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Storming Home British soldier, bodyguard to the stars, boozer and addict - could Billy change? Billy Gilvear, Eric Gaudion PhD

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21st June 2013
208 pages: 198mm x 130mm x 17mm
Monarch Books
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Son of a missionary, born in the Congo, Billy endured a strict upbringing before escaping to the Army at 16. Despite the brutality and bullying he survived and did well, being fast-tracked for a commission. He met and married Bev, herself a corporal. Billy soon quit the Army to become a bodyguard to the stars, working with Naomi Campbell, Take That, Bee Gees, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Mel Gibson and others. Billy had always been a drinker but now the celebrity lifestyle introduced him to drugs - dealing, and running with gangsters. He lost his job. Bev and the children suffered as a consequence, and Bev ultimately divorced him. Billy contemplated suicide when a friend reintroduced him to the God he had hated for 30 years. Bev too discovered Christianity: the two would be reconciled, remarry, and have two more children. Now a Baptist pastor, prison chaplain and evangelist, Billy sees in others the miracle that has taken place in himself.
Ex-Army hard man and professional bodyguard, Billy's destructive tendencies were brought up short by his encounter with Christ. He became a Baptist pastor, prison chaplain and evangelist. He is now Regional Director for the Eden Project in Manchester.|

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