Welcome to another day in the ‘blogafest’ for Sista Power. Today I
have the review from my sista of the heart; Audrey Joe-Ezigbo. Please
see her blog here: http://uniquely-woman.blogspot.com. As I have been
reading all the reviews that have come in, I cannot help but say that
even for me the PURPOSE of the book Sista Power is becoming clearer and
now I am praying that it will fulfill destiny. I actually saw Audrey’s
copy of Sista Power and all the markings and shadings are any authors
joy. Thanks Sis. Please note that this post is longer than usual but that is
Audrey’s signature and it all makes sense. Enjoy and thanks for reading
to the end.
SISTA POWER: MY REVIEW – AUDREY JOE-EZIGBO
Unputdownable! I first came across this word (if one can call it
that) about 20years ago. It stuck in my mind and has been the one word
that describes each great book I have been blessed to read. Sista Power
is a great book, truly unputdownable ! It literally held me spell-bound
for a couple of hours as I read it from start to finish. A powerful
message! Very real! Sista Power reads like a guided tour through to the
realization of one’s innate potentials and resources, and towards the
fulfillment of God’s design for one’s life.
Two days later, I started and again read the book all over, only more
slowly this time. I simply had to! I can honestly say that Sista Power
is one out of a very small number of books that have commanded my
attention enough as to merit more than one read. My proverbial green pen
marked, circled, and underlined! Every section was weighty, nothing
trivial. So much I readily related with; principles that not only make
sense, but which with proper introspection are easy to apply and will
clearly bring about an acceleration of destiny and purpose. I loved the
fact that the language used was personal; an honest, no-holds-barred
conversation between the author and myself.
I am a lover of women, a believer in the power of working together.
Since I first heard Bidemi share what the Lord ministered to her on
collaboration a few years ago however, the word ‘midwife’ took on a new
meaning in my life. I have been blessed to have Bidemi and some other
lovely ladies as my midwives. I have understood more in the past few
years than ever before, the power that lies in women that put all else
aside and choose to move forward as a collective, holding each other
accountable to build up themselves, their families and the world around
That said, Sista Power caused me to take a good hard look at other areas
of my life, other relationships and experiences I have had over the
years. I have had to give a million more thanks to God for the midwives
He sent my way but whom I didn’t realize at that point were part of
shaping my destiny for the season.
Many things struck me very deeply in the book Sista Power. If I
really had to review it as extensively as I would wish, I would probably
be reproducing the entire book. It was that potent. But here as a few
of the things that really stood out for me:
‘Your pulpit is where you are!’ This is a clear call to action;
a reminder that time is running out and I must be about my Father’s
business. I am called to midwife others, even as the Lord sends midwives
my way. ‘There will never be a convenient time for the work that God
has called me to do’. Right where I am, I must ‘make myself available
and stretch myself for the Kingdom’. ‘Life is not going to wait and
midwives are constantly on the move’. People are in my life for a season
and in that time, I must deposit as much as I can into those I am
called to midwife; while submitting myself to learn and grow from those
whose assignment is to midwife me. I may only have ‘a few minutes to
make impact (as a midwife) and after that the opportunity will be gone’.
To be able to ‘recognize the timing and be adequately prepared to walk
in it’, I as a midwife must ‘be in tune with the Holy Spirit and with
God all the way’. So true! ‘The Masters business requires haste’. Sista Power
reiterates this often and it resonates deep within me. I cannot afford
to miss my moments. My God is a God of accountability. I must be
constantly conscious of the things that He requires of me and be ready
to deliver on them. I may not need more than a few minutes to make the
impact that I am called to make and after that the opportunity will be
gone. My mandate is to die empty of everything that the Lord has put in
me with which to bless the earth, to bless His children. I must use
those few minutes well.
‘God thrives on collaborations’ and ‘Sista Power is about the common good!’.
There is a reminder that collaboration is not about recognition, for I
have a God Who sees all things and is able to reward my silent labors.
Sista Power is a reminder to take my identity in God who is the only One
that completes and fulfills me.
‘What the world needs can only be found in God and not in a particular individual or groups of persons’.
There is a clear call for me to stay in my strength zone, to remain
true to who I am at my core. ‘Any collaboration requiring you to
reinvent yourself to fit into it is definitely not meant for you’. I
need to know who I really and truly am, to believe in myself completely
in order to effectively midwife others to become all that God has called
them to be. This confidence in self is critical because ‘sometimes our
collaborations may look like they are insignificant’. I must be a
difference-maker, a value addition, even in my smallest of endeavors.
The agenda is of God and not of self! The building up is for the
collective and not for self.
Sista Power defines collaboration in a way that speaks deep to the
root of what I truly believe the world needs today: ‘Collaboration is
therefore a coming together of two or more people to further the purpose
of God for their lives. The agreement is therefore between you, your
collaborator and God Who honors covenants and agreements’. Sista Power
reminds each of us that ‘God is pushing the original plan… He wants men
and women who understand that it is not about them, it is about the
Kingdom of God’.
The core message of Sista Power from my perspective is aptly summed up as: ‘Change is the objective, Kingdom is the goal, altering the status quo is the method’. The
big question then follows: ‘Who will you join to push God’s agenda?’
This is where I leave it. I pray this great book will minister to every
reader as it has to me. I pray the Lord will help each reader discover
the power of collaborations in their lives.