Monday, November 07, 2016

Ghost Boy: Martin Pistorius

For the past month and a half I have been reading, between school reading and projects, a great book by Martin Pistorius called Ghost Boy. Martin’s story is truly unbelievable and inspiring. The human body and mind are so complex, this book will leave you questioning what you believe to be the average occurrence with individuals who are unable to get their physical body to do as they want. Is the body limited to what the mind instructs it to do or is the mind imprisoned by the body? I read somewhere our earthly body cannot keep up with our eternal soul…

Through this book, Martin shows us his life before an illness, that left him trapped in his own body, and after. He bravely tells of abuse that sometimes happens when those who are unable to protect themselves are left in the care of untrustworthy individuals. It also is a love story about overcoming the limitations placed on a relationship by others, outside of it. And, most importantly, it is about faith...

The one person I talked to was God, but He wasn’t part of my fantasy world. He was real to me, a presence inside and around that calmed and reassured me. Just as North American Indians might commune with their spirit guides or pagans look to the seasons and the sun, I spoke to God as I tried to make sense of what had happened to me and asked Him to protect me from harm. God and I didn’t talk about the big things in life—we didn’t engage in philosophical debates or argue about religion—but I talked to Him endlessly because I knew we shared something important. I didn’t have proof that He existed, but I believed in Him anyway because I knew He was real. God did the same for me. Unlike people, He didn’t need proof that I existed—He knew I did. (Pistorius, Martin and Davies, Megan Lloyd. Ghost Boy. 2013. Nashville, TN. Pg. 174.)

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