Gospel Fluency Handbook” By Jeff Vanderstelt and Ben Connelly – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Gospel Fluency Handbook: A Practical Guide To Speaking The Truths of Jesus Into the Everyday Stuff of Life

The Gospel in Me, the Gospel with Us, and the Gospel to Others

“Gospel Fluency Handbook” provides in-depth studies of the Gospel with a concentration on helping the reader recognize areas of unbelief to strengthen and grow in their faith equipping the reader to live the gospel message as the central purpose of daily life immersing them in their local community culture. Practical and interactive penetrating self-examination questions call for a keen sense of honesty, transparency, and accountability among the participants.

Each of the eight-week chapters includes guided readings, reflections, group discussions, exercises, and suggestions for prayer. Themes are centered on foundational truths of the creation, the fall, redemption, the new creation, the fullness of Christ, and unity in the faith. The authors differentiate between “Bible Fluency” and “Gospel Fluency” to address topics related to culture shifts and demonstrate how the impact of “Gospel Fluency” becomes a life-changing reality. A helpful appendix explains over a dozen defining theological concepts.

The handbook is designed to be used in a group or community and is structured for interactive discussion which encourages personal Christian growth, application to daily life, becoming fluent in expressing and proclaiming your faith, and reaching beyond to the ends of the earth. Whether used in a class or as an individual learning experience, you will want to participate in a fellowship of believers to encourage you to share the good news of Jesus that can change lives forever.

Saturate Publishing, 227 Bellevue Way N. E. # 224, Bellevue, Washington 98004, 978-0996849326, $ 24.66, 2017, 262 pages

 

 

 

 

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The Bible by Jesus Gospels Edition Elmer Towns and Lee Fredrickson, Co-editors – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Jesus’ First Person Account of His Life and Ministry on Earth

“The Bible by Jesus Gospels Edition” is a paraphrase of the Gospels written as a first-person account – Jesus Himself, the Son of God, sharing His story of His walk on earth as a man.

Jesus’ sermons, His miracles, and His example take on new meaning and become personal as step by step, day by day Jesus relates his story in such a personal way that the reader is transported back to the day and locale of Jesus’ walk on earth. A flawless selection of well-chosen, well-placed, photos, enhance the message of the text and strengthen the remarkable word pictures and action of the narrative.

A unique format feature is the inclusion of brief highlight, commentary statements, which refer directly to Biblical truths found in other passages of the scriptures. These are depicted as quoted by Jesus to reinforce a promise, to challenge a specific action, or to provide additional insight.

An example of this is found in chapter thirteen of Matthew. Immediately following the miracle of feeding the 5,000, reference is made to Jesus as the Bread of Life. He reminds the reader of His promise to provide his followers physical food when they are hungry and with the Bread of Life when they are weak spiritually. These short intimate, asides, become messages which can be readily adapted into a personal application.

Elmer Towns, Vice President of Liberty University and Gold Medallion Award-winning author has collaborated with Dr. Lee Frederickson, career publisher and founder of 21st Century Press, in co-editing this paraphrase of the Gospels. Endorsements by well-known pastors and Christian educators describe the book with words and phrases including: “heart-stirring,” “life-changing,” and “amazing.”

“The Bible by Jesus” is a reading experience I will not soon forget. I identified with the disciples as one by one they responded to the call to “drop what you’re doing,” and follow Him.

I plan to incorporate reading “The Bible by Jesus” through again and again in my Scripture reading plan for 2018.

Destiny Image Publishers, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257,
978-0768419894, $ 19.99, 2017, 350 pages

School of His Presence – Walking in Power, Intimacy, and Authority, on Earth As It Is In Heaven By Kynan Bridges – A Book Review


 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Insights into Walking in the Power, Authority, and through the Confidence of the Spirit of God within You

International minister, pastor, and bestselling author Kynan Bridges passionately appeals his readers to pursue a lifestyle of the supernatural power of God available through his presence in our lives. “School of His Presence” puts an emphasis on practical teaching on how, as Christians, we can consistently experience the presence and power of the Spirit of God within.

Unique features found in “School of His Presence” include:

  • Highlighted keys to supernatural living
  • Prayers of Activation which result in enlightenment, understanding, and revelation
  • Probing Questions which lead to discovery, discussion, and interaction
  • Stimulating Practicums with exercises and applications for equipping readers for taking action
  • An inviting format style that offers the reader a continuous flow of stimulating insights and scriptural truths

Bridges writes with a dynamic style. His profound insights challenge the reader to adopt the principles of seeing through the eyes of Jesus, experiencing heaven on earth, walking in authority, the glory of God, intimacy with God, living in and from God’s presence, and many more.

“School of His Presence – Walking in Power, Intimacy, and Authority on Earth as It Is In Heaven” will resonate with readers seeking a lifestyle of experiencing God’s presence and power every day.

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

Destiny Image Publishers, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768415001, $16.99, 2017, 198 pages

 

 

Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy By Becky Baudouin – a Book Review


Product DetailsReviewed by Richard R. Blake

Finding Hope and Help in Seasons of Grief and Suffering

Becky Baudouin was devastated when she learned of an inoperable tumor on her mother’s lung?  Her fear triggered an alarm, followed by apprehension and anxiety.

In her book “Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy” Baudouin relates stories from her childhood, and expresses her fears and insecurities at home, in school, and in her relationships. She tells of how, as a teenager, she became a follower of Jesus and the impact this has made in her life.

A central theme of lessons learned from her mother is beautifully woven throughout the tapestry of the book. Each fast moving chapter is filled with faith building examples and scriptural promises.

Lessons I learned from reading “Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy” include:

  • A willingness to become vulnerable
  • To respect the feelings of other family members
  • God never intended for us to walk alone
  • Our times are in God’s hands
  • To be joyful in hope and patient in affliction
  • The peacefulness of our mutual faith drawing together in a unique closeness
  • Accepting the process of death and the conflicting feelings of loss and agonizing dread, and the wonderful new life awaiting in heaven

“Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy” is an important and meaningful resource for anyone experiencing suffering or facing the uncertainties and grief brought on by a terminal illness.

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

Kregel Publications, Inc., 2450 Oak Industrial Drive N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49505,  978-0825444746, $14.99, 2017, 176 pages

Choose Wisely, Live Fully – Lessons from Wisdom and Folly, By Donna Gaines – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Lessons from the Proverbs – A Transforming Journey of Faithfulness

Author, speaker, and founder of Arise2Read, Donna Gaines is known for her two passions, discipleship and literature. Donna’s new book “Choose Wisely, Live Fully – Lessons from Wisdom and Folly” is a balance of the profound life-changing truth of the scriptures and practical applications.

As a discipleship tool, the book will equip the reader to:

  • Discern the voice of god
  • Experience the joy of wholehearted obedience
  • Allow God to help mentor other lives
  • Choose the path that leads to life

The appendices provide additional unique practical pointers and suggestions for:

  • Discipleship training
  • Discipling teen
  • Discipling women
  • Creating a Spiritual Legacy Journal
  • Creating a prayer notebook
  • Instilling Christian values in the home

The book includes important thought-provoking questions and helpful exercises that can be adapted for use as an individual study, as a study guide for small groups, or in a mentoring relationship.

Donna invites the reader to experience abundant life by embracing Jesus with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength; hearts captured by Jesus, captivated in awe and worship.Although Donna writes primarily from a woman’s viewpoint, “Choose Wisely, Live Fully – Lessons from Wisdom and Folly” can be readily adapted for family night devotions, as a resource book for a Bible study on the book of Proverbs, or for dads sharing Biblical principles with their daughters.

Abingdon, United Methodist Publishing House, 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. P. O. Box 280988, Nashville, TN 37228, 978-1501834240, $16.99, 2017, 194 pages

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

 

Healing in His Presence – The Untold Secrets of Kathryn Kuhlman’s Healing Ministry and Relationship with the Holy Spirit By Joan Gieson – A Book Review


 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Glimpse Behind the Scenes, a Supernatural Compassion, and a Miracle Working Impartation

“Healing in His Presence – The Untold Secrets of Kathryn Kuhlman’s Healing Ministry and Relationship with the Holy Spirit” is written with the express purpose of sharing unique salvation stories and miraculous healing testimonies with important secrets of Kathryn Kuhlman’s ministry to reveal important transferable concepts available to all believers.

Joan Gieson humbly relates experiences and observations of her relationship with Kathryn Kuhlman over an eight-year period of association with the healing ministry. “Healing in His Presence” is an unassuming story with a dynamic power and a life-changing message.

Gieson describes Miss Kuhlman as a captivating presence. The spirit of God was with her all the time. She never stopped pursuing God’s heart. Generations were reached and continue to be touched by Kathryn Kuhlman’s childlike faith in God’s healing power.

After her dramatic healing from blindness through Kathryn Kuhlman’s ministry Joan Gieson, with her husband Frank, worked closely with Miss Kuhlman, They also actively arranged bus and other transportation for sick the sick, physically impaired to attend the healing services.

A concluding prayer of impartation challenges the reader to step out in compassion to be the person God created and designed them to be. Skeptics, seekers, and Spirit-filled Christians will all sense a touch of the miraculous as they read of lives changed by the healing power of Jesus.

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, 978-0768414141, $15.99, 2017, 178 pages, Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Redefining Rhema – Responding to God’s Voice, Releasing His Purposes on Earth, By Ed Delph & David Lake – A Book Review


Redefining Rhema: Responding to God's Voice, Releasing His Purposes on Earth

 

 

Reviewed By: Richard R. Blake, richard330@yahoo.com

 

How to Listen, Hear, and Apply God’s Word in Everyday Living

Worldwide ministry leader, Ed Delph, and David Lake, pastor, business owner, and marketplace ministry collaborate in this deeply challenging analysis of the principal of the Greek word Rhema as used in the Word of God. In their book “Redefining Rhema – Responding to God’s Voice Releasing His Purposes on Earth” address a Biblical reality of hearing first and speaking second.

The authors are forthright, confident, and authoritative in their presentation. Their work is well documented with a balance of apostolic gift driven ministry and mainstream Christian theology. Pastors, Global Christian Leaders, and other Visionary Missional Leaders highly endorse the book.

Important evidence of validation of the principles presented in the book is found in the chapter “Illuminating Leaders, and Influencers, and mind molders.” In this chapter both men relate testimonies of God’s working in their life story through, a faith-infused utterance from God, providing illumination and direction, clarity and instruction in the next step in their lives.

“Redefining Rhema – Responding to God’s Voice, Releasing His Purposes on Earth” is important reading for Christians worldwide, ready to take the challenge of  “hearing God’s Word” and then “releasing” the message “in the marketplace sanctuary where God has placed you.”

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

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768414783, $16.99, 2017, 288 Pages

 

 

Shifting Atmospheres – Discerning & Displacing the Spiritual Forces Around You By: Dawna De Silva – A Book Report


 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

New Vision and Freedom – A Strategy for Victorious Spiritual Warfare

In her book “Shifting Atmospheres” Dawna De Silva equips the reader with keys for taking dominion over your supernatural environment. She provides valuable lessons and practical instruction on how to:

  • Learn to use your weapons of spiritual warfare
  • Discern the enemy’s tactics
  • Transform your spiritual environment from darkness to light
  • Demonstrate the power of Jesus over the power of darkness
  • Discern and understand the meaning of spiritual atmospheres
  • Shift and displace spiritual forces

Dawna’s writing is well articulated, well balanced, passionately focused, and reflective. The narrative is rich in scriptural background and concrete examples. Well documented chapter end notes provide excellent resources and references; helpful tools for additional reading and study.

Profound descriptive phrases like “an atmosphere of praise” and “whispers of deception” remind the reader of the importance of praise and worship as a spiritual weapon against the forces of evil.

“Shifting Atmospheres – Discerning & Displacing the Spiritual Forces Around You” provides principles and truth with which to prepare readers to transform their personal environment by living victoriously through the power of the Holy Spirit, the indwelling spirit of Christ Jesus, in an intimate relationship with God the Father.

Author, and International Speaker, Dawna De Silva ministers prophetically out of Bethel Church in Redding, California, providing hope and healing while inspiring vision and freedom.

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, 978-0768415667, $16.99, 2010, 190 pages

 

 

The Altar of His Presence – Inspiring Intimate Encounters with the Glory of God By: Robert Stone – A Book Review


The Altar of His Presence – Inspiring Intimate Encounters with the Glory of God By: Robert Stone

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

A Transformative Discipleship that Results in Christlikeness

Robert Stone presents a blue print for entering into and experiencing intimacy with God at new levels. In his book “The Altar of His Presence – Inspiring Intimate Encounters with the Glory of God” Stone assures the reader that “the altar’ed life will alter everything about life.”

Stone challenges the reader to move beyond a rational theology – behavioral theology to a relational experience that will result in Christlikeness. Each of the fast moving chapters is comprised of background information, an application, a reflection, and a response leading to a unique look at the Altar’ed life:

I was personally challenged to establish my own “Altar of Promise,” a place, pattern, and purpose, where  I could be “Altar’ed” through a deeper, more intimate, relationship with, God, the Father, Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

Robert Stone is an author, minister and speaker. His personal passion is to mentor people to a greater dimension of spiritual growth and fellowship with God.

“The Altar of His Presence will resonate with readers pursuing a desire to accept God’s invitation to discover the magnificence of the “Practice of His Presence” more fully.” Life Altaring.” 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, 978-0768412260, $l6.99, 2017, 264 pages

Why Bad Things Happen to God’s People Today – Making Sense of Trials & Tribulations in Your Life,” by Derek Prince – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

 

Comfort and Strength in the Midst of Life’s Greatest Trials – Lessons from the Book of Job

In his book “Why Bad Things Happen to God’s People Today – Making Sense of Trials & Tribulations in Your Life” Derek Prince addresses questions from the life of Job that you may have asked or are asking: If God is good, why is there so much misery, suffering, and persecution in the world today. Prince goes beyond the simplistic answers to explore Satan’s trap of the sin of independence and the trials brought on by righteousness.

Academically brilliant, scholastically trained in Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic, and in several modern languages; Derek Prince had a life changing encounter with God while with the British Army during World War II. Anointed by the Holy Spirit, Prince is a gifted communicator and Bible teacher. His ministry continues to impact people’s lives today. Prince’s non-denominational emphasis adds to the relevance and acceptance of his teaching to Christians around the world today.

“Why Bad Things Happen to God’s People Today”  reveals God’s intimate concern for his faithful, and has an important message for anyone facing grief, in times of testing, financial needs, or in tense relationships with family or friends.

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, 978-0768411973, $12.99, 2017, 170 Pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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