Troubador Bellybutton

Released: 07/05/2020

eISBN: 9781838595746

Format: eBook

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Bellybutton

The Source Of My Strength

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Being born premature was Danny’s first battle. Against all the odds, he clung on to life with every heartbeat. Delivered from the safety of his mother’s womb into the arms of a sinful world. Through a small hole in his incubator, his mum would reach out to touch his tiny, undeveloped hands. For weeks this would be there only contact and through this and his will to survive, Danny and his mother established a beautiful bond.

Raised in a typical West Indian family in the heart of the East London. His mum who can best be described as a God fearing, Catholic woman, first introduced Danny to God, through daily bible teachings. Though he knew of God, he never had a relationship or ever felt the need to call upon his name.

From humble beginnings, he soon earned his stripes through to adulthood, becoming a loving husband and devoted father. Danny had all that he needed, the house, the car, decent job. He was content with the cards; life had dealt him, until… Now there was a day that Satan (the adversary) appeared before God in heaven and challenges God that if given permission to punish the man, he will turn and curse God to his face.

Following the sudden death of his beloved mother, all that Danny had loved and cared for was taken from him. Losing himself in his mourning, he then declared war by cursing the world and everything in it, including himself. Abandoning his faith, he turned his back on his creator, slipping into a sea of darkness, shadowed by sex, drugs & alcohol, all that his flesh desired. Struggling to accept his circumstances, he reached out to the spirit of his mother for comfort, only to find something dark and sinister. Falling to his knees, for the first time in his life, Danny cried out to the LORD.

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Daniel Felix

To be completely honest, becoming a disciple of Christ was never part of my plan, like Jona and the whale, I literally went running in the opposite direction. No matter how fast or how far I ran, God had his own plan and there was nothing I could do about it, but submit to his will

Born July 1966, what a year? and to top it off England won the World Cup. Growing up in the East End of London left me with some colorful memorable memories, life was so much different back then, before there was IPods we had senna pod, some of you will know what I'm referring too.

Rich in community spirit, we all knew each other, better still, we all looked out for one another. Able to leave your front door wide open, Blackberry picking along the train track, run outs, British bull-dog, knock-down ginger, the list is endless

Saturday afternoon, my dad playing Jim Reeves greatest hits album at full volume on his gram, which I had to polished that same morning with Mr Sheen. The only takeaway available was fish n chips from the local chippy, other than that, it was a piece of yam and two green bananas, hence why the senna?

As an author, I can honestly say that I have definitely grown creatively within my new found role. What started off as basically a means to vent my inner emotions, has sent me on a life's journey, Therapeutic at times but also extremely challenging, taking me back to past memories which I had long forgotten.

I remember the first time I put pen to paper, proper old skool style, l had no idea where to start, let alone creating a middle or end. Lying on my bed at night I began to pray, asking the Lord to help me, before I knew it I had written three full pages.

Thirteen years later, has brought me right here, but the best part of my journey, I was able to find the source of my strength.

I hope you enjoy my story.

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