Could you ever love me again? Bob Cretney
John Bennett, Pinxton, Nottingham [SEE PROFILE BELOW]
Paperback, 190pp. Published by Gospel Folio Press, 304 Killaly Street West, Port Colborne, ON, L3K 6A6, Canada. ISBN 978-1-926765-14-3.
This book is a record of the Gary Weeks story as it was told to the author, Bob Cretney. It is the story of a relatively naïve young man from a Christian, although single parent, home who goes off to university and begins the drift away from his profession of faith in Christ and commitment to Him. It is a story with which many might identify, either from personal experience, or from that of loved ones. The draw of a world of glamour, glitz and false glory becomes the factor that leads Gary into the world of entertainment with the promise of fame and fortune. After a break from the music industry to work as a pilot, a downturn in the aviation industry leads Gary back into music. The success returns and the potential of a major deal beckons before it all comes crashing down in the spring of 1978. However, the real change in Gary’s life came as a result of a cruise and a tourist trip to Jerusalem. This is the beginning of his spiritual restoration and a life committed to the work of the Lord, initially in Ireland.
The difficulty with any book of this nature is striking the balance. The honesty that reveals the detail of the periods of a person’s life spent away from the Lord is not to show how others might do the same, but it is to convey the unfailing love of God that always seeks to draw the wanderer back to Himself. However, it has to be emphasized that the prodigal can only be restored if they are prepared to heed the warning voice of conscience within, and humble themselves before the Lord. Similarly, Gary’s restoration does not smooth out all of life’s difficulties, but it does provide one who cares for each in the midst of their trials. This is a fascinating and delightfully heart-warming book to read.