Gospel Fluency Handbook” By Jeff Vanderstelt and Ben Connelly – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Gospel Fluency Handbook: A Practical Guide To Speaking The Truths of Jesus Into the Everyday Stuff of Life

The Gospel in Me, the Gospel with Us, and the Gospel to Others

“Gospel Fluency Handbook” provides in-depth studies of the Gospel with a concentration on helping the reader recognize areas of unbelief to strengthen and grow in their faith equipping the reader to live the gospel message as the central purpose of daily life immersing them in their local community culture. Practical and interactive penetrating self-examination questions call for a keen sense of honesty, transparency, and accountability among the participants.

Each of the eight-week chapters includes guided readings, reflections, group discussions, exercises, and suggestions for prayer. Themes are centered on foundational truths of the creation, the fall, redemption, the new creation, the fullness of Christ, and unity in the faith. The authors differentiate between “Bible Fluency” and “Gospel Fluency” to address topics related to culture shifts and demonstrate how the impact of “Gospel Fluency” becomes a life-changing reality. A helpful appendix explains over a dozen defining theological concepts.

The handbook is designed to be used in a group or community and is structured for interactive discussion which encourages personal Christian growth, application to daily life, becoming fluent in expressing and proclaiming your faith, and reaching beyond to the ends of the earth. Whether used in a class or as an individual learning experience, you will want to participate in a fellowship of believers to encourage you to share the good news of Jesus that can change lives forever.

Saturate Publishing, 227 Bellevue Way N. E. # 224, Bellevue, Washington 98004, 978-0996849326, $ 24.66, 2017, 262 pages

 

 

 

 

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New Covenant Culture – Redefining Normal Christianity – By Dr. Jonathan Welton


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Experience the Fullness of Your New Covenant Identity

In his book “New Testament Culture – Redefining Normal Christianity” Dr. Jonathan Welton, founder of Welton Academy Supernatural Bible School Online, a best-selling author, and founder of the Better Covenant Theology, calls readers to embrace their full New Covent identity, and experience the supernatural in their concept of living the “normal Christian life.”

Unique features of the “The New Covenant Culture includes concepts of:

  • The importance of taking personal responsibility for sustaining revival
  • The unconditional acceptance into God’s family
  • Walking in the full truth of the freedom that Jesus provides
  • Praying bold authoritative prayers

“New Covenant Culture – Redefining Normal Christianity” is not a book for casual reading. Readers will want to preview the chapter titles and subheadings within each chapter to get a glimpse of the panoramic view of the Better Covenant Theology and the Five-fold Covenant, five myths about revival, and the family paradigm, before beginning a serious reading and study of the book. It is a great resource for small groups or individual study.

Dr. Welton writing is well organized, providing summary statement conclusion, backed by scripture, with activation exercises, examples from the lives of Biblical characters, and interesting insights into historical perspective, and prophetic interpretations. He includes a chapter with compelling teaching on the resurrection of the dead.

“New Covenant Culture – Redefining Normal Christianity” will resonate with Dr. Welton’s earlier readers and a new generation of Five-Fold ministers

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, 978-0768417528, $16.99, 2017, 214 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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