‘Off the Cuff’ with Author, Deborah Kirsten

Off the Cuff with Debbie Kirsten

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — Author, Deborah Kirsten’s autobiography, Chai tea & Ginger beer was penned from her unique experience as the wife of international cricketer and coach, Gary Kirsten. A sought after motivational speaker, Deborah lives in Cape Town with her husband and three children. She reveals some candid gems with JN.

My secret pleasure is … A big slice of lemon meringue pie, a good ‘chic flick’ (romantic comedy) and my journal.

My first job was … I guess that would be teaching Sunday school at the age of about thirteen (but of course, that was unpaid). My first paid job was waitressing in a restaurant.

Author, DEBORAH KIRSTEN with husband, GaryMy most annoying habits are … My husband would have a field day with this question. He would definitely say never hanging the car keys on the key hook. (It completely mystifies him why I bought a special hook for keys and then never hang the keys there). Other annoying habits are my tendency to accumulate clutter and my inability to pass up a good bargain!

A clear childhood memory is … Crossing a flooding mountain river stream with my family. We all linked arms to support one another. I learnt a lot about life that day and the strength of a family when they stick together and support one another.

What makes me nervous is … Driving on a cliff edge or through a mountainous pass. Having had a few bad car accidents, cars generally make me nervous. Also, watching my sons play rugby.

The best advice my parents gave me was … In everything put God first and He will direct your steps.

If I weren’t an author, I’d be … My trained profession is a primary school teacher – I love teaching. But if truth be told I’ve always dreamt about being an actress or a singer.

I’m most thankful for … My relationship with Jesus, my husband, my children, my extended family and my girlfriends.

My favourite meal is … Without a doubt, lamb chops and crispy fresh vegetables… and maybe cheesecake to finish it off.

I know it’s good for me, but I hate … I have tried and tried to substitute green tea for ordinary tea or coffee – but I just can’t. It really is quite revolting.

Debbie Kirsten's three favourite books

Books I love … Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Traveling Light by Max Lucado and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

Songs that resonate … Lifesong by Casting Crowns

and Better Together by Jack Johnson

My ‘happy place’ is … Our little cottage on the banks of the Breede River. It is far from the city with only the sound of the birds. When we go there, life is lived simply – there is no TV and no cell phone reception. The kids play in the mud and the water. We all fish and have good wholesome family fun time together.

My most embarrassing memory is … Thinking how ‘super cool’ I used to try and act as a teenager when attempting to impress boys.

My hidden skill is … Fishing and playing marbles (my sons always boast to their friends that I used to beat all the boys at marbles when I was a kid – it’s quite true!) I also fancy myself as a bit of a ‘handyman’.

If I were a dog, I’d be a … A golden retriever … definitely not a poodle or a yappy little thing. I’d also be sure to demand a bath once a week.

It’s a bit corny, but I love … The part in the movie when the guy kisses the girl. I always get goose-bumps and all teary. The boys in my house think it’s hysterical … but secretly I know they love that part too!

I’m most at peace when … I’m in a space where I can feel the tangible presence and love of my Father God. This is often in nature and away from the noise of the city. I am also incredibly peaceful when I’m with my beloved husband and my three children – anywhere on planet earth.

The country I’d love to visit … I would love to visit Thailand.

Favourite quote … “I am but the pen in God’s hand, He is the Author of my story” – Mother Teresa

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“Off the Cuff” with Michael Cassidy, founder of African Enterprise

PIETERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA—MICHAEL CASSIDY, world renowned author, speaker and founder of African Enterprise gives JournoNews an insight into the man behind the evangelist.

My secret pleasure is … Let me put a question to you … Can you keep a secret? You can? Well, so can I!

My first job was … a school master teaching little boys French, Latin, cricket, soccer and boxing!

My most annoying habits are … Ask my friends. I don’t think any of my habits are annoying!!

A clear childhood memory is … early morning horseback rides with my dad.

What makes me really nervous is … being caught by surprise and asked to propose a toast to someone.

The best advice my parents gave me was … wait for the right girl to marry.

If I wasn’t an evangelist, I’d be … a panel beater, because I love seeing a born again car after a crash!

I’m most thankful for … my parental upbringing, for Robbie Footner who led me to Christ, for my wife, Carol, and for my children.

Servant of SlavesMy favourite meal is … breakfast. Nothing in the world can beat bacon and eggs.

I know it’s good for me, but I hate … broccoli.

A book I love is … Grace Irwin’s Servant of Slaves: Biographical Novel of John Newton.

A song that resonates is … ‘We’ll Gather Lilacs in the Spring Again’ by Welsh composer Ivor Novello.

(written for the hit musical romance “Perchance to Dream” which opened at the Hippodrome Theatre in London’s West End in 1945 and ran until 1948. Original version also called We’ll Gather Lilacs In The Spring)

My ‘happy place’ is … my study at home.

My most embarrassing memory is … emerging stark naked from a shower at a gym and being confronted by a woman. With no option but to brazen it out, I asked casually, “Are you looking for the ladies?” “Yes”, she replied, “This is the ladies!” Mmmm!

My hidden skill is … playing the piano, but it is now so hidden that sadly I don’t play it anymore.

If I was a dog, I’d be a … Golden Retriever which is a human with fur on it!

It’s a bit corny but I love … old time musicals.

I’m most at peace when … when I’m quietly at home with Carol over a weekend with no public commitments.

Country I’d love to visit … China via the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Favourite quote …

“I have only two days in my diary: Today, and That Day” (Martin Luther)


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