“God saved him. He was dead and now he is alive. He is not made to be normal,” a mother proudly declares in David Ring’s book, The Boy Born Dead: A Story of Friendship, Courage, and Triumph.
~ What ~
This two-hundred-and twenty-six-page paperback targets those who enjoy a tender Christian current-day biography. Using a slang word several times, topics of bullying, sexual abuse, suicide, and death would not be appropriate for immature readers.
God has a plan for each of us, and He has shown His amazing process in David Ring’s life. Unable to breathe for eighteen minutes at birth, the boy not only developed cerebral palsy but also had to fight for his life growing up with divorced parents, orphaned as a teen, abused by a sister’s friend, and wanting to end his life. At the age sixteen he met David Wideman, a preacher’s kid who preferred not to befriend him at first. By the grace of God, Ring surrendered his life to Him and became an outspoken teenager with a speech impediment and physical issues that made it his mission to profess Christ to others.
Written mostly in first person by Wideman, every few chapters revert to Ring’s parents, upbringing, and his path toward knowing God as they both realize the boy’s greatest limitations became his greatest assets.
~ Why ~
In reading this book, one may think life is hopeless, especially if one has a physical or mental disability. Yet, God is great and turned this young man’s life from turmoil and despair to a loving relationship with Him and others. I found the read tearful yet redeeming, tragic yet triumphant, and humbly honest as the Savior consistently protected and loved him.
Why Not ~
Some may find the book often focused on Wideman’s perspective and thoughts instead of Ring as it related to the different towns, school sports, and peers. The memories of sexual abuse and attempted suicide may upset some readers.
~ Who ~
Ring is an international speaker sharing his love for God to over one hundred thousand people a year. His family and he live in Tennessee. Driver is a pastor, minister leader, and author/coauthor of over a dozen books. Wideman is an executive pastor for a multi-campus church.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence, but this does not affect my rating of the book.
~ Want ~
If you are looking a biography of a young man on the verge of killing himself turn his life over to God and change spiritually, emotionally, and mentally, this memoir based on his life is a heart-touching story.
~ Rating ~ 4.5 of 5 Stars
Thanks to Baker Books and the author for offering this book to read and review for my honest opinion.
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