Where There Is a Will: God Does Not Have Favourites


Where There Is a Will: God Does Not Have Favourites

by Venansio Ahabwe

(1 customer review)


About the author
Venansio Ahabwe is an African writer who set out as a teacher of language and literature and a columnist in newspapers and magazines in East Africa. His other books include Globalisation and the Mother Tongue in Uganda (2011) and To Hell with Male Prostitutes and Other Stories (2015). Where There Is a Will is the latest in the growing list of publications by this author. He is a seasoned communications expert who has also worked as a child rights advocate and supported various USAID-funded projects, including the famous Communication for Healthy Communities Program, implemented by FHI360 in Uganda.

About the book
Everything is possible if one is determined. Scripture is rich with characters who were handicapped in severe ways but who still managed to register terrific success after they defied all odds ranged against them. Abraham was too old, Moses was only a shepherd, David was both young and untested in the art of war, Job was experienced physical and economic disasters, Zacchaeus was too short, and many more. Yet they all were able to attain enviable reputations. This book therefore shows that nothing is impossible for one who believes.

Additional information

Author's Name

Venansio Ahabwe

Publication Date

October 9, 2019



1 review for Where There Is a Will: God Does Not Have Favourites

  1. Fortunate R. Akanyihayo

    ‘Where There Is A Will’ is an inspirational book, perhaps the most powerful I have read. In a captivating way, the author blends traditional African values, biblical teachings and modern trends without compromising either! Reading his pleasant narration of personal experiences and interactions in a traditional family setting, one momentarily forgets they are reading a self-help book. Along with beautiful narrations and scriptural quotations, the writer has enriched the book with proverbs and citations from great writers around the world. The key message in the book is that success is possible for any person in any circumstances.
    Sebo, the main character, had a typical village background and never went to school. Yet he is able to rise above the local conditions to became the envy of everyone in the neighbourhood. He sees White Fathers (priests) and admires them for they have almost everything that is missing in the community: shoes, cars, garments, brick houses. On the other side, fellow villagers wear backcloth or scanty pieces of cloth and walk bare-footed all the time. Sebo is determined to achieve what the whites have, so he works hard, keeps focused succeeds. He owns a car and a beautiful house in his village. His wife, Nyabo, is uneducated but she does not slip into self-pity. She would not lament about her circumstances. Instead, she makes fun of her illiteracy and uses her God-given cleverness to solve complicated matters, including applying a kitchen knife to carry out a surgery on her dying son. She belongs to the ranks of ‘village consultants’ who could forecast seasons and helped pregnant mothers to deliver babies without the benefit of modern medicine. In the end, she dies fulfilled woman. Today, it is ironical that ‘a modern woman’ easily weeps when she faces small modern trials. There is absolutely no excuse for failure!
    Many Bible characters like David, Moses, Joseph and Zacchaeus were disadvantaged but they registered tremendous success. For example, Zaccheus who was a sinner and the shortest man in Jericho, managed to host Jesus at his home – because he creatively resolved his challenge by climbing a tree. The writer asserts that whoever wants to reach the pinnacle of success must be ready to go an extra mile, be a risk taker, think positively, ignore criticisms and become flexible, especially to conform to the changes that come along with climbing the success ladder. However, in a story of his own encounter with conmen, the writer cautions that flexibility does not mean careless submissiveness. It means tactful innovation.
    In the final chapter, the writer asserts that to pray is to invoke one’s internal divinity to attain success because prayer strengthens a person and links him to God because His omnipotence resides in every person. This is a book you cannot put down once you start reading it. Irrespective of who you are, or what success means to you, this book is a must read.

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