In the journey of life we encounter certain things that move us; make us become deeper, wiser as individuals. In my case it has been books because I am an avid reader. Below are five books that I have read that have influenced me or changed my perspective in life for the best:
The Bible is one book I cannot live without. I can never sleep peacefully if my bible is not under my pillow. Literally. For me the bible is everything. It is my entire life. The Bible carries every answer to any question mankind might have, although the answers may never be simple and straightforward. Whether its trials, tribulations, love, hate, confusion, doubt, hope, faith, the Bible carries an answer for each one of those. The most important lesson I have derived from the Bible is to live by hope. It has taught me never to lose faith in God despite what I may be going through because he is the creator and thus he knows what we don’t know nor see. At the end of the day we need to uphold the Lord’s desires but we can never do that fully if we don’t know what he expects from us. We can only get that from the Bible
A very touching book that shares the story of former Generations star Pamvela Nomvete aka Ntsiki . The book is a tell all tale of Nomvete’s self-discovery journey in the mist of fame, an abusive marriage, addiction as well as spiritual confusion. It details how Nomvete went from being successful to being homeless to the extent of sleeping in her car before she was forced to sell it to get money to survive. It’s a gripping story of reality versus perception. The beautiful part of the story is that instead of giving up on herself due to her fall from grace, Nomvete picked herself up and made it from the gutter to face the world. The fact that she decided to share such an intimate story alone speaks volumes.
- A Lasting Tribute:Mphahlele Es’kia
- This book is a must read for every young African. A Lasting Tribute is a collection of articles written by the late Es’kia Mphahlele from 1987 to 1998.The book offers Mphahlele’s take on the political, cultural and intellectual history of South Africa and the African continent as a whole. It tells of a history of how things came into being and possibly why things are the way they are now. Mphahlele’s articles in the book are a driving force for one to develop an independent mind when it comes to Africa as a whole.
Indeed history was made when Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became Liberia’s first female president. It broke every stereotype, not just in her home country alone but for Africa and the world over. Hers is a story that details the challenges she encountered and the sacrifices she had to make to get to the presidential seat. It’s a story of courage and the pursuit of one’s dreams. Sirleaf’s journey is one that encourages women not to have limitations on their dreams but instead aspire for any leadership positions and push to get those. It’s a story of believing in the self to take you further than where you are.
- A travel fanatic myself, the book speaks volumes to me because of Khumalo’s spirit of adventure. Imagine a one man trip in francophone countries such as Senegal, Mali and Burkina with no knowledge of French. Yet Khumalo survived to tell of all the adventure filled tales of his trip laced with humor. In the book Khumalo shares a story of how he challenged himself to shift from the comfort of his home and embark on a journey that saw him encounter everything different from what he is used to. His flexibility is obvious through the book as he managed to survive some uncomfortable situations. He was able to adapt to the challenges that the trip threw him. From overcoming the language barrier to eating food not known to him. At some point in our lives we need to drop a fear of the unknown and go and see what the world has to offer.