Retired minister shares his beginnings
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
‘‘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 email@example.com. For more information visit www.smallbeginnings.org.nz.
Author and retired Christian minister Dennis Mcleod.