'Power of Holy Spirit can transform lives'

HARARE - Rise Above It, By Carol Shereni; Tulsa, CreateSpace Independent Publishers Platform, 2016.

110 Pages

ISBN: 978-1-523-207-565 (Paperback)

Reviewed by Eddie Zvinonzwa

UNITED States-based Zimbabwean Carol Shereni recently released a book Rise Above It — a motivational title mainly targeted at

empowering young women between 15 and 35 years of age to rise above seven self-limiting factors.

Shereni divides her book into seven chapters, each looking at a respective self-limiting factor.

Critically, the author does not take herself as someone who knows it all but rather uses personal experience to reach out to other young women she feels risk the danger of succumbing to these self-limiting factors.

These are the factors that prohibit women from being in charge of their destiny.

“I am not a psychologist or a therapist; I am simply a young woman who can identify with many women across the globe that have, at one point or another, had challenges with embracing their uniqueness.” (p9) Somehow, she sees potential in every young woman no matter the circumstances she may have come across in her earlier life.

The young writer, who is also a dynamic speaker and leader said: “The idea emerged about five years ago when I partnered the Harare Children’s Home in a self-esteem conference, during which l gave hampers and sanitary wear to 125 girls. Then I was a student at Oral Roberts University.”

The experiences of young girls at Harare Children’s Home — most of the girls were raped, molested and abandoned at some point in their lives — motivated her to write Rise Above It.

Shereni contends that happiness is not determined by the situation you are in. Instead, she says, it is drawn from who you are and how you respond to challenges that you face in everyday life.

In July, Shereni embarked on a book promotional tour which took her to Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and Kenya.

She identifies the seven factors as low self-esteem, inadequacy, insecurity, self-pity, self-loathing and rejection.

Speaking to the Daily News soon after the book’s release, Shereni said the book is spiritual and practical, adding that although she is mainly selling the book online, the feedback she has received so far on different platforms is testimony of the book’s success.

“The book will be distributed throughout Sadc for the Africa region in hard copy format,” adding that her major aim was to achieve women empowerment in Zimbabwe.

“My aim is to connect with people where I can; to reach women and young girls. For Zimbabwe, I want to be a goodwill ambassador. I know that if we develop people, especially women then development, transformation and empowerment will not remain a mirage.”

Rise Above It is Shereni’s second book. Her first book — The Advantage — implores people to transform their lives by engaging the Holy Spirit to lead their lives.

Shereni is an author and a leader with a passion to see lives transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

She has inspired multi-generational and multi-cultural audiences internationally.

In June 2013, she founded Prophetic Prayer Ministries in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Financial Services from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Master of Business Administration degree from Oral Roberts University and a diploma in Practical Ministry from Victory Bible College.

The writer, for whom writing has been a passion since the age of 17, is also dynamic speaker.

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