When I signed up to review Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius, I expected to read a book about the medical condition that caused a boy to be “trapped inside his own body.” In actuality, the book talks little about the condition that resulted in Martin being in a vegetative state. Instead, it chronicled his journey back into the land of the living.
I found the book difficult to read, since it describes the world that I’m heading for…being non-verbal. I have a progressive neurological disease that will leave me unable to speak. Martin’s stories served to confirm my worst fears about what life will be like. People assumed he was an imbecile. He was positioned in uncomfortable ways but couldn’t tell anyone. He was fed food that he didn’t like, that wasn’t an appropriate temperature, at a rate that was uncomfortable for him. He was talked ABOUT as if he wasn’t there. He was abused and neglected and could not cry out for help. These things are utterly and completely terrifying for me!
The second half of the book made me feel much more hopeful. Martin finds a woman to love him, who understands him, who treats him as the intelligent, talented person that he is…even in spite of his inability to speak. Miraculous.
I’m grateful to live in a time when there are AAC (communication devices) that allow people with speech disabilities to communicate! Martin Pistorius is the poster child for a life changed by technology. “Until there’s a cure…technology is the cure!” Martin’s story is truly inspiring and I applaud him for his bravery and strength!
*I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review
Have you ever wondered if God is still in the miracle business? Scripture states, “And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.”
I believe that God still performs miracles. God Inside the Fire is a true story of one obvious miracle. Joni Stelly has a remarkable gift of extraordinary spiritual insight and discernment. She also has incredible faith. So when she dreamed that she saw family friends Frank and Kathy running from a deadly fire, she did what she always did. She prayed.
Frank and Kathy aren’t believers but they have a deep friendship with Greg and Joni. Their mutual love and respect, combined with the prayers of the faithful, led to a miracle in the hills of San Diego County during the 2003 Cedar Fire.
Greg Stelly has written a remarkable chronicle of the Cedar Fire miracle. Greg’s writing is descriptive and flows naturally from scene to scene. The characters and their situations come to life on the pages of God Inside the Fire. I couldn’t put this book down once I began reading it, and I can’t stop recommending it to friends.
We can witness miracles, but we must have faith that miracles can occur. “For if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them; wherefore, he showed not himself until after their faith” (Ether 12:12). Joni, Greg, Danielle and Juliette Stelly have faith. They acted on their faith by prayer. They witnessed a real miracle. Read God Inside the Fire and you’ll witness a miracle, too. Maybe next time you need a miracle you’ll have just a little more faith as a result of this remarkable story.