Article Title: A BOOK “REVIEW”: THE RAINBOW PEOPLE OF GOD by Desmond Tutu

Shared by: Craig Lock
Category (key words): Books, Desmond Tutu, South Africa, Touching the Rainbow, spiritual thoughts, Jesus, Jesus Christ, inspiration,  empowerment, peace and the pursuit of peace, reconciliation (enough there for now, craig)

Web sites: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html



The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at www.buildbridgesofunity.wordpress.com 

www.breakdownwalls.wordpress.com www.religiousunity.wordpress.com www.sharefaith.wordpress.com and http://craigsblogs.wordpress.

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(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration

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Edited by John Allen

Foreword by Nelson Mandela

First published in 1994 by Doubleday, a division of Transworld Publishers

“The Rainbow People of God serves as a powerful reminder of the social and political upheaval in South Africa in recent years. It also highlights the courage, passion and dedication of one man driven by his own values, faith, and sense of justice to overcome one of this century’s greatest abuses of human rights.”

“At home in South Africa, I have sometimes said in big meetings, where you have black and white together:

‘Raise your hands!’ Then I’ve said, Move your hands,’ and I’ve said: ‘Look at your hands – different colours representing different people. You are the rainbow people of God.’

And you remember the rainbow in the Bible is the sign of peace. The rainbow is the sign of prosperity. We want peace, prosperity and justice…. and we can have it when all the people of God, the rainbow people of God work together.”

– Desmond Tutu, preaching in Tromso, north of the Arctic Circle in Norway (5th December 1991)a


Submitter’s Note:

Here are my notes in point-form (together with some personal thoughts) from this excellent book, the most important message of which transcends boundaries and is eternal… and this is why I’m sharing. In addition, Desmond Tutu’s great book brings back memories of the dark days under apartheid in South Africa, but also in many ways parallels my own journey…from the walking from darkness into the light.

All in “a land of laughter and joy, of justice and reconciliation, of peace and unity, of compassion, sharing and caring.”



Help develop a culture of “live and let live” tolerance

“Let each one of us be channels of love , peace , justice and reconciliation.”

“The light shineth in the darkness and the darkness did not overwhelm the light.”

“God bless Africa

Guard her children

Guide her rulers

And give her peace.”

– former Achbishop Trevor Huddlestone (banned, then expelled from South Africa)


The application of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the situation of injustice and oppression and exploitation (the very essence of apartheid).

Each person is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26)

Apartheid policies are not only unjust and oppressive – they are positively unbiblical, unchristian, immoral and even evil.

If there is to be reconciliation, we who are the ambassadors of Christ… must be instruments of peace

“God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself”, declares St Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:9), summing up the teaching contained in other parts of the New Testament (John 12:32, Ephesians 1:10, Ephesians 214 and so on)

“The aim of the Church is to bring about social justice. Justice must be done to the poor and the oppressed, and if the present system does not serve this purpose, the public conscience must be roused to demand another.”

The hallowed tradition of direct non-violent action.

” I support the ANC in its objectives to establish a non-racial democratic South Africa; but I do not support its methods…

I am committed to work for a non-racial, just and democratic South Africa.”

I work for God’s Kingdom.”

Stand for the Truth

God came down in Jesus Christ to deliver us from bondage.

“If God be for us, who can be against us!”

Jesus was fully human (with fears, emotions, like each one of us). On earth he lived as no more than a man! He came to preach the gospel to those whom we call the marginalized members of society, to bind-up and heal the broken-hearted, to comfort those who mourn.

“If the Son sets you free, you will be truly free.”

– John.

We (each one of us, if we so choose) have been given the ministry of reconciliation, of liberation, of justice, of peace and of love. No encircling gloom can snuff out the light of Christ, the light of love, joy, peace, justice and reconciliation.

The resurrection of Jesus is our guarantee that right has triumphed and will triumph over wrong, that good has triumphed and will triumph over evil; it’s our guarantee that love has triumphed and will triumph over hate. Jesus Christ has broken down all kinds of walls of separation. You and I know despite all the evidence to the contrary that we, black and white together, are one in the Spirit. You and I know that we will hold hands, black and white together, with our heads held high, as we stride into the glorious future which God holds out to us, black and white together, as we work with Him for the fulfilment of the vision of St John, the Divine.

‘Salvation comes from our God, who is on the throne, and from the Lamb!”

The central work of Jesus was to effect reconciliation between God and us and also between man and man.

“True science cannot contradict true religion.”

St Paul says: God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself.”

– 2 Corinthians 5:19

Shared by craig

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.htmland http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007360X2O

His latest novels ‘The Awakened Spirit’ and ‘From Seeds of Hate to the Bonds of Love’, based on some true and inspiring stories
of the unquenchable, the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us. Stories of ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Unlimited (Grand) Horizons’

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at www.buildbridgesofunity.wordpress.com www.buildbridgesofunderstanding.wordpress.com

www.breakdownwalls.wordpress.com www.religiousunity.wordpress.com www.sharefaith.wordpress.com and http://craigsblogs.wordpress.

“The world’s smallest and most exclusive bookstore”

“Lord, make me a channel for Your peace to flow through to everyone I meet”

“The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you…and the often seemingly difficult or even “impassable”) path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.”

Together, one mind, one heart, one life at a time, today let’s plant the seeds, the hope of a better future … a far brighter tomorrow

“Together, lets join (link) hands and march into a brighter future.”

– Amy Biehl (a young Fulbright scholar, tragically killed in South Africa in the lead-up to the first democratic election of 1994)


Author: craig lock

About the Author Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his life’s savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for "many moons". However, through a rather strange (and unique) set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (now 300 + on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has run a run a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!) at the local Polytechnic. He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet. He has many varied interests and passions and is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season.". True! from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html For Craig’s books see AMAZON at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 ... but rather GO to www.creativekiwis.com ?? When the writer is no more, the value of your purchase will soar." www.johnsphotopics.wordpress.com www.craigsquotes.wordpress.com All proceeds go to the needy and underprivileged… and a charity (most worthy-Bill and I) “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “ “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.” PPS Don’t worry about the world ending today… as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

4 thoughts on “A BOOK “REVIEW”: THE RAINBOW PEOPLE OF GOD by Desmond Tutu”

  1. Hi
    MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT and many hundreds of thousands already on this and my various other blogs…true!) …so hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!). Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.
    Am having to remove many and so sorry can’t reply individually, but DO try to read as many as possible daily
    so “thanks for the thanx”
    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)
    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)
    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci
    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –


    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing
    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”
    http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.htm

    “Whilst we can (and should) celebrate our differences, let not our different beliefs set us apart as human beings, but rather let the Spirit of our shared humanity be what defines and unites us as common citizens of our planet.”
    – me


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