A book review by Kristiane Weeks-Rogers
What Do You Have? The Secret of Experiencing Exponential Growth and Productivity by Dr. Eric Tangumonkem is a spiritual-based self-help book which touches every area of life we can reassess and access to provide possibilities and a complete plan for a better state of wellness. This book is unique from other self-help books due to the lens of biblical and personal stories which provide context for the heavier subjects.
I really enjoy reading Dr. Tangumonkem’s books, overall, for two reasons: first, the content is full of positivity and authenticity. He really wants to help people, and it’s evident in each chapter of each book. The stories he shares are personal and open, the books are full of transparency, which I really appreciate as a reader. Second, style-wise, Dr. Tangumonkem formats books like academic papers. Let me explain further: academic papers begin with definitions and order of progressions. We are always told what is coming next, as well as reviews what we just read. This kind of format and topic organization makes the big inner ideas, which are sometimes difficult to grasp and hold onto continuously, easy to recall, which I appreciate. There is also a clearly stated thesis, which is repeated throughout the book. You never forget the topics, or the main goal of the book. The goal of this book is to gain and understand personal success through the lens of what you already have in your life by answering the question “What Do I Have?”
I apologize for getting academic for a moment, it is simply an enjoyable way to digest heady information. I don’t by any means intend to discourage any group of people away from this book and the message. This is a book for all people, no matter what level of success you currently identify with. This book is also for an audience of those who “have been reconciled with God and have a relationship with Him” (110). Chapter Four provides ample space for reconciliation, as well.
If you are not spiritual through religious means, I would still give this book a go. This book addresses the flaws and negative aspects of being “religious” which can be appreciated by those who do not follow any guiding book. What can be taken comes plentiful beyond the spiritual contexts, but even in the literature of the Bible we can learn to possess compassion and a giving attitude. I felt joy and gained knowledge from Tangumonkem’s use of biblical evidence to support something not entirely religious, faith as a view of our sixth sense, our mind’s eye;
“The ability to see things with the mind’s eyes before these things become physical is called faith. While many people think that faith means a blind leap and trust without evidence or substance, their definition of faith is distorted; it is not faith itself. Faith is an integral part of human life, and we use it all the time.”
All subjects are not based on Bible verses or Dr. Tangumonkem’s experience with moving to the United States. This book is also more encompassing than other self-help books as “many of these theories and explanations fail to factor in what people already have. Most proposed solutions are focused on the externals, but here, we will be focusing on what you already have.” From evaluating past experiences to current knowledge, Dr. Tangumonkem begins to help us all see the complete stories we have ourselves and can draw from to move forward with our lives. This drawing of the past and reflection positions this book in a way where aspects can be addressed which appear as blocks to success, such as time, faith, the illusion of complaining benefits, making excuses (getting in the way of your progression), helplessness, personal paradigms, money, and much more. From reflection and evaluation of what we have had and what we currently have, we can come to Dr. Tangumonkem’s conclusion that “There are always solutions.”
After finishing the book, I find myself thinking about or going back to the sections on not complaining, as well as the section on marriage help, especially the tip, “if the wife would just remind them and state clearly what they want, married life would be much easier” (90). I am working every day on asking for help, not nagging, with grace. Recently, I felt annoyed and pressured from work. However, after the initial feelings of anger and irritation passed, I remembered the message I read from this book, of being like a diamond has also stuck with me. Not just to shine bright and be a beacon of light, but to also rejoice when pressure is applied, as this is the only way we can become diamond. I am becoming the most stunning diamond I can be through the hardships and applied pressures of my life.
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