Gospel Fluency Handbook” By Jeff Vanderstelt and Ben Connelly – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Gospel Fluency Handbook: A Practical Guide To Speaking The Truths of Jesus Into the Everyday Stuff of Life

The Gospel in Me, the Gospel with Us, and the Gospel to Others

“Gospel Fluency Handbook” provides in-depth studies of the Gospel with a concentration on helping the reader recognize areas of unbelief to strengthen and grow in their faith equipping the reader to live the gospel message as the central purpose of daily life immersing them in their local community culture. Practical and interactive penetrating self-examination questions call for a keen sense of honesty, transparency, and accountability among the participants.

Each of the eight-week chapters includes guided readings, reflections, group discussions, exercises, and suggestions for prayer. Themes are centered on foundational truths of the creation, the fall, redemption, the new creation, the fullness of Christ, and unity in the faith. The authors differentiate between “Bible Fluency” and “Gospel Fluency” to address topics related to culture shifts and demonstrate how the impact of “Gospel Fluency” becomes a life-changing reality. A helpful appendix explains over a dozen defining theological concepts.

The handbook is designed to be used in a group or community and is structured for interactive discussion which encourages personal Christian growth, application to daily life, becoming fluent in expressing and proclaiming your faith, and reaching beyond to the ends of the earth. Whether used in a class or as an individual learning experience, you will want to participate in a fellowship of believers to encourage you to share the good news of Jesus that can change lives forever.

Saturate Publishing, 227 Bellevue Way N. E. # 224, Bellevue, Washington 98004, 978-0996849326, $ 24.66, 2017, 262 pages

 

 

 

 

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New Covenant Culture – Redefining Normal Christianity – By Dr. Jonathan Welton


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Experience the Fullness of Your New Covenant Identity

In his book “New Testament Culture – Redefining Normal Christianity” Dr. Jonathan Welton, founder of Welton Academy Supernatural Bible School Online, a best-selling author, and founder of the Better Covenant Theology, calls readers to embrace their full New Covent identity, and experience the supernatural in their concept of living the “normal Christian life.”

Unique features of the “The New Covenant Culture includes concepts of:

  • The importance of taking personal responsibility for sustaining revival
  • The unconditional acceptance into God’s family
  • Walking in the full truth of the freedom that Jesus provides
  • Praying bold authoritative prayers

“New Covenant Culture – Redefining Normal Christianity” is not a book for casual reading. Readers will want to preview the chapter titles and subheadings within each chapter to get a glimpse of the panoramic view of the Better Covenant Theology and the Five-fold Covenant, five myths about revival, and the family paradigm, before beginning a serious reading and study of the book. It is a great resource for small groups or individual study.

Dr. Welton writing is well organized, providing summary statement conclusion, backed by scripture, with activation exercises, examples from the lives of Biblical characters, and interesting insights into historical perspective, and prophetic interpretations. He includes a chapter with compelling teaching on the resurrection of the dead.

“New Covenant Culture – Redefining Normal Christianity” will resonate with Dr. Welton’s earlier readers and a new generation of Five-Fold ministers

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, 978-0768417528, $16.99, 2017, 214 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is God Really Good? By Bill Johnson – A Book Review


 

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

Tough Questions Answered About the Goodness of God

Bill Johnson, the senior leader of Bethel Baptist Church in Redding, California and bestselling author, answers the toughest and most common questions about the goodness of God in his book “Is God Really Good?”

This book is based on the result of a series of interview questions relative to how this question is answered impacts the faith and life of the believer. Theme based chapters include questions on the subjects of:

  • Your Destiny
  • Intimacy with God
  • Disease and Pain
  • Evangelism
  • Dealing with Disappointment

Other chapters look at God’s goodness in the Old Testament, grace, poverty, the power of hope, and many other important biblical faith-building foundational truths from the scriptures.

Pastor Bill Johnson draws from his rich heritage in ministry in responding to each of these probing questions. A unique feature of this book is the confident relaxed conversational style and heartfelt passion that define Pastor Bill’s walk with the Lord. I felt I was in the room participating in a discussion with a small group of friends in a home Bible study, comfortable in the presence of the spirit of the Lord in our midst.

 “Is God Really Good?” will resonate with Pastor’s Christian counselors, church leaders, and parents, who will find the book to be a valuable resource for hurting parishioners, discouraged or disillusioned  Christians, and troubled teens.

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, 978-0768416114, $14.99, 2017, 176 pages

 

 

Unlock Your Identity – A 90 Day Devotional By T. D. Jakes – A Book Review


 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Unlock Your Identity – Fulfill Your Divine Purpose

In his book “Unlock Your Identity – A 90 Day Devotional” bestselling author T. D. Jakes helps the reader discover their personal identity.  Each of the 90 Day Devotionals focuses on celebrating your identity, fulfilling your purpose, and becoming “the solution the world is waiting for.”

By incorporating these unique readings into my regular daily devotional time, I have my personal journey has taken on a new sensitivity and freshness. An important and unique feature of the book “is found in the section Keys to Unlocking Purpose Prayer Points. Every page is filled with life-changing potential.

 T. D. Jake’s television program the Potter’s Touch is viewed by over three million people weekly. He is a bestselling author on the New York Times Best Seller List and has written over twenty-five books. Jakes is a gifted communicator and popular conference speaker.

Readers uncertain about their life purpose or going through a dry spell spiritually will be inspired and empowered to overcome their difficulties and find life-defining direction for discovering their God-given identity.

Unlock Your Identity – A 90 Day Devotionalis an ideal gift for everyone on your Christmas list, a roadmap for beginning a new a new exciting year of devotion, discovery, and spiritual direction

A 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, 978-076841498, $14.99, 2017, 188 pages

History Maker – Arise and Take Your Place in Leading Change By Cindy Trimm – A Book Review


 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Releasing Your Inner Strength – Leadership Principles for Becoming History Makers

In her book “History Maker – Arise and Take Your Place in Leading Change” Dr. Cindy Trimm uses real-life faith-based modern-day stories, deep Biblical truths, and perceptive personal observations to inspire and challenge the reader to make a commitment to join in a quest to influence and lead in bringing about changeDr. Trim is a gifted communicator, a former senator, a bestselling author, visionary, and empowerment specialist. She is recognized as a global strategist, and a noted for her cutting-edge message for this generation. She motivates her readers to grow to their fullest potential by unleashing their powers within to radically transform their future and influence change by inspiring and empowering others to become history makers.

“History Maker – Arise and Take Your Place in Leading Change” is a blueprint for the discovery of a transformational process for becoming agents of change. Social innovators, political and business leaders, and individuals looking for ways to make a positive difference in their own lives and in the lives of others will appreciate Trimm’s fresh viewpoint. She is known for her skills in implementing change with a message of hope.

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

Destiny Image Publishing, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768417081,$16.99, 2017, 252 pages

 

 

School of His Presence – Walking in Power, Intimacy, and Authority, on Earth As It Is In Heaven By Kynan Bridges – A Book Review


 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Insights into Walking in the Power, Authority, and through the Confidence of the Spirit of God within You

International minister, pastor, and bestselling author Kynan Bridges passionately appeals his readers to pursue a lifestyle of the supernatural power of God available through his presence in our lives. “School of His Presence” puts an emphasis on practical teaching on how, as Christians, we can consistently experience the presence and power of the Spirit of God within.

Unique features found in “School of His Presence” include:

  • Highlighted keys to supernatural living
  • Prayers of Activation which result in enlightenment, understanding, and revelation
  • Probing Questions which lead to discovery, discussion, and interaction
  • Stimulating Practicums with exercises and applications for equipping readers for taking action
  • An inviting format style that offers the reader a continuous flow of stimulating insights and scriptural truths

Bridges writes with a dynamic style. His profound insights challenge the reader to adopt the principles of seeing through the eyes of Jesus, experiencing heaven on earth, walking in authority, the glory of God, intimacy with God, living in and from God’s presence, and many more.

“School of His Presence – Walking in Power, Intimacy, and Authority on Earth as It Is In Heaven” will resonate with readers seeking a lifestyle of experiencing God’s presence and power every day.

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, 978-0768415001, $16.99, 2017, 198 pages

 

 

The Overcomer’s Edge – Strategies for Victorious Living in 13 Key Areas of Life By Paul Tsik with Dr. Ryan and Kameo Hosley – Book Review


 

 

Reviewed By: Richard R. Blake

Guidelines, Strategies, Principles and Valuable Counsel for Creating an Overcomers Edge

  • Do you struggle with Perseverance, the fear of crisis, or difficult relationships?
  • How are you handling the changing seasons of life?
  • Are you plagued by the fear of losing your dream, needless worry, and conflict?

Bestselling author Dr. Paul Tsika with Dr. Ryan Hosley, licensed psychologist, and his wife Kameo offer the reader,  guidelines, strategies, principles and valuable counsel in the areas of overcoming addictions and the trauma that accompanies betrayal, in his book is his book “The Overcomer’s Edge – Strategies for Victorious Living in 13 Key Areas of Life.

The book is made of thirteen chapters. Each chapter is filled with important step by step guidelines for evaluating problems, finding resolutions, and embracing life. The information is a melding of biblical example with sound psychological principles.

Chapters include an introductory story, common mistakes to avoid, or lessons learned, scriptural guidelines, and a final thought. Chapter endnotes bear evidence of the thorough research and careful documentation.

“The Overcomer’s Edge” opens the way to discovery for followers of Christ to live victoriously, and to walk in the power of God’s grace, His Word, and His Spirit.

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, 978-0768415872, $16.95, 224 Pages

Choose Wisely, Live Fully – Lessons from Wisdom and Folly, By Donna Gaines – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Lessons from the Proverbs – A Transforming Journey of Faithfulness

Author, speaker, and founder of Arise2Read, Donna Gaines is known for her two passions, discipleship and literature. Donna’s new book “Choose Wisely, Live Fully – Lessons from Wisdom and Folly” is a balance of the profound life-changing truth of the scriptures and practical applications.

As a discipleship tool, the book will equip the reader to:

  • Discern the voice of god
  • Experience the joy of wholehearted obedience
  • Allow God to help mentor other lives
  • Choose the path that leads to life

The appendices provide additional unique practical pointers and suggestions for:

  • Discipleship training
  • Discipling teen
  • Discipling women
  • Creating a Spiritual Legacy Journal
  • Creating a prayer notebook
  • Instilling Christian values in the home

The book includes important thought-provoking questions and helpful exercises that can be adapted for use as an individual study, as a study guide for small groups, or in a mentoring relationship.

Donna invites the reader to experience abundant life by embracing Jesus with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength; hearts captured by Jesus, captivated in awe and worship.Although Donna writes primarily from a woman’s viewpoint, “Choose Wisely, Live Fully – Lessons from Wisdom and Folly” can be readily adapted for family night devotions, as a resource book for a Bible study on the book of Proverbs, or for dads sharing Biblical principles with their daughters.

Abingdon, United Methodist Publishing House, 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. P. O. Box 280988, Nashville, TN 37228, 978-1501834240, $16.99, 2017, 194 pages

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

 

Shifting Atmospheres – Discerning & Displacing the Spiritual Forces Around You By: Dawna De Silva – A Book Report


 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

New Vision and Freedom – A Strategy for Victorious Spiritual Warfare

In her book “Shifting Atmospheres” Dawna De Silva equips the reader with keys for taking dominion over your supernatural environment. She provides valuable lessons and practical instruction on how to:

  • Learn to use your weapons of spiritual warfare
  • Discern the enemy’s tactics
  • Transform your spiritual environment from darkness to light
  • Demonstrate the power of Jesus over the power of darkness
  • Discern and understand the meaning of spiritual atmospheres
  • Shift and displace spiritual forces

Dawna’s writing is well articulated, well balanced, passionately focused, and reflective. The narrative is rich in scriptural background and concrete examples. Well documented chapter end notes provide excellent resources and references; helpful tools for additional reading and study.

Profound descriptive phrases like “an atmosphere of praise” and “whispers of deception” remind the reader of the importance of praise and worship as a spiritual weapon against the forces of evil.

“Shifting Atmospheres – Discerning & Displacing the Spiritual Forces Around You” provides principles and truth with which to prepare readers to transform their personal environment by living victoriously through the power of the Holy Spirit, the indwelling spirit of Christ Jesus, in an intimate relationship with God the Father.

Author, and International Speaker, Dawna De Silva ministers prophetically out of Bethel Church in Redding, California, providing hope and healing while inspiring vision and freedom.

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, 978-0768415667, $16.99, 2010, 190 pages

 

 

Heaven an unexpected journey – One Man’s Experience with Heaven, Angels, & the Afterlife, By Jim Woodford with Dr. Thom Gardner – A Book Review


Heaven an unexpected journey – One Man’s Experience with Heaven, Angels, & the Afterlife

By: Jim Woodford with Dr. Thom Gardner

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

 A Compelling Story of Transformation and Hope – A Foretaste of Divine Glory

As a successful airline pilot and businessman, Jim Woodford had a lot going for him. a challenging career, a large home, an adoring wife, a young family, and financial security. Acquiring another new car, another new aircraft did not fulfill his inner void. Jim longed for something deeper.

Jim was never a religious man. Although his wife, Lorraine, was a vibrant Christian, Jim gave very little thought to religion, God, creation, or man’s purpose in life. Matters of faith just were not of much concern. He was motivated by an inner drive and motivation for acquiring more tangible possessions.

Suddenly Jim’s world was spinning out of control. The doctor’s diagnosis was Guillain-Barre ‘disease. He couldn’t work. His livelihood was gone. He has to start selling off assets to keep up his lifestyle, and then one night he ended up in the hospital, his life drained from him. That night he was pronounced clinically dead.

Jim describes the next eleven hours as being sub-consciously aware of being transported into the magnitude of heaven’s awesome splendor, and the horror of the deep blackness of the chasm leading to hell. He relates the reality of his extraordinary experience, the intense brightness, and spectacular sights of heaven, and the awe of being face to face with Jesus.

Jim’s consciousness returned. His life was changed forever. He had called out to God and found the answer to what his soul had been longing for. Jim is taking the message of his journey across America, sharing the good news of heaven, the grace and mercy of God, and the glory of His presence.

Each chapter includes a scripture refuge, profound thought-provoking questions, parallels from Jim’s career as a pilot, and a place for the reader to record or journal an observation, question, personal insight, and a spiritual application.

As you read and reflect on the scriptural you’ll discover, the life-changing message of forgiveness, wholeness, and freedom, resulting from Jim’s journey.

Jim’s story is compelling, and heart-stirring, a clear message with an eternal perspective; inspiring and challenging, a story that will resonate with anyone seeking to deepen their faith and experience a new awareness of Christ’s presence.

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, 978-0768414127, $16.99, 2017, 200 pages,