The very first thought that entered my head after finishing Rise and Shine by Simon Lewis was, thank God this didnâ€™t happen to me. Selfish, right? Well, you might think the sentiment understandable when youâ€™ve read this story of one manâ€™s harrowing journey from hopeless near-death to physical and spiritual recovery over a heartbreaking span of fifteen years. By the time I reached the end of the book, I realized the author had been truly transformed. And so had I.
There are many storiesâ€”both real and imaginedâ€”of people who undertake the heroâ€™s journeyâ€”often not willingly. Iâ€™ve read my fair share of novels and watched countless movies, and what the creators sometimes get wrong is the last part, where the hero returns to share what he has learned. Well, Mr. Lewis does this in spades. As we follow him along the â€œhidden path,â€ we come to learn that science and medicine arenâ€™t the answer to everything and, sometimes, are at odds with each other. Not a very comforting thought, when weâ€™ve always been taught to trust our doctors. We also learn, though, that science can be a benefit when applied appropriately.
If you love reading true stories of loss and redemption, I suggest you grab this book. The research alone is worth the price. And when you are finished, you may come to the same realization the author didâ€”that life is precious and very much worth living.
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An impassioned tale of survival and recovery, this inspirational story recounts the authorâ€™s horrific car accident, his subsequent coma, and the more than 15 years of cutting-edge treatments and therapies endured during convalescence. With specific details of the rigorous rehabilitation process that ensued, including numerous breakthrough and experimental surgeries, the book also provides practical insight into navigating the treacherous world of insurance and how to differentiate between the often conflicting medical opinions offered. In addition to describing the numerous procedures undergone, the author tells not only of his pain, frustration, and despair, but also of his childlike wonder at the beauty and miracle of creation. A first-person account of sudden, unexpected tragedy and life-affirming courage, this remarkable tale of regeneration imparts lessons both medical and spiritual.
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