From a Street Kid: Stephen Lungu's Incredible Life Journey

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An extraordinary true life-story! As a five-year-old, he was abandoned. As a teenager he was homeless, jobless, illiterate, led a violent gang, did drugs, alcohol and crime. Then, at 20, out of the blue, his life totally changed. "From reading this story I realised that, no matter what your background, you can change" - Tasha, teenager.

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A few years ago I was reading Out of the Black Shadows - Stephen Lungu's autobiography. Words leapt from the page. I recognised that the feelings of rejection, worthlessness, and despair that Stephen experienced, when he was growing up, were not unique to him. Kids all over the world go through these crises, including our two sons. But, many, in our virtual, media-driven world, never read a 'dense-print' book so, I concluded, Stephen Lungu's story would have to be told in a simplified format to be accessible to these kids. This idea grabbed me. Some months later I met Stephen and talked through my vision. FROM A STREET KID is the result!

 

This powerful true story demonstrates that nobody is a total write-off, no matter how bad they seem. As in Stephen's case, frequently there is an underlying reason behind anti social behaviour. Rejection, lack of love and acceptance can cause not only deep loneliness but resentment, frustration and violent anger. However, when despair is replaced by hope and hope is backed up by caring help, and there are opportunities to learn and to work, a dramatic and positive life-change can result. In Stephen Lungu's case, not only has his life been turned upside down but this so called worthless nobody has become a somebody who has brought inspiration and hope to thousands of people across the globe.

 

This dramatic true story has had a significant and positive influence on my life. As my first biography it proved to be my biggest literary challenge to date. Perseverance paid off. Overall it was a sheer joy and privilege writing it. It is a true story that must be told widely.

 

It is in stark contrast to my last book - a self help book entitled
"RSI - How to avoid it and what to do if you've got it." That too, is worth a read since Repetitive Strain Injury in all its forms is frequently brought on the through overuse or mis-use of modern technologies and can have devastating debilitating consequences on life. But with some know how, as presented in this well illustrated and humerous book, it can be avoided.

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This book is SO inviting! Our domestic worker breezed through it although English is her second language. She was  moved by the story. Deborah Kirsten, Cape Town


What a wonderful thing you have done producing the Stephen Lungu story in such a winsome form. Have you thought of getting your book made in to a film?
I lent 'From as Street Kid' to my 11 year old grandson when he came to stay. He absolutely devoured it.
Canon Michael Green, UK

I think this book to be amazing. Your images, the easy read style and the beauty of such a remarkable true story make this book very special.

Chris Trent, youth worker - Poole, UK

Stephen Lungu's story is a modern chapter from the book of Acts (New Testament) and deserves to be widely read. Michael Cassidy, founder of African Enterprise

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