~ A Review of “One Precious Pearl” by Richard R. Blake ~
In the short time since “ONE PRECIOUS PEARL: God’s Design for His Church” was released, it has received many accolades including being named
“2011 Book-Of-The-Year” (Religion: Eastern/Western) by Reader Views Literary Awards,
“2011 Runner-up”(Religion: Christianity) by the International Book Awards, and
“2011 Winner” (Book: Biblical Studies) by The Word Guild.
Reproduced immediately below is one of the many positive reviews the book has received.
One Precious Pearl: God’s Design for His Church
Robert Lloyd Russell Infinity Publishing (2010) ISBN 9780741462329
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Robert Lloyd Russell draws from the lessons and insights he has gleaned from his forty years in Christian Leadership and Bible Teaching. One Precious Pearl guides the reader into a deeper understanding of God’s Design for His Church. It is Russell’s prayer that the reader will personally recognize Christ’s sacrificial gift for their individual salvation as well as the importance of becoming a part of the true church.
Russell demystifies the content of the seven parables from Jesus’ teaching in Matthew chapter thirteen. The book is divided into two parts made up of short chapters to accommodate the pace of today’s busy reader. Each of the twenty-two chapters can be read as a devotional, as the basis for a foundation for discussion, or as an adult Bible lesson for small groups. Part One is a commentary on the thirteenth chapter of Matthew. Part Two is made up of “Lessons from the One Precious Pearl” and contains some interesting analogies. Russell combines natural science with Biblical truth to provide an in depth study.
The Key Concepts and questions for consideration, at the end of each chapter, are ideal for further meditation, application, and assimilation. I found the evaluations, summaries, and commentary used throughout the format of the book to be stimulating, practical, and well thought out.
I found the epilogue with thoughts for contemplation on the symbolism of the gifts of the Wise Men interesting and informative. The Gospel message included as an appendix was clear and persuasive.
One Precious Pearl: God’s Design for His Church is inspiration devotional reading made up of changeless truths presented from a contemporary perspective. This book is highly recommended.