Peace, Joy and Love

Christmas in Africa

Non-Fiction - Cultural
90 Pages
Reviewed on 10/28/2022
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Author Biography

Today l am a traveller and a writer. I wasn't always! Previously, l have been a partner in Deloitte accounting firm, a Minister in the Government of Bermuda and a realtor. But l always wanted to be a traveller so in 2014 I retired at 60 and have been a solo traveller until Covid forced me to stay at home for a long three years. My pattern has been to go on the road for eight weeks then home for eight and then off again.
When l retired l had been to 48 countries but since which l have been to 52 spending between one week and six weeks in these countries. It has been some journey! I have now been to 100 countries!
My first book, Immersed in West Africa, told the tale of eight adventure filled weeks in five West African countries. Since then l have been to 18 additional African nations and written four more books.
But l am not always traveling. When relaxing l enjoy a good book, which must be historical or biographical. I would love to read other genres but there are enough great books in my area to keep me reading. My love for travel means l always have a few travel books on the go as preparation for my next trip. I do a lot of researching before l head out. Then with what little time l have left, l am a sports fan- cricket and football being my games. So little time to be bored!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Miche Arendse for Readers' Favorite

Peace, Joy and Love: Christmas in Africa by Terry Lister recounts the ways Christmas is celebrated in various African countries. It may come as a shock that Christmas is even celebrated in Africa but as you will come to find out each country has its way of celebrating this joyous occasion. The gift of giving, a delicious meal or a special time spent with the family, are all things that can be expected during the festive season.

Peace, Joy and Love by Terry Lister is a beautifully written book that serves to educate, enlighten and share with others how Christmas is celebrated in various countries. The countries mentioned in the book range from those that are well-known to others that many readers might not have heard about. I liked that so many various African countries were mentioned as it displays the cultural and economic differences between them. Having been born in Africa myself, I found it intriguing how other countries celebrate Christmas and how they differ from the way we celebrate here in South Africa.

I think my favorite chapter in the book was about The Gambia because although it is a predominantly Muslim country, they celebrate Christmas just as fervently. It attests to the level of respect the people in that country have for one another’s beliefs, which I think is beautiful. I enjoyed this book and I think it was very well written and put together.