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  1. Robbie
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Must Read
    July 24, 2020
    Robbie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This inspirational, true story of faith and friendship brings you on board the ups and downs of rocky hills and healing lives. The reader gets to personally know both Patrick and Justin as they each openly share personal struggles. Fresh and uplifting.
  2. tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Friends To The End!
    February 2, 2018
    tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We may have lots of friends, but most are little more than surface acquaintances. But who can be called on in a time of need? That person is a true friend.

    Justin and Patrick have that kind of relationship, and they have been friends for decades. They were both born in the same hospital within days of each other. Growing up in the same little town, they lived near each other, and attended the same church. It was only natural they would play together, but as they did, they became fast friends. As the years rolled by, they both experienced marriage, parenthood and living long distances apart. Despite that, they maintained their friendship. When their wives and children entered their lives, they, too, formed strong connections with each other.

    While they were still young men, Justin began having physical problems that took years to diagnose. As time went on, Justin slowly went from walking normally to needing braces, to a wheelchair, to needing help to eat, bathe, or use the restroom. Finally diagnosed with MAMA, and told it would eventually kill him, Justin has continued living life to the fullest.

    During one of their visits, Justin told Patrick about a TV program that documented the walk called Camino de Santiago in Spain. People have continuously walked this strenuous path since the middle ages. It goes up and over mountain tops, frequently the uneven ground is strewn with large rocks, and at times, it might be almost impassable due to mud. The journey has often been done for spiritual reasons, or deep reflecting. Justin wanted to go, but didnt know how. Patrick told him to go, and said, Ill push you!

    With those words, the two mens lives were propelled into an experience they would never forget. On the very first day of the Camino, they found all the months of hard training didnt come close to the difficulties of the actual path. People often told them someone in a wheelchair couldnt attempt this journey, or they would quickly fail if they tried. This book chronicles their experiences they as they attempted to conquer 500 miles of the Camino, along with the hardships they facedand the ways this changed them.

    I really enjoyed reading this true story about Justin and Patrick, as well as, the tales they included from their past. Not to be missed is the bat story (page 202 in my edition). It is one of the funniest stories I have ever read, and I dare you not to smile. Other pilgrims were met along the way, who shared their amazing life stories with the two men. European adventures ranged from the lack of handicap accessibility, to taking part in a Spanish bull-run, to generous acts of kindness by strangers.

    Both authors shared life-changing, spiritual insights they gained from this trip. More than anything else, this book is a tribute to friendship, and the incredible things good friends will do for each other. Proverbs 18:24 sums it up: Some friends pretend to be friends, but a true friend sticks closer than a brother. Having recently endured the death of just such a friend, I can testify to the depth of such a relationship. Lots of filming was done during this trek, which was then made into a documentary. I recommend this five-star book to everyone who likes true-life stories, or adventures from a Christian viewpoint.

    Tyndale House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Ill Push You, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  3. Bonnie
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The true story of friendship and faith
    July 31, 2017
    Bonnie
    Quality: 0
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    I love reading true adventure stories so when I was given an opportunity to review the book, I'll Push You by Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck, I couldn't wait to start reading. The story begins with Justin explaining his health issues that began not long after a motor vehicle accident he suffered in 1991. He began to notice weakness in his foot and leg. After many visits to doctors and several incorrect diagnoses, he finally receives the information he's needed. He is diagnosed with Multifocal Acquired Motor Axonopathy, also called by the acronym "MAMA." This disease is similar to ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a muscle wasting disease that renders its victims physically debilitated.

    After Justin receives his diagnosis, he contacts his long time friend, Patrick Gray. Patrick and Justin have known each other since birth and have remained good friends throughout the years. Justin shares a dream with Patrick and asks for his help. Justin longs to travel the Camino De Santiago, a network of routes across Spain and Europe which all lead to Santiago de Compostela, in the northwest of Spain. Justin wants to accomplish this goal as a way to prove to himself that he can overcome his physical limitations. Patrick finally agrees to accompany Justin and tells him "I'll push you." As Patrick makes that commitment, he has no idea what lies ahead.

    Justin and Patrick begin planning their trip and realize they face insurmountable odds. They have no equipment, no finances, and neither of them know how to take a wheelchair over rugged terrain. They begin to pray and God answers in ways they could never fathom. A local company agrees to purchase the specialized wheelchair Justin needs, friends and strangers donate money to buy the equipment, and God sends a team to help document the journey.

    As Justin and Patrick begin their journey they begin to see that God wants them to learn more about themselves and about Him along the way. Traveling over rocky paths, through dense mud and other obstacles, Justin and Patrick forge a deeper friendship with each other and a deeper faith in God. Patrick thought he was going on this journey to help his friend reach a lifelong goal but he never expected to receive the spiritual insight God allowed him to experience.

    This book touched my heart in so many ways. In 1991, I was involved in a motor vehicle accident which left me in a wheelchair for a year and a half. As I was praying for the crushed bones in my leg to heal, I had to learn how to maneuver day to day life without use of my legs. I could personally relate to Justin as I read the physical challenges he faced. It was at that time in my life, God used my trial to draw me closer to Him so I wasn't surprised when Justin shared incidents in his own life where God had done the same thing. In reading about Justin and Patrick's devotion to one another, I was reminded of a several verses in the Bible, "A friend loveth at all times," and "Greater love hath no man than he who lays down his life for his friends." Those verses speak to the type friendship Justin and Patrick shared, a very rare and valuable one.

    I think you'll enjoy this book and I highly recommend it. It's easy to read and well written. The first hand accounts given by Justin and Patrick help the reader grasp the differences in their personalities and discover more about their faith.

    I'd like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not encouraged to give a positive review.
  4. vics49548
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wish I could give it more stars!
    July 29, 2017
    vics49548
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is truly a must read for everyone. One of the best books I've read this year! Yes, it's the story of two friends traveling the Camino de Santiago in Spain. I've seen documentaries of the Camino, so could have some slight understanding of what was ahead for these men. But it's so much more!

    I'll Push You takes the reader on a personal journey with Gray and Skeesuck. They share their intimate thoughts, fears, and failures with us. To see their unconditional love for each other as best friends is truly a gift.

    Author Patrick Gray shares the raw feelings he has when he views himself as a father and husband. I won't go into that because I don't want to spoil the story he tells but it definitely made me look at my life as a wife and mother.

    Needing help with everything physical, Author Justin Skeesuck teaches us how to depend on others with grace and even with humor.

    A powerful story of community, do yourself a favor and read this story. It will change your outlook on life.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

  5. debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I'll Push You ( 500 mile journey) ~ Patrick Gray & Justin Skeesuck
    July 9, 2017
    debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is an inspirational story that will touch your heart. Patrick and Justin are together from birth to the present and will not be separated, no matter what..... as the share their story with us. They also share the experience of Justin having diagnosed with progressive neuromuscular disease that changed his life forever. When Justin shares withPatrick that his dream is to go through the Camino de Santiago, their journey begins. Patrick makes the commitment to push Justin in his wheelchair to make his dream a reality.

    I would recommend this book to all ages, it is a story of inspiration, commitment, friendship, love, faith and so much more. This is a very heartfelt book that I have read in a long time and is one that you can read over and over and will still feel inspired. What a great book !! So glad they shared their story for everyone to realize that God is with us in every situation and to follow what he leads you to do.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Tyndale. 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

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