God Encounters Today – Your Invitation to a Life Style of Supernatural Experiences By James W. Goll with Michal Ann Goll – A Book Report


Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768412406, $16.99, 2017, 248 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A New Awareness God’s Intimate Presence

“God Encounters Today – Your Invitation to a Life Style of Supernatural Experiences” is a balance of biblical truth with a prophetic message of signs, wonders, and the fullness of the spirit, of God through intimate encounters with him.

The book includes insights from the encounters of Jacob, Moses, David, and other men and women from the Bible as well as authentic real life stories of individuals changed by dynamic God encounters throughout history.

The Goll’s carefully present profound practical instruction on the great diversity of God encounters and the purpose of God encounters today. Each chapter includes a powerful passionate prayer for the reader.

James and Michal Ann Goll work as a team in equipping believers to understand the supernatural as conference speakers, authors, mentors, and through their God Encounters Ministries. Their dynamic teaching includes subjects in the realm of the prophetic, prayer, spiritual warfare, and spiritual growth.

“God Encounters Today” is a challenge and invitation for readers to break out of man-made religious boxes to join in a quest for a fresh life changing revelation from God to explore the unlimited opportunities available to Christ followers today.

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, 978-0768412406, $16.99, 2017, 248 Pages

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Planting the Heavens – Releasing the Authority of the Kingdom Through Your Words, Prayers, and Declarations By Tim Sheets – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Powerful New Dimensions in the Power of Prayer

Bestselling author Tim Sheets’ in his book “Planting the Heavens” helps readers realize new dimensions in the power of prayer.  The book will resonate with readers praying for reformation in America and the need for awakening change throughout the world.

Powerful personal testimonies illustrate how the power of words influence and impact an individual’s life, their destiny, and vision. Dr. Sheets includes other real life stories that tell of miraculous experiences which reveal the result of supernatural faith, life changing potential, and the power of “spirit led” prayers.

Dr. Sheets describes how God germinates his nature as a seed in each of us as we take on the new nature the Apostle Paul describes in II Corinthians, chapter five. As his sons and daughters, we are to seed the world with his Word, speaking words of life and revival everywhere. The greatest days of church history are in our present day and in our future generations as we declare his message to the world.

Dr. Sheet’s writing is transformational, inspiring, filled with cutting edge teaching, and powerful challenges. “Planting the Heavens” is important relevant reading for these uncertain times.

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

Destiny Image Publications, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768412031, $16.99, 2017, 206 pages

 

 

 

Encountering God Through Prayer – Simple Strategies to Develop – A Powerful Prayer Life By: Margie Fleurant – A Book Review


Encountering God Through Prayer – Simple Strategies to Develop – A Powerful Prayer Life

By: Margie Fleurant

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

An Open Invitation to a Join in a Journey – Building Your Spiritual Life on Christ’s Foundation through Prayer

Margie Fleurant skillfully weaves five pillars of a healthy prayer life with practical steps, and an eight step pattern, into a blueprint for “Encountering God through Prayer.”

In Part One Fleurant introduces the importance of finding intimacy with God by knowing Christ, recognizing our new identity, developing our spiritual nature, and by resting in the Father’s love. Part Two provides the tools and exercises that lead to surrender, inward reflection, burning hearts, awe of God, personal joy, and finding friendship with God.

The book is formatted to include an opening statement introducing the theme of the chapter or the instruction to follow, a personal experience from Margie’s life, an observation from the life of David, a prayer from the apostle Paul, or the example of Jesus, followed by powerful well-ordered strategies and principles for building a deeper and more meaningful prayer experience.

Each chapter ends with a profound, yet simple, prayer asking a blessing on the reader. These prayers include positive declarations and affirmations which can be incorporated into regular prayer patterns for future use.

“Encountering God through Prayer” is packed with insights and practical tools for enhancing a whole new level of intimacy with God.  Believers from every stage of spiritual maturity will be challenged to try these principles. This is a book I will want to read again. And Often!

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

Destiny Image Publisher, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-068411997, $16.99, 2017,192 pages

 

 

Rule of Law By: Randy Singer – A Book Review


Rule of Law

By: Randy Singer

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

A Legal, Political, and Military Thriller – A Behind the Headlines Look at International Events

By the end of page one, critically acclaimed author Randy Singer had my attention. I was hooked.  I knew I was in for a good read, a real page turner. By the end of chapter two Randy had my adrenaline flowing. Randy Singer’s new book “Rule of Law” takes a look behind the International headlines to ask some very pertinent thought provoking questions:

  • Are our country’s leaders acting outside the Rule of Law?
  • What is going on behind the scenes that are creating International headlines?
  • Who is to blame for the spectacular failures when secret missions fail?
  • Is the saying on the Supreme Court Building Still True? Is there justice under law?

Singer, a master story teller, has developed an exciting multifaceted plot, with twists and turns that adds suspense and keeps readers guessing. His characters are strong and believable, is made up of an amazing roster, which include: Amanda Hamilton, president of the United States, key White House staff members, attorneys and judges, military personnel, members of the Supreme Court, important foreign leaders, and members of the media.

Readers in the genre of intrigue, suspense and adventure thrillers with courtroom scenes will resonate with “Rule of the Law.”  Enthusiastic fans of John Grissom and Joel Rosenberg are destined to add Randy Singer to their favorite author list. A gripping novel relevant in the midst of today’s partisan political scene, Singer has created a riveting, page turner, a filled with timely insights.

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

Tyndale Publishers Inc.,  Carol Stream, Illinois, 978-1496418166, $ 16.98, 2017, 462 pages

 

 

Check Mate: Clans and Castles By: p.m. terrell – Book Review


Check Mate: Clans and Castles

By: p.m. terrell

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Intrigue, Adventure, Narrative Fiction, at its Finest

Check Mate: Clans and Castles is a creative fictional novel, developed from Terrell’s ancestral background, through the 10 generations since King James I, of England. The book is based on the true story of the life of William Neely of Wigtownshire, Scotland.  In 1608, young William  Neely left Scotland for Ulster, in search of himself and his purpose in life.

Award winning author p.m. terrell introduces a new reality to the enjoyment of the historical novel in “Check Mate: Clans and Castles.”  Terrell weaves a unique blend of historical fiction with authentic nonfiction.

Terrell introduces a new level of excellence to the historical novel.  Using the mastery of an artist, Terrell paints colorful word pictures and descriptive phrases that are so exquisitely well-chosen that the reader is magnetically drawn into the plot, taking on a role as an active participant in the intrigue of the story.

I became so deeply involved in the historical accuracy and extensiveness of terrel’s research that I felt compelled to research my own family heritage in England during this period, hoping to learn more of what it was that caused my ancestors to leave England to sail for Boston in the mid-1860s.

Readers of a Scot-Irish descent will resonate with Terrell’s account of events that led to beginning of age of the Plantation, and the transformation of all of Ulster. “Check Mate: Clans and Castles” is true Terrell, writing at her finest, “Causing History to Come Alive.”

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

Drake Valley Press, P.O. Box 979, Clinton, Mississippi, 39060

How to TAP into the Glory of God – Anointed Principles that Unlock God’s Power in Your Life By: Shawn Morris – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Principles for Receiving Revival, Restructure, Restoration, and Awakening

“How to TAP into the Glory of God” is an important book for everyone with a hunger for more manifestations of the presence of God and desirous of experiencing the Holy Spirit’s release of His anointing power.  Shawn Morris founder and president of Shawn Morris International Ministries of Houston, Texas tells the story of moving from misery to ministry while  discovering his destiny. He highlights experiences of his encounters with God “in the glory.”

Evangelist Morris explains TAP as “The anointed principles of God” or a gift of God’s glory or unction to move in God’s anointing glory, and receiving the fullness of God as we understand our position in His gifting. Morris goes on to describe in detail the TAP principles of God’s presence, generosity, sacrificial living, prayer, communion, worship and levels of worship, and breaking the walls of racial, social, and economic status.

I found the fundamental law of truth as a moral standard significant to a believers walk, especially, relevant for followers of Christ in today’s unsettled times. Each chapter ends with a powerful prayer of intercession for the reader, specifically related to the application of the principles revealed in the chapter.

Shawn’s writing is inspirational, written from his heart felt convictions and sense of mission, to help readers experience revival, renewal, restoration, and awakening.

“How to TAP into the Glory of God” is scripture based, relevant, and packed with principles for accessing the Holy Spirit’s presence and anointing

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, 978-0768411959,, $16.99, 2017, 204 pages

 

 

 

 

Invisible: Surviving the Cambodian Genocide – The Memoirs of Mac and Simone Leng By: Frances T. Pilch – A Book Review


Invisible: Surviving the Cambodian Genocide – The Memoirs of Mac and Simone Leng

By: Frances T. Pilch

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Superstition, Disease, Determination, and Drought, in the Crisis, Chaos, and Tragedy of War

Dr. Frances T. Pilch captures the spirit of Mac and Simone Leng in her book “Invisible: Surviving the Cambodian Genocide – The Memoirs of Mac and Simone Leng.” The Cambodian genocide carried out by the Khmer Rouge regime led by Pol Pot between 1975 and 1979 forced relocation of the population from urban centers. Some were sent to labor camps and others to rural farming projects. Forced labor, torture, mass executions, malnutrition, disease, and starvation took the lives of an estimated 2 million people in Cambodia.

Mac and Simone Leng are among the survivors. “Invisible” is the dramatic account of of the horrors they experienced throughout their nearly four years of  struggling for survival amidst the chaotic and inhuman living conditions that existed in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge.

I was deeply touched by Mac’s tribute to Simone as he credits her with the determination, loyalty, resourcefulness, and generosity that enabled their family to pull together in their plight for survival. Simone describes Mac this way. “He put his family above himself. It was a bond much deeper that the word “love” often implies. We were everything to each other.”  Mac, Simone, and their family were not just challenged “to survive, but to survive without losing their humanity.”

“Invisible: Surviving the Cambodian Genocide – The Memoirs of Mac and Simone Leng” is important reading for every American; a call to speak out against inhumanity, tyranny, and cruelty.

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

Robert D. Reed Publishers PO. Box 192, Bandon, OR 97411


Success with People – Your Action Plan for Prosperity and Success

By Cavett Robert

Sound Wisdom

  1. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768408409, $ 15.99, 2015, 214 Pgs

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

 

An Action Plan for Successful Group Dynamics through Human Engineering
Cavett Robert’s book “Success with People – Your Action Plan for Prosperity and Success” is based on his six principles on the science of knowing how to deal with people. The application of these principles will not only help you discover a new way of influencing others, but will also lead to a better understanding of self.

 

A unique writing style, eye catching topical headings, a reader friendly format and stimulating content all reinforce and enrich Robert’s practical and common sense approach to the dynamics of learning. His writing is engaging and will provide the reader with an understanding of what causes people to act, the anatomy of persuasion, and the credentials of leadership. His proposals are often simple yet always profound, challenging individuals: to know what you are doing, enjoy what you are doing, and to believe in what you are doing.

 

“Success with People – Your Action Plan for Prosperity and Success” is for anyone on the journey to experience a more constructive life; those concerned about their future earning power, measuring their service to others, and learning more about the importance of a positive ethics while growing in professionalism.

Transformational reading.

 

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

The Blue Curtain By: L. G. Metcalf A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Suspense, Fantasy, Magic, and Romance

“The Blue Curtain” by Author L. G. Metcalf is a suspense novel with a plot that weaves two stories together; spanning over 500 years, beginning in Southern England in the year 1549.

The first story begins in the midst of a brewing revolt Mitchell, son of Duke Keats, was in love with Marigold, the daughter of the Lord Protector; whose rule was being challenged by Duke Keats, Mitchell’s father, and other revolutionaries. Mitchell and his father were both killed in a battle fighting for their cause.

The second story takes place within the current timeframe in Portland, Maine. Emily Bliss is distraught by the murder of her father and is determined to find his killer. The trail takes her into unexplored territory. Her obsession, leads to a romantic touch, in the midst of revealing family secrets, and a lover tormented by demons. Emily is introduced to a nether- world of a secret clan of vampires, bloody conflicts, and fear.

Metcalf has masterfully developed a plot that puts his characters in imminent danger, with mounting tension. Metcalf’s characters are well developed establishing reader empathy, allowing them to become engaged with the story, and identify with the characters, while sustaining suspense.

The Blue Curtain will resonate with fantasy readers in the genre, and those who appreciate the creative genius and imagination of successful writers on subjects of the unknown, alluding to magical powers, with a hint of the supernatural from a period in recent or ancient history.

Metcalf’s debut novel is destined to win awards in the genre and will assure him of an impressive fan base. The promise of a sequel adds another level of expectation of a growing readership.

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

Molecyco Press, Toronto, Canada, 978-0995858602, $ 14.95, 2017, 314 pages

 

 

 

Our Journey with Alzheimer’s – Notes from My Journal, June 28, 2016


 

“God usually answers our prayer so much more according to the measure of His own magnificence than our asking that we do not recognize His benefits to those for which we sought Him.” Coventry Patmore

On April 1, 2007 I made this note in my Caregiver’s Journal.

“Today I became a writer.  I had an epiphany – an “aha” moment for me.  I hurried to the car to find a pen. I scribbled a note on the back of my Target sales receipt.  I didn’t want to lose my nugget of wisdom.  Later in the day I grabbed a pen while shaving.  I didn’t want to lose another gem, a perfect descriptive phrase.”

Over nine years have passed since my remarkable epiphany. Two years later in the fall of 2009 I had another epiphany of sorts. I’ll describe it this way: in an excerpt from an assignment in a writing workshop series sponsored by the Bridgman Library, I wrote:

I have a great idea. I know what I’m working on. I just need a push in the right direction and some guidance through the inevitable pitfalls along the way.

I naively completed a questionnaire stating my premise of writing A Caregiver’s Journey – One Man’s Commitment to Caregiving. I then prepared a time line of weekly goals I needed to achieve in order to write a rough draft of from 35,000 to 60,000 words. I had set a goal finishing the rough draft ready for my first edit.

 

A lot has happened in the nearly seven years since then. The manuscript was not completed as planned.

 

The story is still in the making.  Today is a new beginning of another chapter on an unknown story of our journey; a day at a time in a walk of faith with Thelma, an amazing lady.

 

“…so walk…just as you were instructed…overflowing with gratitude.”

From the writing of the Apostle Paul in a letter to the Colossians