This review was written by a friend’s friend whom I don’t know, haven’t spoken to and have not met till date so it is the most unbiased opinion of Uncool I have gotten so far. I am grateful for it because 1) it is so well written 2) it opened my eyes to some of the ways that Uncool might seem like it fell short to an outside observer. One of which he mentioned was that, the book lacked in some places spiritual-systemic-how-tos but was rather supplemented with scripture which might come off to a reader as just text reading. This is true. Matter of fact, there is a disclaimer in the introduction of the book, which states that the book is overlaid with scripture. You will hardly come across a page in Uncool that is lacking in a bible verse or two. The reason is this;
1) People do not read or know the Bible enough.
2) I believe and know that reading the Bible has tangible transformational power. I know this because I have experienced it and I want you too to experience it as you read the word of God in this book. There’s only so much I can say or write but by leaning on the revelational truths of the everlasting word of God we can gain wisdom that transcends time and space.
Written 27th May 2020.
Taking a barometer through this postmodern Christian piece with quotidian relevance to youthfulness, one quickly considers salient matters as being easily and friendly treated to draw a reader into a sense of belonging.
Uncool stems from the treatment of Christian prevalent topics like Grace, Love, Passion, Hope & Endurance, and Holy Spirit… through a carefully constructed, prescribed restructured life of newness for everyone who passes through the Spiritual cum rational therapy as provided in the book – The End of the Beginning. This is to mean that OmoobaJesu attempts a discovery of important matters to be addressed in Christendom – especially among youths, treats them with a friendly approach, and prescribes better life in nesh rejuvenation.
This brief review does not attempt an holistic view of the book. It is rather a short descriptive interpretation and structural overview of the work, and can be taken for subjective reading of the text, since Spiritual conceptualisation varies based on individual revelational and interpretive depth, with only the Scriptures as the sacrosanct template.
This writing therefore considers the Treatment of Topics, and the Treatment of the Thematic Concern in the text Uncool.
The Choice of Topics and Their Treatments answers for the expectation and the reasons for a reader to be willing to gloss liquid on the tip of the finger to tap to the last page of a book. This does not start when the reader had started reading the text, it actually does from the outset – at first encounter with the tittle of a book and few short glance at the table of contents.
To this end, OmoobaJesu’s Uncool finds both topical and sub-topical relevance in the mind of any 21st Century Christian or youth, due to the nearly liberal adjective, placed as the face of the message – that which is not tamed, calm or bridled.
Evidently, OmoobaJesu does both sincere and serious introduction and interpretation of her idea, which emphasises the novel thought that a Christian, despite the consciousness of godliness, can live an expressive life, but on the positive end to glorifying their God. She establishes from the outset, the veracity of such need for Christians to win their world and not the world winning over them, thus being Uncool.
It is about being a doer – disturbing the system,
countering culture, raising the standard, standing for
Jesus, being uncool to the world and making them drop (p. 9)
Such as above is the dauntless Spirit behind the Uncool inspiration of the this book that calls for a world of Christians who are ready to take charge in both audacity and godliness – turning their world over to God like Paul, Peter and Great Patriarchs and Matriarchs of faith that history has known.
Setting out from there, OmoobaJesu picks upon a topic that has gathered virtually the most misconstrued identity in recent Christian discourse. She starts out with the treatment of Grace with such succulent but didactic approach, condemning all tendencies that take Grace for granted in Christianity today, after a pastoral overview of the concept itself, finding her tenets from the How Grace Saved Us – a careful cognitive teaching of the goodness of God’s love, to have sent His Christ to humanity as propitiation for sin – to the understanding of Godly grace as a propellant in the second sub-topic under it – How Grace Propels us – unto new and Godly living – an allusion in summary to 2Tim 2:11 and 2Timothy 2:19, where Grace comes first as a result of God’s Loving Salvation, and as a teacher against ungodliness, and a propellant unto Godly caution respectively.
This beginning part of the book with such great foundational structure and serious opinionating, is brilliantly treated in two simple subtopics and barely six pages. Such that a youthful world of unwilling mind to learn and grow would still have read through in few time, with high tendencies of betterment.
Successfully therefore, the Uncool builds her own narrative by breaking narratives from the outset. Projecting a prospect of a book with treatment of salient matters in a brief but in-depth; Uncool but Spiritual and didactic manner. The observation follows; if this is consistently achieved through the text, or falls and rises at some instances.
Without mincing words, Uncool draws a graph of high intensity, which drops somewhere in the middle and rises to balance in the end. Suggestively, this happens in an attempt to quoting explicit scriptures from the Message Bible, into decking the reader with much instructions than the Spiritually-Systemic how-to go about it, into some commonising of some topics which trail the contemporary day youth – being too much like them that they loose the consciousness of being Uncool as defined from the outset.
Topics such as Hope & Endurance significantly paint an imagery of a burning fire that stands the test of all social and situational condemnation with good prescriptive suggestions on how to stand in such times, though those rationally and biblically supported points are not well taught with the intensity they demand, but with enough Scriptural reverences, which at that, may be equalised to mere textual reading – given such world of untamed youthfulness that the writer addresses.
Such treatment as this is prevalent in the text till we come to the End of the Beginning, where the life painted as a worthy model before God and man, with all tendencies of being Spiritually, Socially, Psychologically and even Emotionally Uncool (Balance, Fit, Cautioned, Bold, Selfless and Godly), must have passed through just more than the page reading of the text, but likewise some Spiritually denying, and drilling phases – which may not be noticed in the book at a scroll-through.
The Treatment of the Thematic Concern of Uncool is such a brilliantly applaudable one, to put briefly. The sustenance of the truth of the scriptures along controversial world of discourses is arguably beyond the normal horizon, but Spiritually clouted OmoobaJesu beyond expectation. She might have subconsciously admitted this in her introduction where she concedes of not being really ready to write this book, but did as compelled by the Holy Spirit.
This is believably Uncool!
One needs to ask why the theme? just as one needs to ask why such Christianity that now persists in the postmodern world today. The salient truth is not in a closet, it is painted on the public face of both the decaying humanity and this Uncool approach to it. Human existential and insistent drive towards self and worldliness is getting used to the church and the so called sons of God. OmoobaJesu quickly strikes a cord of balance on the fact that it is not Godly to compromise in such world, but to be the exact image of the Father – thereby becoming Uncool for the world, with such hearts that fulfill the testimony of angels in Rev. 5: 10, “for they shall reign on earth…” If the Kingdom of this earth shall truly become the Kingdom of our God, then men really need be Uncool for God. Such that they do good even to those who wrong them, and love even those who hate them. How they could have been cool if they only did good for good and likewise, evil for evil.
In a mild way, Omoobajesu’s Uncool beams a Green and Red light in this generation that is far from the will of God, and getting cold in spheres of righteousness. A Green of hope to see a world of desperate Christians for God, youths especially; and a Red of imminent looting of the kingdom of darkness – of tender souls being caged under his deception of flesh, self and worldliness.
Even the heavens cannot wait to see a world that is this Uncool.
Thank you for reading this overview. I know only the real OGs would read this far. There is an Earlybird sale going on for Uncool this weekend (28th to 30th August) so you can hop on that and get a 20% discount; that is, you’ll get to buy the book for 800naira instead of 1k and you’ll also get a free copy of Poems for Bad days; The book.
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