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‘The God Memorandum’ (from ‘The Greatest Miracle in the World’ by Og Mandino) “Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials. … Continue reading

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‘BEYOND THE MIRACLE’ by Allister Sparks

A BOOK “REVIEW” (SUMMARY): BEYOND THE MIRACLE by Allister Sparks
“With its wildly diverse population, South Africa is an exciting place to live; because it is at the cutting edge of so many of the world’s most challenging problems.”
– Allister Sparks writing in ‘Beyond the Miracle’ *
* and published by Jonathan Ball Publishers Pty Ltd
Submitter’s Note: Here are my notes from the excellent book Beyond the Miracle by former South African journalist Allister Sparks, which I’ve been researching and studying for many years. Many quotes have been taken directly from this fascinating book and are hereby acknowledged. I truly believe that the lessons (valuable) learned in South Africa’s transformation, with “the negotiated revolution” can be applied to countries in turmoil in today’s uncertain world – model for the present and the future. So I’m sharing in the spirit of “believing in ‘Beyond a/the Miracle”.
craig October 2013

“He (Mandela) pulled the country out of the abyss and placed it on the pedestal of hope.”
So often in this land of contradictions, even in its darkest corners there are inspiring rays of light.
“It is not given to every generation that it should be present during and participate in the act of creation.”
– Thabo Mbeki, former Vice President, then later President of South Africa in April 1997
“The change that has taken place in South Africa was brought about not by some Damascus Road revelation, but by ordinary , fallible human beings, who ultimately recognized that they had been cast together by forces of history that could not be undone…and that in the final analysis, they were dependent on one another to a degree that they could either live together or perish together, and who then followed the painful and difficult logic of that recognition.”
– fine writing by Allister Sparks in Beyond the Miracle

“South Africa should put the freedom of its press and media at the top of its priorities as a democracy. A bad press which is free is preferable to a technically good, but subservient press.”
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The Capacity for Hope

It (the book) probes our indomitable will to survive and the capacity for hope. It’s all about the survival of hope, as well as The source from which humanity derives its hope: Spirit (Infinite Spirit), within oneself, The Ultimate Source, God (the Lord), … Continue reading

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Books by craig lock

Books by Craig Lock The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at:http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html andwww.lulu.com/craiglock * hard copies and e-books: Fiction and non-fiction books, self help, novels, travel, humour, inspiration, words of encouragement and empowerment, motor racing, Formula 1, Grand Prix drivers All … Continue reading

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CAPE TOWN: THE BEAUTIFUL MOTHER CITY OF SOUTH AFRICA

CAPE TOWN: THE BEAUTIFUL MOTHER CITY OF SOUTH AFRICA by craig lock and the great photographs by Gordon Richardson  “Where dreams are possible.” For the “ride and view of your life”… Click on and The greatest mountain we need to … Continue reading

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Sharing a few Quotations/Thoughts on HOPE (from the new novel ‘Stirling’ )

These are some of the notes (in point form) from thoughts and quotations that I’ve written down and collected over the years, which may be of interest and get you “tinking” about these “airey-fairey matters”. These thoughts will form an extract from a chapter of a novel I’m currently writing, called ‘Stirling’. Hope that these thoughts may be helpful and perhaps even inspirational to you… so am sharing. Enjoy…

“Without trust, there is no hope for love and love is all we ever have to hold against the dark.”

– Creina Alcock

“Like a modern Gandhi, she (Aung San Suu Kyi) lives those timeless and universal notions which have always appealed to humans – freedom, sacrifice, endurance, peace, courage, forgiveness, and most of all, hope, when there is little reason for it.”

Fine writing by Simon Scott in his article LOOKING TO BUILD HOPE IN A TROUBLED COUNTRY.

What I see for 2011 is the need to try to make the people understand that we have the capacity to bring about change. What I want most of all is to empower the people and make them understand ‘we are the ones who can bring about change in this country’.”

as published in the NZ Herald, Jan 17 2011.

Shared by ä champion of hope”

“From the depth of the valleys, in the deserts of despair, there is hope… as there is the unquenchable oasis, the immense breadth and depth of the human spirit… always.”

– craig

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