Award Winning South African Author Releases Free Study Guide to Accompany Book

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Athanatos Christian Ministries has released a free study guide to accompany the award winning book by South African author Shirley M. Tucker, "Diamonds in the Dust."

Angling to reach out to book clubs and church groups, the Christian fiction publisher Athanatos Christian Ministries has released a free study guide to go along with their award winning title, "Diamonds in the Dust" by Shirley Mowat Tucker.

Shirley Tucker is a South African author who has literally ranged across the globe and has the life experiences to show it. However, it is life in modern day South Africa that unfolds in this 2011 book. From rampant poverty to sex trafficking to the sheer despair that comes from losing a loved one to a vicious murderer, "Diamonds in the Dust" runs the gamut of emotions as it dives into one complex subject after another.

With so many topics vying for deeper inspection, Mrs. Tucker's book is perfect for book clubs, library groups, and reading groups at churches. However, because of the sheer number of them and the discussion each warrants, the study guide was produced by the publisher to help readers notice some of the finer points and give them their due consideration.

The discussion guide is organized with facilitators in mind. The first section contains a number of 'overview questions' that span the entirety of the book. After that, are questions organized topically that help the reader see how important issues are threaded throughout the book. The topics are: Authority, Vocation, Prayer, Mercy and Justice, and Friendship.

Shirley Tucker is a Christian author that does more than write about social ills. She and her husband, Mark, founded the Phakamani Foundation to distribute micro-loans to enterprising, but poor, women in South Africa.

The Tuckers are examples of how people can make a difference even in the face of great odds. This, not coincidentally, is a core theme of "Diamonds in the Dust." In this book, a widow finds herself struggling against corruption at the highest levels while contending for people who live at the lowest depths; it is these latter people who are the 'diamonds in the dust.'

In honor of the release of their new study guide, ACM has announced that the book can be purchased at 50% off from Smashwords using the following coupon: NA56U. The coupon expires on October 15th, 2012.

To find the Smashwords link and all other purchase options, visit the publisher page.

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