The Direct Line By Earl Nightingale- A Book Review


Reviewed By Richard R. Blake

Character Building, Setting Goals, and Finding Balance

Earl Nightingale broadcast his life-changing principles over on the radio for over 30 years and became highly recognized as a world leader in personal development. Nightingale was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame, the International Speakers Hall of Fame and a recognized winner of the Golden Gavel Award.

The book “Direct Line” is a collection of Nightingales’ most valuable “insights,” including Achieving real & lasting success: In One’s Career, in one’s relationships, and one’s finances. Nightingale helps the reader understand the principles of Self-Discovery and Finding Fulfillment.

Nightingale draws from the wisdom of generations of the World’s greatest thinkers. Each of the 62 short chapters’ encouraged character building, setting goals, and priorities, or in areas of self-actualization, motivation, the importance of dreams, the search for truth, faith, security, and success.

“The Direct Line” is a book you will want to pick up often for renewed inspiration, to review an important challenge, principal or essential information. The notes at the end of the book contain an important resource list of some of Nightingale’s favorite authors, books, and articles.

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, 978-1640950405, $ 17.99, 192 pages

 

 

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The Art of Influence – Your Completive Edge By Jim Stovall & Ray H. Hull, Ph.D. – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

On Building a Life and Legacy into One of Influence

New York Times bestselling author Jim Stovall collaborates with coauthor Ray H. Hull, Ph.D. in the book “The Art of Influence.”

Through his unique storytelling technique, Stovall lays the groundwork for understanding Influence and demonstrates the importance of two-way influences, controlling our influence and becoming instruments of change.

Dr. Hull introduces the subjects: How Communications is an authoritative source of influence in any environment

  • In the workplace
  • In Public Relations
  • As an Image in Communications

Step by step the reader is taken through the stages of image building and effective communication, and impacting change. I was inspired by Dr. Hull’s stories of developing his personal communication skills from being a teenage stutterer to becoming a “sought after speaker” as an adult.

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, 978-1604950320, $ 21.95, 2018, 194 Pages

 

 

Miracles in the Glory: Unlocking the Realm of Signs and Wonders Through the Presence of God By Jesse and Amy Shamp – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

 

Life Changing Reading – Divine Encounters – Empowered Prayer

The commitment and passion for Crusade Evangelism are at the heart of Jess and Amy Shamp’s ministry; reaching out to the nations to edify and equip the body of Christ.

“Miracles in Glory” is filled with amazing testimonies of healing and anointing from their global ministry as well as the healing and miracle mantles of revivalists and healers of the past. The eight fast-moving chapters are filled with clear insight and practical guidelines for activating evidence of supernatural empowerment in the life and ministry of the reader.

The Shamp’s draw from the healing ministry of Jesus to challenge readers to obey, follow His commission to do these same works and even greater works. I was deeply moved by the stories of T. L. Osborn, William Branham, Smith Wigglesworth, A. A. Allen and others.

Story after story of miraculous healing by the power of God; the history of an era ready to be surpassed as “Miracles in the Glory” is again “Unlocking the Realm of Signs and Wonders Through the Presence of God.”

The Shamp’s writing is relevant to today’s changing times with practical steps for finding your secret place where God can manifest and reveal Himself.

The book is highly recommended by the Shamp’s peers and by well-known International Leaders in the Charismatic and Prophetic ministries 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, 978-0768442908, $16.99, 2018, 174 pages

Pursue Overtake Recover – How to Reclaim Every Blessing That Has Been Lost or Stolen By the Enemy – By Kerry Kirkwood – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Reflection, Redemption, and Rights

Kerry Kirkwood’s book “Pursue Overtake Recover” is filled with Biblical examples from the lives of King David, the Prophets Samuel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Haggai, and other Old Testament writers. New Testament writers including Paul, John, Matthew, and Luke add illustrations from their experiences to shed additional light. Kerry uses these insights from the Biblical teachings to help the reader define, access, and experience Redemption.

Kerry then goes on the provide strategies for releasing the power of God in your life and ministry with illustrations from everyday life and experiences which teach Biblical truth, basic doctrine, and personal “take away” applications in areas of Restoration, healing, and Recovery.

I became more aware of the importance and significance of reclaiming lost blessings to set in motion the redemptive work of God. I was challenged by the exciting testimonies of God at work, and the miracle of God’s grace at work in the lives of those willing to “Pursue, Overtake, and Recover.”

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, 978-0768419474, $16.99, 2018, 238 Pages

 

 

Command Your Healing – Prophetic Declarations to Receive and Release Healing Power By Hakeem Collins – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Healing, Deliverance, and Personal Wholeness – A Breakthrough in Spiritual Authority

In his book “Command Your Healing” Dr. Hakeem Collins combines Bible-based Theology, intentional mediation and God’s Word with confident de4clarations of God’s promises to help the reader release the healing power of God in and through their life.

The book is divided into two parts. In Part One Collins carefully leads the reader in a discovery of the Ministry of Healing and the relationship between healing and the words we choose. Part Two is a 90 Day Devotional guide which includes:

  • A scriptural challenge
  • A healing prayer
  • Healing commissions and commands

These commissions and command prepare the reader with “Activations” designed to bring results and establish Biblical truths.

Dr. Collins is well known for his prophetic voice, his sphere of influence and supernatural ministry. He is the author of several books. I am looking forward to reading more of Dr. Hakeem’s writing.

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, 978-0768442793, $16.99, 2018, 258 pages

 

 

 

 

Growing in Favor – Daily Devotions for Walking in Blessing By Paul and Billie Kay Tsika – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Paul and Billie Kaye Tsika’s book “Growing in Favor – Daily Devotions for Walking in Blessing” is a book that challenges the reader right into that quiet place directly into the presence of God.

Each day’s reading is packed with promises, challenges, and reminders of the benefits expectations, and the joy found in praise of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, the Christ. I especially liked the transitional lead into each section as the themes changed as well as the thought-provoking Bible passage that opened each day’s devotional reading.

Although I have been much-blessed through the writings of Paul and Billie Kaye; however, I wish there had been more of consistency in their book. Several times when I was deeply moved by a profound thought or a soul-searching challenge the idea was abruptly ended with a weak cliché or greeting card likeness.

Blank lines pages for reflective journaling are provided at the end of the book. Several pages of endnotes with sources of quoted material become a handy resource guide for additional reading.

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, $ 17.99, 2018, 340 pages

Modern Day Apostles By Che’ Ahn-A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Understanding the Characteristics of a Modern Day Apostle

In his book “Modern Day Apostles” Che’ Ahn takes the stance that we are living in a new apostolic age because God is restoring the truth that the gift of apostleship is for today.

A look at the table of contents clearly shows the reader the careful development and operating of the apostolic office and as a modern day apostle.

The book is divided into three parts:

  1. General Characteristics
  2. Revival and Characteristics of a Modern Day Apostle
  3. Reformation of a Modern Day Apostle

In a natural progression, Ahn clarifies the topics of:

  • Apostolic function
  • Apostolic anointing
  • Apostolic jurisdiction
  • Renewal
  • Healing
  • Evangelism

Ahn’s work is extensively documented with sources through endnotes. These sources can become an essential tool in further reading, research, and study.

“Modern Day Apostles” is an important book for a new generation of Apostles.

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, 978-0768446739. $16.99, 2019, 208 pages

Unlimited Anointing – Secrets to Operating in the Fullness of God’s Power By Dennis Goldsworthy-Davis – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

An Invitation to Explore the Magnitude of the Spirit’s Anointing

Dennis Goldsworthy-Davis’ book “Unlimited Anointing – Secrets to Operating in the Fullness of God’s Power” creates a thirst for the reader to experience the Holy Spirit’s anointing.  We receive an infusion of God’s power to do the works of Christ; to preach and proclaim His message of good news to the poor, to bring freedom to the prisoner, recovery to the blind, and to set the oppressed free.

Each page of the book is packed with Scriptural truth, God’s promises, and instructions for implementation of the fullness of the anointing of God in our lives. A few of the Old Testament examples include Samuel, Aaron, and Elijah; demonstrated by the anointing power of David as king, Aaron’s sons as priests, and Elisha as a prophet.

I received new insights into The real purpose of anointing, the believer’s potential for anointing, the anointing unto healing, the multidimensional aspect of anointing, the diversity and revelation of anointing, and much more.

“Unlimited Anointing “is an invitation to explore the magnitude of the Spirit’s anointing on the believer.

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, 978-0768419313,$12.99, 2018, 124 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleansing and Uniting the Prophetic – An Urgent Wake-Up Call By Jeremiah Johnson


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Clarian Call and Imperative Message for the Contemporary Prophetic Movement

“Cleansing and Uniting the Prophetic” is a book worthy of reading once for the overview, once for focus and understanding and again and again for application and review.

Jeremiah Johnson, the founder, and director of Maranatha School Of Ministry is highly known for his prophetic teaching and his contribution as a member of the eldership team at Heart of the Father Ministry in Lakeland Florida.

I was deeply moved by Johnson’s prophetic journey, the lessons learned, and Lord’s blessing on his life, calling, and mission. Johnson writes with a spirit of wisdom and revelation to enlighten God’s prophetic messengers of our contemporary culture of the need of repentance and prayer and a restoration of the full counsel of God’s Word.

“Cleansing and Uniting the Prophetic” is made up of specific instructions, and warnings, all preparing the reader for a vision of the prophetic reformation, renewal, and revival already sweeping across the world; a raising up of an untainted powerful prophetic movement

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 17257,978-0768446234, $ 16.99, 2018, 154 Pages

 

 

The Book of Healing – A Journey to Inner Healing through the Book of Job By Teresa Liebscher – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Finding Life – Lessons on Inner Healing from the Life Journey of Job

“The Book of Healing – A Journey to Inner Healing through the Book of Job details how Job processed his fears while combatting his friends for their unhelpful counsel. A look at Job’s breakthrough and deliverance while processing the pain of suffering becomes the basis for Teresa’s counsel with her clients as they seek inner healing. By using this approach, I gained new insight into the plight of Job.

Stories from clients, the author’s experiences, and Job’s story illustrate the painful circumstance leading to asking the question as to why people suffer or the question “Why was I even born.” These stories are filled with trauma, abuse, and an honest look at the importance of having a relationship with God as Father, and knowing Him intimately.

I begin to identify with the stories of Joyce, Ted, Sharon, Ray, Mary and Teresa.  Looking inward resulted in some honest interactions with the Holy Spirit, listening for His counsel, teaching, and leading, He began to direct me in how to pray, in strategies to implement, and how to deal with the reactions of others.

The Holy Spirit revealed how I am working too hard to do the right things. Explaining that I need to go to Father God for His help, to begin living life, enjoying it more, and to open up, let the real me show through. I am experiencing an incredible breakthrough in understanding, Job’s journey through inner healing.

Teresa Liebscher is known extensively for her worldwide ministry in training, and mentoring, with the Bethel Church Sozo ministry and her Shabar Ministries. Her writing is endorsed by her peers, church leaders, and a growing base of readers.

Anyone struggling to connect with God, or those who may feel stuck, lost, or hopeless, will find help in “The Book of Healing – A Journey to Inner Healing through the Book of Job.”

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

Destiny Image Books, P. O. Box 310 Shippensburg, PA 17257, $ 14.98 2018, 148  Pages