Re­tired min­is­ter shares his be­gin­nings

South Waikato News - - Motoring - LUKE KIRKEBY

What be­gan as an ac­count of his life for his chil­dren has turned into an award win­ning book for for­mer South Waikato based au­thor Den­nis Mcleod.

The re­tired Win­tec tu­tor and min­is­ter’s new book Small Be­gin­nings re­cently took out the Chris­tian In­spi­ra­tional cat­e­gory in the Amer­i­can based 2016 Book­vana Book Awards.

Mcleod, who now lives in Hamil­ton, has had an in­ter­est­ing life. He went from be­ing a ver­bally abused child with no self es­teem to be­com­ing a Chris­tian min­is­ter who touched lives around the world.

‘‘I was in­spired to write the book by want­ing to leave an ac­count of my life for my chil­dren and their fam­i­lies for when that day came I was no longer around. But as I wrote I could see it was be­com­ing more than a record but a story to in­spire oth­ers,’’ he said.

‘‘It is a book to en­cour­age peo­ple who have had bad starts to life and or have fallen into bad times that there is hope just around the cor­ner.’’

‘‘There are, as one per­son put it, sto­ries of wis­dom and knowl­edge learnt over many years through many tri­als and sit­u­a­tions I have found my­self in,’’ he said.

He said it was af­ter he re­tired in 1966 that his real in­ter­est in

‘‘... as I wrote I could see it was be­com­ing more than a record but a story to in­spire oth­ers.’’ Den­nis Mcleod

writ­ing be­gan.

‘‘Peo­ple kept telling me to write down my story.

‘‘They in­sisted the things I had learnt over the years both here and the many coun­tries I had min­is­tered in, in­clud­ing the Philip­pines, Zim­babwe, Benin, South Africa, Is­rael and Amer­ica, needed to be shared with oth­ers,’’ he said.

That’s in­cluded writ­ing many train­ing aids dur­ing his 35 years at Win­tec, a book called En­gi­neer­ing for Me­chan­ics used to as­sist new tu­tors, and a small Book­let on the Feasts of the Lord from the Bible which has been trans­lated into at least six lan­guages and used in pris­ons to help turn lives around.

He said he couldn’t be hap­pier with the re­sponse to his new book.

The book can be pur­chased through most in­de­pen­dent Chris­tian book­shops in Hamil­ton, Tau­ranga and Ro­torua or email at­dpm­ For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.small­be­gin­

Au­thor and re­tired Chris­tian min­is­ter Den­nis Mcleod.

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