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

Self-Deliverance Made Simple – Keys to Closing Every Door to the Enemy of Your Soul by Dennis and Dr. Jen Clark


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Finding Freedom and Deliverance through Forgiveness – Taking Personal Responsibility for Our Spiritual Growth

In their book “Self-Deliverance Made Simple” Pastor Dennis Clark and Dr. Jen Clark provide readers with tools to help them understand and receive empowerment, self-deliverance from spiritual bondage and supernatural healing through forgiveness.

Pastors Dennis and Jen Clark work as a team pastoring the Kingdom Life Church in Fort Mill, South Carolina. They are founders of Full Stature Ministries and have developed a systematic proven approach to empower believers for ministering healing, freedom, and deliverance.

It is their desire to clear up confusion regarding God’s sovereignty, the continuation of spiritual gifts, and the demonstration of God’s power. They envision healing for churches and individuals that will result in well-adjusted families, and healthier churches.

Many readers will resonate with the pointers and “practice exercises” exercises that lead to experiencing peace while waiting on the Lord for His presence. I found the “Practices” on the subjects of forgiveness, gratefulness, healing loneliness, and overcoming fear especially significant.

Dr. Dennis shared his testimony of personal healing and how this has impacted his life and ministry. Dr. Jen told of her training in psychology, the misconception and error and of how through Clark’s teaching,  she received miraculous deliverance and transformation as she recognized the truth about the seat of our emotions, freedom through forgiveness, and how to tap into the supernatural peace of God.

The Clark’s writing is genuinely compassionate; their message holistic and reconciliatory. The book is scripturally based, carefully researched, and well documented.

Self-Deliverance Made Simple “is a source of inspiration and information for readers seeking to “make Jesus Christ” Lord of their life, to experience freedom, and to assume personal responsibility for their spiritual growth.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc.PO Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768411287, 2016, $15.99

 

Angel at the Door by L. Duncan


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nMy mother had just been moved to a step down care unit after weeks in ICU after her second heart attack.  I had been  by her side, and now my sister had come to take over.

Still, it was  hard to say good-bye.  What if she had another heart attack after I left to go home to my husband-four hours away?

Quickly, I stepped away (so Mom wouldn’t see my flood of  tears) and into the threshold.  Suddenly a priest in collar and garb stood before me and said “Woman why are you crying?”  It startled me. The words were too familiar–I looked back at my sister.  “Colleen, did you see him?”  “Who?” she answered.  “I didn’t see anyone!”  When I turned to answer him, he was gone.  I looked both ways down the long hospital corridor–no one.  There were no doorways that he could have ducked into and it…

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Love Our Vets – Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans wit PTSD

By: Welby O’Brien

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Comfort, Encouragement, and Practical Help – Answers for the Hard Questions Faced by Families Impacted by PTSD

As the wife of a disabled veteran Welby O’Brien understands what it means to experience the day to day struggles faced by those living with loved ones plagued by PTSD. “Love Our Vets” is written to provide relief, practical help and support for these families.

The book is divided into three parts: Reaffirm, replenish, and reflect.  Additional features include a valuable group discussion guide, help for times of transition and vicarious trauma.

Part one uses a question and answer format to addresses sixty-four hard questions, topics based on issues and concerns from a number of people who share from their heart actual issues they are facing or have experienced in the pastThe questions address topics and concerns, such as: Dealing with misconceptions and stigmas, symptoms to watch for, dealing with frustration, anger and rage, family relationships, problems in the workplace, and many more.

Part Two addresses the subject of replenishing yourself; depleted of energy, tired, exhausted, and facing burn out, you need to be nurtured. O’Brien introduces a list of twenty-one needs you may be experiencing. These are presented in a survey format that will help you recognize personal areas of stress in your life. O’brien provides specific suggestions and tools to help through these hard times.

Part Three is made up of reflections from the lives of many who are dealing with PTSD.  O’Brien writes realistically from her experiences as a caregiver, offering encouragement through heartfelt feelings of hope. She speaks of her personal faith and the importance of prayer. She provides the reader with insightful keys for building a spiritual foundation for finding, inner strength, and healing.

Timely, relevant, and important – Highly recommended.

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

Deep River Books, PO Box 310, Sisters, OR 97759, 978-1940269597, $ 15.99, 2015, 224 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Huntley’s Recipe for Optimum Health – A Nutritional Approach to Overall Wellness and Detoxification of the Body by Elizat Huntley, PhD – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Dr.  Huntley’s Recipe for Optimum Health – A Nutritional Approach to Overall Wellness and Detoxification of the Body

By: Elizabeth Huntley, PhD.

Taking Charge of Your Health – Dietary Guidelines for Optimal Health

In her book “Dr.  Huntley’s Recipe for Optimum Health – A Nutritional Approach to Overall Wellness and Detoxification of the Body,” nutritionist, Dr. Elizabeth Huntley introduces the reader to a dietary plan that includes underlying principles and dietary guidelines designed to produce optimum results for preserving all possible nutrients from the foods we eat.

Huntley includes tools and tips that will enable the reader to better understand the truth about their body and the cause and relationship of our heavily polluted environment; she highlights the electromagnetic and radiant pollutants in the atmosphere as a contributor to the many chronic diseases prevalent today.

High on the list of important steps we can take to reduce and minimize the adverse impact and danger of these threats to health include: recognize and adopt the practice of using pure water, eat high quality food with a balance of natural nutritional supplements, take responsibility for your environment, and for those in highly populated areas, install an air filtration system.

Dr. Huntley has included a full section of recipes with tips for preparation. These recipes include foods in several categories: basic foods, salads and dressing, seasonings, and sweets. She also offers suggestions for substituting ingredients that will turn grandma’s mouthwatering sweets into “lick smacking good” healthy desserts.

“Dr.  Huntley’s Recipe for Optimum Health – A Nutritional Approach to Overall Wellness and Detoxification of the Body” is an important addition to every homemaker’s personal library.

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

Robert D. Reed Publishers, PO Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon 97411

 

 

Waiting for Wonderearning to Live on God’s Timeline by Marlo Schalesky – A Book Review


Waiting for Wonder – Learning to Live on God’s Timeline

By: Marlo Schalesky

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Sarah’s Barrenness in Light of God’s promised Blessing

In her book “Waiting for Wonder – Learning to Live on God’s Timeline,” Marlo Schalesky takes the reader on Saria’s journey from the shame, guilt and pain of barrenness, through years of dryness, the promise of a new start, a new dream, and a new life. And then the disappointment of living in Canaan as a foreigner and sojourner; Sarai questioned the promise but remained faithful to the only true God, Elohim. Abram’s fear and deceit in Egypt led to more shame for Sarai – and then the promise restored. Sarai waited. The promise of a son – in her old age, hope restored. More detours, more dryness, more shame, and finally – a son, Isaac, Elohim fulfilled the promised blessing. Faith rewarded.

Marlo is a gifted communicator with spiritual insight. She blends the key elements of the story with a keen sense of Biblical application and relational theology. Marlo’s writing is thoughtful, warm, sensitive, and down-to-earth. Sarai’s story reads like a novel.

“Waiting for Wonder” is written for reader’s searching for hope in the midst of disappointment, doubt, crisis, and heartbreak, looking for signs of hope of promise and purpose restored; to experience the deep indescribable joy of freedom, redemption, and the promise God’s faithfulness for a fruitful future.

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

Abington Press, P. O. Box 280988, Nashville, TN 37228, 978-1501820106, $16.99, 2016, 212 pages

 

My Story in Black and White – The Autobiography of Jesse O. Thomas – A Book Review


My Story in Black and White – The Autobiography of Jesse O. Thomas

by Jesse O. Thomas/ Rosemary Braxton

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, Richard330@yahoo.com

A Marvelous Story of Persistence in the Face o Adversity and Injustice

“My Story in Black and White” presents an absorbing account of a period in Black history, including antidotes that reflect a vivid observation into the relationships, behind the scenes drama, and an overall picture of the progression  made possible by the cooperation these personalities (black and white) that influenced the direction and motivation taken by educational institutions, government agencies, and economic environment during the first 50 years of the 20th century. The book is adapted from original autobiographical notes of Jesse O. Thomas, facilitated by his daughter Rosemary Braxton.

The author captures an amazing glimpse into the life, brilliance and accomplishments of George Washington Carver’s scientific imagination, and of the impact of Booker T. Washington’s life and influence on government officials.

While an undergraduate at Tuskegee Institute, Jesse Thomas came to the attention of Booker T. Washington and President Theodore Roosevelt. The results of these contacts opened doors for Thomas to become an outstanding influence and spokesperson for educational causes, for the underprivileged, for racial inequality and for integration, and desegregation.

Readers will find nuggets of truth which lie hidden away in Braxton’s detailed account, begging to be discovered, mined, polished and recognized as true gems of treasured wisdom.

““My Story in Black and White” is the story of a man who believes that regardless of the circumstances of birth, racial identity, or heredity it is man’s purpose to fulfill his destiny by making a contribution to make toward advancing the world during his generation. Jesse O. Thomas is an example of this kind of man; a man of accomplishment and purpose.

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 97411, 9781934759981, $ 14.95, 2015, 360 pages