The Real African|| By Dumani Mandela
Og Mandino writes a captivating story about a man on the search for his personal path and a chance meeting.
The book opens with Og Mandino unable to get into his parking and an old man Simon who is feeding birds in the dead of winter to get into his parking assists him. The relationship with Og and Simon quickly escalates to one of deep friendship and affinity.
Over a year Og Mandino and Simon share some of life’s greater lessons about meaning and living a life of personal success and purpose. At the face of it, Og Mandino is a man who has all the success that one would wish for. He is a successful author and also runs a publishing house.
He meets the old man Simon seemingly by chance but as the book progresses one comes to see that their meeting was rather the beginning of some universal revelations for both Og and the old man Simon.
The book culminates in what Simon who is Og’s teacher in the year refers to as The God Memorandum. The God Memorandum covers four main areas that we as human beings should focus on if we want to achieve personal success which are:
- Count your blessings
- Proclaim your rarity
- Go another mile
- Use wisely your power of choice
The main thrust of the book is that a lot of us human beings are amongst the living dead. We are alive but we are dead inside and we are looking for meaning whilst telling ourselves negative stories about ourselves mixed with a lot of destructive thoughts and destructive behaviours. The book also looks at how man has diminished their relationship to God over the centuries and no longer feels that he is deserving of true happiness.
The book also looks at how man has diminished their relationship to God over the centuries and no longer feels that he is deserving of true happiness. The God Memorandum is then an essay that is recommended by the author for daily repetitive reading over a hundred day period in order to increase our proximity to a universal God and to also at the same time reinforce positive mental constructs in our psyche through repetition.
If one has read my previous review on Minimalism by Sasaki I would recommend this book as it reinforces some of the ideas about life change through simple acts. This book comes highly recommended from the Raw Book review series. Its prose is simple yet profound and will bring about much needed personal and spiritual introspection for any reader.