Training for Harvest – Stopping for the One, Believing for the Multitudes By: Rolland & Heidi Baker – A Book Review


Training for Harvest – Stopping for the One, Believing for the Multitudes, By: Rolland & Heidi Baker

Reviewed by: Richard R. Blake

Equipping and Training – Preparation for World Mission and Reaping a Harvest

“Training for Harvest” is and interactive workbook designed to recruit, equip and train men and women for Kingdom ministry assignments around the world.  The manual is designed as a training tool for anyone who has answered the call to become a part of a team dedicated to reaping the harvest of nations around the world. Participants  will receive a clear sense of purpose and destiny, experience transformation, know intimacy with Jesus, grow in their faith, and access the resources of heaven for ministering signs, wonders, and miracles.

The book is made of 16 sessions, topical lessons, exploring who God is, who you are, and the components of your assignment. Each session contains:

  • A Session Summary
  • Main Concepts from the Session
  • Devotional Challenges with in depth reflective questions

 

The main concept studied in each session builds in a progression of foundational truths, for example: An introduction to Jesus, the centrality of the cross, friendship with God, and God’s sovereignty.

 

Part Two includes our identity, overshadowed by God’s presence, the results of a yielded life and true holiness. Part Three looks what it means to appropriate Christ; find God’s will and direction, and commitment. Part Four looks at mission basics: Cultural assimilation, language learning, and dealing with culture shock.

 

Roland and Heidi Baker, have a vision for global outreach and mission. After serving as missionaries in Indonesia and Hong Kong, the Bakers followed God’s leading to Mozambique in southeast Africa in 1995. Through their ministry, they see God at work by miraculously providing food for thousands of children every day. The Bakers are founders and Directors of Iris Global, a network of more than 15,000 churches, Bible schools, primary schools and remote outreach programs. They live in Mozambique, Africa.

The Bakers deliver a bold message, bathed in prayer, with a positive, powerful affirmation of the awesomeness of God’s greatness and the potential of the challenge of Global Harvest. “Training for Harvest – Stopping for the One, Believing for the Multitudes” is highly endorsed by International Christian leaders serving in Global ministries around the world.

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, 978-01768410785, $24.95, 2017, 268 Pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Saturate Field Guide – Principles & Practices for Being Disciples of Jesus in the Every Daily Stuff of Life” – A Book Review


Saturate Field Guide – Principles & Practices for Being Disciples of Jesus in the Every Daily Stuff of Life

By Jeff Vanderstelt & Ben Connelly

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

A Guide for Understanding the Theology, Philosophy, and Practice of Christian Discipleship

“Saturate Field Guide – Principles & Practices for Being Disciples of Jesus in the Every Daily Stuff of Life” is designed to encourage group interaction, and to inspire individual thought provoking introspection and self evaluation. Specific exercises facilitate personal Christian growth, and equip them to reproduce followers of Jesus.

The material is formatted to be used over an eight week period, with different lessons for each of six days per week. To receive the greatest benefit from the course; it is anticipated that each lesson may require approximately one hour per day. An added feature of the manual is in the design to lay flat during study.

The authors have a heart for discipleship, and a passion to saturate participants in the gospel, to intentionally live Christ like lives in the mundane routines of everyday life. “Saturate Field Guide – Principles & Practices for Being Disciples of Jesus in the Every Daily Stuff of Life” is an excellent disciple teaching manual for anyone desirous to live a life of influence and impact on others while growing in Christian character and vision for mission themselves.

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

Saturate, 227 Bellevue Way NE # 224Bellevue, Washington 98004

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life Lessons from Proverbs by Jack Nordgren – A Book Review


Life Lessons from Proverbs, By Jack Nordgren

Create Space Independent Publishing Platform, 978-1500252434, $ 9.95, 2014, 108 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Thoughtful Wise Words to Live By

In his book “Life Lessons from Proverbs” Jack Nordgren draws practical applications for daily life from selected verses found in the book of Proverbs; through personal stories from Jack’s own life experiences.

A unique feature of Jack’s writing is his “down to earth” way of communicating truths, in practical terms that speak to the heart. He is open and honest in his writing.  He writes with an amazing insight into human nature and the resultant consequences of sin and selfish desires; the pain divorce, the chains of addictions, tragedy, hurt and suffering. He also offers encouragement with stories of the blessings of reconciliations and changed lives.

Each chapter is filled with hands-on guidelines for practical living and with suggestions for effective ministry, including: lessons on listening, lessons from the lottery, and the secret of facing the fear of sudden disaster.

Jack’s earlier books tell of his spiritual journey, from surfing in Lake Michigan to a call to Chaplaincy and a ministry to surfers on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii. “Wave Chasers’ Volume I and II tell of searching for surf on Lake Michigan and on the Great Lakes.

Jack writes for surfers, men and women. Life Lessons from Proverbs is a book and  for all readers facing the struggles and challenged of life today.

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

 

 

 

The Physics of Heaven, by Judy Franklin and Ellyn Davis – A Book Review


The Physics of Heaven

By: Judy Franklin & Ellyn Davis

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257

978-04768407853, $ 15.99, 2015, 192 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Encountering Jesus – A Glimpse of Things to Come

In  their book “The Physics of Heaven” authors Judy Franklin and Ellyn Davis collaborate in this amazing exploration of  ways the elements of sound, light, energy, vibration, and quantum physics are being used to access a new realm of divine encounters today. The authors draw from interviews with and the writings of highly respected leaders in areas of spiritual warfare, gifts, prophetic dreams and visions, and supernatural experiences in the spiritual realm.

Bill Johnson, Senior pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, California challenges readers to recognize “We have the opportunity to affect the direction and flow of history…to take hold of the future…The future is now, and it belongs to us.”

An interview with Larry Randolph, author of “User Friendly Prophesy” discusses Spiritual Synesthesia of how is at work through all of our spiritual, emotional, and physical senses. He believes we are on the verge of experiencing Pentecost on a whole new level.

Other contributors also point the way to multidimensional perspectives with regards to recovering our spiritual inheritance, discerning the authentic, and extracting the precious through a composite of insights discovered as through explorations into new paradigms of reality and a deeper understanding of God’s reality.

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

Snakes in the Temple – Unmasking Idolotry in the Church, by David Orton – A Book Review


Snakes in the Temple – Unmasking Idolatry in Today’s Church

By: David Orton

Destiny Image Publishers Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257

978-07684080010, $ 16.99, 2015, 268 pages

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

Holy Spirit Inspired Revelation – True Biblical Reformation

In the book “Snakes in the Temple – Unmasking Idolatry in Today’s Church,” visionary and prophetic teacher David Orton challenges his readers to consider the possibilities of reformation, revival, and worldwide spiritual awakening if the Christian Church of today were to restore its Biblical foundations, and to join the next generation in a commitment to see this come to fruition.

The book is organized into three sections. Chapters one through three explore the dream of future revival, while envisioning a spiritual awakening. Section two describes the present realities and a diagnosis of the idolatry found in the church of today. Section three outlines the steps needed for a spiritual breakthrough and a restoration of the glory of the Lord in the church of tomorrow.

Orton draws from spirit breathed scriptures to develop a thorough history of earlier revival in the church, which came about through restoration of worship, harvest, and awakening. He is genuine in his evaluation and in his analysis of the present status and decline of the church.

His conclusions, proposals, call to Holiness, and his prescription for renewal are well thought out, however, they may seem radical to some. Whether Charismatic, Evangelical, or Missional in theological stand, every reader will find practical principles for Christian living, spiritual growth, restoration of Biblical truth, and  revival in the Church.

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

 

 

Breaking spiritual Strongholds in Your City by C. Peter Wagner – A Book Review


Breaking Spiritual Strongholds in Your City

By: C. Peter Wagner

Destiny Image Publishers, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257

978-0768407693, $ 15.99, 2015, 222 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Principles, Practice, and Application of Spiritual Mapping

C.Peter Wagner in “Breaking Spiritual Strongholds in Your City” alerts the reader to a new trend toward a movement of the Holy Spirit in preparation of the body of Christ for an unparalleled advance of the Kingdom of God. Wagner maintains that we are in a “new season” for reestablishing the Gospel of the Kingdom and that we are seeing a paradigm shift with an emphasis on the dominion mandate and apostolic church government.

The book is divided into three parts, the principles, practice, and application of breaking the strongholds in your city. George Otis, Jr. presents an overview of spiritual mapping. Cindy Jacobs examines nine strongholds that need to be broken down if we are to experience a fresh awakening in our cities and throughout the nation. Kjell Sjoberg explores the concept and principle of spiritual mapping for prophetic prayer actions.

Harold Caballeros, Bob Beckett, and Victor Lorenzo discuss the practice of defeating the enemy, community deliverance, and evangelizing a city dedicated to darkness. Mark McGregor and Bev Klopp specifically report on the results and application of mapping and discerning in the city of Seattle.

Reflection questions are included with each chapter. These questions help the individual reader assimilate the material and are an important resource for group discussion and classroom applications.

C. Peter Wagner is highly recognized for his leadership in the fields of church growth and spiritual warfare. The other contributors are known nationally and international for their impact on world evangelism and revival ministries. Their writing is clear, informative, authoritative, and the principles proposed have been proven effective.

This new edition of “Breaking Spiritual Strongholds in Your City” is an important resource for pastors, lay church leaders, and adult Bible class teachers in churches throughout the cities of our country.

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

Receptivity -Tuning in to God’s Voice by Daniel K. Norris – A Book Review


Receptivity – Tuning in to God’s Voice

By: Daniel K. Norris

Destiny Image Publishers Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768407044, $ 15.99, 2015, 190 pages

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

An Invitation to a Lifestyle of Learning, Listening, Discerning, and Hearing God’s Voice

In his book “Receptivity – Tuning in to God’s Voice” evangelist Daniel K. Norris proclaims a life changing message which prepares the reader to actively pursue, identify, and hear the voice of God. He challenges the reader to move beyond being apathetic, lukewarm, and complacent to become an uncompromising radical believer and follower of Jesus.

I was captivated by Daniel’s powerful stories of miraculous ministry, select testimonies from thousands who received the message of salvation, and physical healing. I was also inspired by examples of spiritual mentoring and passing on the revival message to generation after generation to young evangelists as exemplified by Leonard Ravenhill, Steve Hill and now through Daniel Norris to another generation.

My spiritual eyes were opened to new insights and a clearer understanding of listening for God’s voice through seeds of truth while becoming more receptive to His Word. Daniel draws lessons from Jesus’ parable of the sower for keys to dying to self, becoming a selfless sower, and how to establish a mindset for drawing near to God.

Daniel’s writing is well articulated and spiritualy anointed; a must read for those fully receptive to hear and respond to the voice and will of God. “Receptivity” calls on the reader to tune in to God’s voice

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

Pass It On – Building a Legacy of Faith – A Book Review


Pass It On – Building a Legacy of Faith for Your Children through Practical and Memorable Experiences

By Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee

David C. Cook, 4050 Lee Vance View, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918

978-1434709073, $ 15.99, 2015, 246 pages,

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Strategic Blueprint for Passing on Your Faith to Your Children

“Pass It On – Building a Legacy of Faith for Your Children through Practical and Memorable Experiences” is divided into three parts and provides guidelines and suggestions for:

  1. setting up a program for “building a legacy of faith for your children through practical and memorable experiences.
  2. Providing rites of passages for individual sons and daughters for each of their thirteen years in school, kindergarten through their senior year of high school.
  3. Encouraging finishing strong and crossing the finish line.

Each chapter parallels the child’s age or year in school and incudes suggested rite of passage projects or themes for laying a foundation of faith. Age appropriate topics from generosity, friendship, preparing for adolescence, and intimacy are included. These suggestions are creative and doable; the authors also encourage the reader to add to the list or to improvise the details.

I found the suggestions dealing specifically with what you need to know about your child at each age: physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually, especially helpful and practical.

“Pass it On” is written for parents. It is an important resource and can be of benefit to family counselors, student leaders, (professional and lay). The book is highly endorsed by youth educators, pastors, and student ministry leaders.

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

Letters from My Father’s Murderer – A Journey in Forgiveness – A Book Review


Letter from My Father's Murderer - A Journey in ForgivenessLetters from My Father’s Murderer – A Journey in Forgiveness

By Laurie A. Coombs

Kregel Publications, 2450 Oak Industrial Dr. N. E., Grand Rapids, MI 49505

978-0825442292, $14.99, 2015, 230 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

From Vengeance to Forgiveness – A Search for Truth, Justice, and Understanding,

Laurie Coombs’ ‘memoir “Letters from My Father’s Murderer – A Journey in Forgiveness” opens with the  details leading up to  and the aftershock of the tragic death of her father, a murder victim.

Devastated, but determined. Laurie went on with her life; finished her college education, married her fiancé, Travis, and began a family. On the surface things looked well, however, Laurie was experiencing a paralyzing anxiety and depression.  Laurie walked away from her family’s church as a teenager, her skepticism left her broken and angry. As the hatred of her father’s murderer heightened she became obsessed with questions of justice and a spirit of bitterness.

Responding to a friend’s invitation, Laurie, Travis, and her girls visited a nearby church. Although still skeptical, Laurie returned to the church week after week.  She experienced a deepened awareness of the possibility of healing from her emotional and mental symptoms through faith.  Jesus offered peace and forgiveness. Her hunger for truth led to her redemption, personal peace and a heartfelt passion to share her story.

Laurie’s journey of forgiveness led to a definite step of obedience to connect with the murderer of her father.  Her process of forgiveness and healing led to corresponding with Anthony, her father’s murderer. These letters are recounted in the story of God’s working in their lives through the process of forgiveness, redemption, and reconciliation.

Coombs’ writing is articulate, well organized, and authentic. I came away with a deeper awareness of the emotions felt by the survivors and the bitterness evidenced in victims who have lost loved ones due to tragic circumstances. “Letters from My Father’s Murderer” is timely and relevant with an important message for the families who are grieving in response to the tragedy of crime, accidents brought about by others, and those losing loved ones while in the service of our country.

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

Thriving in Babylon – Why Hope, Humility, and Wisdom Matter in a Godless Culture by Larry Osborne – A Book Review


Trhiving in BabylonThriving in Babylon – Why Hope, Humility, and Wisdom Matter in a Godless Culture

By: Larry Osborne

David C. Cook, 4050 Lee Vance View, Colorado Springs, CO 80918. 978-1434704214, $ 15.99, 2015, 199 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Contemporary Perspective of the Person, Writing, Culture, and Spiritual Influence of the Man Daniel – the Old Testament Prophet

In his book “Thriving in Babylon,” bestselling author, Larry Osborne introduces a new perspective on the character, writing, and the incredible spiritual influence of the prophet Daniel in the midst of the godless culture and society of ancient Babylon, known for its wickedness, evil, and debauchery. He parallels this with a challenge for Christians today to become a positive influence for change in a culture and society comparable to a modern day Babylon.

Although Osborne alludes to the well-known courage of Daniel, his deliverance from the lion’s den, and the important prophecies found in his writings, his emphasis is on Daniel’s hope, humility, and wisdom in carrying out God’s purpose for his life.

Larry Osborme is senior pastor of the North Coast Church in Oceanside, California and a best-selling author. North Coast Church is among the top 10 most influential churches in America. His writing is clear, credible timely, articulate, and packed with personal application.

“Thriving in Babylon – Why Hope, Humility, and Wisdom Matter in a Godless Culture” contains a message for every Christian today seeking to make a positive impact on our culture by introducing the relevancy of the gospel message in the midst of the spiraling downward trend in Biblical core values in the world today.

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