A  Pair of Miracles – A Story of Autism, Faith, and Determined Parenting By Karla Akins – A Book Review


A  Pair of Miracles – A Story of Autism, Faith, and Determined Parenting

By Karla Akins

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

An Extraordinarily Touching Account of Facing the Challenge of Autism

“A Pair of Miracles” is an extraordinarily touching account of a family faced with the challenges of Autism. Karla Akins tackles questions of faith, of wrestling with God, misconceptions about people with autism, community awareness, advice for parenting, and tools for ministry volunteers working with students experiencing the challenges of developmental disability.

Karla Akins, an advocate for parents impacted by the anxiety, frustration and despair of raising children with autism. Statistics indicate that an estimated one in 68 children are afflicted with an autism spectrum disorder. Akins writes to encourage the increasing number of parents feeling without help and alone. Her writing is filled with the compassion and understanding of one who has traveled the journey.

Karla is mother of five, including twin boys Isaac and Isiah, (now twenty-one years old), diagnosed with autism. She is a pastor’s wife, sharing in the ministry of the church and has nearly 40 years of teaching experience, including a degree in special education and a doctorate in Christian Education.

Each chapter of “A Pair of Miracles – A Story of Autism, Faith, and Determined Parenting” is filled with encouragement, valuable information on neurological or cognitive disabilities, functional skills, teaching strategies, important resources, and communication tips. An extraordinarily touching account of facing the challenges of Autism; highly recommended.

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

Kregel Publishing, 2450 Oak Industrial Drive N. E., Grand Rapids, MI 49505

 

 

 

 

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Legendary Locals of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor By Elaine Cotsirilos Thomopoulos, PhD – A Book Review


Legendary Locals of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor

By Elaine Cotsirilos Thomopoulos, PhD

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Courageous Explorers, Pioneers, Settlers and Unsung Heroes of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, Michigan

Elaine Cotsirilos Thomopoulos has masterfully combined award winning photography with the skill of an accomplished writer in her book “Legendary Locals of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor.”

Choice historical highlights and biographical sketches of the early settlers, civic leaders, creative artists, and literary geniuses, bring to life the vibrancy and charisma of the individuals, who have impacted the development culture, vision, and mission of the region.

These snapshots reveal the contributions of the unsung heroes, past and present, who have transformed the natural history of the area into magical folklore, oral history, and reveal the genius of these legendary locals of the Twin Cities of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. Thomopoulos’ impeccable research, colorful word pictures, and carefully selected photographs add a whole new dimension to the region’s intriguing history.

Well known contemporary personalities Pat Moody, Fred Upton, John E.N. Howard, Connie Yore, and others share the limelight with earlier legendary locals, Calvin Britton, Col. Worth Bean, newspaper editor Stanley Banyon, inventor F. P. Rosback, and Henry V. Tutton, M. D. I was also captivated by the flamboyant characters, Benjamin and Mary Purnell founder of the House of David and the magnitude of their leadership in the development of entertainment and recreational opportunities in the earliest twentieth century.

These biographical profiles’ of individuals, who have impacted the transformation of the natural topography of the area into the vibrant life, magic folklore, and genius of these “Legendary Locals” project life into every page

“Legendary Locals” is ideal for family time reminiscing, vision casting, to jumpstart stimulating discussion, and for the pure enjoyment  of paging through again and again.

Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, South Carolina, 978-1467125161, $21.99, 2017, 128 Pages

 

A Practical Guide to Decoding Your Dreams & Visions – Unlocking What God is Saying While You Sleep – A Book Review


A Practical Guide to Decoding Your Dreams & Visions – Unlocking What God is Saying While You Sleep

By: Adrian Beale & Adam F. Thompson

Reviewed by: Richard R. Blake,

Dreams and Visions, Controversy , Purpose, Origin, Response, and Beyond

Bestselling authors Adrian Beale & Adam F. Thompson collaborate in the creation of “A Practical Guide to Decoding Your Dreams & Visions” an interactive course on how to interpret dreams and visions.  The manual develops material from their earlier book “The Divinity Code.”

This guide is designed to bring the reader into a new awareness of another realm of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Very informative, this is an excellent tool for understanding dreams and visions according to the Word of God with suggestions for avoiding common pitfalls

Each of the eight sessions includes:

  • Important Instruction
  • Pertinent Questions and Points to Ponder
  • A Summary to review what you have learned
  • A personal application

The final session “The Language of Dreams” is an invaluable source of additional background material and a helpful chart outlining dreams recorded in the Bible. The authors also equip the reader with important instruction on how to develop contextual insight.

Completing the valuable interactive thought provoking questions will lead to a better understanding and interpretation of the material provided and experientially your personal dreams and visions. “A Practical Guide to Decoding Your Dreams & Visions – Unlocking What God is Saying While You Sleep” can be used as a personal discovery guide or in a small group setting,

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

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., 978-0768412307, $24.99, 2017, 156 pages

 

 

 

 

 

God’s Word for Every Need – Devotions from the Father’s Heart By: Dr. Mark Stibbe – A Book Review


God’s Word for Every Need – Devotions from the Father’s Heart

By: Dr. Mark Stibbe

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Soothing Whispers from a Living, Loving God – Timeless Guidance for Every Day – Whatever the Need…God Has the Answer!

“God’s Word for Your Every Need” includes an important selection of Bible verses and inspirational messages that challenge the reader to move beyond the search for theoretical knowledge of God to an experiential relationship of intimacy with God.

Each of the two-hundred forty devotionals, are designed to lead the reader into a process of personal discovery for gleaning practical application and guidelines for daily living. Stibbe’s writing is rich in devotional thoughts that promote a profound understanding of God’s refining and maturing process. I also gained new insights and clarity regarding the difference between a holiness based on obedience as in a love relationship with Jesus, rather than a law based holiness.

Dr. Mark Stibbe is an award winning Christian author; whose academic books are on required reading lists in universities and seminaries worldwide. Mark is CEO and founder of Kingdom Writing Solutions, a complete service for Christian writers. He is a regular contributor at writer’s conferences and workshops.

Each devotional closes with a prayer for the reader. “Let God speak to your needs. Open your ears and heart. Let the Father’s tender voice transform your life.”

The beautiful leather binding on this edition adds to the personal value and enjoyment of reading and make “God’s Word for Every Need – Devotions from the Father’s Heart” an ideal gift for those special occasions. Highly recommended.

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 17257,078-076841376, $15.99, 2017, 246 pages

The Altar of His Presence – Inspiring Intimate Encounters with the Glory of God By: Robert Stone – A Book Review


The Altar of His Presence – Inspiring Intimate Encounters with the Glory of God By: Robert Stone

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

A Transformative Discipleship that Results in Christlikeness

Robert Stone presents a blue print for entering into and experiencing intimacy with God at new levels. In his book “The Altar of His Presence – Inspiring Intimate Encounters with the Glory of God” Stone assures the reader that “the altar’ed life will alter everything about life.”

Stone challenges the reader to move beyond a rational theology – behavioral theology to a relational experience that will result in Christlikeness. Each of the fast moving chapters is comprised of background information, an application, a reflection, and a response leading to a unique look at the Altar’ed life:

I was personally challenged to establish my own “Altar of Promise,” a place, pattern, and purpose, where  I could be “Altar’ed” through a deeper, more intimate, relationship with, God, the Father, Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

Robert Stone is an author, minister and speaker. His personal passion is to mentor people to a greater dimension of spiritual growth and fellowship with God.

“The Altar of His Presence will resonate with readers pursuing a desire to accept God’s invitation to discover the magnificence of the “Practice of His Presence” more fully.” Life Altaring.” Highly Recommended.

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, 978-0768412260, $l6.99, 2017, 264 pages

Why Bad Things Happen to God’s People Today – Making Sense of Trials & Tribulations in Your Life,” by Derek Prince – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

 

Comfort and Strength in the Midst of Life’s Greatest Trials – Lessons from the Book of Job

In his book “Why Bad Things Happen to God’s People Today – Making Sense of Trials & Tribulations in Your Life” Derek Prince addresses questions from the life of Job that you may have asked or are asking: If God is good, why is there so much misery, suffering, and persecution in the world today. Prince goes beyond the simplistic answers to explore Satan’s trap of the sin of independence and the trials brought on by righteousness.

Academically brilliant, scholastically trained in Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic, and in several modern languages; Derek Prince had a life changing encounter with God while with the British Army during World War II. Anointed by the Holy Spirit, Prince is a gifted communicator and Bible teacher. His ministry continues to impact people’s lives today. Prince’s non-denominational emphasis adds to the relevance and acceptance of his teaching to Christians around the world today.

“Why Bad Things Happen to God’s People Today”  reveals God’s intimate concern for his faithful, and has an important message for anyone facing grief, in times of testing, financial needs, or in tense relationships with family or friends.

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, 978-0768411973, $12.99, 2017, 170 Pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

God Encounters Today – Your Invitation to a Life Style of Supernatural Experiences By James W. Goll with Michal Ann Goll – A Book Report


Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768412406, $16.99, 2017, 248 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A New Awareness God’s Intimate Presence

“God Encounters Today – Your Invitation to a Life Style of Supernatural Experiences” is a balance of biblical truth with a prophetic message of signs, wonders, and the fullness of the spirit, of God through intimate encounters with him.

The book includes insights from the encounters of Jacob, Moses, David, and other men and women from the Bible as well as authentic real life stories of individuals changed by dynamic God encounters throughout history.

The Goll’s carefully present profound practical instruction on the great diversity of God encounters and the purpose of God encounters today. Each chapter includes a powerful passionate prayer for the reader.

James and Michal Ann Goll work as a team in equipping believers to understand the supernatural as conference speakers, authors, mentors, and through their God Encounters Ministries. Their dynamic teaching includes subjects in the realm of the prophetic, prayer, spiritual warfare, and spiritual growth.

“God Encounters Today” is a challenge and invitation for readers to break out of man-made religious boxes to join in a quest for a fresh life changing revelation from God to explore the unlimited opportunities available to Christ followers today.

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, 978-0768412406, $16.99, 2017, 248 Pages

Planting the Heavens – Releasing the Authority of the Kingdom Through Your Words, Prayers, and Declarations By Tim Sheets – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Powerful New Dimensions in the Power of Prayer

Bestselling author Tim Sheets’ in his book “Planting the Heavens” helps readers realize new dimensions in the power of prayer.  The book will resonate with readers praying for reformation in America and the need for awakening change throughout the world.

Powerful personal testimonies illustrate how the power of words influence and impact an individual’s life, their destiny, and vision. Dr. Sheets includes other real life stories that tell of miraculous experiences which reveal the result of supernatural faith, life changing potential, and the power of “spirit led” prayers.

Dr. Sheets describes how God germinates his nature as a seed in each of us as we take on the new nature the Apostle Paul describes in II Corinthians, chapter five. As his sons and daughters, we are to seed the world with his Word, speaking words of life and revival everywhere. The greatest days of church history are in our present day and in our future generations as we declare his message to the world.

Dr. Sheet’s writing is transformational, inspiring, filled with cutting edge teaching, and powerful challenges. “Planting the Heavens” is important relevant reading for these uncertain times.

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

Destiny Image Publications, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768412031, $16.99, 2017, 206 pages

 

 

 

Encountering God Through Prayer – Simple Strategies to Develop – A Powerful Prayer Life By: Margie Fleurant – A Book Review


Encountering God Through Prayer – Simple Strategies to Develop – A Powerful Prayer Life

By: Margie Fleurant

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

An Open Invitation to a Join in a Journey – Building Your Spiritual Life on Christ’s Foundation through Prayer

Margie Fleurant skillfully weaves five pillars of a healthy prayer life with practical steps, and an eight step pattern, into a blueprint for “Encountering God through Prayer.”

In Part One Fleurant introduces the importance of finding intimacy with God by knowing Christ, recognizing our new identity, developing our spiritual nature, and by resting in the Father’s love. Part Two provides the tools and exercises that lead to surrender, inward reflection, burning hearts, awe of God, personal joy, and finding friendship with God.

The book is formatted to include an opening statement introducing the theme of the chapter or the instruction to follow, a personal experience from Margie’s life, an observation from the life of David, a prayer from the apostle Paul, or the example of Jesus, followed by powerful well-ordered strategies and principles for building a deeper and more meaningful prayer experience.

Each chapter ends with a profound, yet simple, prayer asking a blessing on the reader. These prayers include positive declarations and affirmations which can be incorporated into regular prayer patterns for future use.

“Encountering God through Prayer” is packed with insights and practical tools for enhancing a whole new level of intimacy with God.  Believers from every stage of spiritual maturity will be challenged to try these principles. This is a book I will want to read again. And Often!

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

Destiny Image Publisher, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-068411997, $16.99, 2017,192 pages

 

 

Rule of Law By: Randy Singer – A Book Review


Rule of Law

By: Randy Singer

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

A Legal, Political, and Military Thriller – A Behind the Headlines Look at International Events

By the end of page one, critically acclaimed author Randy Singer had my attention. I was hooked.  I knew I was in for a good read, a real page turner. By the end of chapter two Randy had my adrenaline flowing. Randy Singer’s new book “Rule of Law” takes a look behind the International headlines to ask some very pertinent thought provoking questions:

  • Are our country’s leaders acting outside the Rule of Law?
  • What is going on behind the scenes that are creating International headlines?
  • Who is to blame for the spectacular failures when secret missions fail?
  • Is the saying on the Supreme Court Building Still True? Is there justice under law?

Singer, a master story teller, has developed an exciting multifaceted plot, with twists and turns that adds suspense and keeps readers guessing. His characters are strong and believable, is made up of an amazing roster, which include: Amanda Hamilton, president of the United States, key White House staff members, attorneys and judges, military personnel, members of the Supreme Court, important foreign leaders, and members of the media.

Readers in the genre of intrigue, suspense and adventure thrillers with courtroom scenes will resonate with “Rule of the Law.”  Enthusiastic fans of John Grissom and Joel Rosenberg are destined to add Randy Singer to their favorite author list. A gripping novel relevant in the midst of today’s partisan political scene, Singer has created a riveting, page turner, a filled with timely insights.

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

Tyndale Publishers Inc.,  Carol Stream, Illinois, 978-1496418166, $ 16.98, 2017, 462 pages