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Breaking Free Paperback – 27 Feb 2009
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An inspiring and uplifting story --Susan Beresford, Actor and Voice Coach
An engaging story! --Chris Gidney, Director and Founder of Christians in Entertainment
From a very difficult and traumatic background and following a very Damascus Road and Christian Conversion, it has been a particular delight and encouragement for me to see how Christopher has grown and matured from the shy, insecure person he was to the giant he is today .Not only is he a Christian of whom I am sure God is proud but he is a talented actor. --Richard Ford , Writer, Broadcaster
Christopher Power introduces a story of the journey from street to stage. This inspiring book, which is especially topical in today's climate of teenage violence, is an encouragement to those who feel trapped by circumstances and who want to break free. In telling his story, Christopher demonstrates to the reader that we all have the power within us to change our lives too. "Breaking Free" opens with a sensational murder and Christopher continues to describe this explicitly and graphically, as well as the sexual abuse, drug abuse, theft, gambling, alcohol and teenage gang warfare. He talks openly about his rebellious teenage years, which ended in a prison sentence. His delicious sense of humour sustained him through the worst, and the dangerous journey leads from crime and hopelessness to his joy today as a Christian and actor. This is a moving and inspiring story that illustrates how anyone, from whatever background, can pursue their dream and find fulfilment.See all Product description
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I wish Chris every success in his career as an actor.
Power's slim volume is an achievement in itself. Whilst it lacks descriptive detail for the most part, it still succeeds in evoking the feeling of what it was like, growing up in the late-'70s and early-'80s. For many of a working-class background, youth-culture was gang-culture and it could be violent and vicious. I remember youths often grouping into 'tribes' defined by football team-allegiance, school, music-based cults or the area of town they tried to 'defend'. It seems hard to believe, in these days of CCTV and smartphones recording every activity taking place outdoors, but in most towns and cities back then, walking home on your own late at night was a risk, with cars of thugs driving around and looking to see who they could pick on.
Power accurately recalls how, for many teenagers of that generation, listening to Soul and Ska music, dressing as a Mod in winter, with a parka and short hair, would give way to a Skinhead appearance and no hair in the summer - and back again. He mentions bands like The Jam and The Specials along with the other interests of his Birkenhead gang: theft, stealing cars, graffiti and other anti-social activities. Anecdotally, he remembers fights and custodial sentences. He also doesn't hid from explaining where he was a victim of sexual abuse and considering the start he had in life, it's amazing that he is the person that he is today. The process of his life turning around appears to have begun the day he withdrew from an involvement in the occult, and continued until the moment he cried out to God, in a prison cell.
Power is honest to admit that his new life as a Christian wasn't without self-inflicted problems and many mistakes. This is the most refreshing part of the text - the most interesting sections, are where the author talks of going on acting courses, RADA and the early days as a professional in the entertainment world. In the future, a quality biographer will flesh out a lot more of details of Power's rollercoaster story, but for now, 'Breaking Free' does what any good entertainer would do - it leaves the reader wanting more.
A good book.... written for the right reasons and WELL WORTH a READ.
pastor Iain Ogilvie
Hillside Christian Centre.
The book tells of a young mans fight against adversity, overcoming addictions and antisocial behaviours to become a much better man. I would urge young disillusioned people to read this book.
I think it was brave of Christopher to write about some of things that he went through. He comes across as honest and entirely plausible. I liked it, it's well worth reading.
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