Title: The greatest reality show
Author: Melvin Ikenna Ejiogu
Reviewer: Ozolua Uhakheme
Publishers: Veemost Publishing Service
About four centuries ago, the world’s renowned playwright, William Shakespeare, wrote, among many books, a pastoral comedy As You Like It.
One famous portion in the play is “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players, They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts,” which remains relevant till date.
This portion simply means that this world is like a stage show, and all human beings are merely actors, and take readers on a journey of the complete lifecycle of a human being on earth.
Also, Shakespeare draws readers’ attention toward the drama everyone lives throughout their lives.
He reduces the life of human beings to a performance, or an acting role, which might look ridiculous. Simply, he means that all human beings are players, who play their assigned roles every day.
Melvin Ikenna Ejiogu’s book The Greatest Reality Show, an enthralling account of revelations he had about life and Christianity, shares same insight about man as actor on earth. The 180-page fiction is a lucid prose subdivided into four parts of 19 chapters.
The book depicts an omniscient Producer as lead character, who doubles as director and assigns roles to the dramatis personae.
Ejiogu introduces the reader into the narrative thus “Welcome to the book, The Greatest Reality Show! This reality show has the longest-running series and episodes you can ever imagine.
It has been going on for a very long time. The storylines are simply out of this world, and the setting is the best you would ever see.
The cast consists of all real people, and since it is a reality show, there are no fake actors or actresses. With the cameras hidden and not in the faces of the actors, they play real and unrehearsed parts.”
Like a reality show with a director, the author presents the first stanza of the book as a narration by the God who provides the reader with a clearer view of the creation of the world from a unique and intimate perspective.
It also shows that the creation of the universe was intentional and purposively designed in love for all creation to fit in the reality show called life.
He is not pretentious of the source and strength of the book as he prepares the readers to the spiritual dimension of the reality show.
He says in the introduction that ‘in the reality show, the Director featured His Son in some of the episodes to help us get more clarity and direction.
Those episodes focused more on the life we will leave after the show, bringing now hope and encouragment to us as we play our parts.’
Drawing from his personal experiences and encounters with God, he says He wants you to see that there is a bigger picture to life on earth than meets the naked eye.
Interestingly the book is the first of a trilogy, each features two main sections. In an unconventional way, one section is narrated from the viewpoint of God while the second is narrated by the author and features different stories from the viewpoint of the actors and actresses in the show.
Part One of the book runs from chapter 1 to 7, dwelling on issues such as How heaven began, The creation of earth, The creation of man, The temptation of man, Satan rules man and The law era.
Expectedly, the opening chapter set the tone on the beginning of creation with a dialogue between God and His son, “Now, Son, let us go ahead and bring our first creation into existence, a place we will call heaven.”
But the end of part one reveals the law era of both Moses and Jesus Christ, the significance of Israel’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt and God’s plan for man.
This section which forms the background to the show, is presented in simple first person narration.
“So fear not, my child, for death is only a door that leads you to me,” a confirmation that life on earth is like a stage with entrances and exits.
Parts 2 to 4 dwell on how God unveils the identity of Jesus Christ, why man must worship Jesus, testimony of the Apostles and mysteries of old testament among others.
But, in the author’s narratives, which span Chapters 12 to 19, issues such as tearing down obstacles, the parable of Best employee Phil, the story of Charles and that of Tina, a true life story are related with every detail.
Tina in particular is an example of how many Christians lost the golden opportunities to make heaven.
The author incorporates some parables and human angle stories as narrative devices, which he creatively use to retell popular biblical stories.
He is also integrates some dramatic techniques such as dialogues, scenes, and stage terminologies into the narrative style.
He tells the story from divergent narrative points of view, uniquely intertwining the omniscient, first-person and third-person techniques.
He creatively explores themes such as faithfulness in stewardship, sin and its consequences, demonic manipulations, repentance and deliverance, the sin of apostasy, the unquantifiable love of God, the reality of heaven and hell, warning the reader to ‘be heavenly minded.’
On what prompted him to write the book and the choice of title, Ejiogu says, “people who write a book have something to share.
My experience in life prompted me to write this book. I believe I have something to share that others might learn one or two things from.”
The book, Ejiogu says, is about those ‘who yearn for more knowledge about this incredible life and the God who created it will find great satisfaction in this book.
They are just like I was in that they may find the arcane language of scripture difficult to understand but still want to explore the world of religion and spirituality.
‘So, half of the book is narrated from God’s point of view, and helps the readers see the creation of the world from a unique, intimate perspective that proves our creation was not only intentional, but designed with love and incredible detail.
The second half is narrated by me and showcases a condensed summary of my journey as a 17-year-old boy that came to America by himself, some of the mistakes that I made and how those mistakes were resolved.’
He continues: ‘The book is for those who want to gain more wisdom and understanding of the world around them. No matter your religion or level of spirituality, this book sheds light and inspiration on all those who read it.’
Ejiogu adds: ‘’When you have a relationship with your maker, a lot happens for you. You see, this book presents the idea of life as a reality show, with us men and women being the actors, the stage being the whole earth, and the director being our God.
‘’Anyone who has a relationship with His maker would understand the role they are supposed to play and play it well. When they make a mistake they will be corrected and will continue to remain in His will.
They will end up fulfilling their role on earth perfectly. And what happens when an actors play their part very well? They get an award.
‘’If the devil tells you who you are and you believe him, then you won’t believe who God tells you are. If the devil succeeds in keeping you from knowing and obeying God, you will play the role that the devil inspires you to play, which is completely different from that of God.
And that is why there is ill in the society.’ The Greatest Reality Show, is a must collect book for every reader irrespective of belief and status.