The Shattering II – Breaking the Silence

By: Marsha Barth

Reviewed By Richard R. Blake

A Memoir Written as a Novel – A Shattering Story of Child Sexual Abuse

In her book “The Shattering II – Breaking the Silence” Marsha Barth uses a fictional character, Julie, to relate her story of overcoming child sexual abuse. Through Julie, Marsha, tells how she tried to bury the hurt, pain, and heartbreaking trauma of parental verbal, physical, and sexual abuse.

Marsha’s writing is candid, open, realistic, and forthright. She helps the reader understand the devastation and intense traumatic sense of shame and hopelessness of the victim of abuse. Marsha tell how the aftermath of abuse shatters the spirit, robs its victims of self-worth, value and inadequacy, and an understanding of the meaning of true love. The social stigma and emotional scars of shame and guilt that follow are demeaning and unspeakable.

Marsha Barth is an inspirational speaker, author, and advocate for breaking the silence of the ongoing cycle of sexual abuse. She offers hope to victims in their quest for wholeness.

“The Shattering II” is a story with spiritual implication, an amazing story of a survivor of the hurt, pain, and brokenness of abuse, of her steadfast faith and her determination to overcome the hopelessness of a being victimized to claim victory, inner peace, and healing.

Deeply moving, clearly insightful, an important relevant message at a time when there are reportedly over 60,000,000 survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and countless other victims of rape, domestic abuse, and bullying.

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, 978-1944297053, $16.95, 2017, 360 Pages

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A  Pair of Miracles – A Story of Autism, Faith, and Determined Parenting By Karla Akins – A Book Review


A  Pair of Miracles – A Story of Autism, Faith, and Determined Parenting

By Karla Akins

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

An Extraordinarily Touching Account of Facing the Challenge of Autism

“A Pair of Miracles” is an extraordinarily touching account of a family faced with the challenges of Autism. Karla Akins tackles questions of faith, of wrestling with God, misconceptions about people with autism, community awareness, advice for parenting, and tools for ministry volunteers working with students experiencing the challenges of developmental disability.

Karla Akins, an advocate for parents impacted by the anxiety, frustration and despair of raising children with autism. Statistics indicate that an estimated one in 68 children are afflicted with an autism spectrum disorder. Akins writes to encourage the increasing number of parents feeling without help and alone. Her writing is filled with the compassion and understanding of one who has traveled the journey.

Karla is mother of five, including twin boys Isaac and Isiah, (now twenty-one years old), diagnosed with autism. She is a pastor’s wife, sharing in the ministry of the church and has nearly 40 years of teaching experience, including a degree in special education and a doctorate in Christian Education.

Each chapter of “A Pair of Miracles – A Story of Autism, Faith, and Determined Parenting” is filled with encouragement, valuable information on neurological or cognitive disabilities, functional skills, teaching strategies, important resources, and communication tips. An extraordinarily touching account of facing the challenges of Autism; highly recommended.

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

Kregel Publishing, 2450 Oak Industrial Drive N. E., Grand Rapids, MI 49505

 

 

 

 

Why Bad Things Happen to God’s People Today – Making Sense of Trials & Tribulations in Your Life,” by Derek Prince – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

 

Comfort and Strength in the Midst of Life’s Greatest Trials – Lessons from the Book of Job

In his book “Why Bad Things Happen to God’s People Today – Making Sense of Trials & Tribulations in Your Life” Derek Prince addresses questions from the life of Job that you may have asked or are asking: If God is good, why is there so much misery, suffering, and persecution in the world today. Prince goes beyond the simplistic answers to explore Satan’s trap of the sin of independence and the trials brought on by righteousness.

Academically brilliant, scholastically trained in Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic, and in several modern languages; Derek Prince had a life changing encounter with God while with the British Army during World War II. Anointed by the Holy Spirit, Prince is a gifted communicator and Bible teacher. His ministry continues to impact people’s lives today. Prince’s non-denominational emphasis adds to the relevance and acceptance of his teaching to Christians around the world today.

“Why Bad Things Happen to God’s People Today”  reveals God’s intimate concern for his faithful, and has an important message for anyone facing grief, in times of testing, financial needs, or in tense relationships with family or friends.

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, 978-0768411973, $12.99, 2017, 170 Pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

Unlocking Destinies from the Courts of Heaven – Interactive Manual By: Robert Henderson – A Review


Unlocking Destinies from the Courts of Heaven – Interactive Manual

By: Robert Henderson

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Understanding the Protocol for Entering into the Courts of Heaven to Present Your Case before God as Judge

The Operating in the Courts of Heaven series introduces a prayer strategy for bringing your appeals before the courtroom of heaven.

The “Unlocking Destinies from the Courts of Heaven – Interactive Manual” is designed to be used as a part of the Courts of Heaven Curriculum. The book follows the same session sequence as the DVD teaching schedule.

Each Session opens with a viewing of a selection from the DVD Study which served as a basis for the material considered in the session and all of the other elements of the course curriculum. This is followed with an Introductory Statement and Summary which highlights the theme of the material covered.

Profound interactive questions stimulate discuss of the material covered in the DVD presentation. This discussion is followed by An Activation Exercise which will help participants process and implement the information presented. The Activation exercises can be done in a group setting or by an individual. Daily Devotional readings, suggested Bible study questions, a reflection, or suggested prayer are included to be used throughout the week following each session.

Robert Henderson is a trailblazer in apostolic teaching in areas of revelation, and impartation. He is recognized internationally and travels extensively with a commitment to disciple nations while he delivers his message of the Kingdom of God, and the Courts of Heaven

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

 

 

Operating in the Courts of Heaven – Unlocking Destinies from the Courts of Heaven, Curriculum By Robert Henderson


Operating in the Courts of Heaven – Unlocking Destinies from the Courts of Heaven, Curriculum

By Robert Henderson

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Discover How to Unlock God’s Divine Purpose for Your Life

“Unlocking Destinies from the Courts of Heaven –Dissolving Curses That Delay and Deny Our Future” is a timely and important Curriculum for Christians seeking a breakthrough in spiritual awakening, in these unprecedented times of spiritual warfare, by using a prophetic prayer strategy that will unlock the destiny of our nation during this time of world turmoil.

The Box Set Includes:

  1. An Interactive Manual for participants:

The Interactive Manual” is designed to be used as a part of the Courts of Heaven Curriculum.

Each Session includes:

  • An Introductory Statement and Summary which highlights the theme of the material covered in the DVD Study
  • Interactive questions for discussion of the material.
  • An Activation Exercise which will help participants process and implement the information presented.
  • Daily Devotional readings, suggested Bible study questions, a reflection, or suggested prayer.
  1. A Leader’s Guide for facilitators:

The Leaders Guide is designed to equip the group facilitator to lead the participants through the course. The guide includes:

  • A Leader Checklist with actions to consider and complete prior to the class startup date.
  • Clearly defined instructions and a suggested structure for overseeing the weekly with structure for each session.
  1. A DVD Study: Each DVD Studies feature Robert Henderson as he takes through a prophetic prayer strategy. By watching these powerful sessions and going through the Courts of Heaven process, you will learn how to dissolve the delays and hindrances to your destiny being fulfilled.
  • The Book,  Unlocking Destinies from the Courts of Heaven – Volume  2 in the Operating in the Courts of Heaven Series for designed for the participants.

The book “Unlocking Destinies from the Courts of Heaven,” author, speaker, and global apostolic leader, Robert Henderson, boldly and authoritatively alerts the reader of the war being waged against the fulfillment of God’s plan and purpose. He teaches members of the body of Christ how to discover and implement Biblical principles and spiritual mysteries for freeing us and our generation from familial curses that have sabotaged our futures.

Robert Henderson is a trailblazer in apostolic teaching in areas of revelation, and impartation. He is recognized internationally and travels extensively with a commitment to disciple nations while he delivers his message of the Kingdom of God, and the Courts of Heaven.

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

Destiny Image Publishers, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768413861, $ 99.99, 2017,

 

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