When Kevin West resigned from his job as vice president of a bank in 1998 after making fraudulent loans, he spent the time before his trial managing a family-owned, small grocery store in Ironton, Ohio. Dealing with serious marriage problems and with a prison sentence almost certainly in his future, Kevin was overcome with remorse and without a scrap of hope. It was at his lowest moment that Kevin called out to a power beyond himself for help, and God answered his prayer in the form of an elderly vagrant in a soiled shirt and tattered pants named Don.
When Don saw Kevin's open Bible on the counter next to the register, the untidy, long-haired indigent took the opportunity to share Bible wisdom and life-giving truths that changed Kevin's life. Finding a sense of peace in their conversation, Kevin offered Don a few basic groceries and an invitation to continue their conversation the next day. What began as a chance meeting between two individuals whose lives seemed headed for certain ruin, turns into an unlikely bond of friendship that saved them both.
It was this friendship that helped Kevin thrive in prison, restore his failed marriage, and gave Don a chance at a new life that went beyond anyone's imagination. Moving and awe-inspiring, this story of a pure friendship sheds light on the redemption and hope that can grow out of relationships based in faith.
- ISBN-13: 9781476794006
- ISBN-10: 1476794006
- Publisher: Howard Books
- Publish Date: November 2015
- Page Count: 240
- Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-12-07
- Reviewer: Staff
In this true story, West, senior pastor of Expression Church of Huntington, W.V., describes a transformative encounter. When a bedraggled man named Don first approaches West at his corner grocery store, West has no idea that both their lives are about to change. West has just hit the bottom of a downward spiral of guilt and hopelessness. After resigning from his job as the v-p of a bank after illegally approving loans, West decides to open the grocery for financial security while he awaits his legal penalties. He reads scripture and watches sermons behind the counter. Don appears the day after West decides to pray for help and immediately takes interest in the Bible that West is leafing through, pointing out complicated passages that bring Don to tears. The two strike up a friendship around interpreting scripture. "He was more to me than simply a spiritual mentor," West writes. "We had become spiritually tied together, traveling on separate yet related paths." West's heart-wrenching yet hopeful story of learning to accept God's forgiveness will inspire readers who have found themselves on the brink of despair. (Nov.)