What’s Happening to Grandpa? By Maria Shriver – Book Review


What’s Happening to Grandpa?

By Maria Shriver

Little, Brown, Warner Books, 1271 Avenue of Americas, New York, NY 10020, 0316001015, $ 15.95, 2004,

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Deeply Moved – Valuable Insight into the Dread Disease Dementia and Alzheimer’s

I am a grandfather. My wife has Alzheimer’s disease. I can only wish I had read Maia Shriver’s book “What’s Happening to Grandpa?” when it was first published in 2004. I watched as our children and grandchildren struggled through questions I hadn’t resolved myself.

Shriver’s insights into the mind of a child and understanding of the process of aging, dementia, and Alzheimer’s capture the emotions of the victim of Alzheimer’s, their primary caregiver, and the entire family impacted by the disease.

I was deeply moved by Shriver’s warmth and sensitivity. The unique use of the voice and viewpoint of Kate, a child, make this a valuable educational resource for children, K – 5th grade. The book can also serve to open conversations with older children.

The obvious love and patience Kate develops with her grandfather as she works through her feelings of hurt, sadness, and loss bear evidence of understanding as she takes on the project of savoring and saving Grandpa’s stories by making a photo album to insure that these stories live on as Grandpa’s memory continues to decline.

Sandra Speidel’s soft colored illustrations add a rich sense that creates the same warm feelings through Shriver’s word pictures and give an extra dimension of reality to the story.

“What’s Happening to Grandpa?”  is a wonderful tool for Alzheimer’s awareness, family comfort, and childhood education. Highly recommended.

Training for Harvest – Stopping for the One, Believing for the Multitudes By: Rolland & Heidi Baker – A Book Review


Training for Harvest – Stopping for the One, Believing for the Multitudes, By: Rolland & Heidi Baker

Reviewed by: Richard R. Blake

Equipping and Training – Preparation for World Mission and Reaping a Harvest

“Training for Harvest” is and interactive workbook designed to recruit, equip and train men and women for Kingdom ministry assignments around the world.  The manual is designed as a training tool for anyone who has answered the call to become a part of a team dedicated to reaping the harvest of nations around the world. Participants  will receive a clear sense of purpose and destiny, experience transformation, know intimacy with Jesus, grow in their faith, and access the resources of heaven for ministering signs, wonders, and miracles.

The book is made of 16 sessions, topical lessons, exploring who God is, who you are, and the components of your assignment. Each session contains:

  • A Session Summary
  • Main Concepts from the Session
  • Devotional Challenges with in depth reflective questions

 

The main concept studied in each session builds in a progression of foundational truths, for example: An introduction to Jesus, the centrality of the cross, friendship with God, and God’s sovereignty.

 

Part Two includes our identity, overshadowed by God’s presence, the results of a yielded life and true holiness. Part Three looks what it means to appropriate Christ; find God’s will and direction, and commitment. Part Four looks at mission basics: Cultural assimilation, language learning, and dealing with culture shock.

 

Roland and Heidi Baker, have a vision for global outreach and mission. After serving as missionaries in Indonesia and Hong Kong, the Bakers followed God’s leading to Mozambique in southeast Africa in 1995. Through their ministry, they see God at work by miraculously providing food for thousands of children every day. The Bakers are founders and Directors of Iris Global, a network of more than 15,000 churches, Bible schools, primary schools and remote outreach programs. They live in Mozambique, Africa.

The Bakers deliver a bold message, bathed in prayer, with a positive, powerful affirmation of the awesomeness of God’s greatness and the potential of the challenge of Global Harvest. “Training for Harvest – Stopping for the One, Believing for the Multitudes” is highly endorsed by International Christian leaders serving in Global ministries around the world.

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, 978-01768410785, $24.95, 2017, 268 Pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manifesting the Blessings of God – How to Receive Every Promise and Provision That Heaven Has Made Available By: Steven Brooks – A Book Review


Manifesting the Blessings of God – How to Receive Every Promise and Provision That Heaven Has Made Available

By: Steven Brooks

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Miraculous Breakthroughs – Activating the Process of Manifesting the Blessings of God

“Manifesting the Blessings of God” is packed with practical Bible based strategies,  principles and stories that tell of faith’s trials and triumphs and illustrate how prayer supported by stepping out in faith, results in experiencing  God’s blessings, his healings, and produce great exploits of faith.

These stories of provision and fulfilled promises will resonate with followers of Jesus who are seeking a deeper revelation of faith, insight into discerning the will of God, and for those who are longing to see unaccomplished dreams rewarded.

Bestselling author and prophetic teacher Steven Brooks is recognized for his ministry in Global Revival, evangelism, and the manifestation of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in signs, wonders, and miracles.

Brooks stresses the importance of exercising the spiritual disciplines of renewing your mind, exercising faith for answered prayer, wrestling with God, learning lessons from the nighthawk, and praying in the spirit.

“Manifesting the Blessings of God – How to Receive Every Promise and Provision That Heaven Has Made Available” is a book you will want to read, reread, study, and pursue the actions suggested in each chapter.

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 17257,978-0768410761, $15.99, 2017, 224 pages

 

 

 

 

 

Growing in Grace – Daily Devotions for Hungry Hearts By: Paul and Billie Tsika – A Book Review


 

 

Hungry Hearts – By Paul and Billie Tsika

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

Inspiring Devotional Thoughts for Beginning Your Day – A Character Building Process

“Growing in Grace” concentrates on getting to know God more intimately to enable you to grow in grace and in likeness of Jesus. The book is uniquely designed to include a Scripture passage, a word of encouragement, an inspirational challenge and a prayer to start your day. Seven themes prepare the reader for a spiritual journey that infuses and imparts wisdom, transforms fear to fortitude, gives instructions for a balanced life, provides guidelines for commitment and choice, reveals secrets of the joy of praise and prayer, the benefits of blessing, and the reward of relinquishing control to rely and rest on strength from above.

I am deeply awed by the powerful prayers of praise, adoration, and worship; challenged by the soul searching prayers of confession; strengthened by the petitions for guidance, and understanding, and blessed by the prayers of thanksgiving for God’s love, gift of life, protection, grace, and faithfulness.

“Growing in Grace – Daily Devotions for Hungry Hearts” is an excellent model for establishing the discipline of spending an intimate time with God each morning. These short inspiring devotions are also ideal for adding a vibrant new freshness to an established devotional pattern; strengthened and empowered by a few quiet intimate moments with the heavenly Father.

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

Destiny Image Publisher, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768409918, $16.99, 2016, 384 pages

40 Days to Wholeness – Body, Soul, and Spirit By Beni Johnson – A Book Review


40 Days to Wholeness – Body, Soul, and Spirit, By Beni Johnson

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Devotional Guide Leading to a Healthy and Free Lifestyle

In her book “40 Days to Wholeness – Body, Soul and Spirit” Beni Johnson masterfully presents a progressive positive approach to attain and maintain a lifestyle of health and wholeness from the starting point to a natural sense of relationship of physical health, mental acuity, and spiritual power.

Each of the 40 days open with a carefully selected passage from the scriptures, a word of practical instruction, encouragement or motivation drawn from Beni’s own pursuit healthy living and wholeness. A unique feature of the book is the thematic continuity and consistency by putting an emphasis on “Body, Soul, and “Spirit.” The instructions, words of encouragement, and prayers with declarations of thanksgiving strengthen the reader for their journey.

I found the chapters addressing: the importance of a support circle, practicing self-control, and pressing toward the goal to be especially helpful and motivating.  The suggestions for being intentional about keeping an exercise journal resonated with me.

Christians who have struggled with basic discipline in exercise, diet, and devotional consistency will find Beni Johnson’s “40 Days to Wholeness – Body, Soul and Spirit” practical, easy to implement, and motivating. Highly recommended.

The book is a part of the Healthy and Free video curriculum. 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. 97807687410846, $16.99, 2017, 184 pages

 

 

Giant Slayers – Ground Rules for Overcoming Life’s Biggest Obstacles By: Leif Hetland – A Book Review


Giant Slayers – Ground Rules for Overcoming Life’s Biggest Obstacles, By: Leif Hetland

Reviewed by: Richard R. Blake

Fulfilling Your Destiny by Slaying the Giants in Your Life

In his book “Giant Slayers – Ground Rules for Overcoming Life’s Biggest Obstacles” bestselling author Leif Hetland uses examples from the life of David, slayer of the giant Goliath in the land of Israel centuries ago. We can learn lessons and principles from the events in David’s life, as recorded in Old Testament

Hetland also shares lessons from the giants he has faced in his own life. Hetland provides the reader with twelve practical ground rules, designed to equip readers to overcome the obstacles faced regularly; timely parallels from the Scriptures for living out these principles in contemporary life situations.

  • Part One covers four insights important for “Positioning for Battle.”
  • Part Two provides a clearly structured battle plan, a logical step by step process for “Stepping on to the Field.”
  • Part Three, challenges the reader with the final steps for “Taking Victory.”

Leif Hetland, founder and president of Global Missions Awareness, ministers worldwide imparting God’s love through healing, evangelism, and apostolic authority.

Unique features of the book are found in the challenging questions to ponder section and in the power declaration statements which reinforce the truths and applications found within the context of each chapter.

“Giant Slayers – Ground Rules for Overcoming Life’s Biggest Obstacles” is a book for every believer looking for a new impartation of supernatural power for an overcoming life and the advance God’s Kingdom.

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, 998-0768407877,$ 16.99, 2017, 208 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Seer’s Path, an Invitation to Experience Heaven, Angels, and the Invisible Realm of the Spirit, by Ana Werner – A Book Review


The Seer’s Path, an Invitation to Experience Heaven, Angels, and the Invisible Realm of the Spirit

By Ana Werner

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Exciting Insights and Essentials to Entering into and Experiencing the Realm of the Spirit

In her book “The Seer’s Path, an Invitation to Experience Heaven, Angels, and the Invisible Realm of the Spirit” Ana Werner describes her incredible encounters with the Lord Jesus.  Throughout the book Werner addresses questions regarding the gift of the Seer, the marvels of heaven, spiritual; warfare, revelatory visions, and evangelizing.

“The Seer’s Path” is uniquely organized using the term “activation” as it relates to specific chapter themes, prayers, and discussion questions. I found the “activation prayers” to be wonderful models, preparing hearts for worship, thanksgiving, and introspection, leading to soul searching confession, and commitment. The discussion questions at the end of each chapter are carefully designed for self-examination, leading to a commitment to take specific action.

This is a book that will resonate with anyone seeking a deeper understanding of what it means to experience more of God, the fullness of his power and the reality of knowing his presence

Werner is passionate about her message, direct in her approach, and powerful in her presentation. She is confident in her writing style and known for her transparency, spirit filled ministry, and love for sharing the heart of Jesus and the message of the gospel.

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, 978-0768410709, $ 15.99, 2017, 176 Pages

The Furious Sound of Glory – Unleashing Heaven on Earth through a Supernatural Generation, By: Jeff Jansen A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

In his book “The Furious Sound of Glory – Unleashing Heaven on Earth” Jeff Jansen weaves Biblical examples from the Old and New Testaments with contemporary life stories and testimonies of miraculous healing, deliverance from demonic strongholds, and God’s power at work in the lives of Jesus, the Apostles, and a present day generation of “radical revivalists empowered to minister miracles through the power of God’s Spirit.

Jeff’s writing is designed to nurture Christ followers to grow in their faith, know God intimately, and experience supernatural encounters with Him. Jeff’s research is impeccable and thoroughly documented. His vivid insight and word pictures create visual images that enhance the reader’s understanding between the worlds of the visible and invisible and between the natural and Spiritual.

This is a book that can use to open the eyes of the reader to see what God  is doing in this generation to empower believers to become world changers. Readers are encouraged to respond to the call, prayerfully seek discernment and carefully investigate the scriptures, study the content, determine the context, explore Jensen’s interpretation and analyze his conclusions and join in the harvest to come.

The book is endorsed by highly respected Revivalist leaders, Pentecostal Pastors and lay leaders, as destined to become “a textbook that will shape the course of world history.” Other Theologians and Denominational pastors will find Jansen’s writing insightful as a valuable resource for preparing a new generation committed to join in the release of the “fresh new sound of heaven” and the lighting revival fires around the world.

Jeff Jansen is a present day revivalist, internationally recognized for his apostolic message which demonstrates the glory and supernatural power of God let loose. Jensen writes of a strategic “Breakthrough which enables transformation, revealing the intentions and purposes of God… a season of unprecedented miracles signs, and wonders.”

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

Destiny Image Publisher’s Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 97807688410822, $ 15.99, 2017, 222 pages

 

It’s Supernatural By: Sid Roth – A Book Review


 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Keys to Finding Your Divine Destiny – Walking in God’s Miracle Power Today

Sid Roth’s “It’s Supernatural” will resonate with every Christian believer aspiring to experience more of God’s supernatural life and power. Roth tells of his own life changing encounter with God, resulting in fresh new perception and miracle breakthrough which added a whole new dimension of spiritual understanding.

Although raised in a Jewish home, Sid Roth did not find answers in their religious, teachings and traditions; nor did he find them through a successful career as an account executive with Merrill Lynch. Sid became frustrated with life, he gave up his career, became hopelessly depressed, and desperate for finding meaning and purpose. In 1972 Sid was delivered from demonic oppression through a supernatural encounter with Jesus.

The book is filled with fresh powerful examples drawn from interviews with people who have been powerfully transformed by God’s supernatural presence, as evidenced by: Charismatic gifts, the demonstration of miracles, the preservation of the Jewish people as a distinct race, prophets and seers ministering revelatory gifts, and experiencing current day manifestations of the works of Jesus.

Powerful tools, healing promises from the scriptures, simple steps to meditating on the scriptures, and much, much more fill the pages of this fast moving narrative. Roth’s writing is Bible based, authoritative, convincing, with transcendent evidence of the supernatural and teaching that goes beyond prevailing theological concepts.

Sid Roth extends this invitation to his readers, “Welcome to my world, where it Naturally Supernatural.

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

It’s Supernatural Press, 4301 Westinghouse Blvd., Charlotte, N. C., 28273, 9780768410860, $16.99, 2017, 192 pages

 

 

Brilliant Living – 31 Insights to Creating an Awesome Life By: Simon T. Bailey


 

 

 

Brilliant Living – 31 Insights to Creating an Awesome Life – By: Simon T. Bailey

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Eight Core Values for Life

“Brilliant Living – 31 Insights to Creating an Awesome Life” will help you, the reader, internally analyze, evaluate and discover your passion, which will enable you to carry out God’s plan and purpose for you to impact your immediate world and the world beyond.

Simon T. Bailey provides the necessary skills and principals to help the reader surpass their greatest expectations by “pursuing meaning over money, purpose instead of power, and significance instead of success.”

Bailey’s ‘31 Inspirational Insights are centered on one of eight key core values: spiritual, family, career/business, emotional, mental, wellness, social, and financial which are designed to create a strategic life plan.

Each days insight include: a challenging reading for quiet meditation, related to one or more of the core values with a reading, a decree or affirmation, and illustrative principles and examples for balancing the eight core values.

The format of the book is unique in that each of the 31inspirational messages contain an assignment titled “The Next Step” which challenge the reader to self-examination exercises which encourage taking action steps, toward setting personal goals determined by discovering your life passion. This action sets in motion an action plan for creating your tomorrows, filled with “new, exciting, history making moments.

“Brilliant Living” is written for readers, who want to make a difference, make things happen, and who are willing to take risks. Bailey’s writing is fast moving, written in a style that captures your attention, holds your focus, and moves you forward to go the extra mile. “Brilliant Living” is awesome, practical, and inspiring. Highly Recommended.

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

Sound Wisdom, P. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768411535, $ 15.99, 216 pages