Book Title: Entangled
Author: Kenneth Igiri
Year of Publication: 2017
Size: 218 Pages
Reviewed by: Korkor Sackey
Knowing the Author
I have always regarded my encounter with Mr. Kenneth Igiri as a privilege. I say so because ever since we met for the first time at ICGC-Christ Temple, Children’s Ministry,I have learnt a great deal from his passion and dedication to the work of God.
I thought it interesting to read Kenneth’s second book: Till Death. Till then, I never thought there was anything like a Christian novel, which could be as exciting to read as ever! As if it was an icing on the cake, I got the pleasure to read Ken’s latest: Entangled: A Little too Many. A Little too Close. This piece explores the concepts of sin and forgiveness, sonship and slavery, lust and love. It specifically enlightens readers on the power of the choices we make in life. They surely could enslave or liberate!
The Book in Chapters
As the sub-title suggests, ‘A little too many; A little too close’ – each a dangerous fact, if I may say. Why was Entangled written? In the mind of the author, it is basically to teach his readers to judge themselves first before judging others. In other words, that’s the way to be able to accurately analyse our true strengths and weaknesses and to be honest with ourselves. Now, this book is based on a true story. I kept wondering, whose story? Each time I did, a voice kept reminding me- most of us, if not all! Thus, these are undeniably true experiences wrapped in fourteen exciting chapters.
Chapter One: Who do we call friends? What kind of favours do we do for them and to what extent? Each and every day of our lives, we fight. Fighting to make the right choices, to stand for what we believe in. Sometimes, we let our emotions in, and it leads to many things….
“Can a man take fire to his bosom and his clothes not be burned”? (Proverbs 6:27) These are words or better still quotation that begins the second chapter. It is for all to answer.
Chapters Three and Four bring the realization that the decisions we make have greater consequences than we ever could imagine. We should be able to draw the line with what is lawful and what is helpful. Moreover, how do we define and use the freedom we have?
Chapters Five and Six reveal the reality of life to us. Life, we say, is sometimes unfair. But in truth, it is our actions that make life unfair towards us. Sometimes, as we overly place attention on us only complicate our lives situations. That’s the import of Chapter Five. The next chapter speaks for itself:
“Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down without walls”. (Proverbs 25:28)
Chapters Seven and Eight: As human beings we are truly entangled- with people, places and things. It’s hard to tell how strong or weak our attachments are until we meet reality- where the battle is. This chapter teaches us to always make the right decision no matter how hard.
In Chapter Nine and Ten, the writer makes us aware of the thin line between our Christian personality and our carnal personality. The writer enforces this by quoting Romans 7:21-23,
“I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the war of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.”
We all struggle with our thoughts, with our integrity and with our identity- and we all need help at a point in our lives. We speak of the things we fail to sufficiently cry out about because we are simply reading then and not watching them happen in the graphic detail of real life. Chapter eleven and twelve portray this.
Chapters Thirteen and Fourteen: Forgiveness and Repentance. These two virtues are equally important in the life of any Christian. The writer tried to establish these using biblical characters Adam, Abraham, David and Solomon. According to the writer, “Some of the holiest and most respectable men whose lives were recorded in the inspired Scriptures carried the peculiar burden of the most jaw-dropping sins; dastardly unspeakable acts of profound wickedness.”
Observations & Style of Writing
The general layout and typeset of the book makes it friendly to the reading eye. Even though over 200 paged, the author articulated the chapters of the book beautifully, making reading Entangled fun-filled! He opens each chapter with a bible quotation. My favourite is that of chapter eight:
“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” (Genesis 4:7).
I appreciate Entangled because it’s not just about telling a story. I felt myself within the story, because the issues within are the realities of life especially among the youth. What made it more interesting to read was the additional lines from the Igbo and Twi languages. One could easily feel connected to the story one way or the other. At least, I learnt one Igbo expression – “Nne biko” meaning “Young lady, please”. Another thing I found interesting was the writer trying to define critical terms in his own words. For example, the author had five unique “descriptions” for intimacy. One was:
“Intimacy is an intrusion. At the beginning, it is unpleasant to give in. But when the bombardment becomes unbearable, the walls begin to fall. They crack at first, it hurts yet is thrilling. Why does the trill hurts so much? Because stone walls are crumbling under heavy fire. The women of the city are on rampage. There is chaos in the inward parts. The boundaries are no longer relevant.” Beautiful expressions indeed!
I think Entangled is a solid piece. However, I felt a little lost within the sixth chapter, as I tried to connect Philip’s actions in that chapter to the previous chapters.
Entangled: A little too many. A little too close, makes a significant contribution to the lives of the youth and more especially the unmarried. It teaches that our destiny is in our hands. It cautions us to be aware of the iniquity in us and to make the right choices. Are we ready to cut of our right arm if it causes us to sin? – this is a call to action, most definitely a best time seller. I fully recommend it for all shades of readers, especially the youth!