AM-DT Prizewinner 2021
ANDREW MURRAY-DESMOND TUTU PRIZE FOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN PUBLICATIONS IN AN OFFICIAL SOUTH AFRICAN LANGUAGE
by Hykie Berg
Hykie Berg’s book, Ultimate Survivor, published by Lux Verbi, is the winner of the Andrew Murray-Desmond Tutu Prize 2021. Die adjudicators write: ”Berg tells in an unassuming way of his struggle with drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling and low self-esteem. It is a personal testimony of faith, reads easily and has a clear overall structure. What unfolds is the impact growing up in a dysfunctional family can have in one’s later years. Both the complex realities of dependency and the role of faith are authentically presented. Berg is not “preaching” to his readers but tells his story honestly, thoroughly, and chronologically, and wants through that to help others to overcome their own dependency issues. To do so he draws on the same twelve steps of recovery which he used in his life. While the twelve steps themselves are not new, the way they are introduced in the book is. The interweaving of the twelve steps and the author’s autobiographical story is extremely well executed.