UP CLOSE WITH ADEBOLA AJAYI

Hey guys! Its been way too long. I know and I apologize. I had an interview with someone really amazing and I thought it nice to share our conversation. Read, Enjoy and Share.

Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself.

A: My name is Adebola Ajayi, or PD, as I am fondly called. Currently, I’m in my final year in the University of Lagos studying Economics. Born into a family of five, parents inclusive, I am 22 years old and currently not married (laughter), well not yet anyway. Hmm, what else can I say? Well, I’m a speaker by nature and by job description. I enjoy the company of my bible, prayer, a good book and an intelligent conversation.

Q: I hear you have written a book. Tell me about it.

A: YES, I have. The title is DeeperThanYouThink; AGuideToStudyingTheBible. It is designed to do three major things. First of all; it is designed to help you become familiar with the bible as a whole. Having been a pastor for a few years, I have come to realise that a major challenge people have with studying God’s word is a lack of familiarity with it. This makes it seem complicated, thus discouraging them from venturing into the depths of it, especially the writings of the prophets which I jokingly call the ‘sacred volumes’ because of the way people erroneously treat them. So this book helps you overcome such discouragement. Secondly, it is designed to give you an in-depth knowledge of certain portions of the bible. This it does by providing you with a summary of each book of the bible, among other insights. And thirdly, the book is designed to give you a detailed approach to building a substantial bible-study life, complete with the relevant tools to use in that pursuit.

Q: What propelled you to
become a writer?

A: Well, I have always been an
avid reader, even as a child. God bless my mother for she took the time to cultivate the reading culture in me. She used to call me a voracious reader from a very young age due to the volume of materials I couldread through in a short period of time. So the seeds of writing were planted in me. Before this book, I had written one or two things; write ups for bulletins, magazines and things like that. For this particular book, I believe two things propelled me. Firstly, I was led by God’s Holy Spirit and the need I saw all around me – and and beyond – for this topic. Secondly, the focus of my ministry is to get people back to the word by creating an interest in them to get into it. I have had people ask me over and again how to study the bible. So that also spurred me on to get this book out. After receiving the instruction in my spirit, I felt such a compulsion within me to get it done quickly, like one working against a stopwatch.

Q: What kind of books do you read?

A: Well genres like fiction, especially suspense, attracted me over the years, but now I spend my time reading majorly Christian books, especially books that teach me more about the bible and how to walk successfully as a Christian. I also read business books and biographies.

Q: What is the first book you ever liked and why did you like it?

A: The first book I vividly remember reading (there might have been a few before) which struck an everlasting chord in me was TheLeftBehindSeriesForKids. For the first time, I felt like I had come across a book I could relate towhich taught me about the end times and the bible in such an exciting manner. It was really an exciting read for me.

Q: Growing up, which book made the most impact on you and why?

A: Growing up, this book I just mentioned, The Left Behind Series, had a great impact on me for the reasons I mentioned. Also, books by the author John Grisham had their own impact. His style of imputing knowledge about the law into exciting and enigmatic story lines was captivating. For the first time, I learnt about a subject like that in a comfortable, captivating and exciting manner.

Q: Is there a book you wish you had written and why?

A: Hmm, I wish I had actually written a book which I call Operations Of The Spirit first. It has been burning and brewing in my mind for a while now, because after years of interacting with Christians, I have sensed a void in this area; the practical knowledge of operating the Spirit and getting results therein. If we are going to maximise our God-given roles and destinies on this earth, we will need adequate knowledge of this topic. So watch out for that one, it’s my next book and it’s coming soon.

Q: What makes you different?

A: Simple. Discovering my unique role in God’s agenda for the universe and walking in it.

Q: If you were stuck in a desert, which 3 books would you want to have with you?

A: Ah! Stuck in a desert ke? God forbid! (laughter) Just joking. Well I would definitely want my bible, a book on how to study my bible and a novel I can read over and again.

Q: If you could change the world, what would you start with?

A: Well, I will give the traditional answer because it is true; I would start with myself. This is truly the first place to start; building and developing myself till I get to a place where I can make a huge difference. As I like to say, a man who has been touched by God can indeed touch and change the world.

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