New Wine – Prophetic Journal

New Wine - Elsa Cronje journal

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)

Let’s have a look at 2 Corinthains 12:7–10.

Paul’s “Thorn” (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.

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.’

New Wine - coffee table book by Elsa Cronje

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 word as well my attempts to write a daily devotional in 2011 and journaling/colouring book in 2017 was completely forgotten at that time.  

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

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

When finalising the book during 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 obviously. The valley was extremely dark and I now see 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.

Abba was also very specific with who He wanted to use to create the illustrations in His book. He chose Antoinette Holtzhausen from Tehila and WOW, she blessed me with His unique version on the inside of her.

The pomegranate illustration (on the cover of the book) was created by Candice van der Westhuizen from Ginosko Creative Studio, when Abba chose her to design my New Wine fabric pattern. With all the different images Abba gave me for this pattern, she did a magnificent job in displaying New Wine. He gave me the mandate for the New Wine pattern in February 2021. I only realise now that the pattern and the book have the same name. Little did I know the pattern will be the book’s cover. I needed Francois Terblanche (from Kreatio) to realise this as he did the layout and compilation of the book.

How would this book have been possible without these wonderful people – Leonie, Antoinette, Candice and Kreatio – all doing their part?

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.

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!

When I started writing this article to share the testimony behind New Wine, Abba took me to an article written about my grandmother in the Rooi Rose during 1992. And when I read the sentence about me also loving to write, I was moved to tears. Suddenly the scripture of Him orchestrating our lives just became more real.

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.

Please take note:

Orders for 2021 will close on 8 December 2021. Any orders placed afterwards, will be shipped during January 2022.

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Elsa Cronje Transformation Coach