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Izak de Villiers

Biographical info

Izak Louis de Villiers was born on 30 July 1936 in Paarl. He matriculated at Paarl Gymnasium.

After school he studied at Stellenbosch University where he obtained the degrees BA, BA Honours, MA and the Licenciate in Theology, all cum laude.

He was a clergyman from 1963 tot 1983 in among others Albertinia, Bonnievale and Constantia. In 1983 he traded the pulpit for journalism and was appointed editor of the women's magazine Sarie.

In 1991 he became the chief editor of the Sunday paper Rapport, and retired in 1997. He made his debut in 1972 with the volume Leitourgos, and also wrote several devotional books. Daniel Hugo calls him “the best mystical poet in Afrikaans besides Sheila Cussons”.

De Villiers passed away on 27 September 2009

Did you know?

 

  • Izak was also one of the hymnists of the Dutch Reformed Church hymn book that appeared in the seventies.
  • He wrote the back page feature for Sarie for over 30 years.

Author bookshelf

Vervreemdeling, Tafelberg (2008)
Jerusalem tot Johannesburg, Tafelberg (2005)

Awards

Credo Prize for Christian literature (1980) – Leviet en vreemdeling
Andrew Murray Prize (1986) – Depressie, die siekte van ons tyd
FAK Prestige Prize (1998) – Vir sy bydrae op die gebied van joernalistiek M-Net Prize for poetry (2006) – Jerusalem tot Johannesburg
 

List of titles

Poetry
1972 Leitourgos
1975 Gelykenisse en ander verse
1978 Leviet en vreemdeling
2005 Jerusalem tot Johannesburg
2008 Vervreemdeling

Non-fiction
1986 Depressie, die siekte van ons tyd

Religion
1974 Manna oor die duine
1976 Wat dra my deur ’n krisis
1976 Te vroeg vir moedverloor
1976 ’n Vrou en haar God
1977 Dalk familie van Jesus?
1978 Sieners van die more
1978 Wie is ek?
1978 Eerste Bybelverse
1978 Eerste dankgebede
1978 Eerste gebede
1979 Nog gebede
1979 Teen winter en ontnugtering
1981 Die koningin se voetkombersie
1982 Toe nou, prediker!
1983 Waarom is ek bang?
1983 Daar’s nog altyd ’n God
1984 Die goeie sal lewe
1990 Net om jou ’n drukkie te gee
1991 Klein geskenk van geloof
2000 Die geluk van onsin
2003 Die glimlag van God
2004 10 maniere om teleurstellings te oorwin
2007 Liedjies uit ’n towerfluit

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