Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Boy Born Dead by David Ring with John Driver and David Wideman A Review

 In 1953, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, a baby boy was born--dead. The attending physician set his little body aside and tended to his mother for eighteen minutes. Now, more than sixty years later, that boy leads an internationally known ministry that encourages hundreds of thousands every year. The Boy Born Dead tells his incredible story from the perspective of his best friend, David Wideman.

As a teenager in the small town of Liberty, Missouri, in the late 1960s, David Ring grew up with the challenges that come with cerebral palsy, a result of his eighteen minutes of newborn silence. Along with his physical limitations, Ring was orphaned and shuffled from home to home, finally landing in an abusive situation that made him feel unworthy of love and, eventually, unworthy of life. But God had a purpose for Ring's life, and sent an agent to help him achieve it. Through the friendship of David Wideman, a boy he met in the halls of Liberty High School, Ring found strength he didn't know he had and went on to face his demons, marry the love of his life, and start an international speaking ministry.

Full of hope, this moving story illustrates how friendship and love triumph over adversity. Anyone who faces tough times will treasure this story of hope and courage.

Watch a video of David Ring on the site I am Second. 

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Baker Books (October 6, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0801017300
ISBN-13: 978-0801017308
Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.4 x 1 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces

John Driver is a husband to Laura, a daddy to Sadie, and a fifteen-year pastor and teacher to students and adults alike. He has authored, coauthored, or served as the primary collaborative writer for more than a dozen books, writing with authors like comedian Tim Hawkins (Diary of a Jackwagon, Fall 2015, Thomas Nelson,) Reggie Dabbs (REGGIE: You Can't Change Your Past But You Can Change Your Future, 2011, Thomas Nelson,) David Ring (The Boy Born Dead, Fall 2015, Baker Books) and others.

His latest book Just Keep Breathing, written alongside Reggie Dabbs in both authors' voices, will release Spring 2016 with Thomas Nelson. He has also written multiple articles for Relevant Magazine. Booklist calls his writing style "entertaining" with "special flair and a modern voice woven into the narrative... presenting a unique brand of hope." He is also a published songwriter.

John earned a B.A. in History and a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he was a distinguished Whittle Scholar. He worked as a secondary educator for several years, teaching history and math to public school students before transitioning into full-time ministry.

He is the creator of Ignition 7 (, a unique initiative of resources crafted to equip people to survive in their faith. Ignition 7 videos, DVDs, and Apple/Android apps have been used by tens of thousands of individuals and ministries in over twenty countries. Content has been featured on the YouVersion Bible App, JUCE TV, NRB Television Network, and Interlinc's YLO packet.

John currently serves as Teaching Pastor at his church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee near Nashville. He serves daily in numerous writing, discipleship, and speaking endeavors. He is represented by the Wolgemuth & Associates literary agency.

  The Boy Born Dead is a truly amazing book. It is a story of friendship, courage, and triumph. This is the true story of David Ring told by David himself with the help of John Driver and his best friend David Wideman. I love stories where people have disabilities or tragedies and come through and are strong for the Lord. This is an amazing story of David whom was born dead and didn’t breath until 18 minutes later. As a result David has cerebral palsy. David when through so much and felt he couldn’t take anymore and tried to kill himself.
  This book talks about the real difficulties and hardships of a young man that others teased, took advantage of and abused. Where do you go when there is no hope, no peace, no life? The place David went, to God.
  This is such a remarkable book that is so full of truth, tragedy, hardship, peace, love and joy. Life for a teenager is hard enough, but when they have a disability it’s ten times harder.
  I just love the courage and hope of this dear person. How with God’s help he overcame and is now a strong speaker for the Lord.
Amazing book. Read it and you will be inspired to do more for the Lord. I highly recommend this precious book.

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