OTHER BOOKS BY THE SAME AUTHOR
Ogweno’s books are down to earth, written ‘with a human face’. That is, Ogweno relates the Scripture with people: their struggles; mistakes; successes; fears; questions; answers; relationships and their environments, etc. He tells stories and relates them to the Bible. In this way, God is using him to help people make not only social but also spiritual sense of their everyday life and experiences.
Justifying what God has given him, Ogweno maintains, “We reflect the true nature of the Word of God when we relate it to our ‘world’.” He also maintains, “The Word of God is more meaningful and practical when we give it a ‘human face’ and plot it in a familiar environment. The reason for this is that God’s Word is basically about people and their environment. The way we relate with one another and the way we relate with our environment help us understand our relationship with God.”
Ogweno holds that what constitute the teachings of Christ are parables, miracles and sermons, etc. plotted in the familiar physical, social, religious and economic environments of the people He was addressing.
1. VIRTUE THAT COUNTS:
Pursuing That Which Touches The Heart Of God
(Published by Strategic Book Group, November, 2010).
With a chilling message, an angel comes to announce that the end is imminent:
Only ONE person world-wide sought God’s heart enough to find His pleasure. ‘This person’ alone would enter His rest in heaven.
WOW! Who could he/she be? You wonder as you begin compiling a list of possible candidates. As the list approaches 100 mark, you suddenly realize that something is seriously wrong—your name hasn’t featured. It would be self-flattery to include it this early.
This book challenges you to be ‘that person’. It shows you how to “make your calling and election sure.” It doesn’t however do this as a systematic method-sounding ‘seven-steps-to-heaven’ approach—God’s ways are not tied down to ‘methods’.
A situation where an angel comes to announce that only one person ‘qualifies’ to enter God’s presence may not be likely. Nevertheless, entering God’s rest is personal. If it’s not going to be you, it wouldn’t matter even if everyone else makes it.
This book highlights some taken-for-granted ‘trivial matters’. By so doing, it shows that what counts is not religion with its magnificent outward rituals but relationship with its bona fide responsibility for the people and over the things God has assigned us.
2. A LIFE OF AN ENTHUSIASTIC WORSHIP
Secrets of Worshipping God in and out of Season
(Xulon Press, March, 2005).
With a starting point that we were created to fellowship with God, this book shows how this fellowship is about worship. It reveals practical ‘secrets’ of relating with God in ways that facilitate worshipping. It maintains that if we embrace the heavenly instructions, we would embarrass earthly distractions, thereby guarding against shallow fellowship and fallow relationships.
With illustrations from personal and general life experiences, Ogweno uniquely uses captivating inspirational moments that clarify the intention of ‘true’ worship and render the attention it deserves. The book aims at making worshipping an everyday affair—something defining the essence of your being; something you do out of pleasure, not pressure—something you can’t reserve only for congregational gatherings.
This book will challenge, inspire, equip and get you focused to nurture an intimate fellowship with God. It will also show you how God’s signature in nature is meant to capture your attention and motivate you to venture into a worshipping adventure.
3. LESSONS FROM THE ROAD:
Understanding God’s Ways Through Traffic Experience
(Xulon Press, November, 2005)
This book is about seeing and hearing God in everyday experiences—in this case, traffic environment. It tells stories from the road and relates them to what they teach in our spiritual journey.
Many people yearn to hear from God but aren’t willing to listen to Him, yet, we can’t hear God if we can’t listen to Him and we can’t listen to Him if we can’t hear Him.
This book is written in the belief that it is from the daily common experiences that Jesus Himself drew many teachings. Just as it was then, so it is today—our surroundings are rich with insights into the spiritual matters.
This book amplifies what God has been speaking to us through the traffic and by so doing, ‘gives a second chance’ to those of us who might not have listened or might have not heard Him in the traffic.
If Christ was to physically give sermons, perform miracles and tell parables in our contemporary world, He would most likely derive and plot quite a number of them in the context of our traffic environment. Short or long distance, we use the road more than ever before. This means that any teaching plotted in the traffic environment concerns virtually everyone.
Lessons From The Road uniquely captures and amplifies the 'persistent voice' of God in the traffic. It takes a starting point from the traffic setting, illustrates and then builds from there to highlight how our daily traffic exposure is an opportunity to understand God’s ways.
Find out what God has been speaking to you on the road. You don’t have to be avowed Christian to benefit from this book.
4. SECRET WEAPON AGAINST TERRORISM:
The Only Way of Capturing 'The Most Wanted'
(Xulon Press, 2007)
When God sent Jesus to save mankind, He did something that He could do only because He is God. One mystery of Christ is that He came not only to identify with us but also to reveal God as a Father. For those who would accept Jesus, they would acquire the right to be called the children of God (John 1:12).
The fact that God revealed Himself as a Father bothered the devil so much. He made it the basis of his war against Christ and what He represented. Jesus was accused of calling God His Father. Because He identified with us, His Father would also become our Father. The understanding of this act of grace or lack of it, will determine what becomes of terrorism and counterterrorism.
If God is the Father, and He surely is, He cannot sit back and watch His children confrontationally sorting it out with one another, leave alone asking a section of His children to 'punish' the errand children. As far as I know, an ideal father doesn’t delegate matters of discipline to his children.
As we search for solution, we wonder where the security haven is in our world today. International terrorism doesn’t spare any part of the world. No-one knows where the suicide bomber is going to hit next.
The questions that are in the mind of people who are conscious of the dangers of terrorism are: 'Is it is going to decrease or increase? Can we trust the security arrangements and government policy to provide impeccable security?
Suppose there is a way to contain terrorism, how much can you invest in it? Suppose you are told that there is a sure secret that would take the wind out of the terrorist’s sail, would you care to listen?
If you are one of those who don’t consider it an act of terrorism to fight for your rights, suppose you are told that you don’t have to lose your life but that there is a solution—a deep secret that will crown you with victory, will you consider it?
Whether it is an attitude to or an action against your perceived enemy, stop for a moment and consider the secrets shared in this book.
5. THE PURSUIT OF COMMITMENT:
Principles of Commitment for a Functional Life in Christ
(Xulon Press, 2008)
I thought I was awake. I couldn’t afford to sleep-drive, but I slept—behind the steering wheel.
A watchman, doing a night shift, walks to his boss and asks for permission to travel home. He had dreamt the previous night that his mother was seriously ill. The watchman was supposed to be ‘watching’ but he slept. He never realized that by telling his boss that he dreamt, he equally informed him that he was sleeping on duty.
One unique thing about sleeping is that we can’t tell we are asleep until we wake up. This means we may be deep asleep in the wrong place and time without even knowing it.
This book will test your condition. If you have been spiritually sleeping, it will tap you on the shoulder and wake you up. If you are awake, it will cheer you on to a more passionate vitality and prevent you from spiritual drowsiness.
The principles and insights shared in this book will help you gauge your spiritual vigilance and relevance.
6. WHEN GOD DID NOT FULFIL HIS WORD:
A Flash of a Thought, a Lingering Paradox or a Permanent Verdict?
I knew death was a reality but when my father died when I was 12 and my mother had abandoned us 6 years earlier, it was one of the cruelest things I have experienced on this side of life. Although Sunday school had not yet entrenched the teachings about resurrection into my heart, but when I saw my father lying there lifeless, I waited eagerly that the old man would arise from the dead—for sure. I waited and waited until 3 days later, he was buried. I would be an orphan all the same—in a very cruel environment. Why did God allow my father—an extremely good man—to die at that inappropriate time? I have struggled with this question—to be honest—until today!
For me, that God exists has always been intuitive—I am not a good pretender, hence, I have always conceded this truth even when God ‘fails to godly’ assert Himself.
I have ‘known’ God from childhood although I never lived for Him at one point of time. I have always known that God can do everything, which brings me to the reason for writing this book. If God is powerful and loving; merciful and gracious, why does He allow things that make us get tempted to think that we, human beings, could have done better? This may be age old question but the author gives another perspective in line with unique experiences he has experienced personally and observed in the lives of people around him.
The writing of this book was prompted by ‘untimely deaths’ that ought not to have been. We prayed and believed that God not only heard our prayers but also spoke back to confirm that our prayers would be answered. When death defied our prayers, it was time to ask some questions.
Have you ever prayed about something and believed that your prayers would be answered positively only to get a rude shock when the opposite happens? This book asks some of the toughest questions anyone can ever ask. It shows that we can ask God tough questions without questioning Him.
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