Title: Light your candle
Author: Taziva Mapango
Publisher: Media Essentials (2018)
It is essential that an individual seeks to discover a means by which he can illuminate his own path in life.
Between the lines: Beniah Munengwa
The gospel of success has been a central thematic concern of many contemporary writers.
Taziva Mapango’s latest post, Light Your Candle, fits this mold as it encourages the reader to realize their full potential in life.
Lighting your candle lays the foundation for individuals to find a clear path to creating a future based on Christian ethics. At first glance, Mapango’s dream is to push the reader onto a new trajectory of growth and development.
This type of education can be achieved by several means, but the author suggests that “reasoning with God is different from reasoning with men”.
It therefore presents itself as a book that has the capacity to extend across the lines of believers and readers who prefer to follow the path of personal development.
Mapango maintains that “without God’s powerful mega-generator, the sun, to light up our world, it would be dark all around”. It creates the feeling that although a man has the capacity to develop himself, it is only through God’s plans that his destiny is fulfilled.
Will Durant, quoted by the author, explains education as “the gradual discovery of your own ignorance” and the process of working towards its erasure.
The process of lighting one’s candle is cited as an important process which, if not followed, leads to life imprisonment of oneself.
The first chapter, titled The Origin and Nature of Things, focuses on the spiritual construction of nature, laying the groundwork for the need for light in the context of both the world and the self.
The second chapter, Break Through the Mind, on the other hand, intends to build the formula for breaking down the barriers that hinder the process of having a full view of life’s opportunities. Items like sin, unbelief, and lack of faith are primarily highlighted by this section. Chapters 3 and 4, titled Word Power and Faith respectively, conclude the book.
In the church age, where deliverance associated with expelling demons has become the norm, however, Mapango suggests that “complete deliverance is mental” rather than spiritual, so it is better to focus on “building and the maintenance of ‘mental foci’ that are lodged in the inner self.
The author’s efforts take place in a context where most people are full of material goods that appeal to the outside world, while on the contrary, their personal lives are collapsing, confronted with a multitude of problems.
Mapango points out that marital problems, internal conflicts and budget constraints interfere with the possibilities of finding peace in one’s heart. He then emphasizes and suggests the importance for people of receiving Christ into their hearts.
He maintains that words must be chosen well because they determine our destiny. James 1:26 is quoted in the self-help guide: “Our words can trick our mind into believing that what we say is what we want. ”
Therefore, one should aim for the refinement of the words they speak and hear, so that their mouths and ears become reservoirs of what nourishes their hearts and dreams.
However, the fluidity of what is written and the way it is written leaves a lot to be desired, far short of the number of mentions it is given.
Mapango’s offering is competent as even the mentions show. He’s not a new voice, however, having written his first post a few years ago titled This One Thing I Do.
Beniah Munengwa writes in a personal capacity. He can be contacted on [email protected]