“What a fantastic idea to publish such a book. It is inspiring and should make us think as South Africans. I hope to see many more people walking together as a result of this and other such initiatives.”
Dr Mamphela Ramphele – Executive Chairperson of Letsema Circle, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town and former Managing Director of the World Bank.
“My heart finished this book feeling expanded, flowing into my body like a sparkle.”
Kathy Wolstenholme – Founder of Nia South Africa
“You have created something so special and I am very proud of you. It has been beautifully written, laid out and illustrated – a real collaboration of love and respect. Congratulations my lovely friend on your perseverance. You have left a legacy for everyone – your family, your friends and those unknown friends who will now love you through your work and appreciate the care and thought which has created this book.
It sits in pride of place on the coffee table for visitors to see. It will not be relegated to the bookshelf!”
Marguerite Poland – author of Abundant Herds, Shades, The Mantis and the Moon and more.
“Your book is indeed wonderfully put together: no wonder Tutu was willing to write a foreword for it. I particularly liked the way of placing your stories, not in some abstract, philosophising about what makes life worthwhile, but in the kind of things that are around us in South Africa all the time – right down to your experience with an ostrich.
I wish you well with this book. It deserves to get a wide reading.”
Louis van Loon, Founder of The Buddhist Retreat Centre, Ixopo, South Africa.
“I urge you to read this uplifting book and share it with others.”
Gcina Mhlophe – Author and South Africa’s Best Known Storyteller
“Di you are an amazing writer your book engages us on topics that even our parents never touch, and so create that new organised form of a mindset that one requires to truly live a fulfilled life. Thank you Di Smith for your perfect and sound work that God given gift and wisdom to help and reach out to the entire nation and to those who no longer consider life as a beautiful joyride.”
Lunga Phewe – Future Farmers Student.
“Wow your book is really awesome. I have enjoyed reading it, it has inspired me. It is true that the values and lessons in our life need to be taken more seriously and more importantly instilled into our youth. Sadly they are the ones who are desperate and challenged everyday but they also can make a change and I do believe we can build them into more determined, self-driven, successful individuals.”
Kristy Glass – Project Director LOTS NPO.
“You never know one’s effect on the universe. Like the ripple effect when one drops a pebble in the still pond. My 15 year old daughter found a quote in “You’re Awesome” from Albert Einstein. She has taken it on as her life’s motto. “The value of a man resides in what he gives and not what he is capable of receiving”. She is going to use that in a speech soon when she applies for regional office for an agricultural club called FFA.”
Joanne La Salle
“You’re Awesome is one of the best book I know of. Thank you for making this book ’cause it made me a new person. I do not like reading but when I saw the book pictures something on my mind said I must read it … if you do have another book that you’ve made please send me an E-mail I would like to read more of your books.”
“I have not even opened the book, and I feel inspired. You do live your life in a way that gives confidence and energy to others. Thanks for your words spoken which ranged across so many subjects so beautifully inclusively.”