Category: Book Reviews

Book Review: Angel’s Journey

Review by Jenny Young

“Everybody deserves true love.” These are the sentiments expressed by Angel in Angel’s Journey, the second of the Angel Trilogy by Gillian van der Walt, published by Gill van der Walt. Aptly titled, the book is exactly that:- a journey. It starts with Angel and Doug’s first anniversary. Doug, a recovering alcoholic, is in his final year as a law student at the Varsity where Angel is studying child psychology. The book walks us through the various highlights and low points of Angel’s life. Her best friends, Crystal and Faith, as well as Doug’s best friend, Craig, ably support them through the journey.
Low points include the relationship between Doug and his alcoholic father. Luckily with a few well-chosen words from Angel and Faith, and the shock of Angel’s miscarriage of his first grandchild, John reforms and eventually becomes a tower of support and asks Faith, who is a widow with an eight year old daughter, to marry him. Read More

Book Review: Dragons and Dirt

Review by Corinne Andrews

This is a ‘must read’ book for everyone, although perhaps aimed more at women. It gives the truth about changing the world and tells us of the courage that requires. Like Nehemiah rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, she says, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down” (Nehemiah 6:3 NASB).
Dalene says that if we want to make a difference in this broken world, we should expect opposition, so our long records of old wrongs and our brand new fears all come under the hammer.
But, what if we are called to be here for such a time as this and we need to change, mould, challenge and fight back the darkness from our own corner of the kingdom? Most world changers are so ordinary that we wouldn’t give them a second glance in the check-out line. Read More

Book Review: Discipling in my Marketplace

This is the first in a series of reviews of books written by local writers. We have a wealth of talented South African writers and RUC’s WriteOn! Group will be highlighting just a few of their books over the next few months.

Review by Cheryl-Lyn Selman

It has been one of the great tragedies of the last two decades to witness the church largely turn silent on the subject of ministry in the marketplace. We’ve been in the ‘Great Regression’, going back to thinking about ministry as too time consuming in our frenzied world as we climb the corporate ladder, get married, start a family, study further, acquire assets. Too politically incorrect and best left to the private sphere, appropriate for church settings and Sundays. Too demanding when full-time ministry is the preserve of those with a seemingly higher calling as church workers and pastors, missionaries and evangelists. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Dr. Oliobi sketches with solid biblical reference how God has called and gifted by far the overwhelming majority of His body, to serve in the marketplace. How ministry and the rest of our lives were never intended to be separated, what ministry actually is and how we can start to live one unified life in service of God no matter what we’re doing and what day of the week it is. Dr Oliobi calls Christians to leave their ‘froggish’ ways behind, those ways of staying put. Comfortable. Numb. Waiting for a great big chance to glorify God to come within an inch, and instead become marketplace ministers who take up the ways of the lizard. Lizards don’t sit still for very long. They’re found in stock exchanges, boardrooms and palaces, in warehouses, hospitals and in retail stores, places of lavish luxury and places that are cold, wet, and dark. The marketplace minister that thinks and moves like the lizard is one who lives with integrity and reaches out in kindness, deals ethically no matter the cost and grows to lead, serves out of love and earns the right to share the gospel. One who learns, understands the times we’re living in – the great issues of our day, focuses and becomes very effective, skilled at their work, and so serves before kings. Read More

Encounters – A new devotional by Joan Campbell

Joan Campbell has been associated with the Rosebank Union Write On! group for several years, assisting with the organization of events and counselling other aspiring writers. Now she has published her own book, entitled ‘Encounters – Life Changing Moments with Jesus’. ‘It was something I did for myself, really,’ she explained at the launch she Read More