Russell Gary Heikkila Shares the Joy and Fulfillment He Found after Leaving Hollywood to Do God’s Work in New Book

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Author tells stories of God’s grace in ‘From Hollywood to Calvary’.

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No matter how far a man may go from God, the Father is always waiting with open arms to welcome back a repentant sinner.

Author Russell Gary Heikkila takes readers on a spiritual journey that began with an attempt to make it big in Hollywood in his entertaining, thoughtful new memoir “From Hollywood To Calvary: One Man's Religious Journey” (published by WestBow Press).

In the 1960s, Heikkila went to Hollywood to audition for the role of Christ in the major motion picture, “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” He didn’t get the part, but the role he ended up playing turned out to be more fulfilling and meaningful than anything he could have experienced on the big screen.

After doing some serious soul-searching, Heikkila shifted his focus away from his Hollywood dreams and set out on a spiritual path that took him, he says, “from Hope Street in the Celluloid City to Mission Street in the Kingdom of God.” His life changed dramatically as he embarked on what he calls a “wilderness experience” filled with repentance, redemption and salvation, and he eventually became a well-respected minister, serving in New England churches for more than 40 years.

The resounding message of Heikkila’s book is simple: “No matter how far a man may go from God, the Father is always waiting with open arms to welcome back a repentant sinner.”

“From Hollywood To Calvary”
By Russell Gary Heikkila
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 230 pages | ISBN 9781449767808
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 230 pages | ISBN 9781449767815
E-Book | 230 pages | ISBN 9781449767792
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Russell Gary Heikkila is a retired police, court and hospice chaplain and serves as a certified master chaplain (CMC) for Homeland Security. He is a sought-after speaker in various venues and writes a weekly column for the Gardner News called “Spiritual Insight.” Heikkila is also the author of “Furnace of Affliction.”

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