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.
By Fixed Lives here or from your favourite bookstore or internet site.
This week’s guest blogger is Dr Mark Stibbe author of Home At Last
As readers of my books will know, in 2012 I had a moral fall which caused a lot of pain to a lot of people, especially those I love. In 2013 I came to my senses and owned what I had done and, like King David, discovered that godly sorrow brings restoration. Shortly after, I began to engage in a two-year process of counselling. About three months in, the Father began to open up a locked trunk in my heart – a trunk full of hurts of abandonment and abuse going back to my ten years at boarding school. Once opened, I began to see how the agony of being left at prep school on my eighth birthday, along with the abuse that followed, had caused me to board up my heart – so much so that I was later unable to show my emotions properly to those I love, nor enjoy joyful intimacy and express healthy empathy.
As I began to unravel all of this with my counsellor, and those to whom I am accountable, the Father gave me supernatural keys to unlock my chains. And not just my chains but other peoples’ too. My latest book, Home at Last, is my attempt not only to tell my story but to offer healing to the thousands who, like me, became disengaged and disintegrated at boarding school, often to the detriment of their marriages and families as adults.
I wrote Home at Last for two reasons: Firstly, because there is a growing awareness in popular culture of the emotional damage done at boarding school. Secondly, because there is no other book or ministry that is specifically dedicated to bringing heaven’s help to those suffering the agony of long-lasting boarding school pain.
My prayer is that it will bring freedom to thousands of people living with a long-term legacy of pain and that it will be used to bring emotional health to those wounded by their boarding school experience.
Dr Mark Stibbe