Taming of a Villain
A Message of Hope
by Allen Langham
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Pub Date 20 May 2019 | Archive Date 24 Sep 2019
Lion Hudson Ltd, Monarch Books
This is the story of Allen Langham, a former professional rugby league player with a promising future, who threw it all away on the path of drinks, drugs and organized crime. Struggling with the legacy of a broken family, a troubled past, Allen soon fell into the arms of addiction, playing out his frustrations and anger in an arena of violence.
In and out of prison, something had to change, and in 2013 Allen has a dramatic encounter with Jesus Christ and became Born Again.
This is the true story of the journey from darkness into light, a testament to the power of God to change us and send us out as his servants and bring the Good News and the story of hope to those who need it the most.
"One thing seems abundantly clear: the gospel truly is the only answer to the challenges that life brings. As career criminal Allen Langham found, anything and everything in life can drag you down, but only one thing could release him and lift him back up." - Peter Wreford, editor-in-chief at New Life Publishing
"This is a story of transformation. Allen was addicted to violence and drugs, and spent years in prison. By God's grace he has found a path to freedom, peace, purpose and hope. His well-told story grabs the attention from the first page. If you want evidence of the power of Christ to change, heal and redirect a man's life, you will find it here." - Tony Collins, editor and author
"In what seems like an impossible struggle, we are reminded in Allen's story that nothing is impossible with God. Allen's journey challenged me, encouraged me and gave me a renewed zeal to live for Christ in my own walk with God. We often live in a structured, legalistic world, but Allen's story - as in scripture - reminds us that God uses those who are born-again in Christ in the most unfathomable and wonderful ways." - Jamie Jones-Buchanan, professional rugby player for the Leeds Rhinos
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Average rating from 4 members
The author wrote a memoir that perfectly captured the triumphs and setbacks of their life. It was easy to empathize with the author due to the raw writing.
This is a really honest story. Allen tells what his life was like and how he behaved before he found God. He also talks about his life as a Christian. This is not an easy read in places. Allen was violent and confrontational in the past. This book tells how his life has been transformed.
Thank you to Netgalley for my copy.
A highly personal account of Allen Langham’s darkest days through to him turning his life around after discovering spirituality and becoming a born again Christian. The writing is honest and real and Langham writes about a troubled childhood, and getting into a life of drugs, crime and violent as a teenager despite showing promise at school and rising in the world of professional rugby league. He ended up trapped in a spiral of addiction, crime and prison before finding salvation in his newly found faith.
It’s an engaging read, if at times a little uncomfortable to read about the violence and misery suffered by Langham and that he inflicted on others. It’s also a reflection on society, especially the damage that prisons can do to people. The religious aspect may not resonate with everyone, but ultimately this is a story about hope and survival and how someone overcame the lowest points of their life and turned things around.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my personal review. #TamingOfAvillain #NetGalley
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