13 Books on Preorder, the Launch Party, In All Things!

This entry is part 3 of the series In All Things

Updated since the launch party!

Last post I shared with you how ten authors of Christian Writers of Southern Africa, (CWOSA), took up my challenge to create a boxed set of 13  devotional books. Here’s some news about our amazing launch!

I now have very exciting news to share! ‘In All Things – 13 devotions from Africa’ reached #1 on Amazon in the New Releases: Spiritual Devotions category. What an exciting moment to see our boxed set boasting its little orange ribbon.

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A Mother’s Heart – 7-Day devotions for mothers of all generations

This entry is part 2 of the series 7-Day Readings
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A BOOK FOR MOTHERS OF ALL GENERATIONS

Mothering isn’t easy, but it can be fun.

Being a mother isn’t for sissies.

No one knows that better than Shirley Corder who is mother to three now-grown children, plus their married partners and six grandchildren. She is all an RN who spent many years nursing children of all ages with all sorts of mothers.

In these seven short stories, Shirley shares some life-lessons drawn from her own life as a mother that will draw you closer to God, and to your children.

A Mother's Grace includes 7 reflections to draw you closer to God, based on the personal experiences of this mother and grandmother. Click To Tweet

Chapters include

  • I’m Listening!
  • Out of Sight
  • Teacher Knows Best
  • And others.

Click on this link or on the image above to purchase.

Series:

A Mother’s Heart is the second in a growing series of 7- day devotional reading books.

Also available 

Contact Shirley:

Email: writetoinspire@shirleycorder.com

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A New Baby in the Home, and a Hungry One at That!

For some reason, I can’t get rid of the gap on the right, but here’s introducing the new baby in the home, seven-week-old Coco. As you can see, he’s totally starving. Three feeds of CHOCOLATE porridge a day . . . he would happily settle for six! Whoever invented a chocolate porridge for a white bird? There’s nothing quite as bedraggled as a washed bird! (For best effects, make sure your sound is on!) read more

A Place of Safety for All in Any Storm

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Keep you safe?

He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers and from all deadly diseases. He will cover you with his wings; you will be safe in his care; his faithfulness will protect and defend you.
(Psalms 91:3-4 GNB)

Really?

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As I type these words from South Africa, we are in extremely strict lockdown from the deadly microscopic COVID-19 virus. Our borders are mostly closed. Schools, businesses, shops, factories, are shut down. Only essential services are in operation. People are restricted to their homes except for essential reasons.  The army has even been called out to support the police to enforce the ban.

Why?  In an attempt to limit the spread of this killer disease and return our lives to some form of normalcy.

Yet God’s Word says You need not fear any dangers at night or sudden attacks during the day or the plagues that strike in the dark or the evils that kill in daylight.

God's Word says, You need not fear any dangers at night or sudden attacks during the day or the plagues that strike in the dark or the evils that kill in daylight. Click To Tweet

Really?

COVID-19 is by no way the first plague to ever hit mankind. Over the next weeks, we’re going to explore a few of them. I would really encourage you to respond to these posts in the comment section. Add anything else that you think should be included, so we can encourage others as we struggle through this monstrous storm.

 

THE BIGGEST STORM EVER

In Genesis chapters 6-9 we read of another world-changing event, one so massive that it destroyed all of mankind.

Nothing microscopic here. We’re talking about the flood God sent upon the world.

Can you imagine the terror growing among the people of Noah’s time as they began to realize that the gigantic monstrosity their strange neighbor had been building for years was actually going to be needed? They had laughed and jeered.  Humiliated him and his family. Carried on with their partying and lawlessness.

And then the rains came. And the storm began.

Did the skies turn black? Rumble with a thunder never heard before?

What was the reaction when well-behaved rows of animals lined up in groups, apparently without any type of herding, in order to enter the ark?

 

WHEN DID THEY START TO BELIEVE?

At what point did panic set in?

Sadly, it was too late. All but Noah’s family perished in the worst human calamity ever.

As I look at the havoc and devastation caused by out-of-control weather patterns or invisible-to-the-naked eye viruses, I cannot help but wonder. We are so dependent upon God’s laws of nature. We rely on going to bed one night and waking the next morning to a world that’s operating the same way as the night before.

Yet how often do we thank Him for this global routine?

Suddenly, it is no longer operating the same way. We may go to our beds one evening and awaken to a whole new reality as COVID-19 continues to cause disease that thrashes the continents, and governments take drastic steps to try and flatten the curve of the pandemic.

 

Do we ever stop to praise Him for the routine and normalcy of life as we know it?

Or have we taken it all for granted?

 

Noah’s ark must have been the most horrific lockdown of all time. Imagine how you would feel if you learned our current lockdown (or whatever your country is observing) would last for over 360 days*?

The only way the people of Noah’s day could experience safety from the dreadful storm which was about to hit their world was to enter the door to the ark. And there was no back way in. There was only one door. All those who entered also stepped out over a year later, to see God’s glorious rainbow. The assurance that He was still with them.

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In the same way, for us today, the only salvation we can experience during this horrific pandemic of disease is by entering the door–the only door–God has given to us. The door of Jesus Christ. Only through Him, do we receive a guarantee of eternal life. Unfortunately, some of God’s own people are testing positive with COVID-19. Some will probably pass on. But there’s the beauty. If they have entered into the salvation offered by Jesus, their death will be a move into eternal life in Heaven.

I think there must have been times when Noah and his family wondered if it was really worth it. What a terrible experience it would have been. But God saw them through it. And He’ll see us through it too. If we only take that step and put our trust in Jesus.

How about you? Have you taken that step? Are you secure in your relationship with God? I pray you are.

 

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He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers and from all deadly diseases.

He will cover you with his wings; you will be safe in his care; his faithfulness will protect and defend you. You need not fear any dangers at night or sudden attacks during the day or the plagues that strike in the dark or the evils that kill in daylight. A thousand may fall dead beside you, ten thousand all around you, but you will not be harmed. Whoever goes to the LORD for safety, whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty  (Psalms 91:3-7 GNB).

 

LET’S PRAY:

Lord Jesus, please help us to appreciate every moment of the lives you have given us. Thank you for Your goodness in providing us with a place of safety, and a Door that will lead us to Heaven. Lord, please help me to take that step through the door, and encourage me to stretch out a hand to those around me to help them on board as well. Oh Lord, we do plead with You to end this pandemic. But Lord, help us to learn lessons from this time. Help the people of this world to listen before it’s too late.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


*https://bibleanswergirl.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/how-long-was-noah-on-the-ark/
*https://creation.com/how-long-was-noah-on-the-ark

A Real Live African Safari!

This entry is part 15 of the series Africa Book Safari

The year of Africa in the Corder Home!

As many of you are aware, we have just come to the end of an amazing virtual Africa Book Safari on Facebook.

For many years, my husband, Rob, and I have longed to go on an African Safari with a game drive which takes you off-road to see some of the animals close up in their natural habitat. But they are all SO expensive, and now that we’ve reached retirement we couldn’t see it ever happening.

However, it is 50 years this month since we entered full-time ministry when my husband was ordained as a Presbyterian minister. We wanted to celebrate it in some special way. What better way than to take a game drive into a game reserve? Especially after the recent publication of my book, God in Africa, and the conclusion of the very successful Africa Book Safari. (More about that tomorrow.) read more

A Time to Laugh ~ (Under the Sun) ~ by Marion Ueckermann

Who is Marion Ueckermann?

Not only is Marion the author of A Time to Laugh, she is a personal friend, and is quite the most prolific writer I know. I have totally lost track of how many books she has written, or how many stunning book covers she has designed, both for her own books and for other authors.

So why am I writing about her today? Because we have an exciting adventure coming up in a few months, and she is helping me head it up. As writers in Southern Africa, we have a number of problems.

Some of our issues:

  • Many readers across the globe know very little about life in Africa, apart from what they read or watch on the media which can vary from a little-bit-accurate to wildly out of touch.
  • Authors of Africa seem to live under a sort of radar, with readers either not knowing about them, or not realizing they are from Africa.
  • Most American publishers require their book stories to be based in America, or if they are located overseas, to at least have American heroes and heroines.

Several of us are banding together in the near future to tell you a bit about ourselves, our writing, and in particular, to promote one book written about Africa. There will also be a number of freebies on offer, so don’t lose out! A Time to Laugh takes place in a beautiful seaside town in Africa, called Ballito Bay. It will not, however,  be the one covered in the event, but you’ll hear more about that later . . .

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Here is one of Marion’s books which I absolutely love . . .

 

About the Book, A Time to Laugh:

For thirty years, Brian and Elizabeth Dunham have served on the mission field. Unable to have children of their own, they’ve been a father and mother to countless orphans in six African countries. When an unexpected beach-house inheritance and a lung disease diagnosis coincide, they realize that perhaps God is telling them it’s time to retire.

At sixty, Elizabeth is past child-bearing age. She’d long ago given up wondering whether this would be the month she would conceive. But when her best friend and neighbor jokes that Elizabeth’s sudden fatigue and nausea are symptoms of pregnancy, Elizabeth finds herself walking that familiar and unwanted road again, wondering if God is pulling an Abraham and Sarah on her and Brian.

The mere notion has questions flooding Elizabeth’s mind. If she were miraculously pregnant, would they have the stamina to raise a child in their golden years? Especially with Brian’s health issues. And the child? Would it be healthy, or would it go through life struggling with some kind of disability? What of her own health? Could she survive giving birth?

Will what Brian and Elizabeth have dreamed of their entire married life be an old-age blessing or a curse?

MY COMMENT:

A Time to Laugh is a delightful novella written by Marion Ueckermann.

There are a number of references and similarities to the story of Sarah in the Old Testament, yet this story line is fun while at the same time serious. Brian and Elizabeth Dunham have just returned from the African mission field where they cared for orphan children. They experience more than a little trepidation when Elizabeth develops symptoms indicating pregnancy. She is in her sixties. Is it possible? And if she is, will the baby be normal?

A beautiful story, well thought out. Well done, Marion!

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A Unique Anthem and a Prayer

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If ever South Africa needed prayer it’s now.

Yet every time we sing our anthem, we pray.

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As COVID-19 sweeps the globe, South Africa started behind many of the big countries, partly because we were in summer while other countries were in winter. Evidently, COVID-19 doesn’t like heat. However, we have now joined the pandemic and sadly, we’re catching up.

Only God can save this land –  as indeed is true of the world. 

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As a country, South Africa has some unique problems, including a huge population suffering with AIDS and TB. We also have huge residential “townships” jam-packed with people, many of whom are not able or willing to cooperate in the call to a total lockdown of 21 days.

But we have also some amazing factors in our favour.

  • Our president called for a national day of prayer.
  • He and the government have issued strict regulations to control a nation-wide lockdown of at least 21 days.
  • The police, supported by the army, are trying to enforce these regulations. Why anyone wants to rebel is quite beyond me, but there you have it.
  • But perhaps the biggest factor of all is our National Anthem. You see, it is actually a prayer.

South Africa is famous for many “firsts” but I wonder how many people know that our official anthem, Nkosi Sikilel iAfrica is the only neo-modal national anthem in the world. That means, it ends in a different key to where it begins. It is also a multi-language anthem.

The national anthem of a country is normally sung in the language used by most of the people of the nation. But we have twelve official languages! So read on . . .

The South African anthem developed along with the history of the nation as follows:

 

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History of Anthem

  • 1897: a Methodist school teacher by the name of   Enoch Sontonga composed a hymn in Zulu, Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. This was first sung in churches, but later became used as an act of political defiance against the apartheid government.
  • 1918: South African poet, C.J.Langenhoven, wrote an Afrikaans poem called, Die Stem (The Call).
  •  1921: Rev. Marthinus Lourens de Villiers set the song to music.
  • 1936: Die Stem van Suid-Afrika became the co-anthem with God Save the King/Queen.
  • 1942: Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika was published in Sesotho by Moses Mphahlele.
  • 1957: Die Stem became the sole national anthem.
  •  1994: The S.African government adopted both Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika and Die Stem as the national anthems, and they were both performed at the inauguration of Nelson Mandela.
  • 1997: All of these were merged to form the current anthem. New English lyrics were adapted from the last four lines on the first verse of Die Stem and part of the Sesotho version was included.

The Result

The result is a stirring anthem sung in the five languages of  Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans and English.

The national anthem of South Africa is the only neo-modal anthem in the world. And it's a prayer in five languages! Click To Tweet

After you’ve read the words below, listen to the song.

Language Lyrics English translation
Xhosa Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo
God bless Africa
Let its (Africa’s) horn be raised
Zulu Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.
Listen also to our prayers,
Lord bless us, we are the family of it (Africa).
Sesotho Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
Setjhaba sa, South Afrika, South Afrika
Lord bless our nation,
Stop wars and sufferings,
Save it, save our nation,
The nation of South Africa, South Africa.
Afrikaans Uit die blou van onse hemel,
Uit die diepte van ons see,
Oor ons ewige gebergtes,
Waar die kranse antwoord gee,
From the blue of our skies,
From the depth of our sea,
Over our everlasting mountains,
Where the echoing crags resound.
English Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom
In South Africa our land.
Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom
In South Africa our land.

Click here to listen to this magnificent anthem (less than 2 minutes).

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About Ashley Winter at the Africa Book Safari

This entry is part 4 of the series Africa Book Safari

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During the month of October, a group of nine authors, who either live in Africa or are rooted in this amazing continent, teamed up for an exciting adventure.
We went on an Africa Book Safari! Together, we discovered some of the rich, diverse colors and nuances of Africa through stories, devotions, and memoirs, all set in Africa. We also learned many facets of our continent through one another, and through our visitors’ insights! What’s more, because we are writers, we invited you all to come along with us!
For free!
We are currently traveling together in a blog hop through nine blog posts featuring fiction and non-fiction books, all centered in Africa. Our Safari Guide interviewing each of us, one at a time, 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, or you can read them one at a time on this blog series.

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 Ashley Winter, is that correct?
Ashley: Yes, I’m Ashley. 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.
Anna, 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, Ashley, tell me a bit about yourself. Have you always lived in Africa?

Ashley: I was born in Scottburgh, South Africa, then moved to Dundee in KZN where I completed my schooling. I then moved to Pietermaritzburg to study, where I met my husband. We felt God lead us to help with a church plant in Wales in 2009, and that’s where we are now, in beautiful Swansea on Gower. 🙂

Mr. Africa: And what family do you have?

Ashley: I have a brother in Durban, a sister in Alabama with my parents, a husband, and four sons! (16, 14, 12, 6)

Ashley, the writer

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

Ashley: I have wanted to be so many different things! And yes, a writer was one of them. What prompted me to start writing was the lack of Christian fiction set in my country and culture, South Africa.

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

Ashley: I write Christian romance mostly, but lately, I’ve enjoyed adding in a large dollop of suspense and/or fast-paced action. My latest book is a thriller.

Book of the Safari

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?

Ashley: I’m going to be sharing the first book of my series which is my debut, Rachel’s Blessing. I love this book because it is heartwarming and emotional – a real feel-good novel. It also showcases a mixture of cultures.

Rachel is a British girl who heads to South Africa when her fiancé ends their engagement. There she volunteers at a rural orphanage and soon meets the attractive local game ranger, Eric. Because Rachel is foreign, readers get to see South Africa through her eyes. This is great for international readers to experience the wonder of the country and culture and amusing for South Africans to glimpse how a foreigner would view certain things in their culture.

Mr. Africa: Ashley, 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?

Special Highlight

Ashley: Oh there is so much! If I have to choose one thing, it would be the warmth and strength of the people who call Africa their home.

Mr. Africa: Oh wow, look! There’s a lioness and her three new cubs playing together. What a sight! Let’s park here for a while and watch them. I’ll haul out the refreshments, I have a huge selection here. Perhaps one of the other authors can join me in the front. Ashley, which do you prefer? Coffee or tea? Sweet or savory?

Ashley: Oooo la la, Mr Afrika, now you are spoiling me! Rooibos tea with a slab of Milo chocolate or an Ouma’s buttermilk rusk!

Mr. Africa: You’re a woman after my own heart! Coming right up!

Please, everyone, stay in the vehicle and visitors, feel free to visit us all!

Other authors along for the ride:

Africa Book Safari Signup

This entry is part 3 of the series Africa Book Safari

 

The Africa Book Safari is a cross-genre initiative initially run by Marion Ueckermann and Shirley Corder. We introduced you to nine authors who either live in Africa or have their roots in this continent. They each showcased one of their books that gives insight into life in Africa, using different genres.

Included in the mix are suspense novels, romance novellas and stories, devotional books, memoirs, and others.

WEEKEND SAFARI

From Friday 25 to Monday 28 we held a Weekend Event on Facebook, with prizes, posts by the authors, Africa pecial deals, and a whole heap of fun.

Although the Safari Weekend is now over, the tour group is continuing. Sign up by hitting the button below. Over 800 people attended the weekend. Don’t miss this unique opportunity of joining this fascinating group.

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Africa Book Safari is a short-term cross-genre promo aimed at developing an awareness of Christian books based in Africa, and written by authors of Africa.