John Pridmore searched for happiness in money power, drugs, and sex and found none. In this book, he demolishes these worldly illusions and presents his truth. Pridmore was a vicious and dangerous gangster of London’s East End. He left his former life on a quest for truth and found it in God. In Gangster’s Guide to God, Pridmore speaks bluntly about the deception of the world he was in and openly of his journey and the foundations of his new life.
Pridmore grew up in the East End of London, and following his parents' divorce at 10, he then started getting into trouble, ending up in a young offenders' prison. Having left home at 15, the only occupation he’d learnt was stealing. By his 20s, he’d become a violent East End gangster well-acquainted with the capital’s criminal underworld. He lived the classic gangster lifestyle of loads of cash, women, sports cars, designer clothes, and luxury apartments.
One night, outside a nightclub, he nearly killed a man...then something extraordinary happened.
He went from a life of darkness to working with people like Mother Teresa of Calcutta and helping young people in the Bronx escape from gang life and discover the gifts and talents they had to live productive and healthy lives in society.
His true-crime biography From Gangland to Promised Land has become an international best seller and is available in many different languages. As well as having been featured on TV in Ireland, he is regularly interviewed throughout the USA, Australia, Germany, the UK, and Asia. He has also published two additional books entitled Gangster's Guide to God and Journey to Freedom.
John currently lives in Ireland and over the past 19 years has spoken to more than three million people worldwide, giving talks at conferences, universities, schools, and prisons. At the World Youth Day in Sydney, he addressed 500,000 young people in a single talk. Recently he was in Los Angeles meeting producer Paul Kelmenson, who is interested in adapting his life story.