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Discover great life hacks straight from the hearts of these remarkable survivors…

Radical Lives Vol 1

by Janet Balcombe

15 true life stories you just won’t be able to put down from this posse of addicts, rebels, and gangsters, an IRA bomb-blast survivor, a serial entrepreneur and more.

Adrian Pritchard – armed robber gets a second chance
Anita Mary – hardcore alternative street survivor
Bernadette Soares – serial over-achiever & entrepreneur
Beryl Henwood – from widow to warrior woman
Bill Subritzky – international healing evangelist
Brian France – IRA bomb-blast survivor
Cheyne Hakaraia – drug lord to entrepreneur
David Silver – the reluctant Jew finds his voice
Janet Balcombe – meth survivor to author of The Wild Side
Koebi Hart – from abuse & addiction to heaven & restoration
Matthew Needham – suicide survivor to man on a mission
Norm McLeod – from sex, drugs & rock’n’roll to Maori leader
Phil Paikea – from gang leader to anti-violence campaigner
Ray Curle – from pirate to preacher
Tawhiri Littlejohn – from session drummer to spiritual leader

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it’s the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill


(NZ paperback only)








Reader Reviews

“Hi Janet. Some feedback regarding your books Radical Lives and The Wild Side. They are being well received by the inmates at Mt Eden Prison and are in high demand at the moment.” Mark Claasen, Kairology Prison Ministry

“Chur sister Janet! Thanks for the books! It’s true when Jesus said “It’s not the healthy ones who need a doctor!” And just as King David cut off Goliaths head with his own sword, the Lord uses the enemies weapons against him. Our testimonies and our insight gained through experience can help others get through hard times. Sister, your books are making a massive difference in the lives of these brothers in here (Rimutaka Prison). I pray the blessing of the Holy Spirit to anoint you right now with discernment and power from on high, with wisdom and knowledge to write another next level book of inspiration to bring glory to our King Jesus and his Father.” -R.M.E., Rimutaka Prison inmate

Radical Lives is a compilation of 15 dramatic true-life stories Janet originally wrote as articles for Christian Life News Magazine. From her own experience of a life without God, she can understand the miraculous and radical transformation that takes place when a person surrenders to God and is freed by the saving grace and power of Jesus Christ.

The stories profile former criminals, drug addicts, dealers, alcoholics, terrorists, gang members, social outcasts, and church dropouts. For some, their conversion was immediate, for others it was gradual. The exciting part for me was not only reading about lives radically transformed by God, but the evidence given to show that most of these people have since put their faith into action by establishing or being involved in Christian ministries. In some cases they’ve written books to share their testimonies and reach out to others lost in spiritual darkness. Contact details are listed at the end of each profile. This book is ideal to pass onto people who are struggling with life. Janet suggests concerned Christians could sponsor her book and make copies available free in strategic places such as rehabilitation centres and prisons.

With many more stories to tell, Radical Lives Vol 2 is on it’s way. – Julia Martin, Christian Writers Magazine (Jun-Jul 2017)