Non-Fiction Review: David Ring, John Driver, and David Wideman’s “The Boy Born Dead”

“God doesn’t throw away broken things, God uses broken things.”
My absolute favorite books are stories of redemption, and this one is an amazing example, made even better by the fact it’s true!

I really enjoyed reading this work, not only for the story, but for the way it is told. The storytelling style was masterfully done, going between points of view, but never losing the narrative. And the authors completely capture the tone of a teenage boy recounting the events, so the whole immersion is complete for the reader.

This was a one-sitting read for me, as I didn’t want to put it down! I really liked it and highly recommend it. Beyond the surface story, this is a great book for getting a look at the lives and struggles of pastor’s kids, disabled kids, and children who have dealt with a major loss, without getting overly dramatic, as some tales can do. I felt it gave a better understanding of how to relate to someone at that age going through difficulties, and greatly appreciated that part of the work.

Above all, this story is real. No sugar-coating, nor melodrama, just a group of friends recounting how they impacted each other and their world, stirring the reader to go and do the same.

I received a review copy of this work from the publisher through NetGalley


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