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I'll Push You Audiobook

I'll Push You: A Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends, and One Wheelchair

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Publisher's Summary

"I'll push you." The words came easily to Patrick. But he had no idea of the struggle that lay ahead.

Meet Justin and Patrick. Born in the same hospital two days apart, they grew up together, faced life shoulder to shoulder, and were best man in each other's weddings. It was the way things had always been. It was the way things were always going to be.

But then the unexpected struck - Justin was diagnosed with a progressive neuromuscular disease that robbed him of the use of his arms and legs. As Justin transitioned to life lived in a wheelchair, Patrick stayed by his side, and together they refused to give in to despair or physical limitations.

So when Justin shared his dream of traveling the famous Camino de Santiago - a spiritual pilgrimage through the mountains and rough terrain of Northern Spain - Patrick immediately volunteered to push Justin in his wheelchair. Their six-week, 500-mile trek, with its physical challenges, host of colorful characters, and deep inner battles, would prove to be the most difficult and important journey either man would ever take.

Full of love, humor, and faith, I'll Push You exemplifies what every friendship is meant to be. This epic travel adventure shows the incredible risk and reward that come with trusting someone else to have your back - no matter what. Discover how friendship can push all limits...and help us become the best versions of ourselves.

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©2017 Tyndale Momentum (P)2017 Oasis Audio

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    Rahni 10-17-17
    Rahni 10-17-17 Member Since 2010
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    "With awesome friends like these . . ."

    Several years ago, I took a nine-day hiking trip to circumnavigate Mt. Rainier, thinking I'd surely spend the time in thoughtful contemplation, becoming one with nature, etc., etc.

    It didn't really pan out that way. I mostly thought stuff like, "Left, right, left, right--I wonder where we are on the map--left--watch that mud--left, right--up the hill, down the hill, watch that root--right, left--shoot, another hill--left, right--I think everything I own smells--left, right, left . . ." Not exactly the zen time I thought it would be. I'm glad these two men consciously made their journey more meaningful and thoughtful than mine had been.

    As they were training for El Camino de Santiago, I found myself thinking that the wheelchair-bound friend, Justin, almost had a harder task in front of him. Not being able to do much to help other than leaning one way or another to counterbalance the inclines, his contribution to the trip would center on his success and ability to encourage, inspire, and uplift. It would have been easy to feel guilty, embarrassed, or defensive about causing others so much physical exertion to fulfill one's own wish, but how productive would that have been? The far more constructive attitude would be realizing that he provided many people with a wonderful opportunity to have a unique experience, and to help others have a chance to serve and grow and bond through shared difficulties. Perspective is so often a choice--it reminds me of times when a co-worker asks, "How's your day?" and I sometimes reply, "I haven't decided." After I say that, I always think, "Well, if it's a decision, than decide it's a good day."

    I completely sympathized with Patrick's confession that he had a hard time, pride-wise, of letting anyone else push Justin along the 500-mile trail. It was mature of him to realize that accepting help from others didn't minimize his own contribution, that it's okay that the reality didn't match his expected vision of their trek, and what a valuable opportunity to experience what Justin has to deal with every day as his body slowly weakens--giving up control, accepting help, and doing it all graciously.

    Almost everyone who takes a demanding journey comes out with some sort of spiritual/core renewal (whether it be a spiritually religious renewal or simply a deeper appreciation/connection with nature, themselves or whatever), and these guys are no exception. They spend some time towards the middle and end of the book discussing personal battles and their own spiritual path (grounded in the Christian/Catholic faith). I was surprised to find them openly and matter of factly revealing their long child/teen/young adult battles against pornography addiction, because I feel like the book market is flooded with memoirs about substance abuse addictions, but very rarely about other addictions. To me, it seemed to be an especially courageous admission, since they open themselves up to criticism and snap judgement by revealing their own Achille's heels.

    The men epitomize acceptance by using their own weaknesses and past struggles to help, encourage, and embrace everyone struggling around them, whether or not they had similar beliefs, lives, pursuits, or even spoken languages. The "Buen Camino!" seems to bring out the best so many of the travelers they encountered. I think most people are willing to help others by default, rather than ignore tribulations and struggles. Or, maybe it's just easier when it's obvious--like seeing one lone man inching up a steep incline, pushing a wheelchair that's about to get the best of him.

    You probably won't agree with all of their own conclusions about life (I wasn't necessarily on board the entire time with their perspective, and a time or two I found myself arguing with them and wished they'd move on to other subjects), but I enjoyed learning from their opinions and beliefs about what my own opinions and beliefs are.

    Despite the obvious these-guys-aren't-professional vocal performers, I enjoyed listening to them tell their own tale. Given that it was their own story, I was a little surprised that they mostly sounded like they were reading a book and not telling an experience that they lived through, but again--they aren't professional, and they still did a good job.

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    Missy_G 09-04-17
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    "If you are stuck, this is inspiration"

    Great book, about friendship, struggle, finding humility and dependence on God. Quick and inspiring read.

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    Connie Herbert Idaho 08-19-17
    Connie Herbert Idaho 08-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Inspiring story,"

    Not just a sgorynof a physical journey, but one of self discovery and personal reflection and growth.

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    Malaney Abel 08-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Must read!"

    Awe inspiring!!!! So many good lessons, perfect for everyone! It depicts the goodness in people that this world seems to forget is out there.

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    Anonymous 07-10-17
    07-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Soul filled selfless inspiration"

    This is for every man or woman in need of a refreshing read to reset life, gain perspective or longing for a spiritual adventure. God is good.

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    Denise E Vickers 06-24-17
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    "Inspiring, Uplifting and Empowering"

    Having recently met Justin and Patrick at one of their speaking engagements, I was eager to listen to this book. I wanted to learn about their journey on The Camino. I got that and so much more. I didn't realize how relevant their message would be to my life right now. I desperately long to be a better wife, daughter, friend and boss. Their story has given me validation for the things I've been thinking and feelings I've been having but couldn't really articulate. It has helped me identify what's absent in my life and strategies for achieving it. I already felt a deep connection to them just from my brief encounter. But now, I'm also a fan! I can't wait for the documentary to be released. Congrats to you guys on your remarkable achievement of The Camino. And, I wish you much love and success in your next adventure. Your beautiful friendship motivates me and your strength/courage inspires me. Buen Camino

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    Heidi 06-17-17
    Heidi 06-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing story of friendship and love!"

    An amazing story of friendship, love and faith. I wasn't able to but it down (well stop listening).

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