Hanover Park Library hosted its first-ever book launch last Saturday with prolific author and pastor, Ivan Koopman. The passionate writer launched his eighth book, titled Sleutels, in the presence of more than 100 people on the day. The specific release of his third book forms part of his ongoing series Serina, wherein he pays respect to his mother and her traditions.Koopman grew up in Hanover Park and led an extraordinary life, both personally and professionally. His career went from humble beginnings as a tea boy, to eventually culminating as an emergency medical manager at Alec Construction in Dubai.In his address to the audience, on the day, Koopman explained his thinking behind the title of his book.Koopman said that the figurative ‘keys’ given to him by his mother had informed every aspect of his life and had led him to success.The launch programme was not only a sit-down and book signing session, but included a jam-packed programme with singers and inspirational guest speakers. Being a man of many talents, Koopman himself took a turn on stage to sing with his co-singers, together delivering a rousing rendition of “Alleluia”.Guests listened on in amazement as the excited author indulged in a live question-and-answer session on stage with Wanda Bam from Radio Pulpit. Other guest speakers to contribute to the programme included Denise Williams from Radio Tygerberg, Guilma Stander from Radio Pulpit and Patricia Vollenhoven, Koopman’s sister.A resident of Hanover Park who attended the book launch on the day said the life story of Koopman is an inspiration to many going through struggles. “God brings us ease and answers our prayers when the time is right, and when He thinks we deserve it. It is all about belief and patience. This author had a beautiful story to tell us on stage and I am hopeful to read his full book. I am inspired,” said Tina Meyer.Ivan Koopman’s new book Sleutels can be read or purchased at Hanover Park Library in Hanover Park Avenue. V For more information, call 021 400 3417 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.