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Dying for a Change is the gut-wrenching, inspirational true story of William Murtha’s fight to survive hypothermia and drowning in the freezing waters off the coast of Britain. It is a riveting story of survival that will captivate readers with a compelling, life-changing message about miracles and the power of choice.

In 1999, William’s life was rapidly spiraling out of control when all meaning and purpose had vanished. While riding his bike along a channel one evening, William was swept out to sea by a twenty-foot freak wave and had a close brush with death. Only this wasn’t any "ordinary" near-death experience. As his body finally began to shut down, and the excruciating pain subsided, William suddenly became acutely aware of a Presence close by.

What followed, and the book vividly recounts, is the enlightening and heart-warming conversation he had with this Higher Presence. Caught someplace between this world and the next while struggling to stay alive, William "re-lived" many pivotal moments in his past and had every question he had ever asked about life answered with absolute blinding clarity.

Dying for a Change will inspire readers to come face-to-face with their own deepest fears. It is a powerful, emotional story of hope with a profound message that many people in today’s frantic, crisis-filled world will identify with in their own lives. This thought-provoking and insightful book challenges views on mortality, birth, life and God while inspiring readers to live more fully by questioning ideals and dogma that may no longer serve them.


William was involved solely in construction and development management until 2005. He then sold his share in the business he had founded, and instead concentrated fully on writing and other creative projects. One of those initiatives is The Imagination Project, an innovative non-profit organization that promotes, supports and encourages young emerging leaders and writers in the sectors of change, human rights, corporate social responsibility and personal development.

To fund and kick-start this exciting innovative, William has pulled together written 'vision statements' of hope from a wide array of globally renowned luminaries and change-makers, with the intention of publishing several books under the title, Visionaries for the 21st Century. All profits from the Visionaries branded series, and all donations from philanthropists, will go towards supporting writers on scholarships within the Imagination Project.

William has three daughters and lives in the country, close to the city of Exeter, England, UK. William is a member of several globally recognized organizations who are committed to positive change and the education of eco-literacy. He is also is a coordinator and speaker for the Scientific and Medical Network, a non-profit establishment that explores the frontiers of science, consciousness and spirituality.


"An amazing story! We don’t have to face death to relate to and learn from the important revelations movingly described by William Murtha as he confronted drowning in the sea. This important book takes away any doubt that there is an energy force out there ready to help us find our way . . . we need only listen."

—Susan Jeffers Ph.D Author Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and Embracing Uncertainty

"Riveting! Prepare to read in one sitting. William has given us a modern parable for our times. It will inspire you, provoke you and ultimately, get you thinking about your own life."

—Fiona Harrold Britain’s best-selling author of Be Your Own Life-Coach

"This is a rare, exciting, brilliant and entertaining read. Once started, I wasn’t able to put it down. It is the raw story of how a man, dominated and driven by ambition, finds himself in a life-and-death crisis, wrestling with a storming, freezing ocean, and in the midst of drowning and fighting for survival, is shaken up and transformed by startling insights and illuminations about the true nature of life, delivered to him by an unseen but immensely wise presence. Readers who have loved books like Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, The Paulo Coelho and Dan Millman books—or just a thundering readable adventure story—will greet Dying for a Change as a modern classic and bestseller."

—William Bloom Author and founder and co-director of The Foundation for Holistic Spirituality