Book Review: Harvesting in Famine; How to Prosper During Tough Times by Paul Karanja


A very good book from one of my friends called Paul Karanja. I decided to read one of the Kenyan authors since I have mostly been reading foreign authors. The book was quite small and I read it in two days. The book was concerned with overcoming and prospering during famine or in difficult circumstances. It was based on the biblical story of Isaac who was said to have planted during famine and he surprisingly harvested a hundred fold until his neighbors were envious of him. This book is relevant especially during this tough time of Covid-19 that has heightened restrictions on movement and made the business environment tough for many people. It shows you that you can prosper even this difficult and tough moments in the same manner that Isaac prospered during times of famine.

It highlights the principles that guide harvesting and prospering during tough times from a spiritual and physical standpoint that can resonate with everyone undergoing tough times. One of the critical things that I learned about is the principles of harvesting. These principles are:

  1. You reap what you sow. Seems obvious but many people still miss out the connection between planting and harvesting. You always reap what you have sown, so harvesting is preceded by planting. Planting has to be a deliberate action, well thought and planned.   
  2. You reap in proportion to what you sow. Size and effort matters. Law of proportion matters. If you plant in small quantity you have to reap in small quantity.
  3. You reap in a different season from the one you sowed. You don’t get instant harvest, you got to be patient for your harvest.
  4. You reap more than you sow. Reaping implies multiplication of your seeds. the multiplication can either be fivefold, tenfold, thirty fold or hundredfold. Reaping involved multiplication of your seeds. 
  5. Harvesting is work. When the harvest is ready you have to be ready and prepared to harvest. You need to have good storage facilities, labourers and be prepared to work a little bit more during harvest time. Harvest time is not relaxation time. Otherwise the harvest due to you will be destroyed or waste away.
  6. Different seeds require different harvesting tools. Use the right equipment to harvest. Apples would need a different harvesting tool from wheat and similarly all manner of harvesting is product specific. Learn the about the tools needed to harvest.
  7. God is the LORD of harvest. Thank Him for the harvest. Always appreciate and show gratitude for what you have.  The in-depth understanding about God being the Lord of harvest entails listening to God. This can be done by: having a healthy fellowship with God which entails having a routine of setting aside time for God. It can also be done by attracting the presence of God and hearing the voice of God through meditation.

In a nutshell, this is a relevant book that applies to our present reality of living through tough times. In such times people desist from planting and engaging in risky acts yet too much caution depletes faith and faith based actions. The book can spur and reinvigorate your faith in God and help you manifest this faith in action.

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Published by Samuel Ng'ang'a Mwangi

One day I had too much to tell but there was no one to tell the story. I had to write articles, print them and then give them out to anyone who cared to read. Author of "So You Want To Get Into Courtship?" A Guide To Purposeful Christian Courtship. I write and rewrite on my blog www.mwelisa.com.

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