Guns to God

Guns to God is the incredible autobiography of Claud Jackson, a young boy who became a drug dealer and professional criminal before giving his life to God through the Alpha Course and later being called to become a Christian minister.

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6th June 2024
Claud standing in street

Over 20 years ago a good friend of mine launched a Christian project in the heart of the nightlife area in Tenerife. She carefully selected a handful of books creating a small library for local people, many of whom worked in the local clubs and bars. The selection included ‘Run baby run’ by Nicky Cruz and ‘Chasing the dragon’ by Jackie Pullinger. The local workers couldn’t believe books with such dramatic stories like these could come from Christians. Books about drugs and crime with stories of people’s lives being changed for the better. The books were often discussed in great detail and led to conversations about faith and church.

There is so much power in a person’s story. Our stories are personal, we invite people into our world, often fostering a sense of empathy and understanding. It is not often that a book comes along that could sit in this collection of life-changing biographies, but Guns to God can. The book sets the scene of Claud Jackson’s early years with heart wrenching reality and continues with personal exerts from a life many don’t experience. The book is a window into a life. 

If you want to have a greater understanding and compassion of the struggles some face growing up alongside the challenges and courage it can take to overcome and face another day, Guns to God will speak to your heart. The stories told hold valuable insights for society about the consequences of oppression and power imbalances that many of us live oblivious of. It is also a story of hope and transformation and well worth a read.

Written by

Theresa Jackson

Born and bred in London, Theresa is passionate about seeing the nation impacted by the gospel in word and action. Her calling to urban ministry saw Theresa moving from north to west London in 2012 to join an Eden Team in Ladbroke Grove, where she lived for the long-term seeing God impact lives. In 2022, Theresa completed a Masters in Missiology, where she awarded the Department of Theology, Religion & Philosophy Masters Graduation prize. As part of the Proximity team, Theresa is using her skills and passion to see the church step out even more in urban ministry to help co-ordinate the project.

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