NEW BOOK: Sometimes when things seem to be better they really aren’t

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When things seem to be better, sometimes they really aren’t
Life springs up all around, but will the darkness overcome it?
A struggle with darkness, without and within
Will spring – will hope – ever arrive?
Profound, sensitive sequel to A Christmas Calling

Some people find the short days and darkness of winter difficult to cope with. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a recognised condition in which people experience depression, believed to be caused by a lack of exposure to sunlight.

There is another darkness, one which people often carry around inside them. We live in a society that is overrun with people’s personal darknesses, perhaps ones caused by a struggle to understand their own past.

Many need to know that if you have a guide to help you, there is hope, even in multiple and deep darknesses, like a literal journey through winter towards spring, towards a brighter day.

That theme is a very personal one for A Spring Awakening’s main character, David Sourbook, who, in Chris Cottee’s previous novel, A Christmas Calling, thought his problems were behind him. In this sequel, he suffers unhappy relationships and trouble even with the law and the church.

In order to reach a place of hope, akin to the glorious freshness of spring, he has to endure the emerging darknesses of his own past and soul. He encounters ones that are spiritual and psychological, of many kinds, darknesses that have to be exposed and faced, with the help of his close friend Angela, his church friends, a counsellor and God. But is David stumbling towards the light – or into the night?

‘Spring is such a hopeful time,’ writes Chris, ‘and the high glories of carefree summer beckon as hibernation ends. But once Christmas is over, to get to it, you have to go through the depths of winter – dark and bitter days; fearful, lonely nights. Some never make it. Maybe hope is a slippery thing, and a man as broken as David cannot be fixed in a week. Perhaps no person can.’

What reviewers say:
‘Anyone who knows Chris would agree that he is a great storyteller. He writes as he speaks! A Spring Awakening is a good read full of perceptive observations about what makes us human. The characters are developed in such a way that we see ourselves, our struggles and our hopes in them.’
Mike Pilavachi, Author and Senior Pastor, Soul Survivor Watford

‘A powerful, compelling tale of one man’s painful journey towards true faith portrayed with realism and insight wrapped in evocative and elegant prose. Eminently readable.’
Baroness Dorothy Thornhill MBE, Elected Mayor of Watford

A Spring Awakening by Chris Cottee ( ISBN: 9781909728790) is published by Instant Apostle and is available on 18th January 2018 from Christian bookshops, bookstores and online retailers. Fiction, 336pp, £8.99.


  • Chris Cottee

    Chris Cottee is a vicar in charge of a small Anglican church in Watford.

  • A Spring Awakening

    Chris Cottee

    David Sourbook thought he'd been saved. He thought his problems were behind him. A new life had opened up before him, with a new lady friend, a new faith and a new circle of friends.
    But was it really that simple?