Lead the Field By Earl Nightingale – A Book Review


 

 

 

 

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

Classic Management Philosophies for a New Generation of Leaders

For over 50 years “Lead the Field” has inspired established professional leaders and aspiring young scholars to pursue Earl Nightingale’s principles success into their business practice through creating and accomplishing their goals, while impacting and influencing change in others.

Readers will discover:

  • The power of words
  • The power of attitude
  • The power of goals
  • The power of commitment

Nightingale describes “success as a matter of following a common sense paradigm of rules and guidelines.”

Twelve chapters, twelve principles, and twelve exercises – a key to getting the most from your reading of “Lead the Field” is to invest an hour each day in completing and incorporating the results each exercise into your life action plans. I have already begun to include these exercises in my quiet morning contemplation hour.

I made a note of several of Nightingale’s definitive axioms: Purpose as volition to accomplish your goal. Our attitude can alter our mind. The idea that:  “We become what we think about,” and the concept that “When you accept responsibility for your attitude, you accept responsibility for your entire life.”

“Lead the Field” has inspired personal coaches, business consultants, and self-help authors in the formulation of their books, training curriculum, workshops, and seminars. A true classic.

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, 978-1640950382, $ 21.95, 2018, 192 pages

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Five P’s to a Wow! Business by Bill Matthews – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Top Rated Business and Management Tool – That Will Move Your Company to WOW!

A quick scan of Bill Matthews’ book “Five P’s to a Wow! Business” convinced me that I was about to begin a WOW experience. I instinctively knew Matthews has developed a proactive professional management system that works.

Matthews writes with clarity and with easy to follow directives in planning, and implementing, the right staff, the right processes, and a way for measuring performance. His enthusiasm and passion for excellence are contagious.

Matthews’ introduces case studies, sample forms, and step by step action plans, as well as a current status survey, and other helpful tools to guide the reader on a path to success.  These guidelines are practical and flexible and are adaptable for use in any business venture.

Bill Matthews’ resume covers a 30-year career with a broad base of experience gained in management positions in Fortune 500 companies, privately owned businesses, and numerous entrepreneurial educational organizations. Bill has a passion for working in an advisory capacity with business and professional management leaders in areas of strategic planning. His books, toolkits, and training materials are being distributed on a worldwide scale.

“Five P’s to a Wow! Business” should be required reading for management personnel at every corporate level, and for entrepreneurs moving into new business ventures.

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


God is Good – He’s Better Than You Think By Bill Johnson – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Radical Transformation and an Unshakable Foundation

In his book “God is Good – He’s Better Than You Think” Pastor Bill Johnson clarifies God’s redemptive message as he captures the essence of God’s nature in a strategic message for these critical times.

Although Bill introduces and addresses thought provoking hermeneutical and theological issues, he writes with clarity as he opens the Scriptures to his readers. My reading led me to a new awareness of God’s presence as I offered Him praise for His goodness to me. Contrite confession resulted in expressions of worship. As I meditated on the promises of God, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes and heart to a transforming discovery of God’s never-ending goodness and the joy of living in the freedom that Jesus bought for us at the Cross.

A 30-page addendum highlights scriptures from the Old and New Testaments which declare, define, and exemplify God’s gracious nature and His goodness.

“God is Good” is written for members of the Body of Christ; followers who are seeking deeper levels of experiencing God’s goodness as revealed in Jesus. This is a book you will want to add to your reference library for frequent review. The reader-friendly format also provides easy access to inspirational devotional reading, with a personal application for daily living.

Highly recommended, endorsed by well-known Pastors and Internationally recognized Christian Leaders.

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, 978-768417425, $16.99, 2018, 264 pages

 

 

 

 

Preparing for the Glory – Getting Ready for the Next Wave of Holy Spirit Outpouring By John & Carol Arnott -a Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Preparing for an Invasion of God’s Spirit While Anticipating a “Tsunami Wave” of Worldwide Revival

John and Carol Arnott introduce transferrable principles and personal applications for heart preparation for revival on preparing for revival in their book “Preparing for the Glory.”

The Arnott’s unique, and compelling writing creates a spiritual hunger for revival and draws the reader into allowing the spirit to prepare them, not as spectators, but as participants of a revival through the transforming touch of the mind of God. Readers will be encouraged to grasp the concept of revival as an invasion of God’s spirit in an unparalleled outpouring of a global spiritual revival.

 “Preparing for the Glory” is endorsed by Christian leaders, pastors, and lay leaders in the church, worldwide as a crucial apologetic study in the preparation of revival. The Arnott’s exhort readers to prepare for revival that directs them to a living God with the power to impact others to pursue a revival of God’s Spirit in their lives.

My spirit burst into flame with the longing for revival in my own heart, a strong desire to know more of God and the anticipation of becoming part of a “tsunami wave” of revival.

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, 978-0768417876, $16.99, 2018, 198 pages

Flowing in the River of God’s Will – Your Place of Effortless Trust & Perfect Peace By DRS. Dennis & Jennifer Clark – A Book Report


  • Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

    Exchanging a Life of Striving by Finding Rest in the Gift of Peace

    Drs. Dennis & Jennifer Clark share their insights, experiences, and individual perspectives in their book “Flowing in the River of God’s Will – Your Place of Effortless Trust & Perfect Peace.”

    Dennis stresses the importance of getting to know God by spending time in His presence. Jennifer compliments this approach with an emphasis on the indwelling abiding life of Christ. She demonstrates how to walk in the spiritual realm by providing insight into the emotions as expressed through the fruit of the Spirit.

    I found the inserts with prompts to practice essential steps especially challenging.

    ·       Practice the Experience Peace in Prayer

    ·       Pursue These Practical Prayer Steps

    ·       Listen to Hear God in Prayer

    ·       Practice Steps of Forgiveness of Loving and of Releasing

    ·       Wait in His Presence with a Hearing Heart for a Word from God

    Written with clarity, compassion, and concern, “Flowing in the River of God’s Will” is sure to resonate with new believers looking for a how-to guide for living the Christian life and mature Christians eager to experience more of the peace of God through a deeper intimacy with Him.

    “Flowing in the River of God’s Will – Your Place of Effortless Trust & Perfect” can be life change and transformation, when striving is exchanged for a lifestyle of “effortless trust and perfect peace.”

     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,

    978-0768410808, $ 15.99, 2018, 204 Pages


Your Holy Spirit Arsenal – Waging Victorious Warfare through the Holy Spirit By Wade & Connie Hunter Urban A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

In-Depth Teaching, Instruction and Practical Training on Determining and Developing Your Spiritual Gift

Wade and Connie Hunter Urban collaborate in “Your Holy Spirit Arsenal” to help the reader develop a passion for becoming a dynamic witness and to grow into a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit. The Wade’s have different writing styles and experiences with a common goal to become mentor’s in basic training, introducing new dimensions of life in the Holy Spirit.

The book is presented in three parts: The Revelation Gifts, the Speaking Gifts, and the Power gifts. Wade’s military background provides the reader a distinctive parallel between today’s military combat and spiritual warfare. Connie’s comes from a practical application of the spiritual gifts. Wade’s knowledge combines and emphasis on knowledge gained from the study of doctrine, and experience in the Holy Spirit’s operation in and through individuals willing to participate in victorious warfare by exercising the arsenal of weapons available to the Christian.

The simple but profound analogies to life revealed spiritual principles and applications that caused me to examine my heart as the Lord revealed to me how I could more fully minister in areas of giftedness by continuing to be a positive encourager, by being an attentive listener to that I could more specifically minister drawing on the incredible power of the Holy Spirit available to believers 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, 978-768418958, $16.99, 2018, 256 Pages

 

 

 

 

Winning the Worry Battle: Life Lessons from the Book of Joshua By Barb Roose – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Powerful Stories and Life Lessons, For Facing, Worry, Anxiety, and Struggle

In her book “Winning the Worry Battle” Barb Roose takes the reader on a journey with Joshua in facing the battle of worry.  Barb uses stories and powerful life lessons from Joshua’s life to confront: daily struggles of fear and winning more significant actions in victory while experiencing a radical transformation of peace by adopting a God-centered perspective.

Barb’s tools, techniques, and behaviors will resonate with readers overwhelmed by the stress of uncertainty and anxiety. “Winning the Worry Battle” can be used as a six week Bible study, for group or personal use. A helpful study guide is available for additional hints for making  applications from the life of Joshua as he leads the Israelites into God’s Promised Land; as he claimed victory over hostile trials, fear, and uncertainty by learning to move forward in fighting the battle in faith, and exploring the unlimited power of God available to His followers.

Readers will be equipped and encouraged with practical tools for overcoming worry, and personal struggles, as well as the more significant battles of fear that we face. Barb’s incredible insight and practical advice are simple and easy to apply personally.

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

Highly recommended.

Abingdon Press, 2232 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228,978-1501857843, $ 16.99, 2018, 230 Pages

Prayers that Avail Much for the Nations – Powerful Prayer for Transforming the World By Germaine Copeland – a Book Review


 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Partnering with God to Become an Agent of Change through Intercessory Prayer for the Nations of the World

Germaine Copeland’s book “Prayers that Avail Much for the Nations” provides the reader with powerful prayers for transforming the world and is a vital guidebook for becoming partners with God as agents of change in countries around the world in the midst of political upheaval, social injustice, and famine, and natural disasters.

The book is made up of five sections. Each section features a region of the world, country by country with powerful specific prayers. These prayers introduce the reader to particular areas of need in over 190 nations. Requirements may vary by region, including cultural differences, social issues, global causes, persecuted churches, those living under the threat of imprisonment for standing up for Christ and Christianity, refugees, poverty, and disease.

I was moved as the Holy Spirit unveiled God at work in our nation and the nations of the world giving a new perspective and worldview of my need to become involved in becoming a prayer partner with God; joining millions of others in daily, systematic prayers that will transform the world, and impact the ministry of world evangelism/

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, 978-0768418163, $ 16.99, 2018, 190 pages

Living with Purpose – Knowing God’s Design for Your Purpose By Barry D. Ham, Ph. D. – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Directional Guide for Living with Purpose and Knowing God’s Design for Your Life

Using practical illustrations drawn from life, and selected biblical certainties, Barry D. Ham, Ph. D. helps the reader establish a pattern for living life to the fullest. Step by step Dr. Ham establishes foundational truths in a quest for meaning and purpose in life. He leads the reader into a life of adventure, significance, and meaning. He provides insight that replaces doubts with confidence, fulfillment, and discovery.

A college professor, marriage, and family therapist, Dr. Ham is authentic. He writes with clarity and confidence. Dr. Ham asks and addresses the hard questions, foundational questions that need to be answered, questions on the meaning of life, the purpose of life, God’s will for an individual’s life, and how this impacts all of life. The book is divided into three parts: Love God with everything you have. Love your neighbor, and love yourself.

I was challenged to become more intentional in my quest for direction as I enter into a new phase or season in my life journey. I am in the process of examining my focus and reestablishing my goals in areas of family, ministry, and recreational activities as I seek to know and pursue God’s purpose.

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, 978-0768417289, $ 16.99, 2018, 286 pages