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In The Long Run

"The long run" referred to in the title of this blog is, in the first place, the many years Mike Wilkins served as West London's solo pastor, and then its Senior Pastor, since he and his wife Deb moved to London (and this church) in 1984.

In these past few years (beginning November 2011,) Mike's various health challenges, particularly a serious and ongoing case of cancer, has added another layer to the "long run" metaphor, and lots to blog about. Mike is currently on an extended Sick Leave, but generally worships with the church family on Sunday mornings.

With the publication of a book he wrote in 2016 entitled "Glory in the Face" (now available electronically and in paperback from, and other online venders), Mike has just launched a new website, which will serve as a sort of scrapbook for readers of the book, with relevant background photos, for example, of That Last Final Solo Canoe Trip in May, 2011, as well as additional information about the book, and--coming soon--a new set of blog posts, mostly about the peace of God and the joy of the Lord and the face of Christ and the strength to face anything. You'll find the new website now at

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    That book

    December 2, 2016 by Mike Wilkins

    I last blogged on September 30th, to say that the book I wrote earlier this year will soon be for sale. And now it’s December, and “Glory in the Face” has made its way to market, so to speak. That is, the Kindle version is now available from for $5.39 CDN (and also—or directly from Kindle. You can access it here.

    As for the printed version, my most reliable estimate from the publisher is that actual paperback copies will make it to by the 12th of December (and probably just a few days later to

    I’ll use this blog to announce that the paperback IS available as soon as that is true. But for anyone interested in “What I Did On My Summer Vacation,” and able and willing to read it electronically, it IS now available.

    Do have a joyful December!

    Glory in the Face


    On Monday, December 19, 2016, Mike Wilkins said:

    And now I am told that the same little book is available online from Chapters, and Barnes & Noble, and Kobo... Just like that.


    On Sunday, December 4, 2016, Doug Woon said:

    Reading it on Kindle in Tokyo!


    On Saturday, December 3, 2016, Sharon Bartha said:

    So good to hear from you Pastor, and this exciting news. Hope your day is going well. What do you call a first book, a first born ?
    ~ What do I call it? The recent blog titles tell it: I call it "That."
    I hope your weekend is going well too.

    On Saturday, December 3, 2016, Walter Matte said:

    There are no accidents. God led me to your book this morning which I have just finished reading for the first time, and it is only 8:30 am now! It was a cup of cold water for my thirsty soul. I didn't read it so much as hear your voice narrating and heard the voices of Paul, John, Clive, Jonathan and the other Dead Men telling me of their good friend, Jesus.

    ~Thanks for these kind words, Walter! I'm very pleased that my little book was a little thirst-quenching.
    My warm regards to Carolyn.


    On Friday, December 2, 2016, Sharon Close said:

    So looking forward to reading this. Praying that all remains well.


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