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25th June 2019

As an outdoor painter I find the colourful narrative and imagery of life on a canal boat breathtaking. Gill’s vulnerability is honest and relatable. This has been a refreshing experience for me spiritually and intellectually. ‘As If’ is a totally inspiring read for me, as a Christian and as a reflective observer of people”.

Andrew Farmer – Associate Member of The Royal Institute of Oil Painters




As If - Steering your Life without Strife, Navigating From Fantasy to Faith and Rising From Delusion Into Destiny

published June 2019

Steering Your Life Without Strife, Navigating from Fantasy to Faith and Rising from Delusion into Destiny.

I wrote ‘As If’ with genuine passion for it to become an inspirational and descriptive metaphor of life. Often, in the process of trying to live a good life, the means of leaving a worthwhile legacy eludes us. Life has a habit of draining both passion and purpose. How can you make sense of this? I believe this book offers courage to the distracted and weary traveller through the metaphor of a canal cruise. A spiritual guide, ‘As If’ is a kind of 21st Century, waterborne Pilgrim’s Progress.

In this book, you will learn the unforced rhythms of grace as you

  • Master the deceptive power of reason, emotion and will
  • Embrace the transforming power of weakness, brokenness and loss
  • Relax into deep assurance of your value, potential and calling
  • Stand fully confident, as His unique choice for your appointed time

This is a truly imaginative Pilgrims Progress birthed at the turn of the millennium for every twenty-first century believer who is weary of the superficiality of spiritual platitudes and sickly-sweet recipes for success.

What if you could navigate your life without strife, steer fantasy into faith and lift destiny out of delusion? You might be a believer, but do you struggle to believe God really will do what He has promised. God tells us, “All things are possible to those that believe,” but do you have more in common with doubting Thomas than King David or Mary? You love God, dream big and work hard to put life into the vision that thrills your heart. You know God CAN do it. But will He? And through YOU? Internally you scream “What If?”, or prayerfully wish “If Only!” Whatever happens, “Even If” disappointment and delay interrupts your journey, author Gill Bentham convinces you that the tests are worthwhile. She reveals a powerful truth: When you live “As If” your dream has already happened, it is yours! Life coach Gill, gently teaches through the ancient character Jacob, a meandering canal cruise metaphor and her own anecdotes and observations. You will recognise a far deeper goal than the lure of fulfilment.

Simply put, your aspirations are unattainable until you desire them less than the One who put them within you.