A Small Book About a Big Problem – Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace

By Edward T. Welch

New Growth Press, Greensboro, N. C., 27404

978-1945270130, $ 17.99, 2017, 192 pages

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

 

Tame Anger, Develop Patience, Pursue Peace

 

“A Small Book About a Big Problem” is made up of 50 brief reflections that address the subjects of anger, patience, and peace. These thought provoking vignettes are designed to expose the reader to the destructive effect of anger and to set them on the path to exchange anger for patience, and to experience the compassion of Christ leading to a life of peace.

 

Penetrating questions help the reader consider their issues with anger.

 

  • Does your anger hide behind more innocent words? What are your innocent words and what are they saying?
  • How does anger feel?
  • In your anger, what are you really saying to God?
  • Have you confessed your anger?

 

Ed Welch is a Biblical Counselor and licensed psychologist, author, and faculty member at Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation. Ed is highly thought of among his peers. His writing is based on Biblically sound teaching, helping the reader to take an honest look on how anger is impacting, family and social relationships, as well as the emotional, physical, and spiritual impact on health.

 

“A Small Book About a Big Problem” is described as: “rich, insightful, and piercing; as eminently probing and practical. The importance of God’s grace, mercy, and His plan of forgiveness through Jesus, is presented with clarity. Think your reading as a 50 day adventure in overcoming the battle with anger.

 

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

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Family Changes – Explaining Divorce to Children By Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D.


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Illustrated by Polona Lovsin

Story Telling Technique for Helping Children through the Trauma of Divorce

In Family Changes – Explaining Divorce to Children Azmaira H. Maker uses a storytelling therapy technique as a tool to help parents and professionals to be responsive to a child’s feelings about family changes during the transition period of separation and divorce process.

Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in family relationships, working with children, parents, and families.

In a heartwarming story for children, Mama Bunny helps Zoey Bunny deal with questions regarding Daddy Bunny’s recent absence from their home and what it means to be separated.  Lovsin’s colorful artwork reinforces the emotions and feeling of the dialog and storyline.

Two additional features enhance “Family Changes – Explaining Divorce to Children” as a resource. A note for Adults introduces ways to use the book effectively. “Process Questions for Adults to use with Children” provides 20 examples of unresolved questions the child may be experiencing.

Highly recommended.

Aspiring Families Press

12625 High Bluff Drive, Ste. 104

San Diego, CA 92130

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Little Children at the Zoo By Elvy P. Rolle – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Return Visit, to the Zoo

Elvy Rolle’s has “Five Little Children at the Zoo” is written to inspire the child’s imagination and creativity. The repetitive nature of the storyline enhances number recognition and counting skills.

Throughout the story, the child is introduced to frisky kangaroos, vibrant peacocks, gentle doves, and mooing cows. The colorful illustrations reinforce animal recognition and the animal’s sounds and other characteristics.

In a notes section for parents and educators, Rolle suggests developmental learning areas and suggested activities for developing the child’s language and cognitive thinking and early literacy skills.

Author Elvy Rolle’s is a retired speech/language pathologist, and early childhood special education instructor.

 

 

F. I. T. For Success – All Things Are Possible if You Keep Going By: Adrean Turner


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Strategies, Tools, and Solutions for Developing the Six Most Important Building Blocks of Success

“F. I. T. For Success – All Things Are Possible if You Keep Going” is made up of remarkable stories, and stunning anecdotes telling of professionals, laborers, and entrepreneurs which illustrate Turner’s unique six point F. I. T., a model of coaching for attaining a lifestyle of success.

Turner’s six-point program emphasizes the importance of attitude, personal development, handling stress, relationships, celebrating individual uniqueness, building confidence, and setting and achieving goals.

The F. I. T. acronym incorporates the word “Fearless, Inspired, and Transformed.” The material is adapted from the T. I. P. Tips for Success Podcast. From the first paragraph of the introduction, Adrien makes it clear that her book “F. I. T. For Success” is written for readers eager to achieve their maximum potential, who are looking for “practical and precise principles for moving forward toward success in their personal and business life.”

Chapters are jam-packed with: benefits, and bulleted paragraphs, lists, steps, and strategies, suggestions, tips, and solutions, attitudes, passions, and action steps. These succinct introductions cover such important principles as planning, practice, and preparation, overcoming procrastination, finding focus, teamwork, and dozens more.

“F. I. T. For Success – All Things Are Possible if You Keep Going” is an important book for professional entrepreneurs, executive professionals, and should be on the reading list of Corporate Trainers, Career Advisors, and Professional Life Coaches.

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

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-1937879952, $ 15.99, 2017, 216 Pages

Experiencing the Father’s Love – A Daily Devotional Encounter By Jack Frost – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Ministering Out of the Deep Experiences of God’s Affectionate Love

“Experiencing the Father’s Love – A Daily Devotional Encounter” is compiled from the writings of Jack Frost, as a legacy of love.

The personal nature of these devotions, drawn from the Frost’s experiences over the various seasons of his life and the stages of his ministry are written and arranged in a progression that becomes a springboard for the readers to examine and experience the same life-changing encounter.

Jack Frost, known as “Top Hook” is credited with being the most successful fishing boat captain on the south-eastern coast. At the age of 27, Jack was set free from a life of addictions through a miraculous life-changing encounter with Jesus.

Jack shares incidents from his story of ministry that followed, and of the events that led up to the founding of Shiloh Place Ministries, a ministry to help others overcome past hurts, live with purpose and connect to God and others.

Frost’s unique writing style of openness and vulnerability touches the reader where they are; enabling them to recognize the heavenly father’s, love, peace, and comfort; to identify and make applications in a similar way in their personal spiritual journey. Each devotion ends with “A Prayer to Encounter the Father.”

These are rich devotional readings that empower the reader to become representative of Christ to the world.

“Experiencing the Father’s Love – A Daily Devotional Encounter” challenges the reader to restore the image of God as a loving Father.  And from that foundation, to restore and improve relationships with those we love.

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,

978-076841484, $16.99, 2017, 380 Pages

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Encountering the Goodness of God – 90 Daily Devotions By Bill Johnson – A Book Review


 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Daily Reflections on the Goodness of God

In a culture of world turmoil, fast-paced living, family, and social pressures Pastor Bill Johnson, of the Bethel Church in Redding California, challenges the reader to begin a 90-day devotional adventure by following the principles introduced in his book  “Encountering the Goodness of God.”

Each day’s reading includes a significant Scripture, powerful insight into experiencing God’s goodness, and an invitation to claim the rest, peace and encouragement available in Christ, whatever your circumstances.

Unique features of “Encountering the Goodness of God” include;

90 Selected relevant Scriptures centered around the theme of God’s Goodness

  • Guidelines for experiencing a sense of personal encounter with the God of Creation, and the challenge of being directed to fulfill a specific purpose to live out for him daily
  • Prayer Prompts with blank ruled lines for the reader to complete a personalized prayer response
  • Pastor Johnson captures the essence of biblical truth with insight and clarity while creating an intimate conversational atmosphere for communicating an important application, principle, or promised blessing.

“Encountering the Goodness of God” is designed for those seeking to see things from God’s perspective, to live as Jesus lived, to be “at home” in His presence, and to encounter more of his boundless goodness.

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

Destiny Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768414868, $15.99, 2017, 192 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

All Hands on Pet – Your How-To Guide on Home Physical Therapy Methods for Pets By Susan E. Davis, PT


 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Tips, Techniques, Tricks, and Therapies for Pet Owners

“All Hands on Pet” is designed to be a how-to guide for pet owners. I found it to be an all-important resource guide to accompany Susan Davis’ earlier book A Guide to Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Animals: A Guide for the Consumer.

Unique features of “All Hands on Pet” include:

  1. The Table of Contents has clearly defined Chapter Titles with bulleted topics discussed within each chapter to quickly find your current interest or need.
  2. A well-organized resource list that includes:
  • Organizations
  • Conferences and Events
  • Educational Programs
  • Physical Therapists and Rehabilitation Providers
  • Products and General Helps websites
  • An exhaustive Index
  • Photos demonstration techniques for therapies describe with the text
  • A Key Connects Column that cross-references the reader to her earlier book, A Guide to Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Animals: A Guide for the Consumer

Susan E. Davis is a career licensed physical therapist, a pioneer in animal therapy. She specializes in helping pet owners prepare and provide

“All Hands on Pet – Your How-To Guide on Home Physical Therapy Methods for Pets” should be readily available as a resource in the home or library of every pet owner, veterinary, practitioner, therapist, and rehabilitation specialists, and students in all these areas.

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

Joycare Media, Red Bank, N. J. 07701,

978-0989275026, 2017, 234 pages

World View – Grace and Truth in Our Common Life – By Marvin Olasky – A Book Review


World View – Best  bestselling writer eking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life – By Marvin Olasky

New Growth Press, Greensboro, N. C., 978-1945270833, 2017, 200 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Guidelines for Developing a Discerning Commitment to Communicating the Christian Faith through our Conduct and Conversation

“World View – Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life” is made up of a collection of columns from World Magazine.  These theme-based articles challenge us as a reader to reexamine changes in institutions and causes we have advocated and defended, and to recognize where we may need to make changes in our perspectives.

In an era of insecurity, economic uncertainty, and widespread injustices, Olasky choreographs the reader step by step through the basics of demonstrating a Christian World View on the themes of institutions, racial reconciliation, environmentalism, and immigration.  He encourages the reader to consider being emphatic but passionate, with an emphasis on humility and humanity, while creating an atmosphere of harmonious tension.

Marvin Olasky, bestselling author and editor in chief of World Magazine, is also highly recognized for his excellence in journalism, educational endeavors, and leadership in community efforts.  Dr. Olasky’s The Tragedy of American Compassion was named as one of “eight books that changed America” by Philanthropy magazine.

Dr. Olasky’s writing provides a balance of heartfelt conviction and reflective compassion, expressed through a genuine attitude of humility. Olasky’s Insight inspires the reader to take positive action, in areas of ethical commitments and biblical precepts.  His compassion captures my own, often unspoken, deep convictions.

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

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