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Miracles from Mayhem
The story of May Nicholson
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The incredible true story of an incredible life saved
Written as though May is telling her story herself
Interspersed with accounts from people in May's life
May Nicholson was a notorious fighting drunk in Ferguslie Park, Paisley until her conversion when she was 34. The last 22 years have been spend tirelessly working for the Lord as an outreach worker in Ferguslie Park, Church of Scotland Project Worker in Mid Craigie (a deprived area of Dundee) and now in Govan where she founded the Preshal (Gaelic for precious) Trust.
May's biography reads as though she is telling her story and is interspersed by accounts and comments from other people. Her story is so incredible that it needs other people to verify what she says; one of May's doctors, a minister, those who come to the Preshal Trust and The Duchess of Montrose all help to tell this compelling story.
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... a challenging and encouraging book, reminding us that God can save people whom the world dismisses.
May has the same love for the poorest of the poor and the richest of the rich. She is at home with lords and ladies and with the lowly and loneliest. Living out God's love with and among the poor, she reflects Jesus who, "though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor that we might be made rich".'
The key to May's amazing ministry is in her prayer after conversion: "I'd like to have millions and millions of Jesus' love so that wherever I go it would spill out on the people I meet". I have seen this love spill out on drug addicts and duchesses, politicians and prisoners in Dundee, Paisley, Northern Ireland and Romania. I can't wait to see what May does next!'
Louise S Purvis
'Anyone who has lived with drug addicts and alcoholics knows how elusive hope is....This is the sort of story that could be labelled "unbelievable", except that it happens to be true! It's told honestly, with helpful angles from those whose lives interacted with May, and with an ever-present sympathy and understanding for all. Read it; study it in your churches to see what you can do; and give it to anyone who needs hope.'
John Nicholls, Associate Minister, Smithton Free Church of Scotland, Inverness, formerly Chief Executive, London City Mission
‘Her story is an eloquent testimony to the saving and transforming power of Christ.'
I just finished this book an incredible moving story. I could not put the book down, inspirational, encouraging and the story makes you really think about who you are where your life is going. I will one day visit the Preshal centre one day soon so inspired. Also a strange twist for me as the building the centre is in was the very church myself and my 3 sisters and brother attended when we were young (the Church of the Nazarene) it was a friend from the Cathcart Baptist church (Dave Murray) who loaned me the book I was meant to read that book it took me right back to my childhood and the Sunday School in that very building I will definitely be visiting this centre soon (so so inspired) may all the good work you are all carrying out for Jesus flow into lots of people's hearts. Thank-you for the memories and the inspiration May, and all at the Preshal centre. Good luck!
Posted by Annette Mcgartland, Govan at 03:11 on Thursday 24 November 2011