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Inner calm is people's top concern says Norwich author 

A lack of personal peace and inner calm in people’s lives is the number one issue for them, believes Norwich-based Christian counsellor, author and church pastor John Clements. Kevin Gotts reports.

John says: “Without peace it is very hard to be happy in life. The pursuit of happiness can be as fruitless as a dog trying to catch its tail! I don’t have all the national statistics, but in 2017 the NHS referred 1.4 million people for talking therapies for anxiety and stress.”

“Since 2006 it is reported that there has been a 108.5% increase in antidepressants dispensed by pharmacies in the UK. Sadly, both Christian and non-Christian people suffer and go to endless lengths to find personal peace and happiness. Sometimes pills can help, but they don’t change people’s lives like a relationship with Jesus Christ,” says John.

In 2008, he felt that God inspired him to write a book ‘How to Get What Money Can’t Buy: Personal Peace and Happiness in a World of Unrest’.  It is an illustrated book where he skilfully blends biblical truth, quotations and prayers with modern psychology, designed to be practical and applicable to everyday lives.  He was not able to find a national publisher, so he had to take a step of faith and self-publish.

John continues, “This little book has just had its sixth edition published and has sold over 1,000 copies. Many people who have bought it have also bought copies to give to their friends. Some have told me that they keep a copy next to their Bible. Everyone has told me that reading it inspired them.”

Former Bishop of Norwich, Graham James, who has just retired, wrote the foreword. People including Pam Rhodes from the BBC, Canon J John, Director of the Philo Trust, Dave Bilbrough, singer song writer best known for songs like Abba Father and All Hail the Lamb and, encouragingly, Susan Boyle, the international singer have endorsed it.

Readers can obtain a paperback copy by visiting where you can pay using PayPal. This illustrated, devotional book costs £10.95 + £1.25 for P&P. There is also a Kindle edition available on Amazon.  If you want further details, please contact John on

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