Library to host author

2015-09-02 06:00
Athlone Park Library will be hosting author of the book, ‘Throne Room Etiquette, Riaan da Horta.
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Athlone Park Library will be hosting author of the book, ‘Throne Room Etiquette, Riaan da Horta. Photo: supplied

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ATHLONE Park Library is hosting the author of the book, Throne Room Etiquette, Riaan da Horta on 26 September at 9.30am for 10am. Da Horta, a Metro Police officer and paramedic, will speak about some of the reasons and motivation behind writing the book. There will also be an opportunity to discuss his journey.

Da Horta was raised by a single parent and after completing military service, he joined the SAPS in 1992. In 1997 he joined Metro. “When I saw a young man who was seriously injured in a collision, my passion went from policing to first aid and I completed my basic life support certificate in 2010,” Da Horta said.

Recently, Da Horta was a nominee in the City Star awards programme for delivering a baby on a sidewalk in the Durban CBD. Da Horta said the book records his research and understanding of the spiritual truth that illustrates how spiritual maturity is within our grasp.

“I am incredibly curious when it comes to understanding spiritual truth, so I started research on truth, which included research from Christianity­, and a variety of other religions.

“This made me realise our attitude to God is too relaxed. So then I started to do research on how to behave in God’s presence. Most of my research is from the Bible, but included some books and online sources that allowed me to identify the need for this book, I then decided to put pen to paper,” Da Horta said.

“In essence, we need to understand that heaven is a kingdom and we do not necessarily know how to live in a kingdom, but in a democracy.”

He explained that we often assume one thing is happening, when the truth may actually be something entirely different. What we think is happening may not at always be what is actually happening. For instance when we go through difficulty, we often blame Satan for our situation, but it could actually be God correcting His children in love.

He said that in church, we often get taught what we want to hear, not always what we need to hear. He believes he is merely a student of scripture that has found more truth than what he was taught. This truth is what he hopes to share with the world.

Copies of Throne Room Etiquette will be available for sale on the day and the author will sign copies on request. For further information, and to book a place, phone 031 322 9028 or email rabia.khan@durban.gov.za

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