05 November 2015

The Boy Born Dead: A Story of Friendship, Courage, and Triumph by David Ring with John Driver & David Wideman

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Where we see tragedy, God sees possibility… 

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 eighteen minutes. Now, more than sixty years later, that boy leads an internationally known ministry that encourages hundreds of thousands every year. The Boy Born Dead traces the roots of this harrowing, humorous, and heartfelt story.

Few American epics of tragedy, intrigue, friendship, and faith will entertain and challenge the soul like the narrative inspired by the real-life events of David Ring – a boy literally born dead who survives but not without sobering consequences. Living with the harsh realities of cerebral palsy, Ring faces impossible odds yet stumbles into an improbable life of inspiration and influence in the small, unassuming town of Liberty, Missouri, in the 1960s.

As a teenage boy, Ring finds himself tragically orphaned and being shuffled about to various homes. Along this journey, he faces secret, unspeakable atrocities that eventually plunge him into the depths of depression and attempted suicide. But amid the harsh troubles of life, he encounters another boy his age named David, the son of a local pastor. Their unlikely friendship begins on the rocks, but eventually develops into something extraordinary and unique that alters the trajectory of both of their lives – and the whole town of Liberty – forever.

The Boy Born Dead: A Story of Friendship, Courage, and Triumph tells the fascinating and inspiring story of David Ring. Originally born dead and only later began to breathe, Ring experienced many and various challenges and struggles during his growing-up years. Still, God finds him and transforms him in incredible ways. In telling this story, The Boy Born Dead is a well-written and quite amazing read and will not leave its readers unmoved. I enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

Thanks to Baker Book Bloggers, I received a copy of The Boy Born Dead and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the Author
David Ring has been an internationally known speaker since 1973, sharing his story with over 100,000 people each year at churches, conventions, schools, and corporate events. He is frequently featured on national television outlets, such as TBN's Praise the Lord, The Old-Time Gospel Hour with Dr. Jerry Falwell, and Focus on the Family. He and his wife, Karen, live in Nashville, Tennessee. They have four children and three grandchildren.

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