BlogAuthor of the Month JOHN LAWSON

Author of the Month JOHN LAWSON

Author of the Month JOHN LAWSON

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.



If A Wicked Man

The True Crime Biography of John Lawson, born in Scotland and raised in South Africa until the age of ten, where his policeman father...

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