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From a Street Kid: Stephen Lungu's Incredible Life Journey Paperback – 4 Jun 2012
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Tonia Cope Bowley makes plain the stark realities of Stephen Lungu’s early life, but paints her picture with compassion and understanding for the emotional and physical pressures which caused his family to act as they did. She sketches, simply but effectively, Stephen’s emotional starvation and his need to fill the vacuum with physical power over others, causing him to destroy and kill. When Stephen, almost by accident, hears that Jesus too experienced poverty and rejection but out of choice because he loved the unloved so much, he asks Jesus to take him into His family. At once a load falls off his back and Stephen feels like a new person.
The remainder of the narrative is a witness to the power of God to nurture and bring forth rich fruit in what appears to be barren soil. It isn’t easy but God is with Stephen all the way to his present responsible position in African Enterprise. Often those who have a disturbed childhood have problems in forming and maintaining emotional relationships as adults, but Stephen’s happy married life shows how completely he was healed by God’s love.
‘From a Street Kid’ gives hope to all, for the Bible tells us that we have all fallen short and sinned, but it is particularly inspiring for those who are young, disaffected and rejected. I pray that many will read this story and their lives will be changed as they too come face to face with the love and power of our living Lord.
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Tonia writes a compelling narrative - revealing that no matter what your background, there is always hope. And behind every dark cloud, is a silver lining if you will only reach out and grab it.