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In 2012, Lenerd Louw is living the high life on Millionaires' Row in Clifton beach, Cape Town. As the successful CEO of an insurance company and part-time playboy, he appears to have it all - gorgeous women, threesomes, ecstasy and cocaine on demand.
But to Lenerd, something doesn't feel right. He attempts to drown the inner voice urging him to change his career, life - everything - by partying harder. By the end of December 2012, a massive shift occurs. Lenerd resigns as CEO, sells all his worldly possessions and books a one-way ticket to Lima, Peru. With just a backpack and a heart full of unanswered questions, he embarks on what will become an epic five-year spiritual journey, covering five continents and 35 countries, in search of his own soul and meaning.
"I was aware that my goal-less approach went against popular belief. So many motivational speakers and gurus expound on the virtues of 'setting goals' and 'believing in yourself', to 'go, go, go get what you want'. But I was more interested in surrender rather than control. I wanted to fully see what existence had to offer. Once all the fearful internal chatter had died down, I was finally able to listen."
Joining Lenerd on his journey from a hedonistic life defined by drugs and sex to finding true spirituality and a sense of purpose, Jump! is a phenomenal true tale of personal expansion and awakening. Personal growth books don't get any more potent or engrossing than this!
Inspired by soul warriors' works and self discovery books like Gary Zukav's The Seat of the Soul and Robin Sharma's The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, Louw follows his deeper calling, jumping off the cliff of comfort, into the deep unknown. What he discovers is magical, and the result is one of the most accessible and life-changing inspirational books released in recent years.
"What a ride! I didn't see it coming. Wow, this is phe-nom-e-nal." - Sean Fraser, editor of Trevor Noah's Born a Crime.
"The profound lessons shared in this book has made me feel like South Africa has found its very own Alchemist meets Jonathan Livingston Seagull, but on steroids!"- Krystal Kolnik (Goodreads review *****)
"Lenerd is captivatingly candid, a superb character and testament to what wonderful things are in store for men who are open to a more engaged, balanced and attentive approach to sexuality and meaning."- Shani (Goodreads review *****)
"Calling JUMP! the male version of Eat Pray Love is not giving it nearly enough credit. Where Eat Pray Love is candy floss, JUMP! Is the molten dark center of a chocolate fondant,"- Christa (Goodreads review ****)
"If I was a woman I would be giving my lover a copy of this book to read as a prerequisite before commencing any sexual relationship." - Paul (Goodreads review *****).
"I experienced every emotion reading this book, from laughing out loud to balling my eyes out."- Margot" (Goodreads review *****)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lenerd Louw holds a bachelors degree in commerce and law, an LLB and master's degree in business administration. He is an advocate (barrister) and was the CEO and founder of two direct life insurance companies. He often took the traditional insurers and brokers head on in radio and TV debates and in print and digital media with his message of saving the consumer money by cutting out the middle man. He held various senior positions in the UK and South Africa, including Strategic Innovations Director, Marketing Director and Head and founder of the In-house Advertising Agency for the Group. As an innovative business leader he brought numerous well-known brands to the market.
JUMP! is a memoir about Lenerd Louw's experiences including his playboy lifestyle in Cape Town whilst also being a CEO of an insurance company, the difficulty and confusion when a massive internal shift occurred in him, the decision to walk away from it all in 2012, going on a five year 35 countries outer journey all around the world whilst doing the tough deep inner journey at the same time. It includes his two-year period of celibacy at the start of his travels, his travels to fascinating places and his learnings at each place. It's a story of personal expansion and awakening, of surrender, of trust and of transformation.
His best selling award winning book JUMP! is also available at all the major bookstores in Southern Africa after being published by the leading publisher of memoirs. His journey continues but now with the passionate sharing of his learnings and experiences through writing, speaking, guiding and coaching. Between travelling he sometimes parks in Cape Town.
(For more info, photos and video clips of the journey see: lenerdlouw.com)