Health, Illness, and Disability

Still Life

Still Life

“I stand on the edge of a cliff in my own bedroom.” Gillian Marchenko continues her description of depression: “I must keep still. Otherwise I will plunge to my death. ‘Please God, take this away,’ I pray when I can.” For Gillian, “dealing with depression” means learning to accept and treat it as a physical illness. In these pages she describes her journey through various therapies and medications to find a way to live with depression. She faces down the guilt of a wife and mother of four, two with special needs. How can she care for her family when
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The Unbreakable Boy

The Unbreakable Boy

The Unbreakable Boy is about an ordinary man with an extraordinary son who is teaching him how to live. Like any other teenager, Austin loves pizza, movies, dancing, and girls. But unlike other 18-year-old boys, Austin has a rare brittle bone disease, which means he has broken almost all of his bones. He was locked away in a mental ward while still a child. And he’s autistic. But Austin doesn’t let any of that stop him. The Unbreakable Boy is the story of Austin’s joyful embrace of life’s tragedies and triumphs, where suffering a broken back is a minor inconvenience and the quest
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Warrior in Pink

Warrior in Pink

When young mother Vivian Mabuni was diagnosed with breast cancer, she struggled to know how to respond. How do you tell your children you have cancer? How do you allow yourself to be vulnerable and ask for your family’s support? And how do you continue to trust God? Through her battle, cancer patients, family, and friends will find perspective, hope, and an honest look at what it is like to be diagnosed with and treated for cancer―as well as encouragement to know that God is present in our pain.
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Sun Shine Down

Sun Shine Down

"Lifting my hand, I placed it on my breastbone and slid it towards my navel. My mid-section felt numb. Pushing down, it was as if I tapped another person's toneless stomach. White gauze held my empty abdomen tight. I had been eight months pregnant." *** What if? What if you dreamed of having a beautiful child and in your mind you saw the life you'd share with that child. First steps, little league (or ballet). Maybe the child would play piano or make you proud on the Honor Roll. There'd be eventual graduations, college, even marriage and grandchildren. You might
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Heaven Hears

Heaven Hears

HEAVEN HEARS: The True Story of What Happened When Pat Boone Asked the World to Pray for His Grandson’s Survival (Tyndale, 2013), by Lindy Boone Michaelis with Susy Flory, is an unforgettable story about a grandfather’s faith, a mother’s love, and a son who wouldn’t give up (Foreword by Pat Boone. Afterword by Debby Boone) On June 19, 2001, Ryan Corbin, grandson of Pat Boone, accidentally stepped through a skylight and fell three stories onto a cement floor. When he broke through that roof, Ryan fell into a very different life from the one he had before as the beloved son of Lindy
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Thunder Dog

"Settle in. You are about to read a page turner." (From the foreword by Larry King) From Kirkus Reviews:  ”The story of a four-legged superhero named Roselle, who led her owner out of the ruins of the World Trade Center. Hingson’s remarkable relationship with guide dogs began long before the events of 9/11. Growing up blind, the author came to rely on their dedication, loyalty and courage at a very young age. Guide dogs helped him navigate through grade school, college and his first jobs. It was a beautiful but storm-shy Labrador retriever with a golden coat who would help save
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Penelope Ayers: A Memoir

Penelope Ayers: A Memoir

Penelope Ayers is a memoir about a beautiful, gracious, lonely New Orleanian who discovers one February morning that she has cancer. Penny’s life to this point has included an alcoholic husband, divorce, depression, and raising two boys on her own. And yet this crisis prompts her to reach out for help. Three generations of her fractured, colorful family respond, and in so doing, they all experience grace and healing. Set in pre-Katrina New Orleans, Penelope Ayers unfolds against the backdrop of one of the world’s most vibrant cities. This story offers comfort and inspiration to anyone facing a life-threatening illness, and it will
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