Ghost Boy

The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.25 hours)
Product Number: Z100117850
Released: Jun 21, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780718042592
Narrator/s: Simon Bubb
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
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Description

They all thought he was gone. But he was alive and trapped inside his own body for ten years. In January 1988 Martin Pistorius, aged twelve, fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound. Martin's parents were told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and less than two years to live. Martin was moved to care centers for severely disabled children. The stress and heartache shook his parents' marriage and their family to the core. Their boy was gone. Or so they thought. Ghost Boy is the heart-wrenching story of one boy's return to life through the power of love and faith. In these pages, readers see a parent's resilience, the consequences of misdiagnosis, abuse at the hands of cruel caretakers, and the unthinkable duration of Martin's mental alertness betrayed by his lifeless body. We also see a life reclaimed-a business created, a new love kindled-all from a wheelchair. Martin's emergence from his own darkness invites us to celebrate our own lives and fight for a better life for others.

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Author(s): Martin Pistorius
Genre: Religion
Original Publish Date: Mar 17, 2015

All formats/editions

CD
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Author(s): Martin Pistorius
Narrator(s): Simon Bubb
Product Number BN7807
Released: Mar 10, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
ISBN: #9781491591772
eBook
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Author(s): Martin Pistorius
Genre: Religion
Product Number EB00456912
Released: Jul 16, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: #9781400205844

Professional reviews

"What was life like for Martin Pistorius, who spent years in a "waking coma," aware but unable to communicate? "The person inside the shell" tells his own story, voiced by Simon Bubb, with humor and a philosophical mindset. Listeners learn how he told time from sunlight and shadows and share his struggle for normalcy. Bubb's voice is wry and warm as he recounts observations from a life on the outside looking in. At times, he expresses a tone of frustration over a balky communication device or anxiety over a long-distance romance. A solemn tone voices the arguments between Pistorius's parents. The first-person account ends hopefully. His story of perseverance and family ties lets listeners into his rare world. J.A.S. 2016 Audies Winner © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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