The Physically Fit Messiah, Wellness Wisdom Past and Present by Cal Samra – A Book Review

The Physically Fit Messiah – Wellness Wisdom Past and Present

By Cal Samra

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Fresh Look at Jesus’ Exhortation to His Disciples to “Be of Good Cheer,” With Sage Wisdom from Wellness Advocates Past and Present

Award winning humorist, editor and publisher, Cal Samra’s “The Physically Fit Messiah – Wellness Wisdom Past and Present” is a refreshing approach to the relationship of faith, humor, and health. Pastors and church editors subscribed to Samra’s “Noiseletter” for over 30 years. The newsletters provided reproducible cartoons and humorous illustrations for church publications and for introducing humor into sermon applications.

“The Physically Fit Messiah”  is packed with fast moving facts, wellness principles to live by, real life stories that illustrate and confirm the healing power of exercise, the healing power of prayer, and  the healing power of pets.  He reinforces the healing power of humor with tongue in cheek cartoons, jokes, and stories that help the reader experience personally the benefits of laughter. He highlights the work of Patch Adams, and the impact Chloe the clown on the healing process.

Readers from all faiths will find encouragement from the history of the early Greek Christian physicians, the Franciscans, John Wesley, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ellen White, Mary Baker Eddy, the Quakers, and modern health reformers.

Samra is highly recognized for his reputation as a health and humor historian, for his strong Christian faith, and as an advocate for physical fitness and nutrition, and health care reform.  He demonstrates his keen sense of wit and subtle humor in his writing as well as his passion for historical research and for his skill as a newspaper writer and editor.

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

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

978-1934759998, $ 14.95, 2015, 216 Pages






Book Review: Comeback – Overcoming the Setbacks in Your Life

Comeback: Overcoming the Setbacks in Your Life

By: Rick McDaniel

WestBow Press, 1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, Indiana 47403, 978-1449741266, $ 11.95, 2012, 108 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

How to Comeback When Unexpected Circumstances Set You Back

Rick McDaniel’s motivational messages have inspired thousands of followers to change the direction of their lives as they have been given new hope and purpose.  “Comeback: Overcoming the Setbacks in Your Life” offers the reader the same opportunity to draw from Rick’s own experiences and from the real life stories of others who have comeback from personal setbacks.

Whether your personal setback is the result of:

  • A job loss, health issues
  •  A broken marriage or relationship
  •  Financial collapse
  •  Or, other unexpected circumstances

Rick provides guidelines and principles to help you discover the cause for your personal setback, the lessons to be learned, and the steps necessary to move change direction and move forward.

Applications are drawn from successful businessmen, sports figures, entertainers, and other leaders who have comeback after setbacks. These stories tell of changed hearts, changed direction, and taking advantage of new opportunities. Sports enthusiasts will especially enjoy Rick’s interview with Mr. Comeback – Frank Reich. Whatever your interests may include you will find inspiration from the chapter titled “The Ten Greatest Comebacks of All Time.”

McDaniel’s writing is clear, articulate, and fast-moving with easy to follow practical guidelines, suggested action steps, and principles for application and assimilation.

A complimentary copy of the book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own. As Reviewed by Midwest Book Review.






Book Review: Living Isaiah 54

Living Isaiah 54

By: Mary Elliott

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc.

P. O. Box 310

Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310, 978-0768440522, $ 15.99, 2012, 235 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Discovering the Many Faceted Expressions Describing Our Relationship with God

Mary Elliott explores the unrelenting love of God for his people as described by Isaiah in the 54th chapter of his writing. Elliott draws a parallel of the weary, defeated, children of Israel who felt they had been forgotten with individuals today who may feel those same thoughts of being passed over by God.


In a beautiful way Elliott helps the reader grasp the concept that the heavenly Father is looking for a passionate, loving, relationship with his children. She offers hope to those who fell abandoned, the frail, and the disheartened. She leads the reader to an understanding of God unfailing love, forgiveness, and faithfulness.

I found the “Prayer Nuggets” to be powerful examples of worship and intimacy with the father. The format of the book includes a page for notes or journal entries at the end of each chapter. These personal entries can become important reminders of an important phase of your spiritual journey. An interactive study guide is included for adaptation in small group learning sessions or for individual study.

“Living Isaiah 54” presents a verse by verse study of an often overlooked Biblical principal. The book is filled with insight from the heart of one who has experienced the feeling of abandonment of which she writes. The personal lessons Mary  speaks of  have been assimilated with life changing results in her life, providing her with the opportunity to counsel with others who are looking for this same passionate, loving relationship, between God and his sons and daughters. “Living Isaiah 54” introduces an important concept for anyone wanting to discover the many faceted expressions of an intimate relationship with God.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own. As Reviewed for Midwest Book Review.