Think and Grow Rich – The Original Unedited 1937 Text By: Napoleon Hill – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Success Stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Hundreds of Others

“Think and Grow Rich – The Original Unedited 1937 Text” include the thoughts, ideas, and organized plans drawn from more than 500 interviews from men like Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford which resulted in Napoleon Hill’s 13 Steps to Riches or 17 Fundamentals of Success.

I first became acquainted with Hill’s writing early in the 1960’s and established a life practice on a path of achievement motivated by desire, faith, the power of decision, organized planning, persistence, and over time adapting Hill’s 13 principles.

Although I no longer remember the edition of “Think and Grow Rich” I read, there is something nostalgic about rereading it in the original unedited 1937 text edition that restores a sense of excitement. I realize the abundance of fulfillment, and how I have been blessed in the material realm, contentment, and peace of mind, lasting friendships, and family relationships.

I can highly recommend Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” as a book for finding the satisfying rewards of success and riches in every area of life.

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

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-1937879488, $ 27.95, 2017, 382 Pages.

Wisdom for Winners – Volume Four By Jim Stovall – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

The Art of Success – Seek Wisdom – Set Your Sights High – Pursue Your Passion

Jim Stovall, author of the bestselling book “The Ultimate Gift” and the successful movie by the same name continues to impact readers through his books. He has over 30 books to his credit. “Wisdom for Winners – Volume Four” validates the popularity of this series.

Stovall’s true-life stories and personal illustrations and well-chosen quotes of sage wisdom of the past are ‘poignant and powerful.’ I personally found one or more take-away applications from each of the five thematic sections of the book.

I was reminded of the Gift of Gratitude, the importance of optimism, and challenged to begin now to build an enduring legacy. I took to heart the concept that no person can ever be considered poor if they have one true friend. I reconnected with the gift of giving and giving of myself by sharing my time and love with others.

Jim Stovall’s “Wisdom for Winners – Volume Four” is one of those books you will want to add to your library shelf of “Must Read Again Soon” titles. I am!

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

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-1640950009, $ 19.99, 2018, 206 pages

Nutrient-Based Psychiatry – A Nutritional Prescription for ADHD, Volume 1 – By Emanuel Frank, MD – A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

An Important Breakthrough in Assessment and Treatment of ADHD Patients

“Nutrient-Based Psychiatry – A Nutritional Prescription for ADHD” is one of a series of NBP books by Emanuel Frank, MD advocating the integration and use of nutritional supplements and modifications to treat psychiatric disorders.

The book is divided into three parts. Part one is written to help the reader understand Nutrient Based Psychiatry (NBP) and is intended to be a guide to supplemental and alternative treatment approaches.

Part two looks at the science behind NBP and Part three addresses assessment and treatment for the ADHD patient using NBP.

Readers will appreciate Dr. Frank’s exhaustive research, valuable endnotes, and the Quick Reference Prescribing Guide for NBP treatment for ADHD patients.

Nutrient-Based Psychiatry is designed for those diagnosed with ADHD, their loved one’s medical doctor, nutritionists, clinicians, and other healthcare professionals.

Dr. Frank is a practicing board-certified psychiatrist, highly respected by his peers. “Nutrient-Based Psychiatry – A Nutritional Prescription for ADHD” is destined to become recognized as a breakthrough in a controversial nutrient-based approach in ADHD treatment plan.

Highly recommended for anyone working in or impacted by ADHD.

Emanuel Frank – Publisher, San Jose, California, 978-0996761703, $ 15.98, 2017, 266 Pages

I Can Still Do It! The Unstoppable Spirit of a Plane Crash Survivor By Karen Trolan – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Overcoming Adversity – A Demonstration of Enduring Pain, the Perils of Living as a Paraplegic Confined to a Wheel Chair While Learning the Art of Adaptive Living

Karen Trolan’s I Can Still Do It” is her story a true story of survival. Karen captivates her reading audience with the story of her miraculously survival; of a plane crash. Her word pictures jump off the page as she relates details of the rescue efforts, of being airlifted to emergency care facilities.

Karen describes the experience of fading in and out of consciousness as Surgeons discuss the prognosis of her traumatic injuries and the challenges and odds of her recovery as a paraplegic. She goes on to relate the long road of rehab, the grueling hours of therapy, the courage to establish a new norm of living, and of her adaptive approach to sports.

The book is highly endorsed by readers who are inspired by her overcoming spirit, the power of her faith, her determination and her. I admire Karen for her positive attitude, her gratefulness, and her desire to help others learn to appreciate life’s adversities and challenges.

“I Can Still Do It! The Unstoppable Spirit of a Plane Crash Survivor” is a book everyone facing a challenge will want to read.

Robert D. Reed Publisher, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon 97433, 978-19442978282, $ 12.95, 2018, 120 Pages



Growing Kids with Character By Hettie Brittz – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Unique Journey into Parenting – Enriching and Equipping Tools – A Blueprint for Building Christian Character, Potential, and Purpose in Your Child

Author, speaker, and highly regarded leader in areas of parenting, leadership and personality styles Hettie Brittz offers parents perspectives for fostering their child’s  Christian character, potential, and purpose in her new book “Growing Kids with Character.”

Brittz identifies children’s character traits and likens them to a tree in the forest according to their growth patterns and needs. Step by step she offers tips for parenting that will “support their strengths and strengthen their weaknesses,”[i] as she encourages the parent to be intentional about whole life transformation relating the back to the application of the tree concept:

  • The Palm Tree
  • The Rose Bush
  • The Boxwood
  • The Pine Tree
  • And the Hybrid Trees

Brittz adopts the premise that each child responds differently to discipline, motivation, and communication. Moving forward on this foundation she provides parents with ideas for developing and nurturing your child’s unique character: How to direct and teach them important lessons, how to dialog and speak, how to discipline and train, and how to disciple them to increase their faith and to fulfill God’s purpose and their destiny.

Brittz writes with authenticity, authority, and humor as she offers guidelines and an interesting perspective on parenting. Highly recommended.

David C. Cook, 4050 Lee Vance Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918, 978-1434712530, $ 18.99, 2018, 272 Pages










[i] Charles Swindoll

Think and Grow Rich Action Guide An Official Publication of the Napoleon Hill Foundation – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Practical Principles and Action Steps That Truly Work – A Handbook to Success

The “Think and Grow Rich Action Guide” promises to “stimulate” the reader to achieve their dreams and desires to achieve success in finances, relationships, and career goals.

The action guide is based on Napoleon Hills best-selling classic “Think and Grow Rich” first published in 1937 to help you incorporate the thirteen proven principles, introduced in the book into your daily life. Step by step instruction, action steps, and thought-provoking questions stir the imagination, establish purpose, and instill a burning desire to move forward.

The Influenced of Napoleon Hill’s thirteen principles have impacted my approach to life, affected my character, and strengthened my faith. However,  I am excited about incorporating the completion of this handbook over the next 13 weeks, a chapter per week, completing the exercises and integrating the applications into practice in my life.

Highly recommended as a companion guide to the works of Napoleon Hill “Think and Grow Rich” book and supplemental materials.

Sound Wisdom Books, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, Pa, 17257, 978-1937879907, $49.95, 2017, 174 pages


The Art of Learning & Self-Development – Your Completive Edge By Jim Stovall and Dr. Ray H. Hull, PhD – A Book Review

The Art of Learning & Self-Development – Your Completive Edge

By Jim Stovall and Dr. Ray H. Hull, PhD

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake


Vital Lessons on Learning – Essential to Achieving Your Goals

Best Selling Author, Jim Stovall collaborates with Dr. Ray H. Hull Ph.D. in “The Art of Learning & Self Development.”  Stovall and Hull address:

  • The Ways People Learn
  • Action Steps for Learning
  • New Methods to Learn
  • How Learning Will Help Achieve Your Goals

These topics are divided into two categories: Things we learn through formal education and those we learn informally or through our own life.

Dr. Hull describes how we learn formally through our academic training and the disciplines from early childhood through our adult years. Stovall’s writes on the things we learn informally through the process of our lives and experiences. He sums up learning as curiosity, and persistence, and that knowledge is the key to anything we want in life.

I am passionate about the importance of Adult Learning and Continuing Education, and Life Long Learning, I knew I was in for a good read and valuable lessons on learning before I finished the first few paragraphs of Stovall’s introduction in chapter one.

The authors have encouraged me to continue my lifelong quest to improve my thinking strategy, my emotional understanding, and the skills necessary to intuitively use what I have learned. I am pleased to add this book to my library.

The Art of Learning & Self-Development” is for anyone intentional about self-development and fulfilling their life goals.

Sound Wisdom,  P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, Pa 17257, 978-1937879815, $ 21.95, $ 2017, 188 Pages