The Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to Defeating Water Spirits By Jennifer Leclaire – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Spiritual Warfare Revelations and Strategies to Defeat Them

In her book “The Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to Defeating Water Spirits” Jennifer Leclaire introduces the reader how to recognize and overcome the squeezing stronghold of the Python, detect the lies of the Leviathan, over the spirit of Rahab, and to unleash the power of the Holy Spirit to gain victory to overcome the spiritual forces of water spirits.

Leclaire sheds light on the “Mystery of Behemoth;” provides a new awareness of the spirit of Dagan and the influences of Merman spirits.

The impact of these spirits is prevalent in business today as seen through “the love of money,” in the entertainment industry through an exaggerated emphasis on graphic violence, sexual immorality, an ideology that impacts our families and homes and introduces false gods into church rites and religious teaching.

Step by step Jennifer provides the reader with guidelines to “overcoming demons that twist, suffocate and attack God’s purposes for your life.

Jennifer’s writes with clarity has done extensive research that is well documented, and she is convincing in her approach.

“The Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to Defeating Water Spirits” is an important study for today’s culture.

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, 9780768442946, $16.99. 2018, 208 pages

 

 

 

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Brain Storm – An Electrifying Journey By Kate Recore – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Informative, Inspirational, Moving and Challenging

Kate Recore introduces the reader to her world – an unknown stormy journey of night seizures, stress, anxiety, physicians, specialists, and diagnosis errors. Hers is a story of “new norms,” setbacks, and forward leaps.

Kate’s writing is superb – every detail adds to the suspense, empathy, and the experience of vicariously living through the nightmares, seizures, memory lapses, and another misdiagnosis.

“Brain Storm – An Electrifying Journey” is heartwarming, inspirational, and informative, calling for involvement in a crusade bringing to the fore the myths of Epilepsy: encouraging others to tell of their struggles with the disease, and to spread awareness and understanding of the “Brian Storm” of Epilepsy.

Personal experiences, family challenges, and an eighteen-year journey with my wife’s Alzheimer’s disease help me to identify with Kate’s struggles and victories. I can emphasize with the victims of epilepsy, their families, and friends. I can highly recommend Kate Recore’s book “Brain Storm.”

Robert D. Reed Publisher, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon 97411, 978-1944297466, $ 14.95, 2019, 176 pages

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

In Pursuit of Health and Longevity – Wellness Pioneers through the Centuries, By Cal Samra – A Book Review


Health, Physical Fitness, Longevity, Wellness

I am so fortunate to have Cal Samra’s book “In Pursuit of Health and Longevity” come to my attention at this time. I have recently been establishing personal goals in regards to developing a healthier lifestyle, including; physical fitness, health and wellness, mental alertness, and an exemplary contagious faith.

Sal gleans from the wisdom of “Wellness Pioneers through the Centuries” to reveal a commonality among theological and philosophical traditions. Fast moving, poignant stories, pertinent illustrations, hilarious quips, and thought-provoking quotes fill the pages of the book.

From the Hebrew prophet Daniel to the centuries of Jesus and the apostles, the unmercenary Greek physicians Cosmos and Damian M. D.s of the third century, and historical health pioneers. He also explores the philosophies of more contemporary religious leaders of all faiths, health professionals, counselors, philosophers, professional athletes, dieticians, and nutritionists.

Cal Samra is known for his work as lay executive director of the Huxley Institute for Biosocial Research as well as editor of the “Joyful Noise Letters,” a publication providing jokes and anecdotes to pastors to use in their sermons or church publications to introduce light-hearted humor emphasizing the healing power of laughter. This same humor carries throughout “In Pursuit of Health and Longevity.”

As I read a few pages, I pondered the implications and applications for pursuing a healthy lifestyle. In another few pages, I laughed from the depth of my belly. The mood changed again – tears flowed, followed by a sense of gratefulness.

“In Pursuit of Health and Longevity – Wellness Pioneers through the Centuries” is a must-read for individuals concerned with health, nutrition, and fitness as well as personal trainers, pastors, and physicians.

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

Robert D. Reed Publishers, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goals – How to Get the Most Out of Your Life Zig Ziglar – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Step by Step, Day by Day Formula for Accomplishing Your Goals

 I began to follow Zig Ziglar’s career in the earlier 1980s. Ziglar was fast becoming a household name, known for his books and seminars with a life improvement emphasis promoting the energy of change.

As I put his principles into practice, my dreams and life goals began to move forward. As I look back over my career, I recognize the impact of Ziegler’s influence on my life.

Eighteen months ago, my wife of 62 years passed away. Although I was devastated by the loss, I set a goal for the next year – a goal I did not actually attain. I wish I had the benefit of Goals – How to Get the Most of Your Life at that point.

Today encouraged by Zig’s writing, I am excited about using his Nine Steps to Setting Goals.  Today I am setting long-range, ongoing goals in areas of the physical, social, spiritual, and family. I plan to follow his step by step instructions for establishing and reaching goals, maintaining a quality of life, new motivation, and higher energy.

I can highly recommend Zig Ziglar’s Goals – How to Get the Most Out of Your 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, 978-640950900, $24.95, 2019

Patient Heal Thyself – A Remarkable Health Program Combining Ancient Wisdom with Groundbreaking Clinical Research By Jordan Rubin – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Healthy Physical Fitness, Secrets of Health and Longevity Life Styles

I have been diagnosed to have four chronic illnesses: high blood pressure, diabetes, a heart issue, and Barret’s esophagus. Recently my primary care physician referred me to a dietician. As a result of this, I have been reminded of the need for a balanced diet, exercise, and a positive outlook on life.

Jordan Rubin’s book Patient Heal Thyself – A Remarkable Health Program Combining Ancient Wisdom with Groundbreaking Clinical Research came to my attention at just the right time.

I was inspired by Jordan’s personal healing journey and the remarkable discoveries he made when he combined ancient wisdom with clinical research. I was also encouraged by the “comeback stories” and dramatic natural healing stories included in the narrative.

I am determined to combine the in-depth nutritional understanding I have grasped from The Maker’s Diet Healing Program and healing protocols to establish a program to provide my body with the nutritional tools needed to overcome my chronic illnesses.

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

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., Post Office Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768443523, $ 17.95, 2018, 352 Pages

 

Your Success Starts Here By Earl Nightingale – A Book Review


 

 

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

 

Finding Purpose, Fulfillment, Happiness, and Abundance

Step by step, Earl Nightingale provides the reader with concepts and principles to finding success and what it is that make people successful.

Recently while having my new glasses adjusted for more comfortable reading, the young technician noted the book I had with me. “Are you reading Earl Nightingale?”   He asked with interest. He went on to tell respectively how his father read Nightingale’s books in the 1980s. And that he, himself, was currently listening to a series of U-Tube tapes from Nightingale’s writings.

I smiled, remembering how I too in the 1980s was applying Nightingale’s principles to finding inner purpose, the benefits of personal initiative, and maximizing my potential.

Today almost 40 years later I can confirm how, goal setting, and making the most of my opportunities have helped  me become the person I am today; enjoying retirement, still building relationships, finding purpose, fulfillment and abundance by practicing the principles reiterated in Earl Knightdale’s formula for success in his book ”Your Success Starts Here.”

I can highly recommend this book to readers willing to set goals to find purpose and live their dream.

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, 978-1640950849, $15.99, 2019, 160 pages

The Solutions Oriented Leader – Results By Dr. Rick Goodman- A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Transformational Leadership, and Teambuilding Formulas and Systems

A quick review of the endorsements of Dr. Rick Goodman’s book “The Solutions Oriented Leader” and I knew I had a winner in my hands. However, during a time crunch, the book took a prominent place on my “in-process line-up.”

A few days later, a quick review of the preface, introduction, and table of contents confirmed the earlier conclusion – a real adventure in reading ahead. A quick scan preview of 190 pages and an extensive index took me back to chapter one, paragraph one and I soon became deeply engrossed in Dr. Goodman’s well-tested strategies and proven principles for improving business management and organization behavior and teambuilding efforts, and on my way to becoming a solutions-oriented team leader.

In his writing, Dr. Goodman uses a combination of common sense, extraordinary insight, real-life stories, and practical steps for effectiveness in:

  • Team building
  • Collaboration
  • Employee Retention
  • Communication
  • Engagement Surveys
  • And Much, Much More

Dr. Goodman is an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker on leadership, management, and organizational behavior.

A Complimentary Copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The expressions expressed are my own.

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-1640950658, $24.95, 2019, 208 pages

 

 

 

 

The Trading Floors of Heaven: Where Lost Blessings are Restored, and Kingdom Destiny is Fulfilled By Beverley Watkins & Robert Henderson – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

The sovereignty of God, Lucifer, Pentecostal, Charismatic, Spiritual Warfare, and Prayer

Although I have read and studied Robert Henderson’s Curriculum Series on the Courts of Heaven the idea of the Trading Floors of Heaven is a new concept for me. I now find his collaboration with Beverley Watkins in “The Trading Floors of Heaven: Where Lost Blessings are Restored and Kingdom Destiny is Fulfilled” of real interest.

The authors have given me new insights into the Sovereignty of God in allowing Satan or Lucifer to roam the earth in an attempt to rob man of promised kingdom blessings and family destinies. The principles introduced in their book will empower the reader to break these demonic trading cycles.

The book is filled with exhortation, instruction, prayers, and scripture illustrating the dynamics of trading in the heavenly realms. In addition to powerful suggested prayers throughout the book, the final chapter of the book provides additional more specific prayers for accessing the trading floors of heaven.

Authors Beverley Watkins and Robert Henderson are recognized as Global Apostolic leaders.

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 17297, 9780768419085, $16.99, 214 Pages

 

 

The Prophetic & Healing Power of Your Words By Becky Dvorak – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Spiritual Growth, Prayer, Healing, and the Miraculous

In her book “The Prophetic & Healing Power of Your Words” Becky Dvorak introduces the reader to the model of creating atmospheres for healing through using faith filled words. Becky provides a supernatural tool box for activating the prophetic gifts.

The book is made up of three parts:

1. The Foundation Power of Words
2. Wielding the Sword of the Spirit
3. A Plan of Action

Scripture promises, words of instruction and stories of miraculous answers to prayers fill the pages of each of the 18 chapters.

Suggested group discussions questions stimulate inter action that reinforce each chapter’s content as well as introducing questions for further observation. These features can also be profitable for personal reflection.

I particularly appreciated the format of the book, designed with the reader in mind.

• Organized with a topical emphasis
• Highlighted important truths
• Charts and lists for a deeper retention rate
• Frequent word checkups
• Suggested declarations of faith

“The Prophetic & Healing Power of Your Words” is a book you will want to read and reread often.

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

Destiny Image Publishers Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17258,
9780768443295, $ 16.99, 2018, 272 pages

Discerning and Destroying the Works of Satan: Your Deliverance Guide to Total Freedom By Kathy DeGraw – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R Blake, richard330@yahoo.com

Deliverance, Spiritual Warfare, Spiritual Growth, Healing, Prayer

“Discerning and Destroying the Works of Satan – Your Deliverance Guide to Total Freedom” is a guidebook for individuals seeking deliverance and receiving and maintaining freedom.
Step by step Kathy leads the reader through the essential steps leading to finding deliverance and freedom.
Although Kathy’s writing is straightforward and relatively easy to understand, it is not a book to be skimmed over lightly. Each of the Five Parts build on each other and need to be personalized, implemented, and incorporated in a lifestyle of receiving deliverance, releasing deliverance, and manifesting deliverance.
Part five encourages the reader to become a part of a deliverance team or to form a deliverance team. You will want to personalize the answers to probing questions, the declarations, and the vital inner healing principles.
Every element throughout the book is worthy of your close attention, guidelines adapted, and thoroughly understood.
Practiced deliverance team members leaders can assimilate the material quickly; others will want to carefully read aloud and personally claim the suggested declarations, and incorporate the spiritual suggested spiritual weapons to discern and destroy the diversions and tactics of Satan, who is trying to keep you from maintaining your deliverance 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, $16.99, 2018, 256 Pages