If A Wicked Man: True Freedom Behind Bars
If A Wicked Man: True Freedom Behind Bars  -     By: John Lawson, John Sealey
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The True Crime Biography of John Lawson, born in Scotland and raised in South Africa until the age of ten, where his policeman father locked him home alone and never returned. Rescued after four days without food, he was sent back to Scotland where rage grew inside him. In Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, and London's Soho, his fighting skills and courage made him a man with a reputation among the gangs and violent men running the clubs where vice and prostitution were rife. Riding with a biker gang, trained as a bodyguard, and graduating to "debt collecting" for international racketeers, his life was full of brutality and crime. It was only when serving his third jail sentence, he found the way to escape the prison of brutality that his life had become. A remarkable story of one man's escape from his past life by finding the truth that set him free.

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Title: If A Wicked Man: True Freedom Behind Bars
By: John Lawson, John Sealey
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bridge-Logos Publishing
Publication Date: 2019
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Weight: 15 ounces
ISBN: 1610362128
ISBN-13: 9781610362122
Stock No: WW362122

Author Bio

John Lawson was born in Scotland and raised in South Africa until the age of ten. John’s mother had returned to the UK to nurse her dying father when John’s, policeman father, locked him in their apartment and ran off with his mistress, never to return. After four days without food, he was rescued and sent back to the UK. Both grandparents died quickly and they were left penniless and homeless. His mother eventually found them a flat in the roughest housing estate in Europe, just outside Glasgow, Scotland. John became an angry young man and grew up to become a violent criminal. He joined a biker gang, worked with the Maltese Mafia in London’s Soho, and managed the largest brothel in the city.  After a short spell in prison, he later went back to working the nightclubs, trained as a bodyguard, and worked with the Rolling Stones, for a short time, before the more lucrative offer of working as an enforcer for gangsters lured him into serious crime, including kidnap and extortion. Finally, the police caught up with him and he was sent to prison for five years. It was in that high security prison in Scotland, where his life dramatically changed, when he heard the Gospel message, and surrendered his life to Jesus. Today, he is an international speaker and travels to some of the toughest prisons on the planet. He is often invited to preach and teach at churches and bible colleges. John is married to Carolyn.  They have six children between them and they live in East Sussex in England. 
 

Editorial Reviews

"If a Wicked Man is a book I can easily relate to, the love of money and a cold heart can drive violent men, like us, to take by forcem what we feel society owes us. Brutally honest, deadly serious, yet strangely funny, at times. A compelling story of a wicked and violent man...with an unexpected twist." -Rocco Morelli, Former mafia mobster
 

"A truly powerful account of a life changed." -Major General Tim Cross, CBE
 

"John Lawson was a man who had pro-fiteered on the weakness, fear and vice of others. If a Wicked Man is told faithfully, in simple language, no excuses. Read it, and believe that there is always hope." -Anne Perry, NYT best-selling author"
 

Author/Artist Review

Author: John Lawson
Located in: United Kingdom
Submitted: November 07, 2019

    Tell us a little about yourself.  At time of writing this I am 53yrs old, I live in the South East of England with my Wife Carolyn and her two Children Mya and Brandon. We have been married for ten years and attend a local church. I am in full time voluntary ministry and have lived without an income for twelve years. I am often invited to prisons around the world to share my story.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  To reach people with The Gospel message whom would not normally pick up a Christian book.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope that people whom read my book will be able to relate to mistakes I have made by the actions I took in life. I hope they may see a little of themselves in parts of my story and that at least a glimmer of hope might shine in them that if God could reach me and change my life then He can do the same for anyone.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  its important to understand your own testimony and writing this book reminded me of the wretch I was and the Joy I now have in Christ.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I love straight talking preachers like Voddie Baucham, John Piper, John McArthur, Jeff Durbin, Ray Comfort etc.

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