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Issue 228

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DANIEL O’DONNELL: SEE PAGE 3

MY BELIEFS HAVE KEPT MY FEET ON THE GROUND

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FITNESS GURU ROSEMARY CONLEY REVEALS THE SECRET BEHIND HER SUCCESS... PAGE 3

Queen’s DOC AMAZED BY CURE AFTER VIGIL focus on her faith

The Queen encouraged people to follow Jesus’ example BR I TA I N’S best eva ngel ist, Her Majesty The Queen, again used her Christmas Day speech to proclaim her Christian faith. Addressing the nation during her Christmas Day TV broadcast, Her Majesty encouraged Brits to follow the example of Jesus in their lives. She said: “I am always struck by how the spirit of togetherness lies also at the heart of the Christmas story. “A young mother and a dutiful father with their baby were joined by poor shepherds a nd v isitors from afar. “They came with their gifts to worship the Christ child. From that day on he has inspired people to commit themselves to the best interests of others.

serve “We remember that God sent his only son ‘to serve, not to be served’. He restored love and service to the centre of our lives in the person of Jesus Christ. “It is my prayer this Christmas Day that his example and teaching will continue to bring people together to give the best of themselves in the service of others.”

MY NEW LEASE OF LIFE AFTER GOING BLIND FULL STORY... PAGE 2

Prayers helped heal me of rare cancer

HEALED... Gina Hunt

A WOMAN who suffered from an extremely rare form of cancer believes God healed her after a prayer vigil was held across the globe. Gina Hunt , 51, had been diagnosed with Gestational Trophoblastic Disease, a condition where tumours grow inside the uterus. There have been just 77 cases of the disease in Britain in the last 20 years.

LUNGS

Gina was told by doctors that the cancer had spread to her lungs and the lining of her brain. She began chemotherapy treatment but after just a few

by Ian White months, medics surprisingly told her she had been ‘cured’. Gina told New Life that her hormone levels suddenly improved, which wasn’t medically possible as she hadn’t had enough chemotherapy. She said: “We could hardly believe what we were told and my bewildered consultant couldn’t explain it himself! “For a consultant to talk of being cured, he would have to be sure. When diagnosed, I’d told him I was a Christian and that I knew he would do his best and the rest was up to God. The consultant is now using ● Continued on Page 3


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tune in New Life works in partnership with UCB (United Christian Broadcasters) who are now broadcasting nationally on DAB radio. For great Christian music, discussion, chat, regular news bulletins and lots of fun, UCB is great, contemporary radio for the whole family. Listen on DAB radio across the UK or online at www.ucbmedia.co.uk

explore christianity We’re also working with Alpha, the course that ­allows people to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting over ten thought­provoking weekly sessions. The courses are free and are usually run in the evening, and include a meal or refreshments. To find a course near you, see www.alpha.org

Find a church We’re also working with Find a Church, who run a brilliant website listing the details of more than 42,000 UK Christian churches. Simply tap in your postcode for help to find a great church in your area.

the BIBLE MATTERS The Gideons are well known for their work distributing Bibles to schools, hospitals, hotels etc. If you want Jesus to make himself real in your life, and don’t have a Bible, the Gideons will be happy to provide you with a Testament completely free of charge.

The ABC of how you can become a Christian...

A Admit that you have done wrong that Jesus died so that you can B Believe be forgiven, and ask God to forgive you The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16); “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us” (1 John 1:9).

C Commit yourself to living God’s way

Jesus said: “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). Log on to www.lookingforgod.com for more help.

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STAR SAYS HE’S NEVER FELT THAT HE DOESN’T NEED FAITH BECAUSE OF FAME There are not many artists who can still pack out concerts after 30 years in the music business – but Daniel O’Donnell is one of them. He spoke to New Life reporter Becky Barlow about his successful career and his Christian faith

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aniel O’Donnell sells out arenas around the world and has an army of fans whose fierce loyalty rivals that of any of the top boy bands out there.

With over 10 million albums sold and holding the impressive title of being the only artist in recording history to have charted at least one album every year since 1988, the 51-year-old could be forgiven for having the odd boast. But the Irish crooner is philosophical when it comes to his fame, and credits his Christian faith with keeping his feet firmly on the ground. “It’s easy to do what we do, especially if you’re in the public eye, to get lazy in the faith and think you’re so powerful that you don’t need anything,” he says. “But my faith has kept me grounded – the realisation that I’m blessed to be given all this. “For me, being a Christian is about how we relate to other people around us. “A lot of people believe in the Christian way – even those who don’t believe – but it’s about realising that after this life there’s so much more. We have to believe that. We don’t have any concept of what that is but when we realise that what we have here is nothing in comparison to what comes next – that’s powerful.” Over his three decades in the music industry, Daniel has faced criticism over his recording choices but has proved everyone wrong with his continuing success.

How singing legend keeps his feet on the ground

KEEPING FAITH... Singing star Daniel O’Donnell

Daniel O’Donnell’s wife Majella has revealed the couple wanted children of their own, but have accepted it wasn’t part of God’s plan. Donegal superstar Daniel was 38 when he met Majella, who was 40 at the time. Majella, 52, who has two children from a previous marriage, has spoken for the first time about the family they yearned for. She said: “It just didn’t happen. We were both examined but there was no reason, we were both fine. We reckoned it wasn’t meant to be because for ten years we used no protection at all. “At the beginning, I wanted a child more for him because I thought he should experience fatherhood, but he doesn’t feel he’s missed anything. “I’m glad the way it worked out really. I’m nearly 53. Could you imagine a ten-year-old running around the place? I just wouldn’t have the energy. “Thanks be to God, he was looking after us in his own way.” Majella admitted that, when they first met in her parent’s bar in Tenerife, Daniel’s personality surprised her. She laughed: “I suppose I would have had a perception of him as being boring and no craic, that he’d have nothing to say and that he’d be a bit of a mammy’s boy. But I discovered immediately how easy he is to talk to. We hit it off. The following night, we went down to a club and danced until two or three in the morning.” And Majella told how before long she knew Daniel was the man she wanted to marry. She said: “He must have thought I was a bunny boiler, but it felt like a premonition. I said it in a joke kind of way as in, I’m going to marry you some day, isn’t that ridiculous?’. “It did scare him I’m sure, but I just knew it was meant to be. “He said ‘look, it’s not going to work’ and I knew myself that it was to do with me being divorced and having kids and the kind of image he had. “Eve nt ua l ly, t houg h , he ca me around to thinking we could overcome whatever obstacles were put in front of us.”

POPULAR “People say there’s no great focus on religion and spirituality but we’ve found that my albums of hymns and the like are just as popular if not more so than the other albums that I do,” he says. “I suppose I’m very fortunate in that I have a very strong following and have always been able to tour quite successfully over the years and I’ve just enjoyed doing what I do. “I guess the media or the music industry has an idea of what way they want to be or what way they want to go but there are always people that are successful but may not be included in a lot of airplay or television or whatever, but I’m one of the ones that keeps going. “I’ve never sung to make money. When I’m performing I never think about how much I’m making on the night. I sing because I love it and the money is just a byproduct of what I do. My biggest payment is being on the stage and that is a big part of the secret of my success. If it all ended tomorrow, I couldn’t say there is anything the world could have offered me that is better than what I have. “Being a ‘personality’ is, I suppose, what I have become as a result of my success as a singer. I do feel that I have handled it well because I haven’t allowed it to change me as a person. “I like to keep things as normal as possible in my life because that’s just the way

‘Kids weren’t part of God’s plan for us!’

Daniel on stage

TRACKS OF MY YEARS... Some of the many albums that Daniel has produced over the years I am. I am very lucky to be able to enjoy my family and be part of a local community when I’m not working.”

B

orn in Kinclassagh, a small rural town in Donegal, Ireland, Daniel’s first taste of music was in his local church where he sang in the choir. “I always feel a real closeness to people in church and Christmas Eve in the chapel was something special,” he explains. “Religious occasions like First Communion and Confirmation were among the highlights of my childhood years.” But it wasn’t until his late teenage years when it became clear that singing was Daniel’s passion. Then, at the age of 21, he

joined his sister, Margaret, who had made a name for herself in Ireland as a singer. “I first stepped on stage with Margaret’s band on January 28, 1982, with an electric guitar that I couldn’t play,” he remembers. “One of the members of the band tried to teach me but there was no point. “All I wanted to do was sing. I was allowed to sing out front sometimes and I loved the applause. It was like a drug and I was getting hooked.

ACHIEVE “I learned a lot about the music business when I was in Margo’s band. There comes a time when you have to take a gamble to achieve whatever it is you want and gamble

I did. I told Margaret that I was planning to leave and become a singer in my own right.” A year later Daniel had produced his debut record, which was quickly followed by his first show. After a brief stint in a band called Grassroots, Daniel again struck out alone and at the 1985 Irish Festival in London, he caught the attention of worldwide record label Ritz. “My career grew and grew and became more and more demanding,” the crooner reveals. “When we started doing the concert tours in England, it was six nights a week, every week. It really was too much.” After a three-month break, Daniel returned with a successful concert at The

Point in Dublin. “There were many people there that night who had never seen me perform before,” he says. “The Point was a good showcase for me as well as being a tremendous night.” Daniel’s career went from strength to strength and his fan base grew with it. “There are no words to describe the feelings that I get from an audience when I perform on stage,” he says. “It is heaven on earth to me. Without the people who follow me I would not have this life.

RESPECT “They say that when you’re doing a job that you love, you never work a day in your life. Well, that is certainly the case with

me. I have never worked since I became an entertainer. So I have a great respect and great love for the people who follow Daniel O’Donnell the entertainer.”

I

n 2002, Daniel broke millions of hearts when he married Majella, who he had met on holiday in Tenerife. Recalling the moment she said yes to his proposal, he says: “I was extremely happy, unbelievably happy, really. In fact, I was so content and so happy it was almost sickening. We were married on Monday November 4, 2002, and we had the most fantastic day of our lives.” The 51-year-old singer has spent 30 years in the recording business and is now looking forward to taking a well-earned break

from a hectic touring schedule that has seen him travel the world. “I’m taking a year out until August, then I’ll be on tour starting in Ireland, then to the UK, America, New Zealand and Australia.” His latest album, Songs From The Movies, sees Daniel record some of his favourite songs from the films he loves. One of these is Edelweiss which holds a special place in his heart.

love “I love the Sound of Music and all the songs. The plan is to hold a concert in 2014 in Austria with the Mozart Orchestra where we’ll perform songs from that film. I’m really looking forward to that.”

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tune in New Life works in partnership with UCB (United Christian Broadcasters) who are now broadcasting nationally on DAB radio. For great Christian music, discussion, chat, regular news bulletins and lots of fun, UCB is great, contemporary radio for the whole family. Listen on DAB radio across the UK or online at www.ucbmedia.co.uk

explore christianity We’re also working with Alpha, the course that ­allows people to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting over ten thought­provoking weekly sessions. The courses are free and are usually run in the evening, and include a meal or refreshments. To find a course near you, see www.alpha.org

Find a church We’re also working with Find a Church, who run a brilliant website listing the details of more than 42,000 UK Christian churches. Simply tap in your postcode for help to find a great church in your area.

the BIBLE MATTERS The Gideons are well known for their work distributing Bibles to schools, hospitals, hotels etc. If you want Jesus to make himself real in your life, and don’t have a Bible, the Gideons will be happy to provide you with a Testament completely free of charge.

The ABC of how you can become a Christian...

A Admit that you have done wrong that Jesus died so that you can B Believe be forgiven, and ask God to forgive you The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16); “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us” (1 John 1:9).

C Commit yourself to living God’s way

Jesus said: “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). Log on to www.lookingforgod.com for more help.

FREE

FOR EVERY READER DAILY INSPIRATIONAL BOOK call 0845 6040401 or log on to www.ucb.co.uk

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STAR SAYS HE’S NEVER FELT THAT HE DOESN’T NEED FAITH BECAUSE OF FAME There are not many artists who can still pack out concerts after 30 years in the music business – but Daniel O’Donnell is one of them. He spoke to New Life reporter Becky Barlow about his successful career and his Christian faith

D

aniel O’Donnell sells out arenas around the world and has an army of fans whose fierce loyalty rivals that of any of the top boy bands out there.

With over 10 million albums sold and holding the impressive title of being the only artist in recording history to have charted at least one album every year since 1988, the 51-year-old could be forgiven for having the odd boast. But the Irish crooner is philosophical when it comes to his fame, and credits his Christian faith with keeping his feet firmly on the ground. “It’s easy to do what we do, especially if you’re in the public eye, to get lazy in the faith and think you’re so powerful that you don’t need anything,” he says. “But my faith has kept me grounded – the realisation that I’m blessed to be given all this. “For me, being a Christian is about how we relate to other people around us. “A lot of people believe in the Christian way – even those who don’t believe – but it’s about realising that after this life there’s so much more. We have to believe that. We don’t have any concept of what that is but when we realise that what we have here is nothing in comparison to what comes next – that’s powerful.” Over his three decades in the music industry, Daniel has faced criticism over his recording choices but has proved everyone wrong with his continuing success.

How singing legend keeps his feet on the ground

KEEPING FAITH... Singing star Daniel O’Donnell

Daniel O’Donnell’s wife Majella has revealed the couple wanted children of their own, but have accepted it wasn’t part of God’s plan. Donegal superstar Daniel was 38 when he met Majella, who was 40 at the time. Majella, 52, who has two children from a previous marriage, has spoken for the first time about the family they yearned for. She said: “It just didn’t happen. We were both examined but there was no reason, we were both fine. We reckoned it wasn’t meant to be because for ten years we used no protection at all. “At the beginning, I wanted a child more for him because I thought he should experience fatherhood, but he doesn’t feel he’s missed anything. “I’m glad the way it worked out really. I’m nearly 53. Could you imagine a ten-year-old running around the place? I just wouldn’t have the energy. “Thanks be to God, he was looking after us in his own way.” Majella admitted that, when they first met in her parent’s bar in Tenerife, Daniel’s personality surprised her. She laughed: “I suppose I would have had a perception of him as being boring and no craic, that he’d have nothing to say and that he’d be a bit of a mammy’s boy. But I discovered immediately how easy he is to talk to. We hit it off. The following night, we went down to a club and danced until two or three in the morning.” And Majella told how before long she knew Daniel was the man she wanted to marry. She said: “He must have thought I was a bunny boiler, but it felt like a premonition. I said it in a joke kind of way as in, I’m going to marry you some day, isn’t that ridiculous?’. “It did scare him I’m sure, but I just knew it was meant to be. “He said ‘look, it’s not going to work’ and I knew myself that it was to do with me being divorced and having kids and the kind of image he had. “Eve nt ua l ly, t houg h , he ca me around to thinking we could overcome whatever obstacles were put in front of us.”

POPULAR “People say there’s no great focus on religion and spirituality but we’ve found that my albums of hymns and the like are just as popular if not more so than the other albums that I do,” he says. “I suppose I’m very fortunate in that I have a very strong following and have always been able to tour quite successfully over the years and I’ve just enjoyed doing what I do. “I guess the media or the music industry has an idea of what way they want to be or what way they want to go but there are always people that are successful but may not be included in a lot of airplay or television or whatever, but I’m one of the ones that keeps going. “I’ve never sung to make money. When I’m performing I never think about how much I’m making on the night. I sing because I love it and the money is just a byproduct of what I do. My biggest payment is being on the stage and that is a big part of the secret of my success. If it all ended tomorrow, I couldn’t say there is anything the world could have offered me that is better than what I have. “Being a ‘personality’ is, I suppose, what I have become as a result of my success as a singer. I do feel that I have handled it well because I haven’t allowed it to change me as a person. “I like to keep things as normal as possible in my life because that’s just the way

‘Kids weren’t part of God’s plan for us!’

Daniel on stage

TRACKS OF MY YEARS... Some of the many albums that Daniel has produced over the years I am. I am very lucky to be able to enjoy my family and be part of a local community when I’m not working.”

B

orn in Kinclassagh, a small rural town in Donegal, Ireland, Daniel’s first taste of music was in his local church where he sang in the choir. “I always feel a real closeness to people in church and Christmas Eve in the chapel was something special,” he explains. “Religious occasions like First Communion and Confirmation were among the highlights of my childhood years.” But it wasn’t until his late teenage years when it became clear that singing was Daniel’s passion. Then, at the age of 21, he

joined his sister, Margaret, who had made a name for herself in Ireland as a singer. “I first stepped on stage with Margaret’s band on January 28, 1982, with an electric guitar that I couldn’t play,” he remembers. “One of the members of the band tried to teach me but there was no point. “All I wanted to do was sing. I was allowed to sing out front sometimes and I loved the applause. It was like a drug and I was getting hooked.

ACHIEVE “I learned a lot about the music business when I was in Margo’s band. There comes a time when you have to take a gamble to achieve whatever it is you want and gamble

I did. I told Margaret that I was planning to leave and become a singer in my own right.” A year later Daniel had produced his debut record, which was quickly followed by his first show. After a brief stint in a band called Grassroots, Daniel again struck out alone and at the 1985 Irish Festival in London, he caught the attention of worldwide record label Ritz. “My career grew and grew and became more and more demanding,” the crooner reveals. “When we started doing the concert tours in England, it was six nights a week, every week. It really was too much.” After a three-month break, Daniel returned with a successful concert at The

Point in Dublin. “There were many people there that night who had never seen me perform before,” he says. “The Point was a good showcase for me as well as being a tremendous night.” Daniel’s career went from strength to strength and his fan base grew with it. “There are no words to describe the feelings that I get from an audience when I perform on stage,” he says. “It is heaven on earth to me. Without the people who follow me I would not have this life.

RESPECT “They say that when you’re doing a job that you love, you never work a day in your life. Well, that is certainly the case with

me. I have never worked since I became an entertainer. So I have a great respect and great love for the people who follow Daniel O’Donnell the entertainer.”

I

n 2002, Daniel broke millions of hearts when he married Majella, who he had met on holiday in Tenerife. Recalling the moment she said yes to his proposal, he says: “I was extremely happy, unbelievably happy, really. In fact, I was so content and so happy it was almost sickening. We were married on Monday November 4, 2002, and we had the most fantastic day of our lives.” The 51-year-old singer has spent 30 years in the recording business and is now looking forward to taking a well-earned break

from a hectic touring schedule that has seen him travel the world. “I’m taking a year out until August, then I’ll be on tour starting in Ireland, then to the UK, America, New Zealand and Australia.” His latest album, Songs From The Movies, sees Daniel record some of his favourite songs from the films he loves. One of these is Edelweiss which holds a special place in his heart.

love “I love the Sound of Music and all the songs. The plan is to hold a concert in 2014 in Austria with the Mozart Orchestra where we’ll perform songs from that film. I’m really looking forward to that.”

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THANK GOD FOR FOOTBALL

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helped a West Indies star through his life

We meet the author who says the beautiful game and the Church are intrinsically linked

FOOTY STAR ADMITS TO PLAYING FIELD

Fabrice happy to be back at church

MIRACLE MIDFIELDER STOPPED SUNDAY WORSHIP BEFORE ‘DYING’ ON THE PITCH by Matthew Murray

MIRACLE man Fabrice Muamba has told how he stopped going to church until his ‘resurrection’ last year. The former Bolton Wanderers midfield ace, who suffered a cardiac arrest and was dead for 78 minutes after collapsing on the pitch at Tottenham Hotspur last March, now attends Audacious Church in Manchester. In his new book, I’m Still Standing, Muamba talks about his Christian upbringing. The 24-year-old

Fabrice carried from the pitch last March revealed he turned his back on church when he lived in Birmingham. He said: “One of the reasons I slipped when I moved to Birmingham, playing the field and being an idiot, was because I went from living in a God-filled home to not attending church at all. I paid the

PLUS How the Bible has DUTCH COURAGE... Bert Konterman

WORSHIPPING AGAIN... Fabrice Muamba

Defender: I was grabbed by Jesus DUTCH defender Bert Konterman has told how he was ‘grabbed’ by the Christian faith. The retired centre-half, who won 12 caps for his country and played for Feyenoord and Glasgow Rangers, became a Christian when he was 11. Konterman, now 42, said: “I had a teacher who could tell Bible stories in such a realistic way and it grabbed me. I began to read more about Jesus – I really wanted to learn more about him. That was a really special time in my life. Looking back that was a very valuable time for me, I learned a lot.” Konterman says he hopes to spend more time coaching youngsters and sharing his faith now he is retired. He added: “I’m busy with Christian sports organisations working with children in the Netherlands, and I think in the future I may become more involved with them. “I’ve already done some work with them and you see how much it means to the children. A lot of the kids have never heard of Jesus Christ and you see them become grabbed by him. They go home and tell their parents who then begin to think that perhaps there is something more to life.”

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price for that and lost my way. “I’ve made up for that though and every Sunday I go to the Audacious Church in Manchester where there’s lots of singing, praying and Bible reading. I read the Bible every morning and night and as long as Christ is in me I can have victory and glory in any situation I come across. “My faith in God gives me inner peace, I serve him and he’s the person who can provide all my needs and wishes. I serve a God who will never change; he will always be powerful, awesome and a guide to my life. He is the driver to my car – I’m just the passenger.”

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