Picked for a Purpose

Bearing fruit in times of hardship

Born with a painful, undiagnosed disease, Mel was branded ‘naughty and attention-seeking’ from birth, a label that stuck with her.  Poor body image, a disastrous adolescence, adulterous marriage, divorce, a drug-addicted daughter and her ultimate death might be seen as negatives.  But with God’s intervention, seeds sown eventually put down roots, blossomed and bore fruit in her life.

With mental issues rife, Mel’s hope is that this book will bring answers to those who have suffered.


Founded by the Prince of Wales in 1976 to help 11-30 year olds, it has empowered more than 58,000 young people to transform their lives in the last year alone.

Mel Menzies has an impressive track record with her books.  Look in the mirror of ‘Picked for a Purpose’ and it may prove life changing!                                David Coffey OBE, BMS Global Ambassador, Retired

This book is not only a personal testimony but also an inspiration for the readers to discover a similar blessing.                                                                                            Michael Cole, Author & Broadcaster

Read this book and find hope rather than cliches, substance rather than slogans. Highly recommended.                                                   Jeff Lucas, Author, International Speaker & Broadcaster 

 ‘Picked for a Purpose’ is a very honest approach to the retelling of a life story.  The reflections and challenging questions at the end of each chapter, encourage the reader to focus the mind and find answers that are unique to themselves.  A sincere, compelling read.  Marjorie Broadhead, Headmistress and OFSTED Reporting Inspector, Retired

This is a book which most people will resonate with in some way or other . . . not just a good read but also a window into a time gone by.  The reflections at the end of each chapter encourage the reader to see the hand of God in their own life and to question some of our attitudes and actions.                                                                                                                             Dr Tessa Barton

Lovely 5* reviews on Amazon for Picked for a Purpose

I won a copy of this book in a quiz, signed by the author, and after reading the blurb on the back I was dreading a kind of misery memoir - but not a bit of it. Picked for a Purpose is a challenging read because it is so painfully honest. It is thought-provoking, designed to help people going through difficult times look for the positive "silver lining" which Mel Menzies always manages to find.

from gafaradai
Honest and uplifting
Mel's book is painfully honest at times as she recounts the many and hurtful challenges in her life. At the same time there's a thread running throughout, of God's presence, his grace and the way he transmutes her sadnesses and struggles into something fruitful. This is a book for all those who feel God might have abandoned them, and those who feel they cannot go on. Mel's book takes you by the hand and assures you that there is a fruitful purpose in your life and in all that has happened to you.




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