‘Free Ticket’ after tough journey’

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FROM not being able to read or write properly after leaving school, Ian Smith has successfully penned his personal journey in an autobiography called Free Ticket to Heaven.

Smith, originally from England, said he completed his school life without being able to read or write adequately or confidently.

He attributed this to there being about 30 pupils in each class, which meant it was difficult for teachers to help those who fell behind.

But through writing his book,Free Ticket to Heaven, he said his spelling had improved dramatically.

“I never thought that in my life, I would write a book, but I have. I started off by writing stories about my life on small pieces of paper, until I decided to write a book,” Smith said.

The 79-page autobiography is about Smith’s life in England as a young lad, doing what most young people believe is “cool”, to when he landed in Johannesburg on his 21st birthday with a construction company, the highs and lows of starting his own business, his marriage, his parents, and how he found peace after giving his life to Jesus.

“The most important thing is not how you start, but how you finish.

“I have not made the best choices growing up and writing this book was not only a challenge, I had to relive my life moment-by-moment and I took it as a second chance to put things right,” he said.

NOTHING’S IMPOSSIBLE: Ian Smith not only taught himself to read and write better but has also written an autobiography on his life, his journey of discovery and his faith in God Picture: QHAMANI LINGANI
NOTHING’S IMPOSSIBLE: Ian Smith not only taught himself to read and write better but has also written an autobiography on his life, his journey of discovery and his faith in God Picture: QHAMANI LINGANI

At the end of the book, Smith offers words of inspiration and hope to anyone who thinks their life is over.

He said: “In Jesus, we find restoration. In the beginning of the book I tell people what I have done and it is not good, not good at all but Jesus has healed me and if He can do that for me, imagine what He can do for you.”

The book is not out on book shelves as yet, but there is a great possibility that it will be available from OK Foods in Cambridge and in Beacon Bay.

To get your copy in the meantime, contact Smith on 072-479-7120.

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