Can you imagine going from one day being a healthy, happy child to being trapped inside your own body as it slowly reduced itself to a vegetable state? That’s what happened to Martin Pistorius, aka the “ghost boy.” He came home from school one day complaining of a sore throat and within a year, he couldn’t talk, walk, or move at all. For more than ten years, Martin lived his life in a wheelchair spending his life at care centers watching his family lose all hope for a full recovery. His body couldn’t move and his voice couldn’t speak, but Martin was totally aware of everything that was happening around him.
Ghost Boy is the incredible story of one young man who found the strength to not give up in the midst of despair. Martin captures every emotion as he tells the painful stories of abuse he suffered at care centers and the hope he found in people who weren’t willing to give up on him.
I really enjoyed reading Ghost Boy. It’s such an inspiring tale of strength to beat the odds. It also shows that circumstances, however difficult they may be, don’t dictate whether or not you can walk in joy and love. I had a difficult time following the timeline as the chapters jump around a bit in telling the story. However, that didn’t take away from the fact that I hard time putting the book down. It was that good. I highly recommend it!
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of Ghost Boy from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Elisa | blissfulEMay 1, 2015 at 11:44 am
ZionMay 4, 2015 at 8:50 pm
The most inspiring book I've read was Unbroken. I loved it and my friend and I were talking about this book. It looks really great. I would love to read it!