About the Author
Dr. Charles Omole, the author of the text entitled Prosperity Unleashed and technically christened, A Definitive Guide to Biblical Economics, is the President of Winning Faith Outreach Ministry. Omole is a renowned preacher with a practical, insightful and authoritative power of presentation who emphasises excellence and dominant lifestyle. He hosts the popular Wisdom for Winning Seminars, and he is the pastor of Winning Faith Bible Church, London. With significant business interests, Omole concretely holds the belief that believers should set the agenda for world economic and political directions. The author firmly believes in the power of God’s grace to change lives and revive nations. Omole’s vast wealth of knowledge gained as an entrepreneur, conference speaker, etc. has brought an added advantage and unique dimension to his intellectual works and messages. This motivator has written twenty-three books to date, among which are Keys to Divine Success, The Financial Resource Handbook, Breaking Out of the Debt Trap, etc.
According to the author, there are many things in the Bible that God will do for us by our merely having faith, adding that pertinently, prosperity is not one of them. Prosperity according to the author is not a basic necessity for living. Instead, it is a reward for obedience to God’s financial principles. You can live for hundreds of years and not be prosperous. Many poor people in Africa know this truth only too well. Life, however, does not have to be lived in poverty when you have the option of living like kings through the application of God’s financial principles. Poverty is tormenting, and it is a thief as it steals your dreams. Poverty steals your self-esteem and your ability to bless those around you. God wants you to prosper. Prosperity is not a promise but the reward. Prosperity is not a promise you claim in prayer or a desire reinforced by fasting. For you to get prosperous, what you need is to start working for it through obedience, sowing financial seeds, hard work and righteous living. Kingdom wealth only answers to a knowledgeable covenant walk with God.
The book is structurally segmented into two sections of sixteen chapters. Section A borders on the generic subject matter of kingdom prosperity unleashed and contains ten chapters. The section is broadly about achieving true kingdom prosperity without losing sight of true kingdom success.
Chapter 1 of this section is entitled Introduction to Kingdom Wealth. You are in the world to make a difference. You are not part of the problems of this world. You are an agent of change that God has established here to change the dying world. We live in an age where many believe that as long as they sow and give offerings regularly; they will prosper financially regardless of their lifestyle and conduct. Your finances are part of your total Christian experience. Don’t think that as long as you tithe and give offerings, what you do after that is inconsequential. Therefore, the totality of your spiritual experience has got to fall in line with God’s standards.
Chapter 2 is based on the subject matter of partaking in the wealth covenant. If you want to enjoy God’s miracles, all you must do is to follow God’s principles. The chapter also offers the eight secrets of kingdom wealth which are:
- God is not interested in prospering you personally for your own sake.
- Kingdom wealth cannot be acquired but only entrusted.
- Giving to the poor merely guarantees that you will never be poor but will not by itself alone make you rich. To be rich, you need to understand that the principle of giving to “the better” is the key instrument God uses.
- Kingdom wealth always obeys.
- Kingdom wealth does not answer to prayer or fasting but only two covenant principles.
- Kingdom wealth is not for fools.
- God will prosper you regardless of societal conditions.
In Chapters 3 to 7, the author analytically x-rays concepts such as passing the kingdom test, hindrances to your financial breakthrough, principles of financial management, the laws of harvest/reaping, and breaking out of the debt trap.
Chapter 8 is entitled Stepping Out of Debt. Here, the author identifies steps to guide you out of debt as:
- commitment to becoming debt free now.
- Starting to pay God and yourself first.
- Listing all you own and all you owe.
- Having a sale.
- Setting up a repayment plan.
- Deciding to do it in half the planned time.
- Adding no new debts.
- Sharing your plan with your creditors.
- Sticking with it.
God says that it is wickedness if you refuse to pay your debt (Psalm 37:21). When you make a financial vow, a financial promise and you get yourself into debt; you are expected to keep it. It’s always easier to get into debt than to get out. It’s going to take commitment to get out of debt. Is going to take courage to get out of debt. It’s going to take discipline. It’s going to take delayed gratification.
In Chapters 9 and 10, the author examines the concepts of grace for abundance and understanding the character and personality of money.
Section B of the book is conceptually woven together as kingdom success unleashed: achieving true success without losing material comfort and contains six chapters, that is Chapters 11 to 16.
Chapter 11 is interrogatively entitled Why Get Rich When You Can Get Wealthy? There is a need to give balance to the pursuit of riches. Money is good, but it is not everything. Getting rich is the primary goal for a lot of people. That is unfortunate, however, because there is something so much higher than simply accumulating money. Rich people are people with lots of money, while wealthy people are rich in life. This is called total life prosperity. This would include financial stability and freedom but goes deeper-spiritual, emotional and relational health, and of course, physical health is also affected. Being truly wealthy is to be wholly submitted to God and complete in the application of biblical values.
Chapters 12 to 16 examines concepts such as principles of biblical stewardship, qualities a successful Christian must possess, understanding Biblical success as well as the definition of success, answers to common questions about tithing, giving and borrowing, and the believers breakthrough prayer.
As regards style, the author’s efforts are worthy of commendation given his logical and unique presentation in the book. His language is standard, and his message is well conveyed. What’s more, Omole employs reflective illustrations as well as a lot of biblical and classical/literary allusions to achieve analytical reinforcement and ensure concrete conviction on the part of the readers. He also uses unboxed précis, insightful messages and quotes in each chapter for analytical amplification and notional recapitulation. The author includes exercises in Chapter 14 for the purpose of ensuring practical reader participation. He also uses graphics for the purpose of visual reinforcement of understanding.
However, if you graphological (punctuation, capitalisation, spelling, etc.) errors noticed in the book need to be corrected in its next edition. For example, “In Jesus name” (pages 37, 369 and 373) instead of “In Jesus’ name”; “The believers breakthrough prayers” (pages 19 and 373) instead of “The believers’ breakthrough prayers”; “debt free” (page 197) instead of “debt-free”;
“a shinning light” (page 48) instead of “a shining light,” etc. Furthermore, it would better for the author to harmonise or merge Chapters 7 and 8 for structural compactness.
Overall, Omole has proved himself to be a perfect blend of the scholastic, scriptural and financial intelligence, given his intellectual radiation in the text which projects the interface of Biblical principles and financial breakthrough.
Dear reader, I don’t need to turn myself into a professional soothsayer to convince you that one of the keys of your success this year is this insightful 396-page textual masterpiece that can be got with just a little amount. It is simply a must have, must read and the principles must apply.