God’s Word for Every Need – Devotions from the Father’s Heart By: Dr. Mark Stibbe – A Book Review


God’s Word for Every Need – Devotions from the Father’s Heart

By: Dr. Mark Stibbe

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Soothing Whispers from a Living, Loving God – Timeless Guidance for Every Day – Whatever the Need…God Has the Answer!

“God’s Word for Your Every Need” includes an important selection of Bible verses and inspirational messages that challenge the reader to move beyond the search for theoretical knowledge of God to an experiential relationship of intimacy with God.

Each of the two-hundred forty devotionals, are designed to lead the reader into a process of personal discovery for gleaning practical application and guidelines for daily living. Stibbe’s writing is rich in devotional thoughts that promote a profound understanding of God’s refining and maturing process. I also gained new insights and clarity regarding the difference between a holiness based on obedience as in a love relationship with Jesus, rather than a law based holiness.

Dr. Mark Stibbe is an award winning Christian author; whose academic books are on required reading lists in universities and seminaries worldwide. Mark is CEO and founder of Kingdom Writing Solutions, a complete service for Christian writers. He is a regular contributor at writer’s conferences and workshops.

Each devotional closes with a prayer for the reader. “Let God speak to your needs. Open your ears and heart. Let the Father’s tender voice transform your life.”

The beautiful leather binding on this edition adds to the personal value and enjoyment of reading and make “God’s Word for Every Need – Devotions from the Father’s Heart” an ideal gift for those special occasions. Highly recommended.

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 17257,078-076841376, $15.99, 2017, 246 pages

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Take Charge of Your Destiny, by Jim Donovan – A Book Review


Take Charge of Your Destiny – How to Create the Life You Were Meant to Live

By Jim Donavon

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Design, Take Charge of Your Dreams, and Watch Them Become Reality

International bestselling author, and highly recognized leader in the field of personal development, Jim Donavon, has done it again. His new book “Take Charge of Your Destiny” is a highly motivating, “Personal Development Program” designed to help you, the reader, tap into your power within, take charge of your destiny and live the life you were born to live.

Jim’s writing is conversational in style, and creates a feeling of a casual one to one approach as a confidant. It is easy to visualize sitting across the table from him in an informal personal coaching session; or to imagine being a participant in a live audience of thousands sensing the “power-driven” excitement and contagious enthusiasm created by the group dynamics of the crowd.

Jim helped me solidify my life’s vision and goals; by adapting the seven foundational principles developed throughout the book. The step by step exercises helped me set goals in key areas of my life.  “Take Charge of Your Destiny” is a book you will want to read for content, complete the suggested exercises, and read again to mark your progress on your goals, vision, commitments, and the reality of your dreams.

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, 978-0768410464, $ 14.99, 2016, 160 Pages

 

 

 

 

 

The Chameleon – Life Changing Wisdom, by Merrick Rosenberg – A Book Review


The Chameleon – Life Changing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has a Personality or Knows Someone Who Does

By Merrick Rosenberg

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Powerful Lessons from the Wisdom of the Chameleon

In “The Chameleon” Merrick Rosenberg picks up the themes of the earlier book “Taking Flight” co-authored with Daniel Silvert in which they introduced the DISC model of human behavior using a story telling format incorporating the use of fables.

The book is made up of 22 fables based on the DISC personality system to show the unique flexibility of the chameleon and the behavioral styles of the parrot, the dove, the owl, and the eagle to demonstrate the four personality types. This enables the reader to identify personal leadership styles. Rosenberg combines his gift of storytelling with practical examples to help enhance your career, build strong relationships, influence others, and to live a more fulling life.

I found the practical applications used in the section Chameleon Wisdom especially helpful. These included specific tips for adapting or translating the teaching of the fable into life action steps that help you get the most benefit possible from your personal strengths. Rosenberg’s writing is entertaining, filled with practical illustrations, and inspiration that inspires positive transformation in self and others.

“The Chameleon – Life Changing Wisdom” is important reading for anyone seeking career advancement, improving relationships, or developing maximum personal potential.

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

Take Flight Media, 978-0996411004, 2016, 270 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Jump Start your Motivation – 10 Jolts to Get Motivated and Stay Motivated – A Book Review


Jumpstart your Motivation – 10 Jolts to Get Motivated and Stay Motivated

By: Shawn Doyle

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-07684130144, $ 14.99, 2011, 176 pages

Reviewed By Richard R. Blake

Self-Motivational Principles and Strategies that Produce Leadership Characteristics and Qualities

“Jumpstart your Motivation – 10 Jolts to Get Motivated and Stay Motivated” is a incredible combination of personal success stories, examples, practical advice and proven techniques. Interactive Workit exercises are designed to help you, the reader, apply to your life the principles just discussed.

Each chapter is chock-full of insights, practical useful tools, and specific skills to help you achieve and maximize your life goals, personally and professionally, and to help you focus on your true purpose.

The book is made up of eleven foundational principles, which, when put into practice are life-changing, including: such things as finding your unique purpose, identifying your passion, becoming a lifetime learner, the art of achievement, and the importance of evaluation.

Doyle’s light hearted wit and subtle humor are understated reminders that sometimes we take our detours to our success too seriously to learn from them.

As I read the enthusiastic endorsements of Shawn’s writing, I was impressed with the superlative words and descriptive phrases that describe his passion for leadership development and human potential, for example; high caliber content, stimulating greater levels of performance, and masterfully written.

“Jumpstart your Motivation” will resonate with training managers, life coaches, and business leaders, and is must reading for anyone ready to realize their dreams, set goals, and move to the next level of success.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope for the Praying Nation by Don Nori, Sr. – A Book Review


Hope for the Praying Nation – Petitioning Heaven for Change in Your Country

By: Don Nori, Jr.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768409719,

$ 6.99, 2016, 152 pages

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

A Call to Prayer – Impacting Our Nation’s Destiny

In his book “Hope for the Praying Nation – Petitioning Heaven for Change in Your Country” bestselling author Don Nori, Sr. defines authentic prayer and describes a praying nation.

The book is filled with helpful instruction based on Biblical principles, and compelling challenges, including contribution from select writers relative to the concepts included in the book.

Don Milam, Jr., Discusses how history proves the power of prayer. Cleddie Keith provides instruction on the importance of using patterns in prayer, four levels of prayer, and discovering the power of prayer. Dian Layton specifically answers on how we should talk to God and on praying for government leaders, praying for the military, for our schools, families, and other important issues. Don Nori emphasizes the importance of the power of a praying nation, and our God ordained purpose in prayer.

Provision is made for journaling your own thoughts, prayers, prayer starters, or scriptures for further contemplation, meditation.

Nori has a unique gift for adding enlightenment to complex issues and concepts making them understandable.  “Hope for the Praying Nation – Petitioning Heaven for change in Your Country” is a timely, important, and relevant book for these uncertain times.

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

 

 

Your Next Chapter – Rewriting Your Life Success Story – A Book Review


Your Next Chapter – Rewriting Your Life Success Story

By: Evelyn D. Watkins

Sound Wisdom, Box 310, Spartanburg, PA 17257, 978-1937879327, $ 14.99, 2013, 128 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Becoming a Master at Mending When Plans B (plus) Have Failed

Life coach, business trainer, and corporate development liaison, Evelyn D. Watkins, provides key tools for creating a stimulus plan when “plan s b and c and…” fall apart.

“Your Next Chapter – Rewriting Your Life Success Story” is for those who are facing the life altering setbacks which cannot be changed:  job loss, broken relationships, marriage failures, or the death of a loved one. Whatever the disappointment, the stages of grief are not that much different.

Watkins helps the reader allow brokenness to pave the way for learning to evaluate the options, make informed choices, and regain control of your live. Each page is packed with valuable strategies for: assessing and identifying your current status, reinforcing your self-perception, creating practical action plans, suggestions for forming a life mission statement, and for starting your “Next Chapter Journal.”

Other chapters include recommendations for: life building life investment, pruning the unnecessary, and hindrances to growth and vision. Helpful suggestions are included for allowing others to participate in your next chapter, and ideas for becoming an expert, the importance of nurturing creativity, removing negativity, being involved in creating a winning mind.

Although the illustrative stories and personal examples focus on the examples of women the concepts are adaptable and practical and all-inclusive for any individual. Watkins writing is dynamic, relevant, and passionate. “Your Next Chapter” is a powerful tool for establishing, rewriting, pursuing, and attaining your “Life Success Story.”

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