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 eighteen 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.
About the Authors
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.John Driver is an educator-turned-pastor and ministry leader who created Ignition 7, a global initiative of videos, books, apps, and resources crafted to equip people to be sustained in their faith. He is the author or coauthor of more than a dozen books, including Reggie: You Can't Change Your Past, but You Can Change Your Future (with Reggie Dabbs) and the upcoming Diary of a Jackwagon (with comedian Tim Hawkins). He lives with his wife and daughter, Laura and Sadie, in Tennessee. David Wideman has been a pastor at Christ Journey Church in Coral Gables, Florida, since 1983. As executive pastor for campus operations, he oversees the finances, facilities, and staffing for a multi-campus church reaching thousands on physical campuses and online. He and his wife, Jenna, have two adult children and live in Florida.
Such an amazing story! I first heard David speak when I was a young teenager and I was overwhelmed by his story. Reading this book has only fueled my interest. This book is through the eyes somewhat of his friend David Wideman. They met each other in 1968 and through many different events became lifelong friends. As I said before David's story is not new to me but, this book brought to life a lot of things I didn't know about him. Him losing his parents at such a young age and being abused are just a couple of the things he went through as a young teenager. His story has touched my heart yet again. I found myself tearing up at several points of the book, just from the sheer volume of emotional distress he seemed to be in at any given time. I enjoyed seeing this story through the eyes of his friend because it gives a different perspective on his life. We also see how his friend learns form his story as well.
This book actually reads more like a novel than the biography/non-fiction book that it is. I actually found that to be quite a refreshing writing style. I am not saying that to say that it seems fictional, I am simply saying that the co-writer of this book does well in writing the chapters of the book to make them seem as if you are watching a movie or play. Reading this book has blessed my heart and I highly recommend it.
I was blessed with this book by Baker Publishing in exchange for my review. A positive review was not required.