I’m an RN and a paramedic by training so when I heard the story of a man who was ‘coded’ for 40 minutes, was pronounced dead, who was left for dead for a short time… and then prayed over and shocked again…only to regain a heartbeat and pulses…AND has NO neurological deficits…well, I had to know more! This just doesn’t happen. I’m a Christian and I believe in miracles, although I’ve never seen one as dramatic as the one recounted in this book.
This is the story of Dr. Crandall’s conversion from a lukewarm Christian to someone who has the divine gift of healing IN ADDITION to being a medical doctor. It is a profound story. He recounts the fiery trial of watching one of his twin sons battle leukemia, and ultimately succumb, through the lens of someone who is searching for God and His hand in those trials.
“Blood brothers and blue bloods. Bloodletting and spatter patterns. The idea of blood flows through human culture the same way the real stuff flows through our veins. In almost every religion, there are blood sacrifices or blood rites. In almost every culture, there are rules for whether or not to eat blood, and how. There are blood ties, blood oaths, and countless blood-soaked legends. Why was blood so important to our ancestors, and why does it retain such emotional power today?”
Blood and guts are part of being a paramedic….Once a paramedic, always a paramedic….And I was a paramedic….so when I saw “Red: The True Story of Blood” by Tanya Lloyd Kyi (Annick Press, 2012) I knew I had to read it. It didn’t disappoint.
From sociological, religious, psychological, medical as well as physiological angles, “Red” addresses the history of blood throughout the world. In a youth-friendly red-and-black style, “Red” uses anecdotes, from history and science along with clever comic-strip style to examine blood.
While there is some graphic content, the topic of blood is tastefully addressed throughout the book. There are controversial subjects touched upon, including AIDS, transubstantiation (the term itself is not used in the book), gangs and ritual human sacrifice, so this book isn’t for young children. Read in proper context with good adult guidance, there are vast seeds for discussion and further study.