By Phil Stoddart.
The early morning news of five people killed by a drunk driver shocked a community. Among the casualties were two teenage daughters from a Christian family. Yet as Phil and Heather Stoddart drove on the A12 road towards Ipswich Hospital, they discovered they were not alone on their terrible journey, but travelling with the Lord Jesus.
Despite coming across the immediate aftermath of the crash scene en route, it was not until they reached the hospital that they heard the fatal news. But in the agony of loss, the Lord began to comfort them with powerful experiences and in the year that followed, Phil kept an internet diary that tells of extraordinary encounters and insights into the person of Jesus and life beyond death.
As he writes, “In those days I cried and trembled more with the intensity of his kindness and beauty than I did with the agony of bereavement.”
A number of these diary entries reached the attention of the national media and were published in the Daily Telegraph among other papers. From these beginnings, Phil wrote A12 To Heaven. The book not only includes the many diary entries but also tells of how Phil left his atheistic beliefs to come to faith some 20 years previously.
This is a must-read book for anyone who is seeking after meaning and/or suffers from experiencing tragedy. Phil also writes, “It is only light that can drive away the darkness and this light is found only in the kindness revealed by God through Jesus.”
Phil is an experienced school teacher based in Lowestoft. He is used to working alongside believers from different churches and sharing his faith in a wide variety of settings.
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