‘Terry Eckersley is a remarkable man who has achieved an extraordinary amount. Yet as he admits in this candid account of his life, all that he has done is because of a God who, through his astonishing grace, rescued him from life’s depths and changed him completely. The fact that God can transform a man like Terry today greatly encourages me in sharing the gospel: may Terry’s story similarly inspire you!’
Revd Canon J.John
‘He’s a tonic’
In the Heat of the Moment
By Terry Eckersley
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Heaven’s Kitchen examines how God is at his finest when we are in a crisis. When the going gets tough, God gets going and is always gracious.
Recipe for success
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. This is a quote we tend to hear a lot of the time. The challenge is, it’s hard to get out of the kitchen of life. Yes, we can take a vacation, a holiday, have a lie in, run, hide, but, sometimes, life is relentless. If you want an easy life put this book down because life is hard, and there are no exceptions. This little book will help encourage you and navigate through this wonderful journey called life, especially through times when you may feel you are in a hot kitchen or even a fiery furnace. God is always with us and He encourages us to be better, not bitter. In the kitchen of life lets turn our lemons into lemonade.
This guide will give you God’s recipe for success, his instructions on how to cook up a better and more exciting life than you could ever imagine!
This book is all about leadership. 1 Corinthians 2:9 says:
No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this,
Never so much as imagined anything quite like it –
What God has arranged for those who love him.
But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.
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From this passage we can see that God is preparing us and His church for something more awesome than we can ever imagine. If, like me, you want a life of adventure, challenge and fulfilment then keep reading. But before we start cooking, here’s a bit about your chef . . .
Born and raised in the Roman Catholic Church, I was half Catholic and half Jew. That’s like being a regular Roman Catholic, except I brought my lawyer along to confession!
When I was 13 my dad died. I was knocked for six. Devastated. At first I started getting into trouble at school – in fact I was outside the headmaster’s office so much everybody thought I was the deputy head! And I went a bit crazy . . . when most of my mates were playing with toy cars, I was playing with the real thing! I started joy-riding, shoplifting, committing petty crime . . . Pretty soon I was in local authority care.
But things didn’t get any better; they went from bad to really bad. I was in a cycle of drugs, crime, drugs, crime . . . in and out of care until I was 18, then youth custody and more than a life sentence in and out crime, gangs, drugs.
Then something amazing happened. I gave my life to Christ. But at the time I had no idea of the enormity of what I was doing. And I didn’t change.
For eight more years I was off the rails. I nearly died three times from car crashes and drug overdoses – still crazy; still out of control.
It was a strange thing that saved me from it all. It was what Christians call ‘tongues’. It’s a word from the Bible, a gift from God that means you can supernaturally speak another language – sometimes a regular language, and sometimes a heavenly one.
There is a heavenly language in a heavenly kitchen.
Someone prayed for me in tongues and God gave me the gift of interpretation. Even though he was speaking these strange words, I could understand what he was saying! He was saying that Jesus had died to save me.
Right there and then I became a new creation. That’s another phrase from the Bible that means I started afresh. I was born into a new life with Jesus in control. I let Jesus be the head chef in my kitchen! And he turned up the heat . . .
Aged 28 I was filled with God’s Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the power of God that comes to live in us if we ask for it. That finally gave me the strength to change. Not my strength, God’s strength through his spirit.
Walking in step
I started walking in step with God. Now he calls me and I follow his path. There’s a great picture of this in the Bible, Psalm 37:23–24:
Stalwart walks in step with God;
his path blazed by God, he’s happy.
If he stumbles, he’s not down for long;
God has a grip on his hand.
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This book tells you how to keep in step with God by following his recipes for success. And that’s what this book does too, so keep reading.