The Convenience Revolution a Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Customer Relations, Consumer Behavior, Marketing

Bestselling author, Shep Hyken’s new book “The Convenience Revolution” is cutting edge, up to date and a must-read for today’s leaders. Shep writes with passion, is astute in his presentation, and confident in his convictions. He is right on target on his conclusions regarding the imperative need for creating greater customer convenience in today’s competitive market strategies.

Compelling case studies and company profiles accentuate the importance behind his assertion that the next frontier of customer service is convenience in creating customer loyalty in companies of every size.

Hyken is known for his leadership in customer service. His six core concepts should become the creed for creating and sustaining consumer demand and economic success.

“The Convenience Revolution” is destined to create a tidal wave in customer service. The subtitle of the book; “How to Deliver a Customer Service Experience That Disrupts the Competition & Creates Fierce Loyalty” sums up the contents.

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, 978-16495028, $ 24.95, 2018, 208 pages


The Magic Ladder to Success By Napoleon Hill – A Book Report

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Powerful Proven Principles, From the Law of Success Philosophy of Napoleon Hill, author of the bestselling “Think and Grow Rich.

“The Magic Ladder to Success” is based on eight basic motivational principles of the Law of Success Philosophy developed by Napoleon Hill. Step by step Hill leads the reader on the ladder of success to acquire personal power.

Hill goes on to analyze each of the 17 dynamics on which his law of success is composed.

I became so intrigued in my reading that I made copious notes from the information I gleaned especial related to the subjects of self-confidence, imitative, imagination, and concentration.  Other topics I want to reconsider reread, and put into practice include the importance of enthusiasm, self-control, and good health habits.  I found so many new ideas as I carefully read and reviewed principles I have incorporated my life over many years’

“The Magic Ladder to Success” is filled with powerful proven highly motivating principles for finding success today

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, 978-1640950559, $27.95, 2018, 182 Pages

Don’t Step in the Entre-Manure!: Tiptoe Your Way to Entrepreneurial Succes By Bill Matthews – A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Content, Context, Adaptability, Practical, and Proven Concepts

“Don’t Step in the Entre-Manure” quickly defines the primary focus and the objective of the book. Matthews begins with 32 questions in four crucial areas for attaining entrepreneurial success.

·       Leadership

·       Finance, Administration, Planning, and Control

·       Marketing and Sales

·       Productively and Accountability of Employees

Each focuses on a specific theme with practical observations and instruction, a case study example relating to the chapter emphasis, and “tongue in cheek” challenge to

“Check your shoes “for any evidence of Entre-Mature that needs attention.

Chapter titles clearly define the subject matter of the chapter – a tremendous help when locating specific areas you may want to review, develop and improve in your business operation.

Bill Matthews is knowns for a successful career working with business leaders in business management, strategic planning, and education and advisory services.

“Don’t Step in the Entre-Manure!: Tiptoe Your Way to Entrepreneurial Success” is a crucial resource you will want to keep handy for easy reference, review, and application;  this is a book you will want to provide for your leadership staff, department heads, and their workers.
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
978-1640950504, 2018,  $15.99. 148 Pages

Three Feet from Gold: Turn Your Obstacles into Opportunities Sharon L. Lechter and Dr. Greg S. Reid – A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Motivating, Inspiring, Informative, and Entertaining

Sharon L. Lechter and Dr. Greg S. Reid collaborate in this allegorical approach to challenge the reader to persevere; stay with their goal and never to give up their accomplishing their dream.  Each chapter begins with an inspirational quote from Napoleon Hill; followed by practical stories and applications of the critical principles introduced in Napoleon’s classic bestseller, “Think and Grow Rich.”

These classic models from Hill’s writing become a roadmap to success. Gregg uses Autobiographical sketches and life stories accompanied by fictional elements to identify and interpret the crucial principles inspired and promoted by Napoleon Hill.

The authors incorporate all the elements of good storytelling as they follow Greg’s journey as he retraces Hill’s steps to find his potential and accomplish his goals and dreams.  It is their purpose to introduce to today’s generation of young potential leaders the principles of Napoleon Hill using contemporary stories and examples of well-known leaders of today who have and are persevering to reach their dreams.

“Three Feet from Gold: Turn Your Obstacles into Opportunities” is motivational and inspirational, and informational reading at its best.

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. 978-1640950719, $ 15.99, 2018, 242 pages





God Made Me and You – Celebrating God’s Design for Ethnic Diversity By Shai Linne, Illustrated by Trish Mahoney

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Strong Message, Delightful Lyrical Writing, Reinforced with Outstanding Colorful Illustrations

“God Made Me and You – Celebrating God’s Design for Ethnic Diversity” is told using a poetic rhyming style. Trish Mahoney’s art and illustrations capture and significantly enhance and reinforce the application message for children.

The book can be used as a read-aloud book or is an ideal opportunity for advanced readers to read to their younger siblings to and to help them develop their reading skills.

A practical and helpful section for parents introduces Six Ways to Help a Child Appreciate God’s Design for Ethnic Diversity. A letter to parents at the opening of the book becomes the introduction of the book. Linne’s intent for writing the book is “To lead the reader to intentionally pursue and demonstrate a lifelong pursuit of appreciation for ethnic diversity to the glory of God.”

Shai Linne’s book “God Made Me and You” is highly endorsed by pastors, theologians, Christian leaders, and educators.  The book is designed to help children ages five through eleven and fosters embracing people of another color and ethnic differences.

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

New Growth Press, 1301 Carolina Street, Suite 124, Greensboro, NC 27404, 978-1948130154, $ 15.99, 2018




No Matter What – The 10 Commitments of Accountability By Sam Silverstein – Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

A Journey into Valuing People and Understanding Accountability

“No Matter What – The 10 Commitments of Accountability” the title of Sam Silverstein’s new book encapsulates an understanding of accountability I had not considered before. In the book Sam introduces ten core commitments of accountability providing clarity and increased focus, helping the reader get unstuck how to move on.

The book opened my eyes to the importance of keeping my commitments to people and following the 10 Core Commitments as an example to effectiveness in leadership and to accomplish mutual goals in an organizational structure.

Each of the ten chapters concentrates on one of the core commitments to accountability by highlighting key elements, topic highlights, and in-depth discussion.

Silverstein’s writing is highly informative, deeply inspiring, brilliantly formatted, and superbly motivating.

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

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310, 978-1640950160, $ 24.99, 2018, 156 pages

Moving into a New Chapter of Life – Getting Unstuck by Darlene M. Corbett – A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Pursuing the Natural Flow of Movement – Guidelines for Getting Unstuck

In the first chapters of her book “Stop Depriving the World of You – A Guide for Getting Unstuck” Darlene M. Corbett introduces you, the reader, to the relationship of the earth’s movements to man’s personal world, the need for movement and its influence on your life journey.

Chapters ten through fourteen challenges the reader to move forward by guiding them through ten important steps to getting “unstuck,” celebrate your uniqueness, and moving into the “excitement” of the unknown.

A professional speaker, author and success coach, Darlene Corbett, has experienced a multifaceted thirty year career helping people succeed.

Corbett’s writing is stimulating, filled with thought provoking challenges which probe deeply, resulting in self-discovery, and behavioral changes. Chapter after chapter, page after page, and example after example Darlene guides the reader to awaken new talent, develop new skills, and in the ability to excel.

“Stop Depriving the World of You – A Guide for Getting Unstuck” has opened my eyes to exciting new ways through which I can incorporate my skills, passions, and experiences from the past to enter into a new season of life with new aspirations, and new visions, for discovering purpose and fulfillment in the months and years ahead.

I would have liked to have Corbett expand and develop more deeply some of the unique tools, prompts, and exercises introduced in this book. I am looking forward to the publication of her new book, now in process.

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

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-1640950283, $ 15.99, 144 pages


Empower Yourself – 7 Steps to Personal Success – By John Martin – Book Review

Empower Yourself – 7 Steps to Personal Success

By John Martin

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Self-Knowledge, Self-Confrontation, and Self-Realization

A quick review of the chapter titles and a scan of the format of John Martin’s book

“Empower Yourself – 7 Steps to Personal Success” assured me I was in for some good reading, a practical approach and reliable guidelines for self-exploration and encouragement for finding the fulfillment of my life purpose.

John’s writing challenges the reader to push beyond their comfort zone, their routine, and a risk-free life to take the first step: assessing where they are and where they want to be.   Martin then guides the reader in a natural progression step by step program to personal success.

The book’s format and headers throughout each chapter provide a glimpse into the emphasis of information to be covered and become study tools for preview, review and moving forward through action steps toward accomplishing life-changing goals.

John Martin’s “Empower Yourself – 7 Steps to Personal Success” is a book I plan to implement, apply, reread, and review often. It is helping me identify, develop my strengths, and empower me to accomplish my dreams.

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, 978-1640950474,

$ 15.99

Meditation – Nurturing Silence

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We grow dependent on background noises. Walkman and MTV become the security blanket of today’s teenager. Young adults graduate to CD’s, and DVD. The more mature adult settles for talk radio or CNN. Talking cars announce, “You left your lights on.” The Internet tells us, “You’ve got mail.” We are on the alert for the sound of a neighbor’s car alarm, an ambulance, fire engine, or police siren. The sound of the rapid transit in the distance, or a plane overhead, can trigger memories of recent vacations or the sense of rush hour commutes. It is hard for me to imagine the silence experienced by the deaf.

My third-grade teacher taught us a lot about silence. When the noise level of the classroom became a distraction from learning she simply stood in front of the class waiting. In her upraised hand, she held a pin. All eyes faced forward, activity ceased, mouths were clamped shut. We all wanted to hear the pin drop to the floor.

Over the years I have learned other lessons about silence. I have learned that you do not need the isolation of a monastery to find seclusion. You can create your own private chamber, insulated with quietness. Your sanctuary can become a refuge for heart-searching and worship. The inner voice of the spirit can speak to you in moments of stillness.

As a young enlisted man in the Navy, I was often assigned a security watch during the early hours of the morning. Quietly I watched as the sun ascended over the horizon. I learned to use this time for quiet reflection and renewal. In the stillness, time stopped, I waited expectantly. Since then I have purposely continued to set aside a quiet time in the early morning to inquire within, a time for contemplative introspection.

I wondered today about listening for the voice of God in those quiet moments. A ticking clock clamored for my attention. Thoughts pounding like waves beat upon my brain. I heard the cat purring, from my lap. I attempted to nurture silence.

I heard the whirring of the refrigerator. My mind was noisy with screaming distractions. Noises of the world, its pressures, tensions, and frustrations all bottled within me. I heard the furnace blower kick in.

Other distractions crowd out the voice of God. Hurt, loneliness, anger, shame, fear, and guilt compete with success, achievement, and pride.

I waited expectantly. In the stillness, I paused. I listened again. I heard in the cat’s purr, a song of praise. The whine of the furnace became a litany, telling of God’s gift of warmth and shelter. The recurring hum of the refrigerator became a hymn telling of God’s provision of food and nourishment. I heard in the whisper of the spirit’s still small voice, “Wait and watch.” As I gave my ear to listen, I received quiet confidence and inner peace.

All was finally quiet. I was again at peace. I tarried. I moved from the comfort of my chair to my knees, as I knew I was entering the presence of a King, yes, the King of Kings. A car door slammed, an engine started, a neighbor left for work. All too abruptly, I was brought back to the ticking of the clock and the clamor of time.

I had transcended the mundane earthly cares to climb Jacob’s ladder into the divine hush of being alone with my creator. In my pursuit of quietness, I had received the promise of His strength to meet the opportunities of a new day.

The Master-Key to Riches  – By Napoleon Hill – A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Riches Measured in Liberty and Freedom, Relationships and Initiative, Free Enterprise, and Opportunity

Napoleon Hill’s books have been impacting readers for over sixty years. A truly fantastic heritage.  In this edition of “The Master-Key to Riches,” the Napoleon Hill Foundation continue to publish Hill’s works commissioned by Andrew Carnegie. In which Hill formulated the vital success principles used by Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and other great men, in industry.

It was quite a revelation to me to read the testimonials of the men who have established their place in history. Men in this category include endorsements by Former presidents, William H Taft and Woodrow Wilson; as well as men of vision like Alexander Graham Bell, E.M. Statler, Robert Dollar, and Luther Burbank.

Readers will find Napoleon Hill’s principles are practical and sound; and when applied will open up their understanding of The Master Mind Principle, The Twelve Riches of Life, Applied Faith, and Self-Discipline.

“The Master Key to Riches” is a constant on the reference shelf of my library; a book worthy of re-reading often, applying its principles, daily;  a book that should be on the reading list of every college and university student for generations to come.

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, 978-1640950269, $27.95, 2018, 272 pages.