Napoleon Hill’s Positive Thinking Compiled by Michael Ritt – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Motivating, Inspirational, Life-Changing

“Napoleon Hill’s Positive Thinking” contains step by step proven principles that will help you, the reader, realize your dreams, fulfill your vision, and change your life.

Each of the ten fast-moving chapters addresses one of these steps:

  • Instructional Narrative
  • A Self-Test
  • Learn by Doing Applications
  • Words from the Wise Quotes

Suggestions for additional reading and a complete index add value to this important masterpiece. “Napoleon Hill’s Positive Thinking” is a book you will want to read with a pen in hand. Well worth reading time and time again. Highly recommended.

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, 978-1640951181, $24.95, 1998, 206 pages

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“The Game of Life & How to Play It” by Florence Scovel Shinn – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Personal Success, Entrepreneurship, Postive Attitude

“The Game of Life & How to Play It” by Florence Scovel Shinn is one of the Original Classic Edition, reprint editions of historical artifacts, classic works written in the early 1900s.
Many of the principles from the authors in this series have laid the groundwork for the works of more recent personal success authors, writers, speakers, and life coaches.
Scovel’s insights: into the importance of developing imagination, harnessing the subconscious, experiencing forgiveness, understanding the power of the word, and the law of prosperity are examples of the wealth of material found in her book “The Game of Life & How to Play It.”
Although I can highly recommend this book, I suggest you keep in mind the changes in world view, contemporary American culture, to better enable
the application of these principles personally.
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 17257,9781640951365, $14.99, 2019, 136 pages

 

As A Man Thinketh By James Allen – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Character, Circumstances, Enlightenment, and Happiness

James Allen writes from his life experiences and meditations to inspire and stimulate readers to pursue the concept that we must take personal responsibility for our thought life.

Allen explores the connection between mind, body, and action – to change self-defeating negativity to positive thoughts that influence purpose, achievement, growth, and success.

“As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen is a true classic; filled with powerful lessons on the power of right thinking on men today, their:

  • Character
  • Circumstances
  • Enlightenment
  • Happiness

I can highly recommend “As a Man Thinketh” to readers of a new generation of trendsetters in today’s contemporary age and culture.

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, 978-1640951327, $11.99, 2019, 88 pages

 

 

 

The Art of Money Getting By P. T. Barnum – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Personal Success, Entrepreneurship,

“The Art of Money Getting – or Golden Rules for Making Money” by P. t. Barnum is filled with proven principles gleaned from his life experiences and observations from the lives he touched.

Barnum maintains that personal freedom begins with a change in perspective, establishing new habits resulting in a new satisfaction and sense of wellbeing.

Barnum puts an emphasis on:

  • Assuming Responsibility
  • Maintaining Integrity
  • Living with a Generous Heart
  • Exhibiting Good Heartedness
  • A Deep Faith
  • Life Purpose
  • Vision

Barnum’s illustrations and the stories that back up his principles are sometimes as colorful as the personality he is recognized for. Others may seem blunt or outdated but all are practical, down to earth, and based on a common-sense approach to a life of fulfillment.

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 17257,978-16400951341, $11.99, 2019, 112 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Personal Success, Entrepreneurship, Life-Changing, Impelling

“The Science of Getting Rich” By Wallace D. Wattles is included in the “Original Classic Edition” series, historical works of art, reprinted by Sound Wisdom to preserve the wisdom of great men and women of history in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Author Wallace D. Wattles is recognized as a new thought writer. He is best known for his book “The Science of Getting Rich” published in 1910. Wallace Wattles is widely quoted among new thought and self-help movements. His works are more practical and pragmatic than philosophical or theoretical.

Wattles’ writing is easily understood, direct, and practical in his approach. Step by step he presents a specific plan for making the most of opportunity, developing a thought-form, expanding your vision, expressing gratitude, and achieving your 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, 978-1640951303, $11.99, 2019, 142 pages

 

 

 

The Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to Defeating Water Spirits By Jennifer Leclaire – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Spiritual Warfare Revelations and Strategies to Defeat Them

In her book “The Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to Defeating Water Spirits” Jennifer Leclaire introduces the reader how to recognize and overcome the squeezing stronghold of the Python, detect the lies of the Leviathan, over the spirit of Rahab, and to unleash the power of the Holy Spirit to gain victory to overcome the spiritual forces of water spirits.

Leclaire sheds light on the “Mystery of Behemoth;” provides a new awareness of the spirit of Dagan and the influences of Merman spirits.

The impact of these spirits is prevalent in business today as seen through “the love of money,” in the entertainment industry through an exaggerated emphasis on graphic violence, sexual immorality, an ideology that impacts our families and homes and introduces false gods into church rites and religious teaching.

Step by step Jennifer provides the reader with guidelines to “overcoming demons that twist, suffocate and attack God’s purposes for your life.

Jennifer’s writes with clarity has done extensive research that is well documented, and she is convincing in her approach.

“The Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to Defeating Water Spirits” is an important study for today’s culture.

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, 9780768442946, $16.99. 2018, 208 pages

 

 

 

Brain Storm – An Electrifying Journey By Kate Recore – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Informative, Inspirational, Moving and Challenging

Kate Recore introduces the reader to her world – an unknown stormy journey of night seizures, stress, anxiety, physicians, specialists, and diagnosis errors. Hers is a story of “new norms,” setbacks, and forward leaps.

Kate’s writing is superb – every detail adds to the suspense, empathy, and the experience of vicariously living through the nightmares, seizures, memory lapses, and another misdiagnosis.

“Brain Storm – An Electrifying Journey” is heartwarming, inspirational, and informative, calling for involvement in a crusade bringing to the fore the myths of Epilepsy: encouraging others to tell of their struggles with the disease, and to spread awareness and understanding of the “Brian Storm” of Epilepsy.

Personal experiences, family challenges, and an eighteen-year journey with my wife’s Alzheimer’s disease help me to identify with Kate’s struggles and victories. I can emphasize with the victims of epilepsy, their families, and friends. I can highly recommend Kate Recore’s book “Brain Storm.”

Robert D. Reed Publisher, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon 97411, 978-1944297466, $ 14.95, 2019, 176 pages

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

In Pursuit of Health and Longevity – Wellness Pioneers through the Centuries, By Cal Samra – A Book Review


Health, Physical Fitness, Longevity, Wellness

I am so fortunate to have Cal Samra’s book “In Pursuit of Health and Longevity” come to my attention at this time. I have recently been establishing personal goals in regards to developing a healthier lifestyle, including; physical fitness, health and wellness, mental alertness, and an exemplary contagious faith.

Sal gleans from the wisdom of “Wellness Pioneers through the Centuries” to reveal a commonality among theological and philosophical traditions. Fast moving, poignant stories, pertinent illustrations, hilarious quips, and thought-provoking quotes fill the pages of the book.

From the Hebrew prophet Daniel to the centuries of Jesus and the apostles, the unmercenary Greek physicians Cosmos and Damian M. D.s of the third century, and historical health pioneers. He also explores the philosophies of more contemporary religious leaders of all faiths, health professionals, counselors, philosophers, professional athletes, dieticians, and nutritionists.

Cal Samra is known for his work as lay executive director of the Huxley Institute for Biosocial Research as well as editor of the “Joyful Noise Letters,” a publication providing jokes and anecdotes to pastors to use in their sermons or church publications to introduce light-hearted humor emphasizing the healing power of laughter. This same humor carries throughout “In Pursuit of Health and Longevity.”

As I read a few pages, I pondered the implications and applications for pursuing a healthy lifestyle. In another few pages, I laughed from the depth of my belly. The mood changed again – tears flowed, followed by a sense of gratefulness.

“In Pursuit of Health and Longevity – Wellness Pioneers through the Centuries” is a must-read for individuals concerned with health, nutrition, and fitness as well as personal trainers, pastors, and physicians.

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

Robert D. Reed Publishers, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goals – How to Get the Most Out of Your Life Zig Ziglar – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Step by Step, Day by Day Formula for Accomplishing Your Goals

 I began to follow Zig Ziglar’s career in the earlier 1980s. Ziglar was fast becoming a household name, known for his books and seminars with a life improvement emphasis promoting the energy of change.

As I put his principles into practice, my dreams and life goals began to move forward. As I look back over my career, I recognize the impact of Ziegler’s influence on my life.

Eighteen months ago, my wife of 62 years passed away. Although I was devastated by the loss, I set a goal for the next year – a goal I did not actually attain. I wish I had the benefit of Goals – How to Get the Most of Your Life at that point.

Today encouraged by Zig’s writing, I am excited about using his Nine Steps to Setting Goals.  Today I am setting long-range, ongoing goals in areas of the physical, social, spiritual, and family. I plan to follow his step by step instructions for establishing and reaching goals, maintaining a quality of life, new motivation, and higher energy.

I can highly recommend Zig Ziglar’s Goals – How to Get the Most Out of Your Life.

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, 978-640950900, $24.95, 2019

Patient Heal Thyself – A Remarkable Health Program Combining Ancient Wisdom with Groundbreaking Clinical Research By Jordan Rubin – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Healthy Physical Fitness, Secrets of Health and Longevity Life Styles

I have been diagnosed to have four chronic illnesses: high blood pressure, diabetes, a heart issue, and Barret’s esophagus. Recently my primary care physician referred me to a dietician. As a result of this, I have been reminded of the need for a balanced diet, exercise, and a positive outlook on life.

Jordan Rubin’s book Patient Heal Thyself – A Remarkable Health Program Combining Ancient Wisdom with Groundbreaking Clinical Research came to my attention at just the right time.

I was inspired by Jordan’s personal healing journey and the remarkable discoveries he made when he combined ancient wisdom with clinical research. I was also encouraged by the “comeback stories” and dramatic natural healing stories included in the narrative.

I am determined to combine the in-depth nutritional understanding I have grasped from The Maker’s Diet Healing Program and healing protocols to establish a program to provide my body with the nutritional tools needed to overcome my chronic illnesses.

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

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., Post Office Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768443523, $ 17.95, 2018, 352 Pages