If there is one problem that affects many people in Nigeria and beyond today, it is the lack of money. This is caused by the lack of knowledge of where and how to get it. Therefore, the publication of this text titled “Where the money hides”, written by Reverend Elekima Ekine, Resident Pastor of Christ Chapel International Churches, Ashi, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, is timely. Ekine is an authority on the application of Biblical principles to financial management.
He says that without money, destinies will remain unfulfilled. This author affirms that until you overcome the commitment of money, you will not be released to the fullness that God has for you. Ekine says that we all need money to be relevant and have a significant impact in life, hence the need to talk about money. He reveals that people have different perspectives on sources of money and how to attract wealth.
Therefore, Ekin quotes Isaiah 45:3 thus: “…And I will give you the treasures of darkness, and the hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD, who call you by name, I am the God of Israel.” This author claims that this implies that money is hidden in secret and unexpected places and therefore the purpose of this book is to help you find out where money is hidden using practical applications.
Regarding the structure, this text is segmented into 11 chapters. Chapter one is titled “Money is hidden in relationships.” In Ekine’s words here, “The first clue to where the money is hiding is our definition: a neutral instrument of exchange agreed to by two people. I want you to take note of the phrase, ‘agreed to by two people.’ When you start talking about agreement between two or more people, you are talking about relationship”.
He quotes this Chinese proverb to further his point: “If you want a year of prosperity, grow grain; if you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees; but if you want a hundred years of prosperity, then grow people.” This author adds that the amount of money you have at your fingertips is not defined by what is in your bank account but by the network of relationships you have built. He predicates this statement on the fact that if you need money but lack the network of relationships that can help you get it, you may not be able to meet your financial needs.
Chapter two is based on the theme of money hidden in needs, problems and desires. Here, this author says that money is hidden in people because where people are, there are needs, problems and desires. He extends that where there are needs, problems and desires, opportunities to earn money are not lacking since money comes when you can find solutions to the problems identified. Ekine reports that today we have a telephone because the idea for it came from a man who wanted to provide a solution to the needs of his sister who had a hearing problem. Man made something like a hearing aid and it eventually evolved into the phone we have today. This author differentiates between problems and needs of people. According to him, “for example, someone’s toothache is the opportunity for the dentist to find money. That is not a need, but a problem. All you need to do is identify the problems around you, find solutions and let people know you have the answer.” to their problems.”
Educates that the next thing to problems and needs is desire. Ekine states that wants are not necessarily needs and may or may not be problems. This author says: “For example, to travel by plane, you don’t have to go first class, so going first class is a desire to make a statement. Therefore, people pay more for their wishes. In other words, there is more money in responding to people’s wants than in meeting needs… If you want to find more money than you have been making to meet people’s needs and solve their problems, then start responding to the desires of the people.”
Chapter three is baptized as “Money are ideas.” Here, Ekine educates that in order to place money in people’s problems, needs and desires, ideas are needed. Ideas, according to this author, turn problems, needs and desires into opportunities to make money. “That is why it is said that people with ideas rule the world… Money lives in ideas”, explains this author.
In chapters four through seven, Ekine analytically discusses concepts such as money hidden in vision; money is hidden at work; money is hidden in skills and money is hidden in waste.
Chapter eight focuses on the issue of money hidden in time. Ekine says that money is hidden in time and that the amount of time you locate in time depends on the amount of time under your control. He teaches that whoever controls your time controls how much money you earn.
In chapters nine through 11, Ekine shines his intellectual spotlight on the concepts of money hidden in his seed, money hidden in his employees, and money hidden in God.
Stylistically, this text is on the top rung of the ladder. For example, the language is simple and the presentation of the subject very didactic. These are expected, given the author’s experience as a pastor who knows the importance of simplicity of language and detailed illustrations for effective communication and understanding. Ekine generously employs Biblical allusions for conceptual reinforcement and to lend credibility to his overall theme. This author deliberately repeats the main clause “The money is hidden”, in all 11 chapters, as a constant reminder of the responses to the suspense and anticipation created by the book’s title.
In addition, the title of the text evokes an image and personifies money as if it were a human being that could hide. The text cover design exudes great aesthetic appeal and the (interior) design is very easy on the eye. Ekine employs graphic embroidery to visually reinforce readers’ comprehension. Include the Golden Nuggets section at the end of each chapter to offer readers important points. It is said in textual criticism that there is no book that is perfect. This text is no exception either. On page xiv, “…different perspective” is used instead of “…different perspectives”. Another minor punctuation error is “…people’s problems” (page 43), instead of people’s problems.”
Generally, this work of high intellectual creativity is a rare reservoir of financial knowledge, as it conveys the interface between Biblical principles and financial education. It is a must read and the advice should be applied to anyone prepared to break free from the chains of financial scarcity. it’s revealing