Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body  -     By: Martin Pistorius
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In 1988, 12-year-old Martin Pistorius fell ill. By 1990, he was mute and wheelchair-bound; doctors had wrongly predicted that he had only two years to live; and his parents were heartbroken. But that's just the beginning of Martin's heart-wrenching autobiography, in which he chronicles his return to life through the power of love and faith! 240 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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Number of Pages: 240
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Publication Date: 2013
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ISBN: 1400205832
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They all thought he was gone. But he was alive and trapped inside his own body for ten years.

In January 1988 Martin Pistorius, aged twelve, fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound. Martin's parents were told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and less than two years to live.

Martin was moved to care centers for severely disabled children. The stress and heartache shook his parents’ marriage and their family to the core. Their boy was gone. Or so they thought.

Ghost Boy is the heart-wrenching story of one boy’s return to life through the power of love and faith. In these pages, readers see a parent’s resilience, the consequences of misdiagnosis, abuse at the hands of cruel caretakers, and the unthinkable duration of Martin’s mental alertness betrayed by his lifeless body.

We also see a life reclaimed—a business created, a new love kindled—all from a wheelchair. Martin's emergence from his own darkness invites us to celebrate our own lives and fight for a better life for others.

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  1. North Carolina
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Story of Faith, Hope, and Love
    June 30, 2015
    Momof3
    North Carolina
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Most of us cant begin to grasp what its like to have no physical control of our bodies. Nor can we fully comprehend the horror and painful realities someone, with a fully intact mind, experiences encased in one of these silent shells.

    For someone who went fourteen years unable to express his emotions, Martin Pistorius pushes full throttle, and exquisitely conveys them all in his book. I was grateful for the humorous spots, especially after reading the difficult passages.

    At times, I cringed at what Martin had to endure. I believe a note for Reader Discretion is needed for the chapter titled, Lurking in Plain Sight. I hated reading itand rightly so. And yet, had Martin not been so painfully transparent about his darkest days of torture, his story would be incomplete. Nor would I have fully appreciated his joy when he survived and overcame.

    This is not an overtly Christian book. There are two or three points of faith sharedbut they are profoundly powerful. The most amazing one to me is the one when Martin shares his knowledge of Gods presence with him. He never had Christian training prior to his illness. Nevertheless, when his mind awoke, inside the shell of his unresponsive body, he knew God was there with him. Martin sharing this page-long realization is one of my favorite parts of the entire book.

    Martin's life changed all because of one person noticing a flicker of life in him and opening a door of opportunity. Martin expresses appreciation to many but he is certain of the One he owes the most gratitude.

    I read a May 2015 interview with "Christianity Today," Martin said,

    Without the Lord, I would not be here today. I have no doubt that it was only his intervention that saved me. It is only through God that I have found my voice.

    This book inspires me to take time to look more intentionally at peopleespecially those who seemingly fly under the radar. You dont have to have a health condition to feel invisible.

    Due to the content, I think this book is best suited for adults. Martin does not sugar-coat what he experienced as a young teen. There are disturbing parts that ripped at my soul and I hope I can forget. But, overall, there are messages I hope I will always remember.

    Martin Pistorius story will take you into the uncomfortable pit of darkness and encourage you to grasp hold of life-giving faith, hope, and love.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A must read for every one !
    June 24, 2015
    Montreal Mom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A good book is one that makes an impact on the readers, and this book fits the bill. I am now deeply aware of the struggles of people who has some kind of physical/mental disabilities , and it has kindled in me a desire to show God's love to them in whatever way I can . This book talks about God in spare words but in a powerful way ( " I was completely entombed. The only person who knew there was a boy within the useless shell was God, and I had no idea why I felt His presence so strongly..... Somehow I instinctively knew that He was with me....At times it felt confusing to be surrounded by people, utterly alone and yet aware that God was my companion. Yet my faith didn't waver. He was as present to me as air, as constant as breathing "). I can't put this book down, and while reading it I had mixed feelings: appalled at how some caregivers abused him, thankful for the kind & compassionate ones, humbled by his family's sacrifices especially his Dad, inspired by the lack of hate & bitterness on Martin's part, and challenged by Joanna's unconditional love. This book helps to remind us of our humanity and of our unseen yet ever present God. Thank you, Martin Pistorious for writing this, and thank you Nelson Books for publishing this . I will highly recommend this book to everyone in our church, particularly the Youth Group and will order a few copies for the church library.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A must read!
    June 6, 2015
    hbk
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I work in the field of caring for the developmentally disabled. This book has helped remind me that I make a difference on how I treat those in my care, and is a reminder on how we in the health care field NEED to view for those we care for.

    I have even bought extra copies for co-workers to read and pass around. I truly believe EVERY person who works in the field of caring for persons with disabilities (that includes nursing home staff) SHOULD read this book!

    There ARE good workers out there... I have seen MANY in my 30 yrs in human services.. Please do not think as us care givers as abusive and uncaring about the people we care for, as some of Martin's were. For me they stood out in the book..probably because I was appalled at some of their behavior! (but yes, I have seen my share of those few who should not be working in this field...)

    But, (after my little rant) It is a VERY INTERESTING book, for ALL to read!
  4. WV
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspiring but yet awful
    May 1, 2015
    PastorsDaughter
    WV
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    What would it be like for no one to hear your inward cry for help, to never walk again? I don't know, but Martin Pistorius certainly did! In 1988 he became imprisoned in his own body - never speaking and completely motionless. His family waited for him to die.

    However, Martin began to become aware of his surroundings, and slowly his brain began to wake up. Still he could not speak, and no one knew what was going on inside him - he was very much a ghost boy.

    This is a true story, written by Mr. Pistorius himself. The mood of this book is at times depressing and dark as we see what it's like to be trapped in your own body - unable to do ANYTHING.

    I'd never heard of the author until I read the book, and I found his story very interesting and I learned a lot. He writes in a way that is very open and easy to read without getting confused.

    OK so now that I was nice about the book I do need to talk about the many things I found negative. There was so much I didn't expect would be in story from a good Christian publishing company!

    Negative content.....

    We see a lot of s*xual words that Martin is trying to learn so he can communicate again. Martin talks about his desire to sleep with a woman (in some detail). Martin speaks briefly of his male body parts (in very little detail but enough to make it uncomfortable). The f word is used once but put like this f--k. Despite the fact the word had letters missing I still have it in my head. :P A nurse does uncomfortable things to Martin (touching him wrongly). This is in SO MUCH detail!!!!!

    A woman says inappropriate things about her boyfriend. Martin notices the shape of a woman's chest (a little detail). Sh*t is used over six times. God was barely mentioned until the end.

    Overall the book is a grim reality, and I was at times inspired, however the bad content was getting on my nerves. I understand that Martin went through a lot and it needs to be said to let others know, but in such detail? I really don't think so! The negative went over the good. Even though a lot of readers, who know people dealing with such things as Martin did, will probably enjoy the book, I can't recommend it.

    If you want to read it then I suggest this book for older high schoolers or even better - an adult. My little brother (who is ten) enjoys flipping through books I get, but I made sure this one he didn't.

    Note: I got this book free from booklook in exchange for doing a review of my own personal opinions. All thoughts are 100% my mine and in my own words!
  5. Athens, Ohio
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Worth your time to read
    April 18, 2015
    thehoneybee
    Athens, Ohio
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I just finished reading this book and was amazed from cover to cover. Every person (including all health care workers) who cares for someone who is unable to communicate should read this book. Appearances can be deceiving. Someone may appear to be unaware of what is going on around them, but may in fact be aware of everything. Talk to them, read to them, turn the TV on to material appropriate for their age, play music for them, don't just leave them in total silence and darkness.
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