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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Nelson Books (Nov. 19 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400205832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400205837
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 435 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Martin Pistorius was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1975. At the age of twelve an unknown illness left him wheelchair bound and unable to speak, and he spent fourteen years in institutions. In 2001 he learned to communicate via computer, make friends, and change his life. In 2008 he met the love of his life, Joanna, and immigrated to the UK. In 2009 they married and in 2010 he started his own business. He loves spending time with friends and, most of all, being with his wife. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.


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Martin Pistorius was an active little boy, until the day his body began to inexplicably deteriorate. Within 18 months, Martin was completely non-responsive, spending his days strapped into his wheelchair, staring into nothingness. As far as his parents were concerned, their vibrant child was gone forever. And for four years, he seemed to be. But suddenly, Martin started to wake up. He became aware of the world and the people around him, but with no physical functions at his disposal, he had no way to communicate. He spent 10 years trapped in his physical silence, until one caregiver finally looked into his eyes, and realized he was looking back at her.

Martin's story is inspiring, captivating, disturbing, and nothing short of amazing. The opening chapters caught my attention with Martin's beautiful writing and imagery. But I quickly found myself checking the cover to confirm that this was an autobiography. How could someone who had been trapped in a vegetative state, who had been simply left to die, be writing this book? I'm always conflicted when autobiographies contain photos - it can become a little self indulgent - but you need these photos. You need to see where Martin started, how much he deteriorated, and how far his journey has taken him.

I read this in December, and throughout the month, we had the opportunity to sing in several seniors and longterm care homes. We saw many patients who looked similar to Martin in his worst days. I've always been conscious of smiling and singing to each patient with love, but this season, after reading Martin's story, my actions changed. I lingered a little longer on those who didn't seem to respond immediately. I made a point of looking into their eyes, and making sure they knew, "I see you." Sometimes I would get a flicker, most times not. But if Martin's story teaches us anything, it's to pay attention to each and every person. It's a reminder that souls live even when bodies fail.
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This true life account of Martin Pistorious 's experience from tragic illness to a new life is compelling, and inspirational. Although I found it slightly disjointed in a few spots, the overall message of faith, hope and love trumps all.
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By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Jan. 23 2015
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Wow. Wow. Wow. What an awesome, tragic and inspiring story! Just absolutely uplifting! I started this and was hooked from the first sentence barely able to put it down. Martin provides us with such an immense insight into the value of life, one that doctors washed their hands of, one doctors said should be left to die, a life people thought worthless, a life many objectified and abused. Just imagine being fully cognizant, inside your own body, but unable to communicate in any manner, no sounds, no movements, nothing, a "vegetable". Martin knew God was real and with him in the darkness just as he knew God knew he, Martin, was real. With God's presence, he persevered until one day a caregiver convinced others that there was more to Martin than they all thought. An inspiring story of love and the preciousness of all life. A must read!!
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I read this book in German over a year ago, it is an unbelievable story of a most tenacious jouncing man
who is on a mission to find happiness and be master of his own life. This book is so inspiring and we learn
again the strengths of the human spirit. A must read for all whom are involved in caregiving and the medical
profession .
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Martin takes us on a difficult and important journey of his life. This is a must-read for caregivers and chaplains. Faith, hope, love, risk... Life. Thanks for opening my eyes to the richness we all have within us.
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This book gives the reader a great understanding of what many people experience, who can not communicate with others. The story of Martin's life was very captivating. I highly recommend this book to anyone, as it will impact a person's life. I like the truth that God was with Martin, and how love came into his life, and truly enhanced his life. This is a story that will make the reader thank God for all our blessings.
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This book is a must read! It is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. Against all odds, Martin Pistorius overcame being locked inside his own body after ten years as a mute quadriplegic after an unknown illness. He went from being a normal ten year old boy, to being a “hollow shell”, to writing this remarkable book chronicling his experiences as Ghost Boy. Martin not only discusses the challenges he faced while trapped inside his unresponsive and incommunicable body, but he also tells of those loving and caring people who helped him to escape and to begin to communicate with those around him. He also tells of horrific abuse faced at the hands of caregivers and how he coped with it all while totally isolated from normal human contact.

This memoir is filled with sadness, humour, inspiration and an unlimited amount of hope. It is an impactful book and one I would recommend to anyone. Although it is not Christian in nature, Martin does credit his faith in God for sustaining him when he had no one else. This book has a happy ending and Martin is a remarkable person who deserves to be celebrated as such. I’d like to thank Thomas Nelson (a division of Harper Collins) for the review copy of this book. For more information on Ghost Boy, please visit [...]
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