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Psychology Student Pens Her First Book

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A Zimbabwe-born Psychology student at the University of Worcester is celebrating the publication of her first book.

Ruth Madanhi, from Wolverhampton, was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, before moving to Britain with her parents at the age of 16 to pursue her dreams.

“My parents moved from Zimbabwe to invest in my life, and that of my brothers and sisters, so that we could all benefit and have the chance to work hard to fulfil our goals and ambitions,” said the 21-year-old.

Ruth’s book, entitled Be Encouraged, is published by AuthorHouse UK. It aims to be a daily reference for people who are experiencing low self-esteem or struggling with feelings of hopelessness. The book is infused throughout with Ruth’s Christian values, and is designed to be, in Ruth’s own words, “a gentle voice of comfort and daily source of inspiration. I wanted to share hope with people who may be going through difficulties”.

Be Encouraged blends inspirational messages with more traditional biblical scripture in a mix that Ruth believes can be of use to any reader in their day to day lives, regardless of whether or not they are a part of the Christian faith.

Ruth admits that she did not expect that one day she would write a book: “It came as a surprise to me. Some people say that the unexpected can happen, and that’s certainly the case with me. I just had a strong feeling that I wanted to share my faith with others to try and help those who might be struggling. My parents were also very supportive, giving me confidence and helping me believe that anything is possible.”

Ruth said it was the University’s friendly atmosphere that convinced her that Worcester was the right place to inspire her: “I just knew that it was going to be my place to study. The teaching staff are excellent, and it is also such a friendly place. There are a lot of good people around the University.”

For information on courses at University of Worcester come along to the Open Day on Sunday, November 30.