Today, an astounding 50% of the world’s population can no longer see the stars because of pollution. But in many remote areas of Africa, you will be amazed by the thousands of points of light that fill the sky without interference from city lights or smog. As stars have influenced the daily activities of some African tribes for generations, astronomy is a major part of a safari. Many lodges and camps offer telescopes and some even have in-house astronomers should you wish to learn more about starry nights. Others offer the option of sleeping outdoors under the stars in sleeping bags or on raised platforms. Here are our top picks of the best places to star gaze in Africa.
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Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay
The author whose memoir Hunger chronicles her own painful experiences with sexual assault, is joined by contributors such as Ally Sheedy and Gabrielle Union to address issues of violence against women, gaslighting, being shamed and victim-blamed and exploring the prevalent rape pandemic within the refugee crisis.
In a world where the Weinsteins of the world have gotten away with sexual harassment for too long, Not That Bad is a book that should be on everyone’s must-read lists.
The book is available from the 1st May from HarperCollins publishers.
You Have the Right to Remain Fat by Virgie Tovar
In You have the Right to Remain Fat, Virgie tackles fatphobia and talks about unlearning everything that taught her to hate her body.
A must-read for all the awesome fat girls but also for those people in your life who really needs to hear some hard truths about their problematic and shame-y behaviour.
Published on the 14th August 2018 by The Feminist Press
It’s Only Blood: Shattering the Taboo of Menstruation by Anna Dahlqvist, Alice Olsson
The subject of periods has been one that’s been that’s always been somewhat of a forbidden topic. We’ve certainly made strides over the last few years when it comes to frank discussions about menstruation but many people still view it as a dirty bodily function and topic best not talked about at all.
Anna Dahlqvist’s It’s Only Blood takes a look at how and women around the world are dismantling the taboos and shame around menstruation and delves into why this is such a key factor in the fight for women’s rights.
Definitely an important book to read.
Published on the 15th May by Zed Books
Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride
Sarah McBride, the current National Press Secretary at the Human Rights Campaign, has a story to share that’s universal and relatable to anyone who has ever struggled with their gender identity and finding the freedom to express themselves for who they are, and not who the world wants them to be.
In her memoir, she chronicles her journey of coming out and tackles topics like access to healthcare, bathroom access and what it means to be openly transgender in a world that constantly targets and harasses the transgender community.
Published on March 6th 2018 by Crown Archetype
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Asha Bandele
I was having an interesting discussion with a friend who told me that one of her neighbours has always thought that Nelson Mandela was a terrorist.
It immediately got us thinking about how many people find it easier to defend a systematic structure of racism than it is to consider the humanity of those who are fighting against a wholly oppressive system.
I mean better the oppressive system then the freedom fighter, eh?
In her memoir, Patrisse Kahn-Cullors, one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement asks the readers to remember why the marginalised protest, to acknowledge the vulnerability and threat on their lives and to listen and understand that the fight is one for survival and a place beside everyone else, not one that’s rooted in the very rules of the foundation that stripped them of their freedoms in the first place.
The second word on the cross is Salvation – Luke 23
JESUS LOVES ME
Question: “Does Jesus love me?”
Answer: Many people have wondered if Jesus really loves them. The Bible is clear that no matter what we have done, Jesus does love us. In fact, He promises to both forgive us of every wrong we have done and provide us eternal life if only we will believe in Him: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Romans 5:8 says, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Before we were even born, God sent His only Son, Jesus, to die on our behalf to give us the opportunity for eternal life. This amazing gift comes to us because of His wonderful grace toward us: “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8–9). We don’t have to earn His love; we simply accept it.
It may be difficult to believe Jesus loves you because of other people who have let you down in the past. However, Jesus is unlike any other person; He is God in human form (John 1:14). He was involved in creating us, He sustains our every breath, and He offers us new life now and eternal life in heaven with Him.
JESUS LOVES ME
Another reason it may be difficult to accept the truth that Jesus loves you is that something you have done in the past troubles you. Jesus already knows your past and still offers you eternal life and forgiveness. A wonderful example of His love can be found in His last hours on the cross. One of the men crucified next to Him was being put to death for his crimes. Turning to Jesus, he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, saying, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:42–43). Despite this criminal’s sins, Jesus accepted his simple and sincere act of faith and promised him eternity in heaven—even though Jesus knew the man had no time to live his life differently.
When we ask, “How much does Jesus love me?” we only need to look at the cross. He stretched out His hands and said, “I love you this much.” He gave His life to give you new life.
You can pray to receive Jesus as your Savior right now and accept His love and eternal life. There is no special prayer to pray, but you can respond with a prayer similar to this:
JESUS LOVES ME
“Dear God, I realize I am a sinner and could never reach heaven by my own good deeds. Right now I place my faith in Jesus Christ as God’s Son who rose from the dead to give me eternal life. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to live for you. Thank you for accepting me and giving me eternal life.”
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RECEIVE JESUS Jesus heals
All through his time on earth, Jesus performed miracles. He healed the sick (Matthew 8:16 among many other instances), controlled the weather (Mark 4:39), multiplied food (Matthew 14:14-21), and provided money when needed (Matthew 17:24-27). Even after leaving the earth, He still does miracles in people’s lives (Acts 3:12-16).
Jesus Christ will receive you if you come to Him.
Jesus said, Whoever comes to me I will never cast out (John 6:37 ). This was why He came to earth—to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10 ). It does not matter what you have done, Jesus still wants you to come to Him. He said, I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32
WHO IS JESUS
The world knows that 2,000 years ago a man named Jesus came from the town of Nazareth in what is now called Israel. He traveled about the region and gained a large following. After a few years, the religious leaders in Jerusalem falsely accused him of crimes and handed him over to the Roman authorities. They executed him by nailing him to a cross. A short time later, his followers preached in the name of Jesus Christ, whom they said rose from the dead. More and more followers were added to this movement which has become the Christian church of today.
These are the facts upon which even the greatest skeptic will agree. But there is so much more to Jesus than that. Where he came from, what he did on earth, what he can do for us now is all revealed in the Bible. This book contains the only record of Jesus and was written by the generation of people who heard him teach and saw his deeds. Here is what the Bible teaches us about Jesus Christ: