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The life lessons of Hugh Rowe's 'Joseph's Memoirs'

Joseph's Memoirs by Hugh Rowe
Hugh Rowe

Hugh Rowe is the author of Joseph's Memoirs: Life Lessons for a Successful You, a thoughtful journey through the life of Joseph, son of Rachel and Jacob and great grandson of Abraham. The journey bears witness to the goodness of God all the way back in the garden with Adam and Eve even through today's time.

The memoir is told as if Joseph is narrating. He begins in a place of victory, looking over his life in amazement of how one 17-year old Hebrew boy ended up enslaved, imprisoned and ultimately, through the favor of God, becomes the prime minister of Egypt. The book shows how Joseph acknowledged God along the way and feared the Lord, choosing not to go down the paths of unrighteousness to advance himself or save himself from trouble.

Any Bible scholar already knows about the life of Joseph, but what Rowe does is shows the relevancy of Joseph's life in today's time when it comes to decision-making, networking, having faith and integrity, dreaming, managing time, delegating, executing, and forgiving.It serves as a Godly compass in a time that suffers from economic uncertainty and questionable religious and moral character. Joseph's Memoirs recounts the Godly wisdom taught to Joseph, which was passed down from Abraham to Isaac and to Jacob, his father. Just the simple act of sharing wisdom is something that many parents have left to society to do, however, that is not what God teaches in His word. He tells parents to train up a child in the way he should go. Deuteronomy 6:7 speaks of the commandments God gives saying, "And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."

The chapter titled, "Having a Firm Belief" illustrates how Jacob walked and talked with his children, teaching them the fear of God. No doubt, this reverence of God kept Joseph from engaging in an inappropriate relationship with Potipher's wife, even though the result was going to prison. Nonetheless, when all was said and done, this was just another step in God's plan.

Rowe touches on how the Lord has designed a system that we all have to yield to and go through so the dots connect and God's purpose is accomplished. In the chapter titled, "The System" Joseph says, "If I had been unwilling to go through the process of learning what God wanted me to learn through difficult and painful experiences, I would have been unprepared for the task and I would have failed." That point is so very important for Christians to understand because there will be suffering, trials and tests that occur in every believer's life. When these situations are handled with hope and trust in Christ, the favor of the Lord is sure to follow, even in the lowest of places.

Joseph's Memoirs does take a lot of liberties in its storytelling; however, the Bible does tell us to study to show ourselves approved unto God. So, in other words, you might want to crack open Genesis to get the word-for-word on how the story really went down before sharing these accounts with someone else. This in no way takes away from the book's ability to inspire.

I must admit when Hugh Rowe sent Joseph's Memoirs to me, I sort of cringed in myself when I saw the second part of the title, "Life Lessons for a Successful You." I feared it might be yet another "name it and claim it" or "God's got a blessing with your name on it" kind of book. Too many Christian leaders tell church-goers that they will be blessed without living a yielded an obedient life. That's not, at all, what Rowe has done with Joseph's Memoirs. He has actually lifted up God's word throughout the book and exemplified God's faithfulness and promises to his obedient and yielded children. He also shows how Joseph's personal yielded relationship exalted him and gave him favor as a slave, as a prisoner, and finally as the prime minister of Egypt. After all, as the word of God says in Psalms 75:6-7 "For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: He putteth down one, and setteth up another."


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