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May's Boy: An Incredible Story of Love Paperback – March, 1983

4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc (March 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0840757840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0840757845
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is the true story of Leslie Lemke, a severely disabled musical savant whose remarkable talents emerged as a result of the unfailing love and faith of his adoptive mother, May Lemke. Shirlee Monty's prose is both honest and elegant, and is a fitting vehicle for this truly uplifting tale. Those in need of spiritual rejuvenation would do well to turn to Monty's masterful work before picking up Simple Abundance or Chicken Soup for the Soul.
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This out-of-print book deserves another printing. I bought and read it shortly after it first came out, devouring it the first day. The author wrote it not with a novelist's finesse but a careful and thorough journalist's interests, not to make a story exciting, but to tell a truly excitingly incredible story in a way that might motivate readers to improve their own attitudes toward retarded folks as well as marvel at and praise God for a true, God-given miracle. Just as importantly, mother May is shown to be the heroine, who by faith "makes" the miracle happen. Years ago my family and I met Leslie Lemke and heard him play and sing. How gratifying to see the living evidence of May's faith, God's grace, and the author's balanced, thorough, and frank reporting, as well as her simple, honest story telling! This book is a keeper and deserves multiple re-readings and much reflection. My great admiration and thanks to author Shirlee Monty for a long and large job well done, though it obviously became truly a labor of love for her. Thanks also to Amazon and two different used book providers who shipped copies to me quickly and at low prices.
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Not the best written book I've ever read from a literary standpoint but the story is incredible. It is heartwarming to see that there are still people who are willing to make major sacrifices for the good of another. May was a truly selfless, humble person who gave all the glory to God and never patted herself on the back for all she had done nor did she seek notoriety for herself.
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This is the heart-warming story of a six-month-old baby boy named Leslie, blind, severely retarded with cerbral palsy, who wasn't expected to live more than a few months and the woman named May (along with her husband) who took him in. May poured herself into this boy, who kept living, but not much more. He didn't make any sounds or any movements at all for years. He didn't stand alone until he was 9 years old. But, then all of a sudden one day, he begins to play the piano, beautifully just from what he's heard. His repertoire of songs grows, and he can play back anything he's heard once. Soon, in his late teens, he begins to sing along with the music in a beautiful rich baritone, after never having spoken.

This is a story of faith and love and self-sacrifice. For years, May gave of herself to this boy who could give absolutely nothing back, which also points to the value of human life. She prayed for God to give him some gift, and she pressed on. And eventually her prayers were answered in an amazing way. I was awe-struck by this story, and moved to tears at times.

Unfortunately, this story was hampered by poor organization. There are several chapters at the beginning giving May's life story, which is interesting, but has little to do with the rest of the book. It feels like a completely different story. Just because something is interesting doesn't mean it should be included. The information shared about savant syndrome (those with subnormal intelligence with islands of brilliance) is thrown in the midst of the narrative. The chapters near the end switches back and forth from third-person narration to first person as the author jumps between the time she didn't witness and the time she did.
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