W. Clement Stone’s Believe and Achieve – 17 Principles of Success

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 9780768408362,

$ 15.99, 2016, 278 pages

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

 

Time Tested Principles for Achieving Success

 

  1. Clement Stone’s “Believe and Achieve – 17 Principles of Success” is an official publication of the Napoleon Hill Foundation. The writings and principles introduced by Clement Stone and Napoleon Hill have influenced and become the model for contemporary motivational writers. Nationally recognized leaders in industry and highly influential people in the medical and educational fields also validate the soundness of these principles.

 

The book is divided into five categories:

 

  • Attitudinal Principles which emphasize the importance of a positive mental attitude and a well-defined purpose
  • Personal Principles which discuss initiative, enthusiasm, self-discipline, finances, and health.
  • Fraternal Principles which introduces the Master-mind alliance and teamwork
  • Intellectual principles that include creative vision, controlled attention and accurate thinking
  • Spiritual Principles of applied faith and the constancy of change

 

Anecdotes and success stories demonstrate the importance of learning from defeat; going the extra mile, taking initiative, and maintaining enthusiasm; these stories are interspersed throughout the book. Readers can easily identify with the testimonials, and become motivated to apply the principles personally.

 

This revised and updated edition of W. Clement Stone’s “Believe and Achieve – 17 Principles of Success” is must reading for anyone today seeking to achieve success in business, relationships, and a personal sense of finding purpose.

 

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

Chasing Famous – Living the Life you’ve Always Auditioned For By: Lisa Lloyd – A Book Review


Chasing Famous – Living the Life you’ve Always Auditioned For By: Lisa LloydProduct Details

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Using the Stage as a Platform to Proclaim the Prominence God for His Glory

In her book “Chasing Famous – Living the Life you’ve Always Auditioned For,” Lisa shifts the focus from self-seeking affirmation to pointing people to God as the one to be honored. The theme of exchanging auditioning for approval from the crowds and seeking world renown challenges the reader to change the focus and to seek to proclaim the excellences of God.

Chapters are filled with Scripture truths and an invitation to:

  • Embrace yourself as unique
  • Find God’s unique purpose for you
  • Break free of the bondage of shame and guilt
  • Boldly step out to accomplish your mission of proclaiming the redemptive message of Christ.

Lisa’s writing is articulate, relevant, profoundly thought provoking, and rich in illustrative metaphor. Lisa is openly transparent; and shares an account of an incident from her life when she was young, vulnerable, and felt alone and trapped. She also tells of events in her career where God orchestrated unexpected blessing after a period of testing.

The ‘Questions to Consider’ feature at the end of each chapter can be easily adapted for use as a Reading Guide for book clubs or a discussion guide for small group Bible studies.

Destined to become a spokesperson for a new generation of Christian women, Lisa Lloyd is a successful actress and writer and is a popular speaker at women’s retreats, conferences, and other events, nationally. “Chasing Famous – Living the Life you’ve Always Auditioned For” is highly endorsed by her peers, and by well-known Christian leaders.

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

New Hope Publishers, P. O. Box 12065, Birmingham, AL 35202, 978-1625915177, $ 14.99, 2017, 192 pages

 

Chasing Famous – Living the Life you’ve Always Auditioned For By: Lisa Lloyd – A Book Review


Chasing Famous – Living the Life you’ve Always Auditioned For By: Lisa LloydProduct Details

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Using the Stage as a Platform to Proclaim the Prominence God for His Glory

In her book “Chasing Famous – Living the Life you’ve Always Auditioned For,” Lisa shifts the focus from self-seeking affirmation to pointing people to God as the one to be honored. The theme of exchanging auditioning for approval from the crowds and seeking world renown challenges the reader to change the focus and to seek to proclaim the excellences of God.

Chapters are filled with Scripture truths and an invitation to:

  • Embrace yourself as unique
  • Find God’s unique purpose for you
  • Break free of the bondage of shame and guilt
  • Boldly step out to accomplish your mission of proclaiming the redemptive message of Christ.

Lisa’s writing is articulate, relevant, profoundly thought provoking, and rich in illustrative metaphor. Lisa is openly transparent; and shares an account of an incident from her life when she was young, vulnerable, and felt alone and trapped. She also tells of events in her career where God orchestrated unexpected blessing after a period of testing.

The ‘Questions to Consider’ feature at the end of each chapter can be easily adapted for use as a Reading Guide for book clubs or a discussion guide for small group Bible studies.

Destined to become a spokesperson for a new generation of Christian women, Lisa Lloyd is a successful actress and writer and is a popular speaker at women’s retreats, conferences, and other events, nationally. “Chasing Famous – Living the Life you’ve Always Auditioned For” is highly endorsed by her peers, and by well-known Christian leaders.

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

New Hope Publishers, P. O. Box 12065, Birmingham, AL 35202, 978-1625915177, $ 14.99, 2017, 192 pages

 

Learning Change – Congregational Transformation Fueled by Personal Renewal By: Jim Herrington & Trisha Taylor – A Book Review


Learning Change – Congregational Transformation Fueled by Personal Renewal

By: Jim Herrington & Trisha Taylor

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Moving from a Program Driven Institution to a Learning Community“Learning Change – Congregational Transformation Fueled by Personal Renewal” is made up of stories of church leaders who were able to transform their congregations by first making changes in their own lives. Jim Herrington and Trisha Taylor cofounders of “Faithwalking” worked in a collaborative effort to develop a process focused on personal and congregational transformation.

The book is divided into four parts: Part one establishes the keys to real change, defines the key concepts to change and introduces the changes necessary for personal transformation.  Parts two and three emphasize four essential core values to reconnecting to our intended design and the mental models necessary for shifting the way we think. Part four provides for equipping ourselves for more effective leadership.

I found the features with suggestions for interactive engagement for a better understanding and further assessment of the material to be an invaluable asset for determining implementation, taking action and being authenticate for setting personal goals in creating inner change.

Readers will get the most benefit from the book by setting aside an extended time regularly to follow the suggestions for reflections and going deeper, as you move forward in your personal renewal and actualizing authentic congregational transformation.

“Learning Change – Congregational Transformation Fueled by Personal Renewal” is timely, relevant, and important; a must read for pastors, church staff, and lay leaders.

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

Kregel Publications, 2450 Oak Industrial Drive N E, Grand Rapids, MI 49505, 978-08525444555, $ 18.99, 2017, 264 pages

 

Flightmares, Sky – High Humor By Robert D. Reed – A Book Review


 

Flightmares, by Robert D. Reed

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Laughter: A Prescription for Releasing Stress. Building Confidence, and Increasing Self-Worth

“Flightmares, Sky – High Humor” is filled with subtle wit, quotes and jokes attributed to well-known aviators, and, comedians. The pages are packed with “laugh a minute” twists, oddities, and idiosyncrasies; humor that is guaranteed to tickle the funny bone.

I especially enjoyed comments alluded to anonymous flight attendants, passengers, and pilots. I couldn’t help myself; I laughed, chuckled, and cracked up as I read the problems and solutions recorded by pilots and their mechanics.

The clever and imaginative cartoon illustrations created by Khairul Izzuddin add to the wit of an already hilarious collection, using well-chosen concepts related to air travel, customer service, and aeronautical procedures.

Bob recognized the physical benefits of laughter. There is healing in laughter.   Doctors are prescribing “laughter” for relieving stress. Studies have established that laughing releases endorphins which stimulate feeling of caring and forgiveness, which create a positive state of the mind and “boost” optimism, self-confidence and feelings of self-worth.

Robert D. Reed is known for his love of fun by his family, his friends, and business associates. As you pick up “Flightmares, Sky High Humor,” be sure to allow yourself the extra benefit of laughter, out loud laughter that triggers the endorphins to do their magic.

Fun filled entertainment at its Best

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

Robert D. Reed Publishers, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, Or 97422, 978-1944297169, $ 9.95, 2017,

 

It’s A New Life – Mom is Gone – A Memoir about Living Independently with Severe Cerebral Palsy – By Steven Salmon – A Book Review


It’s A New Life – Mom is Gone – A Memoir about Living Independently with Severe Cerebral Palsy

By: Steven B. Salmon

Robert D. Reed Publishers, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon, 97411, 9781944297152, $ 12.95, 2017, 154 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

A Candid Message of Living with the Difficulties of Severe Cerebral Palsy

“It’s A New Life – Mom is Gone – A Memoir about Living Independently with Severe Cerebral Palsy” is Steven D. Salmon’s story.  This is an amazing Story of the aspirations, determination, dedication, and diligence that have motivated Steven in his passion to become a recognized, successful, and accomplished author. Steven shares his story of overcoming challenges to write about the physically disabled. He serves as a voice and advocate for the many who do not have a voice that is being heard

Steven’s mother dedicated her life to help him succeed. Steven has a Bachelor of Science degree in English with a writing minor from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens point and a Liberal Arts degree from Madison College. All these years his mother served as his primary care giver, so he could go on to pursue a writing career

When his mother could no longer meet all of Steve’s physical needs, health attendants were hired to become a care team. Things dramatically changed the day his mother fell several times. Steven alerted the family with a call for help. When help arrived his Mom was taken to the Emergency Hospital, she never returned home. She died of a cardiac arrest.

The realization that “Mom is Gone” thrust Steven into a new stage in his story. He now had to face the challenge of living independently with severe cerebral palsy.

I found it hard to put Steven’s book down. There were other times when he was so gut wrenching honest it was hard to go on reading.  I felt uncomfortable. As I continued to read Steven’s story, I begin to see life through a new set of eyes. I felt ashamed and embarrassed for living in an uncomfortable vacuum of hypocritical empathy, without recognizing the dignity or character of the individual in a wheel chair, quietly seeking acknowledgement, affirmation, or maybe even an act of friendship.

Steven has ignited a new flame and refueled my passion to write with the reminder to:  Believe in yourself, be patient, never give up. He encourages us to exchange our fears, failures, and impatience for hopes and dreams of success. This is the advice and encouragement he received from his friends, and now passes along to his readers.

I am left with an indelible picture of Steven at his computer, in four hour blocks of time, using a Morse code word choice program.  Since he cannot use his hands, he uses his head to tap out his words.

“It’s A New Life – Mom is Gone” is a gripping story of the severe physical limitations, the pain of loneliness, of feeling being lost, scared, and tired; all while in the pursuit of bringing an influential message of hope to a unique people who have been looked upon as unemployable, who are relegated to become wards of the state living in group houses, highly medicated, forgotten victims of the “system.”

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Success Model – Five Steps to Revolutionize Your Life by Sam Silverstein – A Book Review


The Success Model – Five Steps to Revolutionize Your Life

By: Sam Silverstein

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257,978-0768411836, $ 15.99, 2017, 224 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Turning Your Latent Ability to Realization While Revolutionizing Your Life

In his book “The Success Model – Five Steps to Revolutionize Your Life” Sam Silverstein presents the basis of the success model, a five step system that will encourage the reader to determine what it is they want in life, recognize  their passion  and establish their purpose.  Sam has incredible insight into achievement, the importance of accomplishment, and the reward of personal satisfaction.

The book is made up of short, fast paced chapters that help the reader understand the five key words to success: desire, change, plan, implementation, and success. It is important that you, as the reader, get a thorough understanding of the five step success model before moving on to consider the remaining key words. When these are internalized and implements you will achieve and realize success.

Sam Silverstein is known for his strong stance on prioritizing accountability, growth, and development within the leadership team of a company’s organizational structure. The “Success Model” develops this principle for adaptation on a personal level, making accountability a priority on self-motivation by the individual.

My biggest regret is that I did not discover Silverstein’s writing earlier in my career. Highly recommended.

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

 

 

Hearing the Word through Your Dreams – Understanding the Language God Speaks at Night by Mark Virkler and Charity Virkler Kayembe – A Book Review


Hearing the Word through Your Dreams – Understanding the Language God Speaks at Night

By: Mark Virkler and Charity Virkler and Charity Virkler Kayembe

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Guide Book and Training Manual on the Understanding and Recognizing the Importance of Dreams in the Scriptures and their Relevance Today

Dr. Mark Virkler and his daughter Dr. Charity Virkler Kayembe collaborate in “Hearing the Word through Your Dreams – Understanding the Language God Speaks at Night.”  Biblical examples explore dreams from the Old and New Testaments that reveal how dreams can bypass the natural mind to become a bridge that connect with the supernatural.

Content throughout the book develop and expand on “Dr. Virkler’s Dream Keys” and contain proven concepts,  principles, and practical examples for discerning and interpreting Holy Spirit inspired dreams.  The authors describe a process which includes:

  • A process of reviewing the dream in its setting in “waking life,”
  • the dream,
  • the action,
  • the feeling,
  • and the interpretation.

When you write down each of these steps it enables you to determine the interpretation of the dream and will encourage and motivate you to be alert so that the vision can be understood, applied, and acted on.

“Hearing the Word through Your Dreams” is a practical, powerful training manual and guide book that will help the reader  identify God infused messages delivered through dreams, and how these dreams can reveal your destiny when understand. This is a book for every Christian who has ever wondered about the significance of their dreams.

Destiny Image, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768409970, $ 16.99, 2016, 292 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Art of Productivity – Your Complete Edge By Jim Stovall A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Steps That Take You from Mediocrity to Finding and Experiencing Personal Success

Jim Stovall’s “The Art of Productivity” is a timely and important book for business and sales people, entrepreneurs and for all individuals who want to experience their highest potential for productivity as an individual and in their business endeavors. Stovall has an outstanding record of success as author of over 30 books and is a renowned professional speaker. Stovall’s writing will challenge you to discover, prioritize, and activate your competitive edge.

In this book Stovall provides the tools to maximize productivity by using your personal strengths in areas of motivation, communication, and implementation. Stovall writes with balance, combining the organizational skills of a scientist and the creative natural creativity of an artist. These skills heighten his inimitable entertaining gift for storytelling.

Stovall uses the success stories of well-known celebrities in the field of sports, award winning movie and TV artists, multi-millionaires, and political leaders, as a springboard to illustrate how you need to recognize your own strengths  and passions. Stovall challenges the reader to carefully design their own definition of personal success and stresses the importance of passion, and motivation in discovering your mission and in the execution of your goals.

“The Art of Productivity – Your Complete Edge” holds the key to effectively attain personal success through motivation, communication, and implementation. Stovall motivates change, creates vision, and inspires transformation.  Highly recommended.

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

Sound Wisdom Books, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-1937879549, $ 15.99, 2017, 152 pages