40 Days to Wholeness – Body, Soul, and Spirit By Beni Johnson – A Book Review


40 Days to Wholeness – Body, Soul, and Spirit, By Beni Johnson

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Devotional Guide Leading to a Healthy and Free Lifestyle

In her book “40 Days to Wholeness – Body, Soul and Spirit” Beni Johnson masterfully presents a progressive positive approach to attain and maintain a lifestyle of health and wholeness from the starting point to a natural sense of relationship of physical health, mental acuity, and spiritual power.

Each of the 40 days open with a carefully selected passage from the scriptures, a word of practical instruction, encouragement or motivation drawn from Beni’s own pursuit healthy living and wholeness. A unique feature of the book is the thematic continuity and consistency by putting an emphasis on “Body, Soul, and “Spirit.” The instructions, words of encouragement, and prayers with declarations of thanksgiving strengthen the reader for their journey.

I found the chapters addressing: the importance of a support circle, practicing self-control, and pressing toward the goal to be especially helpful and motivating.  The suggestions for being intentional about keeping an exercise journal resonated with me.

Christians who have struggled with basic discipline in exercise, diet, and devotional consistency will find Beni Johnson’s “40 Days to Wholeness – Body, Soul and Spirit” practical, easy to implement, and motivating. Highly recommended.

The book is a part of the Healthy and Free video curriculum. 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. 97807687410846, $16.99, 2017, 184 pages

 

 

Brilliant Living – 31 Insights to Creating an Awesome Life By: Simon T. Bailey


 

 

 

Brilliant Living – 31 Insights to Creating an Awesome Life – By: Simon T. Bailey

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Eight Core Values for Life

“Brilliant Living – 31 Insights to Creating an Awesome Life” will help you, the reader, internally analyze, evaluate and discover your passion, which will enable you to carry out God’s plan and purpose for you to impact your immediate world and the world beyond.

Simon T. Bailey provides the necessary skills and principals to help the reader surpass their greatest expectations by “pursuing meaning over money, purpose instead of power, and significance instead of success.”

Bailey’s ‘31 Inspirational Insights are centered on one of eight key core values: spiritual, family, career/business, emotional, mental, wellness, social, and financial which are designed to create a strategic life plan.

Each days insight include: a challenging reading for quiet meditation, related to one or more of the core values with a reading, a decree or affirmation, and illustrative principles and examples for balancing the eight core values.

The format of the book is unique in that each of the 31inspirational messages contain an assignment titled “The Next Step” which challenge the reader to self-examination exercises which encourage taking action steps, toward setting personal goals determined by discovering your life passion. This action sets in motion an action plan for creating your tomorrows, filled with “new, exciting, history making moments.

“Brilliant Living” is written for readers, who want to make a difference, make things happen, and who are willing to take risks. Bailey’s writing is fast moving, written in a style that captures your attention, holds your focus, and moves you forward to go the extra mile. “Brilliant Living” is awesome, practical, and inspiring. Highly Recommended.

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

Sound Wisdom, P. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768411535, $ 15.99, 216 pages

 

 

Drive Yourself Successful – 11 Inner states to Personal Empowerment By: Rachel Lynn – A Book Review


Drive Yourself Successful – 11 Inner states to Personal Empowerment

By: Rachel Lynn

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

Embrace the Journey – Put Yourself in the Driver’s Seat to Personal Empowerment

In her book “Drive Yourself Successful – 11 Inner states to Personal Empowerment” professional speaker and licensed professional counselor, Rachel Lynn, guides the reader through eleven steps to personal empowerment. Lynn uses an analogy of life’s journey with the process of preparing for and taking an automobile trip on the “inner state.”

In preparation for the trip, Lynn establishes why the trunk of the car must be cleaned out. Lynn strongly recommends that you must throw out negative words. These negative words and thoughts have hindered your self-perception and personal self-worth.  When we get trapped with negative attitudes that keep our gearshift stuck in “park” we need to recognize how these obstacles hold us back from experiencing our full potential. Lynn provides the reader with crucial tool to remove the adverse effect of negative thinking and to replace them with positive thoughts that will inspire, motivate, and reassure peace and strength.

When we find ourselves at a standstill point, living a life on hold: needing a tune up; Lynn challenges us to consciously consider our desires and goals by answering the question, “What do I expect from life?”

Lynn then goes on to provide the reader with practical guidelines for facilitating inner growth, reprogramming personal guidance programs (GPS), and transforming negative experiences of fear and self-doubt into fuel that accelerate vision and activate plans for the journey.

I personally appreciated the guidelines for setting goals and developing vision. The “Checkpoints” that accompany each chapter offer powerful pointers for preparing for the trip, choosing the right fuel, the importance of a tune up and regular maintenance, clear vision, recognizing detours as opportunities for other avenues of success, and adjusting your frequency to enable you, the reader, to “Take the Wheel and Make Yourself Successful.”

Reader’s in the genres of Personal Growth, Business and Economics, Self-Help, or Motivation will resonate with Rachel Lynn’s “11 Inner States to Personal Empowerment” found in “Drive Yourself Successful.

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

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257,978-1937879679, $ 15.99, 2017, 184 pages

 

Finding Success in Balance – My Journey to the Cheerful Mind By: Apryl Zarate Schluelter A Book Review


Finding Success in Balance – My Journey to the Cheerful Mind

By: Apryl Zarate Schluelter

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Finding Balance to Regain Control, Manage Stress, and Accomplish Your Goals

“Finding Success in Balance – My Journey to the Cheerful Mind” will resonate with anyone who finds themselves overcommitted, and overwhelmed with feelings of exhaustion and defeat. Apryl shares her own story of achieving goals, conquering challenges and appearing to be successful by other people’s standards.

Apryl is open and honest as she tell her story of the Job that Changed Everything for her, a change that centered on finding a Life Work Balance. She describes a life that is not only fulfilling at work, but fulfilling outside of work as well.”

Each fast moving chapter is filled with concrete workable pointers and tips that encourage the reader to:

  • Prioritize and accomplish your goals in light of the life work principles
  • Manage stress to avoid burnout
  • Succeed in your relationships
  • Create your own personal development journey
  • Think of fun as a value and “How to Infuse Fun into your Life”

Apryl Zarate Schluelter, CPC, Eli, MP, is CEO (Chief Energy Officer!) of The Cheerful Mind, Inc.

Apryl’s communication and organizational skills are reflected in her writing. She is articulate and well organized in the structure and presentation of the material. The book is highly informative, well formatted and reader friendly. A thoroughly enjoyable read and reread often.

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

The Cheerful Mind Inc., North Brook, Illinois 60062

09780998320304, $ 12.99, 2017, 164 pages

 

 

 

The Art of Presentation – Your Competive Edge by Ray Hull, PhD and Jim Stovall


The Art of Presentation – Your Competitive Edge

By: Ray H. Hull, PhD and Jim Stovall

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Look at the Elements Involved in Effective Presentations

Ray H. Hull, PhD and Jim Stovall collaborate in “The Art of Presentation – Your Competitive Edge” to provide the reader with a distinctive balance of step by step instruction and compelling illustrative stories that reinforce the essentials involved in effective presentations.

The authors help the reader learn and develop skills of communication that will result in a freshness and individuality to the manner and style of the readers presentations, will hone their effectiveness, and encourage them to become more accomplished platform speakers.

Other tips the authors suggest include: practice your skills by placing yourself in situations that provide opportunities to improve your effectiveness, discover your strengths, determine your brand, and filter your media presentation for” accuracy, bias, and perspective.”

Stovall uses the examples of Paul Harvey, Zig Ziegler, Will James, and others with inimitable presentation skills to demonstrate the art of crafting visual images as powerful “as great movies. The perfecting of this capability, the use of humor, and well placed emotional stories will insure powerful, memorable presentations.

“The Art of Presentation – Your Competitive Edge” will resonate with anyone concerned about their building self- confidence while improving their delivery and enhancing their stage presence.

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

Sound Wisdom Books, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-193787987, $ 21.95, 2017, 192 Pages

 

Set Yourself Free – Live the Life You Were Meant to Live – A Book Review


Set Yourself Free – Live the Life You Were Meant to Live!

By Jean Walters

Reviewed by: Richard R. Blake

A Transformational Journey – Principles from the Life, Teaching and Example of Jesus

In her book “Set Yourself Free – Live the Life you Were Meant to Live,” transformational coach, Jean Walters integrates principles from the life of Jesus, his teaching, and example to guide the reader into a spiritual journey of “surrender, love, and healing.”

Through stories of people who struggled for answers and turned their difficulties into opportunities; Walters weaves insight into a spiritual consciousness that frees from negativitya, sets in motion the law of attraction, which results in an action plan that leads to reaching goals. Walters dynamic teaching, can enable you the reader to overcome the negative results of fear, improve self-worth, turn desire to motivation, and provide a sense of personal security, made possible through your relationship with God.

I found the self-assessment questions and tools for freeing oneself from fear especially helpful and the process for change challenging. The stories of faith and the freeing power of the Gospel illustrate the importance of the disciplining the mind positively to our body and the resulting relationship to our  physical health.

“Set Yourself Free – Live the Life you Were Meant to Live” is or anyone looking for life change. Jean Walters provides the reader with and an eleven step process, suggested tools  and affirmations for freeing yourself self-doubt on a transformational journey to change that will result in a “new you.”

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

Robert D. Reed Publishers, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon, 97411, 978-1944297039.  $ 15.95, 256 pages,

 

 

 

Lessons from Zachary – A Book Review


Lessons from Zachary – Turning Disability into Possibility

By Sandy Scott

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

Engaging and Releasing Hidden Powers Within – Standing Strong Through the Storm

Just twelve days after his birth Zachary Scott was diagnosed as severely physically and intellectually disabled. This news began a journey into the uncharted territory of the unknown for Sandy and Jonathan Scott; a heart-rending journey plagued by unexpected disappointments and uncertainties. The daily stresses of hectic schedules, social pressures, and the demands created by Zachary’s disabilities became overwhelming.

Sandy was devastated and frustrated by an unexpected and unusual combination of strained relationships and in desperation was forced to look within herself and to choose a new perspective – one that unleashed in her the power of love.

Sandy reached into the resources of unexplored potential to become a leader in coaching leaders in healthcare, to parents of children with disabilities, and to train professionals in the healthcare and educational fields.

Sandy’s writing is authentic, genuine, realistic and relevant. Her premises are well thought out, her choice of words stir the imagination of the reader and enable them to relate personally to her journey through a complex set of circumstances. As the reader becomes deeply involved in Sandy’s story; her insights and the lessons she learned become personal and identifiable and provide a new understanding into the complications, experiences and unknown potential of their own lives. Dozens of well-chosen pictures and good photography add a whole extra dimension to the heart felt emotions of love, pathos, and positive impact of Zachary’s life.

“Lessons from Zachary” will resonate with readers who have been touched by the challenge of disappointment in broken relationships and other personal tragedy; readers in need of a message of hope, and a strategy for tapping into their unknown potential.

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

International Publishing Works, P. O. Box 415, Bellevue, Colorado 50512-0415, 978-097759205, 1995, 2017, 264 Pages

 

 

 

 

 

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – A Book Review


Think and Grow Rich

By Napoleon Hill

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Thirteen Principles of Success –A Classic Model on Individual Achievement

“Think and Grow Rich,” written by Napoleon Hill is your passport to financial independence, personal growth, and peace of mind. Napoleon Hill’s thirteen principles of success are the result of 20 years of research. This edition is a reproduction of the unedited text of Hill’s 1937 original work.

These principles contain important philosophies that you will want to study, digest, meditate on, and absorb as you make them your own. Hill includes stories to illustrate his philosophy of the “Law of Success.” These stories include men like Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other leaders in industry.

The foundational principles of Hill’s “Law of Success” are the basic premise or substance of many success oriented authors, writing in the genre of visualization, positive thinking, and self-realization.

Personal treasures I gleaned from my reading include the wisdom found in these principles:

  • Faith, a burning desire, and persistence combined with a plan of action will produce miraculous results.
  • Every adversity brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage – handicaps can be converted into stepping stones.

Readers willing to commit themselves to Napoleon Hill’s thirteen steps to riches as found in his book, “Think and Grow Rich” can expect to find “abundant riches” in finances, business associations, family relationships, peace of mind, and a changed life.

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

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-1937879488, $ 27.95, 2017, 382 pages

Organize Your Business – Organize Your Life By: Rachael Doyle, A Book Review


Organize Your Business – Organize Your Life

By: Rachael Doyle

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Time Saving Tips, Tested Techniques, and Money Saving Systems that Work

Author Rachel Doyle draws from a wide-range of business experience and from her extensive personal wall-to-wall library jam-packed with motivational and success titles, a result of her fervent passion for lifelong learning. In her book “Organize Your Business – Organize Your Life.”

Doyle offers the reader compelling evidence that prioritizing and adopting simple organizational systems will result in important time management skills and monetary savings in all facets of personal, family and business life.

Tight writing and fast moving mini chapters provide action plans, suggested resources, tips, and techniques for getting organized and staying organized; with the result of more effectiveness on the job, personal achievement, and a balanced family life. Invaluable resources are included within each chapter. Online tools, websites, blogs, and bestselling books, all add value to the comprehensive material found in the text.

Chapter titles clearly express the content to be covered within each chapter. This enables the reader to preview, read, prioritize action steps, and read again later.  The format is reader friendly for ease in reading and assimilation.

“Organize Your Business – Organize Your Life” is written for readers frazzled, fatigued, and frustrated as a result of being unorganized. The fifteen short chapters suggest ten overriding principles, which if consistently followed insure success in business and a happier fulfilled life.

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

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257

978-0768411379, $ 15.99, 2017, 174 Pages

The Success Model – Five Steps to Revolutionize Your Life, by Sam Silverstein, A Book Review


The Success Model – Five Steps to Revolutionize Your Life

By: Sam Silverstein

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

Turning Your Latent Ability to Realization While Revolutionizing Your Life

In his book “The Success Model – Five Steps to Revolutionize Your Life” Sam Silverstein presents the basis of the success model, a five step system that will encourage the reader to determine what it is they want in life, recognize  their passion  and establish their purpose.  Sam has incredible insight into achievement, the importance of accomplishment, and the reward of personal satisfaction.

The book is made up of short, fast paced chapters that help the reader understand the five key words to success: desire, change, plan, implementation, and success. It is important that you, as the reader, get a thorough understanding of the five step success model before moving on to consider the remaining key words. When these are internalized and implements you will achieve and realize success.

Sam Silverstein is known for his strong stance on prioritizing accountability, growth, and development within the leadership team of a company’s organizational structure. The “Success Model” develops this principle for adaptation on a personal level, making accountability a priority on self-motivation by the individual.

My biggest regret is that I did not discover Silverstein’s writing earlier in my career. Highly recommended.

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

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768411836, $ 15.99, 2017, 224 pages