Writer opens up about pain

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US­ING the most painful ex­pe­ri­ences in his life, Der­rick Jones is open­ing up about his child­hood sex­ual abuse, los­ing his wife of 20 years and deal­ing with de­pres­sion to help oth­ers heal in his book Amazed.

He does mo­ti­va­tional speak­ing as he tours with the book and is look­ing for fund­ing and part­ner­ships to reach more peo­ple.

The 49-year-old from Bel­har, now liv­ing in Jo­han­nes­burg, said he dis­cov­ered his in­ner strength through God and through run­ning six Com­rades Marathons.

“I had to stop let­ting these things have in­vis­i­ble con­trol over my life. I had to mourn, ac­cept that it was part of my life and grow from it. Through my strug­gle the sovereignty of God has con­trolled ev­ery as­pect. I had to ac­knowl­edge I am weak and I need God’s strength or I would have never been where I am.

“The Com­rades Marathon taught me per­se­ver­ance and en­durance. There are mo­ments you feel like you can’t go any more, but you learn to adapt and ig­nore the cry of your body say­ing you can’t. You push through the thresh­old.”

At the age of five, Jones was sex­u­ally abused by a dis­tant rel­a­tive he stayed with while in foster care for a year.

An­other low point in his life was when his wife died one month be­fore their 20th an­niver­sary, after suf­fer­ing mul­ti­ple strokes.

“It was like a ton of bricks fell on me. I’ve learnt you can’t turn back the hands of time. While we are hurt­ing we don’t deal with is­sues head-on. They hap­pened to you – you didn’t ask for these ex­pe­ri­ences, but you have to ac­knowl­edge them. There must be a pur­pose and you can get through it. I had to con­tinue liv­ing.”

To pur­chase the book, email revd­[email protected] or call 083 625 1189.

NICOLA DANIELS

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