Lovemore Ranga Mataire The Reader
Jonathan Ralph Kadurira and Kudzai Portia Gurure are two innovative young people who combined their spiritual, intellectual and life experiences to share with readers the plausible and fruitful ways of existence through a book titled: Mind Blower.With the subtitle Two Minds/One Message, the book is structurally similar to Why We Want You to Be Rich: Two Men, One Message, a 2006 book written by American businessmen Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki.
While the two American businessmen’s thrust is to offer entrepreneurial skills and how one can navigate the intricate industrial highway of any market, by their conviction that leadership is about vision – the ability to see what most people never see in the game of life and in the game of money, Kadurira and Gurure concentrate on nurturing or building a complete being through spiritual guidance. Thus the 68 page inaugural book by the two young Zimbabwean is a reader friendly manual for life in that it is concise and compact. The book is not your typical motivational book flooding the local market authored by some flyby night individual masquerading as reservoir of life solutions to a myriad of problems.
The uniqueness of the book lies in its constant reference to Biblical scriptures and crafts seven aspects of life that all human beings encounter in their course of social interactions.
The first chapter focuses on the Beginning with both Kadurira and Gurure contending that the starting point of any journey must come out of a formidable foundation.
“Despite having the same circumstances surrounding us all, we still produce different results. One may ask why? The answer I saw is this: On this foundation some use gold, some silver, precious stones, wood, hay and even stubble. (1 Corinthians 3:12).
However, fire shall come to test these works. Imagine what would happen to your plans if you used hay. Challenges await us in the journey of life so we ought to be wise on what we use to lay foundation,” says Kaduriria in the first chapter on page 3. One the underhand, although reinforcing the same idea, Gurure contends that any beginning must have a master-plan clearly written down which works as a constant reference point as one embarks on the journey of life.
“In addition to the above highlighted importance, documenting plans helps us to create milestones for past achievements once a plan has been successful. They enable to look back, smile and praise the Lord for enabling us to do great things. Exodus 17:14 tells us how the Lord instructed Moses: “Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” He knew that the later generations would forget but needed a written reminder of His goodness,” says Gurure. (page 16- 17).
The second chapter is on The Power of Thoughts which emphasis on having cleaner thoughts about one’s vision for human beings ultimately become who they are as a result of their inner thoughts. In reading the book the reader gets to understand that al solutions to human problems are all scripted in the Bible, for the holy book says “ . . . for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”
The common thread in this chapter is that human beings do not exist out of luck but faith and what we imagine and constantly aspire and say it will ultimately be realised.
Other chapters include Understanding your purpose, Friend or Foe, Inconvenienced Commitment, Direction by Discipline and Faithfulness. Indeed, the underlying theme of a formidable beginning looms large in the text.
In separate interviews at the launch of the book last Friday, the two authors contend that beginnings are experienced by everyone, everyday and in every facet of life. They may seem trivial and insignificant but they are one of the most important milestones.
Kadurira says the book is a product of daily devotional contributions on the social media and decided to come up with a comprehensive book that is helpful to all age groups.
Gurure says she intends to venture into other genres of literature including fiction. She says the idea of writing Mind Blower was born out of the need to provoke people into thinking about the various ways that could bring coherence and fruitfulness in their lives.
While the systematic structure of the book and simple illustrative diction makes the book fluid, it thus falls short in lack of footnotes to explain other uncommon words or words from other languages.
There is also a tendency in lumping scriptures to advance a certain view without further elucidation. In general, the book stands as a major contribution to in offering a head start in any pioneering endeavour in life. This book definitely brings to fore various concepts that will solidify one’s faith in Chirst.