I told Shawn I would try to review Wasabi Gospel in 140 characters, but realized that would be a feat only three pages into the first chapter. A undertaking which could not encapsulate the true breathe and meaning of a book which has more punch than “Punchy” the Hawaiian Punch’s mascot.
Reading Wasabi Gospel I was reminded of a time durning my transition from Broadcast News into Ministry and how it created some strain. Not the bad kind, but it was adversity none-the-less. I firmly believe adversity can make you better or bitter, and I have always chosen the course to better myself. But while reading Chapter Four: Rich People Go Straight to Hell, Do Not Pass Go it spoke directly to my transition and how I reached a positive outcome.
I’m a creative guy. I get tons of ideas, great ideas or at least I think they’re great ideas. Anyway, executing on these ideas have become harder than ever lately; mainly because of time-money-and resources allocated to carry out the task. For the longest time, I looked towards my past employment and unlimited budget to accomplish anything shy of world domination. After entering the church it seemed like I was down graded to a wimpy budget that couldn’t even cover the basic needs for a media department.
Soon after I realized the lack of operational funds I dropped my head, blamed others, and didn’t look at the man in the mirror (Sorry that was begging for Michael Jackson reference). I was the “Lobster Dude.” I was arrogant, totally narcissistic, only thinking of my successes or my previous stature. I wanted to be valued the same way I was valued in Television News. I wanted others to take pity feel bad for me, rather than holding my head up and applying creative thinking to get the tasks done like I use to.
My wife Dana reminded me one day, about what I use to say to prospected employees or new hires. Depending on the position and budget at the time I may or may not have had a lot of money allocated to the position, but one thing I always told them: “Have Hope, Faith, and Believe and everything will workout.” For some that was money others, it was vacation, and others were awards and fame. Dana might as well of hit me with a steel iron pan. I needed to take my own advise I had dished out for years and apply it to GOD.
Wasabi Gospel affirmed that I had taken the right path when it comes to forgiveness and living my life. It was a book I wish I had at the time of my transition into ministry, but believe it is a gift that needed to be worked out through Shawn’s experiences. I highly recommend this book regardless of where you are on your walk. I firmly believe this book Shawn wrote will change the way we live, love, and look at the world.
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