Monday, August 22, 2005

Book Recommendation

I am about halfway through a book that my mom just ordered for me called, "Conversations With the Voiceless: Finding God's Love in Life's Hardest Questions," by John Wessells.

The book is available through Amazon for just over ten dollars.

The author and his wife, Gail, have a ministry where they travel to various brain trauma hospitals around the country and they sing, pray, read Scripture, and preach the gospel to patients with severe head injuries, brain damage, and in comas.

The stories are inspiring, but even for those without the fairy-tale endings, the book hits home the hopeful truth that everyone has a purpose, that God loves even those who are helpless, and that non-verbal does not mean non-existent.

My favorite story comes early on where patients who were in comas, later revive, only to tell John that they received Christ as their Lord and Savior while they were in their comas - hearing every word he spoke to them!

Here is a review from Publisher's Weekly:

Starred Review. Wessells spends his days praying and singing worship songs for head trauma patients in comas, something he admits may seem frivolous. He makes the case that these people and their families are among "the least of these" for whom Jesus cares deeply. And his stories are powerful. He talks about a young man who made a decision to follow Christ while in a comatose state. He tells of sharing his faith with Christine Busalacchi before her father got permission to remove her feeding tube and she starved to death—how the girl neurologists described as being "in a persistent vegetative state" had waved to him, smiled and responded to praise music. But more importantly, Wessells discusses the difficult questions that a ministry like his uncovers. Why are some lives cut short? Why do some patients recover, while others' bodies shrivel as their minds slowly lose control? Wessells reassures readers that it's okay to ask questions and not have answers—and that, no matter what, God's love abounds. These are lessons he learned not only through his ministry but also through the loss of his young son to cancer. This is a rare book that offers hope and comfort without ignoring or sugarcoating the painful realities that families of head trauma patients face.

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