Lumi the Light Learns to Shine By Kelley Isika – A Book Review


 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Christian Message, Early Reader, Age Appropriate Application

Kelly Isika demonstrates an understanding of children and insight into helping them grasp Biblical principles for age appropriateness and application. Artist Natalia Hubbert’s colorful illustrations reinforce Kelly’s rich insights into the Scriptures and the minds of children.

I remember, as a child, how during the early evening hours, even though accompanied by my aunt, how the shadows emphasized the darkness of an alley we had to cross on our way to the corner store, frightened me.

Lumi the Light felt this same fear on a gray and cloudy day. She looked for a hiding place. Her story will help young readers better understand what it means to let their light shine for Jesus – a story beautifully told and artistically portrayed.

Lumi the light is an “illuminating” read along story for young reader ages five through eight years old.

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, 978-0768450569, $15.99, 2019, 32 pages

Oooky Pooky Spooky Fear: Telling Fear to Go Away! By Dian Layton, Illustrated by JD Hornbacher – A Book Review


 

 

 

Meeting Fear with Confidence – Fighting the Dragon of Fear of Bullies

 

Dian Layton is known for her storytelling adventures. A gifted communicator, Dian understands children, their emotions, strengths, and weaknesses. In this book, she addresses children’s fear of the dark, the first day at school, and bullies.

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

JD Hornbacher’s illustrations are “right on” and fabulous: capturing the priceless expressions on the kid’s faces, moving from freight to boldness, gloating delight, and shear victory as they gain confidence over fear as the dragon retreats in awe of their courage.

There are several features of the book include that are essential when relating a message on fear to children:

  • An Introduction with suggestions for parents to help get the most benefit from the book
  • The Illustrations by Illustrator JD Hornbacher
  • The Rhythm of the Text – A Song Story cadence
  • A Bible Application
  • A Unique “Talk About It” time

The book is designed for early readers, ages 6-9, but is delightful reading for all ages — a strong message of Jesus as King who takes away the fear.

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,

9780768449914, $9.99, 32 pages

 

Worship Without Limits – The Place of Supernatural Access To God’s Presence and Power By Philip Renner – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

The Priceless Gift of Authentic Worship – Liturgy, Charismatic, Pentecostal

In his book “Worship Without Limits – The Place of Supernatural Access To God’s Presence and Power” Philip Renner reminds the reader that a pure heart of praise and worship is about magnifying our Lord and King and seeking His presence.

Although the book is designed to challenge and equip praise and worship leaders in the elements needed to fulfill their ministry role, the principles apply to the heart of all worshippers.

Philip’s insight and prayers read like the anointed  Psalms of David, and the Musicians of the Old Testament.

Page after page as I read Phillip’s anointed writing, I was moved into an attitude of reverence and of spontaneous praise. Even the format of the book’s pages elicits a reaction of worship.

Nearly a dozen illustrative sample prayers designed especially for the worship leader lead to acts of submission and surrender, intimate communion, and humility.

The “Take Away Keys” in chapter twelve are essential for every worship leader as well as every true worshipper of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

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

Destiny Images Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-07687450828, $16.99, 2019, 170 pages

Healed – God’s Breakthrough Blueprint for Receiving and Releasing Miracles By Dr. Joe & Heidi Wadlinger – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Testimonies of Despair and Hope, the Depths of Pain and the Joy of Relief

“Healed – God’s Breakthrough Blueprint for Receiving and Releasing Miracles” is the story of Dr. Joe and Heidi Wadlinger’s spiritual journey. Joe was diagnosed to have arachnoiditis, the worst possible inflammation of the spinal column. Surgery after surgery failed. Joe suffered from excruciating pain over five years.

It is a straight forward account of the ups and downs of despair and hope, the depths of pain and the joy of relief, and the victory of ultimate healing. Their journey continues as they help others to expand their faith and claim their healing.

The Wadlinger’s story is an absorbing read, written in a conversational style; a testimony of faith, persistence, agonizing in prayer and the miracle of healing, a story filled with life-changing challenges,

Their story has challenged me to claim my healing over a pattern of chronic illnesses. It is my prayer that I can stand taller, walk stronger, endure more, conquer diabetes, and regain keener eyesight.

“Healed – God’s Breakthrough Blueprint for Receiving and Releasing Miracles” is a must reading for anyone needing hope and healing, as well as anyone encouraging others through a ministry of healing.

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, 9780768450361, $ 15.99, 2019, 210 pages

The Power of Prophetic Vision – How to Turn Your Dreams Into Destiny By Joan Hunter – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Dreams, Prophetic Vision, and Calling

Joan Hunter combines her knowledge of the Word with her ability to inspire others to listen for, hear, God’s message for them, and to pursue their calling.  In her book “The Power of Prophetic Vision,” Joan helps the reader find great insight and understanding of their future through their dreams and visions.

I was deeply engrossed in my reading as I envisioned translating my dreams into destiny, my visions to reality, the prophetic into a promise, and my calling to accomplishment.

Before I had completed, I completed the foreword and introduction I had a full page of notes and found myself eager to discover more of prophetic evangelism and dream interpretation. I had already learned more about how to claim a break-through and the power of a prophetic vision.

As I proceeded in chapter one and beyond, I learned from the illustration of heroes of the Bible who, although they experienced failure at some time in their life, went on to pursue their dream, follow God’s plan and fulfill their destiny. These examples include men like David, Moses, John Mark, Paul, Peter, and others. Joan shared her testimony and that of Aimee Semple McPherson to demonstrate other examples which show that God is still working and has a plan for our destiny.

“The Power of Prophetic Vision” opened up to me a whole new concept of releasing my dreams to fulfill my destiny. Throughout the book, Joan encourages the reader to dream big, focus on Jesus and your calling, and to put your ideas into action.

I can highly endorse this book.

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. 978-0768450262, $16.99, 2019, 148 pages

 

How To Keep Your Head on Straight in a World Gone Crazy – Developing Discernment for These Last Days By Rick Renner – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

An Urgent Message for Today’s Chaotic World

In the opening chapter of “How To Keep Your Head on Straight in a World Gone Crazy – Developing Discernment for These Last Days,” Rick Renner presents the challenges we are facing in our times. He challenges Bible Believers to keep focused on truth and to recognize the widespread evil and dangers of deception being spread by seducing spirits and doctrines of demons.

In the following chapters, Renner addresses subjects and themes, including the reprobate mind, an end-time mutiny, Gnostic errors, early and end-time error, and much, much more.

Each chapter ends with a “Think About It” feature which includes:

  • A challenge
  • An exercise
  • Self-examination opportunities
  • An action step directive
  • Thought-provoking statements for further consideration

These same considerations are readily adaptable as a resource for a small group study or Bible class.

Rick Renner is a respected prophetic voice bringing fresh insight for developing discernment for these final days. His writing is authoritative, Biblically-based, thoroughly researched, timely, relevant, and crucial for Christians today.

Recognized for his credibility and authenticity as a spokesman for truth, Rick’s book “How To Keep Your Head on Straight in a World Gone Crazy” is wholeheartedly endorsed by Christian Leaders, Pastors, and Bible Teachers.

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

Harrison House, Shippensburg, PA 17257

 

Living with No Regrets – Get Ready for Your Future by Getting Over Your Past By Greg Fritz – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Overcoming Regrets and Failures

In his book “Living with No Regrets,” Greg Fritz helps his reader find transformative life-changing healing through exchanging regrets from the past to promises of freedom for the future.

Gregg Fritz introduces page after page of Scripture promises, prayers of confession, and affirmations for releasing regrets of the past. Fritz provides the key to finding fullness of life with no regrets by leaving behind the disappointments, missed opportunities, past sins, unforgiveness, and broken relationships, of the past.

I could quickly identify with the wakeful times of recounting past mistakes, and “if only I had” moments, Gregg discusses. I found exhortations like this one to be a blessing and a challenge: “Get on with the program. Get over the past and get ready for the amazing future God has for your life.” I am claiming the promise of Psalm 147:3, “He hears the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

I found the chapter titled “Getting over Grief” especially helpful and timely. I claimed the promise of Jeremiah 30:17. “I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds.”

“Living with No Regrets – Get Ready for Your Future by Getting Over Your Past” offers the reader healing for the brokenhearted and freedom from guilt, and bitternes

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

Harrison House Publishers, P. O. Box 310 Shippensburg, PA 17257,978-1680312140, $15.99, 2019, 172 pages

The Power of Consecration – A Prophetic Word for the Church By Jeremiah Johnson – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Catalysts for Spiritual Awakening and Reformation

 

Readers of “The Power of Consecration – A Prophetic Word for the Church” can anticipate a fresh encounter with the power of consecration. Jeremiah Johnson is known for his prophetic vision and holy passion for preparing the church, the bride of Christ, for readiness for the return of the bridegroom for the wedding day of the Lamb.

 

Jeremiah’s writing is a wakeup call to the church, a call to the church to be set apart, to live a life of consecration and holiness. His message is powerful,l filled with relevant truth for believers today.

 

I found the chapter dealing with a lifestyle of fasting to be insightful, motivating, and plan to incorporate these principles into my daily walk with the bridegroom. These truths are a definite challenge for a deeper intimacy with Christ and more meaningful discipleship.

 

The prophetic nature of Jeremiah’s writing with Biblical terms and essential references to Old Testament passages will require some serious study for many. The importance of the Holy Spirit’s revelation and teaching ministry to believers cannot be underestimated, to get the most from the critical fundamental truths presented throughout the book.

 

“The Power of Consecration – A Prophetic Word for the Church” by Jeremiah Johnson may well become the standard by which the Lord will rebuild his people.

 

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17297, 978-076805781, 2019, 146 pages

 

When God Breaks In – Secrets to a Lifestyle of Tangible Encounters with God By Ben Hughes – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Spiritual Breakthrough, God Encounters, Refreshing Revival Stories

“When God Breaks In” is a compilation of stories and testimonies of miracles, wonders, and incredible moments with God. These accounts are destined to bring a quickening of the spirit of the reader, bringing hope, healing, and freedom into lives across the world.

Ben Hughes imparts a spiritual hunger in the reader to meet God in new ways as he relates the story of his spiritual journey. Ben’s story is a living example of experiencing a life-style of tangible break-through encounters with God.

These stories are relevant for today’s Christian desirous of encountering God, at a deeper level, to know Him more intimately. As Ben guides you through these stories, expect to experience a profound life-changing fresh awareness of God’s presence.

The following features provided me with extra insights leading to a personal application:

  • Encounter Moments – specific variations of prayers for break-through
  • Chapter End-Notes – which provide resources for future reading or study

Throughout each chapter of the book, I experienced God’s power, love, and presence. I learned that God manifests Himself to us, in us, and through us. I met Him as the God of the “suddenly – the unexpected – and the God of surprise. I was challenged to seek Him diligently and to embrace Him and to recognize His passion.

Chapter after chapter Ben describes God’s definitive guidance, supernatural spiritual encounters, and over 20 years of spirit empowered ministry.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768450408, $16.99, 2019, 194 pages

100 Worst Employees: Learning from the Very Worst, How to Be Your Very Best By Jim Stovall & Kristine Sexter – A Book Review


 

 

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

 

Business, Economics, Success, Human Resources

Jim Stovall, the best-selling author of over forty books, eight of which have been produced as successful movies, collaborates with Kristine A. Sexter, Human Resource expert, professional speaker, and consultant, in this remarkable collection of stories, illustrations, and applications.

From the sloth and the scorpion, the boar and the alpaca, the leech, and the stink bug Jim Stovall and Kristine Sexter relate true stories and case studies of employees comparing human personalities with the traits of animals.

These stories are designed for employees and employers

For employees: To help them examine their wrong attitudes and personality traits for success and open doors of opportunity.

For employers: To spot toxic employees with wrong attitudes and negative personality traits, when hiring, and training job applicants, or when counseling faltering employees.

Throughout the book, the author’s combined humor, their wealth of experience, and wisdom shine through to showcase their communication skills, their broad base of knowledge, and their awareness of various fields of business leadership, success, self-help, and personnel management.

I can highly recommend this book as an essential resource tool for everyone in today’s workforce, employees, entrepreneurs, and corporate managers.

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, 978-164095-1143, $15.99, 2019, 178 pages

 

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