Just Published! From Darkness to light – Nigel’s Story by Andy Bates, who delivers an excellent account of the life experiences of Nigel.
The book tells the story of Nigel Williams. Born into a one parent family and who’s Mum suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. Taken into care at 6 years of age Nigel sought solace in solvents, drugs and alcohol. Falling into a life of crime from his early teens he inevitably ended up in prison aged 17.
So started the cycle of re-offending which was to last for over a decade. During this period Nigel served time in 18 different prisons and escaped from three of them. Nigel developed a violent personality and began to suffer with severe mental health issues including self harm and breakdowns. Seeing no way out of this bleak existence he attempted to take his own life. Whilst in prison and in the blackest pit of hopelessness and despair he began to hear about a God who loved him so much he sent his only son to die for him. Nigel had always believed there to be no forgiveness for someone like him that had committed such heinous acts.
Despite his horrendous start in life Nigel is now an amazing ambassador for God, handing out leaflets containing his life story on the city streets and talking to anyone about how God rescued him.
Extract from book From Darkness to Light by Andy Bates
I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, Thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
The future that Nigel Williams was facing was one seemingly without hope. Taken into care from a young age and stuck in a cycle of crime and prison, plagued with such serious issues as mental health problems, depression and self harm, the future looked so bleak that the only way out appeared to be suicide. But something, or rather someone, happened to Nigel that changed his whole life and gave him a future and a hope.
This is his story. One he wanted to be told because not only has he have a passion to help people but he also wants anyone who is in the midst of the darkest trials to know that there is hope and redemption. Indeed, he believes that same redemption can be experienced by everyone and not just those whose lives are in chaos and disarray.
This is the amazing story of how he came from darkness to light.
Available from Kingdom Publishers, Amazon and all good book stores.
About the Author
Andy Bates is 56 and worked as a postman for over 40 years. He has been married to Nicola for over a quarter of a century with a 17 year old Son Evan. Andy has been a Christian since 1994 and am a member of Sheffield Presbyterian Church.