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Once Life Matters: A New Beginning
by Marty Angelo  Michael Clark 

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Publisher:  Impact Publishing ISBN-10:  0961895446
Pages: 

202

Copyright:  Dec. 15, 2005 ISBN-13:  9780961895440

Reveals how God totally transformed Marty Angelo's life from the snarls of drugs, booze, rock/disco music, and prison into a strong witness of His saving grace, mercy, and love.

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Once Life Matters: A New Beginning
Marty Angelo Ministries

This is not a Hollywood expose. Names have been changed, but not so much to protect the innocent, as there are few innocent people involved. No, this is the story of how I went astray and how you can avoid the mistakes I made. I want to tell you how I found a whole new life and what I discovered while finding it. I've faced many problems in the fifty-plus years of my life, most of them brought on by myself. I hope you will find my story helpful. I believe God's purpose for my life is to tell others what happened to me so they might find their way back to Him.
My life has been a messy series of events that combined to create a mosaic--the way tiles combine to create an image. As sordid as some of those experiences were, I don't have any regrets and I don't look back in despair. Why? Because they led me to Jesus Christ and salvation. Many people never find God, whether their experiences are good or bad. I want to help people realize that they have an opportunity right now to be a part of God's kingdom here on earth. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20)

I was always searching for something but was never satisfied when I got it. I searched for the next big music trend, my big show business break, and the next chance to get high. I was always after something. I kept putting things off, hoping for a better future. But seek ye `first' the kingdom of God... (Matthew 6:33)

Once I learned about my relationship with God--through His Son, Jesus Christ--and the true meaning of what He does for us, I realized that we could have the peace of God right here, right now. Even when we made mistakes, God was there to forgive.

My story is not so much about what I experienced in my two and a half years in prison and seven years on parole, but my life before and after. The most dramatic time in my life came just before I was sentenced. That's when I found salvation. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

It took me thirty-five years, but I finally found peace through Jesus Christ. The decades of the wild life I led, along with the few times when I was close to finding the right path, weave an amazing story. I'm not proud of the many problems I created for myself--the incredibly stupid things I did--but I'm not running from them or trying to cover them up either. In fact, by telling my story here, I hope you, dear reader, can learn the lessons I learned without going through the trials and dangers I faced.

Ultimately, this story isn't about me. It's about Jesus Christ and how He willingly and faithfully pulled me out of a lifestyle that had little hope. I can never repay that love and faithfulness, but I'm not supposed to. That's the beauty of grace.

Those of you who already know Him understand grace. If you have a relationship with Jesus, you'll find my story interesting to compare with your own. Then you can share it with a family member or friend who might be in need. This could be the spark of encouragement they need to begin their own relationship with Jesus Christ.

Part of the reason I want to tell my story is to help people understand that no matter how bad things might get, you can change and start with a clean slate. You can find Him, just like I did. How did I do it? It's all here. Please read on.    


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It took me thirty-five years, but I finally found peace through Jesus Christ. The decades of the wild life I led, along with the few times when I was close to finding the right path, weave an amazing story. I'm not proud of the many problems I created for myself--the incredibly stupid things I did--but I'm not running from them or trying to cover them up either. In fact, by telling my story here, I hope you, dear reader, can learn the lessons I learned without going through the trials and dangers I faced.




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Dance Talk Newsletter
When your life takes you to the top of the mountain but you quickly slip back down, one usually learns a quick lesson. Marty Angelo candidly pens his life without missing a detail. It is hard-core. No punches pulled. Marty had the distinct opportunity to climb to the top, on more then one occasion, but didn't always look around. For many pioneers, when you get to the top you observe, take it all in and in some cases...climb higher. Marty had a different approach; he jumped to another mountain - a new challenge, a new adventure. "Once Life Matters" is a look back at the making of a man that spent the majority of his life in the crazy topsy-turvy world of music. Marty's book is a journey that expresses the opportunity to change your life, but like many, there was someone knocking for him but he didn't respond. In his heart, he knew he was burning the candle at both ends but the temptations from the environment were too strong. In his early years, Marty managed one of the hottest new bands on the scene... at the time they landed a national record deal, the band simply disbanded. Ouch. He then managed one of the premier bands of the time, 'The Grass Roots'. From there he moved into the groundbreaking dance movement. He created his own dance show for television, which included dance lessons, exhibitions and musicians. Credited with developing the first Disco television show dedicated to the music and dancing but prior to national syndication, fame and monetary success, Marty moved to a new mountain. He was a professional record reviewer giving many performers their first break. He hung out with music legends such as Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, and Janis Joplin. But, along the way he had a battle, this time he lost. The temptation of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll would challenge his every move. Marty began to change as he crystallized and developed the mature vision he lacked in his early years. It was time to look out, up, and down the mountain and take in all thos --Dance Talk Newsletter


The Best of WNY.com
Western New York music legend Marty Angelo's book, "Once Life Matters," details his rise and fall in the music business; his eventually embrace of sobriety and finding a new path as a Christian counselor and speaker. Angelo has had an almost Phoenix like career first as manager of the Buffalo New York band Raven that achieved legendary success and then as the originator of the first local then national television show Disco Step-by-Step®. That show helped popularize the Disco craze showing the latest dance moves and songs. However along the way he burned many a bridge mostly due to an appetite for drugs and alcohol. Angelo eventually got sober and found a path thru Christian counseling with prisoners. The book becomes a little preachy near the end but is still a good read if only for his perspective on his influence to the local and national music scene. --The Best of WNY.com


Discostyle.com
"Once Life Matters: A New Beginning" pretty much reads like an artist, rock star or celebrity bio. Any fan of the late 60s to the early 80s will savor the juicy tidbits about some very famous people, the events and the places, what went on in the studio, behind the scenes and the ego clashes thrown in the brew. As bright and witty Marty was from his childhood to today, he's the first to admit he always got into trouble. Highly ambitious and getting everything out of life, somehow, he would end up at the police station on a regular basis, "something just wasn't right", but didn't know what it was. Like a good movie, there are humorous episodes happening when you'd least expect it. Only the last chapters deal with his newfound spirituality. After reading the book, one realizes that "Disco Marty" is one of the man's many facets. Wait until you read about Marty the artist manager, the record promoter, the evangelist, the inmate... "Once Life Matters" is an entertaining read, the only downside is that there could have been more chapters and that the photos in the book are in black and white. --Discostyle.com


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