The Grace of Healing – Revealing God’s Heart to Heal By Bob Yandian – A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Eternal Salvation, Healing and Deliverance

The Grace of Healing – Revealing God’s Heart to Healing is Bob Yandian doing what he does best. He breaks down the Word of God in ways that speak the truth, leading to understanding, application, and spiritual growth.

Throughout the book the basic doctrines of Grace and Faith, Salvation, Healing, and Deliverance are defined, and step by step shown how they interconnect. Brilliant theological exposition, presented in a simple logical way, easily follow and understand.

All of Pastor Bob’s teaching on health and fitness nutrition, are based on the truth found in both the Old Testament and New testaments, the teaching the prophets and the teaching and example of Jesus.

Bob Yandian is known as “pastor to pastors” due to his extensive training through the Rhema Bible Training Center, and The School of the Local Church.  Pastor Yandian’s writing is authoritative, hands-on Bible Teaching, succinct but all-encompassing.

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

Harrison House Publishers, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-1680315042, $12.99, 2020, 166 pages




No Reserve: Take Ownership and Live YOUR Life without Limitations By Letitia Frye- A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Success, Personal Development, a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Determination

Over the last week, I have been captivated by Letitia Frye’s story.  I have jotted down elaborate notes, created action lists, read and reread the eleven strategies for removing the reserve from your life.

I identified with Letitia in many ways; I felt a bonding, a kindred spirit. However, I knew I had to take a hard look at myself and take action. Now that I have thoroughly read the entire book, I have committed myself to take ownership and live my life without limitation, as so passionately presented in “No Reserve.”

Letitia’s writing is a fantastic combination of sharp wit, optimism, tender reserve, and realistic, insightful candor. She is a gifted communicator, authentic, open, and absolute. Her message is life-changing and motivating.

I found the probing questions throughout the book to be stimulating, sometimes confronting, direct, or self-revealing, but always insightful and motivating. These questions hold the keys to unlocking a life of passion, purpose, and determination.

“No Reserve” is a must reading for anyone seeking to get more out of life, resulting in personal growth, improved relationships, or career advancement.

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

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-1640951761, $15.99, 2020, 170 Pages



Soul Winning: How to Share God’s Love and Life to a World in Despair By T. L. Osborn & LaDonna Osborn – A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Worldwide Evangelism, Spiritual Growth, Missions

Osborn Ministries’ history covers 100 years and reaches into 195 nations and is still growing. T. L. Osborn is remembered for his passion, his personal soul winning, and the supernatural power manifested throughout his life.

Ladonna Osborn worked side by side with her parents in their ministry to the world. Today as president of Osborn Ministries, she is carrying out the vision and calling of her father T. L. Osborn in Miracle Evangelism, Soul Winning Institutes, and in the distribution of T. L. Osborn’s publications.

Ladonna introduces seven reasons for soul establishing soul-winning, as well as what we have and are seeing in evangelism in this century.

I first became aware of T. L. Osborn in the 1960s. His messages reinforced and enhanced my visions for the world.

This updated version of “Soul Winning – How to Share God’s Love and Life to a World in Despair” is destined to implant new vision in Christians around the world for Personal and Miracle Evangelism.

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

Harrison House Publishers, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-1680314755, $17.99, 2020, 342 pages

Applying the Blood – How to Release the Life and Power of Jesus’ Sacrifice

By Derek Prince

Destiny Image Publishers Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257/

978-0768452808, $14.99, 2020, 178 pages,

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Redemption, Cleansing, Justification, and Sanctification

Over Derek’s 60 years of ministry, he faithfully held to the foundational truths of the cross and the promise of Jesus’ promise to return, in his teaching and in his writing. “Applying the Blood – How to Release the Life and Power of Jesus’ Sacrifice” is a complete explanation of the theological meaning of the blood of the lamb, and the power of Jesus’ sacrifice.


The importance of “Applying the Blood” at this point in history cannot be overstated. As Christians, we need to discover, apply, and proclaim the power of the blood, our redemption, and the promise of Christ’s return. Prince challenges the reader with a power-packed message, leading to self-examination, and a longing for the return of Jesus.


Over the years, I have read and been blessed by a number of the 80 books published by Derek Prince.  Prince’s writing is like a beacon, shedding light amid unsettling confusion and uncertainty.


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



The Promise of One By Jason Hewlett- A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

The Promise – Committed Lifestyle

Jason Hewlett, speaker, entertainer, impressionist, and corporate events headline, is known for his “clean,” “family-friendly” comedy.

“The Promise of One” showcases his determination to succeed while staying true to himself and maintaining his character.

Chapter One begins as Jason is on the verge of meeting his one goal: to become a Las Vegas headliner. He was already becoming well known as one of the top one-man acts in his home state of Utah and was making the right connections.

The day came when Jason was ready to sign a contract with one of Las Vegas’s most prominent hoteliers, finalizing plans with professional managers, and producers who would take over every area of his career. Enticing, full of promise and excitement.

Las Vegas Clubs over the years had changed the emphasis of their shows from family-friendly entertainment to a new norm, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” As Jason considered the implications, he recognized the pitfalls of nightly performing, the failed marriages, risk of addictions, and of standing true to his faith.

As a young boy, Jason made a firm resolve, a Promise to himself. Jason turned down the offer, chose to be true to His Promise, and opted to go in a different direction.

In the chapters that follow, Jason reveals how he identified who he is, clarified his strengths, and magnified these gifts and talents by embracing and perfecting his art as an entertainer, a family man, a man of integrity, and discover his “Signature Move.

One of Jason’s aims in the book is to make the reader stop and think; to question the level of their integrity. I encourage you to follow Jason’s suggested exercises, designed to help you to develop.

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, ASIN: B0853ZMN5W, $4.99, 256 Pages

Level Up – Elevate Your Game & Goals By Alyson Van Hooser


Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257.

978-1640951976, 2020, $15.99, 240 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Perspective, Professionalism, Purpose


“Level Up – Elevate Your Game & Crush Your Goals” is written for readers seeking to gain respect, transform the mind, and willing to own the responsibility of “leveling up.” The emphasis throughout the book stresses the need to own your perspective, your awareness, and your actions.


Each of the fast-moving chapters is filled with humorous stories and thought-provoking motivational mind setting strategies. The format is designed for a fast perusal, a reflective read, or a serious study.


Alyson Van Hooser is a gifted communicator, a professional speaker and trainer (training leaders), and an example of knowing experientially the disciplines of which she writes. I am already looking forward to Alyson’s next book.








The King’s Way of Life, By Bill Johnson and Brandon Waldon – A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Inspiration, Confidence, Wise Decisions

“The King’s Way of Life” draws from the lessons of Bill Johnson’s bestselling book by the same name for adult readers. I am delighted with the concept of adapting a young reader’s edition for DestinyKids.

As page by page, I viewed the spectacular artwork and read aloud the story, the metered rhythm of the poetic prose took me back to my own childhood memories and the impact of a well-told story from the Bible on the development of my character.

I became intrigued as I read of the dilemma each of the brothers faced when their father, the King, died, leaving them as heirs to his throne. Each brother followed their own heart to discover the value of making wise choices and the right decisions.

The stunning illustrations and subtle detail created by Kristen & Kevin Howdeshell bring to life the picturesque word pictures written by Bill Johnson and Branden Walden.

“The King’s Way of Life” is a challenging book for family devotional reading, a book to be enjoyed over and over again, leading to a lasting impression on your child.

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

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768451108, $17.98, 2020, pages

God is at Work – A Divine Appointment

We were returning a computer to Circuit City for diagnosis and repair. Thelma let me off at the customer service department and proceeded to park the car. I hurried into the store.

We were having problems with our new 1994 Compaq Computer. I resented the inconvenience caused by technology and the incompetence of the technicians who assembled the parts. The attendant ignored me. I was just about to voice my impatience.

Suddenly I remembered my prayer request earlier in the day. I  prayed “Lord, make yourself recognizable to others through my life today. The impatience, anger, and resentment begin to dissolve.

Once the transaction was completed I returned to the car. Thelma turned on the ignition. Nothing happened. The battery was dead. My resolve deteriorated and resentment again reared its ugly head. After a lively skirmish with the Spirit, He replaced the “Why” with a calm acceptance of seeing God at work.

Forty-five minutes later we were climbing up into the cab of the tow truck. The young serviceman had been unable to get our battery to take a charge; Three abreast, high up in the cab, we headed for CarTech Auto Repair.

Our conversation turned to spiritual concerns. Jeff was engaged to be married. Together we discussed the importance of the church to a new family. We invited him to join us for worship. Jeff expressed readiness and determination to return to church.

Computer replacement, car repair, and heart restoration achieved in one, chock full hour of God’s afternoon. Within minutes the mechanic at the garage had the car started and the battery charging.

I learned afresh the significance of recognizing God at work around me. I offered Him my thanks for answered prayer and praise for the way He responds to our prayers.




How Rich Asians Think By John C. Shin – A Book Review



Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

An Adaption of Napoleon Hill’s 13 Principles of Success from an Asian Culture

Very early in my career, I was introduced to Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. Since that time, I have been practicing his principles and read several of his books. I was intrigued quite curious about the title of John C. Shin’s book How Rich Asians Think.

After reading the preface, I knew I was going to be challenged to reflect on my past accomplishments in light of today’s contemporary culture. Shin’s book contains stories of, and interviews with successful Asians and American Asians who have been challenged to act on Hill’s 13 basic principles of success as well as incorporating principles from the “Asian Mastermind.”

I have been energized by re-reading Hill’s life-changing principles in light of Shin’s updated version. I am at a stage in my life where I am ready to make some life changes. How Asians Think has given me new insights for implementing my purpose, and to stand behind that purpose until it becomes an all-consuming obsession.

Sound Wisdom Books, Shippensburg, P. O. Box 310, Pa 17257, 978-1640951235, 2019, $27.95, 380 pages

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




Outwitting the Devil, the Secrets to Freedom and Success Napoleon Hill, Annotated By Sharon Lechter – A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Concepts, Contexts, and Challenges

Napoleon Hill’s writing style is profound, unique, and powerful with life-changing potential.

I found Sharan Lechter’s annotated notes on Napoleon’s words in “Outwitting the Devil, the Secrets to Freedom and Success” both vital and insightful in:

  • Providing background information, the circumstances at the time of Hill’s original writing, and today’s contemporary audience.
  • And in helping today’s reader interpret of Hill’s “Secrets of Success and Freedom.”

Note: based on Lechter’s suggestion to take one of two views on Hill’s conversations with the Devil, I chose to think of them as a parabolic, created to reach and touch the heart.”

Personal challenges and take away for me include:

  • The importance of perseverance
  • The importance of finding and living out a full and meaningful life
  • How to learn from my mistakes and failures
  • The need to revisit my purpose statement
  • The life-changing potential of Hill’s theosophy for personal succes

“Outwitting the Devil” is as vital for today’s reader as on the day of the original writing. I want to suggest that you add this book to your reading list today.

Sound Wisdom, Shippensburg, P. O. Box 310, PA 17257,  978-1640951839, $16.95, 2011, 272 pages

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