Hope author releases new novel

Forty per cent of net proceeds from each book sale are donated to local charities

Ed VanWoudenberg and Jeffica VanGrootheest hold a copy of VanWoudenberg’s new novel Worth a Talk.

A new novel by Ed VanWoudenberg explores many of the challenges teenagers face today.

The Hope author presents a story of adventure and conflict involving many individuals from troubled backgrounds, who each play important roles in Worth a Talk.

The primary characters however are members of three Christian families living under very challenging circumstances.

“Whether you’re brought up in a church family or not, the problems are the same,” said VanWoudenberg.

“This is definitely a warning to make the right decisions while you can because the consequences are terrible. The book has a compassionate angle as well. We’re often so judgmental, but God doesn’t write us off and he keeps coming back to us with warnings and invitation.”

The 32-chapter, 580-page novel brings the reader face-to-face with many issues, including spousal abuse, addiction, bullying, drug dealing and drug use, lying, shoplifting, abortion, chastity, drunk driving resulting in death, street gangs, pornography, occultism, kidnapping, prostitution, pedophilia and cyber bullying.

VanWoudenberg provides clear biblical answers and practical guidelines throughout the fictional narrative. The end of the book also has a section called Lets Talk Further with thought-provoking questions related to each chapter.

For more than 25 years, VanWoudenberg and his wife Audrey have visited and counselled inmates in prison. He also serves as a chaplain at Stepping Stones Bible Camp in Deroche.

Over the past 10 years, VanWoudenberg said he’s seen first-hand the consequences of bad choices made by young people as well as the healing effects of the Gospel when its principles are applied.

Worth a Talk can be purchased for $24.95 at Blue Moose Cafe, Pages Bookstore, and www.worthatalk.net.

Forty per cent of net proceeds from each book sale will be donated to the Salvation Army, Focus on the Family, Union Gospel Mission, M2/W2 Prison Ministries, and Ruth and Naomi’s Mission.

Just Posted

Young Hope man with autism wants understanding, end to taunts

Brayden Duplessis, Grace 10 student at Hope Secondary, shares his story

New welding equipment for Hope Secondary

More time on welders for Hope high school students, thanks to new gear

Hope teens headed to BC Winter Games

Julius Brysch, 14, and Danielle Bacon, 13, are in Kamloops this weekend

UPDATE: 10-20 cm of snow expected Friday in Lower Mainland

Snowfall warning in effect from North Shore mountains out to Hope

Parents cross over painting job on 6 Ave. crosswalks

Crosswalks, not painted since September, are a safety concern for two parents

VIDEO: Mixed bonspiel weekend at Hope Curling Club

The all-weekend tournament is the group’s final event of the season

Concert-goers unfazed by Hedley sexual misconduct allegations

Frontman Jacob Hoggard thanked fans from the ‘bottom of our hearts’ at Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre

Original B.C. Games participant-turned-sensei officiating 39 years later

Langley judo sensei was a competitor at the inaugural B.C. Winter Games 40 years ago

Snowfall warning, travel advisory in effect for Coquihalla

Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt to receive 10 to 20 cm of snow Sunday

Police watchdog probes B.C. man’s taser death in alleged parental child abduction

Independent Investigations Office called in after one male dies

PHOTOS: Harnessing diverse abilities on the court at the B.C. Games

Basketball is one of two Special Olympics events at the B.C. Winter Games in Kamloops

B.C. VIEWS: Our not-so-New Democrats don’t rock the boat

Finance Minister Carole James takes the wheel, steers similar course

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Canadians all smiles after record medal haul

Team Canada is taking home a record 29 medals from Pyeongchang – 11 gold, eight silver, 10 bronze

‘All of us should be ashamed’: Calls for change after jury finds Raymond Cormier not guilty

Jury acquitted Raymond Cormier in the death of Tina Fontaine after 11-hour deliberation

Most Read