Ruth Howard, Staff Reporter
It took him roughly two and a half years to complete, but now that his first novel is finally done, Michael McIntosh is convinced that No Pit Too Deep is no ordinary book.
In a small, intimate gathering for his book launch, held at Bryan's Bookstore in Spring's Plaza on Constant Spring Road, McIntosh explained that his novel was written to bring "hope and healing from hurts of the past".
No Pit Too Deep tells the story of Julienne, born to a teenager whose own mother put her out after finding out she was pregnant. Julienne's life is fraught with tragedy, pain and abuse, and she struggles to lift herself from this gloomy pit of despair.
A minister of religion and evangelist, McIntosh said his latest literary work was inspired by stories he has heard from counselling sessions with female victims of physical and sexual abuse.
"I became burdened and concerned about this," McIntosh explained. "I was at home when the book popped into my spirit, and I started writing."
He firmly believes that his work of fiction is "God-inspired", adding: "There's a ministry behind this book."
Debbie McFarlane, guidance counsellor for George Headley Primary School, agreed. She spoke about how "un-put-down-able" she found McIntosh's novel, noting that if the names of the main characters were removed, the book would easily represent the stories of many Jamaican women.
"This book offers healing and hope," she said. "I recommend it to counsellors, psychotherapists, teenagers, parents."
There was a dramatic reading of excerpts from the book by members of the Fellowship Tabernacle's Drama ministry, and a viewing of a trailer from a play done based on the book.
McIntosh also thanked his sponsors Attention Tent Rental and Supplies and Bryan's Bookstore for making the night's proceedings possible.
"This book will inspire," he asserted. "Regardless of the root - past abuse, broken relationships - the steps to healing are the same, and this book brings that out."