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Listen God's voice in my life | Luister God se stem in my lewe
Welcome to our Author Spotlight Issue, where your journey and book’s story, take center stage!
Immerse yourself in the captivating journey of Karien Basson and be sure to catch her exclusive message to fellow writers.
Introducing The maestro behind the pen
Karien Basson is a certified NLP Life Coach © and forms part of the Finesse Voelgoed Magazine team as Editor of Vroue wat glo.
She has been in the media industry for more than twenty years and – as a manager, public relations officer, journalist, and radio & TV presenter – she still finds a reason to tell another story, because her passion for God and people is genuine!
Karien is a speaker and the author of several published titles, in collaboration with CUM Books and Carpe Diem Media. She is a marathon and ultramarathon athlete who has braved the Two Oceans Marathon and The Comrades Marathon.
Discover the REASON and motivation behind this book, through the words of karien basson herself.
At the age of 43, I look back on my journey of faith and realise anew how great and indescribable God’s grace is. This omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent God who controls the universe has always had time to answer me in such a way that I could understand.
I was only eight years old when I came to know God. As a logical thinker, I wanted clear answers from God; precisely because everything around me could be explained biologically or scientifically. I never questioned the reality of a living God, but His character traits, as seen through the eyes of others, were always contrary to how I experienced Him personally. With the desperate pleas of a mother’s prayers addressed to a heavenly Father, my mother asked Him to meet her constantly-searching daughter in a very personal way. I was given my own little yellow box of Bread on the Water Bible promises. I would ponder and pray about a specific topic, and then ask God to answer me through one of the scripture cards that I would draw. I then read the entire chapter and trusted God to answer me in this way.
It was certainly not like a Lotto machine, full of luck and potential answers. I only used the box when I had big questions to make. That box of Bible cards carried me through the toughest choices in my life … to this day. God met me at my level of faith again and again – it was logical, black on white, but it still required faith and a relationship with Him to hear His voice. Not because I am special, but because I had established a non-negotiable principle of seeking guidance through His Word.
In October 2022, it was a Bible card and the words of Psalm 9, dotted with sports terminology, that led me to start writing this sports book.
Exclusive message to fellow writers
"Take this one chance and make the best choices for the best results!"
I will never forget the words of Joyce Meyer: “Engrained in our culture is the belief that unbending discipline is the only sure way to success. You must go to the gym five times a week, never order the dessert, and don’t even think about buying that dress you keep staring at in the store window. Breaking from such a regimented lifestyle is a sign of weakness, right? Wrong! Though setting rules in our lives are important, it’s just as important that we break them from time-to-time. Structure is a powerful tool, but when diverging from your own goals is seen as catastrophic, it can have a hugely negative effect on us. Balance is a core value in life and every once in a while we deserve to indulge in a guilty pleasure or two. So don’t feel bad about straying from your goals every once-in-a while and in fact, embrace it: eat the cookie and buy the shoes!”
Why am I sharing this with you? Because maybe you have been thinking about writing a book, but life and responsibilities have kept you occupied. Maybe God has shown you a clear direction or message for a time such as this, but you have just been too busy to react to the prompting. Until now. It is time to ‘eat the cookie and buy the shoes…!’ or in other words, make a decision, and start writing just a page or two every day! Believe me, the yearning to write will not disappear, so be mindful, prepare, plan and plan some more before you put pen to paper. LISTEN to God’s guidance and then write your book.
To conclude, make sure you use the best proof readers, editors and printers such as Print on Demand to make your dream come true. It is a costly venture and regret is daunting. Take this one chance and make the BEST choices for the best results!
"Sometimes the noise of the world keeps you from hearing the voice of God in your life. What does God's voice sound like?"
Does it sound like mighty waters, and does it rumble the thunder and strikes flashes of lighting? Is it mighty, full of majesty that can break, cause tremble, or bond (Psalm 29)? Or is His voice a still, soft voice that brings peace, love, and confirmation (1 Kings 19)?
In LISTEN. God’s voice in my life, you discover the character traits of a living God through the eyes and life experiences of South African sports figures such as Neil Powell, Duane Vermeulen, Sandile “Stix” Ngcobo, Vernon Philander, and Mignon du Preez.
Author Karien Basson tells the passionate stories about everyone’s love for sport, their challenging times, and a personal encounter with God from the hearts of famous sports people. Take a stroll through the lives of 40 different sports stars who will admit without any hesitation that “God is only good. We are all imperfect people who serve a perfect God, and, without another chance, we would have been lost”.
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This book is for every person who, at one time or another, has doubted themself and has doubted the grace of a living God.
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