God In Africa – 90 Days in the Land of Majesty and Mystery

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About God in Africa

How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

Psalms 104:24

There is nowhere quite like Africa

“Africa is more a feeling than anything else. Once you’ve gone—and you get the feeling—you understand . . . In short, it’s a life-changing place to visit. It changes you, for the better[1]

From its immense grasslands to its modern cities teeming with people, Africa is a continent of extremes. With its breathtaking landscapes of mountains and valleys, deserts and forests, mighty seas, beautiful beaches, and dense jungles, it is truly a magical and exciting land. And God is in this land.

More about God in Africa

In this book, I will show you a little of how much God is IN Africa. He is evident in the life of the colossal elephant, the upside down tree of the Kalahari, and the tiny chameleon clinging to a branch of a thorn tree in the desert, and so much more.


 

During the pages of this book, I will give you glimpses of this land which I call home. You will see God at work in this continent of majesty and beauty, and how the many topics can relate to you and your relationship with God.

What is the purpose of God in Africa?

It is my hope that over the next ninety days, as we bounce around the continent, you will learn about Africa: the countries, the people, and some of the amazing creatures and facts of this vast and fascinating land. I trust that you will see God’s hand in each of the scenarios.

God is evident in the life of the colossal elephant, the upside-down tree of the Kalahari, and the tiny chameleon clinging to a branch of a thorn tree in the desert.

God is evident in the life of the colossal elephant, the upside-down tree of the Kalahari, and the tiny chameleon clinging to a branch of a thorn tree in the desert. Click To Tweet

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Interview with Shirley Corder at the Africa Book Safari

Shirley Corder is interviewed by the Safari Guide at the commencement of the Africa Book Safari. Don't miss this! Click To Tweet

Shirley on the Africa Book Safari

During the month of October, a group of Christian authors who either live in Africa or are rooted in this amazing continent, are teaming up for an exciting adventure. Read all about it here. Click To Tweet

Shirley: We’re going on an Africa Book Safari! Together, we will discover some of the rich, diverse colors and nuances of Africa through stories, devotions, and memoirs, all set in Africa. What’s more, because we are writers, we would like to invite you all to come along with us!

For free!

Meet our Safari Guide

Shirley: We will be traveling together in a blog hop through a number of blog posts featuring fiction and non-fiction books, all centered in Africa. Our Safari Guide will be interviewing each of us, and we invite you to listen in as we chat about ourselves and our books.  You will find the interviews on the author’s own sites, and we will post links to one another’s interviews.

Shirley Corder writing

So come along and join in the fun! And here comes our guide who will be taking us on our safari.

Safari Guide: Hi! I believe you are Shirley Corder, is that correct?

Shirley: It sure is. And you, I presume, are going to be our Tour Leader for this great time. What should we call you?

Safari Guide: You can call me Mr. Africa!

Are you all comfortable? Please buckle up your seat-belts. Starting today, I plan to show you all different angles to this continent.

Shirley up front in the landrover

Shirley, it’s your turn to sit up front with me. Everyone, let’s go discover Africa!

As our large safari landrover moves away from the buildings and
heads into the wilds of Africa, Mr. Africa swings in his seat to face me.

Africa Book Safari - Shirley Corder

 

About Shirley

Safari Guide / Mr. Africa: So, Shirley, tell me a bit about yourself. Have you always lived in Africa?

Shirley: No, I was born in Scotland, then when I was four-years-old, I moved with my parents to Rhodesia, now known as Zimbabwe. That was my first taste of Africa. When I reached my late teens, I traveled to Cape Town, in South Africa, where I met the young man who later became my husband. So I’ve lived most of my life on the continent.

Mr. Africa: And what family do you have?

Shirley: I have an adult daughter and two sons, plus two lovely daughters and a son-in-law. I also have six grandchildren, two per couple. They were all born in Africa, although several of them now live out of the country.

Mr. Africa: Shirley, did you always want to be a writer? Or what prompted you to start writing?

Shirley: No, I never intended to write professionally. I always wanted to be a nurse, a dream which was fulfilled when I went to study nursing at the age of 18 in Cape Town. However, I was very involved in the church, and whenever they needed a play, I wrote one. It didn’t strike me as anything unusual. It’s just what I did!

In 1997, I was struck down with aggressive cancer, and during that time, I received a clear call from God to write for Him. That was the start of my writing career.

Type of writing

Mr. Africa: What genre do you write in, and why?

Shirley: I have written seven novels, just for fun, but then I knew the Lord wanted me to write specifically about His Word and what He was doing in and around my life. So I now write Inspirational Non-fiction.

Mr. Africa: What book are you going to be sharing with us during this safari? Tell us a little about it. What inspired this particular story or topic?

Shirley: I’m going to be telling you about God in Africa – 90 Days in the Land of Majesty & Mystery. Although not the country of my birth, I have a deep love for this land and all the amazing things God has created in this continent. My book includes many fascinating insights into the land’s diverse landscapes, culture, people, majesty, wildlife and more.

Mr. Africa: Shirley, it sounds exciting, and I’m looking forward to reading it myself. You obviously have a deep love for this land. What in particular makes Africa so special for you?

Shirley: I think, the incredible variety and excitement. I especially love the wildlife and the wide spectrum of colors, as seen in the sky and the countryside. It’s just a beautiful, fascinating, continent.

Elephants ahead!

Mr. Africa: Okay, everyone. Ahead of us, you’ll see a large water hole where the elephants have come out for their daily drink and bath.  As we park and watch them, I’ll hand out some refreshments, and perhaps one of the other authors can join me in the front.

Shirley, which do you prefer? Coffee or tea? Sweet or savory?

Shirley: I’d like bush tea please, or some of our other visitors may know it as Rooibos tea. And I’m definitely a savory kinda girl. Is that biltong I see in your stash of snacks? That I would love.  Thank you so much.

Mr. Safari: Sure, biltong is a bit like the American jerky, but I think it’s much tastier. Hand the basket around and everyone can have some.

Biltong

Here are the others participating in the safari. Please, everyone, stay in the vehicle and visitors, feel free to visit us.

Join in the African Book Safari Weekend taking place from Friday 25 – Monday 28 on Facebook!

During the blog hop, you will meet Greg Mackinnon, Ashley Winter, Lisa Harris, Anna Jensen,  Marion Ueckermann, Dianne J. Wilson, Val Waldeck, Harry Kraus, and Lynnette Bonner.

Shirley: VISITORS, don’t forget to come back here tomorrow and I’ll tell you where to go next!

N.B. There will be a few giveaways scattered throughout the interview pages so make sure you visit this site each day and leave a comment!

[stextbox id=’alert’ bgcolor=’cc5721′]QUESTION FOR YOU: What are you most hoping to read about or take away from the Africa Book Safari? The Weekend adventure starts at 12 midday SAST (that is GMT+2). [/stextbox]

 

Introducing Marion Ueckermann and her Book on the Cape Winelands

Today we are interviewing Marion Ueckermann in our Africa Book Safari. Read about this prolific romance writer here. Click To Tweet

Africa Book Safari

During the month of October, a group of Christian authors who either live in Africa or are rooted in this amazing continent, are teaming up for an exciting adventure.

We’re going on an Africa Book Safari! Together, we will discover some of the rich, diverse colors and nuances of Africa through stories, devotions, and memoirs, all set in Africa. What’s more, because we are writers, we would like to invite you all to come along with us!

For free!

Marion: We will be traveling together in a blog hop through a number of blog posts featuring fiction and non-fiction books, all centered in Africa. Our Safari Guide will be interviewing each of us, and we invite you to listen in as we chat about ourselves and our books. You will find the interviews on the author’s own sites, and we will post links to one another’s interviews. So pop in here every day and see what author you’re going to visit!

Here comes our Safari Guide

So come along and join in the fun! And here comes our guide who will be taking us on our safari.

Safari Guide: Hi! I believe you are Marion Ueckermann, is that correct?

Marion: That’s me. And you, I presume, are going to be our Tour Leader for this great time. What should we call you?

Safari Guide: You can call me Mr. Africa!

Are you all comfortable? Please buckle up your seat-belts. Starting today, I plan to show you all different angles to this continent.

Marion, it’s your turn to sit up front with me. Everyone, let’s go discover Africa!

As our large safari land rover moves away from the buildings and
heads into the wilds of Africa, Mr. Africa swings in his seat to face me

CLICK HERE to read the interview with Marion Ueckermann and about her intriguing Christian Romance book set in Africa, “The Other You”.

Previously published in this series: Chatting with Shirley Corder

[stextbox id=’alert’ bgcolor=’eb5109′]QUESTION FOR YOU: Do you enjoy reading romance? What is different about Christian romance to others out there? [/stextbox]

Let’s Visit Val Waldeck and her book With My Own Eyes

Visit Africa with author Val Waldeck on the Africa Book Safari. Read her interview and learn about her new book, 'With My Own Eyes'. Please RT. Thank you. Click To Tweet

The Africa Book Safari

During the month of October, a group of authors, who either live in Africa or are rooted in this amazing continent, teamed up for an exciting adventure. read more

Lisa Harris – and her Christy-Nominated Thriller

Today Lisa Harris sits up front in the landrover and responds to questions about her Christy-nominated thriller. Read more here. Click To Tweet

Africa Book Safari

During the month of October, a group of Christian authors who either live in Africa or are rooted in this amazing continent, are teaming up for an exciting adventure.

We’re going on an Africa Book Safari! Together, we will discover some of the rich, diverse colors and nuances of Africa through stories, devotions, and memoirs, all set in Africa. What’s more, because we are writers, we would like to invite you all to come along with us!

For free!

Lisa: We will be traveling together in a blog hop through a number of blog posts featuring fiction and non-fiction books, all centered in Africa. Our Safari Guide will be interviewing each of us, and we invite you to listen in as we chat about ourselves and our books.  You will find the interviews on the author’s own sites, as well as posted on one another’s blogs or websites.

Meet our Safari Guide

So come along and join in the fun! And here comes our guide who will be taking us on our safari.

Safari Guide: Hi! I believe you are Lisa Harris, is that correct?

Lisa: It sure is. And you, I presume, are going to be our Tour Leader for this great time. What should we call you?

Safari Guide: You can call me Mr. Africa!

Are you all comfortable? Please buckle up your seat-belts. Starting today, I plan to show you all different angles to this continent.

Lisa, it’s your turn to sit up front with me. Everyone, let’s go discover Africa!

As our large safari landrover moves away from the buildings and
heads into the wilds of Africa, Mr. Africa swings in his seat to face me.

Safari Guide / Mr. Africa: So, Lisa, tell me a bit about yourself. Have you always lived in Africa?

CLICK HERE to follow the story of Lisa Harris and her award-winning book set in Africa, Blood Ransom.

Previously published in this series:

Chatting with Shirley Corder
Introducing Marion Ueckermann and her Book on the Cape Winelands
Authors on the Africa Book Safari
Lynnette Bonner sits up front on the Africa Book Safari

N.B. Don’t forget, there will be a few giveaways scattered throughout the interview pages so make sure you visit this site each day and leave a comment!

[stextbox id=’alert’ bgcolor=’e65d02′]Have you read a Christian thriller? Does this excite or intrigue you? Do the two seem contradictory? What do you think?[/stextbox]

Lynnette Bonner sits up front on the Africa Book Safari

Today, Lynnette Bonner sits up front on the Africa Book Safari and shares a bit about her life and writing. Don't miss this! Click To Tweet

Lynnette Bonner on the Africa Book Safari

During the month of October, a group of Christian authors who either live in Africa or are rooted in this amazing continent, are teaming up for an exciting adventure.

We’re going on an Africa Book Safari! Together, we will discover some of the rich, diverse colors and nuances of Africa through stories, devotions, and memoirs, all set in Africa. What’s more, because we are writers, we would like to invite you all to come along with us!

For free!

Lynnette: We will be traveling together in a blog hop through a number of blog posts featuring fiction and non-fiction books, all centered in Africa. Our Safari Guide will be interviewing each of us, and we invite you to listen in as we chat about ourselves and our books. You will find the interviews on the author’s own sites, as well as posted on one another’s blogs or websites.

Here comes our Safari Guide

So come along and join in the fun! And here comes our guide who will be taking us on our safari.

Safari Guide: Hi! I believe you are Lynnette Bonner, is that correct?

Lynnette: That’s me. And you, I presume, are going to be our Tour Leader for this great time. What should we call you?

Safari Guide: You can call me Mr. Africa!

Are you all comfortable? Please buckle up your seat-belts. Starting today, I plan to show you all different angles to this continent.

Lynnette, it’s your turn to sit up front with me. Everyone, let’s go discover Africa!

As our large safari landrover moves away from the buildings and
heads into the wilds of Africa, Mr. Africa swings in his seat to face me.

Safari Guide / Mr. Africa: So, Lynnette, tell me a bit about yourself. Have you always lived in Africa?

CLICK HERE to read about Lynnette and her thrilling historical romance set in Africa, “On the Wings of a Whisper”.

Previously published in this series:

Chatting with Shirley Corder
Introducing Marion Ueckermann and her Book on the Cape Winelands
Authors on the Africa Book Safari

N.B. Don’t forget there will be a few giveaways scattered throughout the interview pages so make sure you visit this site each day and leave a comment!

[stextbox id=’alert’ bgcolor=’f26a0f’]Do you enjoy historical stories? How do you enjoy romance? And the two together? Share your feelings.[/stextbox]

 

Meet Greg MacKinnon and His Christian Suspense Novel, Closure

Greg MacKinnon sits up front with the driver and safari guide today. Read about it and don't forget to comment. Click To Tweet

Africa Book Safari

During the month of October, a group of Christian authors who either live in Africa or are rooted in this amazing continent teamed up for an exciting adventure.

Today our Safari Guide is interviewing Greg MacKinnon. Read on . . .

read more

ROUND UP OF AFRICA BOOK SAFARI

Round up of a fantastic Africa Book Safari. Read all about how a virtual safari across Africa became an incredible success. Please RT Click To Tweet

The Initial Idea

It all started several months ago, when Marion Ueckermann and I had a long phone chat discussing ways we could showcase some of the Christian authors of Africa, i.e. authors who either live in Africa, or were born and brought up here before emigrating to lands afar. We also felt they needed to have at least one book published that was based in Africa to qualify for what we had in mind— a book safari. read more

South Africa – About the Country

South Africa is an incredibly beautiful and diverse country, twice the size of Texas or equal to France and Spain combined.

 

The southern coast of the continent boasts the picturesque beauty of the Garden Route, and the fascination of the small Western Cape towns. The eastern subtropical coast of northern KwaZulu-Natal is like a different country. The vast Karoo semi-desert bears a vast contrasts with the lush magnificence of the Drakensberg mountains. Perhaps the biggest drawcard of all of course is the world renowned Kruger National Park.

Visitors are often surprised by South Africa’s excellent infrastructure, which draws favourable comparison with countries across the world. Yet South Africa is an enigma. Years after the birth of The New South Africa, the people of the so-called “rainbow nation” still struggle to find their identity.

Speaking to Dianne J. Wilson at the Africa Book Safari

Dianne Wilson sits up front at the Africa Book Safari today. Read more here. Click To Tweet

Dianne at the Africa Book Safari

During the month of October, Dianne J. Wilson was one of a group of nine Christian authors who either live in Africa or are rooted in this amazing continent and teamed up for an exciting adventure. Read her interview here. Please RT Click To Tweet

Dianne: We’re going on an Africa Book Safari! Together, we will discover some of the rich, diverse colors and nuances of Africa through stories, devotions, and memoirs, all set in Africa. What’s more, because we are writers, we would like to invite you all to come along with us!

For free!

Our Safari Guide will be interviewing each of us, and we invite you to listen in as we chat about ourselves and our books.  We had an amazing time, and here’s my turn up front with the Safari Guide! And here he comes!

Meeting the Safari Guide

Safari Guide: Hi! I believe you are Dianne J. Wilson, is that correct?

Dianne: Yebo! You can call me Di. And you, I presume, are going to be our Tour Leader for this great time. What should we call you?

Safari Guide: You can call me Mr. Africa!

Are you all comfortable? Please buckle up your seat-belts. Starting today, I plan to show you all different angles to this continent. Everyone, let’s go discover Africa!

As our large safari landrover moves away from the buildings and heads into the wilds of Africa, Mr. Africa swings in his seat to face me.

Interview commences

Safari Guide / Mr. Africa: So, Di, tell me a bit about yourself. Have you always lived in Africa?

Di: Africa born and raised! Born in Kempton Park, I grew up in the sprawling metropolis of Boksburg. Just kidding, it’s actually more of a ‘dorp’. We moved to East London (the South African version) when I was 19 years old and we’ve been here ever since. I’ve never been one to move around much.

Mr. Africa: And what family do you have?

Di: Hubby and I have three daughters. The eldest is currently doing her 3rd year at Stellenbosch University. My middle child is finishing her 1st year of beauty therapy (yes, I do get free treatments…) and our youngest is 12 and still in Primary school.

Mr. Africa: Di, did you always want to be a writer? Or what prompted you to start writing?

Di and Writing

Di: My English teachers at school loved me. I used to get full marks for creative writing all the time. I started a writing course via correspondence when I was working, but I never finished it. It did gain enough skill to write for South African magazines as a freelancer.

I soon realized that I was hankering after doing what God had created me to do. I saw an interview on TBN with Ted Dekker and he spoke of Jesus as the ultimate fiction author as He taught using stories. That blew my mind and within two days, I’d be given the plot and characters for my first novel – Shackles. That one took a long time to write and never landed a publishing contract. It did open doors for me with an acquisitions editor at Pelican Book Group who said she loved my writing, but the structure of the book was wrong for them. She gave me a detailed list of everything that needed fixing, so I wrote my second novel, Finding Mia, with her advice in my head. Pelican accepted that for publication and I went on to publish another 3 books with them.

Mr. Africa: What genre do you write in, and why?

Di: I’ve written romantic suspense, teen / YA urban fantasy and my current work-in-progress is contemporary woman’s fiction with a dollop of humour. I think I may have found my niche with this one.

Mr. Africa: What book are you going to be sharing with us during this safari? Tell us a little about it. What inspired this particular story or topic?

About Shackles

Di: I’m sharing Shackles. It takes place across a few locations in South Africa – most of them places that are familiar to me. Firstly, East London in the Eastern Cape – this is currently our home. It is a coastal city half-way between Gauteng and Cape Town. Portions of the story happen in Stutterheim – a gorgeous jewel of forests and waterfalls with the Gubu dam at the heart of it, a perfect place to go hiking. Parts of the story happen up in Gauteng where I grew up, as well as the vast farmlands one travels through between the three other places.

My inspiration for this story came from scripture – ‘Then you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free.’ John 8:32

This is the blurb … Jason is not the kind of guy you would want to take home to mom. He’s foul-tempered, a bit of a womanizer and has a conscience that has been collecting dust for years. All that is shaken up though, when he unearths a package of carefully preserved love letters and a portrait while diving off the coast of Africa.

So many unanswered questions, the letters snag something inside of him. Intrigued despite himself, he begins to unravel the mystery caught up in pages. He finds himself tangled up in the life of a girl he’s never met… a girl who is in desperate trouble.

Shackles on Amazon

Mr. Africa: Di, it sounds exciting, and I’m looking forward to reading it myself. You obviously have a deep love for this land. What in particular makes Africa so special for you?

Di: Life in Africa isn’t easy, but our people rise to challenges with bravery, grit, and joy that inspire me. There’s something about living free in the face of hardships that strips away anything fake and leaves the genuine behind. Even with all its brokenness and challenges, our country is beautiful! With everything from stunning beaches, forests, mountains, deserts … you name it, we have it. I love our country. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Mr. Africa turns off the landrover’s engine and points.

Dung Beetle on the road!

Mr. Africa: Everyone, if you look carefully you’ll see there’s a dung beetle crossing the road. In Africa, these goggas are always given right of way. They are considered keystone species because they help decomposition, seed dispersal, and they help control the number of vertebrate parasites in grazed habitats.

The dung beetle slowly crosses the road backwards, balanced on its front legs and using its back legs to expertly maneuver the perfectly round ball of dung.

Mr. Africa checks if anyone wants to eat after watching fresh dung being rolled across the road. Nobody seems too bothered, so he takes out refreshments.

Mr. Africa: This seems like a good time to swap out who rides shotgun. Perhaps one of the other authors can join me up front.

Di, which do you prefer? Coffee or tea? Sweet or savory?

Di: Tea please, regular tea – not Rooibos. No sugar, just some milk. Enkosi. A piece of droëwors will do as a snack for me. I love the spicy flavor of dried beef sausage.

Changing places

I’m loving being with you all. Please, everyone, stay in the vehicle and visitors, feel free to pop in at all the watering holes, um I mean, blogs! I’ll be posting one a day over the next few days.

CLICK HERE  to read the original interview with Dianne on her own website.

Previously published in this series:

Chatting with Shirley Corder
Introducing Marion Ueckermann and her Book on the Cape Winelands
Authors on the Africa Book Safari
Lynnette Bonner sits up front on the Africa Book Safari
Lisa Harris – and her Christy-Nominated Thriller
Africa Book Safari Visits the Great Wildebeest Migration
Meet Greg MacKinnon and his Christian Suspense Novel, Closure

Don’t forget! Random prizes being offered for comments through the interview posts.

[stextbox id=’alert’ bgcolor=’f26422′]So for today: Dianne’s book is set in locations familiar to me. Can you think of any books written in locations known to you? Does it make a difference? What do you think?[/stextbox]