Testing the Supernatural – How to Biblically Test Dreams, Revelations, and Spiritual Manifestations, By Rick Renner – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Spiritual Growth, Charismatic

Highly respected Bible Teacher Rick Renner alerts the reader of the importance of examining or testing dreams, visions, and supernatural manifestations occurring in the world today.

His book “Testing the Supernatural” is written to provide the reader with practical tools to effectively test supernatural manifestations and delineate right from wrong in the realm of dreams, visions, and revelations.

Renner introduces principles for testing false prophets.  Beginning with a Biblical model, he establishes the criteria for testing the authenticity of the dream, vision, or revelation by considering four questions. These questions can be used to determine other’s claims as well as verify your own supernatural experiences.

Other examples from the scriptures, including looking at specific examples, were used to verify the manifestation’s truth. I found the paradigm developed by the Ephesian Church helpful and instructive.

Rick Renner is recognized internationally as an author and for his broadcast “Discipling Nations.”

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

Harrison House, Shippensburg, PA 17257, $12.99, 2020, 978-1608317398

Dreams Don’t Have Deadlines – Living Your Dream Life No Matter What Your AgeBy: Mark Victor Hansen – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Motivational, Inspirational, Personal Success

Over the years I have followed my own concept of dreaming, Temper My Dreams with Reality So That I May Never Lose, The Excitement of Dreaming

Mark Victor Hansen’s book “Dreams Don’t Have Deadlines – Living Your Dream Life, No Matter What Your Age” has helped me to see a better way of making dreams happen.

I have been challenged to focus on my assets for making my dreams happen – add desire and commitment with imagination, ambition, and creativity. In other words:

Temper My Reality with My Dreams,So that I may Never Lose, The Excitement of Dreaming

Step by Step Mark leads the reader on how to begin and focus on the practical and important elements of attaining success and seeing your dreams accomplished.

I have found it exciting to reignite my dreams from something good to something better, to rewrite my story, to move to the next level, and to integrate my past into my future.

I want to encourage other readers to read, reread, and with me repurpose, and revitalize yourself to “Living Your Dream Life, No Matter What Your Age.”

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, Pa 172575,978-1640950986, $15.99, 2020, 184 pages

Heavenly Secrets to Unwrapping Your Spiritual Gifts, By Tracy Cooke – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Spiritual Warfare, Prayer, Prophecy, Charismatic

Tracy provides examples from the Scriptures to point out powerful examples of God at work, through the Holy Spirit, using individuals to carry out His plans. He also openly relates personal incidents from his own life and examples and stories from the lives of people who responded to his prophetic ministry.

Step by step, in a logical progression Tracy Cooke helps the reader better understand:

  • How to unlock and identify the gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • How to access these gifts
  • How to depend on the Holy Spirit’s leading
  • How to learn from examples introduced in the Old and New Testament Scriptures

Tracy’s presentation of the Three Categories of the nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit gave me new insight and understanding of the gifts of revelation, inspiration, and power.

Each chapter ends with a prayer and a prayer of impartation specifically related to principles introduced within the chapter.

Tracy Cooke is known for his prophetic ministry and for his ministry of signs, wonders, and miracles. His writing is stirring, informational, and inspirational, a call to walking in the Spirit and in His power.

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

Its Supernatural Press, Shippensburg, PA 17257, $19.99, 2020, 164 pages

Auto DraftHeavenly Secrets to Unwrapping Your Spiritual Gifts, By Tracy Cooke – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Spiritual Warfare, Prayer, Prophecy, Charismatic

Tracy provides examples from the Scriptures to point out powerful examples of God at work, through the Holy Spirit, using individuals to carry out His plans. He also openly relates personal incidents from his own life and examples and stories from the lives of people who responded to his prophetic ministry.

Step by step, in a logical progression Tracy Cooke helps the reader better understand:

  • How to unlock and identify the gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • How to access these gifts
  • How to depend on the Holy Spirit’s leading
  • How to learn from examples introduced in the Old and New Testament Scriptures

Tracy’s presentation of the Three Categories of the nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit gave me new insight and understanding of the gifts of revelation, inspiration, and power.

Each chapter ends with a prayer and a prayer of impartation specifically related to principles introduced within the chapter.

Tracy Cooke is known for his prophetic ministry and for his ministry of signs, wonders, and miracles. His writing is stirring, informational, and inspirational, a call to walking in the Spirit and in His power.

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

Its Supernatural Press, Shippensburg, PA 1725$19.99, 2020, 164 pages

Leverage Your Mindset: Overcome Limiting Beliefs and Amplify Your Life!: Be Less Stressed, Be Happier, and Be More Mindful, By Ricky Kalmon – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Personal Success, Happiness, Mindset, Meditation

Ricky Kalmon has a unique way of introducing the reader to the power of a positive mindset; by focusing on controlling your thoughts and actions, which will completely transform your life. Ricky emphasizes the dangers of allowing negative thoughts, stress, and bad habits to oversaturate your life.

The book is designed to be read over a two week period. Chapters are headed “Day One” through “Day Fourteen.” Each of the fourteen chapters follows a progression of guidelines for attaining your dreams, accelerating your accomplishments, and experiencing a positive mindset.

I was greatly impacted by the practical strategy for avoiding the negative by focusing on living in an attitude of gratitude. Each page is packed with updated information, challenging exercises, and an assignment that maps the way for the principles introduced in the book’s remaining chapters.

This book will benefit readers at every level of life; I highly recommend Rick Kalmon’s book and leverage principles.

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 17257,978-1640952164, $15.99, 2020, 204 Pages

Miracles and the Supernatural Throughout Church History, Remarkable Manifestations of the Holy Spirit From the First Century Until Today, By Tony Cooke – A Book Review


Reviewed By Richard R. Blake

Christian History, Miracles, Holy Spirit

In his book “Miracles and the Supernatural throughout Church History” has helped me better understand what it means to “Walk in the Supernatural.” He emphasizes how we have been called through the Gospel, and enlightened with gifts in the same way that he: he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church.

Tony looks at the historic aspects of the Gospel as compared to the extraordinary manifestations and the evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work, power and gifts through the lives of Christians from the First Century through today.   

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

Harrison House, Shippensburg,  Pa , 978-1680314892, $ 17.99, 2020, 336 pages


The Surprising Power of Joy, By Roland Worton -A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

From Hopelessness to Joy, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare

Roland Worton’s book “The Surprising Power of Joy” is packed with insightful guidelines for Christians today to replace despair, futility, and hopelessness by embracing redemptive thinking.

The Prayers of Affirmation, Restorative Reflections, and Life Changing Activations are and will impact my life as I think creatively from a transformation perspective, expecting and anticipate the “Spirit to release Heaven’s atmosphere.”

I plant to continue to rediscover the power of joy, by:

  • Affirming declarations of  joy of making everything new
  • To reflect on eternity with the Father
  • To return to joy moment by moment no matter what comes
  • To laugh more

Readers will learn the importance of claiming the transforming power of Spirit empowered joy and the resulting impact on your life and “heaven’s atmosphere around you.”

Highly Recommended.

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, 978-076845370, $16.99, 2020, 226 pages

Glory Zone in the War Zone – Miracles, Signs, and Wonders in the Middle East By Andrew White, Vicar of Baghdad – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Spiritual Growth, Prayer,

Canon Andrew White, Vicar of Baghdad, has served for over two decades in the Middle East. In his book “Glory Zone in the War Zone,” Andrew relates stories from his reconciliation ministry of the church’s persecution and of God’s supernatural provision, protection, and restoration.

I found the Reflection statements and prayers uniquely powerful in awakening me because we are in a spiritual battle and war zone as Christians. Examples from the Old Testament became instruments of revelation and promise and demonstrated the essence of God’s glory and unchanging nature.

Andrew’s writing resonates with me and gives me a yearning to experience more awareness of the miracles, signs, and wonders, which he experienced in the Middle East, are happening in the atmosphere of the world around us.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257,  978-0768453188, $16.99, 2020, 220 pages

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

The Prophet: Creating and Sustaining a Life-Giving Prophetic Culture, By James W. Goll, A Book review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Prophetic Gifts, Spiritual Growth, Charismatic

In his book “The Prophet: Creating and Sustaining a Life-Giving Prophetic Culture,” James Goll helps the reader to understand what it means to live in the realm of prophetic sensitivity, and to recognize the four levels of prophetic ministry, and other crucial insight into ministering prophetically.

I have been challenged to keep my focus on Jesus and to exercise my spiritual gifts. I found inspiration and encouragement from the powerful life-transforming prayers at the end of each chapter.

I found the information provided in the appendices, especially helpful: These include An extensive list of use of the word Prophecy, practical advice for getting started, suggested books for further reading, and chapter endnotes for additional study and application.

James Goll is known for his God-ordained ministry as a prophet, teacher, and founder of God Encounter Ministries. His book “The Prophet: Creating and Sustaining a Life-Giving Prophetic Culture” is destined to become a modern-day classic, a blueprint for readers to follow to find and operate within their prophetic destiny.

I can highly recommend “The Prophet: Creating and Sustaining a Life-Giving Prophetic Culture” to those involved in the prophetic movement as well as those looking into the ministry of God’s prophets in the 21st century.

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. 978-0768450477, $16.99, 2020, 240 Pages

Alert – A Prepper’s Guide to the Last Days By James A. Durham- A Book Revi


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Prophecy, Eschatology, Last Days

“Alert – A Prepper’s Guide to the Last Days” is James Durham’s account of a series of related visons and revelations concerning the role of believer in preparing for the perilous times of the last days! Through his personal experiences, visison, revelations, Scripture warning, promises and instruction James prepares the reader with guidelines for:

•          Staying Alert

•          Discerning Deception

•          Walking by Faith

•          Equipping the Saints

•          Learning from the Best – Yeshua

•          Occupy Until Jesus Returns

I have been challenged to examine what steps I have, am, and will take in personal preparation for the reality of the end times and the return of the Messiah.

“Alert – A Prepper’s Guide to the Last Days “helped me prepare and get ready to occupy the enemy’s territory until Christ returns.

I received a copy of this book for Review Purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257978-0768458305, $19.99, 2020, 298 pages