What if things are not going as planned?
What do you do when your livelihood or your family’s well-being is threatened?
How do you respond to sustained opposition from people determined to frustrate your progress?
What if you are in need of a fresh vision and new direction?
Life is a journey punctuated by seasons of crises. Many people search for the solutions in the wrong places, when they are right before their eyes. From the ancient text that answers the needs of all humanity, Emmanuel Mbakwe presents a message of timeless wisdom distilled from the life of Isaac, the central character, other notable Bible personalities, and figures from our contemporary world.
Discover to Recover shows us how God wants to get through to each one of us with the solution to our problems. These solutions are all around us. All we need to do is to discover.
Discover to Recover is a thought-provoking, inspirational and practical guide to help the reader overcome adversity, prosper in challenging circumstances; and move progressively to a place of fulfilment, marked by greater intimacy with God, inner peace, contentment, and outward calm.
For over twenty years I have had a desire to write, but never felt the time was right. This book is the first fruits of that desire.
In terms of timing, the book is the result of a process that God has orchestrated, bringing together a number of things – the idea, resource persons, the time, energy to write, and so on - resulting in the release of this book at this time.
The prompting to study the chapter and character on which the book is based came in a dream I had in the early morning of 10th February 2011. I was due to give an address to a group of Pastors in Wales in March 2011. Following the dream I had I went into my study; the outline of the message emerged within ten minutes.
Having delivered the message to another group of leaders in Scotland in October 2011, one of the senior men came over and told me, without prompting, that the message deserved wider airing.
In between the two addresses, I had also written three articles based on the same chapter, on how to thrive in the midst of a recession.
I had yet another moment of revelation in September 2012, which led me to begin the process of developing all the materials into manuscript form. This book is the result of that process.
No. The book is aimed at everyone - Christians and Christians-to-be. It is for current and aspiring leaders; and ordinary people who want to live extraordinary lives.
The principles are universal and can be applied as such.
The book is not about me. Using the life of Isaac as captured in Genesis 26 as a case study, it draws out universal principles that can be applied to life in general. These timeless truths are presented in such a way as to make the word of God accessible, personal and practical.
Having said that, there are segments in which I share snippets of my own personal journey where I have seen the outworking of some of the principles in my own life.
There are a number of key messages. The overriding message is that you can thrive in the midst of life’s seasonal downturns. To do so you need revelation (some may choose to call it vision) from God. That revelation, if followed, is the key to your survival, progress, prosperity and total recovery.
In following the blueprint we need to make sure that we stay focused on the key issue, refusing to be deflected or distracted. We need to value and recognise the gifts and abilities that God has given us (both within and without); learning how to harness and deploy them; remaining flexible, working smart as well as working hard.
Ultimately, the journey that God is taking us on is to bring us to the place where we consciously, deliberately and intentionally re-prioritise the focus of our life, by putting God first before everything else.
A lifetime! That story is still being written. The pages close when Christ comes or calls me home.
The simple and direct answer is that the process began in February 2011. However, the production of the manuscript was between October 2012 and May 2013.