Is God Really Good? By Bill Johnson – A Book Review


 

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

Tough Questions Answered About the Goodness of God

Bill Johnson, the senior leader of Bethel Baptist Church in Redding, California and bestselling author, answers the toughest and most common questions about the goodness of God in his book “Is God Really Good?”

This book is based on the result of a series of interview questions relative to how this question is answered impacts the faith and life of the believer. Theme based chapters include questions on the subjects of:

  • Your Destiny
  • Intimacy with God
  • Disease and Pain
  • Evangelism
  • Dealing with Disappointment

Other chapters look at God’s goodness in the Old Testament, grace, poverty, the power of hope, and many other important biblical faith-building foundational truths from the scriptures.

Pastor Bill Johnson draws from his rich heritage in ministry in responding to each of these probing questions. A unique feature of this book is the confident relaxed conversational style and heartfelt passion that define Pastor Bill’s walk with the Lord. I felt I was in the room participating in a discussion with a small group of friends in a home Bible study, comfortable in the presence of the spirit of the Lord in our midst.

 “Is God Really Good?” will resonate with Pastor’s Christian counselors, church leaders, and parents, who will find the book to be a valuable resource for hurting parishioners, discouraged or disillusioned  Christians, and troubled teens.

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

Destiny Image Publisher, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768416114, $14.99, 2017, 176 pages

 

 

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School of His Presence – Walking in Power, Intimacy, and Authority, on Earth As It Is In Heaven By Kynan Bridges – A Book Review


 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Insights into Walking in the Power, Authority, and through the Confidence of the Spirit of God within You

International minister, pastor, and bestselling author Kynan Bridges passionately appeals his readers to pursue a lifestyle of the supernatural power of God available through his presence in our lives. “School of His Presence” puts an emphasis on practical teaching on how, as Christians, we can consistently experience the presence and power of the Spirit of God within.

Unique features found in “School of His Presence” include:

  • Highlighted keys to supernatural living
  • Prayers of Activation which result in enlightenment, understanding, and revelation
  • Probing Questions which lead to discovery, discussion, and interaction
  • Stimulating Practicums with exercises and applications for equipping readers for taking action
  • An inviting format style that offers the reader a continuous flow of stimulating insights and scriptural truths

Bridges writes with a dynamic style. His profound insights challenge the reader to adopt the principles of seeing through the eyes of Jesus, experiencing heaven on earth, walking in authority, the glory of God, intimacy with God, living in and from God’s presence, and many more.

“School of His Presence – Walking in Power, Intimacy, and Authority on Earth as It Is In Heaven” will resonate with readers seeking a lifestyle of experiencing God’s presence and power every day.

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

Destiny Image Publishers, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768415001, $16.99, 2017, 198 pages

 

 

World View – Grace and Truth in Our Common Life – By Marvin Olasky – A Book Review


World View – Best  bestselling writer eking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life – By Marvin Olasky

New Growth Press, Greensboro, N. C., 978-1945270833, 2017, 200 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Guidelines for Developing a Discerning Commitment to Communicating the Christian Faith through our Conduct and Conversation

“World View – Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life” is made up of a collection of columns from World Magazine.  These theme-based articles challenge us as a reader to reexamine changes in institutions and causes we have advocated and defended, and to recognize where we may need to make changes in our perspectives.

In an era of insecurity, economic uncertainty, and widespread injustices, Olasky choreographs the reader step by step through the basics of demonstrating a Christian World View on the themes of institutions, racial reconciliation, environmentalism, and immigration.  He encourages the reader to consider being emphatic but passionate, with an emphasis on humility and humanity, while creating an atmosphere of harmonious tension.

Marvin Olasky, bestselling author and editor in chief of World Magazine, is also highly recognized for his excellence in journalism, educational endeavors, and leadership in community efforts.  Dr. Olasky’s The Tragedy of American Compassion was named as one of “eight books that changed America” by Philanthropy magazine.

Dr. Olasky’s writing provides a balance of heartfelt conviction and reflective compassion, expressed through a genuine attitude of humility. Olasky’s Insight inspires the reader to take positive action, in areas of ethical commitments and biblical precepts.  His compassion captures my own, often unspoken, deep convictions.

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

http://litfusegroup.com/author/MOlasky

Well – Healing Our Beautiful, Broken World from a Hospital in West Africa, By Sarah Thebarge – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Lessons You Can Learn when Love Looks Around

After reading the editorial reviews on Sarah Thebarge’s new book, “Well – Healing Our Beautiful, Broken World from a Hospital in West Africa” I knew I had to read the book for myself. I thought I was ready to consider the hard questions we seldom want to face.

Author, Sarah Thebarge, a spokesperson for Compassion International, describes the seemingly hopeless conditions in Togo, West Africa, including the suffering, disease, the cultural conditions, and the discomfort of the climate extremities.

Chapter after chapter, Sarah kept me spellbound as she related her experiences. From baggage claim at the airport in Lomé the capital city of Togo, her first shift on the job at the Hospital of Hope in Togo, right on through her three months of Medical Ministry, I was drawn into the reality of a broken world and burdened by a deep concern to find my place in making a positive difference in the healing process.

Sarah writes with candor and an intense vulnerability that draws the reader into the conflicting reactions of the physically demanding, and emotionally challenging trauma of her experiences and in her search to find hope in an intolerable situation. Sarah’s writing grips your heart. Her sense of compassion becomes contagious.

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

Faith Words, Hattchet Book Group, Inc.1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N. Y., 10104, 978-1455553198, $20.00, 2017, 322 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

 

 

A Small Book About a Big Problem – Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace By Edward T. Welch


 

A Small Book about a Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace A Small Book About a Big Problem – Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace

By Edward By Edward T. Welch

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

Tame Anger, Develop Patience, Pursue Peace

“A Small Book About a Big Problem” is made up of 50 brief reflections that address the subjects of anger, patience, and peace. These thought-provoking vignettes are designed to expose the reader to the destructive effect of anger and to set them on the path to exchange anger for patience and to experience the compassion of Christ leading to a life of peace.

Penetrating questions help the reader consider their issues with anger.

  • Does your anger hide behind more innocent words? What are your innocent words and what are they saying?
  • How does anger feel?
  • In your anger, what are you really saying to God?
  • Have you confessed your anger?

Ed Welch is a Biblical Counselor and licensed psychologist, author, and faculty member at Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation. Ed is highly thought of among his peers. His writing is based on Biblically sound teaching, helping the reader to take an honest look at how anger is impacting, family and social relationships, as well as the emotional, physical, and spiritual impact on health.

“A Small Book About a Big Problem” is described as: “rich, insightful, and piercing; as eminently probing and practical. The importance of God’s grace, mercy, and His plan of forgiveness through Jesus is presented with clarity. Think your reading as a 50-day adventure in overcoming the battle with anger.

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

New Growth Press, Greensboro, N. C., 27404, 978-1945270130, $ 17.99, 2017, 192 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

 

 

 

 

Preparations for a Move of God … in your life – By: Dr. Sandra G. Kennedy A Book Review


Reviewed by: Richard R. Blake

Foundational Principals for Renewal, Overcoming Obstacles, and a Living a Victorious Life

Dr. Sandra Kennedy’s book, “Preparations for a move of God … in your life” offers the reader clear, concise, instructions on how to  position our Christian life for spiritual growth through a faith expectancy on God, so that He can intervene, change our perspective on our situations, circumstances and problems; increase our faith, and transform our life.

Dr. Kennedy introduces fundamental foundational truths and principles which allow God to infiltrate and change every facet of our lives, as we diligently seek his presence, and make a volitional surrender to the Lordship of Christ. Kennedy shows how the power of true faith produces action. She describes how revelation produces heart knowledge in the process and how renewing our minds and confessing the word can turn our stumbling blocks in to stepping stones.

“Preparations for a Move of God” clearly proclaims promises from the uncompromised Word of God with solid step by step teaching on faith that results in healing, and victory. Dr. Kennedy has a calling and passion for the Church to have a worldwide impact with a far reaching message of the splendor and glory of God.

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, 978-0768418293, $9.99, 2017, 72 pages