God is at Work – A Divine Appointment


We were returning a computer to Circuit City for diagnosis and repair. Thelma let me off at the customer service department and proceeded to park the car. I hurried into the store.

We were having problems with our new 1994 Compaq Computer. I resented the inconvenience caused by technology and the incompetence of the technicians who assembled the parts. The attendant ignored me. I was just about to voice my impatience.

Suddenly I remembered my prayer request earlier in the day. I  prayed “Lord, make yourself recognizable to others through my life today. The impatience, anger, and resentment begin to dissolve.

Once the transaction was completed I returned to the car. Thelma turned on the ignition. Nothing happened. The battery was dead. My resolve deteriorated and resentment again reared its ugly head. After a lively skirmish with the Spirit, He replaced the “Why” with a calm acceptance of seeing God at work.

Forty-five minutes later we were climbing up into the cab of the tow truck. The young serviceman had been unable to get our battery to take a charge; Three abreast, high up in the cab, we headed for CarTech Auto Repair.

Our conversation turned to spiritual concerns. Jeff was engaged to be married. Together we discussed the importance of the church to a new family. We invited him to join us for worship. Jeff expressed readiness and determination to return to church.

Computer replacement, car repair, and heart restoration achieved in one, chock full hour of God’s afternoon. Within minutes the mechanic at the garage had the car started and the battery charging.

I learned afresh the significance of recognizing God at work around me. I offered Him my thanks for answered prayer and praise for the way He responds to our prayers.

 

 

 

Judgment on the House of God: Cleansing & Glory Are Coming, By Jeremiah Johnson, A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Purity, Righteousness, and Judgment, Prophetic, Timely, and Relevant

In the book “Judgment on the House of God: Cleansing & Glory Are Coming,” Jeremiah Johnson confronts the reader with the reality of God’s love, purity, righteousness, and judgment. His writing is prophetic, timely, and relevant. Johnson writes with a spirit of wisdom and revelation.

I took special note of the message alerting those in the ministry of the dangers of addiction to the ministry, “too much time working for God, not enough time waiting on God while adoring Him.

The focus on the life of Jesus as He walked on earth as a man, drawing on intimacy for his authority became a personal challenge for me.

The summation in chapter eleven is a call to revival and a reminder of the need for a cleansing of the house of God and the resultant glory.

Jeremiah Johnson, recognized for his prophetic teaching and international conference ministry. is the founder and director of MaranathaSchool of Ministry, a training center that sends our end-time messengers worldwide. 

I can wholeheartedly recommend Jeremiah Johnson’s “Judgment on the House of God: Cleansing & Glory Are Coming.”

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

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257,9780768454772, $1499, 2020, 148 pages

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

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