THE BOOK OF EDEN, Theart Press, 2019
While sitting on the deck of a barge sailing along a river in Gabon in 1915, renowned Alsatian philosopher and medical doctor, Albert Schweitzer, experienced a moment of unexpected inspiration. He received a revelation that would guide his philosophy of Reverence for Life, the philosophy that played a signiﬁcant part in him earning the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize. Schweitzer wrote that the revelation “ﬂashed upon my mind,” that it “came to me” and that the revelatory moment was “unforeseen and unsought.”
Nearly 100 years later, in 2013, South African social philosopher and poet, Athol Williams, had a similar encounter while sitting at a desk in an American university library. Unlike Schweitzer’s brief encounter, Williams’s revelation endured for an hour. The Book of Eden captures the revelation that ﬂashed upon Williams’s mind in a similarly unforeseen and unsought vein as Schweitzer’s. The Book of Eden presents a philosophy that foresees humanity at peace with all forms of life and presents a spiritual underpinning of this philosophy.
The spiritual philosophical revelation in The Book of Eden addresses political, economic, environmental and daily living topics of great relevance in our modern world. The book oﬀers spiritual understanding as well as personal and societal guidance for a hopeful future.
PUSHING BOULDERS: Oppressed to Inspired, Theart Press, 2016
My autobiography covers the first 45 years of my life. It tells my story of struggle to overcome immense social and economic odds to become one of the first people ever to undertake master’s degree study at five of the world’s top universities. It reveals how my compassion changes my life and gives it new purpose. At the height of my successful international business career I quit my corporate life to pursue my passion to use education and my writing to enable and inspire others to thrive. The book will lift your spirit, it will leave you believing that even your most outrageous dreams are possible, and leave you energised to begin pursuing them.
“Pushing Boulders is a testimony to a remarkable person whose life history and experiences will undoubtedly be an inspiration to many people. The book gives us hope to achieve our dreams, no matter how small or unrealistic they may seem, for Athol’s life is certainly a life being lived well – not just materially but ethically and in a compassionate way. The book, which is a delight to read, is a tribute to the resilience and determination of the human spirit.” - Prof Zubeida Desai, Dean of Education, UWC.
Interview at Oxford University, 2017
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