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Number of Pages: 292
Vendor: Word & Spirit Publishing
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The Caleb Years is a refreshing and inspirational account of the author's journey through the treacherous waters of uncertainty and the deep emotional wounds parents of a chronically ill child must endure. The author's vivid descriptions of each circumstance and deeply compelling emotion will put the reader in middle of his story - identifying with his pain and struggles, but also rejoicing in his victories.
chanpalmyra michigan5 Stars Out Of 5What a powerful testimonyJuly 3, 2014chanpalmyra michiganQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is so wonderful. I loved all the photos that were shared of this precious boy and his wonderful family. Thank you for sharing such a painful journey. I pray it helps other families who are struggling with a chronically ill child. What a blessing.
Sam KendrickShreveport, LAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Real faith, painful reality, encouragementJune 10, 2014Sam KendrickShreveport, LAAge: 55-65Gender: maleI kept wondering, Why am I reading about such a painful experience? It's because it was true, real people, enduring love and sacrifice, no pretense, a real faith in God. I think you will find it encouraging and challenging to keep trusting in tough times.
DenKAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Book!June 8, 2014DenKAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Caleb Years is an inspirational story of one man's struggle to deal with the many complexities of his son's chronic illness. The author invites the reader to see into his heart and soul for each step of this journey. He does not sugarcoat the facts or the experiences, but is refreshingly open and honest about his experiences. It is his openness and honesty that drew me into this book. Although I have never had to make tough decisions regarding the care of a chronically ill child and have never experienced the untimely death of a child, I can relate to many aspects of this book and believe that you will too. This book is not just a book about the death of a beloved child, but it is a book about human experience, hope and faith in difficult and even impossible circumstances. The Caleb Years has both challenged and inspired me to place my full trust in the Lord even when I cannot understand His ways.
RicharjoBelleville, ILAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5You'll Come To Love This BoyDecember 24, 2013RicharjoBelleville, ILAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It is my distinct honor to commend this book to you, dear reader. I hope you are ready for an enriching journey. My beloved friend David has written a beautiful tribute to his valiant son Caleb, a powerfully honest psalm to his God and what will prove to be an unparalleled blessing to you.
With the remarkable detail of a medical journal, the visceral passion of a loving father and the flourish that is uniquely David Ingerson, he invites you to taste the very real and intimate experiences of life and death, faith and doubt, hope and sorrow.
I am tempted to tell you that you will enjoy the trip, but more than that, you will be enriched. Read it with relish. You will empathize with David and Kathy, you will wonder at their God and you will most certainly come to love their Caleb, and you might just come to love their God.
We knew the "fighter" in the middle season of his fight. He graced our home and our church family. He warmed us with his smile. He frightened us with his prospects. And he inspired us with his life.
David's perceptive reflections in the final pages are the dessert after a wonderful meal. Laugh and cry like I did as I read a preview copy of The Caleb Years, then savor the wisdom.
funreaderAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Honest and InspirationalDecember 24, 2013funreaderAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was really drawn in and captivated by this book. My wife couldn't put it down. It really held her attention. We were both touched and inspired. We can only hope to never have to experience what this author did, but if we do, we hope to have as much courage and demonstrate hope as brightly as they did.
Author: David Ingerson
Located in: Shreveport, Louisiana
Submitted: December 27, 2013
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a twenty-four year US Air Force veteran. During my first year in the Air Force, as a cadet at the Air Force Academy I was positively influence toward Christ by many of my fellow cadets as well as an Air Force chaplain, and a retired colonel who served the cadets in full-time ministry. The impact of these caring folks served to strongly encourage me to make the all-important, life-changing decision to put my trust in God and thereby chose to follow and serve Him in every area of my life. Although life hasn't always been easy since making that pinnacle decision, my faith in God and His comforting, guiding hand has seen me through every difficulty.
What was your motivation behind this project? The overflow of gratitude we feel to God and so many who served, supported, and encouraged us during years of deep struggles and despairing challenges strongly compelled me to write our story in hopes that others will be as inspired to persevere when at their wit's end--when all hope seems gone. If we could survive and thrive during the life-shaking struggles our story describes, so can others. I believe our story can so encourage and inspire hope for those who chose to read it.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? My primary objective in writing about the years of deep struggles we've dubbed the Caleb years is to inspire our readers to refuse to give up or give in when life seems to be spinning out of control. My hope is that our story will so inspire our readers that they'll firmly decide to persevere despite forces or events beyond their control that seem to be pulling them down.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Writing about our struggles not only helped me understand how healthy and helpful it is to be honest about our feelings, but also how important it is to celebrate each victory no matter how small, when facing a serious and long-lasting fight.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I enjoyed the powerful model and positive influence of godly mentors in the context of my military experience. Among them are Colonel (retired) Robin Woodruff, and Chaplain, Maj General (retired) Charlie Baldwin. Eugene Peterson, translator of "The Message" Bible is a favorite author. His authentic faith and readable teaching exemplified in his books have added to my faith. Mark Batterson's down-to-earth writings have likewise bolstered my faith in regard to persistence in prayer. C.S. Lewis, Watchman Nee and E.M. Bounds have also been among my favorites authors over the years. During the Caleb years we enjoyed many of Mark Schultz's songs, not the least of which was, "He's My Son."
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: A vitally important message I want to relay to my readers is that honestly acknowledging your difficult emotions instead of pretending they do not exist will help you take an active role in overcoming whatever difficulty you face. If you are honest and intentional, firmly trusting in God no matter the outcome, you will likely succeed and overcome--not necessarily around--but through the suffering and sorrow. It's my hope "The Caleb Years" will help them understand that.