Sunrise to Sunset ~ by Deryn van der Tang

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Amazon Review of Sunrise to Sunset

As a citizen of this wonderful land of Africa, I loved this book by Deryn van der Tang. I revelled in the beautiful descriptive scenes of Africa, from sunrise to sunset.

Her words bring alive a myriad of pictures that resemble a never-ending, ever-changing slide show. They describe a show that displays the glory and majesty of God in all His splendour. Readers especially see God in the magnificent skies experienced over Africa from sunrise to sunset.

Thank you Ms van der Tang for sharing your gift of words with us in this lovely book of devotional readings

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If you are looking for a short, devotional book that will tell you something about Africa and its amazing scenery, from sunrise to sunset, don’t skip this one. It truly reminds you that God is in His heavens and He loves and cares for each one of us.

If you would prefer a longer book, most of these devotions are found in the compilation by eleven authors, In All Things, available in paperback only. Read more about this volume here.

To learn more about the author, see Chatting to Deryn van der Tang here.

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Joy and Laughter – The One Year Devotional

Joy and Laughter

This devotional anthology compiled by Mary Hollingsworth from the best-selling One Year line, The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter is specifically designed to brighten your day with laughter and joy. Joy is a special type of happiness. Each one of us needs to and should create habits in our lives that encourage us to look on the bright side of our circumstances and see the goodness in what God has given us. This devotional is a daily joy break—something all of us need.

My Contributions:

1 Out of Sight – a humorous moment with my three-year-old granddaughter

2 War in Heaven – a hilarious disaster at a Christmas nativity presentation in our church

3 An Unexpected Answer – the day a child’s robot answered a congregation’s prayer through the window on a hot Christmas Day in S. Africa.

Opening the Year with Val, Author of Saints in Lockdown

This entry is part 12 of the series In All Things

Happy New Year!

It seems impossible that it’s a whole year since our last interview two weeks ago with Vida Li Sik!

Talking to others, I’ve found it fascinating how many people reporting that 2020 seemed more like a decade! That although the days seemed to fly past, the weeks went on forever. I was chatting on WhatsApp with my daughter in Montenegro. She said she’d been talking to her teaching colleagues the day before, and they had all said the same thing!

Isn’t it strange?

How about you? Has 2020 seemed a particularly long year for you?

So today we return to one of the last interviews with authors who participated in our boxed set, In All Things, and today we’re chatting to Val Waldeck, a multi-published author who lives in Durban, on the South Coast of South Africa.

Welcome Val!

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Chat with Vida Li Sik, Author of Promises to Cherish

This entry is part 11 of the series In All Things

Goodness me! It’s Friday again!

And the last Friday before Christmas and New Year!

Vida Li SIk

Time to once again meet up with one of the eleven authors who contributed to our 13-book boxed set of devotional readings. Each book covers seven days of meditations based on a different theme but loosely connected with Africa.

Meet Vida Li Sik

So today we’re chatting to Vida Li Sik, author of Promises to Cherish.  Isn’t that a beautiful title? Lovely cover too.

Vida lives in South Africa’s “City of Gold” – Johannesburg. She has two young adult sons, one of whom recently wrote the matriculation certificate examination after surely the most traumatic year any students have ever faced for their final and most important school year. We wish him well in the results. read more

The Boat that Saved Mankind – 7-day devotions

This entry is part 3 of the series 7-Day Readings

About The Boat that Saved Mankind

God tells you He is going to put an end to the human race. Then you learn you are one of only eight people He plans to save.

It gets worse. He wants you to build a boat to start over. How crazy is that? Does He even know how old you are?

Will you obey? Read about the one man who did.

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Story of The Boat that Saved . . . 

Chapter 1 is “Life in Noah’s Day” and includes some fascinating information I didn’t know until I researched the topic.

The final chapter tells of “A New Earth” and really makes you think what a daunting task the Noah family faced as they stepped off that stuffy ark.

What was the first thing they did?

And what is the first thing you do when you face overwhelming circumstances?

I really enjoyed writing this book. Then I faced the task of looking for suitable pictures to illustrate the story. I was delighted to find ideal images and I know my readers will love them too.

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The Boat that Saved Mankind is the third in a growing series of 7- day devotional reading books.

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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.

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Chapters include

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

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

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God in the Unexpected – 7 Day Devotions for those who want to see God in all things

This entry is part 1 of the series 7-Day Readings
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About God in the Unexpected

Colossians 3:11 tells us that God is “over all and through all and in all.”

It is easy to see Him in the birth of a new baby, the glories of
a magnificent garden, or the joy of a wedding ceremony.

But what of the times when we don’t notice him? The difficult times?
The occasions when we don’t expect Him to show up?

In these seven devotional readings, Shirley Corder encourages you
to look for God in unexpected places.

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Places such as

  •  the technology that has so much influence over our lives today
  •  the dark prisons of life
  •  the cold place of a cancer diagnosis
  •  and more.

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Series:

God in the Unexpected is the first in a growing series of 7- day devotional reading books.

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Other books by Shirley: Click here then select Published Work

Email me: writetoinspire@shirleycorder.com

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Sample Chapters from Devotionals for Women by Vida Li Sik

Sample from Devotionals for Women -31 Days to Deeper Faith by Vida Li Sik

Read, and enjoy!

Vida Li Sik

DEVOTIONALS FOR WOMEN 

31 Days to Deeper Faith

VIDA LI SIK

 

Are you deeply rooted in the scriptures? Dig into the Bible by taking a month-long devotional journey to deepen your faith. Find women in the Bible you can learn from by applying the lessons from their lives to your own today. You will have time to reflect, focus your prayers and decide on the practical action to draw you closer to God and to others.

Foreword

The Bible is full of stories of men of great faith. But it is also brimming with stories of remarkable women. Few are mentioned by name, and only two have had books named after them. They were women just like us; wives, sisters, mothers, daughters, businesswomen or homemakers. They lived by faith, trusting God with the outcome of their actions. We have the benefit of time, more than 2000 years, to see how life turned out for them.

Vida is a woman of God who has devoted herself to the study of these women. She has gleaned lessons from their stories that she has applied to her own life, and graciously shared with others as well. Vida is an excellent example of a woman who is striving to be all that she can be for God. My hope is that as you read the devotionals you will be inspired to be your best for God.   Irene Renton, Women’s Ministry Leader, Johannesburg

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Anna – An uncommon faith 

READING: Luke 2:36-38

Take a moment and add 50 years to your current age. Think about what you would look like. Would you still have your own teeth and be able to see? How mobile would you be, where would you be living and what would you be doing? Anna became a widow when very young, after only seven years of marriage. She expressed her faith and love for God in uncommon worship (by living in the temple and worshipping day and night) for the rest of her life.

A modern example for me is Mama K who has lived a long life and was baptised into Christ at the age of 102. She was in the group of 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1956 to protest against the pass laws. She’s lived a long life and has seen many things. Yet, nothing pleases her more than to listen to God’s word and to sing songs of praise. That is truly an uncommon life. And then, there is you. There is no-one else like you. You are one-of-a-kind, an original. Your unique life experiences, strengths and weaknesses make you uncommon. Genesis 1:27 says you were made in the image of God. He is an uncommon God who:

Wants to have a relationship with what he has created.

Chose an uncommon way to reconcile us to him. He sent his only son, to die a horrible death for those who lived as his enemies.

Chose forgiveness over retribution, mercy rather than punishment and love rather than hate.

Made salvation and grace freely available to all. You don’t need to earn it.

LIFE APPLICATION  

REFLECTION: Do you believe God has chosen you to live an uncommon life? (Ephesians 5:1-2) Do you live for him rather than yourself and with passion and purpose instead of “going with the flow”? Will you show patience instead of anger, a smile instead of a frown, a word of encouragement instead of criticism? Will you bite your tongue and not say something negative, continue to care instead of withdrawing when others hurt you, set an example every day even if your reward will only come in the next life?

PRAYER FOCUS: Thank God for making you exactly the way you are.

ACTION: Take time to thank the “uncommon” women who have helped shape who you are.

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A Mary-heart in a Martha-world

READING: LUKE 10:38-42

Two sisters, and two very different approaches to Jesus. With which one do you most identify?

Jesus didn’t say there was anything wrong with what Martha did. She chose to do it. Maybe she was a perfectionist striving to make sure everything was “just right”.

It is okay to ask for help, but maybe she wanted validation (“You’re doing a great job, Martha, thank you for serving, we appreciate it”). The problem was that she “was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.” Then she complained. Very often, we do the same. We focus so much on what we need to do that we forget what we really need. Even our Bible study and prayer can become something to tick off the list.

In our Martha-world, is your phone the first thing you grab when you wake up?

We get so caught up with our to-do list for the day. Then we get busy and think “maybe, if I have time left over, I’ll spend time with God.” The result? Just like Martha, we get overwhelmed and then complain.

By contrast, Mary sat at Jesus’ feet, listening to and learning from him. Finding the right balance in our lives seems elusive, but maybe we’ve got our priorities all wrong.

LIFE APPLICATION

REFLECTION: What are the worries and things that upset and stop you from “choosing what is better?” Do you offer to serve, then complain about it?

PRAYER FOCUS: Commit everything you need to do to God before you start your day. Ask God to help you serve from a position of strength, on your knees at Jesus’ feet.

ACTION: What are some practical ways to help us to “listen at the Lord’s feet” throughout the day?

Move on: Get Devotionals for Women by Vida Li Sik here

Read an interview with Vida Li Sik here

 

 

Meet Vida Li Sik – Christian Author from South Africa

This entry is part 1 of the series African Authors
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Good morning all!

How are you all today? Surviving the Lockdown or Stay Home measures in your particular country? What is the most difficult thing for you among your regulations? Please share below.

I head up a Facebook group for Christian Writers of Southern Africa (a.k.a. CWOSA – pronounced as in QUO zu).  Currently there is a book promotion of Christian Non-fiction Books titled, “For Such A Time As This.” I am proud to share that out of the 15 books available, 6 of them are from our group. I’ve decided to do a number of interviews of Christian Authors living in Southern Africa, and what better a plan than to start with the authors featured in this promotion.

Today, to kick off the series, I am interviewing Vida Li Sik who lives in Johannesburg, the epicenter of the global pandemic currently sweeping the globe.  read more

Not an Easy Book – Not an Easy Journey

This entry is part 1 of the series Cancer 90-day

RIDDLE: What is the similarity between a car and watch?

ANSWER: You don’t realize how often you need it until it’s not there!

If you read my last post, New Year and Angels, you’ll know we were suddenly and drastically without wheels two days before Christmas.

We have Wheels

What a relief! After a full month, we got the car back on Monday. Thank You Lord for Your provision. It’s wonderful to have wheels once more.

I have to say we have been blessed with great neighbors who offered to take us wherever we needed to go, but we tried to only take them up on their offers when we needed to. It’s great to now be able to pop into the car when convenient – like this afternoon. It’s blowing a true Port Elizabeth gale, and we need to get a couple of things from the shops. We hung onto one another on our walk back from church so we didn’t get blown over! We decided shopping could wait until later, and we would go by car.

Books on Cancer

Strength Renewed

I ended the last post by saying I was planning on writing a second devotional book on cancer due to my inability to get Strength Renewed, Meditations for Your Journey through Breast Cancer here in South Africa. Every few weeks, someone asks me for a copy and I have none.  So I decided to write another book and this time publish it here in South Africa so I have control over pricing and availability.

I had no sooner made the decision, when CUM, the Christian bookstore in South Africa that initially stocked the book and with whom I still have an author account, contacted me after many months of silence. Yes, they could get me the book, and how many did I want?

Really? What took so long?

After I heard the price, I nearly backed out. Then I decided to see what other similar books there were in the shops, and perhaps make a note of their titles and authors, so I could simply refer people looking for my book to an alternate suggestion.

Book Hunt

So my husband and I did a tour of the local big bookstores, asking about devotional books on breast cancer. None available. Okay, how about devotional books about any cancer? None available. The saleslady in the biggest Christian store earnestly assured me “There are no such books. People don’t write that sort of book.” I equally earnestly assured her that “Oh yes, they do. I know several such authors, and in fact I have written one myself which you used to stock in this shop.”

That ended the discussion.

However, after we had confirmed there were actually no books covering people’s cancer experiences, even if not devotional or Christian, in any of these shops, I had my answer. I need to write one, and make it available even if I have to sell it myself.

In the meantime I need to have something available, so with a big gulp and a leap of faith that I was doing the right thing, I ordered six copies of Strength Renewed. I will never be able to sell them at the recommended retail price, and I’ll probably have to sell them at almost what I pay for them. But at least I’ll be able to encourage folk in need of the book until the next one is available.

Not an Easy Book

So, as I mentioned, my initial working title is Rise and Soar, 90 Days with God in the Cancer Valley. However, since I wrote that on the previous post, several things have happened.

Having confirmed the need for the book, I wrote the first three chapters and sent them to my critique partner. She made a remark that she was praying for me as I tackled this project as it wasn’t going to be an easy book to write. That stopped me in my tracks. I was finding it an emotional journey as I replayed the events of twenty-two years ago in my mind. Am I really up to this? Do I want to do this?

I am writing the story as I went through it during my year  of treatment, curtailing it to 90 chapters. There’s no way I can turn this into a “sweet easy read” book. It is going to be real and at times emotional. Will anyone read it?

Then came Church

This morning, during our church service, we had a lady (I think from Cape Town) giving her testimony. Her beautiful 38-year-old daughter, also called Shirley, died a few years ago after a tough battle with bone cancer. As Shirley accepted her disease was terminal, she asked her mother, “Mum, please will you help me to die?”

When I heard those words, they reminded me of how, a few years ago, I walked a spiritual walk with a friend whose husband was dying, also of cancer. His request was that we would pray that even as he had lived well, he would now be able to die well. Shirley’s desire was to die in a way that would bring glory to God.

One week before she died, she took herself off her Morphine at great cost to herself, in order to have her testimony recorded. She saw this as “one last thing I can do to glorify God.”not easy book

Some time after she went to her heavenly home, her mother, Thy Cameron, had a vivid dream. Her daughter was running a relay race. She stuck out the batten, and handed it to her mother.

When Thy awoke, she knew God wanted to take Shirley’s story and continue to pass on the story. And so she wrote her very first book from a position of grieving and personal pain. Not an easy book to write.

The book is called, Mum, Please Help Me to Die. It is available in paperback and in e-format through Amazon.

I spent a few minutes chatting to Thy after the service, and both of us had the initial sense that God was bringing us together for a purpose. We have exchanged email and web addresses, and we’ll be in touch.

Rise and Soar?

As soon as I got home, I downloaded the book onto my Kindle and have already made a start to it. From Thy’s words as well as what I’ve read so far, I am encouraged. No, this will not be an “easy” book  to read, although the story is already drawing me in. And my book will not be an “easy” book to write. But there is nothing “easy” about a cancer journey either. In both cases, these books are needed. There are people out there who need to read them, and to know that, despite the trauma, pain, and emotional upheaval, of a cancer journey, God’s grace is available to carry us through.

So I end this post with another question. Is Rise and Soar going to be the final title for my next book? All the way through Thy’s testimony, and also throughout our pastor’s sermon based on Jonah in the belly of the massive sea creature, I kept hearing the words, “God’s grace.” Is this meant to be part of the title of my next book?

[stextbox id=’alert’]What do you think? Any words that come to your mind that should be included in my title? [/stextbox] Please leave it in a comment.

Since completing my first three chapters, I’ve been through a valley of self-doubt and questioning. But I’ve come out the valley. Tomorrow I’ll be tackling chapter four with a new confidence that this book is God’s plan for my next project.