Redefining Rhema – Responding to God’s Voice, Releasing His Purposes on Earth, By Ed Delph & David Lake – A Book Review


Redefining Rhema: Responding to God's Voice, Releasing His Purposes on Earth

 

 

Reviewed By: Richard R. Blake, richard330@yahoo.com

 

How to Listen, Hear, and Apply God’s Word in Everyday Living

Worldwide ministry leader, Ed Delph, and David Lake, pastor, business owner, and marketplace ministry collaborate in this deeply challenging analysis of the principal of the Greek word Rhema as used in the Word of God. In their book “Redefining Rhema – Responding to God’s Voice Releasing His Purposes on Earth” address a Biblical reality of hearing first and speaking second.

The authors are forthright, confident, and authoritative in their presentation. Their work is well documented with a balance of apostolic gift driven ministry and mainstream Christian theology. Pastors, Global Christian Leaders, and other Visionary Missional Leaders highly endorse the book.

Important evidence of validation of the principles presented in the book is found in the chapter “Illuminating Leaders, and Influencers, and mind molders.” In this chapter both men relate testimonies of God’s working in their life story through, a faith-infused utterance from God, providing illumination and direction, clarity and instruction in the next step in their lives.

“Redefining Rhema – Responding to God’s Voice, Releasing His Purposes on Earth” is important reading for Christians worldwide, ready to take the challenge of  “hearing God’s Word” and then “releasing” the message “in the marketplace sanctuary where God has placed you.”

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

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768414783, $16.99, 2017, 288 Pages

 

 

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Heaven an unexpected journey – One Man’s Experience with Heaven, Angels, & the Afterlife, By Jim Woodford with Dr. Thom Gardner – A Book Review


Heaven an unexpected journey – One Man’s Experience with Heaven, Angels, & the Afterlife

By: Jim Woodford with Dr. Thom Gardner

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

 A Compelling Story of Transformation and Hope – A Foretaste of Divine Glory

As a successful airline pilot and businessman, Jim Woodford had a lot going for him. a challenging career, a large home, an adoring wife, a young family, and financial security. Acquiring another new car, another new aircraft did not fulfill his inner void. Jim longed for something deeper.

Jim was never a religious man. Although his wife, Lorraine, was a vibrant Christian, Jim gave very little thought to religion, God, creation, or man’s purpose in life. Matters of faith just were not of much concern. He was motivated by an inner drive and motivation for acquiring more tangible possessions.

Suddenly Jim’s world was spinning out of control. The doctor’s diagnosis was Guillain-Barre ‘disease. He couldn’t work. His livelihood was gone. He has to start selling off assets to keep up his lifestyle, and then one night he ended up in the hospital, his life drained from him. That night he was pronounced clinically dead.

Jim describes the next eleven hours as being sub-consciously aware of being transported into the magnitude of heaven’s awesome splendor, and the horror of the deep blackness of the chasm leading to hell. He relates the reality of his extraordinary experience, the intense brightness, and spectacular sights of heaven, and the awe of being face to face with Jesus.

Jim’s consciousness returned. His life was changed forever. He had called out to God and found the answer to what his soul had been longing for. Jim is taking the message of his journey across America, sharing the good news of heaven, the grace and mercy of God, and the glory of His presence.

Each chapter includes a scripture refuge, profound thought-provoking questions, parallels from Jim’s career as a pilot, and a place for the reader to record or journal an observation, question, personal insight, and a spiritual application.

As you read and reflect on the scriptural you’ll discover, the life-changing message of forgiveness, wholeness, and freedom, resulting from Jim’s journey.

Jim’s story is compelling, and heart-stirring, a clear message with an eternal perspective; inspiring and challenging, a story that will resonate with anyone seeking to deepen their faith and experience a new awareness of Christ’s presence.

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, 978-0768414127, $16.99, 2017, 200 pages,

 

Cares Reflections For Nurses – Traducido al Espanol By Carrie M. Dameron – A Book Review


Cares Reflections For Nurses – Traducido al Espanol

By Carrie M. Dameron

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

52 Inspirational Bible Study Devotionals – with a Passionate Cross Cultural Relevance

“Cares Reflections For Nurses – Traducido al Espanol” by Carrie M. Dameron contains 52 inspirational devotional studies. Each reading offers encouragement to nurses, to strengthen their faith and to pursue the call of God on their life to recognize nursing as a ministry to the sick, the disabled, and to the mentally ill.

A unique feature of the book is the bilingual translation with a cross cultural emphasis. The English language is featured on one side of the page and a Spanish translation on the opposite page; an interesting practical approach for cross cultural training.

The book is designed to equip Christian  nurses to understand how to make spiritual applications in health care situations. Carrie offers practical instructions on to how to implement this concept into specific situations the readers are faced with on a daily basis in the lives of their patients and their families, as well as their colleagues.

Carrie has over 25 years as a professional nurse. She has served in the fields of acute care, home/hospice, and gerontology. She is currently teaching pre-licensure nursing students, and has a regular column in the Journal of Christian Nursing.

“Cares Reflections For Nurses – Traducido al Espanol” is spiritually and theologically significant, inspiring, insightful, filled with practical golden nuggets; an ideal resource for use in a professional classroom, in a one on one mentor relationship, a small group study, or as an individual Bible study devotional.

Nurses for Him – 978-098883620, 2016, $ 5.95, 118 pages

 

 

 

 

Baptized in the Spirit – God’s Presence Resting Upon You with Power By Randy Clark – A Book Review


 

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Celebrating Diversity – Embracing Empowerment – Without Compromise

In his book “Baptized in the Spirit – God’s Presence Resting Upon You with Power” Randy Clark, presents a definitive study on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The book is the culmination of years of study, application, and personal experience in areas operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, prophecies, the gift of tongues, and the gift of impartation. Dr. Clark understands the depth of diversity and opinions prevalent today in Apostolic teaching and Pneumatology.

The book is divided into four parts:

  • Part One describes and defines the Scriptural, historical, and theological, perspectives of six different positions taken on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
  • Part Two provides an introduction to the subject of experiencing the baptism of the Spirit, receiving the baptism, and evidences of the baptism. Clark shares his own story as well as the personal testimonies of a broad spectrum of Christian leaders from different eras and backgrounds to illustrate how individual experiences vary. These stories attest that baptisms have occurred at the time of salvation, deliverance, or surrender.
  • In Part Three, Dr. Jon Ruthven, a mentor of Clark, presents “A New Biblical Understanding of the Sprit.” Ruthven compares Theological traditions on the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the central mission and message of Jesus on the Holy Spirit as found in the four Gospels.
  • Part Four covers issues of holiness, equipping, revival, and more testimonies of Holy Spirit Baptism.

Clark delivers a masterful, Biblically based, historically accurate, and theologically sound resource that crosses denominational positions. “Baptized in the Spirit – God’s Presence Resting Upon You with Power” is destined to become required reading in seminaries, leadership workshops, and seminars.. Theological Professors, Pulpit Ministers, and Bible Teachers, professional and lay, will appreciate Clark’s thorough research, documentation, detailed chapter end-notes, and extensive bibliography.

Randy Clark founder of Global Awakening earned a DMin from United Theological Seminary and is highly recognized by his peers for his credibility and integrity. He is in demand as an speaker, in Bible conferences, international missions, and as a leader in the Apostolic movement.

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, 978-067412345, $15.99, 2017, 254 pages

 

 

40 Questions about Church Membership and Discipline, By: Jerry M. Kimble – A Book Review


40 Questions about Church Membership and Discipline, By: Jerry M. Kimble

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Church Membership and Church Discipline as Components of a Healthy Church

“40 Questions about Church Membership and Discipline” is a unique approach to the study of church membership and church discipline, in that, Dr. Jerry Kimble gives a substantive treatment to the inter relationship of the two issues as being crucial to the health of the church, discipleship, and the ongoing work of sanctification in the believer.  Dr. Kimble introduces the topics from a biblical, historical, theological, and practical viewpoint.

Each chapter begins with one of the 40 questions being addressed in the book, includes an in-depth answer, a summary statement, and reflections questions, for personal consideration, or for use in a small study group. The book is divided into four parts: Part 1: Considers General Questions about Membership and Discipline. Part 2: Addresses General Questions about Church Membership from a theological approach. Part 3: Looks at general questions about Church Discipline. Part 4: concludes with question regarding the significance of membership and discipline.

Dr. Kimble’s writing is succinct, exegetically sound, theologically conventional, and pastorally supportive; extensively researched and well documented. Detailed footnotes add an extra dimension for further study, and will be especially helpful for pastors, bible teachers, and seminary students.

Readers will appreciate Dr. Kimble’s academic depth of in his presentation.  I especially appreciated the authentic concern Kimble reveals in his emphasis on the process of discipline, restoration, and forgiveness. The reflective questions related to the ministry questions are especially thought provoking.

Dr. Jerry M. Kimble is Assistant of Theological Studies at Cedarville, Ohio. His book “40 Questions about Church Membership and Discipline” is an important resource for pastors, church leaders, and elder board members.  Highly Recommended.

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

Kregel Publications, 2450 Oak Industrial Drive NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49505, 978-0825444456, $ 18.99, 2017, 272 pages

 

UNSHAKEN -Standing Strong in Uncertain Times By Jeanne Nigro – A Book Review


Unshaken – Standing Strong in Uncertain Times

By Jeanne Nigro

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Experiencing an Unfathomable Closeness to God in Perilous Times

Honest and open about her personal struggles as a victim of fear, when faced with the uncertainty of these perilous times, Jean Nigro tells her story of experiencing intimacy with God, in “Unshaken – Standing Strong in Uncertain Times.” Readers are challenged to consider the question: How can we make a difference in this turbulent world today until Jesus Returns?

Nigro is passionate about her message of discovering joy in the presence of the Lord.  She describes how our service for God, our activities, and our relationships are all meant to be the result of an overflow of focusing on our main purpose in life, growing in intimacy with God.”

Jeanne uses the analogy of a football game to depict the use of offensive steps and defensive strategies to break free from anything that would block this intimacy. She reveals God’s action plan for the Millennium, and provides important and profound insights into the Old Testament prophecies regarding the role and significance of the feasts of Israel in our worship. Other features of the book include: Practical guidelines for battling spiritual warfare and important concepts on the importance of concentrating on truths already known rather than the questions of the unknown.

“Unshaken” is highly endorsed by well-known Christian leaders as: powerful, relevant, practical and fulfilling. Nigro’s writing is insightful in content, articulate in delivery, and fascinating in discovery. The format of the book grabs the reader’s attention, insures retention, and results in resolution, and action.

“ Unshaken” is highly recommend for anyone inundated by fear as a result of the political and social instability of today’s world, and are looking for a better understanding of God’s plan for the future.

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, 978-0768409994, $ 15.99, 2016, 188 pages,

Manifesting the Power by Smith Wigglesworth – A Book Review


Manifesting the Power of God

By: Smith Wigglesworth

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

Guidelines to Awaken and Manifest the Greatness of the Power within You

“Manifesting the Power of God” is Biblically based and consistent with the  basic tenets of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. The book features never before published writings of Smith Wigglesworth.

Smith Wigglesworth is recognized as a Pioneer in the modern Pentecostal movement. His life demonstrated such a powerful example that he left a legacy which is still impacting and inspiring lives generations later, a full century after his life changing encounter with God.

In a natural progression readers will learn important lessons from the Apostle Paul’s writing in Romans on the results of being filled with the spirit of holiness and be transformed by the quickening power of the spirit of God, His indwelling, anointing, and abiding comfort. They will discover the importance of the gifts of the Spirit and the manifestations of the greatness of His power and how to walk in the fullness of Pentecost while sustaining the Spirit filled life.

“Manifesting the Power of God” is for those individuals “hungry and thirsty” to be “immersed, covered, and flooded” by the anointing power of the Holy Spirit and desirous of impacting this same life and power to others.

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, 97807684708614, $ 16.99, 2016, 208 pages

 

 

 

 

God’s Feminist Movement – Redefining “A Woman’s Place” From a Biblical Perspective by Amber Picota – A Book Review


God’s Feminist Movement – Redefining “A Woman’s Place” from a Biblical Perspective

By: Amber Picota

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

A New Look at Womanhood Embraced by a New Generation – A New Covenant Platform for Christian Women

In her timely, Biblically based book “God’s Feminist Movement” Amber Picota redefines feminism for today’s generation of Christian women. She describes these women as “gracious, humble, wise, gentle yet strong, diligent, and pure in heart; revolutionaries who shape the course of history.”

Her goal is to equip the reader, women and men, co-heirs in the body of Christ, to study the scriptures in light of the historical background, hermeneutics, and the original languages, to put aside preconceived concepts, and to discern for themselves the application of theses passages to make them applicable for a contemporary setting.

The subjects of women in leadership, submission in marriage, headship, and the cost of trail blazing are especially relevant for today. These are important issues that are being faced in business, education, and politics, issues that cannot be minimized in church life. Picota urges the reader to lead the way in breaking away from traditional misconceptions, and trite clichés to claim the promises and follow the patterns of the New Covenant.

I was deeply moved by Amber’s personal testimony of coming to Christ, the struggles that followed and the unique way that God worked in her spirit to a commitment of her life to fulfill His purpose.

Amber writes from heartfelt convictions, her message is convincing, contagious, and commanding. “God’s Feminist Movement – Redefining “A Woman’s Place” from a Biblical Perspective” is important reading for pastors, organizational ministries, and lay leaders in the Church in this and future generations.

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,

978-76809345, $ 15.99, 2016, 176 Pages

Heaven Made Real – A Guide to the Afterlife and Eternity – A Book Review


Heaven Made Real – A Biblical Guide to the Afterlife and Eternity

By: Tim Sheets

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Frequently Asked Questions – Answers on Heaven, Biblical Truths – Straight from God’s Word

Tim Sheets’ book “Heaven Made Real – A Biblical Guide to the Afterlife and Eternity” addresses some of the most frequently asked questions regarding life after death, the reality of heaven,  heaven’s location and appearance, what we will look like and about details of life in heaven.

Tim Sheets refutes some of the fallacies and preconceived misconception “of heaven on earth,” and the importance of assembling together with other believers in the church body. In addition to the mention of Old Testament references of heaven in Deuteronomy, in the book of Joshua, the Psalms, and the prophets, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Isaiah, New Testament references of the Apostles. Matthew, John, Paul, and Peter add a new depth to our understanding of heaven.

Sheets also includes testimonies of contemporary people who have experienced visions and dreams providing comfort and confirmation of loved one being in heaven, while worshiping in the spirit, caught up in the spirit, or praying in the spirit. He rejects some of the misconceptions and preconceived precepts of heaven on earth, and emphasizes the importance of assembling together with other believers in the church body.

I appreciated the deep insight Sheet’s brings to the Great Cloud of Witnesses described in Hebrews, chapter 12 and stimulated a desire to read more from the authors included in Sheet’s research.

“Heaven Made Real – A Biblical Guide to the Afterlife and Eternity” challenges Christians today to live “in this confident expectation…and the promise of eternal rest and of the presence of God Himself.” Challenging.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768411812, $ 14.99, 2016, 214 pages

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

The Principle & Power of Kingdom Citizenship by Dr. Myles Munroe – A Book Review


The Principle & Power of Kingdom Citizenship – Keys to Experiencing Heaven on Earth

By D. Myles Munroe

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc. P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0780768408683, $ 19.99, 2016, 218 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Training Guide for Citizens of the Kingdom of God in the context of the Present Day

In “The Principle & Power of Kingdom Citizenship” Dr. Munroe helps the reader understand the characteristics of a Kingdom, the rights and benefits of citizenship, and the principle of dual citizenship. Dr. Munroe’s gifted teaching style empowers and enables the reader to recognize and enter into their rights as citizens of God’s kingdom.

Dr. Myles Munroe has a distinctive way for taking a complex concept, breaking it down into bite sized chunks, bisecting and dissecting these into visual word pictures that open to the reader a new understanding of an eternal truth. This book is devoted to exploring the uniqueness of Kingdom citizenship drawing from the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels, from the prophecies of Isaiah, and Micah, from the book of Acts and from the writings of the Apostle Paul.

Dr. Munroe presents scriptural truth in a way that illuminates and challenges the reader to accept the responsibility of Kingdom citizenship, to exercise their authority as ambassadors of Christ, and to impact the world around them through the power of the Kingdom of God. This final book written by Dr. Munroe “The Principle & Power of Kingdom Citizenship” is a tribute to his legacy.

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