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"Reedeming the Past" wins an Andrew Murray-Desmond Tutu Prize

04 April 2013
"Reedeming the Past" wins an Andrew Murray-Desmond Tutu Prize

2013 Andrew Murray-Desmond Tutu prize for the best Christian and theological book in another official language of South Africa has been awarded to Father Michael Lapsley for his book, Redeeming the Past – My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer.

The judges described Fr Lapsley’s book as a gripping and inspirational story of someone who paid a very high personal price for his commitment to the freedom struggle during the Apartheid era in South Africa: he lost both his hands in a letter bomb attack. ‘He was motivated by a growing awareness of the radical demands of the Gospel. In post-Apartheid South Africa, he experienced a new calling: to help heal the people of our country. Based on his own experience of trauma and brokenness he was able to help other people with their brokenness – something that is much needed in our country and in the violence stricken world. The book was published by Struik Christian Media. The judges for this category were Dr Chris Jones, Reverend Rowan Smith and Prof Fanie Snyman. Eight publishers, including some international publishers, entered books in this category.

The prizes-giving ceremony will be held in Wellington in the Western Cape in May. This year commemorates the 185th birthday of the well-known and acclaimed minister and author from Wellington, Andrew Murray.

Elsabé Barlow, Publishing Manager at Struik Christian Media, said, “The Struik Christian Media publishing team is extremely proud of Father Michael’s achievement. It has been an amazing experience and honour to work with him to publish his book in South Africa. We have all been blessed and enriched by this experience. His hard work could not have been rewarded in any better way. He is a worthy winner and we all salute him. Thank you for honouring his work with this prestigious award.”

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