Ghost Boy Paperback – Nov 19 2013
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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'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.
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
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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An amazing true-life tale. God truly does work in mysterious ways. There are 8 of us in our book club and we rated it from 8 - 9 out of 10 for an average of 8.5.Published 10 days ago by Robert Bissillion
Really touching story, well written. I recommend it. You'll never see an handicaped/disabled person the same way again.Published 2 months ago by Max L.
This is one of the best books ever written. It is a must read for every person out there who works with people with disabilities and should be part of any course related. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joanne E. Drummond
I chose this book because I love true stories of people's lives and miracles. The book is totally intriguing and captured me from beginning to end.Published 8 months ago by Pat Berteotti
I loved reading this book. Martin tells the story of his experiences with beautifully realized images created with words, with clarity, honesty and understanding. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ronnie Roberts
Inspiring story of a man thought to be unaware of his surroundings finally finding a way to communicate.Published 10 months ago by Sophie's Trains