Young author says God used her to write book

Book: The Life in My Hands on the Road to Success

Book: The Life in My Hands on the Road to Success

Author: Xitsundzuxo Ntlhamu

Publisher: Tendon Printers

Reviewer: Benson Ntlemo

The last paragraph in Xitsundzuxo Ntlhamu's book reads: "I've really learnt a lot while writing this short piece. Is life a choice?

"I thought I was going to write only a page, but I've seen God ministering many revelations in me so that I can write and learn more.

"I believe that God had a purpose for me so that I could stop worrying about myself."

Before reading this, I had many questions.

How can an 18-year-old write a book when she has hardly lived?

How could she do any research while still a student at a poor school such as EPP Mhinga High?

Did her parents help her write the book?

But as she wrote, her book came about as a result of God working through her.

Reading the book, it is clear that the grade 12 youngster is a devout Christian. The book is both a motivational book and a Christian book.

Her research was in taking part in church activities as well as reading the Bible.

She uses the book to urge her peers to fight against teenage pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse and to espouse Christianity.

She urges people to fight to succeed and she has all the words necessary to motivate people.

On fighting for success: "Not all roads are smooth. Even if the road is smooth, there are sections that will be rough or full of potholes."

She quotes from the scriptures to show that success comes through God. She also urges Christians to lead by example.

These are some of her observations about Christians. She says that some Christians are not generous as drunkards are when they share beer.

Perhaps Xitsundzu's strength lies in the fact that she is active in the Full Gospel Church of God, which has imbued her with Christian values as well as a taste for education.

Her book is a collection of statements to motivate people to be Christian in the belief that it is the only hope for success.

For those interested in what is in the mind of an 18-year-old rural student, the book is a good read.

It is equally good for those who want to know more about the notion of success as well as those who read it as part of Christian literature.

But maybe as a clue to how she was able to write a book at such a young age, she lets us know that rap star Tupac said: "A rose does not grow on gravel" - both her parents are teachers who read Christian literature at home.

But she continually says she learnt from writing the book rather than saying she wrote the book because she already had some knowledge.

This reinforces her assertion that God used her to write the book.

This is a challenge to young people to take up writing. What is life? What is success? These are some of the questions answered in the book.

"When I read this book, I sometimes forget that I am the author, because I forget why I wrote what I have written," she writes.

She says God used her.