Heaven Declares – Prophetic Decrees to Start Your Day by Hakeem Collins


Heaven Declares – Prophetic Decrees to Start Your Day

By Hakeem Collins

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Read, Reflect, and Release God’s Revelation Daily – A Ninety Day Devotional Journey

Dr. Hakeem Collin’s “Heaven Declares – Prophetic Decrees to Start Your Day” introduces the reader to wisdom and guidance in finding and living out God’s divine purpose on a daily basis.

The daily devotional readings are filled with prophetic declarations that provide a new sense of intimacy with God and help the reader experience the reality and significance of being open to receive the Word of the Living God.

Each day’s reading includes: a verse of the day which provides the insight from the Word, additional scriptures for meditation, and a prophetic decree and declaration to start the day.

The book is designed to “kick start the prophetic process in your life” through a four step prophetic strategy: Identify, Speak, Seek, Implement. To get the full benefit of the 90 day devotional guide, it is important that the reader pursue the guidelines set forth in this strategic program.

“Heaven Declares” is destined to become a classic devotional guide for discovering the impact of prophetic degrees and finding and implementing God’s purpose in your daily life and ministry. Highly endorsed by respected internationally recognized Pentecostal and Charismatic prophetic leaders.

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

Destiny Image Publishers, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 9780768409932, $ 15.99, 2016, 278 pages

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Daily Invitation to Friendship with God – A book Review


Daily Invitation to Friendship with God – Dreaming with God to Transform Your World

By Bill Johnson

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768409543,   $ 14.99, 2016, 395 pages

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

Profound Insights into Dreaming with God and Transforming Your World

“Daily Invitation to Friendship with God – Dreaming with God to Transform your World” is made up of  365 inspiring quotes, thoughts, meditations, and reflections from bestselling author, Bill Johnson’s book “Dreaming with God.”  It is the author’s intent to connect the reader with the purposes of God through a fluid process of co-laboring with Him.

I personally found myself pondering the concept of moving from “servants to the master” to becoming “intimate friends” with Jesus, and the personal transformation that comes with divine encounters with God. I was also struck with the importance of realizing the creative force of our words, the potential of our communications, and of living as though nothing is impossible.

On the practical side Pastor Johnson emphasizes the significance of the focus of our worship, our perspective on values, and on the potential of our communications.

The reflections from the pen of Bill Johnson inspire the reader to search and discover the secret things of God’s heart through intimacy with the Savior. “Daily Invitation to Friendship with God” is powerful reading, leading to embracing divine wisdom, the spirit of revelation, and complete abandonment to God.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


Empowering Young Christians – Developing Bible Based Leadership and Soft Skills
By: Gary J. Green, PhD
Dog Ear Publishing
4011 Vincennes Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46268
978-1457540998, $19.99, 2015, 190 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Biblical Principles for Christian Teens to Cultivate, Empower, and Embrace -Leadership Skills and Abilities for Success

“Empowering Young Christians – Developing Bible Based Leadership and Soft Skills” is a self-help book for Christian teens to develop a successful life and to fulfill the life that God has planned for them. Dr. Cary Green leads the reader into a self-awareness, communication, and values and priorities within a structure of: Readiness, Relationships, and Results.

Each chapter is filled with practical advice, hands on exercises to help the reader determine their goal, develop their skills, and discover God’s guidance for the future. Examples from the Scriptures reveal essential characteristics that will empower the reader in areas of integrity, professionalism, attitudes, balance, synergy, prioritizing, problem solving, and accountability.

The book is organized for ease in reading, in understanding adaptation, and application. The material is presented in ways that make it relevant and age appropriate for contemporary youth.

Dr. Green is an educator, author, speaker, and life skills coach, highly recognized for his teaching and mentoring. In the church setting, Dr. Green has taught and mentored youth in the Sunday School and youth programs.

“Empowering Young Christians” is unquestionably, stimulating, motivational, and inspiring. Highly recommended as “must reading” for teens, their parents, and mentors.

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

Hearing God through Biblical Meditation by Mark Virkler – A Book Review


Hearing God through Biblical Meditation – Unlocking Fresh Revelation Daily
By: Mark Virkler
Destiny Image Publishers, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-0768408812, $ 15.99, 2016, 180 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Meditation – A Journey of Discovery – Read, Explore, Reflect, Activate

“Hearing God through Biblical Meditation – Unlocking Fresh Revelation Daily” is made up of easy to follow exercises designed to help the reader understand and experience the process of prayerful, reflective, contemplation on the Scriptures, while allowing the Holy Spirit to illuminate the passage, and to provide guidance while pursuing God’s purpose. Each of the 20 short chapters is filled with practical tools for communicating with God and knowing Him experientially.

The chapters contain instructions on basic principles for encountering God through the Scriptures, reflection exercises, space for journaling, a suggested Scripture of mediation, and meditation prompts. I found the suggestions for Spirit led observation of a Bible story, especially interesting, and helpful. The discussion on how Bible study and meditation work together, provided practical observations on man’s doctrine versus sound doctrine and how “the conditions of one’s heart is crucial in coming to truth.

Mark Virkler is recognized internationally for his ministry in helping others how to receive healing and develop intimacy with God through prayer and Biblical mediation.

“Hearing God through Biblical Meditation – Unlocking Fresh Revelation Daily” is intended for anyone desirous of hearing God more clearly and for those willing to commit to pursuing a deeper more intimate relationship with the Savior.

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

Hand on the Line by Steve Wisniewski with Jeff Rostocil – A Book Review


Hand on the Line – Challenging Men to Follow God’s Call

By: Steve Wisniewski with Jeff Rostocil

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 510, Shippensburg, PA 17257978 076840865, $ 16.99, 2015, 296 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

An Athlete on the Gridiron, and a Gladiator in Facing Spiritual Trials

“Hand on the Line – Challenging Men to Follow God’s Call” is Steve Wisniewski’s personal testimony of pursuing God with reckless abandon.

The book is packed with powerful analogies comparing the disciplines required for success in sports arena with those comparable spiritual disciplines and the cost of discipleship after becoming a follower of Jesus. He also discusses the similarity of camaraderie and the sense of community among team members and the common sense of brotherhood, unity, and shared devotion among Christian brothers who experience a mutual faith in Christ.

I especially like the “Chalk Talks” feature at the end of each chapter in which Steve asks the reader to consider “pointed questions” regarding handling routine matters like stress, disappointment, or failures. These questions follow the progression of Steve’s own faith journey with more probing questions of trust, commitment, finding God’s will, and an honest appraisal of personal  spiritual progress, counting the cost of obedience, and investing your life in God’s service. These questions become an excellent resource tool and can easily be adapted for mentoring, discipleship building, or for men’s Bible study groups.

Wisniewski is an advocate for a strong emphasis on the mission of evangelism as evidenced with a bold natural “overflowing” witness. The book is well written, deeply spiritual packed with stories and truths and insight into “football and faith” with practical personal life applications for men of every age and faith. Steve is open, genuine, sincere, and exemplary in his Christian walk.

“Hand on the Line – Challenging Men to Follow God’s Call” is a book I plan to recommend to my sons, my brothers, and my friends. It is a powerful testimony of finding and following God’s destiny, unique purpose, and life calling.

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

100 Days in the Secret Place by Gene Edwards – A Book Review


100 Days in the Secret Place

By Gene Edwards

Destiny Image Publisher, PO Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257

978-0768407655, $ 14.99, 2015, 218 pages

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

Thoughts on the Deeper Christian Life from the Classic Writings of Madame Guyon, Francois Fenelon, and Michael Molinos

Gene Edwards features selections on experiencing the deeper Christian life from three highly respected classical writers of the 1600s: Francois de Fenelon a godly French Archbishop in the Catholic Church, Michael Molines, Spanish born, influential throughout Europe through his “Spiritual Guide,” and Jeanne Guyon, the most read woman in Christian history.

All three authors help the reader better understand elements important in a personal quest for embracing the cross, walking in God’s presence, and drawing into the inner chamber of fellowship with Him.

I especially liked Fenelon’s practical instructions in the devotional “Cultivating Silence.” Moline’s understands the reality of man’s nature. This comes through in the thoughts expressed in his writing on “Three Kinds of Silence.” In the final section “Stepping into His Presence” Guyon talks about how Godliness flows from within and of living in the abundance the spirit.

The rich look and texture of the quality binding, add a touch of worship and reverence giving a sense of anticipation of the spiritual experience ahead for the reader. “100 Days in the Secret Place” is an important addition to every Christian’s classic devotional library and as an ideal gift for every occasion. Highly motivational, practical instruction, and spiritual insight,

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own. Reading “100 Days in the Secret Place” is an exciting spiritual quest.

Dream Journal, By Bill Johnson – A Book Review


Dream Journal

By: Bill and Beni Johnson, Danny Silk, Banning Liebscher, and Kevin Dedmon

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310 Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768406085, $ 14.99, 2015, 192 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Journal for Recording Your Dreams, Visions, and Prophecies

In recent years I have read and benefited books by each of the contributors to the “Dream Journal,” Bill and Beni Johnson, Danny Silk, Banning Liebscher and Kevin Dedmon. So, I was immediately drawn to this journal. The book is designed to encourage the practice of writing down your dreams and visions and for recording revelations from your quiet times with God.

Each of the authors provide instruction, insight, challenge, and shared experiences on the importance of keeping a dream journal and making it a meaningful resource as you  and pursue God’s leading in light of these exciting prophetic days.

A positive model prayer is provided for beginning your dream journey. Each journal page is lined for easy recording of your personal entry with an inspirational thought, theme to follow, or a suggestion for your writing.

Throughout my spiritual journey I have made a practice of recording highlights from inspirational reading and devotional reflections that have influenced me. These have been in the form of gratitude journals, spiritual journals, God sightings, and various topical 40 day adventures with God.

I have been amazed to find how this practice is helping me recognize the voice of God, keeping me focused on Jesus, as the spirit gives me an awareness of God’s presence, in an attitude of expectation.

“Dream Journal” will be especially helpful for anyone beginning the practice of writing down your dreams as well as those already established in recording their dreams, visions and interpretations.  Highly recommended.

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

40 Days to a Prosperous Soul – Your Interactive Guide to Living a Richer Life, By Cindy Trimm – A Book Report


40 Days to a Prosperous Soul – Your Interactive Guide to Living a Richer Life

By: Dr. Cindy Trimm

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310 Shippensburg, Pa 175257, 978-0768405224, $ 14.99, 2015, 194 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

God’s Divine Plan for a Truly Richer Life and a Prosperous Soul

“40 Days to a Prosperous Soul – Your Interactive Guide to Living a Richer Life” is designed to be a daily devotional companion to the book and curriculum in the Prosperous Soul Series. The daily devotions provide positive reinforcement for continuously, walking in freedom, living authentically, and pursuing a life of wholeness.

The devotionals in this volume are correlated with Part Two of the Prosperous Soul book, and are interactive and action driven. Each day includes a short narrative based on the day’s theme, key suggestions essential for experiencing a richer life, profound interactive questions designed to help the reader make decisive answers the questions: Now What? How do I continue to experience abundance in every area of my life?

Each daily devotional provides an action plan which addresses practical steps for implementing a personal application. I found the days dealing the subjects of: focus, joy, empathy, and purpose especially beneficial.

The “40 Days to a Prosperous Soul – Your Interactive Guide to Living a Richer Life” is a powerful resource tool for prospering in every area of life. Enriching, empowering, and personal.

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