This weekend, I had the privilege of watching my client, Willie Alfonso, release his new book It’s A New Beginning at Christ Tabernacle in New York. You can listen to him speak here or click on the video below.
I appreciate everything Pastor Ralph Castillo (pictured on the left) did for helping keep this project on track the past three months. I love what Pastor Willie Alfonso said during the sermon and in his book that he couldn’t have put this together, even on his best day.
Friends, I couldn’t have put this together, even on my best day either.
Pastor Willie asked me to stand during the 1 PM service and told everyone, “who knew that white girl from Texas…dang she’s good…could write my story.” The video above is from the 11 AM service and he asks if I’m there at the 25.18 spot.
I love that God took a homeless, illiterate, drug addict to become the Chapel Leader to the Yankees and Chaplain to the Brooklyn Nets. I love that God took a fat, fearful, and skin-rashy girl to become a published author and Dream Coach to help others who are struggling to be set free.
Today, if you need a new beginning—if you need God to put something together that even on your best day you’d never dream of–I encourage you to read his book and be encouraged. I purchased a copy of It’s A New Beginning and had Willie sign it so I could give away a free copy!
Today I am flying on a jet plane to NYC to meet up with my client Willie Alfonso for the release of his new book It’s A New Beginning: How to Turn Setbacks Into Comebacks.
I have been keeping this a secret for the past few months—and let me tell you—it’s been tough! So many times I almost spilled story after story of God’s amazing faithfulness.
I met Pastor Willie in February at Christ Tabernacle in Queens, New York for the release of Maria Durso‘s book From Your Head to Your Heart. Maria and Pastor Ralph Castillo suggested that we connect. We spoke briefly for 5 minutes. I gave him my card and told him to call me.
When Willie asked me to help, he said he wanted me to write his book. I was floored. Me? A ghostwriter?
I was able with the help of the Holy Spirit, a two and a half hour recorded phone call, and a quick NYC visit in June—I was able to write his book. I have never been so challenged in my writing as I have with Pastor Willie’s story and meeting his wife Nancy. I am eternally grateful for them!
Friends, I am so excited God gave me a new beginning in my own ministry! My new business, Renee Fisher Coaching and Consulting, now includes ghostwriting! I can’t wait for this Sunday at Christ Tabernacle to hear him speak and share his story live. (The book turned out way better than expected. According to my former agent, Karen Neumair, it looks too good to be a self published book.)
I hope you’ll pick up a copy of It’s A New Beginning, and be encouraged that God is still in the business of turning setbacks into comebacks.
If you believe your life is beyond saving—this book is for you. Willie Alfonso writes about his dramatic childhood story of growing up Brooklyn. He shares why he should be dead, dying of AIDS somewhere, or doing life in jail. His epic story with unbelievable comeback proportions will inspire the doubters, the skeptics, or anyone who has lost all hope for the future.
Readers of It’s A New Beginning will be challenged by Willie’s story to see:
- Hope in the midst of devastating circumstances.
- How to forgive the unforgivable.
- How even the worst setbacks can be turned into comebacks.
Read one of the most powerful comeback stories of all time! Dig into It’s A New Beginning: How to Turn Setbacks Into Comebacks to find hope for your new beginning. What are you waiting for?
About the author:
WILLIE ALFONSO Willie Alfonso grew up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in America. He was kicked out of the house at age ten. He lived on the streets of Brooklyn and did drugs until he met Jesus. Willie began working with teenagers in a sports ministry, and now serves as Chaplain to the Brooklyn Nets and Chapel Leader for the Staten Island Yankees and the Hispanic players of the New York Yankees. In addition, serves with his foundation It’s A New Beginning. Willie resides on Staten Island with his Sweetheart wife, Nancy and their dog Boscoe. They have three daughters: Venus, Yvette and Krista, and two grandchildren Julie and Jonathan. Connect at WillieAlfonso.com.
What others are saying:
Chaplain Willie Alfonso’s story is nothing short of a miracle! Read it and you’ll be inspired to a new level of faith.—JIM CYMBALA, Senior Pastor, The Brooklyn Tabernacle
During my entire career as a New York Yankee, I have had the privilege of knowing Pastor Willie Alfonso. I am eternally grateful for the wisdom I received from him over the years. Now in his new book, the rest of the world can experience the life and the ministry of a man who has been such a blessing to me. I know a good closer when I see one. This book will close the old chapters in your life, and set you up for a new beginning. —MARIANO RIVERA, #42 Retired Relief Pitcher, New York Yankees
I have had the privilege of knowing Willie Alfonso for over ten years. I can say with certainty that his life and character testify that Jesus is alive. He is one of the most sincere and authentic people I have come to know. May your heart be transformed from the example of this ordinary servant. —DAVID TYREE, New York Giants Super Bowl XLII Champion
I’ve had the privilege of working alongside of Willie Alfonso for twenty years of sports team ministry. His story will inspire, and challenge young and old to believe that God can equip anyone to fulfill His purposes. —GEORGE MCGOVERN, Chaplain of New York Giants, Chapel Leader for the New York Yankees
Who could ever look at the life of Chaplain Willie Alfonso and dare say that God is not alive and well, full of love and is in the restoration business? Only God could have devised a plan to make this poor, homeless, and illiterate child to be one of the greatest influencers of our time. God has given him a unique voice to speak to the poor and downtrodden in the ghetto—as well as to the rich and famous athletic superstars in the world today! It’s A New Beginning defies all logic, and is living proof that God still uses the nobodies according to this worlds standards because they are some bodies to Him! —MARIA DURSO, Co-Pastor of Christ Tabernacle, New York City, Author of From Your Head to Your Heart
I have known Chaplain Willie for many years and have heard his story many times. Neither he nor his story cease to amaze me. This story—and the man who lived it—will inspire you to dream for more, pray for more, believe for more and act for more in your life. If Willie can become the man he is, having come from where he came from, then all of us can see our lives through the lens of greater possibility. Read this book and raise your sights for more. —TERRY A. SMITH, Lead Pastor, The Life Christian Church, West Orange, New Jersey, Author of Live 10:Jump-Start the Best Version of Your Life
Our backgrounds and stories sound very similar, but we have been placed in different arenas. It’s A New Beginning: How to Turn Setbacks Into Comebacks captures the way God can take Willie Alfonso from a forgotten, broken child and turn him into a man that has influenced some of the biggest names in sports history. His story will encourage those who are experiencing setbacks, as well as spur on others to never give up on the ones with the tough exterior. —NICKY CRUZ, Evangelist and Author
I met Pastor Willie twenty years ago when I was a player for the New York Knicks. His story of new beginnings inspired me to become a better player and coach. Today, if you’re searching for your new beginning, or comebacks with your name on it—this book is for you! —MARK JACKSON, ESPN Game Analyst
Willie Alfonso is a man of integrity. What you see is what you get. For the past twenty years, I have gotten to know Pastor Willie as a player for the San Antonio Spurs, and as a coach for the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets. I appreciate his story, prayers, and the courage it gave me to become a better leader. There is no way you can read his book without envisioning your new beginning. —AVERY JOHNSON, San Antonio Spurs 1999 NBA Championship , Head Coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide
It’s A New Beginning: How to Turn Setbacks Into Comebacks is an incredible story of overcoming the odds. It’s more than just a story though, it’s a declaration that there’s no obstacle, struggle or situation we can’t rise above when God is in the picture. The world may say; three strikes and you’re out, but Willie Alfonso is living proof that modern day miracles do exist. He stands as a trophy of grace encouraging us that victory is within reach. You can always begin again. —MICHAEL DURSO, Senior Pastor of Christ Tabernacle, New York City
Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.” I Corinthians 1:26-31 (MSG) Pastor Willie Alfonso’s life, ministry and this book is a resounding trumpet for God! May the whole world hear it and be encouraged by the amazing grace of Jesus! —RALPH CASTILLO, Teaching Pastor, Christ Tabernacle
Have you lost hope for a new beginning? Setbacks don’t have to be the end of your story.