SECRETS TO REACHING YOUR DESTINY by Salay H. Kekula

SECRETS TO REACHING YOUR DESTINY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The founder of a Liberian ministry offers advice to help Christians achieve their destiny.

Kekula, who was educated in England, opens his debut inspirational work on an encouraging note: “You are a very significant individual created by God to accomplish a divine assignment.” The term “significant individual” is an important one, and he uses it repeatedly. He writes of common life challenges such as rejection, criticism, and fear. The book doesn’t dismiss negativity; instead, it discusses why negative things happen, how to stop them, and how to regain control in one’s life. The author makes a passionate argument that one should forgive criticism and release grudges; otherwise, he writes, one risks damaging one’s own spiritual and emotional health. He also warns parents that children who grow up with criticism may become insecure. In language that will be familiar to some religious readers, the book recommends speaking in tongues as a means of releasing God’s power, and Kekula asserts that Satan is behind any attacks that come one’s way: “When you realize that your real enemy is not your sister, brother, mother or father you will know how to handle persecutions and criticism more wisely,” he writes. He presents men and women in the Bible as examples of those who demonstrated qualities worth following today; for example, he praises Jesus’ mother, Mary, and her cousin, Elizabeth, as women who were careful about their associations. He also names the Old Testament’s Joseph as a man who refused to bow to social pressure. The book does have some issues that may keep readers from fully enjoying it. For example, nearly every paragraph has a header, which makes for choppy reading. Also, instead of calling someone who becomes a Christian a “brand new person,” he calls him or her a “new brand person.” Readers will generally be able to figure out the author’s intent, but a stronger edit might have prevented such errors.

An uneven book with a winsome, encouraging message that may resonate with readers who are new to the Christian life.

Pub Date: Dec. 15th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1465395375
Page count: 182pp
Publisher: Xlibris
Program: Kirkus Indie
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