Winner of a Bronze Medal - 2020 Illumination Book Awards
In a world riven by poverty, prejudice, and power struggles, the faith and courage of activist Nelson Mandela remains a beacon of hope. South African Archbishop Thabo Makgoba recounts his ministry of prayer and presence in the final years of Mandela's life-and how, time and again, the politician taught the pastor about ministry.
In this powerful and poignant memoir, Archbishop Makgoba explores how the struggles of his ancestors shape his life today, how growing up in apartheid South Africa fuels his desire for justice, and how faith compels him to champion the difficult work of reconciliation. These lessons of faith and courage provide insight for audiences around the world, for all people who care about Jesus' commandment to love one another.
Archbishop Makgoba echoes the bravery and boldness of Mandela in challenging inequality, injustice, and abuse of power at all levels. Indeed, Makgoba says his conversations and prayers with the elder statesman reminded him of the deep truth of one of Mandela's most famous sayings: that courage is not the absence of fear but the capacity to triumph over it. The Bible asks us to read and digest its stories, not only to recall what God has done before but also to watch for what God is doing now. If we embrace the Bible as something more than a history book, we must open our minds to the continued existence of angels-and look at these apparitions with an eye to understanding our own lives and the role of angels within them.
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About the Author
The Most Rev. Dr. Thabo Makgoba is the Anglican Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. He became Archbishop of Cape Town in 2007, the youngest person ever to be elected to this position.
Table of Contents
Foreword Graça Machel ix
Chapter 1 Makgoba's Kloof 15
Chapter 2 Alexandra 33
Chapter 3 Soweto 55
Chapter 4 Science, Politics, or Theology? 69
Chapter 5 Into a Boiling Pot 95
Chapter 6 Hard Graft and Gunfire 111
Chapter 7 Bishopscourt 137
Chapter 8 "Religion is in our Blood" 145
Chapter 9 The Quietening Years 155
Chapter 10 Facing the Setting Sun 177
Chapter 11 Go Forth, Revolutionary and Loving Soul 195
Chapter 12 Madiba's Legacy 211
Afterword A Young Palestinian on a Donkey 229
Appendix A Mandela Day Pledge at the Human Chain 247
Appendix B Celebrating Madiba's Legacy and Its Lasting Impact Around the Globe 249
Appendix C Prayer at the National Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela 255
Appendix D Valedictory Service at the Home of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 259
Appendix E Address to a "Procession of Witness" to Parliament 265
Appendix F Sermon for the Easter Vigil at St. George's Cathedral 271
About Forward Movement 281