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

 

 

Manifesting the Blessings of God – How to Receive Every Promise and Provision That Heaven Has Made Available By: Steven Brooks – A Book Review


Manifesting the Blessings of God – How to Receive Every Promise and Provision That Heaven Has Made Available

By: Steven Brooks

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Miraculous Breakthroughs – Activating the Process of Manifesting the Blessings of God

“Manifesting the Blessings of God” is packed with practical Bible based strategies,  principles and stories that tell of faith’s trials and triumphs and illustrate how prayer supported by stepping out in faith, results in experiencing  God’s blessings, his healings, and produce great exploits of faith.

These stories of provision and fulfilled promises will resonate with followers of Jesus who are seeking a deeper revelation of faith, insight into discerning the will of God, and for those who are longing to see unaccomplished dreams rewarded.

Bestselling author and prophetic teacher Steven Brooks is recognized for his ministry in Global Revival, evangelism, and the manifestation of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in signs, wonders, and miracles.

Brooks stresses the importance of exercising the spiritual disciplines of renewing your mind, exercising faith for answered prayer, wrestling with God, learning lessons from the nighthawk, and praying in the spirit.

“Manifesting the Blessings of God – How to Receive Every Promise and Provision That Heaven Has Made Available” is a book you will want to read, reread, study, and pursue the actions suggested in each chapter.

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 17257,978-0768410761, $15.99, 2017, 224 pages

 

 

 

 

 

Heaven Declares – Prophetic Decrees to Start Your Day by Hakeem Collins


Heaven Declares – Prophetic Decrees to Start Your Day

By Hakeem Collins

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Read, Reflect, and Release God’s Revelation Daily – A Ninety Day Devotional Journey

Dr. Hakeem Collin’s “Heaven Declares – Prophetic Decrees to Start Your Day” introduces the reader to wisdom and guidance in finding and living out God’s divine purpose on a daily basis.

The daily devotional readings are filled with prophetic declarations that provide a new sense of intimacy with God and help the reader experience the reality and significance of being open to receive the Word of the Living God.

Each day’s reading includes: a verse of the day which provides the insight from the Word, additional scriptures for meditation, and a prophetic decree and declaration to start the day.

The book is designed to “kick start the prophetic process in your life” through a four step prophetic strategy: Identify, Speak, Seek, Implement. To get the full benefit of the 90 day devotional guide, it is important that the reader pursue the guidelines set forth in this strategic program.

“Heaven Declares” is destined to become a classic devotional guide for discovering the impact of prophetic degrees and finding and implementing God’s purpose in your daily life and ministry. Highly endorsed by respected internationally recognized Pentecostal and Charismatic prophetic leaders.

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

Destiny Image Publishers, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 9780768409932, $ 15.99, 2016, 278 pages

 

 

 

The Jerusalem Secret by Ron Cantor – A Book Review


The Jerusalem Secret – Identity Theft Series – Book Two

By: Ron Cantor

Destiny Image Publishing, Inc., 978-0768409260,  $ 15.99, 2016, 304 Pages

God’s Unfolding Plan – Revealing Jewish Roots in the Ne

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

God’s Unfolding Plan – Revealing Jewish Roots in the New Covenant, the Message of Yeshua and Christian Messianic Judaism

“The Jerusalem Secret” opens where “Identity Theft” left off. David Lebowitz, a young and successful journalist has progressed from skeptic to seeker, becoming a believer that Yeshua is the promised Messiah. Just as the implications of what it means to be a follower of Yeshua are becoming clear, David gets the news that his father has been taken to the hospital and is in critical condition.

As David sits by his father’s bedside, grasping his hand he begins a prayer “In the name of Yeshua” he suddenly finds he has being transported into the heavenly realm; standing in a large bright room in the presence of the angel Ariel, his angelic guide and companion, in earlier supernatural experiences.

Ariel informs David that he has been summoned for a purpose; he is to take the message of Yeshua to the current generation of Jews and non-Jews to awaken Israel to errors prevalent in religious teaching and practice today. Ariel immediately begins a training program that takes David back into history-shaping events and the prophecies of Isaiah, Daniel, and other Old Testament prophets.

David is than supernaturally taken back in time to Jerusalem and Rome to learn directly from the Apostles Paul, and James, and from other early disciples, of the culture, religious, and political environment of the day and the implications this had on the writing of the scriptures in the original Jewish context to better understand the questions raised and issues being addressed.

Although Cantor is using the medium of fiction as a platform, his research into the background sources are thorough and well documented in his chapter endnotes. I have been personal challenged recently to be more intentional about my verbal my sharing of the Gospel message. While reading the book I have had several open doors for dialog on the Jerusalem secret and message of Yeshua.

“The Jerusalem Secret” must reading for all those seeking clarification and a better understanding of the mission and message of Christian Messianic Judaism.

 

 

 

The Fogotten Mountain – The Place of Peace in a Time of Confusion – A Book Review


The Forgotten Mountain – The Place of Peace in a Time of Confusion

By:  Don Nori Sr., and  AMB. Clyde Rivers

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768409222, $ 15.99, 2016, 188 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Rediscover the 8th Mountain –  Wisdom from the Ancients

In the 1960’s Christians across America were singing the song “In Times like These You Need the Savior” written by Ruth Caye Jones. Now, sixty years later in their book “The Forgotten Mountain – The Place of Peace in a Time of Confusion” Don Nori Sr. and Ambassador Clyde Rivers are offering hope to another generation on a quest for peace in a time of confusion.

he end of chapter one I knew I was on the edge of a threshold, transcending man’s earthly contemporized perception, moving into the pronunciation of the wisdom of the ancients, those Old Testament prophets, who received their “wisdom from above,” who spoke of current events as far back as ancient Egypt, and of things to come in the last times. I knew I was moving into the realm of new vistas of prophetic insight and understanding into the truth of Scriptures often overlooked, that change the heart.

Much of the inspiration for the material, within the chapters, of this book come from the writings in the “Classic Wisdom on the Kingdom” by Dr. Myles Monroe,” included in the closing pages of this book.  Another important feature is the “Glossary of Terms That Change the Conversation.”

Dr. Nori and Ambassador Rivers write of the role of ambassadors. kings, and priests, and of inner and outer governance, of changing conversation. They bring a message of hope, divine love, inner fulfillment, personal destiny, and a yielded heart.

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

Angel Armies – Releasing the Warriors of Heaven, by Dr. Tim Sheets – A Book Review


Angel Armies – Releasing the Warriors of Heaven

By Tim Sheets

Destiny Image Press, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-076840874, $ 15.99, 2016, 220 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Prophetic Message an Unprecedented Great Awakening in the Church

In his book “Angel Armies – Releasing the Warriors of Heaven” Dr. Tim Sheets delivers a powerful apostolic message at a time when many theologians are prone to “explain away the supernatural realm.” Dr. Sheets tells of a recurring prophetic vision, a revelation of a Holy Spirit movement of supernatural power coming like a vortex of revival fire.  He describes a Third Great Awakening, unprecedented, ablaze with the burning power of Christ’s presence in the greatest revival the world has ever seen.

Dr. Sheets writes from a biblical viewpoint, revealing amazing insight and understanding into the nature and ministries of angelic forces. Dr. Sheet’s has been diligent in prayer and study in preparation of this powerful in depth, life altering revelation.

Step by step Dr. Sheets explains from the scriptures how angels minister to us as heirs of salvation, how they assist us in fulfilling our destiny, and as ministering spirits in natural and spiritual realms. He includes instruction on King David’s understanding of angels, and on the intrinsic nature of angels. I received a new understanding into the role of angels and their ministry in the lives of the apostles Peter and Paul, in the life of Jesus, and from Old Testament examples of Gideon, Joshua, and Daniel.

Highly respected National and International Charismatic and Evangelical leaders enthusiastically endorse the prophetic message of Dr. Tim Sheets and are partnering with him in bringing transformation and deliverance to regions throughout the world. “Angel Armies – Releasing the Warriors of Heaven” is must readers for Christians today and for the next generation.

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

The Lost Art of Intercession by James W. Goll – A Book Review


The Lost Art of Intercession – Restoring the Power and Passion of the Watch of the Lord

By: James W. Goll

Destiny Image Publishers, P. O. Box 310, Spartanburg, Pa 17257, 978-0768409284, $ 14.99, 2016, 224 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Profound, Passionate Teaching on the Power of Intercessory Prayer

Bestselling author and co-founder of Encounters Network James W. Goll is highly respected and recognized for his insightful teaching and for his impassioned call to spiritual revival and intercessory prayer.

This updated edition of Goll’s book “The Lost Art of Intercession – Restoring the Power and Passion of the Watch of the Lord” implores Christians everywhere to become Watchmen of the Lord, priestly prayer warriors. These are impassioned men and women who will unlock the supernatural power of the Lord through corporate prayer, heralding the news of “Watch” groups being formed in America and abroad, who are experiencing a new dimension of communion with the Lord.

Goll’s writings come as a result of his experiences in a passionate, contagious prayer life.  His writing is infectious, infusing the reader with a “righteous obsession” to pursue a craving for a life of ardent, authoritative prayer, and bringing about spiritual revival around the world.

“The Lost Art of Intercession” is unique in its message for anyone willing to pay the price to help restore a new visitation of the glory of the Lord on earth. This is a message for today’s prayer warriors and for a new generation of empowered watchmen. An enriching life changing read leading to supernatural results.

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

The Principle & Power of Kingdom Citizenship by Dr. Myles Munroe – A Book Review


The Principle & Power of Kingdom Citizenship – Keys to Experiencing Heaven on Earth

By D. Myles Munroe

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc. P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0780768408683, $ 19.99, 2016, 218 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Training Guide for Citizens of the Kingdom of God in the context of the Present Day

In “The Principle & Power of Kingdom Citizenship” Dr. Munroe helps the reader understand the characteristics of a Kingdom, the rights and benefits of citizenship, and the principle of dual citizenship. Dr. Munroe’s gifted teaching style empowers and enables the reader to recognize and enter into their rights as citizens of God’s kingdom.

Dr. Myles Munroe has a distinctive way for taking a complex concept, breaking it down into bite sized chunks, bisecting and dissecting these into visual word pictures that open to the reader a new understanding of an eternal truth. This book is devoted to exploring the uniqueness of Kingdom citizenship drawing from the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels, from the prophecies of Isaiah, and Micah, from the book of Acts and from the writings of the Apostle Paul.

Dr. Munroe presents scriptural truth in a way that illuminates and challenges the reader to accept the responsibility of Kingdom citizenship, to exercise their authority as ambassadors of Christ, and to impact the world around them through the power of the Kingdom of God. This final book written by Dr. Munroe “The Principle & Power of Kingdom Citizenship” is a tribute to his legacy.

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

Celebrating Jeus in the Biblical Feasts by Richard Booker – A Book Review


Celebrating Jesus in the Biblical Feasts, Expanded Edition
By Richard Booker
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-0768409017, $ 15.99, 2016, 220 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Discovering the Significance of Our Christian Roots by Exploring and Celebrating the Biblical Feasts

This expanded edition of Dr. Richard Booker’s “Celebrating Jesus in the Biblical Feasts” helps the reader understand the importance of Jewish roots impact Christianity and God’s plan of redemption, and how these feasts of the Lord are fulfilled in Jesus.

Chapter one introduces the Biblical Jewish calendar and explains the prophetic significance of the Biblical feasts in the overall plan of God. The chapters that follow include an in-depth study of each of the feasts. Chapters include an introduction, historical background and point to Jesus and how he has satisfied each of the individual feasts. Personal study review questions stimulate application, a deeper understanding of the life changing significance each of the seven Biblical feasts. This feature makes the book easily adaptable for individual or group use. The comprehensive chapter endnotes are rich as a source for further reading and study.

Dr. Richard Booker and his wife Peggy are co-founders of the Institute for Hebriaic-Chistian studies. They are recognized internationally for their tireless efforts at building relationships between Christians and Jews.

“Celebrating Jesus in the Biblical Feasts” is a “treasure find” for anyone on a quest for a greater passion for Christ and to discover and walk in His peace, rest, and resurrection power.

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

Created with Purpose by Johannah Clark Leach and Victoria West Henady – A Book Review


Created with Purpose
By: Johannah Clark Leach and Victoria West Henady
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-0768408553, $ 14.99, 2016, 190 pages
Reviewed By Richard R. Blake

Identity and Destiny – A Message of Hope and Redemption

In their book “Created with Purpose” Johannah Clark Leach and Victoria West Henady share their stories that are testimonies to the grace of God in their lives. The authors write with transparency identifying personal vulnerabilities experienced in their youth. They pass along the lessons they learned by breaking a pattern of destructive choices and of being healed of brokenness.

The book is divided into two parts. Part One looks at the personal journey of discovering and becoming “yourself.” These chapters can become a tool for the reader to find encouragement, comfort, and hope, especially for anyone facing difficulty in discovering their identity in Christ.

Part Two helps the reader in areas of living with grace, sharing your story, fulfilling your destiny, and unlocking your dreams. I received new insights into the stewardship of the mind, taking control of our thoughts, communicating effectively, and the importance of a positive attitude. I also liked their approach to guiding the reader by providing practical specific steps to hone in on activation in their walk of faith that ignites faith in others.

Johannah Clark Leach founded Dance Revelation. Victoria West Henady has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and works with Johanna’s father, Dr. Randy Clark, in the organization Global Awakening and in the dance studio with Johannah. Johannah and Victoria have a passion for mentoring young teens and youth, in Christian values, social skills, and working through finding their identity and destiny.

This is a book that will resonate with a new generation of youth who are focused on Christ’s mandate to discipleship, discovering purpose in life and stepping into their destiny through understanding the deeper meaning of loving God, self and others in light of the redemptive love provided in Jesus.

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