Five Little Children at the Zoo By Elvy P. Rolle – A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Return Visit, to the Zoo

Elvy Rolle’s has “Five Little Children at the Zoo” is written to inspire the child’s imagination and creativity. The repetitive nature of the storyline enhances number recognition and counting skills.

Throughout the story, the child is introduced to frisky kangaroos, vibrant peacocks, gentle doves, and mooing cows. The colorful illustrations reinforce animal recognition and the animal’s sounds and other characteristics.

In a notes section for parents and educators, Rolle suggests developmental learning areas and suggested activities for developing the child’s language and cognitive thinking and early literacy skills.

Author Elvy Rolle’s is a retired speech/language pathologist, and early childhood special education instructor.



F. I. T. For Success – All Things Are Possible if You Keep Going By: Adrean Turner

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Strategies, Tools, and Solutions for Developing the Six Most Important Building Blocks of Success

“F. I. T. For Success – All Things Are Possible if You Keep Going” is made up of remarkable stories, and stunning anecdotes telling of professionals, laborers, and entrepreneurs which illustrate Turner’s unique six point F. I. T., a model of coaching for attaining a lifestyle of success.

Turner’s six-point program emphasizes the importance of attitude, personal development, handling stress, relationships, celebrating individual uniqueness, building confidence, and setting and achieving goals.

The F. I. T. acronym incorporates the word “Fearless, Inspired, and Transformed.” The material is adapted from the T. I. P. Tips for Success Podcast. From the first paragraph of the introduction, Adrien makes it clear that her book “F. I. T. For Success” is written for readers eager to achieve their maximum potential, who are looking for “practical and precise principles for moving forward toward success in their personal and business life.”

Chapters are jam-packed with: benefits, and bulleted paragraphs, lists, steps, and strategies, suggestions, tips, and solutions, attitudes, passions, and action steps. These succinct introductions cover such important principles as planning, practice, and preparation, overcoming procrastination, finding focus, teamwork, and dozens more.

“F. I. T. For Success – All Things Are Possible if You Keep Going” is an important book for professional entrepreneurs, executive professionals, and should be on the reading list of Corporate Trainers, Career Advisors, and Professional Life Coaches.

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

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-1937879952, $ 15.99, 2017, 216 Pages

Gospel Fluency Handbook” By Jeff Vanderstelt and Ben Connelly – A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Gospel Fluency Handbook: A Practical Guide To Speaking The Truths of Jesus Into the Everyday Stuff of Life

The Gospel in Me, the Gospel with Us, and the Gospel to Others

“Gospel Fluency Handbook” provides in-depth studies of the Gospel with a concentration on helping the reader recognize areas of unbelief to strengthen and grow in their faith equipping the reader to live the gospel message as the central purpose of daily life immersing them in their local community culture. Practical and interactive penetrating self-examination questions call for a keen sense of honesty, transparency, and accountability among the participants.

Each of the eight-week chapters includes guided readings, reflections, group discussions, exercises, and suggestions for prayer. Themes are centered on foundational truths of the creation, the fall, redemption, the new creation, the fullness of Christ, and unity in the faith. The authors differentiate between “Bible Fluency” and “Gospel Fluency” to address topics related to culture shifts and demonstrate how the impact of “Gospel Fluency” becomes a life-changing reality. A helpful appendix explains over a dozen defining theological concepts.

The handbook is designed to be used in a group or community and is structured for interactive discussion which encourages personal Christian growth, application to daily life, becoming fluent in expressing and proclaiming your faith, and reaching beyond to the ends of the earth. Whether used in a class or as an individual learning experience, you will want to participate in a fellowship of believers to encourage you to share the good news of Jesus that can change lives forever.

Saturate Publishing, 227 Bellevue Way N. E. # 224, Bellevue, Washington 98004, 978-0996849326, $ 24.66, 2017, 262 pages