You may know Emmanuel Jal from the documentary War Child, or from Children in Need. Growing up in Southern Sudan he witnessed atrocities that drove him to become a child soldier, so he has seen and experienced many truly awful things, but in his introduction he tells us that even as these things happened, “...pillars of support were building beneath me. Together they would form a structure of such solidity that even the all-consuming grip of the worst sinking sands would never be able to topple either it or me”. In this book he describes these pillars and reveals the strength and positivity they have given to him and he hopes in turn to us. Each pillar has a name: Meditation, Yearning, Leading, Ideas, Focus, Endurance, Intuition, Sagaciousness, Action, Read, Train, and if you look closely, they explain the title of his book. This is both a powerful and approachable guide to transforming our lives.
336pp, 237 x 159 mm, Hardback, 2023, RRP £18.99