Goals – How to Get the Most Out of Your Life Zig Ziglar – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Step by Step, Day by Day Formula for Accomplishing Your Goals

 I began to follow Zig Ziglar’s career in the earlier 1980s. Ziglar was fast becoming a household name, known for his books and seminars with a life improvement emphasis promoting the energy of change.

As I put his principles into practice, my dreams and life goals began to move forward. As I look back over my career, I recognize the impact of Ziegler’s influence on my life.

Eighteen months ago, my wife of 62 years passed away. Although I was devastated by the loss, I set a goal for the next year – a goal I did not actually attain. I wish I had the benefit of Goals – How to Get the Most of Your Life at that point.

Today encouraged by Zig’s writing, I am excited about using his Nine Steps to Setting Goals.  Today I am setting long-range, ongoing goals in areas of the physical, social, spiritual, and family. I plan to follow his step by step instructions for establishing and reaching goals, maintaining a quality of life, new motivation, and higher energy.

I can highly recommend Zig Ziglar’s Goals – How to Get the Most Out of Your 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, 978-640950900, $24.95, 2019

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Patient Heal Thyself – A Remarkable Health Program Combining Ancient Wisdom with Groundbreaking Clinical Research By Jordan Rubin – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Healthy Physical Fitness, Secrets of Health and Longevity Life Styles

I have been diagnosed to have four chronic illnesses: high blood pressure, diabetes, a heart issue, and Barret’s esophagus. Recently my primary care physician referred me to a dietician. As a result of this, I have been reminded of the need for a balanced diet, exercise, and a positive outlook on life.

Jordan Rubin’s book Patient Heal Thyself – A Remarkable Health Program Combining Ancient Wisdom with Groundbreaking Clinical Research came to my attention at just the right time.

I was inspired by Jordan’s personal healing journey and the remarkable discoveries he made when he combined ancient wisdom with clinical research. I was also encouraged by the “comeback stories” and dramatic natural healing stories included in the narrative.

I am determined to combine the in-depth nutritional understanding I have grasped from The Maker’s Diet Healing Program and healing protocols to establish a program to provide my body with the nutritional tools needed to overcome my chronic illnesses.

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

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., Post Office Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768443523, $ 17.95, 2018, 352 Pages

 

Your Success Starts Here By Earl Nightingale – A Book Review


 

 

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

 

Finding Purpose, Fulfillment, Happiness, and Abundance

Step by step, Earl Nightingale provides the reader with concepts and principles to finding success and what it is that make people successful.

Recently while having my new glasses adjusted for more comfortable reading, the young technician noted the book I had with me. “Are you reading Earl Nightingale?”   He asked with interest. He went on to tell respectively how his father read Nightingale’s books in the 1980s. And that he, himself, was currently listening to a series of U-Tube tapes from Nightingale’s writings.

I smiled, remembering how I too in the 1980s was applying Nightingale’s principles to finding inner purpose, the benefits of personal initiative, and maximizing my potential.

Today almost 40 years later I can confirm how, goal setting, and making the most of my opportunities have helped  me become the person I am today; enjoying retirement, still building relationships, finding purpose, fulfillment and abundance by practicing the principles reiterated in Earl Knightdale’s formula for success in his book ”Your Success Starts Here.”

I can highly recommend this book to readers willing to set goals to find purpose and live their dream.

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, 978-1640950849, $15.99, 2019, 160 pages

The Solutions Oriented Leader – Results By Dr. Rick Goodman- A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Transformational Leadership, and Teambuilding Formulas and Systems

A quick review of the endorsements of Dr. Rick Goodman’s book “The Solutions Oriented Leader” and I knew I had a winner in my hands. However, during a time crunch, the book took a prominent place on my “in-process line-up.”

A few days later, a quick review of the preface, introduction, and table of contents confirmed the earlier conclusion – a real adventure in reading ahead. A quick scan preview of 190 pages and an extensive index took me back to chapter one, paragraph one and I soon became deeply engrossed in Dr. Goodman’s well-tested strategies and proven principles for improving business management and organization behavior and teambuilding efforts, and on my way to becoming a solutions-oriented team leader.

In his writing, Dr. Goodman uses a combination of common sense, extraordinary insight, real-life stories, and practical steps for effectiveness in:

  • Team building
  • Collaboration
  • Employee Retention
  • Communication
  • Engagement Surveys
  • And Much, Much More

Dr. Goodman is an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker on leadership, management, and organizational behavior.

A Complimentary Copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The expressions expressed are my own.

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-1640950658, $24.95, 2019, 208 pages

 

 

 

 

The Trading Floors of Heaven: Where Lost Blessings are Restored, and Kingdom Destiny is Fulfilled By Beverley Watkins & Robert Henderson – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

The sovereignty of God, Lucifer, Pentecostal, Charismatic, Spiritual Warfare, and Prayer

Although I have read and studied Robert Henderson’s Curriculum Series on the Courts of Heaven the idea of the Trading Floors of Heaven is a new concept for me. I now find his collaboration with Beverley Watkins in “The Trading Floors of Heaven: Where Lost Blessings are Restored and Kingdom Destiny is Fulfilled” of real interest.

The authors have given me new insights into the Sovereignty of God in allowing Satan or Lucifer to roam the earth in an attempt to rob man of promised kingdom blessings and family destinies. The principles introduced in their book will empower the reader to break these demonic trading cycles.

The book is filled with exhortation, instruction, prayers, and scripture illustrating the dynamics of trading in the heavenly realms. In addition to powerful suggested prayers throughout the book, the final chapter of the book provides additional more specific prayers for accessing the trading floors of heaven.

Authors Beverley Watkins and Robert Henderson are recognized as Global Apostolic 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 17297, 9780768419085, $16.99, 214 Pages

 

 

The Prophetic & Healing Power of Your Words By Becky Dvorak – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Spiritual Growth, Prayer, Healing, and the Miraculous

In her book “The Prophetic & Healing Power of Your Words” Becky Dvorak introduces the reader to the model of creating atmospheres for healing through using faith filled words. Becky provides a supernatural tool box for activating the prophetic gifts.

The book is made up of three parts:

1. The Foundation Power of Words
2. Wielding the Sword of the Spirit
3. A Plan of Action

Scripture promises, words of instruction and stories of miraculous answers to prayers fill the pages of each of the 18 chapters.

Suggested group discussions questions stimulate inter action that reinforce each chapter’s content as well as introducing questions for further observation. These features can also be profitable for personal reflection.

I particularly appreciated the format of the book, designed with the reader in mind.

• Organized with a topical emphasis
• Highlighted important truths
• Charts and lists for a deeper retention rate
• Frequent word checkups
• Suggested declarations of faith

“The Prophetic & Healing Power of Your Words” is a book you will want to read and reread often.

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

Destiny Image Publishers Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17258,
9780768443295, $ 16.99, 2018, 272 pages

Discerning and Destroying the Works of Satan: Your Deliverance Guide to Total Freedom By Kathy DeGraw – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R Blake, richard330@yahoo.com

Deliverance, Spiritual Warfare, Spiritual Growth, Healing, Prayer

“Discerning and Destroying the Works of Satan – Your Deliverance Guide to Total Freedom” is a guidebook for individuals seeking deliverance and receiving and maintaining freedom.
Step by step Kathy leads the reader through the essential steps leading to finding deliverance and freedom.
Although Kathy’s writing is straightforward and relatively easy to understand, it is not a book to be skimmed over lightly. Each of the Five Parts build on each other and need to be personalized, implemented, and incorporated in a lifestyle of receiving deliverance, releasing deliverance, and manifesting deliverance.
Part five encourages the reader to become a part of a deliverance team or to form a deliverance team. You will want to personalize the answers to probing questions, the declarations, and the vital inner healing principles.
Every element throughout the book is worthy of your close attention, guidelines adapted, and thoroughly understood.
Practiced deliverance team members leaders can assimilate the material quickly; others will want to carefully read aloud and personally claim the suggested declarations, and incorporate the spiritual suggested spiritual weapons to discern and destroy the diversions and tactics of Satan, who is trying to keep you from maintaining your deliverance and freedom.

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, $16.99, 2018, 256 Pages

Everyday Angels By Charity Virkler Kayembe and Joe Brock – A Book Review


 

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Thought Provoking, Foundational, New Perspective on Angelic Ministry

Chari Virkler Kayembe and Joe Brock collaborate in the book “Everyday Angels.” They share dramatic testimonies and stories of spiritual warfare and international exploits in the angelic realm.

The authors inspire the reader to listen for God’s voice, receive visions, and to experience encounters with angels. They provide Biblical evidence that provides a model for God-given insight on how to discern, experience, and operate within the angelic and supernatural realms. I have a clearer picture of partnering with angels to accomplish God’s purposes.

Each chapter closes with a “What about you?” section made up of thought-provoking potentially life-changing questions which stimulate action.

A first reading of “Everyday Angels” will introduce the reader to the principles of engaging angels into daily life. All subsequent readings will help the serious reader put into practice those principles while taking the first step into positioning themselves “for victory, miracles, and divine intervention.”As I reflect on Charity and Joe’s experiences in the angelic realm I am confident that whatever the Lord has in store for me in days to come, I can know with confidence “no aspect of my life is outside of God’s care and protection.”

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, 978-0768442755, $16.99, 2018, 288 Pages

The Bible-Based Dictionary of Prophetic Symbols – Bridging the Gap between Revelation and Application – By Dr. Joe Ibojie – A Book Review


Reviewed By Richard R. Blake

Meticulous Research, Brilliant Presentation, Diligent Editing Inspiring Dedication

“The Bible-Based Dictionary of Prophetic Symbols” is much more than an ordinary dictionary; it is a masterwork, the most comprehensive work of its kind. An important feature of this revised and expanded edition is the inclusion of an augmented version of the Dictionary of Dream Symbols.

The format is well designed; a combination of practical advice and ministry experience. The book is divided into four parts:

  • An Illustrated Bible-Based Dictionary of Prophetic Symbols and Symbolic Actions
  • Gleaning from Bible Symbolism
  • Common Bible and Prophetic Terms
  • Other Symbolic Overtones.

Dr. Ibojie’s work is based on the premise that God speaks to man today but not all in the same way. He speaks through dreams and visions, in a clear language, or in parables.

“The Bible-Based Dictionary of Prophetic Symbols” is an exhaustive collection of Biblical and prophetic terms in one authoritative volume.  The meticulous research, brilliant presentation, and the inspiring dedication of the author combine to make this a tremendously significant authoritative study tool.

I plan to keep my copy readily available in my library for ready-reference.

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

 

 

 

The Agenda of Angels By Kevin L. Zadai – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

An Instruction Manual to understanding Angelology, Demonology, Spiritual Maturity, and Discernment

Kevin Zadai introduces the reader to new insight into the realm of angels and their impact on the on our lives today in his book “The Agenda of Angels.” Kevin’s book is not only a study on the doctrine of angelology but is also a handbook or manual on how to function within the unseen realm of the spirit.

Although I am familiar with the examples of angel appearance to Abraham, Jacob, Moses, the Old Testament prophets and New Testament Apostles, I have never done an in-depth study on the realm of angels and partnering with them in everyday life and ministry.

I read Kevin’s writing with interest, an open mind, and expectancy as I explored new revelation, angel visitations, activations, and impartation. I also prayed for spiritual discernment.

Kevin relates his experiences in the angelic realm with conviction, authenticity, and an authoritative voice with a sense of urgency.

“The Agenda of Angels” is timely, relevant, and a critical issue for Christians in these times of uncertainty and turbulent conflict in our world today.

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

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768449822, 2019, 222 pages