101 Prophetic Ways God Speaks – Hearing God is Easier Than You Think By Hakeem Collins

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 9780768450668, $18.99, 2019, 324 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Discernment, Revelation, and Intimate Obedience

Dr. Hakeem Collins introduces the reader to 101 Prophetic Ways God Speaks in his book by this title. Chapter One defines the power of discernment, by the Spirit, through faith, and the written Word.

Our part is to listen, respond and obey. The Spirit will distinguish, decipher, and discern. From themes of discernment and divine revelation, 101 short, fast moving chapters, Dr. Collins illustrates how the witness of the Holy Spirit brings specific knowledge, confirmation, and affirmation.

Each subsequent chapter contains life changing ways God the Father uses the Holy Spirit in unique and amazing ways to speak to Christians today. Prayer, Fasting, Worship, Praise are familiar, often neglected, examples. Signs, wonders, and miracles are also existing opportunities regularly overlooked.

The Gift of Prophecy, the gift tongues, interpretation of tongues, healing, and the working of miracles, are only of few of the gifts God speaks through today.  Prophets, pastors, evangelists, and teachers each have specific ministry gifts, speaking in God’s behalf.

I have been challenged anew to allow the Holy Spirit to quicken my spirit in the small details of my life, an inner witness that awakens my spirit, confirms God’s message for me, whether, spoken, heard, sensed or discerned, and expression from God the Father.

I can heartily join others who have benefited from 101 Prophetic Ways God Speaks.

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

We Need to Talk by Phillip Van Hooser – A Book Review

Customer Relations, Consumer Behavior, Marketing

Before I had finished the foreword and the acknowledgments, I knew I was in for a good read, a great story. By the fifth paragraph of the first chapter, there was no question about it: Philip Van Hooser had me hooked. I did not want to miss one word of We Need to Talk – Building Trust when Communicating Gets Critical. As a parent of four boys myself, I identified with Philip’s dilemma.

Van Hooser describes a 6 step Split Chin communication process in a unique storytelling technique that held my attention for the full nine chapters. I have been challenged to become a better communicator, to work hard to exceed expectations, and never to give up.

Original drawings by Kevin Van Hooser brilliantly brought insight into key characters in Philip’s story.

I set out to read and enjoy every word of the book and have fulfilled my goal in reading as well as accomplished the author’s goal of helping me “find value on every page.”

We Need to Talk – Building Trust When Communicating Gets Critical is a book I plan to keep readily available on my ready reference.

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

F.T.I. Failure to Implement: The 10 Principles of Phenomenal Performance By Howard Partridge – A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,Business and Economics, Entrepreneurship, Success Principles

In his book F.T.I. Failure to Implement: The 10 Principles of Phenomenal Performance Howard Partridge explains why people don’t reach their biggest goals. He then challenges the reader to examine each of these principles and integrate or implement them in their business and personal life.

Howard’s writing brings freshness and a contagious excitement to his writing. I find the format of the book to be especially helpful in reading, visualizing, and reviewing. Power packed chapters fill with instructions, suggestions, significant instruction and action steps.

I became intrigued by the quips and quotes, challenging principles, and illustrations.

I am ready to take action, to give it all I’ve got; committed to “Implement the 10 principles of phenomenal performance for success” in every area of my life. In the weeks ahead I plan to explore more fully the POD Principle introduced in Chapter 13, a plan to foster more communicative communication through Life Support Groups. Two valuable appendixes contain a 13 week outline for POD meetings and a valuable list of Phenomenal Productivity books.

I want to join other readers who have provided rave reviews for Howard’s writing and the life changing importance of these principles.

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, 978-1640951488, $16.99, 2020, 240 pages

A View from the Top Action Guide byZig Ziglar – A Book Review

Reviewed by: Richard R. Blake

Turning Dreams into Realities, Motivational, Relational

The ten stimulating action steps contained in the Action Guide follow the chapter applications from the book “A View from the Top – Moving From Success to Significance” challenge the reader with practical, proactive steps to set and reach goals, and to reinforce and realize their dreams.

The introduction and first three chapters establish what it means to live successfully, the importance of balance, and the challenge to move from success to significance. The chapters include action steps for maximizing your gifts and potential and a life-changing procedure.

The stories of well-known individuals from the past and present who have dealt with disappointment, overcome challenges – physical, financial, and psychological – that dreamed big, worked hard, and made an impact on their world are very inspiring.

I took a close look at the unique challenges of chapters four through seven, which introduced the importance of building winning relationships, understanding freedom, dreams, imagination, and motivation.

At this time in life, I am taking an inventory of my life values and how I have used the opportunities and passion that motivated my “Life Mission” or purpose. Chapters nine and ten helped me appreciate more fully the significance of spirituality and finishing well.

I am grateful for earlier exposure to Zig Ziglar and his principles for success. I am also appreciative of the collaboration of the Nightingale-Conant and Sound Wisdom in making these available to a new generation of success-oriented readers.

Powerful writing, outstanding organization, and formatting, highly recommended.

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

Sound Wisdom Books P. O. Box 310 Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-16409551020, $24.95, 2019, 112 Pages

Jumpstart Your Happiness – Your Jolts – to Prosperity, Motivation & Living with Intention By Shawn Doyle CSP – A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. BlakeMotivational, Success, and Extraordinary Living

Motivational, Success, and Extraordinary Living

Shawn Doyle CSP has done it again.  His new book in the Jumpstart series is sure to be a winner. “Jumpstart your Happiness” provides steps to prosperity, motivation, and living with intention. Thirty fast-moving chapters called “jolts” are chockfull of exciting motivational ideas that can help you, the reader, create your environment and become the architect of your own life, pursue happiness, and find joy.

The developing your hobbies, avoiding distractions, facing adversity, and expanding your expectations are just a few of the exciting steps to living with Intention that Shawn presents.

I found the Stress Management Worksheet to be a helpful tool. I also want to call to your attention the essential reasons for and steps to take for expanding your expectations—hints on expanding language; powerful.

I love the format of the book, including the thought-provoking questions, the myriad of challenging quotes for reflection, and suggestions for online learning.

Shawn Doyle, CSP, knows his field, is an articulate communicator, and has his pulse on current expectations from potential leaders of tomorrow in industry, finance, and education. He also understands how people are motivated and has a passion for helping others live with intention while fulfilling their purpose and finding happiness by living with intention.

I am committed to transform my dreams into reality and celebrate my victories.

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

Sound Wisdom Books, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-640950764, $16.99, 232 pages.

Prayers that avail much – Scriptural Prayers for Your Daily Breakthrough By Germaine Copeland – A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Effectual Prayer – Practical Steps to an Effective Prayer Life

The book opens with some insights by Germaine Copeland about how the series came to be written as well as the current 40th Anniversary Edition. In this introduction, Germaine includes some keys to effective praying, instructions on getting the most out of the book, and two pages of helpful personal affirmations.

Part Two is comprised of prayers for group use, for intercession for others and specific topical specifically directed to the needs of these unique groups.

Positive endorsements by Christian leaders tell of the impact of a positive breakthrough in their lives and ministries. Testimonies of readers included at the end of the book tell of miracles experienced in their lives as prayed using the prayer examples, principles and affirmations.

The Scripture references provide throughout the book provide additional teaching that will give more affirmations and build the faith of the reader.

I can wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone hungering for a closer relationship with the Lord and those who want to see answered prayer in their own lives and in those in their lives that have special needs.

I am planning to incorporate Prayers that avail much – Scriptural Prayers for your Daily Breakthrough into my daily devotional plan between now and Easter

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

Harrison House, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257,  978-1680314144, $25.99, 2019, 450 Pages.

“Last Words” Seven Saying from the heart of Christ on the cross By Robert Nash – A Book Review


Bible Based, Application, Reflection, and Prayer

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

I chose three of Jesus’ last words to comment on in this review:

“Why have you forsaken me?” –   I tried to imagine the physical pain of being nailed to the cross and the sense of being forsaken by God the Father.

“I thirst” – These two words express the humanity of Christ and make His suffering more real as I try to identify with and internalize the pain Jesus suffered on my behalf. Rob helped me recognize the similarity of physical and spiritual thirst. The experience of becoming spiritually dehydrated and physically thirst create the same sense of urgency. I can identify with and understand the sensation of a dry mouth and the desperate need to quench my thirst.

“It is finished” – Jesus redeemed us at the cross. Rob reveals the completeness, benefits, and mission these three words include.

Rob’s word pictures capture the imagination and move the reader to application and action. The Reflections and Prayers at the end of each chapter helped me to specifically incorporate in my daily devotional time Five Elements of Reflection and a new depth of possibilities into entering the presence of God through prayer. I appreciate Rob’s deep insight into man’s needs and the emptiness of the inner man.

Rob Nash’s “Last Words – Seven Saying from the heart of Christ on the cross” will resonate and connect with contemporary thinkers.

New Growth Press, Greensboro, North Carolina 27404, 978-1645070405, $11.95, 2020, 84 pages








The Bible By Jesus The Complete Old and New Testament, a Modern Paraphrase – by Elmer Towns – A Book Review

The Bible By Jesus The Complete Old and New Testament, a Modern Paraphrase is more than a paraphrase; it is a fresh approach to Bible translation.

The eyes of my imagination opened as Jesus spoke, and the world came into being. He was there each of the six days of creation. I marveled with Noah, as he looked out of the ark to see a rainbow. I imagined Moses as he worshiped on Holy ground as the Lord spoke to Him through a burning bush.

I met Jesus again in the writings of David and Isaiah, foretelling His suffering and God’s plan of redemption for and Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. I walked with the man Jesus as he performed miracles and trained His disciples and taught the multitudes.

Readers will discover, with me, a whole new level of closeness to the Lord Himself as the Scriptures are opened in a fresh new way. Each book of the Bible begins with a word from Jesus, giving the reader insight into the purpose and content.

These words proved to be very helpful in getting a better perspective of the purpose for me as I received a new appreciation of the teachings of Jesus throughout the Scriptures.

The Bible By Jesus The Complete Old and New Testament – A Modern Paraphrase is highly endorsed by well known Christian leaders, teachers, and pastors.

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, $24.95, 2019, 1768 pages.

The Seer Dimensions By Jennifer Leclaire, a Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Instruction in the Realm of the Prophetic and the Dimension of the Seer

Activating Your Prophetic Sight to See the Unseen is clearly the emphasis and theme of Jennifer Leclaire’s book The Seer’s Dimensions.

 Leclaire traces the history of the prophetic movement using Old and New Testament examples, as well as more modern-day seers, including William Branham, Paul Cain, Mike Bickle, Lou Engle, the Azusa Street Revival, and the Jesus People. She also refers to many other significant prophetic trends, events, and leaders, including the Global Prophets Summit of 2017.

Readers experienced in the realm of the prophetic gifts or readers new to the revelatory realm will benefit from Jennifer’s message. Foundational principles and Biblical insights explore the domain of the prophetic and the dimension of the seer.

Using illustrations from her own experience and examples from the Scriptures, Jennifer clarifies the extraordinary moral and spiritual insight of those with prophetic anointing as seers in dreams, visions, through spiritual eyes, perceived by the Holy Spirit.

The Seer Dimensions will provide the reader with a deeper understanding and in learning to embrace the gift of the seer and navigate in its realm.

Jennifer LeClaire is highly recognized for her leadership in the prayer movement, a prolific author, and a former editor of Charisma magazine. Jennifer’s writing is consistently encouraging and uplifting.

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

Destiny Image Books, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768453867, $16.99, 164 pages


Chosen by God By Rick Renner – A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Recognizing God’s Divine Assignment – Pursue, Protect, and Possess Your Purpose


In his book, Chosen by God, Rick Renner challenges the reader to recognize that God has chosen each of us for a Divine Assignment.


He encouraged me to fulfill God’s will for my making me feel as though, Chosen by God was written with me in mind. Rick challenged me to revisit my dreams, restore my vision, and fulfill my purpose. Then he asked, “Will you dare to fulfill your calling?


Rick has a unique way of getting the reader’s full attention with thought-provoking questions that ignite the heart. The questions for Personal Growth or Group Discussion are power-packed, deeply profound, personally challenging, and worthy of a prayerful response.


Lessons from the lives of Paul, David, and Samuel provide examples of what to avoid and what to look for when choosing ministry leaders. These men showed indispensable qualities for leadership: obedience, discipline, and righteousness.


Rick has a passion for ministry, an evident love for the Lord, and a deep concern for people. Rick’s writing encouraged me to develop an eagerness to share my passion, to be a godly example of standing for my convictions, surrendering my will to God’s will, and encouraging others in their calling. He has challenged me to explore my dreams, get a vision for the future, while discovering God’s plan for my life, and to remember that His sufficiency makes up for my lack. He is waiting for me to believe – no more excuses.

Harrison House Publishers, Shippensburg, PA17257, 978-1680313673, $17.99, 2019, 294 pages

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