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TITLE: When Dreams Don’t Come True

BOOK REVIEW
AUTHOR: THABO ANDYLE MHLANGA

REVIEWED BY ANGELA MDLALANI


Thabo Mhlanga's story is a typical story of a youth struggling to keep up in modern times while trying to keep to God's command.
In his all telling, no holds barred BOOK, Mhlanga uses book the young Mhlanga uses his life journey, disappointments, pain and humiliation to give a message of hope to those that may need recollection in order for them to take that next step. The author strips himself of whatever reputation he might have had left, following his fall from grace by revealing even the smallest yet embarrassing details of his double life as a young pastor in the Seventh Adventists church.


He writes as a man with nothing to lose, a former pastor, the young man has indeed flirted with danger and perhaps the devil himself.
Not only is the book about him baring his soul and letting all skeletons out of his closet-he tackles life lessons in rather a humbling way.
I for one am not one to read inspirational books to the end.

 

I have been criticized for saying such but I honestly read anything to the end, save for when it has to do with inspiration-my one reason is that I always feel insulted, mocked or just taken for granted by the authors- I also think feel that I have heard some of their writings somewhere. It is all recycled, reused and tired. I however found Mhlanga's writing captivating and wanted to read more. He sure has a way with preaching and words, but that is not the reason entirely; Mhlanga is unknown.

 

He is like the guy next door or that guy you went to primary, senior or varsity with- so when he tells his story it appears as if it's 'typical' or usual; and that is what makes it appealing. A lot of young people have had things happen to them- or have done things, lived life on the edge or just lived recklessly and it is easy for everyone to simply assume:' everybody goes through that, so what?' “So it is okay,” but they need to rise above their mistakes at the end of the day! A point I think the author drives home well by sharing even the dirtiest details of his life, especially mistakes he committed as a shepherd in God's house. Young as he is, his experiences and escapades are many, and I believe that even now there are people leading double lives that can use his experiences to turn around their own lives. 



The book will be a good read for those affiliated to religion and not affiliated alike. His life story might resonate well with some in churches riddled with betrayal and failure by church leaders to uphold god's law. It might even have someone leaving a life of deceit while in church take a leaf!
The one thing I found pleasing is the relevance of his story in today's trying times especially for the young believer.

 

He communicates the message and mostly ignored truth that pastors or church leaders too are human and err.
The most important lesson he also tackles is that of one's dreams in life and how we all want to attain them but go unprepared for the journey that would lead us to them. Anyone who has gotten swayed, delayed, held back, broken or entirely lost in their journey towards achieving that certain dream is bound to get comfort and ultimately footing to continue or find their way back through his book.

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With a sponsor or funding, Basadi Masimolole’s ultimate goal is to have visual podcasts and empowerment connektor sessions at villages as part of cultural tourism and contributing towards the Botswana Government’s Rural Areas Development Program (RADP).

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