Nutrient-Based Psychiatry – A Nutritional Prescription for ADHD, Volume 1 – By Emanuel Frank, MD – A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

An Important Breakthrough in Assessment and Treatment of ADHD Patients

“Nutrient-Based Psychiatry – A Nutritional Prescription for ADHD” is one of a series of NBP books by Emanuel Frank, MD advocating the integration and use of nutritional supplements and modifications to treat psychiatric disorders.

The book is divided into three parts. Part one is written to help the reader understand Nutrient Based Psychiatry (NBP) and is intended to be a guide to supplemental and alternative treatment approaches.

Part two looks at the science behind NBP and Part three addresses assessment and treatment for the ADHD patient using NBP.

Readers will appreciate Dr. Frank’s exhaustive research, valuable endnotes, and the Quick Reference Prescribing Guide for NBP treatment for ADHD patients.

Nutrient-Based Psychiatry is designed for those diagnosed with ADHD, their loved one’s medical doctor, nutritionists, clinicians, and other healthcare professionals.

Dr. Frank is a practicing board-certified psychiatrist, highly respected by his peers. “Nutrient-Based Psychiatry – A Nutritional Prescription for ADHD” is destined to become recognized as a breakthrough in a controversial nutrient-based approach in ADHD treatment plan.

Highly recommended for anyone working in or impacted by ADHD.

Emanuel Frank – Publisher, San Jose, California, 978-0996761703, $ 15.98, 2017, 266 Pages


I Can Still Do It! The Unstoppable Spirit of a Plane Crash Survivor By Karen Trolan – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Overcoming Adversity – A Demonstration of Enduring Pain, the Perils of Living as a Paraplegic Confined to a Wheel Chair While Learning the Art of Adaptive Living

Karen Trolan’s I Can Still Do It” is her story a true story of survival. Karen captivates her reading audience with the story of her miraculously survival; of a plane crash. Her word pictures jump off the page as she relates details of the rescue efforts, of being airlifted to emergency care facilities.

Karen describes the experience of fading in and out of consciousness as Surgeons discuss the prognosis of her traumatic injuries and the challenges and odds of her recovery as a paraplegic. She goes on to relate the long road of rehab, the grueling hours of therapy, the courage to establish a new norm of living, and of her adaptive approach to sports.

The book is highly endorsed by readers who are inspired by her overcoming spirit, the power of her faith, her determination and her. I admire Karen for her positive attitude, her gratefulness, and her desire to help others learn to appreciate life’s adversities and challenges.

“I Can Still Do It! The Unstoppable Spirit of a Plane Crash Survivor” is a book everyone facing a challenge will want to read.

Robert D. Reed Publisher, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon 97433, 978-19442978282, $ 12.95, 2018, 120 Pages



Growing Kids with Character By Hettie Brittz – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Unique Journey into Parenting – Enriching and Equipping Tools – A Blueprint for Building Christian Character, Potential, and Purpose in Your Child

Author, speaker, and highly regarded leader in areas of parenting, leadership and personality styles Hettie Brittz offers parents perspectives for fostering their child’s  Christian character, potential, and purpose in her new book “Growing Kids with Character.”

Brittz identifies children’s character traits and likens them to a tree in the forest according to their growth patterns and needs. Step by step she offers tips for parenting that will “support their strengths and strengthen their weaknesses,”[i] as she encourages the parent to be intentional about whole life transformation relating the back to the application of the tree concept:

  • The Palm Tree
  • The Rose Bush
  • The Boxwood
  • The Pine Tree
  • And the Hybrid Trees

Brittz adopts the premise that each child responds differently to discipline, motivation, and communication. Moving forward on this foundation she provides parents with ideas for developing and nurturing your child’s unique character: How to direct and teach them important lessons, how to dialog and speak, how to discipline and train, and how to disciple them to increase their faith and to fulfill God’s purpose and their destiny.

Brittz writes with authenticity, authority, and humor as she offers guidelines and an interesting perspective on parenting. Highly recommended.

David C. Cook, 4050 Lee Vance Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918, 978-1434712530, $ 18.99, 2018, 272 Pages










[i] Charles Swindoll

Think and Grow Rich Action Guide An Official Publication of the Napoleon Hill Foundation – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Practical Principles and Action Steps That Truly Work – A Handbook to Success

The “Think and Grow Rich Action Guide” promises to “stimulate” the reader to achieve their dreams and desires to achieve success in finances, relationships, and career goals.

The action guide is based on Napoleon Hills best-selling classic “Think and Grow Rich” first published in 1937 to help you incorporate the thirteen proven principles, introduced in the book into your daily life. Step by step instruction, action steps, and thought-provoking questions stir the imagination, establish purpose, and instill a burning desire to move forward.

The Influenced of Napoleon Hill’s thirteen principles have impacted my approach to life, affected my character, and strengthened my faith. However,  I am excited about incorporating the completion of this handbook over the next 13 weeks, a chapter per week, completing the exercises and integrating the applications into practice in my life.

Highly recommended as a companion guide to the works of Napoleon Hill “Think and Grow Rich” book and supplemental materials.

Sound Wisdom Books, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, Pa, 17257, 978-1937879907, $49.95, 2017, 174 pages


The Art of Learning & Self-Development – Your Completive Edge By Jim Stovall and Dr. Ray H. Hull, PhD – A Book Review

The Art of Learning & Self-Development – Your Completive Edge

By Jim Stovall and Dr. Ray H. Hull, PhD

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake


Vital Lessons on Learning – Essential to Achieving Your Goals

Best Selling Author, Jim Stovall collaborates with Dr. Ray H. Hull Ph.D. in “The Art of Learning & Self Development.”  Stovall and Hull address:

  • The Ways People Learn
  • Action Steps for Learning
  • New Methods to Learn
  • How Learning Will Help Achieve Your Goals

These topics are divided into two categories: Things we learn through formal education and those we learn informally or through our own life.

Dr. Hull describes how we learn formally through our academic training and the disciplines from early childhood through our adult years. Stovall’s writes on the things we learn informally through the process of our lives and experiences. He sums up learning as curiosity, and persistence, and that knowledge is the key to anything we want in life.

I am passionate about the importance of Adult Learning and Continuing Education, and Life Long Learning, I knew I was in for a good read and valuable lessons on learning before I finished the first few paragraphs of Stovall’s introduction in chapter one.

The authors have encouraged me to continue my lifelong quest to improve my thinking strategy, my emotional understanding, and the skills necessary to intuitively use what I have learned. I am pleased to add this book to my library.

The Art of Learning & Self-Development” is for anyone intentional about self-development and fulfilling their life goals.

Sound Wisdom,  P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, Pa 17257, 978-1937879815, $ 21.95, $ 2017, 188 Pages


Think and Grow Rich – The Legacy By James Whittaker – A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, Napoleon Hill’s Legacy Lives On in Think and Grow Rich – The Legacy

Think and Grow Rich: The Legacy released in conjunction with the major motion picture by the same title is based on Napoleon Hill’s Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. Pursing consistently and applying his thirteen principles to success you, the reader, can be assured of personal fulfillment of your optimum potential. The book features life stories of people who have overcome “adversities” and changed the direction of their self-image and legacy.

These stories are relevant for today’s reader and are inspirational, motivating, and potentially life-changing. The examples of Sharon and Michael Lechter struck a chord with me, I identified personally with their dual passion for lifetime learning and making a difference in other people’s lives.

I plan to follow Bob Proctor’s “Goal Card” principle and am expectantly watching for positive results. I was fascinated with Barbara Corcoran’s valuable lessons on the rewards of an active imagination. And I admire Derek Mill’s persistence in discovery and promotion of the concept of mentoring others by listening to their hidden inner genius.

I was deeply inspired by Don Green’s example of commitment to education and business skills and life of pursuing and achieving his goals. Each of the over two dozen stories features and illustrates how a life mission of purpose and fulfillment can lead to satisfaction, success, and a rich personal legacy.

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-1640950184, $ 24.99, 2018, 298 pages

Making Accountable Decisions – A Journey To An Accountable Life By Sam Silverstein – A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Starting the Process – A Journey into Discover, Desire, and Decision

“Making Accountable Decisions – A Journey to an Accountable Life” focuses on the most important decisions we make in life, their impact and how decisions add value and significant meaning to who we become. Balance, Virtue, Respect for Self and Others, Perspective, Courage, Generosity, Gratefulness, and Excellence are only a few of the topics Sam Silverstein addresses in the book.

Expect a life transformation when you pursue Silberstein’s suggestion to read the text, become familiar with the keys to master your decisions and by focusing on the suggested questions and exercises by spending five minutes a day considering your answers and let them build on each other as you begin to make “accountable” decisions.

I have already started this process and am confident that continuing will play an important part in fulfilling my future goals and their achievements. Due to recent events in my life, I am in a period of transition. Continuing the principles and practices will have a significant impact on my making accountable decisions in the months ahead.

Sam Silverstein is known internationally for his emphasis on building an organizational culture dedicated to accountability among the leadership. Silverstein has written numerous books, including the book titled “No Matter What.” Material excerpted from the book is included as “bonus material” featuring the importance of commitment.

I can highly recommend “Making Accountable Decisions” to anyone serious about beginning “Journey to an Accountable Life.”

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-1640950146, $ 15.99, 2018, 176 pages



The 9 Dimensions of Conscious Success – It’s All About You By David E. Nielson – A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Framework for Increasing Your Self Awareness and Building Your Personal Purpose Statement

Ken’s Blanchard’s Foreword in David E. Nielson’s book “The 9 Dimensions of Conscious Success – It’s All About You” convinced me that I was in for a life molding read. Recent personal circumstances indicate that I am moving into a new season of life, a reason to re-examine my life purpose. The use of bright colors highlighting features, charts, and illustrations sets this book apart from and establishes a new standard for motivational books of the future.

Nielson begins by asking the reader to consider two elements: knowing your life purpose and self-awareness. He then adds a third; social awareness. Nielson then transitions to introduce six more elements; these with an external focus.

I enjoyed Nielson’s common sense approach, his use of humor, his skill in using the elements of a good story, and his keen sense of relating to the reader’s life journey, self-discovery and purpose.  The exercises included in five appendices are essential to getting the most out of your reading. Chapter endnotes include excellent suggestions for future reading and indicate the broad base of sources from the well-known leader’s in areas of personal success and personal growth.

David Nielson is a management consultant specializing in a change in business strategy and management through leadership development and training. His work is highly endorsed by leaders in finance, education, and industry.

“The 9 Dimensions of Conscious Success – It’s All About You” is for anyone wanting to operate on a higher level, to find purpose and a better self-awareness.

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, Pa 17257, 978-1970950030, $ 17.99, 2018, 224 pages






Grace Revealed – Finding Strength in Any Crisis By Fred Sievert



Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Sievert conveys the message of God’s grace, forgiveness, healing and hope through these awesome true stories of life-changing transformations experienced by people facing crisis and to put their trust in the unmerited gift of God’s grace for strength

I received my copy of “Grace Revealed – Finding Strength in Any Crisis” within days before my wife passed away. The stories, healing insights, and suggestions for personal reflection included in the chapter on grief provided an immense freedom to openly express my feelings of loss in any crisis.

There are common elements that run through the stories:

  • Conquering guilt
  • Overcoming Addictions
  • Healing emotionally and physically
  • Facing career-related challenges
  • Finding comfort and renewed purpose
  • Working through grief related to loss

I recommend “Grace Revealed – Finding Strength in Any Crisis” as a book that should be on the recommended reading list of professional counselors, pastors, and lay counselors.

Broadstreet Publishing Group, Racine, Wisconsin

9781424556380, $ 16.99, 2018, 240 pages

Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope with A Traumatic Death By Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D. – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope with A Traumatic Death is an exceptional tool or resource to help children understand and deal with loss and bereavement due to the death of a loved one.

We live in a culture where young children are frequently exposed to traumatic events, personally and through the media, Grief brought on by the loss of a loved one, family or friend, is never easy. Traumatic deaths, accident or violent, will create a new level of anxiety, fright, confusion, anger, and sadness.

The book’s tender, age-appropriate narrative and the suggested discussion questions will help children ages 3 – 8 open up and share their emotions, unresolved issues and questions about death and dying.

Suggestions for “interventions” offer parents, educational counselors, and other adult caregiver’s assistance for helping children draw out the child’s perspective on the sudden trauma of loss, or are aware of or have witnessed an accidental or violent death.

Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in trauma, loss, and child development.

The dramatic colored pictures reinforce the text and will leave the reader with a lingering sense of the emotionally charged sensitivity of Dr. Maker’s compelling message.

Aspiring families Press, 12625 High Bluff Drive, Suite 104, San Diego, CA 92130. 978-0996194112, $9.99, 2017, 40 pages