Serving Heaven or Serving Hell
by Andy Robinson
Rejecting his family and Christian upbringing, Andy Robinson wanted everything life had to offer to satisfy his every pleasure. God seemed so limiting. His family held him back. The devil offered so much. He made a choice, and made a deal with the devil, rejecting God.
Life was on the up. He wanted drink, drugs, women and the freedom to do whatever he wanted. Every indulgence was satisfied. Andy’s world was a model for youthful pleasure and his freedom to choose. Until one day his world came crashing down around him.
With broken relationships, Andy found himself homeless, desperate and living in fear on the streets. He was out of control and in a downward spiral of destruction. Prison became his only safe place, and when out, was at the mercy of the dark and terrifying world he unwittingly made a pact with. Despite the rebellion, God still had hold of Andy.
This story traces the series of disastrous decisions Andy made that almost destroyed his life. It also reveals the extraordinary love of God to rescue those who are utterly lost. If your life seems out of control, this book offers you the same hope that transformed Andy’s life.
“Dramatic is an understatement! Andy’s life lurches from one tragic and despairing episode to another, thanks to his own folly and the devil’s evil schemes. Even when he manages to keep it together on the surface, it’s falling apart underneath. But God keeps hold of him and eventually Jesus Christ lifts him out of the pit and puts his feet on solid rock. Any who doubt the power of God to transform people should read this book. Andy writes with raw and vivid honesty and doesn’t sell us any pat answers. His life was sadly too typical of many trapped urban young people, but his breaking free and becoming a new person in Christ proves there is hope for all.”
–Derek Tidball, Author and International Speaker
“Having known Andy as a child I am thrilled to see what God has done in his life. This is a gripping story of the restoration that God offers to broken people. All parents who despair over their child’s rejection of God should read this and be encouraged to keep on praying.”
–Nick Pollard, Co-founder of Damaris Trust
“A fascinating read of a journey with God’s grace at work at our extremity.”
–Dave Edwins, Retired Moorlands College Lecturer and CEO of Ontrack Ministries
“From sleeping on the streets, addictions, violence and being detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure, to significant church ministry. How? With customary honesty and humour Andy Robinson tells his story of what God can do with one wasted life. Fast moving and a great read.”
–Declan Flanagan, Chief Executive, Rural Ministries
“We are helped by hearing people’s stories of God at work in their circumstances. Andy Robinson has a story to tell that is worth listening to – read it and be blessed.”
–Ian Coffey, Moorlands College Vice-Principal (Strategy), MA Course Leader and Director of Leadership Training
“Don’t read this book if you can’t handle a vulnerable, shocking and disturbing story of a life lived without God. Do read this book if you are someone in the depths of darkness, wondering if there is anyone who has been there like you, addicted, lonely, destitute and yet has managed to find a genuinely better future. Do read this book if you love to read true stories of how the power of God can genuinely and authentically transform a depraved, broken, devil-spoiled life. Do read this book if you are a heartbroken Christian parent wondering if your prodigal child will ever make it home.”
–David Oliver, Author
“Andy is an incredible man of God, passionate in his clear, uncompromising style. The story of his life in this book feels almost unbelievable, because his journey has so often balanced on the brink of life and death. His story is breath-taking, and yet there are deep threads of grace, forgiveness and love running throughout. Today, I encourage you to delve deep into this book. It contains huge lessons for the local church today about understanding people where they are at. My respect for a man, and indeed his wife and whole family, whom have grown in their love and grace over the years. And moving forwards, Andy is passionate about sharing his story of how God’s love is transformational and the wellspring of life. Andy today struggles with his physical health, but he keeps going, trusting God in all things and what a challenge for each one of us this is.”
–Andy Dipper, Chief Executive, Viva, Together for Children
Table of Contents
1 On the Streets
2 In the Dock
3 A Deal with Satan
4 Son from Hell
6 Dark and Empty
8 On the Up
9 Normal Life
10 Nowhere to Go
11 Escape to the Country
14 My Changed Life
15 All Hell Breaks Loose
16 In His Hands
17 “Tooled Up” for God
Epilogue: What About You?
About the Author