This is a gripping tale of bravado, booze, battles and at times bitter failures. In an action-packed life David Murray escaped dead-end jobs, Glasgow knife-gangs and bullets in Northern Ireland.
His autobiography is a well-paced and plain-speaking account of a man constantly on the move – until the day God Himself finally caught up with him. This is a great book of memories charting Glasgow and Army life in the 60s and 70s. But it’s much more than social history.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Murray is a true Glaswegian. Brought up in the Gorbals in Glasgow in the 1950s, he had a tough but happy childhood. He went from Boy Scout to Maroon Beret, always loving the Army life. Coming from a Roman Catholic family he was taught to believe in God, but alcohol and anger led him into trouble, marriage break-up and despair. This is a story of how God can fix the most broken of lives and lift them to unimaginable heights of joy and fulfilment through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Janet Baker is also a child of the fifties. She is married to Mike. They have four sons and ten grandchildren. Janet is an active member of 'MissionAssist'. Working from home, MissionAssist's volunteers use their gifts and skills to help support Christian mission at home and abroad.
It's a wonderful testimony to God’s surprising mercy and power in unlikely places and people. A book to read and to give away.”
Andy Hunter FIEC SCOTLAND & NORTH OF ENGLAND DIRECTOR
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Reading how God saved someone is usually encouraging. This book is particularly so because, in the words of Rev. Phil Hair, it is ‘a wonderfully moving, emotionally stirring, brutally honest, and sometimes hilariously funny life story, of God’s saving mercy’ (p.9).
It also leaves you in no doubt of the reality of God’s salvation of David Murray. Each stage of his life is covered, from childhood, through conversion at 44, to service with SASRA and a part-time pastorate.
The book helpfully shows the impact which being bereaved, moving, witnessing sobering things, or changing career can have on people. It illustrates God’s sovereignty in people’s lives before they are saved, and in using pre-conversion sins to prepare them to be merciful and equip them for later service. Christian readers are encouraged not to give up on people, whether wayward Christians or seemingly unconvertible sinners, nor to lose hope in the gospel’s power.
Operation Salvation could readily be used evangelistically, as many non-Christians could identify with David’s life and be challenged by it. The gospel is clearly and faithfully presented in the testimony, though the closing presentation could be better. A page explaining SASRA’s work and appealing for funds spoils the book slightly, but I recommend this book.