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Combining enthusiasm with an energetic speaking style, Getrude Matshe is a fascinating, motivational and inspirational speaker. Married and the mother of three children, Getrude is an African storyteller, a poet, an artist, a self published author, an entrepreneur and the founding director of three successful companies in New Zealand. Her extraordinary ability to manifest her dreams into reality can only be described as the way of the wizard Merlin; for she has the Midas touch and everything she touches turns to gold. Her presentations have drawn hundreds at recent engagements. She will share her amazing journey.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434815145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434815149
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,921,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This story isn't a typical memoir. If it was, I wouldn't have been interested in reading it. Ms. Matshe took me on a culture journey that started in Africa - a hot dusty village in Zimbabwe would be more precise. This is the kind of non-fiction that fits square in the middle of my favorite themes of triumph over tragedy.

Matshe takes her readers on a personal journey. Her observations are presented with colorful place descriptions and her trials are full of the kind of emotion that kept me reading. I enjoyed the way she wove the textures of native language and the importance of community into each of the chronological pathways of a life full of hard work.

Generally, I'm not a fan of the memoir genre, but this one is different. Matshe must indeed be as selfless and humble as her story suggests. Having seen the ravages of a horrible epidemic, she and her husband are both committed to working toward the stamping out of HIV/AIDS. The best part of this story comes at the end. You'll have to read it to discover the context of the quote, "The Keeper - the protector of the innocents, the giver of hope, the energizer, the motivator and the comforter of the sick and dying."

Pick up a copy and rest assured that the royalties will go to an important cause. Thanks again Gertrude for sharing your story with us.

*The author provided me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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This book is very motivational and inspirational. Learning about the author and what she went through, how she rises from lower than nothing and to wind up on top shows her intestinal fortitude. In the book we see the struggles of humanity in its' worse and a rise in its' best. Mrs. Matshe writes in a style that is is to understand and grasp. When I think of her, I think of the great African Writer Chenwa Achibe. Though their styles are completely different, Mrs. Matshe is in her own category. Destined to rise to greatness as hear she always does. She is in the realm of a Jim Rohn or Eric Thomas. Good and motivational. I recommend this book.
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Getrude Matshe tells the story of her life so far, and for a girl of humble beginnings, it is inspiring. She is truly a storyteller and poet because her words are crafted on a way that engages the reader and draws them into the hot African sun or hear the wails of another young family member lost to HIV/AIDS. She is the type of person who can find a connection with many types of readers: sisters, tomboys, granddaughters, victims of racial or sexual discrimination, mothers, advocate, global citizen. I love her relationship with her grandmother who she feels is her "twin soul". It reminds me of the relationship I had with my own grandmother and the little things that remind me of her every day. Gertrude tells the story of Zimbabwe and Africa in ways that are not described as well in print or textbooks. Her perspective describing her life in the village and with family brings personalities to the people who fight for their lives as she shows a love that spans the globe and motivates others to help.
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Along with much of the world, I've spent the past few days both mourning the death and celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela. While watching the news, the word 'Ubuntu' came up a few times.
I'm so pleased that Getrude Matshe explained the meaning of Ubuntu so beautifully.

As she tells the story of her life thus far, we get to know her. There are things you may like, and things you don't. As an American, it was difficult feeling that I personally am one of those that she groups into her collective opinion of my nationality.
Even more odd is her chastising of Americans in the following context:
She is working extremely hard creating crafts, and asks store owners to come to her to see her wares for sale. When they say she is welcome to come to their shop with samples, she is dismayed at 'American Arrogance'. It is the culture, not arrogance.
In our culture, and most cultures, if you have handwork to sell, and you are not known in the business, it is your responsibility to knock on doors or open your OWN shop. They do not come to you.
Even more odd, prior to arriving in the USA, she explains how some women in Africa knock on doors selling things, so the concept of going to your buyer is not exactly unknown to her.

I would like to think it is youth that chronicles such a slanted view, or not knowing the insult of the words she uses. And that is only one part of what is otherwise a heartfelt telling of a life of determination.
She is born into a changing Africa, experiencing what so many Americans experienced in our turbulent and racially tense 1950-60s.
Spat on and taunted by white classmates, she paid a high price for her love of knowledge and education.
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This is a truly inspirational story of overcoming hardship and obstacles and bouncing off them to rise higher and higher against all sorts of improbable odds. This is a warm, funny and moving personal story that will inspire you to get out of your comfort zone and do what up to now you might have thought was impossible. As a result of reading this book, I ended up joining Getrude on a wonderful three week trip to Zimbabwe to experience first hand the people and places she writes about in this book. It was an unforgettable experience. If you want to experience Africa at a grass roots level, then this book will open the door for you.
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