“Formed for His Glory” By Emmanuel Eni Olukaiyeja A Book Review

“Everyone desires glory, but not everyone seeks it. A lot of people seek for glory but not all seek for true glory. Many of those who seek for true glory expect to get it on their own terms; there are also those who have made the pursuit of glory a matter of life and death, who do not know that what they are seeking for is vain glory.”

Formed for His Glory was written by an author whose desire is to open the eyes of people to deeper truths on glory.

Mr Olukaiyeja in this book, shared this based on scriptural experiences, and some other stories.

The book is short and concise. As it is divided into seven chapters and has a total of eighty pages. The author in the introduction, shared with his readers personal experiences that spurred him to write the book. Precisely, he points out sermons that opened his eyes to “our/my glory”. (Page 1)

In chapter, one, Mr Olukaiyeja defines the subject of glory as “great beauty; splendor; praise; overwhelming aura and awesome power.”
He stressed on the fact that glory is part of the provision that God has made for all His children. Glory is cited as the purpose behind man’s creation, according to Isaiah 43:7. (Page 6)

Formed for His Glory also reveals that everybody has a God-given name, which the physical name must not contradict. The issue of name is also linked with destiny. It is important for each person to live up to his/her name. (Chapter 2; Pages 12-33)
However, the author points out that there is a perverted glory that every natural person carries. And it’s only after regeneration by the blood of Jesus that the original glory is restored. (Pages 47-48)
Also, this book points out that a Christian must share in the nature of God in all its dimensions, such as God, Spirit, Light, Fire, Rock and King. (Pages 54-55)

Finally, he shows that anyone that will bear the glory must reflect the image of God. According to the book, the image of God is synonymous with His glory. (Chapter 6; Pages 56 – 70).

The foremost strength of the book is that, it contains a lot of scriptural references. Almost every point in the book is supported with a Bible verse.
Also, the language of the book is simple and easy for an average reader of English language to comprehend. Above all, it is concise and straight to the point.

Biography

Olukaiyeja Emmanuel Eni is the undershephered of Christian Restoration Outreach and Ministries. He is married and has two children.

Fear Not By Oral Roberts A book review

The subject of fear is one that God addressed in so many places in the Bible. From time to time, one will come across an instruction such as “Fear not”. Sometimes, “Be of good courage is added (Joshua 1).
This same issue, popular preacher, Oral Roberts sought to address in his book, Fear Not.

“Fear Not” is a book written by Oral Roberts to help people, both men and women overcome the problem of fear, which he described as a tool from the devil to negate our faith of a Christian and prevent such from becoming whom God has ordained him or her to be (page 13).

“Fear Not” is described by the author as the biggest secret to getting your miracle. It contains several stories of people who were paralised by fear at one time or the other, including the author himself who had phobia for dogs early in life, and one of his children who at a time was afraid of staying alone in a room. The book also contains the secret behind the victory that each person gained over his or her fear. In all those cases, the solution came by dropping the wrong information from the devil and believing right. The author emphasised that fear is a false perception of reality, and that things are hardly as bad as the spirit of fear makes us think (pages 18-19). He also made it clear that fear is from the devil (pages 18-19).

Contrary to convention, the book is not divided into chapters. Instead, it has an introduction, five steps to take in order to be able to overcome fear and a concise summary of the entire book, which is at the end.

The book opens with the story of a woman who had been crippled, confined to a wheel chair and her problem began with fear. God, through the author, delivered her the moment she was able to confront her fear.

The first step says that you can and must believe that God wants you to have faith, not fear.

Step two shows the relationship between fear and faith. Knowledge of this will help you reduce fear and increase faith.

In view of the fact that growing in faith is not a day’s job, step number three talks about practising your faith daily, until it gets stronger and you come to position in which you believe only. The how of this is also clearly explained. Part of it is to learn the various names of God and meditate on them.

Step number four tells you that you must couple your faith with action. It shows what fear can do to anybody who is under its hold, and practical steps that one can take to repent from and get out of its bondage.

The final step, which is step number five, says that you should stay in the right Christian environment, to build the faith you have just gotten. It says “Get into and stay in fellowship with God’s people and experience the full preaching of God’s word with signs and wonders following.”

At the end, “Now, let’s sum it all up” summarised the content of the entire book.

The book contains real life stories (one can safely assume) to buttress the various points explained in it. That will make the reading easy, considering the fact that stories have the ability to captivate people and keep them glued to a message.

The book is also short, not more than sixty four pages in all. With that, it is possible to sit and read it on a spot (at one sitting). Therefore one can say it is short but powerful.

Biography

Granville Oral Roberts was born January 24, 1918 in Pontotoc County, near Ada, in Oklahoma. His parents were deeply religious. His father was a farmer who also preached the gospel and established Pentecostal Holiness churches. His mother regularly prayed for the sick and led people to Christ. While she was still pregnant, Robert’s mother committed Oral to God’s service. Even though Oral had a very strong stutter, his mother would tell him that one day God would heal his tongue and he would speak to multitudes.

Oral Roberts had a vibrant healing ministry that took him to many places.

Roberts retired in 1993, at the age of 75. Roberts, with his wife Evelyn, moved to California to live near the coast. Evelyn died in May 2005. Although Roberts’ influence waned after the problems of the 1970s and 1980s, he was still recognized for his pioneering work on the “sawdust trail”, television evangelism, and building a Christian University. He often appeared on religious broadcasting networks as a recognized leader in the healing movement of the last half century. He died December 15, 2009 at the age of 91.

My Father’s Love 5

Adebowale (To Babafemi): What are we going to do now, father?
Babafemi: Go home! You will first come with me to eat. Then we’ll be on our way home.Adebowale (Protesting): Father, what about the work?Babafemi (Chuckles again): Don’t worry, my dear son. Health is Wealth. I care about your brother’s well-being more than the work. Come aside, eat and rest more. You will still do the work. But that will be another day. As for this day, it is a day of rest. Come aside and rest. (He holds them, helps them stand to their feet, hugs and leads them away)(There will be a voice over of Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”).END

My Father’s Love 4

Babafemi (To Olalekan): What happened? (Olalekan points at the direction of the snake. The snake)
Olalekan: Snake. Snake.

Babafemi (Sees the snake): Snake? (He sucks the venom out of the wound. Some minutes later. Olalekan is now much better, but still looking weak and not able to talk well. All of them sit under a nearby tree)

Babafemi (Breathes in, to Adebowale): What exactly happened? How did you get to the place where your leg was trapped?

Adebowale (In tears): I saw some mangoes and I wanted to eat them. I also wanted to pursue a rat I saw and kill it.

Babafemi (Breathes in again, still talking to Adebowale): What happened today was very wrong! It was an act of disobedience. You told me you wanted fruits and some bush animals and I assured you that I would get them for you. I already set traps for those animals. (Silence) I sent you to come and clear grass for me. You left the work I gave you and began to pluck fruits and chase animals, the same things I had already prepared to give you; I was just wanting… I wanted you to finish the work I gave you first.

Adebowale (Feeling and looking very remorseful): Father, I know. I acknowledge. I am sorry. Please forgive me.

Babafemi (Places his palm on Adebowale’s shoulder and chuckles): It is not about forgiving you. Of course, you are my son and I will not cast you away. It’s just that when you disobey, you get yourself into trouble. Take a look at what happened today.

(Adebowale nods in agreement. Babafemi turns to Olalekan) You have proven yourself to be a good son and brother. Now I know how much you love your younger brother. You could have died but you were ready to lay down your life for your brother’s. (He embraces Olalekan) You have come of age. Thank you. That was good of you. Both of you should relax for some minutes. Okay? (Olalekan and Adebowale nod in agreement)
Some hours have passed.
(Babafemi wakes them)

Babafemi (To Olalekan and Adebowale): Up! Get up, boys. (They both get up)

Adebowale (To Babafemi): What are we going to do now, father?

My Father’s Love 3

Olalekan (To his father): Okay, father. (They start gathering the grass and building the tent)(Adebowale is now on the portion of land that Babafemi gave him to clear. He sees a mango tree with ripe fruits and begins to pluck the mangoes. Babafemi hears the noise from the plucking and calls out to Adebowale)Babafemi (At the top of his voice): Adebowale, what are you doing?Adebowale (Shouts): Father, nothing! I am only clearing the grass.Babafemi (To Olalekan): Drop your cutlass and go check on your brother.Olalekan (Drops his cutlass): All right, father. (Olalekan runs to where Adebowale is and meets him clearing the grass with his hoe. Olalekan returns to Babafemi) Father, I met him where you sent him, working. Babafemi (Curious): Are you sure?Olalekan (Bewildered): Yes.Babafemi (A nod): Okay. (Babafemi and Olalekan continue working. On the other side, Adebowale has stopped clearing grass. Now, as he is about to continue plucking mangoes, a rat runs by and Adebowale begins to chase the rat. His leg gets trapped somewhere in the bush and he falls down. He tries to free his leg, but is unable to. He begins to cry for help)

Adebowale (At the top of his voice): Somebody help me! (Babafemi and Olalekan, from where they are, hear the scream)Babafemi (Attentive): What’s that?
Olalekan (To his father, spreading his hands): I don’t know-o!

Babafemi (Suddenly remembers something): Adebowale! Adebowale! Where is he? (Snapping his fingers) Go. Go. Go. Go. Go. (Olalekan, cutlass in hand, starts running towards that direction. Babafemi follows, also with his cutlass in his hand)

(Adebowale is still struggling with what trapped his leg. Olalekan rushes down to that place. He helps Adebowale to loose the rope. As Olalekan helps Adebowale to loose the rope, he feels a sharp pain on his leg. Olalekan screams)Olalekan: Ah-ah! (He sees the snake and with the last strength in him throws his cutlass which hits the snake at the head. He falls down, holding his leg and groaning in pain. Adebowale also screams together with him)Adebowale: Somebody help us! Somebody help us!
(Babafemi arrives running. He grabs Olalekan)

My Father’s Love 2

Scene 2
(Babafemi, Olalekan and Adebowale have gotten to the farm. They have been working. Now they are through with an aspect of their work. They all drop their implements on the ground. Adebowale sits on the ground)

Babafemi (Takes a deep breath): Yes. Here we are. Oh, we still have a little more work to do.

Babafemi (To Adebowale): What happened? Why are you sitting down at this time? It’s too early!

Adebowale (Hesitating to stand up): Father, am tired.

Olalekan (To Adebowale): How can you be tired at this time?

Babafemi (To Adebowale): Come on, stand up. We’re here to work. (Adebowale stands)

Olalekan (To Babafemi): Father, what about the new tent you said that we would build?

Babafemi (Rubs his hand on Olalekan’s head): Oh yes! Thank you my son. We’d build it right away. (To Adebowale, pointing at a place some distance away) You go and clear the grass over there. It’s not much. (Adebowale is hesitating or reluctant to go)

Adebowale: Father, I want to eat some mangoes.

Olalekan (To Adebowale): Father sent you on errand, you have not gone and you are asking for mangoes?

Babafemi (Rubbing his hand on Adebowale’s shoulders): Go and do the work first. You will get more than mangoes. I’ll give you plenty fruits. You will also get those bush animals that you asked for. Your brother, Olalekan, and I have already set traps for them.

Adebowale (Surprised): When, father?

Babafemi (With a smile): The last time we came to the farm.

Adebowale: Oh, father, you didn’t tell me!

Babafemi (Still smiling): Don’t worry, my son. I wanted it to be a surprise for you. Now go.

Adebowale (Running towards the place his father sent him with his small hoe in his hand): Okay father. (Now, Adebowale has gone to clear the grass. Babafemi and Olalekan pick their cutlasses)

Babafemi (To Olalekan): No. Let’s gather grass for the tents we want to build first.

My Father’s Love

CHARACTERS
BABAFEMI – A farmer
OLALEKAN – Babafemi’s son
ADEBOWALE – Babafemi’s second son and younger brother to Olalekan

Scene 1

(This is the village of Adun Igbehin. Olalekan sits in front of his father Babafemi’s house, sharpening some cutlasses on a big stone. Babafemi comes to meet him outside)

Babafemi (Stands still, surprised): Olalekan?

Olalekan (Drops his cutlasses and raises his head): Father.

Babafemi: Don’t tell me you are yet to finish sharpening those cutlasses.

Olalekan: Father, I am almost through. Almost..

Babafemi: Hurry up then. Time is not on our side. We ought to be on our way to the farm already. (Babafemi turns towards the door and calls on Adebowale) Adebowale! Adebowale! (Adebowale screams and comes out running)

Adebowale: Father, you called me.
Babafemi (Places his right hand across Adebowale’s shoulder): I hope you are set, because you are coming with us to the farm today.

Adebowale (Nods his head): Yes.

Babafemi (Smiles and nods): Good.

(Some few minutes have passed. Babafemi, Olalekan and Adebowale come out of the house with their cutlasses and hoe. Babafemi and Olalekan have cutlasses while Adebowale has a small hoe. Olalekan locks the door and they proceed to the farm. They are walking along a bushy track)

Adebowale (Taps his father): Father, will I be able to to get plenty snails, crickets and rats in the farm?

Olalekan (To Adebowale): You like animals a lot! Are we not going to the farm to work?

Babafemi (Hanging his hand across Adebowale’s shoulder): My son, you are now becoming a man. All those things you are asking for you will definitely get, and even more. It’s just that we are, first and foremost, going to the farm to work; every other thing will come later. You have to work first. Okay? (Adebowale Nods his head)

GRACE THAT JUSTIFIES

Grace that Justifies – Titus 2:11-13
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.In the book of John 1:16-17, the Bible makes us understand that while the Law came through Moses, Grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ. It means that grace that we need to fulfil the Law and the Truth about it (the true nature of the Law) came through Jesus Christ. In other words, the grace to obey the law and knowledge of the true nature and purpose of the Law came through Jesus Christ. All the dimensions of Grace that we may be enjoying now came from the fullness of Christ.We can also say that Grace is in levels. In whatever level of Grace that we find ourselves currently operating, we receive the passport for the next level of Grace if we do not receive it in vain (1 Corinthians 15:10).What is the nature of Grace? Grace bestows on us what we have not been able to get or cannot get by merit or might. It is what enables us to do what we cannot do by our own power. Grace is our strength (it gives us strength) in times of weakness or trouble – II Corinthians 12:9. For instance, by grace, Jesus Christ died on the cross in our names. Grace keeps us going and makes us perfect, just like what the Lord told Paul “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness”. That means the grace that we enjoy in our time of weakness reveals what the perfect God can do through an imperfect vessel or the perfect nature of God in the midst of our own imperfections.Grace is indeed cummulative and meant to be enjoyed by everyone. How does a man get to enjoy grace? Grace is encoded in the word of God i.e. the word of God is an embodiment of His grace. It is the word that reveals His grace (Acts 20:32). John 1:16 also buttresses this by telling us that ‘And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace’.Another version (NIV) has it this way ‘Out of His fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given’. It therefore means that when Christ comes into anyone’s life, grace comes in as well.Grace brings salvation (Titus 2:11). Ephesians 2:8 says that “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”.”For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God”(KJV). Paul also said in I Corinthians 15:10 that “By grace I am what I am”. That means it is by grace that our identity as children of God is defined.In Titus 2:12, another function of grace is revealed. Grace helps us to avoid ungodliness and worldly lusts. Having done that we can now live righteously, soberly and godly in this present world. It means God gave us grace for us to use in this present world.What is the target or why has God made grace available for us, according to Titus 2:12? It is for us to look forward to the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ. (What we are looking towards is ahead not behind. Philippians 3:13-14).Titus 3:7 also says that “having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life”. “When Christ Who is our life appears then you also will appear with Him in glory” – Colossians 3:4.
Grace reveals a hope – there is a way that God expects us to live in this age – as people who are eagerly waiting for His return. Only grace can help us live in that way. Only grace can keep us burning, having enough extra oil and be awake throughout the night.However, not everybody enjoys grace. As Titus 2:11 points out, “The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men”, but there are people who do not seem to be enjoying it. For example, Romans 10:20-21 points out how God had made a way out of sin and bondage available to the Israelites but they rejected it.Isaiah boldly says,
“I was found by those who did not seek me;
I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.”
21 But concerning Israel he says,
“All day long I have held out my hands
to a disobedient and obstinate people.” (NIV).On the contrary, it was the heathen who accepted this grace, receiving it with both hands. It was the entire human race that first rejected this grace in Romans 1:16-32.There are some factors that can hinder someone from enjoying the fullness of grace. That is not to say any enemy or anything can stop grace from doing what God has sent it to do. However, there are some things that can shut the eyes and ears of a Christian from grace, such that he or she will not be able to enjoy it, even though it has been made available in full by Christ Jesus.Apostle Paul wrote to the brethren in II Corinthians 6:1 “We then as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain”. The verse that follows says, “In an acceptable time, I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation”.This brings to mind Isaiah 55:7 and Proverbs 8:1-3 that say “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon”.Proverbs 8:1-3: “Does not wisdom cry out, and understanding lift up her voice?
2 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, beside the way, where the paths meet.
3 She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors”.These verses, just like in Romans 10:21, paints a picture of people not enjoying grace though God made it available to them but they despised it.
Secondly, Romans 6:1 says, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?” Verses 2-3 answer the question thus, “Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into His death?”These verses emphasize this: continuing to live in sin after grace has been made available to someone will hinder that person from enjoying the fullness of grace.

A Book Review on Holy Spirit my Senior Partner

This is a book written by Pastor David Yonggi Cho of Full Gospel Church. The idea of Holy Spirit as our Senior Partner is an allusion to a firm where there are partners, all of them working together to achieve the same goal, for example a law firm. The Senior Partner is the One at the top. He makes management decisions while the other partners also contribute to the success of the organization.

David Yonggi Cho, at the beginning of the book, gave a definition of Whom the Holy Spirit is, His Personality. According to him in the first chapter, “The Holy Spirit is God’s Divine Executive Agent in the world…. The Holy Spirit can never be underestimated. He is always in control of situations that have been given to Him in prayer. In split seconds He has intervened to divert disasters, to reveal the right decisions to make, to help Christians through the most critical circumstances. He has alerted believers, even when separated by thousand of miles, to pray or be available to assist Him when necessary. He has asked others to pray for a need weeks before the need surfaced. The busiest executives around the world would pay any price to have a Senior Partner like Him” (Pages 7-8).

He wrote that the Holy Spirit is God (pages 35-36); He has the attributes of God (pages 36-37). Yonggi Cho went ahead to point out that the Holy Spirit is a Person (He has a personality) and he highlighted the characteristics of that Personality with biblical evidence and evidence from some hymns (pages 38-43). He also distinguished between Personality and corporeality.

This book is about Who the Holy Spirit is, how a man or woman can partner with Him and what such a person would gain from that partnership. Such is first through fellowship (which is personal) and partnership in evangelism (which is corporate and has to do with the fulfilment of our purpose here on earth) – pages 17-29. To buttress these, the author gave instances from his own life of how he depended on the Holy Spirit for guidance on how to do ministry. Examples of these include preaching and counseling (page 12).
He also cited occasions when he tried to do the work the Holy Spirit gave him by the power of the flesh. On such occasions, he soon became helpless and had to run back to the Holy Spirit for help and guidance (pages 9-10). “Letting the Holy Spirit direct one’s life is not always easy. Self gets in the way even in preparing a sermon; one can choose good scripture verses and make a sermon – and leave the Holy Spirit completely out of the process. How many times I had to confess my sin of trying to do everything by myself! Then I would invite Him to come again and help me. And each time the Holy Spirit helped me – even to prepare sermons. Sometimes the message was totally different from what I had prepared. He gave me His thoughts and scripture verses He wanted me to share, because He knew who would be present in those meetings and their needs” (Page 10).

It is obvious from the book that Holy Spirit my Senior Partner is about how a believer cannot do without the Holy Spirit; how He is the Solution to every problem in the world; how anybody who wants to be a solution to the problems around him/her will have to depend on the Holy Spirit; and how meeting the Holy Spirit is the best thing that has happened to him since he became a believer. Also, the fullness of the Holy Spirit makes one to see life’s problems from a different perspective. “If I were to assess what I have learned since my conversion, I would say meeting the Holy Spirit and learning to know Him in an intimate way has been the greatest experience of my life” (pages 8 & 13). The fact that a believer cannot live a holy life and please God without the Holy Spirit is buttressed on pages 79-80 and paragraph 4 of page 82.

Next, the author goes ahead to spell out some of the names and symbols of the Holy Spirit in the scriptures (chapter 3, pages 45-65). He painted one of them in a very graphic manner on page 47, that is, the Holy Spirit as Paraclete or Comforter.

Then he explained the relevance of the Holy Spirit to unbelievers (Chapter 4, pages 67 – 78 – reproving the world of sin, righteousness and judgement, and revealing God’s salvation plan) and the relationship between the Holy Spirit and belivers (Chapter 5, pages 79 – 96). He then went ahead to look into Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Chapter 6, page 97 – 117) and how to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the next chapter. That he addressed by tracing the baptism of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, discussing how to prepare our hearts and giving some notes of warning that will guard against demonic oppression and manipulation in the course of praying to receive baptism of the Holy Spirit.
To further guard against error, Pastor Yonggi Cho discussed (in chapter 8) how to discern an evil in a person from the Spirit of God.

Furthermore, he explained the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as spelt out in I Corinthians 12:9-10. He explained how those gifts can be applied in this contemporary time, not leaving out warnings on the way some of these gifts have been abused. Though a good number of such examples are based on his Korean environment, they are applicable everywhere.
In a nutshell, anyone who reads this book prayerfully and trusts the Holy Spirit Himself to bring understanding on the content will never be confused again about the role of the Holy Spirit in his/her life and ministry again. This the author himself acknowledged and pointed out on the third paragraph of page 13.

A major strength in the book is that, the author backs up every major point made with scripture verses. In that way, a Berean reader can open the scriptures to confirm what has been written. Also there is little or no risk of falling into error or heresy. Another strength of the book is that it is balanced. There is a balance of teachings or doctrine in it. This he achieved by pointing out how those gifts have been abused. That way, the risk of picking only a part of what has been written and misinterpreting it to the extreme in error is eliminated.
Above all, this book is a must – read for every one who is interested in living the Christian Life which is the life of Christ in this era.

David Yonggi Cho (born 14 February 1936 as Paul Yungi Cho) is a South Korean Christian minister. With his mother-in-law Choi Ja-shil, he is cofounder and eternal leader of the Yoido Full Gospel Church (Assemblies of God), the world’s largest congregation, with a claimed membership of 830,000 (as of 2007).

Cho was raised Buddhist. When he was 17, he became gravely ill from tuberculosis. He subsequently recovered, and, attributing his healing to the God of Christianity, he became a Christian. In 1958 he graduated from Seoul’s Full Gospel Theological Seminary (now Hansei University), which was operated by the Pentecostal Assemblies of God denomination, and opened a tent church on a hillside outside the city. At that time many Koreans were homeless and jobless as a consequence of the Korean War. Cho’s hopeful message and reports that he had performed faith healings attracted many of the unfortunate to his church

As the congregation grew, Cho moved his church first to downtown Seoul and then in 1973 to a new sanctuary on the city’s Yoido Island. Cho, fluent in English and Japanese, preached the Gospel in sermons that were broadcast on television and radio in South Korea, the United States, Japan, and elsewhere. By 1981 Yoido Full Gospel Church included about 200,000 people, and by the first decade of the 21st century it claimed some 1,000,000 worshippers and had sent more than 700 missionaries to hundreds of churches throughout the world.

(A Book Review) Finishing Strong By Steve Farrar

Finishing Strong is a letter written by Steve Farrar; a man who is actively leading a life of purpose, to everyone (especially the man) seeking to end his or her life’s pursuit strong.

Finishing Strong stems from the discovery of the author that “only one of ten men who start out in full time service for the Lord at 21 are still on track by the age of 65”. (page 16)
In the first chapter (pages 15,16 & 17), Farrar stressed the fact that “In a Christian’s life, it’s not how you start that matters. It’s how you finish”.

This Book is full of many case studies of preachers or servants of God and others who started well but ended on a bad note. Some of these examples were taken from the Bible while others were from our current age. Some of these men managed to finish well while some did finish excellently.

These characters or examples were divided into four categories: Cut off early, Finished poorly, Finished “So-so” and Finished well. (page 36)
Farrar also explained some factors that caused some men not to finish well. He pointed out areas where they missed it. In the case of men who finished so-so, he also gave an analysis of how they erred and managed to get back on track. As for the ones who finished well, he pointed out the exceptional qualities that enabled them to touch the finish mark.

The author stated the causes (which were described as the “Ambush” in the book – pages 38-53, chapter 2) and profered the solutions to these.

He also cited 24 Stabilising Nails, which he narrowed down to 4 “stays”. Furthermore, the author used several case studies from the Bible and explained in details the factors that worked against them in their lives. Such examples, were from the Old and New Testaments. Among these, we have men like David, Moses, Uzziah, Solomon and others (Chapters 3 to 5, pages 55-121).

Finishing Strong is presented to the reader in a very practical way. The writer at some instances used himself as an example. Though we cannot say that he has attained the end of fulfilling his purpose here on earth, as he is still walking in purpose, we can say that he is a man who is working towards hitting the finish line strong as well. (Chapter two, pages 46 & 52, Chapter three, pages 57, 59-60).

It is therefore obvious from the book that “There’s no reason in the world that any of us shouldn’t finish strong… His divine power has given us everything we need for life and Godliness” (page 60).

On another note, although it may be seen as though the book was focused on men characters alone, which can easily make one think that the message in it is only for the men, I believe these lessons would be of great help to anyone who comes across it, no matter the age or gender.
There is a study guide at the end of the book for further study on it.

In a nutshell, Finishing Strong is an indispensable compass for every man who desires to finish strong in his life’s journey.

Dr. Steve Farrar

Steve Farrar is the founder and chairman of Men’s Leadership Ministries. He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, where he majored in Speech Communication.

He holds a Master’s degree from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and an earned doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. In writing his doctoral dissertation, Steve surveyed over 1,000 men from across the nation, and questioned them about their marriages, their children, their careers, and their ethics. Steve’s original research into the needs of Christian men became the basis for his conferences and his books.

Since the release of Point Man in 1990, Steve Farrar has also authored fifteen other books, including the best-selling Finishing Strong, his current, King Me, What Every Son Wants and Needs From His Father and his newest release and How To Ruin Your Life By Forty. He is a frequent speaker for Men’s Leadership Ministries conferences, Promise Keepers and many other events throughout the nation.
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