Fan into Flames, a Review
Immediately after finishing primary school young John Gachango Gatu thought travelling to Nairobi was the better option, believing a better world awaited him there. After the struggles and hard work he finally got a job at the army served Ethiopia and Somaliland, and finally travelling to London for the Victory Parade. Despite the dangers young Gatu thrills, at the peak of his career in the military and after receiving the most coveted awards, he decides to retire.
John Gatu’s Fan into Flames is a moving narrative as the author unveils dramatic events that took place when he was a soldier in Ethiopia and the serenity that he encounters after his ‘rebirth’. The story pans through the history of colonial and independent Kenya.
This is a moving and inspiring book that will motivate you not to give up no matter what life throws at you. It takes you through all his struggles, achievements, all the way to his spiritual ways. Though army seemed like a promising job, John felt something was still missing and decided to leave and work close to home.
He went on to work as a clerk at Kambili Mission Church. “It had nothing to do with my Christian faith … it was purely for the salary and my desire to work and live near my family,” he confesses. It was during his service at Kambui that he encountered the ‘flame’ that continues to burn with him as he allows himself to be used to transform others.
Rev. John Gata’s passion for his work as a servant of God brings out the best in everyone he interacts with, no matter what their circumstances in life. His role as an agent of peace and positive change in the church, his country and beyond cannot be overemphasised.
This is one of the books you don’t want to miss on your bookshelf.
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