How can we conquer physical and mental pain and find spiritual peace? This self-help guide, by Southern African educator/Methodist minister Dr. Thabi Molete is dedicated to “all women whose lives have been touched by pain.”
Organized in 10 chapters, each beginning with a prayer and ending with a “reflection exercise,” Is it Well with your Soul? describes a journey that begins with a purpose and a path. We all have resources of body, mind and spirit, and we can utilize these resources in the battle to rise above spiritual desolation.
The Nephilim Ark by Matthew James Daniel centers around the biblical story of the Nephilim – a race of giants that came down to Earth and mated with human women. After this union led to debauchery and societal breakdown, God unleashed the flood – the story of Noah’s Ark. The Nephilim Ark fast forwards to modern day where the Nephilim are trying to grow their numbers again by attempting to breed with English women, while also trying to eradicate Anglican clergy. Their plans are discovered by a woman who aims to destroy their plan, but may lay waste to more than she bargained for.
The Nephilim Ark is an interesting modern take on an old story, woven into a crime thriller that veers away from being straight religious fiction into something that can appeal to a wider audience – ala The Da Vinci Code. It’s heavy on religious themes, but it is more concerned with telling a story than proselytizing.
This is an intriguing spin on religious fiction, written by a former priest – lending the book credibility and filling the book with detail so this epic story has a dynamic reality.
Takka Takka by Kieran James HaldenbyReviewed by Bridget Lӧtz
Takka Takka is Haldenby’s debut novel. Based on a true story, set in South Africa and Zambia, it follows the life of Kyle Goodall. Kyle is a career criminal always looking for the next big thing to make money while managing to stay one-step ahead of the law until eventually he is set up and imprisoned in Zambian prisons for a crime he didn’t commit.
The story opens when Kyle is already in prison and he starts telling us, the reader, his story of how he came to be there in the stinking hot hell of the infamous Kamwala prison in Zambia. He begins by describing the scene of how the prisoners sit in rows as you would in a rowing boat all squashed together with the stench of sweat, urine and faecal matter hanging over them like a cloud making it difficult to breathe. Each hour on the hour when the bell rings, the prisoners chant, “Takka Takka” which loosely translated means, “I’m okay, I’m still alive.”