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What preachers should do to transit from pulpit to become successful author

The Rev Sam Aboyeji book on 10 cutting principles for soaring in the ministry

Book: Ten Cutting Edge Principles for Soaring in The Ministry

Author: Rev Sam Aboyeji                                                   

Ten Cutting Edge principles for Soaring in the ministry
Ten Cutting Edge principles for Soaring in the ministry


Chapter: 10 chapter

Page:  160

Reviewer: Oludare Mayowa

Preacher delivers sermon to inspire the congregation to think and take the right step toward their goals in life through the word of God while Author writes to imparts deeper knowledge and expand the horizon of readers by providing step by step direction they could take and why they should take such step in order to achieve success in their endeavours.

A preacher provides light to illuminate the heart of the congregation and audience to enable them discover their way in the darkness, but an author provide the readers with compass that will help them to navigate through the bumpy life part based on personal experience and conviction.

Therefore, for a preacher to become a successful author, he must transit to a writer in order to make the desirable effect on his/her target audience/reader. Most preacher who publish books are yet to make such transition from their pulpit talk to the world of an author who provide the readers with deeper knowledge and the compass needed to navigate through life.

The book “Ten cutting edge principles for soaring in the ministry” was written by an accomplished preacher of the word and the General Overseer of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria, Rev. Sam Aboyeji.

The book has all the ingredients of a quality book; right from its layout, print fonts and cover design; it’s very attractive for readers to pick up at first contact and read through none stop because of the lucidity of the language.

The language was also flawless and easy to read and that made it more interesting to read through without stopping before completing it.

From the lesson the book intends to teach, an extended explanation on the key lessons from Samson character failure would have suffice. The absence of these, left readers aloof to navigate the tortured route of finding what they need to do to form the requisite character for ministry.

The book was well proof read, which minimize errors usually found in books, the clarity of the message was also not in doubt.

The message flows from the heart of the preacher who genuinely loves to see changes in the lives of the followers and the congregation.

The scriptural references show the depth of the author’s knowledge of the word and as someone who unarguably is a leader who has earned respect of many members of his church since he became the General Overseer.

He has demonstrated quality leadership trait that showcase his ‘youthfulness’, and the courage to declare the gospel with all his conviction without taking his eyes away from the big picture.

However, the book left huge unanswered questions, which ordinarily would have put it in the class of great handbook for both the young and old ministers to serve as a guide for a successful ministry.

In many section of the book, this reviewer was left with no other option than to term it a sermon notebook of the author.

The subject matter were not given the depth they deserved, it was as if the author was speaking to his congregation within a time limit and as such he left many thing unsaid because of the constrain of time..

For instance, there are so many repetitions in the work which ought to have been edited out while there are also some redundant words that should have been left out. This showed that the editing could have been done better, giving the importance of the book and the subject matter treated therein.

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On page 16, the author gave an example of failed characters in Samson in the Bible but he didn’t point out the glaring character flaws of the subject matter,

Perhaps, he assumed that his readers are conversant with the story of Samson and his key flaws to burden himself to expatiate more on such trait that led to Samson downfall.

From the lesson the book intends to teach, an extended explanation on the key lessons from Samson character failure would have suffice. The absence of these, left readers aloof to navigate the tortured route of finding what they need to do to form the requisite character for ministry.

He would have also provided personal experience and that of others within his circle of influence as practical and relatable signpost for readers to pick their own lesson from.

On page 51, talking about sacrifices as key principle in ministry, the author alluded to an example of a preacher who decided to tear his Bsc certificate in Mechanical Engineering as an example of sacrifice in ministry because the preacher said he does not want to be tempted “to go back.”

I believe the author should have made a clear distinction between personal conviction and a principle of sacrifice, so other/reader would not see such as a clear way to follow. Such example to my mind does not represent what other should follow in ministry even though it may have represented the conviction of the person at such a time.

Also on page 53, he also cited example of five American preachers who travel on a helicopter to preach to Red Indians, but their chopper was brought down. The author should have link the incidence to the event that led the Indians to give their lives to Christ at a later date.

Nonetheless, the book has the capacity to minister to its readers in an unusual way because it carried the conviction of the author. I will, however recommend that the author rework the book in subsequent edition to deepen the knowledge and reader’s experience in order to provide clearer insight for greater  impartation.

The book can do with a tighter editing, especially by some of the people mentioned in the acknowledgement page to broaden the scope of the book, bringing their own experiences as authors to bear on the final output of the book.

On page 85, the author recommendation on the principle of submission goes thus; “Submission to God who called you and submission to higher authority, because there will always be a higher authority.”

While reading this particular passage, I wrote in the book edge as thus; “Is there any authority higher than God?”

This should have been rework to make the intention of the author very clear without any ambiguity. Perhaps the editors should have helped more in reshaping this particular passage to reflect the intention of the author which means, ‘submission to the authority of the ministry where you are called to serve.’

The author Bible reference on page 88, Romans 13:1, also buttress my position that there is no power but of God, which also negate what the author wrote on the earlier page.

Nonetheless, some of the shortcomings of the book, I can boldly recommend the book to young ministers who are learning the rope in the ministry. Also, it will be of tremendous help to older ministers who are still struggling with wrong mindset in ministry.

The book is rich in all material particular and especially when you read through the principle number eight where the author wrote about Holy Spirit, you shall surely be enchanted because he gave livable and relatable examples that readers can connect with.

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