Wisdom for Victorious Living: My rough, thorny road to the top in the National Health Service (NHS) as a black, female Christian
Adesan, R.F.O. (2016).Wisdom for Victorious Living: My rough, thorny road to the top in the National Health Service (NHS) as a black, female Christian. London (UK): Wisdom Consultancy Publishing,140 pp; Paperback
Freedom is critical to a peaceable co-existence, but too often, it may be subject in part to feebleness. Take for an instance: when freedom of expression is besmirched, protestations are reduced to murmurs and undercurrent noises, mostly with no positive or lasting impact on the very situation that we wanted to influence or change. This is one of the major issues raised in ‘Wisdom for Victorious Living: My rough, thorny road to the top in the National Health Service (NHS) as a black, female Christian’.
Ruphina Folayemi Ojo Adesan identifies murmuring as one vice that is insidious: causing serious problems but doing this secretly, slowly and with deadly precision. Grumbling roots itself in the twin vices of discontent and selfishness, and is “one of the most prevalent sins among brethren.” (p31)“
"If you know that persecutions and tribulations are part of the essential ingredients to entering into the Most High’s plans and purposes for your life, you will never complain when you are going through persecutions and tribulations anywhere. It is a sin that will put stumbling blocks on your progress. Make no mistake; murmuring is a sin.” (p30)
And the major thrust of the book: the diverse challenges of life which we face on a daily basis require the wisdom of God to overcome. Divine wisdom is the sole weapon that can turn adversity into triumph.
Pastor (Mrs) Folayemi Adesan chronicles a life of stewardship encompassing social, professional and spiritual expositions in this compelling account. Written in beautiful flowing prose, the author shares her experience as she straddles the nursing profession in a career that has seen her moving across cadres both in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. The unusual combination of professional and pastoral knowledge forms a holistic presentation of a personal experience shared in such a way that will benefit the reader.
The book features 17 short chapters laid out in lucid narration and spiced with anecdotal accounts. In looking to overcome the distractions to which edifying books are prone, Pastor (Mrs) Adesan quotes cogent Bible references as full passages so that the reader can stay attuned to the message and not have to spin the holy book for the relevant mentions. References are also drawn from thought leaders and accomplished mentors. It is a book with immense potentials to fulfil the purpose that the author set out to achieve: share her unique experience such that other people may benefit, especially when faced with similar or other challenges.
Wisdom for Victorious Living is published to celebrate the genial woman of valour on her 60th birthday. Perhaps in a bid to lay more emphasis on the message being shared rather than the glamour of her birthday celebrations, the author chooses to publish the photo section in black-and-white. Be that as it may, the print quality is great still, and adds that ‘retro’ touch of beauty that is now standard inclusion as a matter of statement in certain high-profile printing.
As much as it has duly achieved the celebration theme, this publication nonetheless remains, staunchly, a mission in encouragement and uplifting.