Elsa Cronje, granddaughter of Dot Serfontein, debuts with 'New Wine'

"The New Wine journal is not only a beautiful coffee table book. Exuberant messages are written as letters to a daughter; it grasps your attention and brings hope.

 

Elsa Cronje, a registered and qualified transformation coach, brings the reader in close contact with not only the Holy Spirit but with God and his love for us. It is an inspirational book and brings hope and a new dimension to the relationship with God. It is an eye-opener to many and those in distress, a gift of light." (Alet Enslin – Poet and Language Advisor at Kreatio)

 

Meet Elsa Cronje …

 

Elsa Cronje is a registered and qualified transformation coach who specialises in inner transformation and healing. Through various journeys, courses and books, she inspires, teaches and equips people to be the vessels Abba Father created them to be. Everything she does is solely out of obedience and authentically created through her journey with the Holy Spirit.

 

Tell us more about your debut book, New Wine.

 

It is a colouring, journaling, receiving-answers-book – to devour when you are lead by the Holy Spirit. The New Wine journal was written as Abba Father whispered to me.

 

This journal provides the opportunity to connect with Abba Father on a different level and in an inspirational way. It is to soak His support, love, and companionship into your heart while allowing Him to make New Wine out of you.


However, becoming new wine is a very difficult, daunting, and complicated process that leaves one feeling defeated often. The New Wine journal brings encouragement, strength and upliftment during difficult days. It is not an ordinary book, but it is designed and purposed by the Holy Spirit to be read; when His time is right.

 

Is there a specific story that led to the publication of New Wine?

 

When I think about New Wine, I want to laugh and cry all at once. I am humbled and in owe that during my darkest valley, this is what He created out of me.

 

My grandmother kept nagging me to write until she passed away a few years ago. She was one of the few people that (I felt) understood me without having to explain myself. We had such a wonderful connection and I feel a little sad that she is not here to celebrate this blessing with me. I cannot help but wonder what she would have said if she received a signed copy of New Wine – seeing that she always blessed me with a signed copy of her books. I can see the look on her face, 'I told you so,' along with 'I am so proud of you.'

 

Writing runs in my family, as many of you know, and I appreciate words more than most people. The words we use have so much power and when a vision by a dear friend of mine (Leonie Pretorius) was uttered over me to write in 2019, I thought: 'I would love to write books that glorify Abba. May this prophecy come true.' 



I don't find much pleasure in writing fiction, but enjoy writing what Abba teaches me. The revelations He gives me through writing are something I cherish deeply and enjoy extremely.

 

So, when Abba told me to write the New Wine journal, I thought to myself, 'How on earth will I write a book? I am fighting postnatal depression, I don't have enough self-discipline, I have a baby to take care of, and I cannot think of worse timing. I won't give me a mandate for anything, so why would You?'

 

My grandmother's nagging, my friend's prophetic words, as well as my attempts to write a daily devotional in 2011 and journaling/colouring book in 2017, was altogether forgotten at that time. 

 

I silently decided to be obedient and write what He says; He will do with it as He pleases. I was in such a deep dark valley, but as soon as my son was asleep, Abba started to whisper what He wanted me to write.

 

I wrote every single word He said down as fast as I could, seeing that I wanted to sleep – because I NEEDED to sleep. During this time, my father-in-law passed away, and one of my closest friends, on top of fighting my postnatal depression. It was a challenging time. Only Abba pulled us through – I cannot explain how; it is a miracle.. 

 

When finalising the book in November 2021, eight months since I started writing, I was mesmerised. I read through every single message, and His words blew me away. I can't remember writing these pieces; it must have been Him. The valley was extremely dark, and I see now that when my soul is out of the way (occupied with the valley), He creates beautifully. The scripture by Paul only makes sense to me now:

 

Paul's "Thorn" (2 Corinthians 12:7–10 – The Passion Translation)

The extraordinary level of the revelations I've received is no reason for anyone to exalt me. For this is why a thorn in my flesh was given to me, the Adversary's messenger sent to harass me, keeping me from becoming arrogant. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to relieve me of this. But he answered me, "My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness." So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I'm weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me. So I'm not defeated by my weakness, but delighted! For when I feel my weakness and endure mistreatment—when I'm surrounded with troubles on every side and face persecution because of my love for Christ—I am made yet stronger. For my weakness becomes a portal to God's power.

 

Do other authors inspire your writing process?

 

Come away my beloved by Frances J Roberts is one of my favourite books because it is written as if Abba is speaking. I secretly dreamt about writing such a book – never telling Abba or anyone about it. I thought it would be impossible. What a blessing that Abba chose me to write the New Wine journal in the same manner and including pages for colouring and journaling. Each message brings about a different experience and satisfies my heart with honey-delight.

 

What does it feel like to publish your first book?

 

Wow, what an honour! I will read from His book, New Wine, whenever He prompts me to. I cannot wait to have my own signed copy. Haha!

 

He chose me to write a book that will bring answers, encouragement, revelations, comfort, and whatever He pleases. I am excited that He will use this book as He sees fit. He commanded me to write it and publish it. So, here it is! 

 

Orders and information:

The first ten orders will receive a prophetic gift.

Paperback: R250

Hardcover: R395

Shipping fee excluded.

 

Contact info@deborahlev.co.za for orders and enquiries about the New Wine journal. Orders for 2021 will close on 8 December 2021. Any orders placed afterwards will be shipped during January 2022.

 

This publication can also be ordered from Kreatio's online bookstore. Prophetic gifts are only included with orders placed directly through Elsa.