Book Title: Creating the Big Picture
Author: Dennis Egure
Publisher: Transformation Media and publishing House
Reviewers: Ambrose Obioma Okehi & Sandra Chukwunyere.
Year Published: 2018
It is the Holy Bible that advises that as man thinketh in his mind so he is?
Also Led Brown that postulated that:”Your goals are your roadmap that guides you and shows you what is possible for your life.”
On his own, T. J. Jakes, a popular author says that: “It is not who you are that is important but who you would become and where you are but, where you are going that is important.”
Equally, the Holy Bible is much concerned about the thoughts of your heart and the way you feel.
So the above statements really captured the whole idea behind this great author,prolific writer, motivational speaker and distinguished minister of the gospel. Dennis Egure was trying to pass across to his readers on his latest book “Creating the discouraged as well as Big Picture”.
The motivational book is about having big dreams, visions. Plans, and projections for your life and future advancement. Or thinking big and growing big. It is equally aspiring big or ambitious without looking at your situation or circumstances and predicament at any given time.
To this writer, it is also about the need for everyone to discover, pursue and accomplish a dream in life to the glory of God, his creator.
The Bible literature would be seen as a treasure for the would-be readers, as it draws most of its classical examples from the Biblical characters and instances while bringing hope to the hopeless and building courage to the discouraged giving them practical illustrations and step by step life changing principles that would see the readers through in actualising their life ambitions.
Egure is not just a brilliant writer and well known motivational speaker but also the charismatic founder and senior pastor of Transformation Christian Ministry Inc, a Lagos based fast growing Pentecostal church.
A product of old Bendel State University now Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Edo State and a holder of of Bachelor Degree in Sociology, Master Degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from National Open University of Nigeria and still on the verge of acquiring Doctorate Degree.
The author is a dynamic teacher of the Bible. Preacher of the word and a creative thinker, whose other two sensational books “Covenant Pathway” and “Licensed to Overcome” are currently making waves in the market.
The 185 page and nine chapter book, is a well researched and thoroughly written with a simple, easy-to-read and comprehendible grammar meant for easy assimilation.
Chapter one of the book which has a sub-title which goes is the same with the book title, “Creating the Big Picture” talks about success in life and how it can be conceived, visionalised, nurtured, and actualised by the dreamer. According to the author in this chapter, success in life begins by knowing where you are going to in life and how to get there. Insisting that if there is no fixed destination and no definite roadmap, getting to one’s destination maybe difficult as knowing when one gets there becomes a mirage.
Another significant part of this chapter is that it looks more into the importance of picture (imagination) not just a picture but a BIG PICTURE in that matter. And one that is in pursuant to a dream of life. He maintains in the here that: “The Creation process as recorded in the Bible gives credence to the fact that God conceived, and actually formed the big picture of all things in the universe before speaking them into existence.”
Creating a big picture, he (the author) noted, demands having a great self-image or self-esteem which is very important. That those who always see themselves as uniquely and wonderfully made are already on the track to making it in life.
In chapter two of the book, he also looks at the entire concept of the big picture issue, giving it a sub-title – “Understanding the Big Picture Concept”. Here, he advises his readers to get abreast with or have a full grasp of the concepts of their big pictures and what they represents as that enables them to avoid confusion. The author tries to compel his numerous readers to emulate Jesus Christ our Saviour and Master, who foresaw what was before him on the cross, but determined to faced the challenges ahead of him despite the troubles before him. Saying that Jesus our saviour refused to be distracted but was focused.
In the next chapter, which he called: “Acronym of The Big Picture”, Egure tries to convey his message of the big picture concept through itemising some of the point that he feels will aid the readers of the book to big pictures also and actualise them too. He equally suggested in the book that the carrier of such a given concept (vision) must ensure that the big picture, inspiration and God-given potential are put into active use while making sure that the big picture (idea), also is practicable, imaginable, creative, transformational, understandable resounding, entertaining, and experimental. With these points, he gave the readers a clearer explanations with Biblical illustrations and examples.
Quoting from Michio Kaku’s popular saying that: “The human brain is said to have about 100 million neurons, each nueron connected to 10 thousand other neurons. Sitting on your shoulders is the most complicated object in the known universe,” this writer in this forth chapter insists that the power of imagination or the ability to form images in the mental state is one of the functions of human brain, arguing further that one cannot created a vivid picture of his future without first imagining it or drawing its picture in his brain. The human brain, he says, is one of the organs in human body that is capable of accepting and processing floods of information flowing around us from the five senses of human organ with the help of these five sense organs like; the sense of touch, sense of taste, sense of sight, and sense of sound. He says again that God, our creator is willing to give us big pictures as visions and dreams of our lives, referring to 1John 4:4, which says: Ye are God little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.”
Warning that God is big and is working great and mighty things in us and we are by that token bigger and are over comers of this wicked world and their the atrocities. His mighty power is at work in us and is capable of transforming our lives for better. That He (God) is the programmer of our brains, our entire lives and had divinely and scientifically programmed them for greater inventions and procreation.
Off course, every reader of this book will be captivated by the great work and power of pen of this writer and his writing style, which is motivational and the ways he handled and treated the topic at hand.
In what he tagged: “The Needed Fundamentals” in chapter five of the book, the author marshalled out eighteen-point fundamental principles that a carrier of this big picture must adopt before scalling through and they include: Recognising the place of Dream, Synchronising with God, Possessing an obedient heart, Creating silent moments for meditation, Setting smart goals, Capturing ideas on paper, Research and Strategic planning, Having a vision and mission statement. Others are Being persistent, Being focused, Using reminder stickers, Use of questionnaires for feedbacks. Adding other principles in the same chapter like Mentorship, Being information driven, Force of declaration and finally the Force of association. He concluded this chapter by admonishing readers to synergize with others to make meaningful impacts rather than doing it alone. “Do not sabotage yourself and create failure by trying ro achieve a heculiear goal alone. You need synergy,” he the chapter.
Benefit of Having A Big Picture is the focus of the sixth chapter which started with a quote from Napoleon Hill, who says: “When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more towards your coveted goal.”
Here, he allures that one of the key factors that motivate people to pursue any goal in life is reward which could be either monetarily or otherwise. He insisted that while identifying your big picture, you must as well identify or find out the benefit attached to such goal.
Another vital fact raised by the writer was, after identifying the benefit, you must also know if it is worth dying for (worth the stress of striving to actualise it) or not.
According to him, your big picture connects you to others. People of same vision, he says, have a way of connecting with one another. When people are propelled by a common drive, passion and ambition, they zealously pact to pursue their goals.
The book “Creating the Big Picture” is a motivational Bible literature that in the other way dipitches the true reflection of the author himself, his experiences in life and how his big picture was conceived and actualised by his mother widowed mother. ” I am a product of someone’s big picture – My mother. After my father died, my mother was saddled with the responsibility of training my younger brother and I. She was a fish monger and she did not want me to end up in the village like her a fish monger.
She had a vision of what she intended for my younger brother and I. She poured all her resources into training me so that when I become a graduate with a good job I could train my brother and take care of her. Indeed her dream was actualised exactly the way she conceived it.”
However, chapter seven of the book which has the title:”Hindrances to Big Picture” started with a copious quote from Jeffrey Gitomer, whose popular saying postulates that: “Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, others can’t stop you. Only you that can stop you.”
The author further pointed out that numerous visionaries had encountered various difficulties and challenges in the course of pursing their individual dreams. Egure therefore, examines some of the common hindrances to achieving this big picture in one’s life.
Some of these hindrances, according to this pragmatic administrator, preacher of the Goodness and an encyclopedia of knowledge, include: Fear and doubt, Experience of the past, Blind spots, Cultural bias, Social bias, Religious bias. Others are: Academic bias, Superstitution, Discouragement and Procrastination. Taking some scriptural instances, and characters, who pursued big pictures in life to back up his summary, the writer in this chapter eight listed some of those characters to include: 1. Abraham, whom he noted had big picture of his calling to be the father of all the nations of earth by God at age seventy-five and how he actualised it through his obedience and faithfulness in God. 2. Moses, who distinguished himself as liberator of his people who were in bondage in Egypt. 3. Esther another example and a young Jewish girl who, according to Egure rose from a mere house girl to a queen in a foreign land. And through her big picture, freed the Jewish people from bondage. 4. Apostle Paul was another notable character mentioned in this chapter, who paid a great price for a big picture assignment to accomplish and ran one of the the most successful Christian race in the Bible history. “He (Paul) adopted several strategies which distinguished him as an extraordinary missionary.” Quarter of the new testament were written by Apostle Paul.
He also in this same chapter itemises some of the steps that needed to be taken while pursuing this big picture concept in order to get your dream accomplished and they are as follow: Standing on the right platform or location, Being full of insights, Being sensitive to information, Documentation of your dreams and visions as highlighted in Habakuk 2:2-3, Simplification of your vision, Raising a team, Being time conscious as recorded in Ecl. 3:1-8. Other step he numerated include: Being patient (Gal. 5:23), Being optimistic, and finally, Having assurance that success is guaranteed, using Psalms 1:3 as a reference. He concluded this chapter with a prayer that God in His infinite mercy should give readers of this book the grace to identify the big pictures and pursue them with burning desire, determination, dedication and tenacity it required to succeed.
The concluding version of the book, chapter nine deals with taking the right action as regards getting to one’s dreamland. “Nothing works until it is worked on. He also states that knowledge of truth is profitable but if it is applied.
To him: “To make a big picture work for you, go beyond just mental assenting or believing the concept.” He quoted James 1:22-23 which talks about being a doer of word not just a hearer alone. Other Bible references include James 2:4 and Prov. 6:6.
He called on his readers to take a step and act now. “Do something from what you have learnt from this book.” Again, he said the big picture is simply the entirety of what you are doing – your ultimate goal and how it relates to everything around it.
Conclusively, he beckoned on the readers: “God does not want you to enrich the graveyard with your gifts and blessings He bestowed upon you. You have all it takes to showcase that your big picture now,” he ended the book.
In my own submission, I will conclude that Egure is in deeded a prolific writer and has the power of the pen equally writes like a gifted writer and did a thorough job in the book.
Though I will not end this review without saying that there are few minor typographical and grammatical errors.
For instance, in back page, instead of Bendel he wrote Benbel State. Back page purse instead of pursue. Page 23 and 24 Subheadings should appear on title cases. Chapter five page 54 there should be no figure in the Bible quotation.
Beside this few minor errors, I commend the writer for his effort in putting this work together.
And I recommend this book for those aspiring to be great in life and impact their generation.
If you are trying to be a leader, look for this book. You want move away from nobody to somebody, then read this book.
The book will be so much importance to ministers of the gospel, church leaders and young aspiring youths, students scholars, teachers and the general public.