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Waipori Reflections
Contemplation in Three Locations

by Charles Muller
 

UK price: £9.99   US price: $14.99
Publisher: DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback:
Perfect binding , cream interior
Size : 5.5" x 8.5" (21.6 x 14 x 1.9 cm)
Pages: 350
ISBN: 978-1907294358
Published: December-2009

The “reflections” in this volume were inspired by the author’s acquisition of a house in the splendid isolation of a remote village surrounded by a scenic reserve. In Waipori Falls Village, about an hour's drive from Dunedin, in South Island, New Zealand, the author and his old friend and colleague Dr Garrett Evans could reflect upon life, on their experiences in different parts of the world where they had lived. This is followed by the author’s reflections back in Clashnessie, his home in the Highlands of Scotland, followed by his reflections during the summer of 2008, which he spent at his home in Nova Scotia. The book, which encompasses the three locales, constitutes, in effect, a “trilocation” portmanteau! All the reflections, wherever they are set, were inspired by his time in Waipori, which began the whole process.

Also included are a number of articles by John Kelly, being memories of the early days in Waipori Falls Village, at the time when the hydro-electric scheme was being constructed in the valley.

From the back cover:

Perched on a steep, wooded hillside about 60km west of Dunedin, in a South Island rainforest, New Zealand, is a village called Waipori Falls Village. The “reflections” in this volume were inspired by my acquisition of a house, some three years ago, in the splendid isolation of this remote village surrounded by a scenic reserve. Perhaps that’s why I was there – to rediscover my balance, to get things into perspective, and these reflections have this as their main purpose. “As iron sharpeneth iron,” I said to my old friend Garrett, quoting from Proverbs. There in Waipori we could reflect upon life, on our experiences in different parts of the world where we have lived, restoring balance, finding our way again after so much wandering through the world. After our combined Waipori reflections, there are my reflections back in Clashnessie, my home in the Highlands of Scotland, followed by my reflections during the summer of 2008, which I spent at my home in Nova Scotia. The book, which encompasses the three locales, constitutes, in effect, a “trilocation” portmanteau! All the reflections, wherever they are set, have been inspired, one might say, by my time in Waipori, which began the whole process.—Charles Muller.

Extract from the Acknowledgements: It is a great privilege, also, to have received the contributions from John Kelly and Frank Cordemans about Waipori Falls Village in the early days, when it was the accommodation base for the power stations, for which the village was originally built. Their early memories have been included as Appendices to this volume and will certainly add to the book’s value, not just as a source of entertainment but as a valuable record of history.

Cover photographs by the author: Autumn sunset, Upper Port La Tour, Nova Scotia;
Lake Mahinerangi, Waipori; and rainbow over Clashnessie bay.


About the author

The author at the launch of Winston Churchill by his
Personal Secretary
, at the Churchill Museum,
Cabinet
War Rooms in Whitehall, in February 2008

Charles Humphrey Muller, MA (Wales), PhD (London), DLitt (OFS), DEd (SA), was Professor and Head of the Department of English at the University of the North in South Africa for ten years, and Senior Lecturer in English at the University of South Africa before that. He is the author of numerous academic textbooks and literary studies published by Oxford University Press and McGraw-Hill, and was editor of Unisa English Studies and Communiqué, literary journals of the University of South Africa and the University of the North. In 1988 he left his academic career to move to Scotland where he bought a small hotel - the Kenmore Bank Hotel in Jedburgh, fifty miles south of Edinburgh  -  to devote more time to creative writing. He has since sold the hotel and written a number of novels (A Twist in Time, The Cage and  the Cross, Wheel of Fortune, Continental Drift), and with his wife Joanne has co-authored two novels (Rapture at Sea and Spirit of Ecstasy by ‘Carolyn Charles’). He wrote the inspirational work Have Anything You Really Really Want , and  served as editor for his wife’s ‘self-help’ book So You Want to Buy a Small Hotel!    He also edited  a collection of testimonies titled Touched by God.

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Touched by Angels: Testimonies of Christian Power  -  Charles Muller

UK price:  £4.90   US price: $7.40
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
Published March 2013
Publisher: Diadem Books
ISBN-10: 1908026499
ISBN-13: 978-1908026491

TOUCHED BY ANGELS brings together several inspirational stories of God's supernatural intervention in the lives of Christian believers. They constitute extra-biblical proof of God's divine power and love. The contributors are or were remarkable people whom the Lord had touched in one way or another, manifesting His divine love and miraculous power. It was the editor's own unexpected experience of the Lord's power and presence that, in 1984, changed his life and caused him to forsake his academic career in South Africa and move to the United Kingdom where he could obey his mission to write. It was also that remarkable experience of His power that made him seek out others whom the Lord had touched while he was still living in South Africa. This little book is the result of that quest.


 

Wheel of Destiny         
by Charles Muller
UK price: £18.24    US price: $27.46
Publisher: SPIDERWIZE
Format: Paperback:
Perfect binding , cream interior
Size : 6 x 9 (US trade)
Pages: 684
ISBN: 978-0956051905
Published: October-2008

Wheel of Destiny is a novel of intrigue, adventure and explicit sexuality. An English teacher flees the threat of death across the world in the company of his provocative pupil.


CONTINENTAL   DRIFT    by  Humphrey Muller.     Published by Writers Club Press. 

This is a Bildungsroman, or a novel of character growth, presenting a form of self-discovery for the protagonist who wrestles with a hopeless marriage and unfulfilling business, and who finally realises a dream. The novel embodies many of the life-changing ideas expressed by James Redfield in The Celestial Prophecy (Bantam Books).
US: $21.95       U.K.Price: £14.93         More info

 


 A  TWIST  IN  TIME   by  Humphrey  Muller.    Published by Writers Press Club.  

The main theme of this novel is destiny and time. Can we really alter time? Would we - or could we - change any details of our lives if we had the opportunity to go back in time? This is a question I’ve often mulled over, so in the end I wrote a novel about it.    US price $13.95    UK price £11.99

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THE  CAGE   AND  THE  CROSS   by   Humphrey   Muller.   Published by Writers Club Press.  A Christian novel of salvation based on an actual person, a prisoner in Pretoria Central Prison who committed suicide in 1975.   US price $10.75   UK price £7.21

The protagonist couldn't help falling in love, against his will. Those who knew him better tried to stop him, to draw him back, to tell him it was wrong, against the Law of God. But they couldn't stop him. Because the affair was with God. Or was it?  Perhaps the whole affair was just part of his imagination.  More info

 


THE  SPIRIT OF ECSTASY  by Carolyn Charles.  Published by Writers Club Press.  

This is a romance based on computer dating.  Richard Vance, a nuclear physicist from South Africa, visits Britain armed with three names he received from Compudate, a computer dating agency -- and he is suitably mis-matched!  The fact that one of the dates appears to know a lot more of weapon-grade enriched uranium than is likely for a district nurse adds an element of intrigue.   Price $14.95   £10.40       More info

 


LAURA'S SECRET  by Elsie MacMillan Young and Humphrey Muller.  Published by Writers Club Press.  

 
At 13 Laura enters service as a kitchen maid in Millfield Hall. The Mistress is soon enamoured of her, promotes her to ladies maid and gives her a magnificent brooch as a token of her affection. When Laura trains as a nurse after the outbreak of the Great War she is raped by a shell-shocked officer. This sets in motion a sequence of events that lead her to harbour a terrible secret by the time World War II breaks out.   More info  
$11.95    £7.89 

 


RAPTURE AT SEA  by Carolyn & Humphrey Muller. Published by Writers Club Press. 

A Christian novel.   As the year 2000 approaches for many the prospect of Christ's promised return becomes more of a reality. So what if the Parousia, or the Rapture does take place?   What if Christ returns to Earth while some are at sea?   Would some be taken, and some left?  What might happen to those passengers on a sea voyage?
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Touched by God: Testimonies of Christian Power
Edited by C H Muller

Touched by God brings together seven inspirational stories of God’s supernatural intervention in the lives of Christian believers. They constitute extra-biblical proof of God’s divine power and love.
Publisher: Writers Club Press      ISBN 0-595-09413-9    
US Price $10.95       UK Price:  £7.23
 

 


Have Anything You Really Really Want! A Christian Testimony 
by C H Muller.  
US Price: $11.95    U K Price:  £10.27

This little book is a personal testimony, bearing witness to how the author's faith opened doors and released the power of God -- a God who loves and cares, who guides us to fulfil the special plan he has for each one of us.

On one level, it explores the essential principles for personal success and achievement. It’s a record of how these principles worked for the author. How did he achieve his three university doctorates? How did he apply himself, what research methods did he use? On a superficial, materialistic plane, how did he acquire his Rolls Royce, or his hotel in Scotland?   


Edited by Charles Muller:

ALAN PATON SPEAKING   
The Lintrose Conversations:
Interview with Alan Paton  

by Roy Holland
edited by Charles Muller
UK price: £14.60     US price: $28.95
Publisher: DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback:
Perfect binding , cream interior
Size : 6 x 9 (US trade)
Pages: 114
ISBN: 978-0-9559741-4-4
Published: August-2008

 

 

This interview with Alan Paton by Roy Holland, and edited by Charles Muller, has never, until now, been published. The interview took place on June 19 and June 20, 1973, when Holland was a guest in Paton’s home, Lintrose, at Bothas Hill, Kloof, Natal. It provides many insights into Paton’s life, his political involvement as the founder of the Liberal party in South Africa, and his writings


The Christian Teachings of Charles Kinglsey

Charles Muller
 

US price: $18.17  UK price: £15.99
Format: Paperback
Pages: 232
Published:14 Mar 2011
Hardcover: 232 pages
Publisher: Diadem Books
ISBN-10: 1908026030
ISBN-13: 978-1908026033
Product Dimensions: 14 x 21.6 x 1.8

The moral purpose of Charles Kingsley's novels is pronounced because he was a preacher, and more specifically, a teacher. He was above all a preacher of stirring didactic sermons. It is the didactic content of his writings-in his sermons, his novels, and his essays on natural theology-which is the study of this work. One too often forgets that Kingsley was not, in the first instance, a social and political reformer. As a preacher, and as a writer, he was pre-eminently a teacher-a theologian, yes, but more importantly, a Christian didactician. He was not an evangelical preacher, yet the Christian gospel was at the heart of his teachings and his moral exhortations. This work attempts to look at the Christian message that was the inspiration behind his socio-religious gospel. Writing at the time of Charles Darwin, Kingsley saw no reason to lose his sound Christian faith with the emergence of Darwin's theory of evolution. Instead, he could accept it as a means to a divine end, another example of how Providence might bring about the Kingdom of God on earth.