#DirtyGlory manuscript finally finished and off to the UK publisher. But can you see the typo?
102,000 words written / 50 litres of coffee consumed / 1 chapter to go and a gob-load of editing looming. #DirtyGlory
Exciting moment as the first books arrive From America. Just a few thank you's to send out! #teameffort
London panorama across the River Thames from the roof garden of my UK publisher Hodder Faith (aka Hachette). Interestingly, this building was once a Carmelite monastery - a house of prayer. And it was from this spot that the iconic wartime photograph of St Paul’s cathedral standing proud, during the Blitz, was taken.
Kelly Tietsort outside the walls of BoysTown
If it's true that every picture tells a story, this one tells an entire life story. This is Kelly Tietsort with one of the brave women who eventually made it out of BoysTown and has become a radiant disciple of Jesus Christ.
Meet Pete and Sarah Portal, the heroes who pioneered the community in Manenberg, South Africa. You can read their remarkable story in Ch.14 of #DirtyGlory
Is it something I ate? I love this shot of my friend Jon Petersen, one of the heroes of #DirtyGlory, on a subway in his homeland Japan. Jon's story features in Ch's 9-14 of #DirtyGlory.
Brian and Tracy Heasley with their two young sons, preparing to go to Ibiza, 2005. Brian's story features in Ch's 7-14 of Dirty Glory.
My friend Brian Heasley, after seven years pioneering our work in Ibiza.
Brian Heasley conducts a baptises a new believer in the Mediterranean ocean on an Ibiza beach. #DirtyGlory
Our Centre in San Antonia. The work in Ibiza, pioneered by Brian and Tracy Heasley and described in #DirtyGlory is still going strong.
The Puke Wagon in Ibiza is an ambulance service, rescuing people from the streets of San Antonia throughout the long summer party season. This really is #DirtyGlory
he Heasley family blearily arriving back in the UK in the wee, small hours, after seven years pioneering the work in Ibiza
Phil Togwell - the founder of Prayer Spaces in Schools and previously 24-7 Prayer's first UK director. Phil's features in Ch's 5 & 12 of DirtyGlory
Meet Susanna Rychiger from Thun, Switzerland. In #DirtyGlory I describe how 28,000 Swiss Francs appeared miraculously in Susanna's cleaning cupboard.
Ralf Neumann, who trained with 24-7 in Kansas City and planted our Boiler Room in Datzeburg, Germany - one of the most deprived and least evangelized places in Europe. Ralf's story features in ch. 14 of #DirtyGlory
The Mannenberg crew from South Africa on their way to a 24-7 Gathering.
Nice to be back
Pretty happy to be back at Cape St Vincent for the first time since 9/11, filming the #DirtyGlory trailer.
Wish you were here
Jake, Adam, Pete & Nick filming the Dirty Glory Trailer at Cape St Vincent
Jake and Nick shooting the sun at Cape St Vincent.
Filming for #DirtyGlory at Cape St Vincent, Portugal – where it all began.
Thirsty work. A little light refreshment for Nick from the final local ale - making the DG trailer at Cape St Vincent.
Bojanglez nightclub in Guildford, UK where the 24-7 movement was launched under a red moon in 2000. Ch.2
Herrnhut: This place has a lot to answer for. In many ways the village of Herrnhut, Germany, is where 24-7 Prayer began. Its 100 year prayer meeting launched a mission movement which changed the world and inspired our first prayer room.
The Foundery. John Wesley's original base, and the birthplace of Methodism. The Lord gave us a venue on this precise site. (ch.12)
The Foundery, Tabernacle Street, London. Ch.12
The Foundery site today. This unimposing office block housed our London base for many years, and stands on the precise spot of Wesley's original Foundery.
Taken on the roof of the Kansas City Boiler Room on Main Street.
Leipzig Prayer Rallies
USA Launch Party, Tulsa, OK, October 2016. Reading.
With Kelly Tietsort, whose amazing story of rescuing women from Boy's Town, Mexico features in Ch's 11-14 #DirtyGlory
Excited to be planning a mini UK #DirtyGlory Tour with my friend Jason Upton. Two scruffy blokes hitting London, Bracknell and Bristol.
Kill your darlings
A very early draft. Writing a book is a long process. Many snatched moments in cafes and on trains and even at the gym. And most of what you think is good at the time isn't. Or it doesn't fit. Stephen King says you have to learn to 'kill your darlings' and the words on this page represent some dead darlings for sure! Meanwhile the doodle reminds me that I'd also been toying with the idea of incorporating angel wings into the book design - a reference to the Ark of the Covenant. But thats another 'darling' which never made the final cut. .
Nostalgic for the future...
The final chapter of Dirty Glory is all about joy.
Proof-reading #DirtyGlory and impacted afresh by these incendiary words from the Filipino academic and justice activist, Dr Melba Maggay #justice
St Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna. (Ch. 14)
The extraordinary crucifixion painting, which hangs in the palace of the Archbishop of Vienna, described in the final chapter of #DirtyGlory. You can see where it was attacked by furious members of the Hitler Youth at the start of the 2nd World War and how it is still deliberately unrepaired.
Close-up of the damaged painting from the palace of the Archbishop of Vienna described in the final chapter of #DirtyGlory.
Celebrating our 15th birthday in St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, 2015 - an incredible evening of united prayer and worship. (Ch.14)
St Stephen's Vienna
More than 40 nations and many denominations celebrating 15 years of continual prayer, in Vienna's majestic 'Stephansdom'. Shortly after this moment we were photobombed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope! (Ch. 14)
Mountains of clothes given for Austrian refugees in Vienna. Ch. 14
Five dancing bishops in St Paul’s cathedral, London. The newspapers picked up this image the following week! (Ch.14)
100,000 people at a prayer meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia - the world's largest Muslim nation.