THE DECISIONS WE MAKE by O. Ven Ogbebor

THE DECISIONS WE MAKE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Written by a preacher, this debut Christian self-help guide strives to aid readers in developing their decision-making skills through the will of God.

Ogbebor explains how he believes people should use principles found in the Bible to improve their lives and ways of thinking. Stressing the importance of considering God’s word in recognizing “good” decisions from “bad” decisions and quoting the Bible directly, the author discusses ways to achieve spiritual health. He notes that “in everything we have done that we didn’t succeed, for every step we have taken that failed, for that dream that eventually died after we have tried so hard, there was something missing—GOD.” The key tenet of the book is that “all things are possible through God,” and if a person feels that they are failing, they simply need to follow the path that is in their soul’s best interest. Ogbebor assesses the realities of daily life, emphasizing that faith in the word of God is essential for every Christian seeking answers to difficult questions. As such, the book is full of helpful advice based on the author’s biblical interpretations, which will most appeal to readers looking for piety. The text, however, relies heavily on monotonous analysis and summarization of Bible passages, taking on the tone of a rather dry sermon. Some sections focus on the dangers of temptation by presenting archaic, sexist perspectives, such as women playing the role of the “temptress” sent by the devil to lead men astray. These outdated views won’t resonate with a contemporary audience. However, when the author shares stories from his own life or the lives of others, the prose becomes more personable.

Christian advice that hews closely to the Bible; may interest those seeking a fundamentalist perspective.

Pub Date: March 16th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5320-1499-4
Page count: 112pp
Publisher: iUniverse
Program: Kirkus Indie
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