The Boy Born Dead: A Story of Friendship, Courage, and Triumph

by , | Read by Paul Michael

Published by christianaudio

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.

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The Boy Born Dead: A Story of Friendship, Courage, and Triumph

Narrator Paul Michael passionately conveys the painful but ultimately uplifting story of David Ring, who developed cerebral palsy at birth after having been declared dead and deprived of oxygen for 18 minutes. The remarkable story is flawlessly recounted by Ring's friend David Wideman, who intervened when classmates at Ring’s new school were beating him. Michael brings listeners into Ring's life by portraying his difficult-to-understand manner of speaking and describing how he overcame despair to become an international speaker who shares his story of redemption. The substory of Wideman, Ring's lifelong friend, adds further interest and authenticity. Michael's well-rendered, diverse characters and vivid descriptions movingly carry the story to its inspiring conclusion. S.G.B. 2016 Audies Winner © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine

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