Our featured author for the month of April is John Lawson, author of "If A Wicked Man." Here's part 1 of out Q&A with him:
Q: When did you first realize you wanted to share your story and write a book?
John Lawson: I knew from the moment that I surrendered my life to Christ in prison that I wanted to share my story. The desire to share my faith was so strong and still is today. I had no intention of writing a book; I just thought that no one would be interested. I was also too busy in the mission field and had no time “to waste” writing a book. It was only when so many people kept telling me to write my testimony that I considered it. Then one day a friend said to me, “John you should write a book because you have the potential to reach people on the other side of the world while you are fast asleep.” That comment made me realise the impact a testimony could have on someone that you have never met.
Q. How long did you take to write your book?
John Lawson: It took 18 months to complete. I worked with my writer John Sealey whenever I was home from missions. I would share a chapter's worth of my life at a time, he would then write that chapter and sow it together so it read like a novel instead of a diary. We then worked on it together until I was happy with the result.
Q: How do you hope your book impacts the reader?
John Lawson: I hope it impacts the reader in several ways. Firstly, I hope that the Christian reader will be encouraged in their walk with God when they read my story by fully understanding His grace that saved a wretch like me.
Secondly, I hope the non-Christian reader will get a clear presentation of The Gospel without feeling they have been ‘preached’ at. I hope that the seed of The Gospel planted in their minds will grow in their hearts.
Thirdly, I hope that this book impacts mothers that are and have been praying for their family members to never give up. I hope they will be encouraged to continue praying when they read how many years my mum prayed for without seeing a result. She never stopped and she got her reward!
Fourthly, I hope this book inspires and encourages Christians to share their faith. Perhaps they can start with this book by passing it on to someone they know whom is not a Christian. We have strategically targeted the True Crime genre to reach people with The Gospel who don’t normally read a Christian book. My book should be used as a tool for evangelism. It’s fairly unique in the Christian book market as it mentions nothing about faith on the covers, it looks and reads like a secular book and yet the integrity of The Gospel remains.