SOZO:A Journey into Freedom, with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, by Dawna De Silva and Teresa Liebscher – A Book Review


SOZO: A Journey into Freedom with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

By: Dawna De Silva and Teresa Liebscher

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Sozo: Tools for Finding, Truth, Freedom, Inner Healing and Deliverance

The Greek word Sozo is translated as: Saved – healed – delivered. A fuller meaning includes the model of being made whole. In their  book “SOZO: A Journey into Freedom with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”, coleaders of the International Bethel  Sozo Ministry, Dawna De Silva and Teresa Liebscher provide practical core tools and techniques that lead to a deeper relationship with God; strategies for living abundantly, and keys to experiencing inner healing and deliverance.

Each chapter is filled with examples and case histories of hurting people who have found hope; who are rising above and going beyond the trauma of growing up in a dysfunctional family, an abusive childhood, or broken relationships.  Readers will be enlightened by seeing their self-worth through God’s eyes; He created you for His unique purpose, and divine destiny.

Dawna and Teresa provide interactive models of Sozo ministry sessions, probing discussion questions and activation exercises for Sozo clients and Sozo ministers in training. These illustrate the tools and techniques to prepare the reader to better experience freedom in every area of life, and to understand the process of training, mentoring, and ministering. A valuable glossary serves as an important aid to clarifying often misunderstood terms used in the area of spiritual warfare and deliverance ministries.

“SOZO: A Journey into Freedom with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” is highly endorsed by well-known International Christian leaders in Biblical healing ministry as a clear model for finding freedom, fullness, and spiritual liberation. The book is informative, encouraging, with important guidelines, insight, and inspiration  for anyone desirous of living a life of spiritual abundance.

Destiny Image Publishers, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-076840916, $ 16.99, 2016, 202 pages

 

 

 

 

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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.

What the Prayers of Jesus Tell Us About the Heart of God, by Shane Stanford – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Five Prayer Focuses from the Prayers of Jesus

Shane Stanford delivers a threefold message in his book “What the Prayers of Jesus Tell Us about the Heart of God.”  He guides the reader into a deeper understanding of the impact the prayers of Jesus have on our lives today.

First, he helps the reader view the daily routines in the life of Jesus as they relate to our life journey as it unfolds. He then goes on to recognize how through the five focuses of Jesus’ prayers become “critical links to how to…come to know Jesus better…and how to come to know one another better.” Thirdly, provides guidelines for getting to know Jesus better, as a person and as a friend.

Stanford is pastor, author, and gifted communicator. His stories and illustrations are relevant and inspirational, with life changing implications for taking positive action.

“What the Prayers of Jesus Tell Us about the Heart of God” raises the bar on challenging the reader of the bigger plan God has for our lives.

Abingdon, 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228, 978-142674256, $ 15.99, 2015,  208pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Home with the Beatles, Bob Dyland and Billy Graham – A Book Review


Finding Home with the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Billy Graham

By: Jess Archer

WestBow Press, 1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403978-1512721614, $ 11.95, 2015, 124 pages

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

Struggles with Insecurity – On a Path Leading to Finding Home
In her book “Finding Home with the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Billy Graham” Jess Archer describes a transitory life style with inescapable adjustments; of creating new family routines in another rented house or apartment in a new neighborhood, with new schools, stores, and doctors, over a period of 15 years.

Jess opens her heart to the reader with candor and frankness in a way that help them identify with her anxiety struggles, fears and doubts as well as discovering new insights into finding answers to their own questions of faith, purpose, and spiritual meaning.

Archer’s sensitive poetic nature, beautiful descriptive phrases, and her gift of communication enhance her writing skills. Add her sense of humor and light hearted wit, and you know you are in for an exceptional read.

“Finding Home with the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Billy Graham” will resonate with three audiences: those touched by the Billy Graham Crusades going back to the well-publicized crusade in Los Angeles that launched the Crusades in the early fifties, the fans of the music of the Beatles and Bob Dylan who were searching for purpose and meaning to life, and the generation who responded the Youth Crusades of the Nineties.

Brilliant writing. Highly recommended.

Faithing It – Bringing Purpose Back to Your Life by Cora Jakes Coleman


Faithing It – Bringing Purpose Back To Your Life
By: Cora Jakes Coleman
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-0768407891, $ 21.99, 2015, 230 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Growing Up in a Family Fishbowl of World Renowned Ministry Leader

Cora Jakes Coleman tells her inspiring story in, “Faithing It – Bringing Purpose Back to Your Life.” It is a story of spiritual and personal growth in the midst of physical pain and emotional upheaval; a testimony of an ashes to beauty spiritual journey.

Coleman draws from her experiences and those of friends as examples to help the reader identify and relate to the “storms of life” they face. She goes on to offer important practical reminders for meeting each problem, head on, by claiming the promises of God for strength, comfort, and guidance. She weaves a theme of rediscovering purpose, order, and balance to uncover anything hindering our God given dream, single-mindedness, influence, and potential.

I enjoyed Coleman’s natural conversational style of communication to draw attention to scriptural tenets and her own personal insights on the process of recognizing our weaknesses to focus on finding our identity with Christ, allowing him to put purpose back into our life; with the goal of becoming world changers for Him.

A reader friendly format, a series of group leader outlines, and the inspiring prayers at the end of each chapter insure the reader of: and increase in faith, and an impact on ministry which encourage an honest self-appraisal and a personal quest for finding our divine purpose.

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

Nurturing Community through Adult Bible Fellowships


My Monday Musing – January 25th

Nurturing Community through Adult Bible Fellowships

What a blessing it is to look forward to Sunday Morning Worship with the body of Christ at Woodland Shores Baptist Church…and to be a part of the ABF team.

In our ABF Manual (Growing Adults on Sunday Morning) Pastor Knute encourages us to look at our ABF classes as a step beyond traditional, adult Sunday School classes and to see them as “a congregation within a congregation” providing:

• Organized Fellowship
• Defined Caring
• Accountability in Ministry
• Teaching Time, and
• Outreach Opportunities

I count it a privilege to be a involved with the members of the Legacy Class as we have intentionally been incorporating these principles.

Even with the shaky start during the month of January, due to the icy roads, wind and snow on two consecutive Sundays; as I talk with Teachers, Leaders, and members of others classes, I am getting an overall sense of encouragement as they move forward as a class in accomplishing these same goals.

Pastor Craig’s sermon from chapter four of Mark provided insight into the Parables of Jesus. We examined these verses in our ABF classes to make more specific application to our lives.

“…He who has ears to hear, let him hear” the words of Jesus from Mark 4:9

Rediscovering Discipleship – Making Jesus’ Final Words Our First Work


Rediscovering Discipleship – Making Jesus’ Final words Our First Work
By: Robby Gallaty
Zondervan
An Amazon Vine Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Refreshing Reminder of the Dynamics of Discipleship

In “Rediscovering Discipleship – Making Jesus’ Final words Our First Work” Dr. Robby Gallaty stresses putting a focus on knowing Jesus before the emphasis on ministry and service for Him. He introduces the model Jesus used in training his followers to be effective disciples..

The book is divided into two parts: Getting to Know Jesus and The Method of Making Disciples.

In Part I, Gallaty discusses the Jewish mindset to help the reader approach and understand their reading and understanding of the Bible in the Hebrew context. He then goes on to show how discipleship developed in the early church, receded and was later re-introduced through the influence of Augustine, Martin Luther, Richard Baxter, Jonathan Edwards, and John Wesley. He looks at more recent influences made by organizations outside the structure of the church, including Campus Crusades and the Navigators.

Gallaty advocates a small group setting for making disciples in what he dubs a “Mc Christian Culture.” I like the practical aspects of his approach. He covers the subjects of authority as a disciple maker, the goals, and the roadblocks you may face.

From the Introduction through to the final Appendix and chapter endnotes “Rediscovering Discipleship – Making Jesus’ Final words Our First Work” has an important message for the contemporary church, and for the individual Christian.

Snakes in the Temple – Unmasking Idolotry in the Church, by David Orton – A Book Review


Snakes in the Temple – Unmasking Idolatry in Today’s Church

By: David Orton

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

978-07684080010, $ 16.99, 2015, 268 pages

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

Holy Spirit Inspired Revelation – True Biblical Reformation

In the book “Snakes in the Temple – Unmasking Idolatry in Today’s Church,” visionary and prophetic teacher David Orton challenges his readers to consider the possibilities of reformation, revival, and worldwide spiritual awakening if the Christian Church of today were to restore its Biblical foundations, and to join the next generation in a commitment to see this come to fruition.

The book is organized into three sections. Chapters one through three explore the dream of future revival, while envisioning a spiritual awakening. Section two describes the present realities and a diagnosis of the idolatry found in the church of today. Section three outlines the steps needed for a spiritual breakthrough and a restoration of the glory of the Lord in the church of tomorrow.

Orton draws from spirit breathed scriptures to develop a thorough history of earlier revival in the church, which came about through restoration of worship, harvest, and awakening. He is genuine in his evaluation and in his analysis of the present status and decline of the church.

His conclusions, proposals, call to Holiness, and his prescription for renewal are well thought out, however, they may seem radical to some. Whether Charismatic, Evangelical, or Missional in theological stand, every reader will find practical principles for Christian living, spiritual growth, restoration of Biblical truth, and  revival in the Church.

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