Marcus uses vivid descriptions to share his very personal account of injury and recovery. He brings readers into his life and makes them feel as though they know him. Through this connection, others are inspired to overcome obstacles and take control of life.
I have met Marcus Engel, and he is a really good guy. His story is haunting and very vivid. It is so sad what has happened to him, but he does not grieve over it. His book touched me so much that I want to tell everyone else about it!!!
Marcus' vivid, truthful and honest depiction of a horrific event makes the reader stop and think. The impact Marcus leaves is invaluable and will last a lifetime. Marcus' journey is not a tale of tragic woe, but one of empowerment and inspiration. He encourages you to see obstacles and challenges as opportunities. One comment that stays in my mind is "Negativity won't pull you through." How very right he is.
Marcus, thank you for sharing your life experiences and insight to those around you so everyone who hears or reads your story can look at their own trails and follow your example. You are inspiring not only to health care workers, but to anyone who has suffered any tragedy; physical or otherwise. Your sense of humor and determination to overcome such terrible injuries and to teach readers and audiences to see what can become a different but full life.
Though Marcus's life took a different path than he might have planned before the accident, he has made a huge impact on the people he talks to and everyone who reads his books. A must read for doctors, nurses and all health care workers. He is the perfect example of "making lemonade out of the lemons" that life sometimes hands out.
I had the pleasure of meeting Marcus when he came to our nursing school as a guest speaker. He is truly amazing. After all of the hardships he's been through, he surprises everyone by being one of the most inspiration speakers I've ever heard. This book gives a unique perspective to what hospitalized patients are going through, both the good and the bad. I was in tears several times throughout my reading! As a soon-to-be RN, I was especially touched by all of his stories of health care professionals who made an impact on his life. His stories and experiences have really inspired me to be a better caregiver to all of my patients. I have all 3 of Marcus' books and have enjoyed them all!
I am a teacher of the Visually Impaired. I found out about this book when I was trying to find a way to motivate a student of mine. He was down & out about the things in life he was sure he would never be able to do. When I read this book, I couldn't wait to share the story of Marcus & how Marcus was able to move on. My student found great inspiration from this story. In addition, we emailed Marcus about how his book changed his attitude about limitations that could be overcome. Marcus replied to my student on a few occasions. So encouraging towards him. I would recommend this book to anyone that has experienced struggle in their life. Keep sharing your insights Marcus!
Mr. Engel has written a very chilling, frank, compassionate and funny account of an accident that took his vision when he was a college freshman -- and the life he must lead afterward. The book isn't filled with sobfests, but a "pull yourself up by the bootstraps and get on with it" kind of chagrin that settles deep in the reader's mind long after the book has been put down. I especially enjoyed a long detour into the frightening and metaphorical hallucinations Mr. Engel experience from the pain medication that was continuously pumped into him while he lay completely shattered in a hospital bed.
A great read for anyone who is looking for a source of DIY hope.
I read After This when my son came home from HS saying it was the best book he ever read. He was right! Being from the same school Marcus attended we recognized many references from the book, but the best part was that it was written from the heart, a heart bigger than any of us can imagine. Marcus retells his story with such emotion but didn't leave me feeling sorry for him, but appreciating every day of my life and realizing I can do anything if I want it bad enough.
They always say that it is very hard to really understand what it is like to be in another persons shoes. Marcus is very honest about the details of what happened to him and his struggles to overcome everything. If you read this book by Marcus you should read The Other End of the Stethoscope and check out "The Drop" as well. I have had the honor to meet and listen to Marcus tell his story. Once you start reading this book, it is very hard to put it down.