Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Ghost Boy
Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body | Martin Pistorius
They all thought he was gone. But he was alive and trapped inside his own body for ten years. In January 1988 Martin Pistorius, aged twelve, fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound. Martin's parents were told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and less than two years to live. Martin was moved to care centers for severely disabled children. The stress and heartache shook his parents marriage and their family to the core. Their boy was gone. Or so they thought. Ghost Boy is the heart-wrenching story of one boys return to life through the power of love and faith. In these pages, readers see a parents resilience, the consequences of misdiagnosis, abuse at the hands of cruel caretakers, and the unthinkable duration of Martins mental alertness betrayed by his lifeless body. We also see a life reclaimeda business created, a new love kindledall from a wheelchair. Martin's emergence from his own darkness invites us to celebrate our own lives and fight for a better life for others.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
review
RedxoHearts
post image
Mehso-so

The hardships that Martin Pistorious had to go through is heartbreaking. From abuse at the hands of carers to seeing his family downward spiral. I can't even imagine. However I did love reading about how he met and married his wife.

quote
RedxoHearts

"Dreams can be any size you want them to be. But the important thing is that you have one that is yours."

blurb
dariazeoli
post image

I‘m posting one book per day from my ever-increasing TBR. No description. No explanation. Just books to read. Join the fun if you want.

Days 96.

#fromthetbrstacks

IamIamIam I have this too!!! I think it's the only Goodreads giveaway I ever won 😂 1y
42 likes1 comment
review
Porgmaster
This post contains spoilers
show me
Pickpick

The book was amazing and heart breaking. One moment he's a normal boy and the next he's sick and suffers through a life of pain that no one should go through. He still made the best of his life even with everything he went through.

review
bookaholic1
post image
Pickpick

#8
This is a true story of the Author Martin, one day coming home from school with a sore throat, only to become a mute quadriplegic.
One day his mind becomes awake, and then he starts his challenge to work with computers, and teaches himself, with the help of his family, to communicate once again.

blurb
Bookzombie
post image

@Wife The book you sent arrived today! Thank you so much for passing it along to me! #bookmail 💕

Wife Enjoy!🌹 4y
68 likes2 stack adds1 comment
review
Wife
post image
Pickpick

This is simply written from the perspective of a man who suffered from locked in syndrome for years. He was aware of his surroundings and understood what was happening around him, but couldn‘t communicate and required total care. A worker in his daycare facility noticed his awareness and testing was done. He can now communicate with devices, works, is married, and is a father. I would have liked to know more clinical info about the illness. 3/5⭐️s

Wife @Bookzombie Hi. I noticed that you stacked this. If you‘d like my copy (and you‘re in the US), I would be happy to mail it to you. I like to share books that I won‘t read again. I‘ll give my contact info if interested. 🌹 4y
Bookzombie @Wife Hi. That is so sweet of you! That would be lovely. My e-mail is bookzombieonlitsy@gmail.com Thank you! 4y
Wife @Bookzombie Hi. I just sent you an email. Sorry it took me a long time to get back to you. I worked over the new year 🌹 4y
Bookzombie @Wife Thanks! I replied. I hadn‘t check my email. Hope you are getting some time off. 🙂 4y
57 likes4 comments
review
blog_gal
post image
Mehso-so

Catching up on some reviews the next few days. Although this has some content involving sexual abuse that was a little graphic, the read was very interesting. The writing style was bland but the topic was great! I enjoyed the read.

blurb
Wife
post image

@LauraJ @StephanieGeiser @emilyjwhit9 These are my choices for our #LMPBC Let me know if any grab your interest.
📚Coal River
📚They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky
📚Mudbound
📚Ghost Boy

StephanieGeiser There are some great picks here! I am most interested in Coal River and Ghost Boy but would read any of them. 4y
LauraJ Either Fire or Coal. I‘m reading Mudbound for my current #lmpbc. 4y
emilyjwhit9 I vote for Fire or Coal as well! 4y
Wife @emilyjwhit9 @lauraJ @stephaniegeiser 3 votes for Coal River. We have a winner!🌹 4y
51 likes4 comments
review
Kboltz
post image
Pickpick

Just get this book and read it! Martin was a normal boy in South Africa until one day he came home sick. Unbelievable story! He couldn‘t speak, walk, or function but his family never gave up. Only look at the pictures as you read through Martin‘s story.👍🏼6 stars!!!⭐️🌟⭐️🌟⭐️🌟

blurb
IamIamIam
post image

So I won a thing on #Instagram... that never happens!!!! I hadn't heard about this book before I saw a giveaway but who am I to turn away a free book??
#YesPlease #Thankyou #EvenTheLosers #GetLuckySometimes #GhostBoy

blurb
Elizabeth4
post image

1 like1 stack add
review
Spiderfelt
Mehso-so

Martin Pristorius escaped a life limited by other people's understanding of his potential. He has a career, and found love and does not live with his parents, or in an institution. Nothing can take away from his tremendous accomplishments, nor make up for the horrible treatment he received. My reaction to the book is a reflection on the storytelling, rather than on the story itself. There are many ways to tell a story; this one did not grip me.

11 likes1 stack add
review
LitHousewife
post image
Mehso-so

While the story of Pistorius' recovery was amazing, the way this book was structured was uneven. The author frequently used terms like "last night" in the story when that actual episode was well in the past. Confusing. Narration was proficient. Note: I'm not an expert on South African accents.

blurb
LitHousewife
post image

I've given up on The Courage to Act (boring!), so I've moved on to this #ArmchairAudies title. Much better so far. Narrated by Simon Bubb. Fascinating look at a boy trapped in his own body. It would be scary if I didn't know he wrote this book.