Monday, December 28, 2015

The Boy Born Dead: A Book Review

About The Book:

In 1953, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, a baby boy was born--dead. The attending physician set his little body aside and tended to his mother for eighteen minutes. Now, more than sixty years later, that boy leads an internationally known ministry that encourages hundreds of thousands every year.The Boy Born Dead traces the roots of this harrowing, humorous, and heartfelt story.

Few American epics of tragedy, intrigue, friendship, and faith will entertain and challenge the soul like the narrative inspired by the real-life events of David Ring--a boy literally born dead who survives but not without sobering consequences. Living with the harsh realities of cerebral palsy, Ring faces impossible odds yet stumbles into an improbable life of inspiration and influence in the small, unassuming town of Liberty, Missouri, in the 1960s.

As a teenage boy, Ring finds himself tragically orphaned and being shuffled about to various homes. Along this journey, he faces secret, unspeakable atrocities that eventually plunge him into the depths of depression and attempted suicide. But amid the harsh troubles of life, he encounters another boy his age named David, the son of a local pastor. Their unlikely friendship begins on the rocks, but eventually develops into something extraordinary and unique that alters the trajectory of both of their lives--and the whole town of Liberty--forever.

Where we see tragedy, God sees possibility . . 

You can read an excerpt of The Boy Born Dead here, in PDF format

About The Authors:

David Ring has been an internationally known speaker since 1973, sharing his story with over 100,000 people each year at churches, conventions, schools, and corporate events. He is frequently featured on national television outlets, such as TBN's Praise the Lord, The Old-Time Gospel Hour with Dr. Jerry Falwell, and Focus on the Family. He and his wife, Karen, live in Nashville, Tennessee. They have four children and three grandchildren.

John Driver is an educator-turned-pastor and ministry leader who created Ignition 7, a global initiative of videos, books, apps, and resources crafted to equip people to be sustained in their faith. He is the author or coauthor of more than a dozen books, including Reggie: You Can't Change Your Past, But You Can Change Your Future (with Reggie Dabbs) and the upcoming Diary of a Jackwagon (with comedian Tim Hawkins). He lives with his wife and daughter, Laura and Sadie, in Tennessee.

David Wideman has been a pastor at Christ Journey Church in Coral Gables, Florida, since 1983. As executive pastor for campus operations, he oversees the finances, facilities, and staffing for a multi-campus church reaching thousands on physical campuses and online. He and his wife, Jenna, have two adult children and live in Miami, Florida.

My Review:

What an absolutely amazing story of overcoming challenges and changing the world for God's glory! 

Before reading The Boy Born Dead, I had not heard of David Ring or his journey, so I was very interested in reading this book. I am so glad to have read it. 

The Boy Born Dead was an absolutely remarkable story of David and how he overcame death, and many other difficulties in his life, so that God could use him in an amazing way with an amazing ministry. He went through more than most of us could ever fathom and yet his hope stood the ground and by God's grace he is where he is today. 

This book and David's life and ministry are truly inspirational and anyone who picks up The Boy Born Dead will be changed forever after reading it. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Boy Born Dead at your favorite Christian book retailer from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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