The Jewish Jesus – Reconnecting with the Truth about Jesus, Israel, & the Church By: David Hoffbrand – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Getting a Clearer Perspective of Jesus, in Light of His Manhood, His Teaching, and the Purpose and Restoration of Israel

David Hoffbrand in “The Jewish Jesus” helps the reader reconnect with Jesus, who he is; as a man, as a Jew, his ministry with his early disciples, and how the church lost its Jewish roots. He introduces the reader to the truth about Israel, why God chose them as a people, his love for Israel, his covenant with Israel, his plan for Israel, and the restoration of Israel.

Hoffbrand challenges the reader to get a clearer understanding of the New Testament, to carefully read it within the context in which the Jews were living at the time Jesus walked on earth. He goes on to ask the reader to consider a profound question: “How much are Gentiles supposed to live as Jews, and how much are Jews supposed to live like Gentiles?” He concludes the book with five principles from Paul’s letter to the Romans for application to our lives and in the church today as Jewish and Gentile believers.

David’s writing has “a richness of detail” that encourages Christians to follow Jesus more correctly as individuals and as a church. This also enables more Jewish people to “discover and reexamine Jesus’ claim to be their Messiah.”

David Hoffbrand grew up in a Jewish family in England. He is an associate pastor of the City Coast Church. David is passionate about his desire help the church today get a better understand the Bible by reconnecting with Jesus within the framework of his Jewish background. David

“The Jewish Jesus” is timely, important, and relevant, enabling the reader to get a new perspective on Jesus, his Jewish roots, and God’s plan for Israel and the Church today. David writes with clarity, conviction, and certainty. This is “must reading” for Christians today, Gentile and Jewish alike. Highly Recommended.

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

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768411041, $15.99, 2017, 224 pages

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

 

 

Renew – Breaking Free from Negative Thinking, Anxiety, and Depression By: Julie Winter – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

“Renew Breaking Free from Negative Thinking, Anxiety, and Depression” is important reading for anyone seeking freedom and deliverance from anxiety and depression. Readers will find powerful keys for replacing these strongholds through the joy by recognizing their true identity in Jesus.

Author, Julie Winter, has a burning passion to help people exchange toxic thinking for joy, receive healing by releasing forgiveness, and breaking  free from the bondage of shame and guilt. She provides the reader with Biblical solutions for renewing the mind, maintaining a healthy thought life, and achieving victory while overcoming oppression.

Winter writes to help the reader understand what happens in the body, mind, and spirit when a person is anxious or depressed and to provide some practical strategies and tools for prevention and treatment for healing and recovery.  She defines the physical, psychological, and spiritual impact of depression on Christians, who often deal with a sense of guilt because of a misunderstanding of the causes of anxiety. Actual case studies and stories illustrate the application of the principles and other material presented throughout the context of the book.

Powerful Action Points provide suggestions for meditation, prayer suggestions, and practical pointers that will enable the reader to put into action the lessons being learned through real life application.  Winter’s work is thoroughly researched with documentation and chapter endnotes which can be used as a resource for additional reading and study.

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, 978-0768412222. $16.99, 254 pages

 

 

Created for the Impossible – Break Every Hindering Thought, Believe What God Says About You By: Krissy Nelson A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

See Yourself the Way God Sees You – Live Out His Amazing Plan for Your Life

In her book “Created for the Impossible – Break Every Hindering Thought, Believe What God Says about You” Krissy Larson establishes the foundational truth of the depths of God’s love, the centrality of the cross, of God’s transforming power, and of his unique purpose and plan for every individual life.

Krissy has a gift for casting vision, inspiring dreams, and encouraging hope.

Her writing is uplifting, transparent, and genuine.  Krissy relates stories and testimonies that touch the heart are authentic and meaningful.

Each chapter ends with the question: What is God saying to you? As I listened expectantly in spirit filled wonder, He reminded me of the innocent faith of my childhood, never a doubt of who Jesus was, , an innocent blind faith, the faith of a child, deeply rooted in Christian heritage, a faith that embraced God’s love and saving power.  Chapter by chapter I listened. He spoke.

“Created for the Impossible” is written for anyone willing to dream dreams, ready to “challenge the impossibilities of life,” and will resonate with those Christ followers who understand what it means walk in an attitude of expectancy and experience the miraculous power of God at work in the lives.

Krissy Nelson regularly hosts women’s conferences and is founder of Not Alone Ministries. She has a vision and passion for people, to help them learn how to let God’s supernatural promises, dare to dream, and overcome obstacles

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, 9780768411706, $15.99, 2017, 238 Pages

 

 

Faithing It – Fight For Your Faith By: Cora Jakes Coleman – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Discovering Miracle Working Power of God – On a Path with Destiny – A Life Changing Message of Faith

“Faithing It – Fight for Your Faith” is an important book for anyone who has ever faced a challenge that made them wonder if they could survive. Cora Jakes Coleman’s story is faith building. Stories from Cora’s life and from the testimonies of her friends reveal how to conquer obstacles, face tumultuous times, and heart breaking disappointments by fighting for your faith

Each chapter contains a faith building lesson, teaching from the scripture, a personalized prayer designed for the reader, an affirmation to claim, a faith point to ponder, and a faith activation exercise to put into practice. An added benefit is an essential resource, a list of 30 short daily affirmations. designed to be used throughout the day affirming evidence of God’s confirming word in your life.

“Faithing It – Fight for Your Faith” is filled with powerful lessons for facing inner struggles, on how to prevail in prayer through deep travail or from the “ashes of despair,” and to move from misery to ministry.

Coleman’s writing is filled with penetrating insight, sound principles, and a step by step process for fulfilling your dream, purpose, and destiny. Cora is an incredible communicator; her stories offer hope and inspiration to the reader. Her writing is authentic and meaningful. Highly motivating

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, 9780768409109, $ 16.99, 2017, 252 pages

 

 

 

 

 

Can You Stand to Be Blessed? Insights to Help You Survive the Peaks and Valleys By: T D Jakes – A Book Review


 

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

Transforming Truth for Finding and Fulfilling Your God Given Identity

New York bestselling author, T. D. Jakes is recognized for his “Potter’s Touch” ministry program, and for his Grammy award winning music and films. He has written and published over 25 books. Through this new edition of “Can You Stand to Be Blessed?” a new generation of readers will be introduced to the magnitude of Jakes teaching as they delve into the depth of  his writing and discover a treasure trove of insight for savoring the peaks and surviving the valleys of life’s personal spiritual journey.

Each chapter is filled with transforming truths, golden nuggets of wisdom, reminders of God’s providence, insights for avoiding spiritual stagnation, and  how to receive supernatural deliverance. Jakes provides the impetus for the reader to find nurture from the scripture, enrichment in times of trouble, and renewed faith in times of distress.

“Can You Stand to Be Blessed? Insights to Help You Survive the Peaks and Valleys” is written for Christians who are in every season of life, who are seeking to draw on their inner strength and exchange feelings of carrying the weight of the world for a realization of the abundance of blessing God wants to provide.

This is classical writing at its best, rich in proven principles and sage wisdom.

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

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P O Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768409635, $ 14.95, 2017, 192 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

 

 

 

 

 

Growing in Grace – Daily Devotions for Hungry Hearts By: Paul and Billie Tsika – A Book Review


 

 

Hungry Hearts – By Paul and Billie Tsika

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

Inspiring Devotional Thoughts for Beginning Your Day – A Character Building Process

“Growing in Grace” concentrates on getting to know God more intimately to enable you to grow in grace and in likeness of Jesus. The book is uniquely designed to include a Scripture passage, a word of encouragement, an inspirational challenge and a prayer to start your day. Seven themes prepare the reader for a spiritual journey that infuses and imparts wisdom, transforms fear to fortitude, gives instructions for a balanced life, provides guidelines for commitment and choice, reveals secrets of the joy of praise and prayer, the benefits of blessing, and the reward of relinquishing control to rely and rest on strength from above.

I am deeply awed by the powerful prayers of praise, adoration, and worship; challenged by the soul searching prayers of confession; strengthened by the petitions for guidance, and understanding, and blessed by the prayers of thanksgiving for God’s love, gift of life, protection, grace, and faithfulness.

“Growing in Grace – Daily Devotions for Hungry Hearts” is an excellent model for establishing the discipline of spending an intimate time with God each morning. These short inspiring devotions are also ideal for adding a vibrant new freshness to an established devotional pattern; strengthened and empowered by a few quiet intimate moments with the heavenly Father.

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, 978-0768409918, $16.99, 2016, 384 pages

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

 

 

Giant Slayers – Ground Rules for Overcoming Life’s Biggest Obstacles By: Leif Hetland – A Book Review


Giant Slayers – Ground Rules for Overcoming Life’s Biggest Obstacles, By: Leif Hetland

Reviewed by: Richard R. Blake

Fulfilling Your Destiny by Slaying the Giants in Your Life

In his book “Giant Slayers – Ground Rules for Overcoming Life’s Biggest Obstacles” bestselling author Leif Hetland uses examples from the life of David, slayer of the giant Goliath in the land of Israel centuries ago. We can learn lessons and principles from the events in David’s life, as recorded in Old Testament

Hetland also shares lessons from the giants he has faced in his own life. Hetland provides the reader with twelve practical ground rules, designed to equip readers to overcome the obstacles faced regularly; timely parallels from the Scriptures for living out these principles in contemporary life situations.

  • Part One covers four insights important for “Positioning for Battle.”
  • Part Two provides a clearly structured battle plan, a logical step by step process for “Stepping on to the Field.”
  • Part Three, challenges the reader with the final steps for “Taking Victory.”

Leif Hetland, founder and president of Global Missions Awareness, ministers worldwide imparting God’s love through healing, evangelism, and apostolic authority.

Unique features of the book are found in the challenging questions to ponder section and in the power declaration statements which reinforce the truths and applications found within the context of each chapter.

“Giant Slayers – Ground Rules for Overcoming Life’s Biggest Obstacles” is a book for every believer looking for a new impartation of supernatural power for an overcoming life and the advance God’s Kingdom.

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, 998-0768407877,$ 16.99, 2017, 208 pages