in the Dark
by Heather Magee
“Heather Magee has written an immensely readable, at times confronting, but always heart touching account of her journey through some really frightening life challenges as a woman, a wife and a mother. This book brings the realities of devastating human experience into the perspective of a loving and gracious God and applies sound Biblical truth to some of the great quandaries of life. After reading it, I doubt you will view the subject of human suffering in quite the same way again.”
Pastor Keith Ham (Baptist Pastor and Counselor)
“Shortly after the recent floods, I was driving across central Queensland. The road was badly damaged by the heavy deluges and we were forced to travel slowly. A flashing sigh on the side of the road caught my attention and totally transformed the journey. It said, ‘Ignore your GPS! There is a better road ahead!” Heather has chosen to ignore the natural GPS of looking at her circumstances and has fixed her eyes on Jesus for the better road He has marked out for her. This is the amazing story of Heather’s determination to persevere through her many trials and trust God in all things. Parts brought me to tears as I learned of her journey, and parts reaffirmed my trust in the God who created us and loves us perfectly. Heather, thanks for the privilege of reading your story!”
Joan Pennicook – Wife of Pastor John Pennicook
Heather was was born on September 14, 1956. She is the eldest of three sisters and grew up in a loving Christian family in England. She studied at Gypsy Hill Teachers Training College in Kingston, (not far from Wimbledon, where the English tennis ﬁnals are held each year).
It was during her ﬁnal year at college that she met Len Magee, who was one of Britain’s most loved gospel singers at that time. As the prayer secretary in the Christian Union, she booked Len to sing at one of their college outreaches. He was also Pastor of a large church in the South of England. Well! It was love at first sight. From selling Len’s gospel albums in the local Christian bookshop, she became his wife! They married in July 1977 at Heather’s home church, Halford House, in Richmond (just outside of London).
Len and Heather have now been in ministry together for almost 40 years. Len preaches and teaches, Heather leads the worship team, writes many of the worship songs they sing and plays keyboard in the band. Sometimes she also preaches. They are currently living on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, in one of the most beautiful parts of the most spectacular countries in the world. (Well, someone has to)!
Heather Magee has taken us to the depths of human suffering with its sickness, trauma, pain. doubts, and fears. Many who read its pages will truly relate to the authenticity of the physical and emotional suffering that Heather so honestly describes. However, shehas not left us there to languish in its dreaded clutches. She has given us answers. Heather also provokes us to believe again and to find Jesus in a way that perhaps would never have happened. She offers us a heartfelt and genuinely balanced theology for our suffering from both a human and God perspective. I found this book riveting in its content. Writing with total transparency from a pure heart, she forms a picture that will both inspire and encourage weary, suffering travelers and give them new hope and a future.
This is more than a book. It really is a life map to guide those on a similar journey and learn from its ruthlessly honest pages: how to cope, where to turn and how to remain steadfast when going through the valley experience. I commend this book very highly. from one who has also traveled the journey and found the sweetness of Jesus and His Grace in every situation.
Dr. Ray Andrews (Counselor)