Book by former Chaplain raises funds for New Fair Havens

A former Chaplain of Havens Hospices has written a fundraising memoir which raised £1,200 for the charity within the first six weeks of its publication.

Jane Guest took a career break to spend more time with her family and seized the opportunity to finish the book, which she had begun writing almost twenty years ago. Rainbows and Broken Dreams is about Jane’s life and faith, spanning her adoption aged three months, a two-year stint in Zambia with her husband working as house-parents to 60 boys and her work within the Church since then.

“I felt God call me to do it,” she explains. “It’s about my walk, my faith and my work with God. There is also a chapter in there on my work at Havens Hospices. I wanted to very sensitively and caringly give an idea about hospice work – open the door up a little bit and show people how much living goes on there,” she continues. “Hopefully it’s a little tribute and it has been such an honour to do that.”

The book was launched at Southend’s Central Baptist Church, where she made £340 on the first day alone, and Jane is thrilled with the support she has received since then.

Jane’s now got the writing bug and is working on her second book. “It’s about the end of life and the memories we can have – I want to clear up some of the taboos around it,” she explains.

“I’m hoping to launch that on 6th October 2020, which will be a year on from the publication of Rainbows and Broken Dreams. If it helps one person, it will be worth it.”

Rainbows and Broken Dreams is available at Southend Christian Bookshop and can be ordered from Amazon. Jane is also available to do talks and books signings and you can contact her by email.


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Jane Guest holding her book