Description - My Walk with Jesus by Gilbert MacDonald
'My Walk with Jesus' is the autobiography of Gilbert MacDonald, a South African bank teller, a devout Catholic and loving family man, who has felt the presence of God thoughout his life. Since retiring from the bank twelve years ago he has devoted his life to visiting sick people in hospital, and travelling the world with his wife of nearly fifty years. His 'walk' with Jesus has shown him that you don't need to have all the trappings of a wealthy and luxurious lifestyle, but if you have your health, a loving family and a faith in the Lord, you will lead a happy life. Born in 1939 in Cape Town, South Africa, the author did not come from an overtly religious family, and his parents did not attend church. Nevertheless he started visiting his local church daily from around the age of five and this is a habit that has stayed with him throughout his life. He grew up in a poor (white) part of town, where everybody knew each other and where his mother's door was always open, whether she was in or out. The whole community was friendly and looked out for one another, and this helped instil a sense of 'love thy neighbour' in the author that has remained his philosophy.
On leaving school, MacDonald began working in a bank, and soon became a teller; a job he found demanding but satisfying. His gregarious personality and caring nature were great assets to him in this job and, although he felt he never earned enough money, he believed he was doing something worthwhile. South Africa has changed a lot over the author's lifetime. He maintains that it used to be a lot safer place to live than it is now, where everybody needs high walls, security gates and burglar alarms to feel safe. Growing up during Apartheid, MacDonald was aware of the segregation, and the injustice and inequality, but he maintains that things are no better now, and there is still racism and discrimination. 'I really believed that once we had the free elections in April 1994, a land of equal opportunity would blossom. This injustice must be eliminated because the country as a whole suffers from this brain drain.'
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Author Biography - Gilbert MacDonald
I wrote this book because I've always wanted to do it. At school I enjoyed writing compositions, some of which were read out to the class. As an adult I was encouraged when I had some articles published. All of us have gifts and must use them in life to gain fulfilment. In his book 'The Alchemist', Paulo Coelho urges us to go forward to fulfil our destiny and not let anything interfere or stop us. The positive forces will combine to ensure our success. When I retired in 1995 I wanted to tell my story for people to read because it could help them in their lives. I am grateful to God and Melrose Books for publishing this work. Important incidences were childhood, growing up, going to school, then work - especially at the bank where I worked for over 37 years and was robbed and kidnapped. This was quite unforgettable and made headline news. Without doubt my biggest achievement is having been married for 45 years to my dear wife Maureen and bringing up our six children (which has bought great joy mingled with certain sorrow). I am a very weak person who relies heavily on God to help me in my life and He never lets me down. Travelling with Maureen overseas for the first time after I retired was another blessing. I never envisaged doing this when working because I never had the time or the money. My life has been one great adventure, despite its vicissitudes, and I have been greatly blessed. I have a great fear of the Lord (hopefully the beginning of wisdom) and know that much will be expected from those who receive much from the Lord. I have tried to walk with Jesus, faltering along the way.