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How “Choose to Live!” Came To Be Written

It’s January the 17th, the 5th anniversary of my son Daniel’s death.  He took his own life at the age of 17.

It was a nightmare when the police came to the door and told me the news.  It’s one of those things which you cannot accept, and yet you have to.  It’s a ripping and tearing of your whole being.

After the funeral I came home and I didn’t know what I was going to do.  Then suddenly I knew that I had to get a notebook, and that I had to write.  I felt it was Daniel urging me on, and there was a real sense that this had to be done, fast.

As soon as I had the notebook, the words started to come.  First came all the chapter headings, then the content.  As I wrote, I imagined how the words would help readers to feel better about themselves and about their lives.  They would get moments of clarity, and feel relieved of burdens.  I could just imagine people saying “yes, exactly!” and smiling and feeling right about themselves.

This book has been a help to me in the years since, and I hope that it will help my readers too.  If you like it, please help me to get the word out.

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