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A Leap of Faith:
’How Martin McGuinness and I worked together for peace’
by Rev. David Latimer
UK Book launch with Sinn Fein MP Elisha McCallion
In spring 2006 Rev. David Latimer’s church, First Derry Presbyterian, was paint bombed yet again. Live on Radio Foyle he appealed to Martin McGuinness to help, believing that he was the only man in the city who could protect the church. Little did David expect that Martin McGuinness would be at the church within a few hours, and that this first meeting would mark the beginning of a remarkable relationship that evolved and developed over the next eleven years.
In A Leap of Faith, David tells how that meeting led to a strong and lasting friendship that was as close as it was unexpected during key moments in Northern Ireland’s recent history, and that was cemented by their joint commitment to peace building and improving the lives of Northern Ireland’s young people in Derry and beyond.
Reverend David Latimer has been minister at First Derry Presbyterian Church since 1988. He was previously minister in Lisburn, and Donaghmore in County Down. He served as an army chaplain at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in 2008. He has written for a string of papers including Derry Journal, Belfast Telegraph and Irish News.
The author is donating his royalties from his book to the North West Cancer Centre, where Martin was treated for Amyloidosis. The North West Cancer Centre provides state of the art thearpy to patients with cancer on either side of the border. As Deputy First Minister of the NI Executive Martin was centrally involved with the comissioning and delivery of this unit, which is a model of cross community and cross-border cooperation and has resulted in tangible benefits to the people of the North-West of Ireland.