In tune with Ayi Kwei Amah’s 1968 published The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born, it’s beginning to dawn on me that the best books are yet to be written. This realization leans against the backdrop that I’m yet to arrive at the best book I’ve ever read, talk less of the best ever written. Of course, I’m not talking about religious masterpieces, such as Christianity’s Bible, Islams Koran, and Buddhists Sutras, which claim divine inspiration, and even divine authorship.
When on this platform I talked about and recommended Spencer Johnson’s Who Moved My Cheese?, I thought it was about the best book ever, given its sophisticated simplicity and its capacity to make profound impact. Of Who Moved My Cheese? someone had commented: This book is all the miracle I’ve been asking for. And then came Tuesdays with Morrie; I’d read it through and through and reviewed it on this platform. Tuesdays appeared to be far more remarkable that it rated higher than the Cheese story. Being a report of a real life encounter, it just had this way of cutting deep into one’s mind and heart as would a sword forged under the proverbial dragon breathe.
Today, I’m up to yet another thriller: “BUY THE FUTURE: Learning to negotiate for a future better than your present“ – by Ghanaian Mensa Otabil. Without much ado, Otabil, in a single book, killed and nailed his subject of discourse: ‘the future’. What about the future, one may already begin to wonder. Otabil, though a Pentecostal preacher and founder of Ghana’s first private university – Central University College, employs the biblical story of Esau and Jacob to demonstrate how one’s future can be sold or bought – without the hand of the divine element. There is absolutely nothing preachy about the book, and the choice of that biblical story hinges on the fact that it’s one single story that embodies all the dynamics that play out in the journey from the past, through the present, to the future. In fact, Otabil radically holds that every human being alive and every nation on earth is either an Esau or a Jacob.
Now, something particularly triggered up the writing of “Buy the Future.” It is this, and he writes himself:
Why does our future often so contradict our present? Is there a way in which we can determine our future today? Are there some things we do that make us prone to success and others we do that make us prone to failure? Can we determine the outcome of our future today?
…[T]wo people can be born under very similar circumstances go through similar experiences and yet arrive at different destinies. People sit in the same classroom and listen to the same teacher, use the same textbooks, do the same assignments, sometimes even get the same grades, but then as they grow into their future roles, they do not achieve the same levels of success in their individual pursuits. The same applies to corporate bodies, organizations and nations.
The above situation was what got Otabil writing. And he killed it and nailed it. Trust me, the book is worth every effort you put into the search for it, because I can assure you that it’s going to be a hard task finding it. However,
seek and keep seeking, and you shall find.