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04/28/08

Marty Angelo was on Neil Boron Live on WDCX, 99.5FM, recently, being interviewed about his life. This was one of those "I can't turn off the radio" kind of interviews as I sat in my car outside the fitness center and wouldn't go in because Marty and Neil's conversation was so fascinating. Marty is the author of a book called "Once Life Matters," and this book is literally changing the lives of certain people who read it.

Like most Buffalonians, Marty grew up Catholic. He was an altar boy. He seemed to come from a good family. But in his teens, he decided he just didn't care about things, and started stealing things here and there. He got caught a few times, but to him it wasn't a big deal. He was known as "Party Marty." 

Moving around a lot, living in Buffalo, Williamsville, Clarence, and eventually far-flung places like Los Angeles, New York City, and Florida, Marty "got around" and was a "mover and shaker" during the 1970s. Did I mention he worked in the music business, meeting people like Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, and even managing the band The Grass Roots? While that may seem glamorous, in his book, Once Life Matters, Marty paints a picture that's anything but happy. 

It seems that Marty and the many music industry people he was surrounded by spent the majority of their time getting high, drunk, wasted-- you get the picture. In those days, God was not paramount in Marty's life-- fooling around with girls, drinking to excess, and trying as many illegal drugs as possible was how he spent most of his young adult life. Sad, really, isn't it? Marty would agree, because he got to the point where he was fed up with his life and wanted to commit suicide.

Eventually a drug deal went bad and Marty ended up in the slammer (jail). Just about that time, his sister Joanne and a group of her friends lead Marty to the Lord in a way that literally transformed his entire life. He went from taking drugs to counseling drug users. Since he lived through hell and should have been dead, this new beginning caused him to want to help rescue others out of the downward spiral they were in.

Once Life Matters is a book that conversationally tells Marty Angelo's life story-- it's redemptive in nature, such that you get to know the hell he went through followed by his being rescued by Jesus and now he's been busy getting his evangelistic book in the hands of people who've hit rock bottom.

"It was written mainly for people who get themselves in trouble with the law and substance abusers," says Marty, in an email to BuffaloChristian.com. "It does appeal to others, however my main concern is troubled individuals who need some inspiration. I have received thousands of letters from inmates, rehab clients, and troubled celebrities who have benefited from the book. Praise the Lord!"

Interestingly, Marty has sent free copies of his book to people like Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. You never know if his book might influence them in a way that blesses their life-- hey, someone has got to minister to celebs, and Marty knows all about the trappings of that lifestyle so who better than him to say to today's young stars that faith in Jesus is better than the other things they fill their life with, right?

If you know of someone who is a heavy drug user, an alcoholic, living a 'fast lifestyle,' or incarcerated who might benefit from reading this inspiring book, please email Marty Angelo and tell him your situation. His
email address can be acquired from his website's Contact page.

It is always good to hear about a person's personal testimony where God rescued them from the depths of hell on earth, restored and renewed them, gave them a new purpose and direction in life, and now they're helping society rather than hurting it. Marty Angelo's book, Once Life Matters, is a compelling read. For more info, visit  www.martyangelo.com. --Mark Weber, BuffaloChristian.com

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