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A memoir of a healthy young man who survives a fatal car crash only to be plagued by a mysterious illness that robs him of the ability to walk, talk, and eat solid food. When Force Meets Fate is a captivating, transcendent survival story that forces all of us to reckon with our mortality and the fragility of life.  

At age 22, Jamison Hill was a fitness instructor who could lift more than 400 pounds. Five years later, after surviving a tragic car accident that killed the other driver, a rare disease left Jamison bedridden and too weak to hold a water glass. He spent every day lying motionless in bed, his body paralyzed by pain and fatigue, his mind hijacked by flashes of crunched metal, broken windshields, and exploding gas tanks. 

After months of not being able to speak or eat, Jamison's health finally improved and he began to tell his story. When Force Meets Fate is an unflinching exploration of the human condition, notably how our strengths and limitations shape our identities and how unexpected events can inevitably alter our perceptions. 

It's a story of perseverance - of sheer will and unrelenting fight - but also of overcoming life's toughest challenges through the power of vulnerability and how freeing it can be to surrender to the unpredictability of circumstances out of our control.

©2020 Jamison Hill (P)2020 Jamison Hill

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compelling story well read

compelling story, well read, that I can relate to because I also have severe MECFS

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Heart wrenching!

Wow! This is a heartbreaker on so many levels. I felt like I was there through the authors struggles and while I have never walked in his shoes I certainly felt as if I tried them on by reading the book and now listening to the audio version. I hope he keeps finding the strength to keep going and to keep writing. What an inspiration!

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  • 02-09-21

Not G-rated!

Definately written from the view point of a 20-something ex-body builder, but still VERY relatable as a mostly-bedridden ME patient myself. A really great read for those who don't mind some colorful language/themes.

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  • 02-02-21

superb

what a wonderful testimony from such an honest, brave and talented man
thank you 😊

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  • Mystic Mog
  • 02-01-21

Powerful, riveting, moving

This is a riveting, brave account of a young man's battle to survive. Eloquently written and engaging. I was routing for Jamieson all the way through. It is an astonishing testament of survival from utterly desolate times. But it is much more that; it is a story of hope and love and never giving up. Jamison's true spirit shines through, even when, at times, it is diminished to a tiny flicker in the darkness. Never give up.