It comprises 84,000 words, written on 332 pages.
It took me seven years to write, one day a week, alongside a full-time job.
It’s taken me most of this year to get it ready for publication.
It’s been read, reviewed and endorsed by nine well-known people.
It contains ten true stories, featuring 33 different named stakeholders and multiple unnamed others.
After all this and more, my debut book, “Light through the Cracks: How God Breaks In When Life Turns Tough“, is now heading out into the Big Wide World!
Whether it’s a cancerous stomach tumour disappearing without trace; a man defying death, multiple times following life-threatening injuries incurred in a head-on road collision; a baby born prematurely, only to confound the medical predictions about his prognosis; cash appearing out of nowhere to keep a church from closing; or a teenager seeing her long-term debilitating illness disappear in an instant, these and all the other stories in this book are ones that need to be told.
They are stories of ordinary people encountering God in extraordinary ways – sometimes miraculously, other times in the seemingly mundane – witnessing him heal, deliver, provide and protect, in the midst of truly tough times.
Last week, I hosted an in-person event to launch the book.
It was a wonderful evening, filled with lovely people, live music, drinks, canapes, speeches, interviews, readings, lots of book sales and signings, and even some Bonfire Night sparklers.
I am so grateful to everyone who came!
Tomorrow, Friday 12 November, is the official release date, and it will make me a fully-fledged published author!
Do you know anyone feeling doubtful that God being actively at work today?
Do you know anyone holding out hope for a miracle?
Do you know anyone needing encouragement in their Christian faith?
If you do, please will you recommend my book to them?
In the UK, it’s available from Waterstones, Blackwells and Eden. In the USA, it’s available from Barnes & Noble and Powells. In all countries, it’s available from Amazon. It also continues to be available directly from my website.
Without giving names away, who would you give my book to, and why?
Please enter your answers in the comments below to be in with a chance of a free giveaway signed copy to mark the official release date! (The deadline is midnight, UK time, on Sunday 14 November.)
Both photos are copyright John Cairns Photography.