Spiritual Seasons – Discerning and Flourishing in Every Season of Life By Evon Horton – A book Review


Reviewed by: Richard R. Blake

 A Fresh Perspective on Finding Purpose in Every Season of Life

  Evon Horton writes from a pastor’s heart that comes from years of experience ministering to individuals helping them find and flourish purpose in every season of life.

I like living in a geographical area where seasons are clearly defined: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Seasons marked by an ongoing cycle of firsts: the first robin, first crocus, the promise of summer, the colors of fall, and the first snow of winter.

Horton describes winter as a season of breakthroughs. He helps the reader face the struggles of hurting, being depressed and feeling abandoned, by using promises and examples from the scriptures and from stories of overcoming while instilling hope, and moving on to spring, the season of sowing and reaping souls.

Evon helped me understand the reality of my present spiritual season, to discover the season I am in now, to embrace the present, and to celebrate the future.

“Spiritual Seasons – Discerning and Flourishing in Every Season of Life” offers help to prepare for a breakthrough, to claim God’s promises, to be alert for miracles about to happen around you, and to anticipate God’s provision and blessing.

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

Destiny Image Publishers, P. O. 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768446197, $ 12.99, 2018, 126 Pages

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The New Era of Glory – Stepping into God’s Accelerated Season of Outpouring & Break Through By Time Sheets – A Book Review


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

Decrees, Declarations, and Encounters – Outpouring and Breakthrough

Bestselling authors and highly respected Charismatic Leaders recognize Tim Sheets for his Spirit empowering message of awakening and reformation, the authority of the believer – and for the evidence of a new surge of God’s anointing on his life and ministry.

Sheet’s deep insights and revelatory teaching describe the synergy that is being created through the combined impact of Holy Spirit’s empowerment and the churches activation. His prophetic words of instruction and promise lead the reader into a contagious expectancy of abandonment and revival.

Tim uses the prophetic words given by God to Isaiah and instructions given by the Apostle Paul to young Timothy, to introduce defining moments, potent reminders and assignments to be activated by God’s people. Sheets explores the restoration of the Holy Spirit’s gifting of the fivefold ministry of the apostolic, prophetic, evangelistic, and pastoral teaching with strategic insights and a new emphasis on almost forgotten principles of scriptural truth.

This is a book that deserves more than a casual reading. Each chapter is rich in prophetic expression and revealed truth that can be activated by the prayerful reader with powerful results.

”The New Era of Glory will resonate with anyone seeking a breakthrough in accessing Holy Spirit encounters, and experiencing victory in Spiritual Warfare.

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 47297,

978-0768445251, $ 16.99, 2019, 198 pages

 

 

 

Destined for Change By Lois Werth Mimbs – A Book Review


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

A Parable of Destiny, Pop Corn, and Change

Using a writing style of poetic prose, and meaningful metaphors, written by Lois Werth Mimbs, the thought-provoking photography of Don Smarto, the cover design of Luke Smarto, and the interior design by Frank Cucciarre and you will come away with inspiration to change.

If you are experiencing clouds if adversity, the pain, and sadness of grief and the loss of a loved one “Destined for Change” will help you exchange the emptiness and sorrow for new patterns to build hope, and lessen the intensity of the sorrow of grief.

Kernel by kernel I savored memories from the past as I relived the moment in the present, to plan for an activity in the future to enjoy the bouquet of new memories and to contemplate fulfilling my destiny and purpose.

Page by page, picture by picture, I discovered how secrets of change renewed hope and opened my eyes and to focus on new patterns of change and the experience the freedom of abundant life.

Remarkable insight, stimulating photos combine to activate the challenge and reward of change from within.

”Destined for Change” came to my attention during a season of change in my life. I want to encourage others to read and pass along the message of hope to others; an excellent choice for a gift book for anyone who is experiencing the grief of loss.

Frontline Press, P.O. Box 764499, Dallas, Texas 75376.978-1643161020, $ 12.95, 2018 36 pages

 

 

 

Coach the Soul – By Ken LaVigne – A Book Review


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

A Masterful Model of Compassionate Dedication and Effective Leadership

It is the clarity, the strength, and the example of his coaches that motivated Ken LaVigne to persevere and to succeed. These are the same lessons Ken tries to model and to pass on to high-risk students today in a sophisticated and disentangled culture.

LaVigne clearly understands the power of a good story. His stories resonate with the reader through the depth of compassion, respect for and support of, which Ken gives his students today.

Word pictures of awakening to the sound of sirens in the night announcing tragedy, danger, and death. The look of fear, disappointment, and hope in the eyes of parents etched forever in his heart.

Other stories tell of the resilience, trust, and purpose of students, and their examples of faith, compassion, and grit. These stories tell of how students are challenged to grow in devotion, commitment, and perseverance to become men and women of character, self-discipline, inspiration, and empathy.

Javier’s story, gripped my heart; his grieving parents asking, “Why?” and the questioning of Javier’s friends, due to the senseless death; on the very threshold of promise and a new beginning.

Coach Ken struggled with the same question. He found his answers through a strong faith in God which gave him confidence that the “Almighty’s” omniscient plan for him was to provide comfort to his students. Coach LaVigne tells of growing relationships with students that grew to become deepening friendships over the years.

“Coach for the Soul” is a benchmark model for coaches at every level: volunteers, and professionals – as well as the families, fans, and spectators of sports around the world.

Robert D. Reed Publishers. Post Office Box 1192, Bandon, Oregon 97411

The Convenience Revolution a Book Review


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

Customer Relations, Consumer Behavior, Marketing

Bestselling author, Shep Hyken’s new book “The Convenience Revolution” is cutting edge, up to date and a must-read for today’s leaders. Shep writes with passion, is astute in his presentation, and confident in his convictions. He is right on target on his conclusions regarding the imperative need for creating greater customer convenience in today’s competitive market strategies.

Compelling case studies and company profiles accentuate the importance behind his assertion that the next frontier of customer service is convenience in creating customer loyalty in companies of every size.

Hyken is known for his leadership in customer service. His six core concepts should become the creed for creating and sustaining consumer demand and economic success.

“The Convenience Revolution” is destined to create a tidal wave in customer service. The subtitle of the book; “How to Deliver a Customer Service Experience That Disrupts the Competition & Creates Fierce Loyalty” sums up the contents.

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

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-16495028, $ 24.95, 2018, 208 pages

The Magic Ladder to Success By Napoleon Hill – A Book Report


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Powerful Proven Principles, From the Law of Success Philosophy of Napoleon Hill, author of the bestselling “Think and Grow Rich.

“The Magic Ladder to Success” is based on eight basic motivational principles of the Law of Success Philosophy developed by Napoleon Hill. Step by step Hill leads the reader on the ladder of success to acquire personal power.

Hill goes on to analyze each of the 17 dynamics on which his law of success is composed.

I became so intrigued in my reading that I made copious notes from the information I gleaned especial related to the subjects of self-confidence, imitative, imagination, and concentration.  Other topics I want to reconsider reread, and put into practice include the importance of enthusiasm, self-control, and good health habits.  I found so many new ideas as I carefully read and reviewed principles I have incorporated my life over many years’

“The Magic Ladder to Success” is filled with powerful proven highly motivating principles for finding success today

A complimentary 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, 978-1640950559, $27.95, 2018, 182 Pages

Don’t Step in the Entre-Manure!: Tiptoe Your Way to Entrepreneurial Succes By Bill Matthews – A Book Review


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

Content, Context, Adaptability, Practical, and Proven Concepts

“Don’t Step in the Entre-Manure” quickly defines the primary focus and the objective of the book. Matthews begins with 32 questions in four crucial areas for attaining entrepreneurial success.

·       Leadership

·       Finance, Administration, Planning, and Control

·       Marketing and Sales

·       Productively and Accountability of Employees

Each focuses on a specific theme with practical observations and instruction, a case study example relating to the chapter emphasis, and “tongue in cheek” challenge to

“Check your shoes “for any evidence of Entre-Mature that needs attention.

Chapter titles clearly define the subject matter of the chapter – a tremendous help when locating specific areas you may want to review, develop and improve in your business operation.

Bill Matthews is knowns for a successful career working with business leaders in business management, strategic planning, and education and advisory services.

“Don’t Step in the Entre-Manure!: Tiptoe Your Way to Entrepreneurial Success” is a crucial resource you will want to keep handy for easy reference, review, and application;  this is a book you will want to provide for your leadership staff, department heads, and their workers.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310 Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-1640950504, 2018,  $15.99. 148 Pages

Three Feet from Gold: Turn Your Obstacles into Opportunities Sharon L. Lechter and Dr. Greg S. Reid – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Motivating, Inspiring, Informative, and Entertaining

Sharon L. Lechter and Dr. Greg S. Reid collaborate in this allegorical approach to challenge the reader to persevere; stay with their goal and never to give up their accomplishing their dream.  Each chapter begins with an inspirational quote from Napoleon Hill; followed by practical stories and applications of the critical principles introduced in Napoleon’s classic bestseller, “Think and Grow Rich.”

These classic models from Hill’s writing become a roadmap to success. Gregg uses Autobiographical sketches and life stories accompanied by fictional elements to identify and interpret the crucial principles inspired and promoted by Napoleon Hill.

The authors incorporate all the elements of good storytelling as they follow Greg’s journey as he retraces Hill’s steps to find his potential and accomplish his goals and dreams.  It is their purpose to introduce to today’s generation of young potential leaders the principles of Napoleon Hill using contemporary stories and examples of well-known leaders of today who have and are persevering to reach their dreams.

“Three Feet from Gold: Turn Your Obstacles into Opportunities” is motivational and inspirational, and informational reading at its best.

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

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257. 978-1640950719, $ 15.99, 2018, 242 pages

 

 

 

 

God Made Me and You – Celebrating God’s Design for Ethnic Diversity By Shai Linne, Illustrated by Trish Mahoney


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Strong Message, Delightful Lyrical Writing, Reinforced with Outstanding Colorful Illustrations

“God Made Me and You – Celebrating God’s Design for Ethnic Diversity” is told using a poetic rhyming style. Trish Mahoney’s art and illustrations capture and significantly enhance and reinforce the application message for children.

The book can be used as a read-aloud book or is an ideal opportunity for advanced readers to read to their younger siblings to and to help them develop their reading skills.

A practical and helpful section for parents introduces Six Ways to Help a Child Appreciate God’s Design for Ethnic Diversity. A letter to parents at the opening of the book becomes the introduction of the book. Linne’s intent for writing the book is “To lead the reader to intentionally pursue and demonstrate a lifelong pursuit of appreciation for ethnic diversity to the glory of God.”

Shai Linne’s book “God Made Me and You” is highly endorsed by pastors, theologians, Christian leaders, and educators.  The book is designed to help children ages five through eleven and fosters embracing people of another color and ethnic differences.

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

New Growth Press, 1301 Carolina Street, Suite 124, Greensboro, NC 27404, 978-1948130154, $ 15.99, 2018

 

 

 

No Matter What – The 10 Commitments of Accountability By Sam Silverstein – Book Review


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

A Journey into Valuing People and Understanding Accountability

“No Matter What – The 10 Commitments of Accountability” the title of Sam Silverstein’s new book encapsulates an understanding of accountability I had not considered before. In the book Sam introduces ten core commitments of accountability providing clarity and increased focus, helping the reader get unstuck how to move on.

The book opened my eyes to the importance of keeping my commitments to people and following the 10 Core Commitments as an example to effectiveness in leadership and to accomplish mutual goals in an organizational structure.

Each of the ten chapters concentrates on one of the core commitments to accountability by highlighting key elements, topic highlights, and in-depth discussion.

Silverstein’s writing is highly informative, deeply inspiring, brilliantly formatted, and superbly motivating.

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

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310, 978-1640950160, $ 24.99, 2018, 156 pages