21 November 2012

Namibia: Ex-Teacher Publishes Book for Teenagers

The launch of Success for the Puzzled Teenager aims to help teenagers in making the right decisions with the many issues that they face.

Having been an English teacher for 14 years, author, Avril Cordom, decided it was about time to produce a motivational help book for teenagers. "I sometimes assisted with the counselling of students. Students easily opened up to me. The cases were anything from wanting to commit suicide, low self-esteem, no love at home, daily fights with and of parents, divorce, sexually abused, HIV status and the list continues," she says. Most of these counselling sessions were successful and it was later that she realised that there are a number of teenagers out there who do need help, and that she alone could not help out and physically talk to them. Hence the idea of producing a book.

Cordom adds that prior to launching the book, she had been working on it for the last six years since August 2006, and says the book is to empower today's youths, which will lead to a change in their current mindsets. "If parents want to invest in their teens, maturity and success towards adulthood, they would give them this book. Every teenager needs to read it; it would make a great Life Skills textbook. When parents cannot get to convince their children of some bad habits, this book speaks to them and challenge them chapter after chapter to let go and become the best that they've been meant to be," she says.

The book starts by informing the youth the strength they possess to be winners, then it moves to identifying their obstacles, to let go of their past and look ahead. The 15 chapters includes the following: The Successful Person Within; Overcoming Your Obstacles; Look Ahead, Shake off the Past; Self-Image; Attitude; Words; Relationships At school; Opportunities; Perseverance, Visualise; The Seed of Goodness; Leave a Legacy; Attitude of Gratitude; Time Management and Integrity.

"The youth will also easily relate to every chapter, as each chapter ends with a testimony of students who went through exactly what they're experienced at present and how they overcame, testimonies range from divorce, sexually abused by a family member, school dropouts, death, abusive relationships, managing their time etc," says Cordom.

She assures that this is just the start of more books to come having already completed a second manuscript, which she expects to be published late next year.

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