December 15 2017 – Click here to listen
I just completed having my book, Miracle on Luckie Street, translated into Spanish and just released it. I was urged to do this by a Words for the Day reader, Frank Morocco, who is a high school teacher in New York City. Frank had read the book and asked if I would get it translated into Spanish, but I begged off saying I was too busy and didn’t know anyone to translate it.
He volunteered to translate it, and I told him it was a long book and a serious, time-consuming project, but if he wanted to pursue it, to have at it. It literally took Franks several years to complete, but he did.
Since he wasn’t a professional translator I subsequently employed a translation service to edit it and they gave glowing praise to Frank for the excellent job that he did, and ended up making very few edits. They sent me the finished translation, but then I got busier and busier with other projects, and this one languished.
Frank contacted me and jogged my memory and because of his urging I proceeded to have it typeset. That project took quite a while, and yet again I forgot about it. Once again Frank reminded me about it. This time he told me his health was not good and had some other problems and he was in hopes that somehow it could be finished, so I pushed it to the top of my list and determined to make it happen sooner rather than later. (The squeaking wheel gets the oil.)
I finally got it back from the printer a few weeks ago and have just begun marketing it, (which by the way, I have no idea how to market a book in Spanish, but I am determined to find a way.) Frank was elated when he received a book inscribed to him with my gratitude, and a case of books for his friends and family, many of whom did not believe all this was taking place. His name is proudly displayed on the book as the translator and he is happy.
The English version of the book has been instrumental in changing thousands of lives and is in its fourth printing. I am very hopeful that this Spanish version will be just as effective. In addition to those sold, I’ve donated thousands of copies to prisons, rehab facilities, and individuals since its publication, and God is using it mightily.
It is difficult for many folks to read because it is written to the people who are living through hopeless times including addictions. Difficult is a good description of their lives and the horror I endured in my early life described in the book is the same horror that they live through daily. The book appeals to people, because it is not filled with fluff, but is raw and genuine, and most importantly they see how someone was able to emerge from hopelessness and take on a new life filled with hope. With the current opioid crisis in this country, more people need to read this book. The way out of that dilemma is to die from an overdose, or go to prison, or turn to Jesus and allow Him to transform your life as he did mine. Jesus is the choice they need to make, and this book leads them to Him.
It also details how I handled the many problems in my life that I endured AFTER becoming a Christian, and how I fought through those epic battles with Jesus taking the lead. Everyone has problems, Christians and non-Christians alike – No one is immune.
My story is true. I went from being as evil as someone can be, including being homeless, a meth addict and suicidal violent criminal, without a friend in the world to becoming a multi-millionaire with an incredible family and friends all over the world and an terrific ministry, all because I surrendered to Jesus. If I could do it, I’m convinced anyone can.
If you know someone who has lost hope, then this book just might be a great Christmas present for them. Frank will receive his reward from God for all his hard work in bringing this redemption story of hope to Spanish speaking people. You can receive yours by placing this book in someone’s hands who just might end up changing their life forever because you took the time to love them.
You should know that I don’t use Words for the Day to enrich myself. I have never done so in the 20 years I’ve been writing this column and don’t intend to start now. I’ve lost money on these books every year, because I give so many away. I don’t care about the money.
The way I look at it I may be losing money now, but I’m gaining blessings that will endure forever. I truly look forward to meeting people in heaven who come up to me and say, “You know I read that book and I really appreciate your taking the time to write it. Without having read it, I’m not sure I would be here right now.”
The book can be ordered direct from: MiracleonLuckieStreet.com or it can be obtained on Amazon.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
Have a great weekend and go to church this Sunday!