Prayers Declarations and Strategies, for Shifting Atmospheres By Dawna De Silva – A Book Review


 

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Spiritual Warfare, Transformation, Victory, and Release

Each of the 90-day readings in Dawna De Silva’s book “Prayers Declarations & Strategies for Shifting Atmospheres” incorporates a Scripture passage, a brief commentary, a sample prayer, and a suggested declaration.

Over the last 30 – 45 days I have been blessed, challenged and strengthened as I read and meditated on the suggested prayer and declaration. I was then able to personalize the results to formulate a personal application and strategy.

Dawna’s depth of spiritual understanding, passion, and faith are apparent in her writing.  Her book “Prayers Declarations & Strategies” is a significant devotional tool for every Christian concerned and actively enlisted in contending against in Spiritual warfare.

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, 978-0768418897, $14.99, 2018, 230 pages

 

 

 

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Prophetic Words for 2019 By Larry Sparks – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Redemption, Renewal, Revival, and Revelation

Publisher, author, and seminar leader Larry Sparks is well known and highly respected for his leadership in the Charismatic and Pentecostal movement. In his book “Prophetic Words for 2019,” Larry has compiled significant writings from world-renowned prophets, emerging prophetic voices, apostolic leaders, and bestselling authors with a vision for revival, renewal, and visionary revelations.

Each of these participants relates important revelations they have received from the Lord telling of the Holy Spirit’s mighty outpouring and of prophecies with a global impact for the year 2019. These visions, dreams, and encounters are already being fulfilled as we see cooperation and harmony developing among church leaders today, translating into societal reformation around the world in areas of significant advances.

  • In artificial intelligence
  • In the automobile industry
  • In aerospace engineering
  • In new technology in generating electricity
  • In computer engineering

I was encouraged by the evidence of an exciting movement in cyber evangelism and discipleship, the awakening of the Church, and an upcoming revival greater than anything we have seen in the past.

“Prophetic Words for 2019” is a wakeup call for Christians to partner in prayer and watch the purposes of God unfold in this season of redemption, renewal, revival, and revelation.

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, Spartanburg, PA 17257, 978-0768446395, 2019, 194 pages

Stories of Divine Healing – Supernatural Testimonies that Ignite Faith for Your Healing By Randy Clark – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

The Power of Testimony – Life Changing Miracles

Randy Clark’s new book “Stories of Divine Healing – Supernatural Testimonies that Ignite Faith for Your Healing” is packed with testimonies, stories, and simple teaching on activating the Holy Spirit’s healing presence.

The book is organized alphabetically by subject matter from the testimonies of people who found incredible healing from cancer through to the urinary system, including spiritual breakthroughs, deliverance, marriage and family healing, and global awakening. A convenient and complete index is included at the close of the book for easy referencing.

Although in reasonably good health for my age, since becoming a Senior Citizen I have faced several health issues. I read with interest the testimonies of those healed from arthritis, diabetes, and heart issues. These stories have renewed my determination to earnestly pray for supernatural intervention and healing.

Randy Clark is the founder of Global Awakening, an international conference speaker, active in missions and leadership training.

I can highly recommend “Stories of Divine Healing – Supernatural Testimonies that Ignite Faith for Your 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, 978-768416343, $21.99, 2018, 272 pages

 

 

 

Thoughts are Things By Prentice Mulford with Modern commentary by Shawn Doyle CSP – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A MAP for Success

Prentice Mulford is considered by many to be the grandfather of motivation thinking as we know it today. He was 100 years ahead of this time. His influence has impacted the motivational thinkers of today in areas of:

  • The Law of Attraction
  • Positive ThinkingMind – Body – Connection
  • The Power of Self Talk

Chapter by chapter Shawn Doyle captures the essence of Prentice Mulford’s book “Thoughts are Things” capsulizes them and reiterates the content in a MAP for success for today’s reader. In three to five pages Doyle succinctly:

  • Identifies the Main points
  • Suggests an Application for consideration
  • Plan of Immediate Action

Doyle’s insight helped clarify my understanding of Mulford’s principles in a way I can now readily translate them into applicable action steps. I am moving forward in areas of: forward thinking, cultivating courage, and in attracting aspiration.

I am confident that these same tools will help you to develop these same practices, tools, and skills for application, and implementation to accomplish your goals as well as find a richer, fuller life.

I am already looking forward to reading book two in the Motivational Mentor Series.

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, 978-1640950054, $15.95, 2017, 236 pages

 

Motivate This: How to Start Each Day with an Unstoppable Attitude to Succeed By Steve Rizzo – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Success Strategies for Staying Motivated

Bill Rizzo is recognized as “the attitude adjuster.” He is highly sought after as a motivational speaker, is a successful author, and standup comic.

I started to scan Steve Rizzo’s book “Motivate This” thinking I would get a sense of the format, chapter contents, and other highlights – from the preface to the final reflection I found myself, page by page, intentionally focused on reading word by word, sentence by sentence, diligently filling in blanks in the “Now it’s your Turn”  response section.

Steve has a timeless message simple, relatable, and engaging. He writes with passion, humor, enthusiasm, and common sense for all ages. Steve’s writing is endorsed as “outstanding, inspirational, and memorable” by leaders in business, finance, and industry.

“Motivate This: How to Start Each Day with an Unstoppable Attitude to Succeed” will help you, the reader, streamline your mindset, find motivation, “embrace change, improve your skills, maintain a positive attitude, and enjoy life more.”

I can heartily endorse Bill’s book, he has reminded me of the importance of purpose, balance, gratitude, and perspective.

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

Sound Wisdom. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-164950696, $15.99, 2019, 176 Pages

Seeing Behind the Veil – 100 Invitations to Intimate Encounters with the Holy Spirit By Ana Werner – A Book Review


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

Informative, Inspirational, and Relevant

In her book “Seeing behind the Veil – 100 Invitations to Intimate Encounters with the Holy Spirit” bestselling author Ana Werner relates refreshing, real life experiences of encounters with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. She shares stories from her own life as examples of entering into God’s presence.

Each chapter challenges the reader to examine their spiritual hunger for more of God which results in considering poignant, probing, questions relevant to a personal relationship with God.

Ana’s experiences of entering into God’s presence; radiate a childlike nature that exemplifies the faith Jesus talks about in Matthew 18, and demonstrates the joy of entering into His Joy with expectancy, and belief.

“Seeing Behind the Veil” is a book you will want to keep handy for those days when things start all wrong. These invitations, when accepted will draw you into God’s presence, restore confidence, increase faith, and give you the needed strength for every trial.

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

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768443830, $16.99, 2018, 220 Pages

The Prophetic Voice of God – Learning to Recognize the Language of the Holy Spirit By Lana Vawser – A Book Review


 

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

 

“For Such a Time as This” – an exciting response to God’s Call

 

In her book “The Prophetic Voice of God” Lana Vawser relates her story,  her step by step spiritual journey. This is Lana’s personal experience, of listening for the voice of God through His written Word, dreams, visions, and signs. Her writing is authentic, articulate and inspirational, a handbook of foundational teaching on learning to recognize the language of the Holy Spirit.

Lana is expressive and convincing. I was moved by her transparency, deeply personal writing style, and her relentless resolve to respond to God’s call on her life. Page after page of scripture examples and promises add credence to her teaching.

The Prophetic Voice of God – Learning to Recognize the Language of the Holy Spirit” is filled with examples and promises of life-changing experiences, model prayers, activations, and declarations. Anyone ready to embark on a fresh approach to engaging in hearing and proclaiming the prophetic will of God will resonate with Lana’s exciting testimony.

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- 0768418033, $16.99, 2018, 185 pages

 

 

Longing for His Appearing – Finding Hope & Victory in the Promise of Jesus’ Return By Derek Prince – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, Richard

Hope, Promise, Purpose, Destiny, and Mission

“Longing for His Appearing” is the result of years of Derek Prince’s deep study and the meditation of the scriptures; a study that led to self-examination and longing for Christ’s appearance.

Prince’s writing infuses the writer with an expectancy, motivation, in anticipation of the resurrection of Jesus and union with Him. I appreciated his compelling word pictures, new perspectives, and practical approach to understanding the scriptural basis of his work.

Step by step Prince leads the reader through the reasons we should be excited about Jesus’ coming resurrection, ushering in His reign on earth as the promised Messiah, the completion of our salvation and the cosmic scope of all that God is doing.

Other important teaching includes practical ways in which our longing for His return will cause us to live in a manner that is different from those not longing for His return.

  • Personal Holiness and Blameless Hearts
  • Continuing Prayer
  • Distraction by Worldly Traps
  • Hastening the Day of His Coming
  • The Restoration of Israel to her Messianic Heritage

“Longing for His Appearing – Finding Hope & Victory in the Promise of Jesus’ Return” is power packed prophecy with an important emphasis on proclaiming the message of the gospel kingdom to all nations of the world.

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

Destiny Image Publisher’s Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-768418613, $12.99, 2018, 164 pages

Overflow – Living Saturated in the Presence and Power of the Spirit Larkins, Rod W. – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Refreshing Look at Living in the Power of God’s Presence

“Overflow” is an invitation to the reader to become saturated in the presence and Power of the Spirit. Pastor Rod W. Larkins guides the reader in a discovery of the hidden treasures and mysteries of the Scriptures; exploring the resources of the deep, and the work of the Holy Spirit in the Christian’s life.

Pastor Rod’s writing is impassioned and passionate. He urges spiritually shallow and mature Christians alike to pursue Jesus, pray for a deeper hunger for Him; moving from “attending” church to “being the church.” I was challenged to: abide in His presence, spend more time in His Word, recognize His holiness, the importance of prayer fasting, and offering Him praise,

Larkins introduces the reader to four levels of revelation: The Quickening, Visions, Dreams, and discerning the voice of God. He uncovers hidden mysteries and secrets of the kingdom of heaven and how to access his treasures.

“Overflow – Living Saturated in the Presence and Power of the Spirit” is much more than a book for casual reading. It is worthy of rereading, review, and study, and then a regular refresher course in experiencing the manifestation of the Spirit’s power in your life.

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, 978-0768446777, $16.99, 2018, 204 pages

Awakening Pure Worship – Cultivating a Closer Friendship with God By Jeff Deyo -A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Experiencing God in a Deeper Way

It is always good to find a new author who writes in a genre that identifies with you and your passion. Jeff Deyo struck just that kind of chord with me. Jeff not only has a passion for worship but a gift of communication that resonates with the reader.

“Awakening Pure Worship” describes a holistic approach to worship; a lifestyle of prayer which invites the presence of God into all areas of your life, biblical worship expressed in up to date terms for a modern age.

Jeff uses a conversational style, reader-friendly, as he relates experiences of his spiritual journey; his authentic search for God. Jeff’s fervor is contagious, as the words of his compelling call to worship appear to “jump off the page” in a celebration of unrestrained praise.

Each chapter opens with a quote from a well-known pastor, author, or worship leader that establishes a desire on the part of the reader to linger in the presence of God, more profoundly, more fully, and more deeply.

Jeff’s writing is refreshing, transformational; “Awakening Pure Worship” is a book for anyone seeking a fresh encounter with God in worship. I have personally been helped by Jeff’s writing and am asking Jesus to rekindle in me the desire to experience a growing, passionate, daily connection with Jesus God, by “cultivating a closer friendship with Him.

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, 978-0768442861, $ 16.99, 2018, 242 Pages