A spirit of stone and a keyring

A candid story of one woman’s courage and tenacity to fight for her dream despite many challenges and life-altering tragedies.

This book will inspire others to dig deep within to find their higher selves, their true spirit when they encounter challenging times.

“It is here where true courage is found.  It is here where we find our true life purpose and learn to accept the things we cannot change.  It may be the scariest thing you’ve ever done and may feel like the dark night of the soul, but you will grow so much as an individual and come out the other side with utter peace in your soul.”

Change comes through adversity.

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About the Book

A Book Review – by Nico Schamrel

“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.” ― Joseph Campbell

When the universe is not always kind to you and it seems that life has more downs than ups, that is when most people give up on life and their own existence.

It takes a woman, carved out of stone, to overcome all the obstacles in her life – to have courage and insistence to fight for her dream. When you think you have lost everything, you discover that you have a richness and magnificence inside yourself that is more precious than the things you have lost – you are not only a fighter, a believer, and a survivor, but you are a conqueror.

This highly recommended book is an inspiration and an insight in the life of a remarkable woman, Jeni Smithies. It leaves you spellbound and captivated, while you ponder on how a woman can endure all and still be positive with such grace and determination.

If you need motivation in your life, read this book – afterward, close your eyes and thank your Creator for your own special life. Use this book as an inspiration to improve yourself to be more positive, assured, and confident.

This is a life-changing reading.

Genres: Inspirational, Motivational, True life story
Tags: Highly recommended, Jeni Smithies, Star Grading: Prima Gold
Publisher: Ns. Skrywershuis
Publication Year: 2020
Format: Soft Cover / ePUB / Kindle Mobi

List Price: R150.00
eBook Price: R45.00
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About the Author
Jeni Smithies

Jeni is one of the most daring, optimistic, generous, energetic, gifted and talented people we know. Her list of achievements is endless, from raising six children while managing a large transport company, overcoming cancer, to running a back-packers and two four-star lodges in the Eastern Cape.  During this time, she studied to become a nature guide through the Field Guides Association of South Africa and started her business, Kakuli Safaris.

Jeni won numerous global awards, as well as two Lilizela Awards provincially.  She was always disappointed in the quality of her photographs, so enrolled to get her diploma in photography.  She bought a decent camera and lenses and once again made a huge success.  Jeni also does the most wonderful paintings of wildlife and has raised thousands of Rands for anti-poaching efforts and to rehabilitate much-threatened vultures.

Sadly Covid-19 put an end to many of the tourism businesses in South Africa, with Kakuli Safaris being one of them. So, a new chapter begins in her life in the form of a book.  Sharing her wonderful experiences as a guide, incorporating her beautiful photographs in this illustrated guide to the Addo Elephant National Park.

Her mother wrote a book titled Bwana Kakuli at the age of seventy-seven, sharing her amazing experiences of Zambia from 1946 to 1970.  We look upon this book as a sequel to Bwana Kakuli, expanding on the story of the Slabbert family and their innate drive, passion and true grit.   Jeni’s knowledge, vision and never-ending optimism will really inspire and be enjoyed by all who read this book.