Sunday, 5 August 2012

How Reading Scripture Together Strengthens Your New Marriage

Every couple aims to have a happy and healthy marriage. This could be achieved by putting God Almighty as the head of the relationship.

  1. God Ordained the Marriage
    Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
    -Genesis 2:24 (KJV)
  2. Pray Together
    As it is the only way to communicate to Our Father in Heaven.

    Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
    -Matthew 18:19 (KJV)
  3. FaithBelieve that God Almighty is directing the marriage and surrender every situation in the marriage into God's Hands.

    Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
    -Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
  4. Study the Scriptures TogetherSitting down together in a comfortable and quite place in Our home, then scan the scriptural topics for the area that we feel might help strengthen Our relationship with the Lord, and with each other.

    This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
    -Joshua 1:8 (KJV)
Building a happy, healthy marriage takes a lot of hard work, commitment, time, patience - It is possible by keeping God Almighty at the head of the marriage.

David and Gay

Monday, 2 July 2012

Why God loves us?

This short question is among the most profound questions ever asked. No human would ever be able to answer it sufficiently. One thing is certain, however. God does not love us because we are lovable or because we deserve His love. If anything, the opposite is true. The state of mankind since the fall is one of rebellion and disobedience. Jeremiah 17:9 describes man’s inner condition. Our innermost beings are so corrupted by sin that even we don’t realize the extent to which sin has tainted us

The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Jeremiah 17:9
King James Version (KJV)

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable;
there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Romans 3:10-12
King James Version (KJV)

"God Is Love"
This is a profound statement. God doesn't just love, He is love. His nature and essence are love.

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
1 John 4:8
King James Version (KJV)

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.
God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God,
and God in him.
1 John 4:16
King James Version (KJV)

Since it is God's essential nature to love, He demonstrates His love by lavishing it on undeserving people who are in rebellion against Him. God’s love is not a sentimental, romantic feeling. Rather, it is unconditional love, the love of self-sacrifice. He demonstrates this sacrificial love by sending His Son to the cross to pay the penalty for our sin ,by drawing us to Himself, by forgiving us of our rebellion against Him, and by sending His Holy Spirit to dwell within us, thereby enabling us to love as He loves. He did this in spite of the fact that we did not deserve it. "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).

Herein is love, not that we loved God,
but that he loved us, and sent his Son to
be the propitiation for our sins.

1 John 4:10
King James Version (KJV)

No man can come to me, except the Father
 which hath sent me draw him: and I will
raise him up at the last day.

John 6:44
King James Version (KJV)

But God commendeth his love toward us,
in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8
King James Version (KJV)

God knows each of us individually and loves us personally.His love is unconditional and never ending to all Mankind.
He wants none to perish but all to come into a personal relationship with him through His Son Jesus Christ.It is this experiencing of God’s love that distinguishes Christianity from all other religions. Why does God love us?
It is because of who He is: 
"God is love."

Sunday, 3 June 2012

An Instrument by God

Words from David's new bride:

Life, most of the time, is full of challenges. It is up to the individual on how to deal with it.
Blessed be God Almighty for He will not give any challenges / obstacles that we cannot bear.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28
King James Version (KJV)

 David surpassed the challenges he had because of strong faith God Almighty gave him and each and everyone of us a meassure of faith. He returened unto the Lord with all of his heart and entrusting everything unto Him to do all the work. Through this strong faith God gave David a spirit of perseverance and determination to keep going and fight the good fight of faith. God molded and taught him to be one of His sons by enlightening his mind about His scriptures.

I also know that David is a man of integrety,  genuine and have self respect for others which makes him a good example to his fellowmen. He always stands for Christ. All glory to God Almighty and His only begotten Son Jesus Christ for this is also one of the reasons why he is easy to be loved by me.

I thank God everyday for sending David into my life. He is an instrument by God to open my eyes to know the truth to lead me to salvation through Jesus Christ! I feel so blessed for the love that God has placed within our hearts. Blessed be the name of Jesus for the love blossoms everyday. I am so proud of having a husband like him.

God bless us all!

Mrs. Gay Daly

Overcoming by Faith

There are many examples of Faith in God's Word, The Holy Bible, and many things Jesus and the apostles did by Faith; healing the sick, blind, lame, casting out demons, etc. If they all should be written every one, I suppose even the World itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen

Q. But what is Faith?
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen
Hebrews 11:1
King James Version (KJV)

What a Scripture  "Believing without seeing"

Q. How can we believe without Seeing?
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 
Romans 10:17
King James Version (KJV)

Q. Can we see the wind?
No, but we can feel the wind and also see the effect's of the wind. In the same way, through repentance (surrendering our lives into God's hands, recieving Jesus as our Lord and Savior) we our transformed by the Holy Spirit who teaches us all things through Gods word, and prayer.This is the start of the most Beautiful journey of our new lives in Christ being Born again.

For we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7
King James Version (KJV)

We 'Overcome Doubt' by Faith In Jesus!

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 11:6
King James Version (KJV)

In my own walk with God, our faith can be tested like in the Book of Job, which is worth anyone reading a great example to all.When times are hard and we feel sometimes that no one cares, it's then we must step up and exercise Our Faith. 

1. Prayer- Greatest key of all!, Ask God, pour your heart out sincerely, I have many times with tears running down my face.

 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Matthew 7:7-8
King James Version (KJV)

2. Stay in God's Word 'The Holy Bible' There's love, strength, comfort, hope, peace, joy, etc. Feed on God's word!

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
John 14:23
King James Version (KJV) 

Keep Your Focus On Jesus!

Godbless you all




Sunday, 13 May 2012

Overcoming Doubt

Something I have learned from David is overcoming doubt. The strength of David's faith allows him to place his trust in God and walk with sure, determined steps through life. He has gone through more ups, downs, and life changes than anyone else I've ever met and he still remains steadfast and optimistic.

On the other hand, I am a notorious self-doubter.
If I had a nickel for every short story, novel, and essay I started and doubted myself into never finishing, I could self-publish One Way to Grace on sheets of solid gold. The beauty of writing with David is that it eliminates the solitude of the artistic process and allows me to draw from David's sureness. When I start to feel smaller than the project or doubt in my ability, there he is to remind me that together he and I are unstoppable.

How will One Way to Grace help others to overcome their own doubt?

The first half of One Way to Grace is devoted to David's childhood in Northern Ireland and how his life spiraled out of control due to alcoholism and an addiction to reckless behavior. (Two things which usually go hand in hand.) 
Then, everything changes for David. 
A single moment of trusting a sign that he needed to get help, instead of doubting his ability to do so, transforms David from a lost soul with no direction to a new man with sobriety, faith, and purpose. It would have been easier for David to ignore that sign, doubt that moment of clarity, and continue on toward an empty existence. 

When doubt creeps into David's thoughts, he turns to Scripture and the spirit of Christ for strength and guidance. We all have the ability to find the strength of our convictions, whether those convictions deal with faith, relationships, or our careers. To read the long, and sometimes painful, journey David took to go from a shy, scared little boy to a strong man of God teaches us that doubt is a small hill to climb and on the other side is the power to achieve.

Monday, 7 May 2012

A Walk of Faith & Honesty

As a child of God, we all have a powerful Testimony to tell, sharing how we came to Jesus and the difference He's made in your life, that can help others discover how they, too, can know God personally.

But how do you distill a lifetime of experiences into a few minutes and communicate the significance of your faith in a way others can understand?this is the challenge.

1. Consult God first in everything. Talk to your Father in Heaven, trusting in his will and word to come to pass in your life.

 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
-Psalm 118:8 KJV
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
-Matthew 7:7

2. Be yourself and be completely honest to yourself and to others.

 Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.
-Proverbs 12:22 KJV

3. Prayer: Pray always trusting in God to answer in his time and to do whats best for you.

Pray without ceasing.
-1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV       

4. Let the Holy Spirit lead you.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
-Romans 8:14 KJV
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
-John 14:16 KJV

Thank you to all our Reader's, If you have any questions to ask feel free to ask Dawn or myself.

May Godbless you all.


Friday, 27 April 2012

Pieces of the Puzzle

The themes present in One Way to Grace are by no means unique to David and those involved in his life's journey. Love, betrayal, addiction, recovery...these are all a part of our personal puzzles. The fact that David and I have come together to arrange those experiences into a work of memoir does not mean his story is anymore incredible than yours, mine, or the strangers we walk by on the street everyday.

What sets this story apart is the passion David has for sharing his testimony, the drive I feel to share the beautiful triumph of his life- the knowledge that together he and I have the power to touch even one person's life. If nothing else, David's exuberant and upbeat Belief is enough to inspire hope and optimism.

In the following excerpt from One Way to Grace, a very personal moment in David's life clearly demonstrates a very common theme I'm sure every young parent can relate to:

Our son was born a few short months later in September. I named him Gary, after my dearest childhood friend. He was so small, so fragile. I felt just as fragile as I held him for the first time. The love I immediately felt for this miniature version of Cathy and I overwhelmed my heart. Romantic love is emboldening; a strengthening invincible feeling. The love one feels for a child, though, is much different. To know that this unmarred, unhurt, untouched soul is in your charge is all at once surreal, exhilarating and terrifying. I could barely care for myself, how could God expect me to take on the wellbeing of a wife and newborn son? Yet, there he was. Gary Daly, my son, swaddled in a blanket and sleeping soundly in my arms. Part of me will always see him that way, as the best of me wrapped in plush poly-cotton blend.
-Chapter Four, One Way to Grace

Yes, David has experienced things that many of us can never truly imagine. Life in Northern Ireland during the late 1960's and early 1970's was uncertain and scary a lot of the time. I, for one, have never sat next to a crate of homemade petrol bombs while the elder males in my family guarded the street on which we lived.

David has.

Yet, if you ask him about his childhood, the first things he will tell you about are the more personal struggles he faced. Insecurity, shyness, a quest for his identity. Also, the love he felt from his family. The togetherness of his community. The Troubles of Northern Ireland were little more than the historic backdrop of his life, a piece of the puzzle. They do not define him, and that is admirable.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Combining Traditional Testimony with Memoir

A traditional Christian testimony is a personal story of how someone found Christ and surrendered to faith.
Memoir is a literary account of a person's life told through anecdotes and memory.

Combining these two mediums is a delicate process. The core of One Way to Grace has to remain testimonial. David's mission is to share with the world, believers and nonbelievers alike, how Jesus Christ saved his life. Memoir is a beautiful vehicle for a traditional testimony when the two are in balance.
The use of Scripture has been a great tool. By incorporating the Bible into the memoir format, we can remind the readers (and ourselves) the true intention of the work. The Scripture excerpts also aid the memoir aspect, by setting a tone for each chapter.
For example, in Chapter Five of One Way to Grace, David and his new wife are dealing with the turmoil of adjusting to married life and parenthood at an extraordinarily young age. The Scripture we associated with this time in David's life is:

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
-Ephesians 5:22-25 KJV

 What I felt from this Passage reinforced the sense of fitting into the roles of marriage, underlying love, and intimate partnership that were at the core of David's marriage. It is also a way of showing how every life connects with the lessons and messages found in the Bible. At this point in his journey, David had not been Saved and yet, Ephesians 5:22-25 directly correlates to what was happening to him, his wife, and his life.

God and Christ were all around David every moment, even if he was blind to the signs and influence. If nothing else, this message will make us all feel less alone.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

How Google Maps Set the Scene

I've never been to the UK.
While I have a vivid imagination, it takes more than strong descriptive language to accurately capture the streets of Belfast, the rural roads of Downpatrick, and the unique paint color of a corner pub. A trip across the pond to the many locations David experienced, lived, and worked was pretty much out of the question and I needed a way to actually see the world I was attempting to write about.

Then, I remembered finding my old apartment complex on Google Maps and zooming to street view as a way to kill time back when I was a call center worker. (Sorry, old bosses!) During a productive meeting with David in which I was collecting sensory memories for the opening chapter, I decided to type "Mt. Crescent, Downpatrick, UK" into a Google Maps search. One click later, I was taking a tour of one of the most important backdrops of One Way to Grace.

Thanks to the Google Maps technology, I've been able to explore the streets David walked as a child, "stand" in front of the pub where he met the mother of his son, witness the landmarks in Israel that changed David's life forever, and take a tour of the English city he calls home today.
Here is an example of the prose assisted by Google Maps Street Views:

"Red brick buildings were adorned with full color murals declaring neighborhood allegiances. Haunting images of fallen heroes, hated figure heads or gun wielding gang members let those passing through know whether the inhabitants were loyal to the Union Jack or the Green White and Gold, to the Catholic or Protestant interests." 
 -Chapter One, One Way to Grace

Those murals are still there. Archive photos of Belfast in the 1960's and 70's paint a vivid picture of the city and how the visual representations of the civil and religious unrest affected its residents. Yet, looking at street view images of the actual murals that, though faded, still tell those stories really drives home how intense growing in that time, in that place was for David and everyone else really was.

"My mother and stepfather Larry took over The Railway public house on Wells Road, right down the road from where Davina and I had shared a home. The yellowish building hugged the corner of Wells Road in Radstock where I had considered ending my life in a car crash. The Railway itself had been the scene of many drunken nights."
 -Chapter 10, One Way to Grace

It wasn't until David and I opened the street view of The Railway during a meeting that it really sunk in how close the pub was to so many important places in his life. This small bit of technology has entirely transformed the way I interact with my writing.

So, thanks Google, for allowing me to describe places I've never been.

Monday, 9 April 2012

How the Title Was Chosen

"One Way To Grace"

If your wondering how the name of this testimonial memoir came about?

For a few years I've had placed upon my heart 'One Way' (out of this world,one way up etc), as a title, accompanied with the words of Jesus below:

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:6

So "The Way" (one way), this is where this title partially came from. I couldnt think of anything else!
I emphasized this to Dawn only in my heart I knew God would provide a fitting title.

But my God shall supply all your need according
to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

To my Amazement 'All Glory To God', he used Dawn to get the next two words of the title 'To Grace,'

My Mother(in memory of her) passed over nearly 3 years ago this year her name is 'Grace' (Wow!)

Also approximately 9 near death experiences in my life. By God's Grace, I am alive today.
This is how good God is through using people as instruments in others lives to fulfil his plan and purpose- Born Again or Not!

Dawn and I are so very grateful to be here today to tell this  Powerful Testimony of 'God's Grace' to all who are willing to recieve his Love through his Son Jesus.

God Bless you all!


Saturday, 7 April 2012

Trust Me: Building Trust Across an Ocean

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As the writer portion of the One Way to Grace partnership, trust plays a huge role in my ability to complete my work.

Why Trust Was a Must

The first half of One Way to Grace deals with David's childhood and the details of his alcoholism. It is not always easy to rehash the most painful and embarrassing moments in your life with someone you've never seen in person. Actually, it's never all that easy. The only way to make it work, and end up with a fully genuine final product, is to cultivate a deep sense of trust.

Earning Trust

Prior to conducting any official interviews, David and I simply had conversations. I got to know the man who lived the life I was so passionate about writing. We are all more than the content of our personal timeline. David's personality, his soul, shape the way he perceives the things he has experienced. The trust that comes from open and honest conversations sheds light on who David truly is, what his inner voice sounds like.

Maintaining Trust

Once a strong bond of trust existed between David and me, it was important to maintain that valuable trust throughout the writing process. Especially now, as we begin the business portion of bringing a memoir to the reading world, we need to rely on each other's honesty.

"Trust me, I know what I'm doing," needs to go without saying sometimes, and that's what a balance of business and personal trust can allow.

Utilizing Trust

The trust between David and I strengthens the friendship behind the One Way to Grace partnership. It is also an important tool I utilize in my writing. When our chapter meetings are over and I go off on my own to turn my interview notes into readable work, I rely on David's trust in me to make vital artistic choices. If I felt as though David did not trust me to create a true interpretation of his innermost memories, emotions and demons, I would be unable to make the big leaps of Faith that go into some of the best prose.

My implicit trust in David as a business partner makes me comfortable sharing my ideas freely. I know he'll tell me exactly what he thinks, correct me when I'm wrong, and support me when I'm right. For example, when David said something about our most recently completed chapter didn't feel right. I trusted his perception and spent hours re-reading the piece. Eventually, I realized there was a pacing issue that was easy to fix but hard to spot.

Trust is essential. When you all finally get a chance to read David's story, I hope that trust is evident. Correction, I know it will be. 

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Finding Scripture Through Prayer

What a privilege it is to work with Dawn on each Chapter of this memoir. The headed Scripture for each Chapter has been for me challenging, so Prayer is so important, and too see how God actually is guiding both Dawn and myself to finding these Scriptures is amazing!

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto
Philippians 4:6 (KJV)

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye
shall receive.
Matthew 21:22 (KJV)

I thank God that we all have access to his word and instruction for life itself.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV)

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
1 Corinthians 13:9 (KJV)

We all learn from each other and are learning to our last breath!
No human has all the answers only Our Father in Heaven!

Godbless all readers


Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Discovering Scripture

Before we begin the interview process for a new chapter, David and I spend time discussing a piece of Scripture that sets the tone and alludes to the lessons in the life events we're going to be focusing on. It has been very educational for me, as someone who doesn't have a lot of experience with the Bible or Christianity.

This allows me to see these Passages through David's pious eyes. If I simply sat back and allowed David to assign the Scripture with no discussion, I do not think I could ever fully grasp his voice in the writing. By clearly identifying our intention with the chapter and then spending time dissecting applicable Bible passages, I get a deeper understanding of the parables inherent to Christian life. I may not belong to this religion, but I can definitely benefit from these lessons.

Forgiveness, accountability, optimism, strength. 
These are the attributes the Bible encourages.
Sure, there are controversial elements that some disagree with. Most of these are secondary, however, and relate more to the time in which God's words were recorded than the core of the religion.

A ten minute conversation with someone as fired up about his faith as David is will make it clear that true Belief is a joyous, peaceful thing- not hateful or judgmental.

Matthew 11:28-30 KJV illustrates this wonderfully:

28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

I'm grateful to have learned that.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Notes from David Daly about Dawn Merrow

When I met Dawn, and shared My Testimony as God Directs me through the Holy Spirit, I didn't expect to be blessed doing this Work!.....even as I write this the Scripture below enters my heart,

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
John 14:12

God is so good!.. Dawn, even though she has called our meeting 'chance,' I believe that "by Gods Grace and His hand upon her life has directed her to me. This Wonderful, Talented established Writer/Author and deservedly Co/Partner, has been directed to me for us both to do this Powerful Testimony of God's Love and Grace through faith in his Son Jesus, to encourage others and give hope that just as I done..."One Sincere Prayer from Our heart of repentence before God can be the start of a 'beautiful,fulfilling New life Wow!!......thank you lord another Scripture below:
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:38

My life, but more importantly, My heart has changed!

May Godbless all the readers of this Book/blog

All Glory to God Amighty!
feel free to post questions i will try my best to answer


Sunday, 25 March 2012

Ghostwriter to Partner: The Writer Behind the Curtain

The definition for a ghostwriter is:
"...a writer who writes books, articles, stories, reports, or other texts that are officially credited to another person." -Wikipedia

You've most likely seen some of my work on web portals, blogs, and other informational online sources without even knowing I wrote it. Many freelance writers spend a lot of time producing work that never bears their name. It's a fun and interesting way to gain experience writing professionally. I have written hundreds of articles that have helped me hone my skills and pay a bill here or there.

Dawn's "office"
When I proposed helping David turn his incredible life story into a moving testimonial memoir, I envisioned my role as,at most, ghostwriter; the lady behind the curtain, if you will. As you can see, the curtain has been drawn back and I am a named, visible writing partner on One Way to Grace. How did that happen?

David wanted to be open and honest about the creation of this book. He expressed to me that by taking my name off of the project, he would be ignoring the contributions I've made. I told him the only recognition I needed was the knowledge that his story was being shared with you all. But, he's the boss! He put his foot down on the matter and I went from the unseen ghostwriter to a co-writer.

My Role

So, you may ask this question--- If this is David's memoir, his life story, why does he need a writing partner?

After expressing to David the real potential I saw in his story, I sent him a small proposal containing some of my ideas for the look, feel, and overall message of the memoir. As a friend, I wanted him to have a good running head start on the project. In my head, the proposal could get him fired up about his ability to reach out to people. Maybe he could use me as a consultant, a small service I've provided to one or two other writers. I didn't want David's money, never wanted to charge him a fee for the help I could provide. I saw the impact David could make by telling his story, and wanted to be a part of all that good in any way possible.

David took one look at the proposal and emailed me back that he would need more than the occasional proofread or consultation. His storytelling skills are impressive; I could listen to him talk for hours. What he was unsure of was his ability to transform his stories into a readable memoir, into a work of art that can best share the beautiful message of faith and redemption his life represents. He saw my vision for the work, saw how many people my words and his story could touch.

My Words, David's Story

Next, I explained to David about the ghostwriting process. It would take a while, but through a series of conversations and pointed interviews, I was sure I could absorb the details of his life and reproduce them in a compelling manner. All of the elements of a page-turning plot are right there in the timeline of David's life. A writer couldn't have constructed a better main character. To truly capture the tension of Northern Ireland in the 1970's, the desperation of alcoholism, the struggle of a broken marriage, and the eventual surrender to Christ...this was a challenge and privilege to take on. I was thrilled to become David's ghostwriter.

Then, one day David and I were talking about publishers and book promotion. I brought up how he would need to get to know his readers. (Hi, readers!) To this point he said:
"Yeah, but you'll be there with me, so it'll be fine."

I was silent for a couple seconds. I said I was the ghostwriter, you can't see ghosts. That's what makes them ghosts. The readers won't know who I am, won't know I wrote a word of the book. It's David's memoir, after all. Plenty of memoirs are written with a ghostwriter. Celebrities and businessmen do it all the time. Nothing wrong with it. David was not happy with that arrangement. And, like I said earlier...he's the boss. So, now my name will be on the cover with his. I'll be a credited writer.
Super cool, if you ask me, and very unexpected. It's been an honor to work on this project, it'll be an honor to stand beside David as the world gets to know his life story.

That's how I went from ghostwriter to partner, how the curtain got pulled back, how a hopeful agnostic from the U.S. wound up co-writing the memoir of a born-again Christian man from the U.K.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

David's Testimony

Once I heard David's testimony, I knew it had to be shared with the world.
During a trip to Israel in 2004, David told his testimony live in front of 60 million people in the UK from the Sea of Galilee. You can see in the video that his body was gaunt and recovering; his sobriety was new and the healing had just begun both physically and spiritually.
Here are the words that inspired me to begin work with David on his testimonial memoir, One Way to Grace.   (The video quality isn't awesome, please bear with us.)

Monday, 19 March 2012

Ah-Ha Moments

The first time I turned down plans with a friend because I had Bible study with David I was met with slight chuckles and disbelief. You see, I've never been a religious or faithful person. My usual verbiage for my beliefs is that I'm a "hopeful agnostic." The idea of a higher power lovingly watching over us was comforting and reassuring in times of crisis. I've been known to throw around a "Thank God" or two when something great happens. Was never moved to commit to a particular sect, always had too many questions and doubts. I've never been very good at following rules, either. True faith takes dedication and exuberance I've yet to find in my own life.
So, it came as a bit of a shock to my friends and family when I started devoting several hours a week studying Scripture with a Christian man an ocean away in the United Kingdom. It was important to David and I when we started the memoir that I develop a better understanding of the Bible, what it teaches and what it means to Believers. I now have my own King James Bible, given to me by David. I've also made a promise to my partner and teacher that I would spend time reading from it every day. He's made no effort to "convert" me to his beliefs, only to show me the path that is there for me if I choose it. His faith has so completely lit up his life and spirit, he cannot help sharing that with others.
The first piece of Scripture David and I studied together that truly moved me wound up being used in the memoir:

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:
but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;
 but will with the temptation also make a way to escape,
that ye may be able to bear it."
-1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV
David and I were comparing stories of things we have gone through that tried our resilience. This passage from 1 Corinthians perfectly expressed David's perspective on this topic.
"God will never give you more than you can handle," David said to me, as I remembered the hard times I had been through. 
The idea of this stayed with me for days. I considered how many times I had taken the escape offered by harmful temptations. The list of regrets I kept carefully cataloged could all be connected to moments to escape. Perhaps these could be lessons, not regrets.
There have been so many of these "Ah-ha" moments as I absorbed the  lessons presented in the Bible, lessons made clearer by David's faithful interpretations.


Note from the Writer About David Daly

I met David Daly by chance. He wouldn't call it chance, though. He would say God lead us to one another. His story inspired me from a writer's point of view as one of triumph, recovery and hope. Little did I know that working with David would move me to pray, push me to learn about Scripture, and open my heart to faith...if only just a crack for now.
David believes that every soul, no matter how lost, can be saved. His ability to confront disbelievers with calm and joyful faith convinces me to shut up and listen to the lessons he had to teach.
The stories are his, the words are mine. Together, we can spread his message of redemption through faith.