Angel at the Door by L. Duncan


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nMy mother had just been moved to a step down care unit after weeks in ICU after her second heart attack.  I had been  by her side, and now my sister had come to take over.

Still, it was  hard to say good-bye.  What if she had another heart attack after I left to go home to my husband-four hours away?

Quickly, I stepped away (so Mom wouldn’t see my flood of  tears) and into the threshold.  Suddenly a priest in collar and garb stood before me and said “Woman why are you crying?”  It startled me. The words were too familiar–I looked back at my sister.  “Colleen, did you see him?”  “Who?” she answered.  “I didn’t see anyone!”  When I turned to answer him, he was gone.  I looked both ways down the long hospital corridor–no one.  There were no doorways that he could have ducked into and it…

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The Healing Creed – God’s Promises for Your Healing Breakthrough – A Book Review


The Healing Creed – God’s Promises for Your Healing Breakthrough

By: Becky Dvorak

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Foundational Truths which Demonstrate the Healing Power of Jesus, Jehovah Rapha

Prophetic healing evangelist, Bible teacher, and author, Becky Dvorak, combines practical teaching and stirring testimonies of supernatural healing in her book, “The Healing Creed – God’s Promises for Your Healing Breakthrough.” This book will equip the reader to apply, appropriate, activate, and stand firm on the healing promises of God.

You will:

  • Learn ten steps that will renew your faith and help you to believe again
  • Discover who you are in Christ and how to step out in faith
  • Gain a better understanding of Jesus, as our righteousness, our sanctifier, our redeemer, and our healer
  • Recognize the enemy’s tactics and clear up the confusion of faulty theology
  • Be inspired by stories of healing, deliverance, and wholeness, that will elevate your faith to a whole new level
  • Restore the message of hope to those who are sick and hurting, spiritually, mentally, or physically.

Dvorak is passionate about her message of healing, which is based on a solid foundation of Biblical truths. Her practical insights will strengthen and inspire you to new heights of faith as you live in the manifestation of God’s presence and dare to take the first step toward your “Healing Breakthrough” today.

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

Destiny Image Publishers Inc., PO. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768410990,       $ 15.99, 2017, 186 Pages

 

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UNSHAKEN -Standing Strong in Uncertain Times By Jeanne Nigro – A Book Review


Unshaken – Standing Strong in Uncertain Times

By Jeanne Nigro

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Experiencing an Unfathomable Closeness to God in Perilous Times

Honest and open about her personal struggles as a victim of fear, when faced with the uncertainty of these perilous times, Jean Nigro tells her story of experiencing intimacy with God, in “Unshaken – Standing Strong in Uncertain Times.” Readers are challenged to consider the question: How can we make a difference in this turbulent world today until Jesus Returns?

Nigro is passionate about her message of discovering joy in the presence of the Lord.  She describes how our service for God, our activities, and our relationships are all meant to be the result of an overflow of focusing on our main purpose in life, growing in intimacy with God.”

Jeanne uses the analogy of a football game to depict the use of offensive steps and defensive strategies to break free from anything that would block this intimacy. She reveals God’s action plan for the Millennium, and provides important and profound insights into the Old Testament prophecies regarding the role and significance of the feasts of Israel in our worship. Other features of the book include: Practical guidelines for battling spiritual warfare and important concepts on the importance of concentrating on truths already known rather than the questions of the unknown.

“Unshaken” is highly endorsed by well-known Christian leaders as: powerful, relevant, practical and fulfilling. Nigro’s writing is insightful in content, articulate in delivery, and fascinating in discovery. The format of the book grabs the reader’s attention, insures retention, and results in resolution, and action.

“ Unshaken” is highly recommend for anyone inundated by fear as a result of the political and social instability of today’s world, and are looking for a better understanding of God’s plan for the future.

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

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc. P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768409994, $ 15.99, 2016, 188 pages,


Love Our Vets – Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans wit PTSD

By: Welby O’Brien

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Comfort, Encouragement, and Practical Help – Answers for the Hard Questions Faced by Families Impacted by PTSD

As the wife of a disabled veteran Welby O’Brien understands what it means to experience the day to day struggles faced by those living with loved ones plagued by PTSD. “Love Our Vets” is written to provide relief, practical help and support for these families.

The book is divided into three parts: Reaffirm, replenish, and reflect.  Additional features include a valuable group discussion guide, help for times of transition and vicarious trauma.

Part one uses a question and answer format to addresses sixty-four hard questions, topics based on issues and concerns from a number of people who share from their heart actual issues they are facing or have experienced in the pastThe questions address topics and concerns, such as: Dealing with misconceptions and stigmas, symptoms to watch for, dealing with frustration, anger and rage, family relationships, problems in the workplace, and many more.

Part Two addresses the subject of replenishing yourself; depleted of energy, tired, exhausted, and facing burn out, you need to be nurtured. O’Brien introduces a list of twenty-one needs you may be experiencing. These are presented in a survey format that will help you recognize personal areas of stress in your life. O’brien provides specific suggestions and tools to help through these hard times.

Part Three is made up of reflections from the lives of many who are dealing with PTSD.  O’Brien writes realistically from her experiences as a caregiver, offering encouragement through heartfelt feelings of hope. She speaks of her personal faith and the importance of prayer. She provides the reader with insightful keys for building a spiritual foundation for finding, inner strength, and healing.

Timely, relevant, and important – Highly recommended.

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

Deep River Books, PO Box 310, Sisters, OR 97759, 978-1940269597, $ 15.99, 2015, 224 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Art of Presentation – Your Competive Edge by Ray Hull, PhD and Jim Stovall


The Art of Presentation – Your Competitive Edge

By: Ray H. Hull, PhD and Jim Stovall

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Look at the Elements Involved in Effective Presentations

Ray H. Hull, PhD and Jim Stovall collaborate in “The Art of Presentation – Your Competitive Edge” to provide the reader with a distinctive balance of step by step instruction and compelling illustrative stories that reinforce the essentials involved in effective presentations.

The authors help the reader learn and develop skills of communication that will result in a freshness and individuality to the manner and style of the readers presentations, will hone their effectiveness, and encourage them to become more accomplished platform speakers.

Other tips the authors suggest include: practice your skills by placing yourself in situations that provide opportunities to improve your effectiveness, discover your strengths, determine your brand, and filter your media presentation for” accuracy, bias, and perspective.”

Stovall uses the examples of Paul Harvey, Zig Ziegler, Will James, and others with inimitable presentation skills to demonstrate the art of crafting visual images as powerful “as great movies. The perfecting of this capability, the use of humor, and well placed emotional stories will insure powerful, memorable presentations.

“The Art of Presentation – Your Competitive Edge” will resonate with anyone concerned about their building self- confidence while improving their delivery and enhancing their stage presence.

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

Sound Wisdom Books, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-193787987, $ 21.95, 2017, 192 Pages

 

Dr. Huntley’s Recipe for Optimum Health – A Nutritional Approach to Overall Wellness and Detoxification of the Body by Elizat Huntley, PhD – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Dr.  Huntley’s Recipe for Optimum Health – A Nutritional Approach to Overall Wellness and Detoxification of the Body

By: Elizabeth Huntley, PhD.

Taking Charge of Your Health – Dietary Guidelines for Optimal Health

In her book “Dr.  Huntley’s Recipe for Optimum Health – A Nutritional Approach to Overall Wellness and Detoxification of the Body,” nutritionist, Dr. Elizabeth Huntley introduces the reader to a dietary plan that includes underlying principles and dietary guidelines designed to produce optimum results for preserving all possible nutrients from the foods we eat.

Huntley includes tools and tips that will enable the reader to better understand the truth about their body and the cause and relationship of our heavily polluted environment; she highlights the electromagnetic and radiant pollutants in the atmosphere as a contributor to the many chronic diseases prevalent today.

High on the list of important steps we can take to reduce and minimize the adverse impact and danger of these threats to health include: recognize and adopt the practice of using pure water, eat high quality food with a balance of natural nutritional supplements, take responsibility for your environment, and for those in highly populated areas, install an air filtration system.

Dr. Huntley has included a full section of recipes with tips for preparation. These recipes include foods in several categories: basic foods, salads and dressing, seasonings, and sweets. She also offers suggestions for substituting ingredients that will turn grandma’s mouthwatering sweets into “lick smacking good” healthy desserts.

“Dr.  Huntley’s Recipe for Optimum Health – A Nutritional Approach to Overall Wellness and Detoxification of the Body” is an important addition to every homemaker’s personal library.

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

Robert D. Reed Publishers, PO Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon 97411

 

 

Set Yourself Free – Live the Life You Were Meant to Live – A Book Review


Set Yourself Free – Live the Life You Were Meant to Live!

By Jean Walters

Reviewed by: Richard R. Blake

A Transformational Journey – Principles from the Life, Teaching and Example of Jesus

In her book “Set Yourself Free – Live the Life you Were Meant to Live,” transformational coach, Jean Walters integrates principles from the life of Jesus, his teaching, and example to guide the reader into a spiritual journey of “surrender, love, and healing.”

Through stories of people who struggled for answers and turned their difficulties into opportunities; Walters weaves insight into a spiritual consciousness that frees from negativitya, sets in motion the law of attraction, which results in an action plan that leads to reaching goals. Walters dynamic teaching, can enable you the reader to overcome the negative results of fear, improve self-worth, turn desire to motivation, and provide a sense of personal security, made possible through your relationship with God.

I found the self-assessment questions and tools for freeing oneself from fear especially helpful and the process for change challenging. The stories of faith and the freeing power of the Gospel illustrate the importance of the disciplining the mind positively to our body and the resulting relationship to our  physical health.

“Set Yourself Free – Live the Life you Were Meant to Live” is or anyone looking for life change. Jean Walters provides the reader with and an eleven step process, suggested tools  and affirmations for freeing yourself self-doubt on a transformational journey to change that will result in a “new you.”

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

Robert D. Reed Publishers, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon, 97411, 978-1944297039.  $ 15.95, 256 pages,