Treasure from unfamiliar terrain

I buy and read books a lot and I do not patronize badly made books – I believe if your message is worth sharing, you should package it well.

So when I check out books at my favourite Scripture Union Bookshop, I check the beauty of the book besides the title and author.

Concerning the author, I usually search and readily buy books from my favourite known authors like Kenneth Hagin, Karen Kingsbury, Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti and the likes, but I have recently begun to have a taste for relatively new or unfamiliar authors.

Most people are like me – we want to be safe from lies in books – so we stick to the road we have often travelled before.

But I tried picking some unfamiliar author’s books recently and I have been more than pleased.

One of them is Craig Groeschel, pastor of Houston based Life


I don’t know how long he has been writing or a Pastor, but I do not know him, at least before 2012.

But I picked up one of his books last year: fell in love with the cover design and plastic packaging more than the unfamiliar title – CHAZOWN. Sounded initially like a cult word but I discovered it is Hebrew for vision, and it’s what God had in mind for man when we were created. Each of us is a masterpiece, placed on earth for a unique purpose that’s solely ours to fulfill.

And I have never been the same ever since – it got me thinking, praying and making some decisions about God’s purpose for my life – and I am thankful.

Let me share with you on of the Lessons from the Book CHAZOWN by Craig Groeschel


Isaiah 46:10: Declaring the end from the beginning…(KJV)

Psa. 139:16 – But with your own eyes you saw my body being formed. Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do (CEV).

 God not only knows, but also declares the end from the beginning. Jeremiah makes me know that God knew me before He formed me. All my days are written in God’s book: there is something for each day, and there is an end to all these, a central purpose to which all these culminate.

So I know that God really wants to declare to me my life’s vision.

Proverbs 29:18: Where there is no VISION (CHAZOWN), the people perish (people focus on other things that will be detrimental to their faith).

Knowing God’s vision for my life will give me focus. It will help me to say no to the things that I’m not supposed to do. It helps me to say no to the good things and say yes to the great things.

It gives endurance and peace, and endurance, because I am living with the End in Mind, knowing that I’m making the proper turns at the proper times.

Deuteronomy 29:29: GOD, our God, will take care of the hidden things but the revealed things are our business. It’s up to us and our children to attend to all the terms in this Revelation. (MESSAGE)


When God reveals His vision for your life, he works in you first and then works through you to achieve that purpose.

If you can pick it up, it’s a nice read: it will at least get you thinking about your life.



PLEASE PARTICIPATE: Which unfamiliar author has caught your attention in recent times?

Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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