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Wealth Out of Ashes by Bode Ososami
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Oct 18, 2009

did not like it
Read in October, 2009

I must admit, I wasn't expecting much- as an atheist, the entire premise of such a book seemed silly. How could the Bible render any useful advice about modern problems like the financial crisis this book seeks to capitalize on? It turns out, it cannot. I had a hard time giving this book the one star minimum.

More than half of the two hundred or so pages are Bible quotes. Combined with the font size, which looks straight out of the "beginning reader" section, it's unavoidable to think that Ososami whipped this disaster up over the course of a couple days to try to make a quick buck off the recent financial distress. I imagine that the entirety of this book could have been condensed into a Chick tract without an appreciable loss of content.

I thought about writing a longer review, tackling some of the incredibly silly things this book says, but a large part appears to advocate some kind of Christian world order- in the section about threats to the vision, it devotes an entire paragraph to "painful derision, false accusation and intimidation from external agents". To anyone taken in by "the vision", I clearly fall into at least one category, and therefore anything I say would be meaningless. If you're reading this, however, from outside the Great Work, avoid this trash at all costs.

Okay, I can't resist. I just flipped through Wealth and the Bible at the same time, and came up with some interesting conflicts. Like when Ososami talks on page 41 about prophesying and its utility today. He actually tells the reader that they can make prophecies to benefit their business ventures. This is funny if you look at it from a rational, skeptical standpoint, but the target audience should recognize that it is also sinful! Zechariah, chapter 13 states clearly that prophecies should be met with violent force, from the prophet's parents. So, dear reader, take care when following Ososami's advice, lest your parents stab you in the chest by Biblical command.

In a section about "rubbish", which is a polite way of saying "things to which the author is personally averse", superstition is mentioned. The hypocrisy of this should not be missed- to quote the book, "these are old myths and philosophies that have darkened the thinking of man and perverted judgment but disguised as the most endearing and noble of human wisdom which sustained civilisations [sic:] and shaped values." It's easy to forget that this is not referring to Christianity. Almost immediately after that passage, there is a diatribe in miniature about the evils of knowledge, art, poetry, and music. They are attributed to muses, "known spirit beings both in contact with dark realms and the art lover". I think anyone with a love of books significant enough to be on this site will agree with me when I say that disdain for art deserves nothing but equal or greater disdain.

It should also be mentioned that the bulk of the actual financial advice contained herein is to the effect of "spend less money". It's good to know that Ososami is chartered accountant.

The only redeeming quality of this work was a lovely internal dialogue it sparked about bodies of printed works as meme pools- I plan to exert what selective pressure I can by tucking this book into the darkest corner of my library, to hopefully save one or more people from extensive forehead bruising and the loss of half an hour.

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message 1: by Olabode (new) - added it

Olabode Ososami Thanks for taking time to read and writing a lengthy review. I do sincerely apologise that you did not find the book as inspiring as perhaps others that only this week announced the book as an award finalist in the National Best Books 2009 Awards, sponsored bu USA Book News.

I suspect you would have been better prepared for its contents if you had browsed the book blog

which warns that it is somewhat heavy in Bible scripture...

As for the motive behind the writing of the is simply to encourage Christians to hold on to the word of God in Recession...

Thanks again for the comments...I am equally warned in Isaiah 5:20] Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

I will let Authorhouse( my publisher) know what you think of their font selection...

God bless you.

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