11/26/2013

Book Review #87 - Ghost Boy By Martin Pistorius

Synopsis:


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.



My Take On This Book:

All in all the entire book was not bad, I think it was just the particular genre; I stepped out of my comfort zone with this book, which is a good thing really just a bit scary. It is about a normal boy who, at the age of 12 became ill. Doctors didn't know what was wrong or how to treat him. 
He ended up in a wheelchair, unable to talk and his parents were told that there was basically nothing going on in his mind. This is his story. It's a heartbreaking story but yet an uplifting story of a journey that is enough to scare the healthy person straight, I think this why it was hard for me to get through it. It did not have anything to with Martin's story because he has a very compelling story to tell you.

I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson part of the Booksneeze review bloggers program, for my honest and un-biased opinion
I gave it ***

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