.99, 2016, 270 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A 90 Day Journey into Holistic Healing, a Restoration of Body, Soul, and Spirit – Leading to Wholeness and a Lasting Freedom from Bondage

Gifted communicator and New York Times bestselling author T. D. Jakes adds a new important resource to those already available for readers of his earlier books.  “Woman thou art Healed & Whole – A 90 Day Devotional Journey” combines a collection of 90 profound devotional thoughts from the Scriptures that offer practical insight and your personal healing journey.

Bishop Jakes makes available to the reader a roadmap and directions for a journey into spiritual healing, freedom from, and a living out of your divine destiny. He delivers instructions and foundational principles for becoming rooted and grounded in your identity as a person of value, and for establishing healthy relationships.  His words of encouragement, model prayers, and affirmations will establish patterns that can be adapted to personal needs, circumstances, and goals.

Bishop T. D. Jakes is the founder and pastor of Potter’s House, where he ministers to a multicultural congregation of more than 30,000. “Woman thou art Healed & Whole – A 90 Day Devotional Journey” offers healing for the past and promise of abundant living for today…and all your tomorrows.

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

 

 

The Fogotten Mountain – The Place of Peace in a Time of Confusion – A Book Review


The Forgotten Mountain – The Place of Peace in a Time of Confusion

By:  Don Nori Sr., and  AMB. Clyde Rivers

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768409222, $ 15.99, 2016, 188 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Rediscover the 8th Mountain –  Wisdom from the Ancients

In the 1960’s Christians across America were singing the song “In Times like These You Need the Savior” written by Ruth Caye Jones. Now, sixty years later in their book “The Forgotten Mountain – The Place of Peace in a Time of Confusion” Don Nori Sr. and Ambassador Clyde Rivers are offering hope to another generation on a quest for peace in a time of confusion.

he end of chapter one I knew I was on the edge of a threshold, transcending man’s earthly contemporized perception, moving into the pronunciation of the wisdom of the ancients, those Old Testament prophets, who received their “wisdom from above,” who spoke of current events as far back as ancient Egypt, and of things to come in the last times. I knew I was moving into the realm of new vistas of prophetic insight and understanding into the truth of Scriptures often overlooked, that change the heart.

Much of the inspiration for the material, within the chapters, of this book come from the writings in the “Classic Wisdom on the Kingdom” by Dr. Myles Monroe,” included in the closing pages of this book.  Another important feature is the “Glossary of Terms That Change the Conversation.”

Dr. Nori and Ambassador Rivers write of the role of ambassadors. kings, and priests, and of inner and outer governance, of changing conversation. They bring a message of hope, divine love, inner fulfillment, personal destiny, and a yielded heart.

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

Jump Start your Motivation – 10 Jolts to Get Motivated and Stay Motivated – A Book Review


Jumpstart your Motivation – 10 Jolts to Get Motivated and Stay Motivated

By: Shawn Doyle

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-07684130144, $ 14.99, 2011, 176 pages

Reviewed By Richard R. Blake

Self-Motivational Principles and Strategies that Produce Leadership Characteristics and Qualities

“Jumpstart your Motivation – 10 Jolts to Get Motivated and Stay Motivated” is a incredible combination of personal success stories, examples, practical advice and proven techniques. Interactive Workit exercises are designed to help you, the reader, apply to your life the principles just discussed.

Each chapter is chock-full of insights, practical useful tools, and specific skills to help you achieve and maximize your life goals, personally and professionally, and to help you focus on your true purpose.

The book is made up of eleven foundational principles, which, when put into practice are life-changing, including: such things as finding your unique purpose, identifying your passion, becoming a lifetime learner, the art of achievement, and the importance of evaluation.

Doyle’s light hearted wit and subtle humor are understated reminders that sometimes we take our detours to our success too seriously to learn from them.

As I read the enthusiastic endorsements of Shawn’s writing, I was impressed with the superlative words and descriptive phrases that describe his passion for leadership development and human potential, for example; high caliber content, stimulating greater levels of performance, and masterfully written.

“Jumpstart your Motivation” will resonate with training managers, life coaches, and business leaders, and is must reading for anyone ready to realize their dreams, set goals, and move to the next level of success.

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

 

Praying for your Children by Elmer L. Towns, and Dave Earley – A Book Review


Praying for your Children

By: Elmer Towns and Dave Earley

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc.P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768431650, $16.95, 2010, 202 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Parenting, Perilous Times, and the Importance, Responsibility, and Results of Intercessory Prayer for Our Children

Award winning author, Dr. Elmer Towns, Vice President and Dean of the School of Religion of Liberty University and Dr. Dave Earley prolific author, and chairman of  the Department of Pastoral Leadership at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Liberty University collaborate in the writing of the book “Praying for your Children,” an important addition to the “How to Pray Series.”

The book is made up of eleven chapters packed with Biblical principles, promises, and examples, providing important suggestions, advice, and practical tools to help us as parents to understand, implement, and demonstrate love for our children through interceding prayer in these perilous times. Important guidelines offer help in praying for prodigals, praying with children, and teaching them to pray.

Chapter end notes provide a wealth of suggestion for additional reading. Helpful suggestions using “Ten Top Prayers” are provided in the appendix.

To get the most out of this book, it is important that you read with an open heart; apply what you are learning, and determine to pray for your children, more consistently, more passionately, and more often.

“Praying for your Children” is an important book for every parent, church prayer group, and individual intercessor. Begin today to leave a legacy of prayer for the next generation, and those to follow.

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

 

 

 

The RichLife – Ten Investments for True Wealth, by Beau Henderson – A Book Review


The Rich Life – Ten Investments for True Wealth

By: Beau Henderson

Destiny Image Publishers, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-076840859, $ 15.95, 2015, 272 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Guidelines to Attaining the Priceless Asset of Personal Accomplishment and Peace of Mind

In his book “The Rich Life – Ten Investments for True Wealth” Financial Advisor and Certified Success Coach, Beau Henderson introduces the reader to a unique approach to fiscal stewardship through a principled approach to creating wealth while experiencing inner peace.

The book is made up of 10 investment steps and one master principle with guidelines and a blue print for building true wealth. These investment steps include money, life purpose, relationships, health, and managing your assets. Henderson presents a new definition of the word rich: a totally new way to approach investing by putting the focus on, you, the investor.

Each chapter includes a portfolio builder exercise with suggestions for beginning the process of putting your “Richlife” in motion, for identifying and living out your own definition of what brings you the most satisfaction and happiness; yourself, those you love and your world.

Henderson includes well-crafted illustrative stories and narrative to stimulate application with keen insight into the difference between money, wealth, the mindset of intention, and healthy investments in creating favorable conditions for success.

I found the chapter on dealing with the importance of building a Richlife professional team made up of a trusted financial manager, an accountant, and an attorney that are highly respected in their field and understand your investment philosophy and goals.

“The Rich Life – Ten Investments for True Wealth” will resonate with those individuals seeking true fulfillment in all aspects of life.

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

Jumpstart Your Creativity – 10 Jolts To Get Creative and Stay Creative – A Book Review by Shawn Doyle and Steven Rowell


Jump Start Your Creativity – 10 Jolts to Get Creative and Stay Creative

By Shawn Doyle and Steven Rowell

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-1937879280, $ 14.99, 2013, 170 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Steps to Generate Better Ideas that Get Better Results

“Jump Start Your Creativity – 10 Jolts to Get Creative” is filled with tools, tips, and techniques to inspire, motivate, and assist the reader in generating new and unique ideas.

Shawn Doyle CPS And Steven Rowell combine their passion for developing and implementing programs with their expertise as professional trainers, motivational speakers, and business consultants, to inspire and train people in professional leadership skills, and business growth strategies to become more effective in generating creativity in the workplace.

The authors collaborate in this effort to encourage and enable the reader to pursue, enhance and attain their creative potential. Chapter one is filled with “ideation” tips, techniques, and instructions.

Chapters two through four deals with the challenges we face as a nation, challenges in the field of education, and as individuals. In  remaining chapters they discuss key leadership principles and practices for harnessing the creative process, models for creative thinking, and tools for processing and evaluating creativity. At the end of each chapter is a “Work It” section for making notes and recording actionable strategies, plans, and goals.

Shawn Doyle and Steven Rowell challenge, entertain, and provide easy to understand proposals  to “Jump Start Your Creativity – 10 Jolts to Get Creative and Stay Created.”

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