Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life by Mark W. Baker, PhD

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Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life is written by Mark W. Baker, PhD. The book is broken up into eight sections that deal with the key emotions we all have. Each of these sections is broken up into several small, easy to read chapters. Each of the chapters starts with a Bible verse and then the author uses his personal experiences or clients stories to bring across what he is trying to teach the reader. In these chapters the author shows the reader how to deal with these emotions to be able to heal from emotional pain. The author uses his counseling experiences to help the reader to understand and learn how to deal with emotions.

This book is well written and gives a lot of very valuable information, but I personally feel it is not written as a self help book. I feel that this is more a resource for professionals who deal with helping those struggling with problems. The author explains emotions differently that I typically would think. Some examples would be: anger is energy to solve a problem and grief is a way you make room in your heart for future love.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.

400 pages

ISBN: 9780800728823

Publisher: Revell

To learn more about the author go to: http://www.drmarkbaker.com/

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Hope Prevails by Dr. Michelle Bengtson


Hope Prevails is written by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, a neuropsychologist. This is a book of her personal journey with depression. The author points out that a lot of people who are suffering from depression are embarrassed to talk about it. The Bible tells us we will go through difficult, painful times. But God will be with us. If we do not take time to rest in God’s presence and listen to him,we can become lonely. Satan can get a hold of us and can steal our joy, peace and identity. We have a choice, we can let depression define us or we can desire joy enough to pursue it with prayer, obedience, gratitude and sacrifice.

The author also touches on anxiety. Anxiety is the absence of peace and the feeling of being out of control. To have perfect peace, we need to surrender to God, give up our need for control and let God be in control.

This is a good book that uses many verses from the Bible to reinforce that we are loved by God and that He wants to take our pain. He knows that He has so much better for us. The author ends each chapter with questions to ask yourself, was well as with steps to take in your walk through depression, a prayer for our lives during depression and a song list of suggested uplifting songs to listen to. I appreciate that the author briefly point out the need for medical help. She also explains the use of certain medication as other steps we can take in our lives to help with depression. Some of those include prayer, spending time in God’s word, getting enough rest, proper nutrition, exercise and stay socially active. The part in the book that really stands out to me is God loves us as we are, not as we think we should be. He gives us his love freely, we do not have to be in church all the time, serve on committees or give a certain amount in the offering to receive his love. I do wish the author would have used capitalization when referencing God.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing for an honest review.

208 pages

ISBN-10: 080072707X

ISBN-13: 978-0800727079

Publisher: Revell

Praying for the Cure; A Powerful Prayer Guide for Comfort & Healing from Cancer


Praying for the Cure is written by Mary J. Nelson. The author is also a, speaker, pastor and cancer survivor. This is such a good book that it is very evident that the author has lived what she has written for us to benefit from.

In this book Mary J. Nelson reminds us many times that God is a healer. He does not give us cancer, he does not use illness to punish us, to get our attention or teach us a lesson. While He walked on the earth He cured people of their illnesses. God partners with the medical and faith communities to heal us. The medical treatments are limited, while God’s power is totally unlimited. The cancer battle does not belong to the patient or doctor, it belongs to God.

Another part in the book I found really interesting is the parts on prayer. The author tells us that when we pray to believe first and then to receive God’s answer to our prayer. Another things the author writes that I find extremely interesting is that we often pray “if it is Your will”. If we are seeking medical care and it is not God’s will that we be cured, then we are going against God’s will. It is God’s nature to heal us, He wants us healed.

Being a cancer survivor, I wish I had this book when I was going through my cancer battle. The book has 21 chapters of encouragement based on Bible verses, followed by short prayers also based on Bible verses. The author points out that we may cancer but that is not our identity. And that often times our focus becomes centered on our illness, doctor appointments, medications, etc. and that our focus gets taken off of God. This book is written is such a way that even when it becomes hard to focus on prayer and reading the bible, this book will help guide us through our devotion and prayer time.

I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing for an honest review.

224 pages

ISBN-10: 1634092015

ISBN-13: 978-1634092012

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

This is such a great book, that I think it would be a great gift to give anyone who is dealing with cancer in their life. Some places this book can be purchased at are:






Silent Take over by Jacquelyn Sheppard

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Silent Takeover, written by Jacquelyn Sheppard, is a book about the connection of our body and mind. Much of the book talks about the importance of proper nutrition and lists the different items that may be lacking in our bodies, causing emotional, mental or addictive disorders. The later part of the book covers the importance of prayer, music and silence in our lives.

One of the things the author writes about that really caught my attention was “Cry your heart out. Scream your pain out. Refuse to keep the pain inside where it will continue to eat at you, little by little, hindering you from becoming the person you can be.” She tells us to take time off from work and to talk with others to help with our pain.

The author also points out that the type of music we listen to can affect our mind. And that not taking a day of rest will also affect us. This one is so important the God made it our fourth commandment.

I felt the book was rather hard to keep my attention. I wish the author would have given more helpful information for the nutrition part, such as a list of foods to eat. But I thought the later part of the book was really good.

I received of copy of the book from Book Club Network for an honest review.

244 pages

ISBN-10: 0768409241

ISBN-13: 978-0768409246

Publisher: Destiny Image

Planet Heal Thyself by Jordan Rubin


Jordan Rubin was 19 years old , had finished his first year of college and was home in Southern Florida. Without warning he got very sick, losing 20 pounds in 6 days. He was eventually diagnosed with a very severe case of Crohn’s disease. His illness quickly progressed to the point the doctors told his parents his only option was to go to New York City and have surgery to remove his large intestine and part of his small intestine. His father was a natualpathic doctor and found a nutritionist in San Diego who had helped people like Jordan. The nutritionist offered a diet and health plan found within the Bible. After just a few months his body had regenerated itself. He later started a health and nutrition company and eventually moved his family to a thousand acre farm in Missouri. Rubin also authored “The Makers Diet”.

In this book, Rubin teaches us the importance of taking care of the soil where our food is grown. He covers the reason not to till up the soil, rotating crops and the importance of adding compost. He explains what organic and artisan really mean as well as what the difference in the labeling of eggs. He points out the benefits of different types of fruit and vegetables and their coloring. He also talks about the benefits of herbs, spice, nuts and legumes. Rubin writes about symptoms of gluten sensitivity and food allergies.

This is an extremely helpful book for those wanting to eat healthier and for those who want to grow what they eat. Having grown up on a farm, the importance of crop rotation and caring for the soil was not new to me. However, I found the chapters on the benefits of different types of foods and how they help your body very informative. A lot of the things he wrote about in this book, I had not given any thought to in the past. This is a book that I will be re-reading and referencing in the future.

I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network for an honest review.

208 pages

ISBN-10: 0768408598

ISBN-13: 978-0768408591

Publisher: Destiny Image

I’m Sick Now What

516fIVKH-zL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_I’m Sick Now What by Dr. Andrew Butterworth is a 283 page book that is so full of information it is hard to take it all in with one reading. Dr. Butterworth uses scripture to back up what he is saying. He uses his experiences as well as experiences of others to teach the reader about supernatural healing. The book is split up into 3 sections, Understanding Sickness, Removing Roadblocks to Healing and Pursuing Healing. Each chapter is finished up with three key points.

The author writes about the importance of forgiveness from the heart. He explains very well that forgiving does not mean forgetting. He goes into detail explaining how to forgive. Another topic he explains very well is fear.

I appreciate the authors references to follow up with a medical doctor after healing takes place. He has some very important points about reducing medications that may no longer be needed. I also appreciate in the last chapter how he brings in that supernatural healing may take time to happen. Even if we are healed, we will die someday and we can prepare for death by seeking peace between God and us and between us and other.

I received a copy of the book from Book Club Network and the author in exchange for an honest review