Audie Award, Faith-Based Non-Fiction, 2016
In 1953, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, a baby boy was born - dead. The attending physician set his little body aside and tended to his mother for 18 minutes. Now, more than 60 years later, that boy leads an internationally known ministry that encourages hundreds of thousands every year. The Boy Born Dead tells his incredible story from the perspective of his best friend, David Wideman.
As a teenager in the small town of Liberty, Missouri, in the late 1960s, David Ring grew up with the challenges that come with cerebral palsy, a result of his 18 minutes of newborn silence. Along with his physical limitations, Ring was orphaned and shuffled from home to home, finally landing in an abusive situation that made him feel unworthy of love and, eventually, unworthy of life. But God had a purpose for Ring's life and sent an agent to help him achieve it. Through the friendship of David Wideman, a boy he met in the halls of Liberty High School, Ring found strength he didn't know he had and went on to face his demons, marry the love of his life, and start an international speaking ministry.
Full of hope, this moving story illustrates how friendship and love triumph over adversity. Anyone who faces tough times will treasure this story of hope and courage.
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This book is one of the most heartfelt and touching book I've ever read and have to thank you for offering it. No one could listen to this and not be inspired! I plan on researching this man to see where he may be speaking. The reader was perfect too .
What a fantastic, well written and superbly performed story. I will listen to this often. I eagerly await the feature film,,, this is too good not to be in a movie!
I am a live storyteller who devours huge amounts of audio books to study classics and new books so I can tell new stories.
Your question about if I would recommend this audiobook to a friend came too late, because I started recommending the book when I was half way through it. I am a social worker who works with adults with cerebral palsy. Many of them should hear David Ring's story. It is quite powerful.
The two most memorable moments in The Boy Born Dead were when he tried and failed to give a speech as a vice presidential candidate in high school and when he got on that stage again to tell his own story. Tears formed in my eyes.
David Ring as performed by Paul Michael was my favorite character. It is not enough that Michael accurately portrayed Ring's speech impediment. He accurately portrayed Ring's heart and passion. Ring's character and compassion come through.
Yes, I wanted to listen to this book all in one setting, but I finished it in two days.
The Boy Born Dead is an exceptional book. I cannot tell enough people about this remarkable man.
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