THEIR harrowing lives were transformed by their faith in God.

Now the miraculous stories of 15 members of Huddersfield Christian Fellowship (HCF) have become the subject of a new book.

Touching The Cross by Basia Armitage tells the tale of how her fellow worshippers’ lives of drugs, crime, poverty and violence were changed for good by their beliefs.

The book is the first by Mrs Armitage, who attends HCF at Cathedral House on St Thomas’ Road.

Among those chronicled in the book, published by Lindley-based Jeremy Mills Publishing, are HCF Pastor Colin Cooper and James Singh, of Taylor Hill.

Mrs Armitage, 48, of Scissett, said: “Colin and Jim have come from difficult backgrounds and God turned around their lives and converted them into what they are today.

“I wrote this book simply because I used to sit in church and hear people who had such marvellous stories.

“There have been so many miracles I thought it was time to get them into a book.

“It was quite a challenge but I loved it and I’m very glad I wrote it.”

Mrs Armitage will sign copies of her book at Waterstones, 41-43 New Street, on April 9 (6.45pm).

Touching The Cross: Real People, Real Testimonies will also be available from,, at the HCF bookshop, Cathedral House, or direct from .

James Singh

JAMES Singh, 30, suffered a violent childhood to an alcoholic father before becoming involved with drugs and spiralling crime.

James, born Narinder, was converted when he attended a Christmas service at HCF in 1996.

He said: “I was involved with fraud and scams and it all caught up with me.

“When I came to church I was hard, angry and I suffered depression. But I thought I was a nice guy.

“But overnight I changed in a way that no therapist or psychologist could have achieved.”