a Pulsating and gritty glimpse into the lives of broken people, gangsterism, drug culture, and the uplifting story of one man’s odyssey from ruin to redemption. It extrapolates the universal theme of love, loss, betrayal and grace
As a team at Imagenheart we have been working on this project, doing the research, treatments as well as developing the book to be published. It has been an incredible journey this far
William Austen story tells the riveting true life tale of William Austen. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, young William had a turbulent upbringing. He was subjected to horrific, incessant bullying throughout his school years. This led to a life of retaliation and violence, which blighted his teenage years. Petty crime soon led to several serious offences, fuelled by William’s chronic drug addiction. Convicted for fraud and theft, William was sentenced to seven years imprisonment where he was exposed to gangsterism and the brutality of prison life. After being released from prison he uncovered a family betrayal that shook his world to the core. Filled with uncontrollable anger and hatred, William silently plotted his revenge and comeback as a career criminal and gangster. But life as a criminal proved quickly otherwise. He fell afoul of a vicious gang and barely escaped with his life. Dragged down by the familiar demons of drugs and crime, William’s life spiraled downwards into a dead-end of depression and despair. Eventually he decided to end his life, but an encounter with a stranger at the point of death changes his life forever.
It is a pulsating and gritty glimpse into the lives of broken people, gangsterism, drug culture, and the uplifting story of one man’s odyssey from ruin to redemption. It extrapolates the universal theme of love, loss, betrayal and grace. At times raw and violent, at other times the story slows down to show brokenness and hope.
Find out more about William: http://www.williamaustenministries.co.za/about-us/