The book Ashville native John Woods has been working on for the past two years is now complete.
Woods is a 1984 graduate of Ashville High School and has been given a new lease on life, and that’s what his book, "HEIGHT Can Change Your Life," is all about. The book was published by Bush Publishing & Associates.
"HEIGHT" stands for "How Everyone Is Getting High Tonight."
Woods will be the first to say, had it not been for the saving grace and mercy of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he would not be alive. Through this book, Woods shares what Jesus has done for him.
Woods said it is a good feeling knowing he has accomplished something in life God chose for him to do.
"I’m thankful I had the knowledge and ability to do something God wanted me to do," Woods said. "I had so many people encouraging me, and these people mean so much to me. People like Coach Raymond Farmer, Coach Larry Touart, former Ashville principal Ken Logan, my family, and all my teachers at Ashville High School from 1980-84."
Woods says he turned his life almost six years ago in a jail cell in Etowah County when he asked Jesus into his life. He has also been drug-free for the same amount of time.
"It’s been the best six years of my life," Woods said. "I can’t go back and change the 26 years I was a drug addict. But I can sure live for Him today."
There are 100 books available, and Woods wants St. Clair County residents to be the first to receive copies.
"This is where I am from," Woods said.
Woods said the book is not available online or in stores. It is by order form only. One copy of the book is $13, two copies is $24, and three or more copies are $10 each.
Mail a money order or cashier’s check to John Woods at 108 Myrtle Ct. Foley, AL 36535. Free shipping and handling on mail orders. The deadline to order a copy of the book is Jan. 19, 2014.
On Feb. 15, Woods will be at the Ashville city library from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. distributing the book people pre-ordered and he will sign each book.
"If people have troubles on their mind, they can pick this book up and it will show them there is no problem too big for God," Woods said. "For 26 years, I ran from the law. I started running when I was in junior high school.
"My run took me from track, from the law, and right into God’s waiting arms."