The time has come!

After a year of work, the date is drawing close for the publication and launch of my new book!

Entitled Disciples, it is the second in the series God’s People, and follows Witnesses which was published last year.

The official launch is in Johannesburg on Saturday 15 October, when locally printed books will be available.  I plan to launch it through Amazon both as a print book and an e-book sometime around the same date.

Here is the cove2016-09-09-11-22-57r.  It describes the story well.  Much of it takes place in Israel when each disciple tells of an experience during their time with Jesus.

Have you ever wondered how they were affected by the years they spent with Him – not as holy disciples, but as men?  What did it mean to them?  Did they understand what He said?  Did they have an inside line on what was happening?

Many of the Gospel stories are familiar to us.  But everyone in these stories was a real person.  What happened behind the scenes in their hearts and minds as they tried to assimilate what was going on?

Disciples explores their stories, and is an imaginative account of what may have happened to each one as they tell a story dear to their heart.

But there is a modern story too.  Twelve men attend a camp with their families.  On the Saturday night they are asked to draw the name of a disciple and, using Scriptures that mention that disciple, are invited to tell their disciple’s story.

In the Prologue the narrator tells us:51z0e7oq2bjl

It would just be a pleasant weekend away.  Or so I thought … but God had other plans …

 The story tellers discover truths about themselves as they tell their stories – and lives are changed as God moves among them.

My prayer for everyone who reads Disciples, and its sequel Witnesses, is that they may encounter the Gospel stories with fresh insight and that God may use the
books to draw people closer to Him than before.

I believe the stories are not mine.  Sometimes they flow from my pen so that I only understand what I have written when I read them through. Phrases will run through my mind until I have to write them down and the stories tell themselves.

As I pick up my pen to write, I imagined I knew where the story was going
but there are many times when I have said, together with the narrator in Disciples:

Or so I thought … but God had other plans …


About Mandy Hackland

My love in life is to encourage others to deepen their relationship with God. I write devotional material, stories and small group studies with that in mind. I live in South Africa and also love spending time in the bush, bird watching and walking. I do live in the city but make the most of the green spaces that surround me.
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