How Jesus changed my life

Merrilyn Williams
My earliest memory of God in my life was when I was four years old. “Who made God, Daddy?” I asked. My father’s response – always another question to set me thinking – was, “Where does the sky begin and end?”
I adored my father, but I didn’t always please my parents. Lacking the academic achievements he wanted for me, and the social and sporting skills my mother favoured, I turned to reading to pass the time and – since the books were in the attic – to make myself scarce. Before long, I started writing my own stories. By the time I was fourteen, I’d received my first rejection slip – from Argosy, home of H. E Bates The Darling Buds of May.
Enforced attendance at the local Brethren Sunday School so my non-Christian parents could have a lie in, and at a Roman Catholic primary school in Clapham, taught me head knowledge of God – not all of it good – but it was reading, and a move from London to Salcombe, in Devon, that moved my heart. Discovering a book titled The Yellow Pup, a Scripture prize which my father had won as a boy, I fell in love with Jesus, and made a secret commitment.
It wasn’t to last! At least, not from my perspective. Alcohol was my crutch through an adolescence in which I was totally lacking in confidence, and eventually I made what was to be a disastrous teenage marriage. However, soon after the birth of my first child, I was to learn a truth that has seen me through countless situations ever since.
At the age of two-and-a-half, Susie developed encephalitis – a brain disease which, if not fatal, would almost certainly leave her mentally impaired. I turned to God, begged him to restore her, promised I would bring her up in the faith, and discovered that though I had abandoned him he had never let go of me (Hebrews 13:5).
For fifteen years Jesus saw me through my husband’s affairs with other women, and taught me the merits of compassion and forgiveness. When divorce became inevitable because of the effect it was having on my second daughter, I learned another truth: all things work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28). Writing was in my DNA, and using the experiences I’d encountered my first two books (of ten) were born. The ‘good’ that God brought out from my ‘all things’ was that my writing brought comfort to others. My ‘commissioning’ as an author? To comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:4)
With a new book about to be published, my aim remains the same. With a strong conviction that fiction disarms a reader’s defences (hence Jesus’ use of parables) I wrote Time to Shine as a novel. A mystery; A marriage mender; And a Mary Berry style Bake Off, it is part of a series in which, instead of a detective solving the mystery, marriage counsellor, Evie Adams does so from her Exeter-based counselling rooms.
© Mel Menzies Oct 2014

Writing fiction as Mel Menzies and non-fiction as Merrilyn Williams, Mel is a multi-published author and speaker, with one of her books a Sunday Times No. 4 Bestseller.

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New Release: Time to Shine - a mystery, a marriage mender, and a Mary Berry style bake off - the first in the Evie Adams series.
Now available on Amazon Proceeds go to 'Care for the Family' and 'Tearfund'.
Now available for Kindle: A Painful Post Mortem - Only £1.94
"Where did I go wrong?" A Mother's lament, a Father's response, as Claire conducts a post mortem of her broken marriage and a death in suspicious circumstances.

Linking up with Essential Friday's and Faith Filled Friday


  1. God is faithful to remember your secret commitment and bless others through your writing. You are a near neighbor at Essential Fridays.

  2. God does work all things to the good for those who love Him. Looking forward to reading your books.