I really enjoyed your book.
Two things that were cool for me personally – that you work for Unilever. My grandfather was also a chemist at what was then Lever Brothers. The other thing is the word “Gates” – did you know that in the Scandinavian languages, gate or gata/gate/gade (sw/no/dk) now means a city street, but originates from the word for a road that leads to the city gate. (I’m no etymologist, but I guess the word came to Britain during the Viking invasions) but my point is that it is very appropriate in the title of your book as you do give direction to the readers’ thoughts. It’s not like the gate is to a field were one just wanders around aimlessly, one ends up in a different place from where one started, which is the purpose of constructive thought.
I liked that you could talk about your faith without being preachy, that what you write about is universally relevant, and not just aimed at Christians, or people from Ghana. I think there must be something there that resonates with everyone.
For example I had a similar experience with a letter. Luckily in the end I didn’t send it because it could have caused upset and hurt, but the important thing is that I wrote my feelings down and in so doing got them out. I think I burnt it afterwards. My grandmother used to say “never write in a letter what you would be embarrassed to hear read out in public” and I think that is good advice, nevertheless it can be quite powerful to put your feelings and experiences down on paper. In this way one understands how mighty the pen is. If you are writing in anger, especially if it is directed at someone or some institution then it is good to burn it up right away, because that way it still has a therapeutic effect on yourself without causing any harm. But writing can also be a force for good.
In your book you collected your thoughts and experiences in a well constructed way which must have been a valuable exercise in itself but it has also provided readers with entertainment and enlightenment. It is written in a way that encourages the reader to examine their own experiences and values and think for themselves which is very good, and as I said it’s not preachy or didactic, or arrogant in any way. It puts a smile on your face while making you think.
So thank you for sharing! I shall be ordering some books soon and have put it on the list.
All the very best.
The writer wishes to remain anonymous.