A debut book uses biblical examples to illustrate how to live a Christian life.
Kasonso draws upon a wealth of personal experiences as well as a solid knowledge of Scripture to bring new life to the stories of biblical heroes. As the author puts it, “The early Christians are depicted in this book as enduring prototypes of the Christian life.” These are the “Original Templates” of the faith, modeling for future believers the proper way to live a Christian life. Quite often, the author includes Old Testament paragons of faith in his work as “Original Templates,” as well as those of the New Testament. While much of this work expounds upon how early believers molded various aspects of living and believing, the author’s own compelling personal story plays an important role. Raised in a poor and rural part of Zambia, he went on to immigrate to America and earn a Ph.D. in accounting. In addition, he survived a dire illness that left him comatose for two months. The life lessons Kasonso gleaned from such experiences color much of this book, as the author reflects on what he has learned, and how he has grown, in relation to his own faith journey. Readers will find a wide array of advice in these pages, from fundamentals for prayer to financial tips. Kasonso often uses specific biblical characters as examples, but his work is more than a catalog of names and stories. Instead, the author employs present-day examples of real lives (including his own) to make his points. His writing is lucid and learned but can also tend toward over-familiarity or commonplaceness (for instance, quoting the entirety of the popular song From a Distance, and using it as an object lesson, seems below his larger subject matter). But overall, this book is a welcoming and approachable resource for new believers.
A somewhat uneven but worthwhile reflection for those exploring Christianity.