Fixed Lives

Fixed Lives tells the story of 13 people who were once caught in the cycle of addiction but who now are transformed. The stories are often shocking, always intriguing but fundamentally heart-warming.

Popular speaker and author J.John says, “To read this book is to come face to face perhaps uncomfortably with a lively, vigorous, full-strength faith in Christ: a religion of power, miracles and changed lives”.

Barry Woodward is one of those featured in the book. Barry was a heroin addict for 15 years. In 1996 a sequence of extraordinary events changed his life forever.

Barry founded a charity called Proclaim Trust. In 2013 Proclaim Trust hosted the very first Fixed conference. The conference was geared towards addicts, ex-addicts, recovering addicts and those with a heart for addicts. Among the hundreds who attended from all over the UK was Adelle Howells.

So often throughout Fixed Lives one is left with a feeling of hopelessness – how on earth could any of those people recounting their life stories ever hope to find a way out? The remarkable thing is that they all did. Adelle tells her story from when she listened to Barry speaking at that first ever Fixed conference…

“Before I knew it Barry was at the end of his talk, and then he invited people to say a prayer. Inside I was shaking: my emotions were all over the place. I needed to do this! Then Barry invited those who had said the prayer for the first time to come to the front. I flew from my seat and straight to the front. It was then that I felt the guilt that I’d lived with for years just lift straight off me. I was so relieved, and then I was filled with this amazing feeling of love. I’d been searching for that feeling of love all my life.”

Why not watch Adelle here.

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AN ISSUE WITH A BROTHER

Today’s guest blogger is Ennrich Kritzinger who’s book Gender Plus is published today!

Forgiveness creates the way back to love — more so, to unconditional love!

Oh, where could I go with this thing called disappointment that was stuck in my heart? Would it be to the one I blamed for it being there in the first place? Surely not! An offence was taken, maybe not given, and I needed to let it go. I couldn’t and didn’t want to carry it any more by myself. It clouded my view, troubled my heart and yes, even quieted my voice from speaking. It hurt! It hurt like crazy!

So I went to Him, Jesus, who is forgiveness, and asked for His help. My question: how do I set things right with my brother? How can I even face him, speak to him with this thing in my heart, this beam stuck in my eye?

And so He lifted my head and said: ‘Give it to me. It was never yours to carry. Give me all your disappointment, anger, hurt, fear and unforgiveness! I carried it for you. Yes, 2000 years ago: now exchange the beam in your eye for forgiveness at the cross.’ How amazing that God gave Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins on a wooden cross so that we can have wooden beams of unforgiveness removed from our eyes. With his one act of love, it was done! Now I could go back to my brother, with a whole heart again — now you can speak again!

Thank you, Jesus. For you are forgiveness, you are truth, you are love, and you teach how to love unconditionally! You are the way and you teach me the way back to a brother!

Ennrich Kritzinger, author of Gender Plus published February 29 2016.

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