From Whitewashed Stairs to Heaven

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From Whitewashed Stairs to Heaven

Maureen McKenna and the Open Door Trust, Glasgow

Irene Howat

Pages: 208
Trim: Pocket paperback (178 x 110mm)
Isbn 13: 9781857926163
List Price: £5.99
Series: Biography
Imprint: Christian Focus Adult Catalogue
Category: Biography > General

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A promising national swimmer, Maureen McKenna, has to stop the sport she loves on medical grounds. Distraught, she kicks back at the world that has betrayed her. If the world had let her down then she was determined to beat it into submission and win out on her own terms.

A combination of commercial acumen and problem drinking saw this business high flier soar and crash - repeatedly. The cycle couldn't continue and Maureen became an alcoholic and involved in an abusive relationship that lasted 12 years. The world had won, again.

Without hope, aged 33, she joined Alcoholics Anonymous as a last resort and met a young man who told her about a surer kind of hope, one founded on faith. She listened but was still determined to do away with what she considered was her worthless life. Just as she was about to throw herself in front of traffic on a busy road, she felt a hand on her shoulder, physically restraining her from stepping off of the kerb. When she looked around, there was no one there. She phoned the young man she had recently met and became a Christian that day.

Maureen and Hugh (for that was the young man's name) later married and worked full time with homeless people, prostitutes and addicts in the streets of Glasgow. After 12 years they decided that the people that they met needed more than food and clothes, they needed a saviour to break the cycle of deprivation. In 1998 they set up Open Door Trust Glasgow.

Read about this amazing work in the urban underclass, a work that will challenge your pre-conceptions and move your heart with compassion. Share Maureen and Hugh's vision of service to making a change in the lives of those whom the world passes by.

About Irene Howat

Irene Howat is an award-winning author and a talented artist in Ayrshire, Scotland. She is married to a retired minister and they have a grown family. She especially enjoys receiving letters from her readers and replies to all of them. Check out her new stories at

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Descend into a deep, dark underworld lit only by a long line of lamps God has placed there. The names on many lamps are familiar but here is a new lamp and under it the sound of laughter and praise.

Alan Devereux, Open Door Trust Glasgow

Once, like us all, a prisoner of sin, Maureen McKenna and her husband Hugh, now reach others who are still trapped. This is a compelling book.

Rev. Jackie Ross, Blythswood Christian Care

"A window into both the heart of God and his power to change lives."

Laspic Stewart, Chairman, Open Door Trust Glasgow

"Government policies and urban renewal schemes can change the environment, fund organisations, and create opportunities. But only God can change people. And he does. If you doubt that, read on!"

John Nicholls, Associate Minister, Smithton Free Church of Scotland, Inverness, formerly Chief Executive, London City Mission

"Maureen McKenna's life story breathes the air of the two worlds in which she has lived. The Glasgow in which she was born and whose people she so obviously loves, and the Kingdom of God... A great read!"

Sinclair B. Ferguson, Associate Preacher, St. Peter's Free Church, Dundee

"This is a challenging book which should encourage Christians to get out into the market place and share their faith and works with those most in need."

Sir David McNee, Retired Commissioner, Metropolitan Police

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