Published by Instant Apostle on 19th March 2021

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Driven to despair by heart-breaking betrayal, nobleman Philip de Braose has lost faith in God and man. Working as a soldier for hire, he recklessly seeks death and is brutally injured, only for rescue to come in the unlikely form of a Cistercian monk.

This joy-filled, kind and compassionate man walks alongside Philip as his body slowly recovers and he is forced to confront the more painful wounds within. As they travel from France to an Abbey deep in his Welsh homeland, Philip disguises himself as a Cistercian and begins to rediscover the man God always intended him to be.

But when his past invades the present, his newly awakened faith is challenged by long-buried dreams and he must decide if he can live a life devoted to God outside the Abbey’s walls.


‘This is an account of how kindness and grace are more powerful than the sword; where Christian love reaches out to fight against self-destruction. Joy bravely draws on her own experience of pain and hopelessness in her journey back to health and strength of body and spirit. Gentle, yet forceful, her story shows how love can restore our hope and trust in both God and man.’ Alick Ford

What a great book. An engaging story set in a realistic historical context. If you thought living a life of faith was about following a set of cold, joyless rules, have a read of this. Take a look at Philip’s life and journey with him out of the shadows into the radiance of healing grace. Impossible to read without encountering hope.

Billy Doey , Senior Pastor (Retired)


This is a gentle, yet very moving story of redemption and healing. I was extremely impressed by the author’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the time period, a knowledge which she wore lightly.

… Philip learns more, and we learn with him. Forgiveness…Such a hard concept, and so well described in this book. His struggle is beautifully depicted, with no easy solutions or glib answers in The Healing! The last few pages I read extra slowly, not wanting the story to end! It felt like saying goodbye to friends, and I wanted to know more about the characters we had met.’

The book has the feel of a spiritual classic – a damaged, world-weary character meets a wise mentor who with gentleness and goodness opens up to him a new way of seeing the world and his place in it.’ 

I could not find the words to express my thankfulness to the author for writing such a beautiful book. Therefore I am using a quote from the Bible as it sums up my feelings. ‘ Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.’
Philippians 4:8 King James Version


Edited recording of the online Book Launch for The Healing that took place on the evening of publication day, 19th March 2021. A fun evening, including readings from the novel, insights into the story behind it, music, the now infamous ‘create a monk challenge’, and some really insightful questions for the author. Take a look…