The title of the book ‘Ascent, Crest, Perspective: The Making of a Bamboo Camel’ is anything but ordinary, but its author, Dr Ross, James has had an anything but ordinary life so far.
The book is a memoir reflecting on his years as a journalist, academic and researcher, as well as the personal battles he has faced.
Ross is a storyteller who uses personal journals and correspondence to tell the story of what happened after he left a family funeral business and yielded to the leading of Providence.
Ross explains an Ascent, a 20-year period of preparation as a journalist, academic and researcher. The ascent of preparation levelled out on the Crest of purpose, a 20-year period of his life’s work, motivated by the teachings of Jesus whose life exemplified care for the marginalised and poor. He lived and worked in several Asian countries then relocated to Australia and led initiatives to develop community-centred media projects throughout Asia.
After detailing the Ascent and explaining the Crest, in Perspective Ross reflects on achievements concurrent with clinical depression and accompanied by despair and loss of joy. Some excerpts from his personal journals are painful reading; some revelations are vulnerable honesty. Yet, Ross accepts a proposition that depression might have been a ‘gift of a handicap’ which compelled him to depend on Providence to overcome his limitations. His startling conclusion is that he is, after all, a bamboo camel, designed with specifications to fulfil a providential purpose. – The Bamboo Camel
Ross has worked in many countries, including Australia, the Philippines and Pakistan.
It was a great pleasure to welcome him to my podcast Bleeding Daylight to be able to hear some of his story.
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Sheridan Voysey is the author of seven books, a broadcaster heard by millions of people and a speaker in demand in several countries.
He’s been featured in publications like The Times, Sunday Telegraph, Christianity Today, and the devotional, Our Daily Bread. Sheridan is a presenter of Pause for Thought on BBC Radio Breakfast. He contributes to media across the UK, US, Europe, and Australia and speaks at events around the world. Much of his success has come from the courage to share some of the deepest moments of his life with his various audiences.
Sheridan is this week’s guest on my podcast, Bleeding Daylight. As he tells his story, Sheridan uses his own search for meaning and significance to open a wider conversation about common human experience and discovering the divine. We also discuss his new book, Reflect with Sheridan, a book that brings together inspiring stories of joy, wonder, meaning, belonging, compassion, calling, seasons, change, and hope.
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How does a young boy with a promising future become a thief and a junkie and how does he turn his life around? That’s the story I unfold in the latest episode of my podcast, Bleeding Daylight.
Jacob Hill was a straight-A student with a dream of winning Olympic gold, but his life took a number of unexpected turns, including crime, drug addiction and coming very close to death. Some would say it’s a miracle that Jacob is alive today.
How did such a talented young man fall so far and how did he turn his life turn around? Today he’s a husband, father, author and pastor.
Jacob is my guest for this episode of Bleeding Daylight and you can hear his story by using the audio player below.
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