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A new church revival could be triggered by the publication this month of an explosive and revelationary book by Stornoway minister Reverend Tommy MacNeil.

The website for Sleeping Giant, Rev Tommy’s first publication, went live on Monday (29 November) at www.sleepinggiantbook.com and the book itself is to be launched during an event, with livestream, at Martin’s Memorial Church on 14 December.

Sleeping Giant is described as ‘a call to the church to awake and arise.’ After reading the work in manuscript form, the former minister of Westminster Cathedral, Rev Dr R T Kendall, said: “This is a wonderful book. It should be read by the church to show what we as Christians should do.

“It should be read outside the church that the world might appreciate what the church could do. The most apt description of the church today, speaking generally, is that it is asleep. I pray that this book will serve as a wake-up call to all of us.”

The Very Reverend Dr Martin Fair, minister of St Andrew’s Church in Arbroath and moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said: “It’s impossible not to be enthused when in Tommy’s company and the same can be said of this book. From start to finish, his writing is both a wake-up call to the church and a wonderful encouragement that God is not finished with Scotland.

“Tommy calls us to renewal and revival and reformation but, all the time, reminds us that such movements are God’s doing.

“Sleeping Giant is nothing if not a challenge to the church. We’re called to look out to our churches and communities but not before having looked in to our own hearts and having acknowledged our own need of revival.”

Rev Tommy wrote most of his call to the church during lockdown. It is his first book and he is now actively engaged on writing a second.

Rev Tommy MacNeil has been minister of Martin’s Memorial Church of Scotland, Stornoway for the last 15 years. Before that he was minister of Barvas Church of Scotland, having studied at Aberdeen University, where he was awarded MA and Bachelor of Divinity degrees.

​Through his work in Martin’s Memorial he spearheaded the work of the Shed Project, a youth and community project that gives support to those who face challenges that are bigger than they are.

​He is the chair of Hebrides Alpha Project, a residential rehabilitation project, and is a part time lecturer with Highland Theological College, where he teaches on evangelism. Tommy is married to Donna and they have two adult children and a grand-daughter. 

A book launch is planned for Tuesday 14 December at 7.30pm in Martin's Memorial Church and will be livestreamed via the church’s YouTube (www.martinsmemorial.tv) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/martinsmemorialchurch).

On the evening there will be live worship, a fireside chat with Tommy and Rev Kenny Borthwick will be speaking.

The book itself is available to pre-order via www.sleepinggiantbook.com