It is about:
Looking back over my life, I realized God prepared me for an unusual calling. From a blessed and loved filled Christian up-bringing, 5-years at military school, becoming a top college athlete, pastoring in London, a 30-year career in banking, to leading Alpha USA, they all helped to prepare me for my calling. A calling to share the comfort God gave me in my suffering to help others in their suffering.
Things came to a head after having a massive cardiac arrest in which I was twice pronounced dead in a 30-minute period. Coming to, without any brain damage, the medics and first responders called it a miracle and I asked the question, “Lord, why am I still here?”
I realized that on my journey of catastrophic suffering, I had received a very special gift – the ability to empathize with the broken and to help them to find comfort and hope. The truth is, the really deep things of the heart come only through the journey of suffering.
That’s when I knew I had to write Living Hope.
At the beginning, you simply need to be loved and comforted. Later, your soul needs to be restored. And then, you will be in a place to join our Hope Warriors who are turning the bad things in their life into something good to help others.
If this life is all there is, I would have become bitter, with no hope. However, in seeing that this is ‘just the cover page of a never-ending story,’ and that I’m going to see Rebecca and Alex again, I have great peace and joy.
Living Hope is for everyone because suffering is a fact of life, and no one escapes it. However, we’re not taught how to journey through suffering. I share how I learned to journey through suffering with a living hope, knowing that God was with me and that there was a purpose in all that I was going through.
My prayer is that Living Hope will:
As in all we do, we wrote Living Hope together. I wrote Living Hope as an instructional memoir but Jeannie added the color. She helped to make the story come alive by helping me to include the more personal parts of my journey. Jeannie is writing her side of the story from the perspective of unconditional love. Like her dancing as a ballerina, she has a beautiful way of writing and I know her book will be a massive best seller. It should be published in 2022.