A CHURCH minister is reading from a different book than usual – his own.
Samson Debesay, an assistant minister at Sheffield’s City Life Christian Church in Kelham Island, has penned a children’s novel for the first time.
The dad-of-three hopes to spread an important message with the title, Cubby The Lionsheep.
It tells the story of a lion cub who, when his mother is tragically killed by hunters, is sold to a shepherd and then believes he is a sheep.
Samson, of Archdale Road, Manor Park, said: “The inspiration from the book came from my grandfather, who was a great storyteller.
“In order to send us off to bed as we were growing up he had to tell us stories.
“He was always telling me that staying true to who you are is important, not being a sheep, and is the basis for happiness.
“If you are honest about who you are you can belong to the right group and be the person you want to be.”
The message from Samson’s grandfather stayed with him through the decades, and is the key theme of Cubby The Lionsheep.
It has been self-published through Authorhouse and is available to buy online.
And it is already proving a hit with Samson’s own children.
He juggled writing the book with his work at the church and fatherhood.
Samson said there could be a sequel.
He added: “I have other books that I have written as well.
“I like writing, when I sit down and do it it is like having a holiday.”
Cubby The Lionsheep is available from online retailers and at Author House priced £7.25.