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2019 Reading #1 – Ghost Boy

Ghost Boy

So…one of my New Years Resolutions is to read more. I know…hard to imagine that I could read more than I do….but I have been slacking these past few years due to my Menieres.  The MD makes it hard for me to concentrate for long periods of time…so I end up not finishing books because I have to start…stop…start….reread….stop….start…etc.

Reading is a huge passion of mine…and I truly want to experience more books, genres, authors, etc.  I have limited myself a lot in the fact that I find an author I like…and then only read their books.  So this year…ALL NEW AUTHORS!

And I am starting with “Ghost Boy” by Martin Pistorius (with Megan Lloyd Davies).

Here is a synopsis of the book:  They all thought he was gone. But he was alive and trapped inside his own body for ten years.

In January 1988 Martin Pistorius, aged twelve, fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound. Martin’s parents were told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and less than two years to live.

Martin was moved to care centers for severely disabled children. The stress and heartache shook his parents’ marriage and their family to the core. Their boy was gone. Or so they thought.

Ghost Boy is the heart-wrenching story of one boy’s return to life through the power of love and faith. In these pages, readers see a parent’s resilience, the consequences of misdiagnosis, abuse at the hands of cruel caretakers, and the unthinkable duration of Martin’s mental alertness betrayed by his lifeless body.

We also see a life reclaimed—a business created, a new love kindled—all from a wheelchair. Martin’s emergence from his own darkness invites us to celebrate our own lives and fight for a better life for others.

It is 1/3/2019 and I am only 20 pages in…but I am LOVING IT!

Here is a quote from page 17 that just really hit home for me:

“I’d been put into a box long before, after all.  Each of us has.  Are you the “difficult” child or the “histrionic” lover, the “argumentative” sibling or the “long-suffering” spouse?  Boxes make us easier to understand, but they also imprison us because people don’t see past them.”

Stay tuned for more reading updates!!

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