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A Journey from Despair to Hope
Since the publication of 'A child called "it"' by Dave Pelzer there hasn't been a story like this. But this is not just another harrowing story about an excruciating childhood and the ravages on a life it produces. The difference... read more
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A Journey From Despair to Hope
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"This is a compelling, gripping, heart-wrenching, you-can't-put-it-down story of sin and grace. Read this and thank God that, as Psalm 136 says, 'His love endures forever.'"
Mark Dever, Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church and President of 9Marks.org, Washington, DC
Since the publication of 'A child called "it"' by Dave Pelzer there hasn't been a story like this. But this is not just another harrowing story about an excruciating childhood and the ravages on a life it produces. The difference is that Mez not only escaped from his 'trial by parent' but he discovered a hope that has transformed his life. He in turn has helped others find hope in their lives. Mez's story is told with a frankness and wit that hides much of the pain and despair that was his everyday experience. Nevertheless, although his story at times may sicken you, his first brushes with the faith that restored him will make you laugh out loud! Mez's life involved abuse, violence, drugs, thieving and prison - but you don't have to fall as far as him in order to climb out of the traps in your life. Do you like happy endings? Mez still suffers from his experiences but you'll be amazed at how far you can be restored from such a beginning.
Mez McConnell is the pastor for Niddrie Community Church, near Edinburgh. He is also the Director of 20schemes which is dedicated to revitalising and planting gospel churches in Scotland's poorest communities. Previously he was a missionary with street kids in Brazil. He is married and has two children.
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"Mez McConnell is one of the most exciting young leaders I know, with a conviction about the gospel of Jesus Christ that moves him to reach out with the love of God to the people who live in the rough and tumble area in which he lives and works. In the chaos of people's lives that have been devastated by drugs, alcohol and the neglect of society Mez comes boldly and sometimes brashly with the message of the love of Christ that can bash down any barrier. His story, the story of how Christ worked and continues to work in his life will inspire and humble any reader."
Al Barth, Global Network Coordinator for Redeemer City To City, New York
"It's an amazing, arresting and touching story."
J. I. Packer, Well known Author & Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
"This is another story of God's power to transform anyone who opens up their life to him. It would provide great encouragement to anyone working among the seriously deprived or engaged in prison work. It could also be valuable to pass on to anyone beginning to look towards Christ from a seemingly impossible background. It is a short, gripping and challenging story."
British Church Newspaper
Masterly! "He scatters stars with both hands." (Cicero)
Posted by Major Tom at 23:41 on Sunday 16 January 2011
very encouraging. sad and witty at times. Found this gem of a book in local charity shop a few days ago. I will share it with my non christian friends. God bless and protect you and your family Mez.
Posted by Chris Ann Macdonald, Outer Hebrides, Scotland at 11:55 on Sunday 26 April 2009
i havnt seen mez for a while now im his step brother sal .i came to spain after ihad myself been touched by somthing . i hit rock bottom in my life and spent months wondering why the world was so unfair i was confused and mixed up nothing meant anything in my life then one day i looked out of my window and the sun was shining it was beautifull my whole life changed from that day and all the bad that i had been through all the pain hurt became clear as one it stopped hurting anyway i then came to spain and my mother gave me mezs book and i thought it was great im realy proud of him hope to see you soon mez love sal keep up good work
Posted by saleem spain at 14:21 on Monday 22 October 2007
Read it absolutely amazing book just shows what God can do really
Posted by Simon Corbin at 19:50 on Saturday 24 March 2007
I'm just waiting for this book to arrive I had to buy MY own copy as merrix never sent me one. I will review it then, won't I brother dear
Posted by Tracey McConnell rugby at 21:42 on Sunday 25 February 2007
Very warmly recommended, especially as an evangelistic book to give away.
Posted by Paul Williams, Wiltshire at 14:43 on Saturday 17 February 2007
This book comes complete with superglue all over the covers - either that, or it's so gripping you just can't put it down. Most people I know who have read the book in one sitting. Get your orders in for this book before it sells out and causes an international paper shortage with the demand. Hand on heart and jokes aside, you will NOT regret buying this book. Go for it!
Posted by Dave at 13:51 on Sunday 14 January 2007
Well i got the book for chrismas of a mate and i thort it wernt goin to be that gd but i started to read it on a day that i was down and i felt that every 1 was aganst me but wen i started the book i felt i was being stupid cos this guy mez had gone throw so much compard to me. My life is so gd compard but it was amazing how he just got on with it if that was me i woudent of coped but it is amazing that he has come to the lord and lets prais the lord god bless every 1 i recomend this book to any 1 who has any sort of probalms ame and god bless
Posted by michael shorey, new milton at 15:00 on Tuesday 09 January 2007
Hugely encouraging to see how God has worked ALL things together for good throughout the sorrows, pains and anger that used be in Mez's life. A miracle indeed! Personally encouraging for a person whom has suffered abuse, alcoholism and used to be a thief. Also a bolster for anyone whom has suffered or knows someone suffering with drug related problems. A Testimony of the hope in Christ!
Posted by William at 15:47 on Wednesday 03 January 2007
Would love to read what didn't get in the final copy!! Excellently written book that i couldn't put down-bloomin' lunch breaks aren't long enough! Can't wait for the next one...
Posted by Laura Hicks, New milton at 19:04 on Monday 18 December 2006
Now I have actually read the book, I thought I'd review it properly.
Mez is my hero, no doubt about that, if I could be like any other man in this world (or dwarf), I would be like Mez. He is an inspiration to me and always has been since the first day I met him (not strictly true actually, we had our moments) but the majority of the time Mez has been the man.
This book is fantastic, it really is, I'm not even just saying that because he's bribing me, it really is amazing. I bought it on Saturday Night (from the man himself) and finished it last night, you won't put this book down I promise you.
Apart from his scandalous "thank you's" of which I am not included, this book is well written. You actually feel like you are seeing everything through Mez's eyes, from childhood to criminal mastermind, (penny sweets are difficult to steal) to God fearing, upstanding, muppet... I mean man.
I can't say anymore, on a serious note, Mez really has been through it tough, but this book takes you from those lows and show's the unbelievable "highs", then the lows then how he ends up on a bench... read it. you will NOT regret it, and if you do, I will personally refund you your money. Just ask Mez for my adress.
Posted by Mikey Nash, Birmingham at 16:43 on Monday 11 December 2006
Although this is relatively a short book, I found it to be anything but light reading! It also has a pretty unique style as its all told in the first hand in the form of short memories coupled together. This gives it a very fresh and powerful impact. It's also humorous and conveys well in a very few words what different situations are really like i.e being in prison. Mez's insights and views on Christianity from his first encounter to Bible College are also fresh and challenging for us who accept our Chritian culture so easily at times. What's so powerful about this book however is the sense of hope that pervades it, in terms of not just spiritual redemption but physical and emotional redemption as well that will impact for generations. It's not just about hope however, but also the responsibility we all have for the grace that has been given to us and what is possible with God.
Posted by Jason, Northern Ireland at 21:50 on Sunday 10 December 2006
Amazing book, amazing testimony of God's goodness and mercy to us. Mez, thanks for sharing your life's story with us, hey this is only the beginning! Thank you for your honesty. BUY THE BOOK!! I could not put it down!! BUY THE BOOK!!
Posted by Carol Martin at 07:09 on Wednesday 06 December 2006
I want to read the un-edited version! This book has the potential to reach thousands who are growing up the way Mez did. Weep as we consider whether we are preaching good news to the poor, the captives or the oppressed. Or whether we are giving our lives to putting on ceremonies. The book made me laugh more deeply than I thought possible at one point. What a tonic for the soul. I shall give this book to many in future days. The end of page 102 about the past are worth the price of book on their own. May the Lord us this book and Mez to reach and encourage many.
Posted by Myers Briggs at 13:42 on Tuesday 05 December 2006
Very well-written, a fast-moving story that held my attention - I couldn't put it down once I'd started. Sell your shirt on ebay and buy a copy (or five copies if you buy your shirts from M & S !)
Posted by PW, Swindon at 01:48 on Saturday 02 December 2006
This is a fantastic book and I would recommend that you buy at least 5 copies because you'll want to keep yours and give the rest away. Written with frankness and honesty, Mez takes us on his individual journey which from the depths of despair and hopelessness suddenly brings hope to all who find themselves trapped and lost. I love they way that Mez strips through the facade of church-culture and it should be a challenge to anyone who wonders why the church isn't growing as it should be. (Are you listening 'brethren'!!!?) Highly Recommended
Posted by Steve Utley, Corfe Mullen Dorset at 11:20 on Friday 01 December 2006
I had the privilege of working directly with Mez and Miriam in Sao Luis, Brazil, for two years. What a man of God and what a HUGE testimony to the faithfulness of those that reached him with the Gospel. Mez is doing in Brazil what most people only dream of doing, what most missionaries consider impossible, and what God is stamping with APPROVAL!!!! God is in the business of using ordinary folk to do the impossible so that HE GETS ALL THE GLORY!!!! Mez, thanks for the example and challenge to follow Christ to WHEREVER He leads and to do WHATEVER He wills!!!
Posted by Dusty Schroeder, Spokane, Washington, USA at 01:50 on Sunday 19 November 2006
I think firstly is scandalous that Mez has decided to review his own book, however, I will be buying a few copies, my bed is a little uneaven you see and 120 pages is perfect.
On a serious note, I've heard Mez's story many times and it is an interesting one, he does some good work in brazil (obviously not enough work if he has time to write a book) and on a personal note, I miss him terribly.
Buy this book, you will not be disappointed.
Posted by Mike Nash, Land of Birmingham Folk. at 11:00 on Friday 17 November 2006
I think it sounds excellent - I think I will buy a copy for all my mates!!
I recommend that you all buy loads of copies quickly!!
Mez McConnell, Pastor, Niddrie Community Church and Ministry Director of 20Schemes