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The Awakening of HK Derryberry is the inspiring true story of how Jim Bradford willingly stepped out of his comfortable world and into the life of HK Derryberry, a young boy with multiple disabilities and a bleak future. This book chronicles their enduring sixteen-year friendship and the discovery of HK's remarkable gift of memory.
Destined not just to steal but also warm your heart, Jim and HK's story reminds us that every life has a sacred purpose, and beauty and joy are found when we invest in the lives of others.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
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2017 Audie Winner: Inspirational/Faith-Based Non-Fiction Audiobook and Earphones Award from Audiofile Magazine
The Awakening of HK Derryberry is the inspiring story of how one man was willing to step out of his upper middle-class world into the life of a young, disabled boy with a dismal future. Little did Jim Bradford know the transformational potential of that friendshipfor HK and himself.
HK Derryberry came into the world with the odds stacked heavily against him. He was taken from his unmarried mothers womb three months prematurely when she was killed in a car wreck. After ninety-six days of seesawing between life and death, HKs grandmother took him home.
One Saturday morning Jim Bradford, a successful businessman in his mid-fifties, happens into Mrs. Winners Chicken and Biscuits and sees a nine-year-olds head pressed down against a black plastic boom box with a crooked antenna and three strips of silver duct tape stretched across the battery cover. He cant help but notice the long, white plastic braces on each of the childs legs. Mr. Bradford learns that HKs grandmother is forced to bring him to the fast-food restaurant where she works, leaving him to sit alone all day at a small table, with only his boom box for company. On subsequent Saturdays Jim feels drawn back to the restaurant to meet with HK and begins spending every weekend with him.
Eventually it becomes apparent that buried beneath HKs severe disabilities is one spectacular ability. He is diagnosed with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM), which involves superlative powers of recollection that enable him to remember everything that has happened to him since the age of three. Less than one hundred people have been diagnosed with HSAM, but none of them have the physical disabilities of HK Derryberry.
Andy Hardin has known Jim Bradford over twenty-five years through church and was part of his Saturday morning tennis group when Jim first met HK. Jim introduced Andy to HK early in their friendship, and he closely followed their adventures throughout the years. After reading Jims treasured tales of HKs many anecdotes, Andy offered his help to further develop the story. Andy is a retired attorney living in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Connie.