Joe Boyd launches new book 'Trading Places'

Jane Witherspoon


Jane Witherspoon

Ballymena journalist and author, Joe Boyd, enjoyed a successful launch day for his autobiography: Trading Places: >From Hopelessness to Happiness’.

The launch took place at Victory Praise Community Church in Pennybridge, Ballymena on Saturday March 30, 2019.

The book, which was produced by Timeless Publications, reveals how God has worked in Joe’s life allowing him to overcome predictions that he would be ‘retarded’ and giving him a wonderful new life as a married, graduate journalist.

Around 100 people joined Joe to celebrate his special day and buy a copy of the book.

His guests included colleagues from Timeless Publications, Ballymena Times, The Church Page and Pure Wellness gym where he serves as a volunteer.

It quite simply made Joe’s day when he was joined by some of his former teachers and physiotherapists from Beechgrove School, the place were his early journalistic aspirations were nurtured.

Looking back on the day, Joe said: “I was overwhelmed and blessed by the number of people who came along to celebrate the launch of my book.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that so many people would be interested in my story.

“I am so grateful to Timeless Publications for giving me the opportunity to tell my story.

“Most of all I praise my Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ for turning life around, allowing me to have such an amazing existence and blessing me each day I live.”

Joe is also grateful to Pastor Stephen Johnston, the leadership team and members of Victory Praise Community Church for providing such a welcoming venue for the launch.

He also acknowledges his wife, Rachael, mum, Margaret and friends, Lorna, Hester and Caroline who excelled themselves with the catering during a busy day.

‘Trading Places; From Hopelessness to Happiness’ by Joe Boyd is available to by online from or

Alternatively, you can pick up a copy at Victory Praise Community Church or Pure Wellness Gym, which is part of Green Pastures Church, Galgorm.

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