Waiting for Wonderearning to Live on God’s Timeline by Marlo Schalesky – A Book Review


Waiting for Wonder – Learning to Live on God’s Timeline

By: Marlo Schalesky

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Sarah’s Barrenness in Light of God’s promised Blessing

In her book “Waiting for Wonder – Learning to Live on God’s Timeline,” Marlo Schalesky takes the reader on Saria’s journey from the shame, guilt and pain of barrenness, through years of dryness, the promise of a new start, a new dream, and a new life. And then the disappointment of living in Canaan as a foreigner and sojourner; Sarai questioned the promise but remained faithful to the only true God, Elohim. Abram’s fear and deceit in Egypt led to more shame for Sarai – and then the promise restored. Sarai waited. The promise of a son – in her old age, hope restored. More detours, more dryness, more shame, and finally – a son, Isaac, Elohim fulfilled the promised blessing. Faith rewarded.

Marlo is a gifted communicator with spiritual insight. She blends the key elements of the story with a keen sense of Biblical application and relational theology. Marlo’s writing is thoughtful, warm, sensitive, and down-to-earth. Sarai’s story reads like a novel.

“Waiting for Wonder” is written for reader’s searching for hope in the midst of disappointment, doubt, crisis, and heartbreak, looking for signs of hope of promise and purpose restored; to experience the deep indescribable joy of freedom, redemption, and the promise God’s faithfulness for a fruitful future.

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

Abington Press, P. O. Box 280988, Nashville, TN 37228, 978-1501820106, $16.99, 2016, 212 pages

 

Total Family Makeover by Melissa Spoelstra – A Book Review


Total Family Makeover – 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home

By: Melissa Spoelstra

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Basic Spiritual Practices for Nurturing Children and Transforming Families

“Total Family Makeover – 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home” provides a strong foundation for being intentionally authentic about transforming your life, your family, and your home.

The book is based on Scriptures Jesus modeled in the training of His disciples.

Each chapter features a section on modeling and another on training. Using this practical approach Melissa Spoelstra challenges the reader through:

  • Inspiring instructions on and suggestions for establishing principles of prayer in the lives of your children
  • Practical approaches to reading the Scriptures together and making application to daily family life
  • Comprehensive guidelines on the merits mentoring can have on your parenting skills
  • Building blocks instilling Christian character in your children through finding community in the church, by serving others, giving back to God, and sharing your faith

In addition to being active as a pastor’s wife and the mother of four, author Melissa Spoelstra is a popular women’s conference speaker, and Bible teacher. She speaks and writes from her heart and models the message she delivers.

“Total Family Makeover – 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home” is clearly must reading for parents from the crib through college. Highly recommended.

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

Abingdon Press, P O Box 2809988, Nashville, TN 37228-0988, 9781501820656, $ 16.99, 2016, 256 pages

 

From the Heart – The Life of a Jewish Boy During World War II in Palestine By Alexandro Modena – A Book Review


From the Heart – The Life of a Jewish Boy During World War II in Palestine

By Alexandro Modena

Robert D. Reed Publishers, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, OR 97411

978-1944297022, $ 14.95, 2016, 120 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Important Lessons Learned During the Hard Times

Alexandro Modena captures the essence of the adversities he and his family faced while existing in poverty at a time when Jews, Arabs, and Christians lived together in Palestine, when the cultures were changing and during a time the country was occupied by the British Army.

Modena’s memoir “From the Heart – The Life of a Jewish Boy During World War II in Palestine” focuses on his values and perceptions he learned as a fourth grader under the tutelage of Mr. Cohen,  the only male teacher in his elementary school.

These observations are narrated by Alex voice expressed form a 10 year old’s perception level, but with amazing insight. Each chapter details an experience revealing his progress and development as seen through his: improved grades, confidence, self-esteem, and lessons learned about genuine friendship, envy, greed, forgiveness, and deception.  Alex recorded these lessons in a special journal that ended with a short poignant summary statement.

Preteens, teens, and adults will benefit from reading “From the Heart” a heart touching real life story modeling good citizenship, establishing genuine friendships, and living as a community. A fast moving story told with pathos, including Alex’s personal setbacks, and victories.

“From the Heart – The Life of a Jewish Boy During World War II in Palestine” is timely reading for today’s challenges, ideal for opening family discussions with contemporary applications. Highly recommended.

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

 

 

 

Nine Lies People Believe About Speaking in Tongues, – A Book Review


Nine Lies People Believe About Speaking in Tongues

By: Steve Bremner

Destiny Image Books, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257,

978-0768408515, $ 15.99, 2016,

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Most Frequent Misconception Regarding Walking in the Spirit and Speaking in Tongues

Steve Bremner tells the story of his spiritual journey in his book “Nine Lies People Believe About Speaking in Tongues.” Steve writes with passion, using an easy going, conversational style, interspersed with humor, open candor, and simplicity. He relates his story of conversion as a teenager and the ultimate impact on his life by the sometime s overzealous Charismatics and Pentecostals. His story is an exciting and unique faith adventure.

The book is divided into three sections:

  1. Steve’s Personal Story
  2. The Misconceptions
  3. Speaking in Tongues and Intimacy with God

This is a book you will want to read, reread, and study, pen and highlighter poised for note making, underlining, and marking highlights, for further study. Be ready to integrate new insights into your spiritual journey, as Steve clarifies the nine most common and misunderstood interpretations of Biblical teaching on the controversial gift of speaking in tongues.

“Nine Lies People Believe About Speaking in Tongues” is written for people who are looking for answers to their questions about glossolalia and charismata, and for anyone seeking a new level of intimacy with God through a personal union with the Holy Spirit,  in what the Apostle Paul presented to the Corinthian church as “a more excellent way,”

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

 

 

 

Woman thou art Healed and Whole – A 90 Day Devotional Journey


Woman thou art Healed & Whole – A 90 Day Devotional Journey

By: T. D. Jakes

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc.P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 098-0768409796, $ 14.99, 2016, 270 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A 90 Day Journey into Holistic Healing, a Restoration of Body, Soul, and Spirit – Leading to Wholeness and a Lasting Freedom from Bondage

Gifted communicator and New York Times bestselling author T. D. Jakes adds a new important resource to those already available for readers of his earlier books.  “Woman thou art Healed & Whole – A 90 Day Devotional Journey” combines a collection of 90 profound devotional thoughts from the Scriptures that offer practical insight and your personal healing journey.

Bishop Jakes makes available to the reader a roadmap and directions for a journey into spiritual healing, freedom from, and a living out of your divine destiny. He delivers instructions and foundational principles for becoming rooted and grounded in your identity as a person of value, and for establishing healthy relationships.  His words of encouragement, model prayers, and affirmations will establish patterns that can be adapted to personal needs, circumstances, and goals.

Bishop T. D. Jakes is the founder and pastor of Potter’s House, where he ministers to a multicultural congregation of more than 30,000. “Woman thou art Healed & Whole – A 90 Day Devotional Journey” offers healing for the past and promise of abundant living for today…and all your tomorrows.

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

 

 

Praying for your Children by Elmer L. Towns, and Dave Earley – A Book Review


Praying for your Children

By: Elmer Towns and Dave Earley

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc.P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768431650, $16.95, 2010, 202 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Parenting, Perilous Times, and the Importance, Responsibility, and Results of Intercessory Prayer for Our Children

Award winning author, Dr. Elmer Towns, Vice President and Dean of the School of Religion of Liberty University and Dr. Dave Earley prolific author, and chairman of  the Department of Pastoral Leadership at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Liberty University collaborate in the writing of the book “Praying for your Children,” an important addition to the “How to Pray Series.”

The book is made up of eleven chapters packed with Biblical principles, promises, and examples, providing important suggestions, advice, and practical tools to help us as parents to understand, implement, and demonstrate love for our children through interceding prayer in these perilous times. Important guidelines offer help in praying for prodigals, praying with children, and teaching them to pray.

Chapter end notes provide a wealth of suggestion for additional reading. Helpful suggestions using “Ten Top Prayers” are provided in the appendix.

To get the most out of this book, it is important that you read with an open heart; apply what you are learning, and determine to pray for your children, more consistently, more passionately, and more often.

“Praying for your Children” is an important book for every parent, church prayer group, and individual intercessor. Begin today to leave a legacy of prayer for the next generation, and those to follow.

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

 

 

 

Spiritual Slavery to Sonship, by Jack and Trisha Frost – A Book Review


Spiritual Slavery to Sonship – Your Destiny Awaits You, Expanded Editi

By Jack and Trisha Frost

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768409055,   $ 15.99, 2016, 218 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Family Journey from Woundedness to Wholeness through Understanding Sonship

In this expanded edition of “Spiritual Slavery to Sonship – Your Destiny Awaits You” Jack and Trisha Frost share their story of transformation when they relinquished their orphan hood mindset to embrace the truth of Sonship. Jack went from being an agitated Dad to a compassionate Father. Trisha tells of her personal search for unconditional love and the healing she received as she surrendered the stronghold of inner fear in exchange for feelings of security, love, affirmation, and praise and the freedom to live out her destiny.

Jack is an anointed communicator and gifted writer. His use of metaphor, simile, and idiom bring to life and the stories of individuals touched through his message of sonship. Lessons from his years as Captain Jack, leader of the crew on commercial fishing boats, include suspense, humor, and are rich in spiritual insight and application.

In addition to the stories of healing and restoration, the book includes a chart comparing the “Orphan Heart” with the “Heart of Sonship” and an appendix equipping leaders for the ministry of restitution.

Readers of Jack’s earlier books will want to read this expanded edition and the book will have an impact on new readers today and for generations to come.

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

 

Living with Purpose – Devotions for Discovering Your God-Given Potential by Dr. Myles Munroe – A Book Review


Living with Purpose – Devotions for Discovering God-Given Potential

By Dr. Myles Munroe

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768408447, $ 14.99, 2016, 252 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Prerequisites to Discovering the Process of Developing the Potential of Living a Life with Purpose

“Living with Purpose – Devotions for Discovering God-Given Potential” from the writings of internationally recognized statesman, bestselling author, and highly esteemed Christian leader, Dr. Myles Munroe, is a collection of inspirational devotional selections including Biblical wisdom for spiritual growth with applications for personal development in Christian living.

Dr. Munroe challenges the reader to discover, understand, and consider their tremendous untapped potential. He urges them to commit to maximize their hidden talents, unused successes, reserved power, and unexposed ability. The pages are filled with God’s promises, spiritual insights, instructions, and guidelines into finding, releasing, and living out your full potential.

One final word of wisdom from Dr. Munroe is an example of his distinctive ability to deliver a “personal” message that speaks uniquely to individual readers; helping them discover their divine purpose and to fulfill their destiny. “Accept yourself as God has made you. Allow His power to transform your weakness, rather than belittling yourself when you make mistakes.”

“Living with Purpose – Devotions for Discovering God-Given Potential” is a book you will want to read and reread. It is also an ideal gift for family or friends for those special gift occasions. Powerful advice for discovering and experiencing God’s gift of man’s potential.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lost Art of Intercession by James W. Goll – A Book Review


The Lost Art of Intercession – Restoring the Power and Passion of the Watch of the Lord

By: James W. Goll

Destiny Image Publishers, P. O. Box 310, Spartanburg, Pa 17257, 978-0768409284, $ 14.99, 2016, 224 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Profound, Passionate Teaching on the Power of Intercessory Prayer

Bestselling author and co-founder of Encounters Network James W. Goll is highly respected and recognized for his insightful teaching and for his impassioned call to spiritual revival and intercessory prayer.

This updated edition of Goll’s book “The Lost Art of Intercession – Restoring the Power and Passion of the Watch of the Lord” implores Christians everywhere to become Watchmen of the Lord, priestly prayer warriors. These are impassioned men and women who will unlock the supernatural power of the Lord through corporate prayer, heralding the news of “Watch” groups being formed in America and abroad, who are experiencing a new dimension of communion with the Lord.

Goll’s writings come as a result of his experiences in a passionate, contagious prayer life.  His writing is infectious, infusing the reader with a “righteous obsession” to pursue a craving for a life of ardent, authoritative prayer, and bringing about spiritual revival around the world.

“The Lost Art of Intercession” is unique in its message for anyone willing to pay the price to help restore a new visitation of the glory of the Lord on earth. This is a message for today’s prayer warriors and for a new generation of empowered watchmen. An enriching life changing read leading to supernatural results.

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

Carriers of the Glory -Becoming a Friend of the Holy Spirit – A Book Review


Carriers of Glory – Becoming a Friend of the Holy Spirit

By: David Diga Hernandez

Destiny Image Publishers, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0678410211,

$ 15.99, 2016, 192 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

The Person, Power, and Presence of the Holy Spirit – Authentic Christian Living

Within the first page of David Diga Hernandez’s book “Carriers of Glory – Becoming a Friend of the Holy Spirit” I knew I was about to receive a unique message from God through His Holy Spirit, a message that would leave “a major mark on the timeline of my personal and spiritual growth.”

I found myself immersed in the desire to know and experience more of the Holy Spirit’s transforming power for consistently living a life of holiness. I gained new insights into the importance of humility in the realm of prayer when threatened by spiritual warfare. Hernandez carefully details the work of the Holy Spirit in the body life of the church, the source, oneness of the Godhead, the categories and nature of the spiritual gifts, and the Spirit’s prompting and guidance ministry to the believer.  He goes on to develop the concept of being intentional in cultivating a growing relational friendship with the Spirit. The final chapter answers the most frequently asked questions on the fundamental Pentecostal teaching on the doctrine of the person of the Holy Spirit.

Hernandez’s writing is penetrating and anointed; an inspired passionate Charismatic message with informative insight into the Biblical teaching on the friendship and person, on the teaching of the Holy Spirit.

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