Is God Really Good? By Bill Johnson – A Book Review


 

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

Tough Questions Answered About the Goodness of God

Bill Johnson, the senior leader of Bethel Baptist Church in Redding, California and bestselling author, answers the toughest and most common questions about the goodness of God in his book “Is God Really Good?”

This book is based on the result of a series of interview questions relative to how this question is answered impacts the faith and life of the believer. Theme based chapters include questions on the subjects of:

  • Your Destiny
  • Intimacy with God
  • Disease and Pain
  • Evangelism
  • Dealing with Disappointment

Other chapters look at God’s goodness in the Old Testament, grace, poverty, the power of hope, and many other important biblical faith-building foundational truths from the scriptures.

Pastor Bill Johnson draws from his rich heritage in ministry in responding to each of these probing questions. A unique feature of this book is the confident relaxed conversational style and heartfelt passion that define Pastor Bill’s walk with the Lord. I felt I was in the room participating in a discussion with a small group of friends in a home Bible study, comfortable in the presence of the spirit of the Lord in our midst.

 “Is God Really Good?” will resonate with Pastor’s Christian counselors, church leaders, and parents, who will find the book to be a valuable resource for hurting parishioners, discouraged or disillusioned  Christians, and troubled teens.

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

Destiny Image Publisher, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768416114, $14.99, 2017, 176 pages

 

 

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Unlock Your Identity – A 90 Day Devotional By T. D. Jakes – A Book Review


 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Unlock Your Identity – Fulfill Your Divine Purpose

In his book “Unlock Your Identity – A 90 Day Devotional” bestselling author T. D. Jakes helps the reader discover their personal identity.  Each of the 90 Day Devotionals focuses on celebrating your identity, fulfilling your purpose, and becoming “the solution the world is waiting for.”

By incorporating these unique readings into my regular daily devotional time, I have my personal journey has taken on a new sensitivity and freshness. An important and unique feature of the book “is found in the section Keys to Unlocking Purpose Prayer Points. Every page is filled with life-changing potential.

 T. D. Jake’s television program the Potter’s Touch is viewed by over three million people weekly. He is a bestselling author on the New York Times Best Seller List and has written over twenty-five books. Jakes is a gifted communicator and popular conference speaker.

Readers uncertain about their life purpose or going through a dry spell spiritually will be inspired and empowered to overcome their difficulties and find life-defining direction for discovering their God-given identity.

Unlock Your Identity – A 90 Day Devotionalis an ideal gift for everyone on your Christmas list, a roadmap for beginning a new a new exciting year of devotion, discovery, and spiritual direction

A 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, 978-076841498, $14.99, 2017, 188 pages

History Maker – Arise and Take Your Place in Leading Change By Cindy Trimm – A Book Review


 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Releasing Your Inner Strength – Leadership Principles for Becoming History Makers

In her book “History Maker – Arise and Take Your Place in Leading Change” Dr. Cindy Trimm uses real-life faith-based modern-day stories, deep Biblical truths, and perceptive personal observations to inspire and challenge the reader to make a commitment to join in a quest to influence and lead in bringing about changeDr. Trim is a gifted communicator, a former senator, a bestselling author, visionary, and empowerment specialist. She is recognized as a global strategist, and a noted for her cutting-edge message for this generation. She motivates her readers to grow to their fullest potential by unleashing their powers within to radically transform their future and influence change by inspiring and empowering others to become history makers.

“History Maker – Arise and Take Your Place in Leading Change” is a blueprint for the discovery of a transformational process for becoming agents of change. Social innovators, political and business leaders, and individuals looking for ways to make a positive difference in their own lives and in the lives of others will appreciate Trimm’s fresh viewpoint. She is known for her skills in implementing change with a message of hope.

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

Destiny Image Publishing, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768417081,$16.99, 2017, 252 pages

 

 

School of His Presence – Walking in Power, Intimacy, and Authority, on Earth As It Is In Heaven By Kynan Bridges – A Book Review


 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Insights into Walking in the Power, Authority, and through the Confidence of the Spirit of God within You

International minister, pastor, and bestselling author Kynan Bridges passionately appeals his readers to pursue a lifestyle of the supernatural power of God available through his presence in our lives. “School of His Presence” puts an emphasis on practical teaching on how, as Christians, we can consistently experience the presence and power of the Spirit of God within.

Unique features found in “School of His Presence” include:

  • Highlighted keys to supernatural living
  • Prayers of Activation which result in enlightenment, understanding, and revelation
  • Probing Questions which lead to discovery, discussion, and interaction
  • Stimulating Practicums with exercises and applications for equipping readers for taking action
  • An inviting format style that offers the reader a continuous flow of stimulating insights and scriptural truths

Bridges writes with a dynamic style. His profound insights challenge the reader to adopt the principles of seeing through the eyes of Jesus, experiencing heaven on earth, walking in authority, the glory of God, intimacy with God, living in and from God’s presence, and many more.

“School of His Presence – Walking in Power, Intimacy, and Authority on Earth as It Is In Heaven” will resonate with readers seeking a lifestyle of experiencing God’s presence and power every day.

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

Destiny Image Publishers, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768415001, $16.99, 2017, 198 pages

 

 

The Overcomer’s Edge – Strategies for Victorious Living in 13 Key Areas of Life By Paul Tsik with Dr. Ryan and Kameo Hosley – Book Review


 

 

Reviewed By: Richard R. Blake

Guidelines, Strategies, Principles and Valuable Counsel for Creating an Overcomers Edge

  • Do you struggle with Perseverance, the fear of crisis, or difficult relationships?
  • How are you handling the changing seasons of life?
  • Are you plagued by the fear of losing your dream, needless worry, and conflict?

Bestselling author Dr. Paul Tsika with Dr. Ryan Hosley, licensed psychologist, and his wife Kameo offer the reader,  guidelines, strategies, principles and valuable counsel in the areas of overcoming addictions and the trauma that accompanies betrayal, in his book is his book “The Overcomer’s Edge – Strategies for Victorious Living in 13 Key Areas of Life.

The book is made of thirteen chapters. Each chapter is filled with important step by step guidelines for evaluating problems, finding resolutions, and embracing life. The information is a melding of biblical example with sound psychological principles.

Chapters include an introductory story, common mistakes to avoid, or lessons learned, scriptural guidelines, and a final thought. Chapter endnotes bear evidence of the thorough research and careful documentation.

“The Overcomer’s Edge” opens the way to discovery for followers of Christ to live victoriously, and to walk in the power of God’s grace, His Word, and His Spirit.

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, 978-0768415872, $16.95, 224 Pages

All Hands on Pet – Your How-To Guide on Home Physical Therapy Methods for Pets By Susan E. Davis, PT


 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Tips, Techniques, Tricks, and Therapies for Pet Owners

“All Hands on Pet” is designed to be a how-to guide for pet owners. I found it to be an all-important resource guide to accompany Susan Davis’ earlier book A Guide to Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Animals: A Guide for the Consumer.

Unique features of “All Hands on Pet” include:

  1. The Table of Contents has clearly defined Chapter Titles with bulleted topics discussed within each chapter to quickly find your current interest or need.
  2. A well-organized resource list that includes:
  • Organizations
  • Conferences and Events
  • Educational Programs
  • Physical Therapists and Rehabilitation Providers
  • Products and General Helps websites
  • An exhaustive Index
  • Photos demonstration techniques for therapies describe with the text
  • A Key Connects Column that cross-references the reader to her earlier book, A Guide to Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Animals: A Guide for the Consumer

Susan E. Davis is a career licensed physical therapist, a pioneer in animal therapy. She specializes in helping pet owners prepare and provide

“All Hands on Pet – Your How-To Guide on Home Physical Therapy Methods for Pets” should be readily available as a resource in the home or library of every pet owner, veterinary, practitioner, therapist, and rehabilitation specialists, and students in all these areas.

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

Joycare Media, Red Bank, N. J. 07701,

978-0989275026, 2017, 234 pages

World View – Grace and Truth in Our Common Life – By Marvin Olasky – A Book Review


World View – Best  bestselling writer eking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life – By Marvin Olasky

New Growth Press, Greensboro, N. C., 978-1945270833, 2017, 200 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Guidelines for Developing a Discerning Commitment to Communicating the Christian Faith through our Conduct and Conversation

“World View – Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life” is made up of a collection of columns from World Magazine.  These theme-based articles challenge us as a reader to reexamine changes in institutions and causes we have advocated and defended, and to recognize where we may need to make changes in our perspectives.

In an era of insecurity, economic uncertainty, and widespread injustices, Olasky choreographs the reader step by step through the basics of demonstrating a Christian World View on the themes of institutions, racial reconciliation, environmentalism, and immigration.  He encourages the reader to consider being emphatic but passionate, with an emphasis on humility and humanity, while creating an atmosphere of harmonious tension.

Marvin Olasky, bestselling author and editor in chief of World Magazine, is also highly recognized for his excellence in journalism, educational endeavors, and leadership in community efforts.  Dr. Olasky’s The Tragedy of American Compassion was named as one of “eight books that changed America” by Philanthropy magazine.

Dr. Olasky’s writing provides a balance of heartfelt conviction and reflective compassion, expressed through a genuine attitude of humility. Olasky’s Insight inspires the reader to take positive action, in areas of ethical commitments and biblical precepts.  His compassion captures my own, often unspoken, deep convictions.

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

http://litfusegroup.com/author/MOlasky

Top of the Hill – Learning To Think and Grow Rich at Napoleon High School By Jim Stovall – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Introducing Napoleon Hill’s Personal Analysis System to a New Generation of World Changers

“Top of the Hill – Learning to Think and Grow Rich at Napoleon High School” is the second book in Jim Stovall’s Homecoming Historical Series. “Top of the Hill” is an amazing story of what can happen when a mastermind group or dream team discover and put into practice the Napoleon Hill’s 17 success principles.

 

Philip Madison, a former student and High School English teacher at Napoleon Hill High School, in Wise, Virginia is currently the principal of the school.  Madison is recognized for his community service and is considered the anchor of Napoleon Hill High School (NHHS).

 

Philip was greatly disturbed by a letter, from Ronald Slade, chairman of the state school board, announcing the closing of the NHHS, at the end of the present school year. The closing was due to a drop in enrollment and the loss in tax revenues from the distressing economic conditions; the result of the closing of the local mine.

 

When Philip arrived at his school office, greeted Amanda Cornett, a senior, possibly the best all-around student ever enrolled at the high school, was already at work as an office assistant.  Amanda already completed all her required courses and is working as a volunteer in the principal’s office to develop business skills. She is also taking college courses at the local university.

 

Amanda’s tears betrayed the fact that she had read the letter from Ronald Slade, still in her hand. Ronald Slade. Principal Madison attempted to console Amanda. Amanda took note of a poster on the wall containing a list of Napoleon Hill’s 17 Success Principles. Principal Madison was reminded of Hill’s philosophy that “Opportunity often comes, disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.” Philip went on to show Amanda how setting a goal is the first step toward solving a problem and of the importance of putting together a mastermind group to help solve the problem at hand.

 

Amanda immediately set about recruiting a “Master Mind Group” or dream team from the class of seniors NHHS to commit themselves to keep their school from being closed.  The group included a unique group of talented high school seniors.

The maintenance engineer of the school, Philip and his wife Helen, who worked as an officer at the local bank, and Robert Campbell, an attorney rounded out the team.

 

One by one each of the dream team members contributed their talent as they discovered a challenge from Napoleon Hill’s Personal Analysis. The elements of celebration, disappointment, and intrigue add to the suspense of a well-structured plot, the growth of individual characters, and an unexpected surprise ending.

 

Stovall has created a fast-moving, plot, driven by an unforgettable cast of characters. Stovall uses a combination of fact, fiction, and core beliefs. Each of the chapters of the book builds on the theme of one of the principles included in Hill’s Personal Analysis System.

 

Stovall writes with an upbeat attitude, often using “tongue in cheek” humor. His writing awakens all five senses with vivid metaphors which describe sights, sounds and smells. Other mental images are formed through his picturesque expressive phrases. These ingenious word pictures create vibrant images which stimulate the reader to move from personal application to positive dynamic action.

 

“The Top of the Hill” is written to encourage anyone going through a period of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, or overwhelming adversity. High School seniors, college students, or young entrepreneurs, will benefit from this introduction to Napoleon Hill’s writing.

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 9781937879914, $ 14.95, 2017, 192 pages

 

 

The 60-Minute Health Literacy – common sense approach to informed decision making By Jo Kline, J. D.,  


 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Preparing for Decision Making – Managing the Long Range Treatment of Multiple Chronic Conditions

In her new book “The 60-Minute Health Literacy” attorney and bestselling author, Jo Kline, J.D. provides the reader with the practical tools of managing health care decisions for yourself or a loved one. Kline describes health literacy as “the tools and resources needed to make informed decisions regarding preventative, routine, emergency, and end of life care.”

I found the Index of decision-making dilemmas and the medical profile forms, as well as the chapters on The Building Blocks of Health Literacy, Palliative Care, Assembling a Health Care Team, and Keeping accurate Paperwork, especially helpful.

As an aging senior and designated as the durable power of attorney for health care for my wife, an Alzheimer’s patient, I plan to keep my copy of “The 60-Minute Health Literacy” within arm’s reach of my desk for easy reference at all times as I put into practice this “common sense approach to informed medical decision making.”

In today’s complex world of modern technology, advanced research in medicine, new life-sustaining pharmaceuticals, and artificial means of life support Jo Kline’s “The 60-Minute Health Literacy” is important reading for every senior adult, caregiver, designated executor or guardian.

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

Providentia Publishing, West Des Moines, Iow978-0692955062, $ 14.99, 2017, 80 pages

 

 

 

 

Curse of the Coloring book – A Novel Inspired by a True Story By Howard L. Hibbard – A Book Review


Curse of the Coloring book – A Novel Inspired by a True Story

By Howard L. Hibbard

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Combat Veterans and the Frightening Long-Term Impact of PTSD

Howard L. Hibbard, a Viet Nam combat veteran has chosen to relive his experiences through the eyes of his fictional protagonist, Herald Lloyd, in “Curse of the Coloring Book – A Novel Inspired by a True Story.”

Hibbard masterfully incorporates the elements of good storytelling as he draws the reader into Herald’s life. Tired of living in the shadow of his father’s academic accomplishments as a student at MIT and his reputation as a highly successful status as a doctor; fun loving Herald struggling with his studies, quit school and enlisted as a combat infantry lieutenant headed for Viet Nam. On a whim Herald purchased a GI Joe Coloring Book and a half-gallon of whiskey to celebrate with his fraternity brothers.

Through flashbacks and vignettes, Hibbard relates his experiences of serving a year as a platoon leader in an infantry unit on the Cambodian border. He tells of life after the war, trying to adjust to a normal civilian life, his marriage, building a law practice and the ongoing battle with PTSD while defending himself in a malpractice suit, which was the result a clerical error.

Hibbard writes with authenticity, sensitivity, and with eye-opening reality as he describes the intense terror of serving on the front lines, He writes with a balance heartwarming insight and humor as he speaks reverently of the comradeship and loyalty brought on by the uncertainty of life, death, and the heartache that accompanies survival.

The action-packed account of combat and courtroom tension combine to make ‘Curse of the Coloring Book’ a must-read for the aficionados of both/courtroom drama and frontline warfare.

“Curse of the Coloring Book” is an important book for combat veterans and will resonate with the veterans and their families. Hibbard’s account should be must reading for anyone suffering from PTSD. I have read several books of veterans coming home with battle fatigue and PTSD Hibbard’s account is among the best; one that will linger in the mind of the reader long after closing the final page of the book.

Ghost Dog Enterprises, Inc., 1450 Southgate Avenue, Daly City, California, 978-0985634469, $16.95, 2016, 384 Pages