You see, it’s taken a while to get to this place and 266 pages of wrestling later with the story and with times when my writing mojo went on far flung cruises I’ve finally got there!
There’s some book launch evenings that I’m sorting out up and down the country and I will share with you soon when I have the dates confirmed. You can also pre-order the novel by clicking here.
Here’s the back cover blurb to whet your interest:
Roman soldiers, temple prostitutes and children who can see the future. Violence, miracles and a love story lasting 60 years. Philip is a coming-of-age story and a ‘spiritual biography’ of one of the most important figures in the Bible, imagined by one of Britain’s most innovative evangelists.
For years, Chris Duffett has been meeting people where they are with the love of Jesus Christ, reclaiming street evangelism from the fire and brimstone brigade, and equipping thousands of UK Christians to step out in faith, courage and love. He imagines Philip the evangelist as someone many of us might know: a boy with a disability, caring for a sick mum; a teenager in love with his childhood friend; a man plagued by self-doubt, even as God uses him in people’s lives.
Walk with Philip through the streets of first-century Samaria and Jerusalem. Listen to him talk with Jesus in a market place. Watch him struggle with anger and fear and stress. Feel his enduring love. Get to know the Bible’s first evangelist, and know that if he could do it, so can you.
Philip is a rags-to-spiritual-riches story full of warmth, romance, drama and truth.
Creative, imaginative, challenging & highly engaging. This book is a great contribution that is well worth a read.’ Gavin Calver, Director of Mission Evangelical Alliance
Through this delightful story inspired by the New Testament figure Philip, Chris Duffett succeeds in bringing the past to life, while enabling readers to resonate deeply with both the power of love and the all too familiar challenges of forgiveness. Kate Coleman, Founder and co-director of Next Leadership
This story has got under my skin. It brings Philip to life, offering an enjoyable read and new insights into those times. Rev Beth Cope, Pioneer Minister
This faith inspiring novel insightfully enters the twisting and turning world of Philip the first century evangelist revealing the tensions and emotional turmoil of personal faith for those involved in public witness. Rev Alan Donaldson, General Secretary of The Baptist Union of Scotland
An engaging and heart-warming novel of a man who had his life changed and lived to see other lives changed. Rev Sean Fountain