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Against Medical Advice Paperback – September 15, 2009
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James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
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This is an amazing story. Amazingly well read in this audio version.
Having a grandson who suffers ADHD is our story. Somehow when I put it in to play, the disc did not pick up at the beginning, but 5-10 minutes in.
Don't know how that happened except Divine Providence perhaps, because it was speaking of an exact set of circumstances that had just occurred in our family. I was astonished.
It continued to be compelling.
I cannot imagine anyone not learning something of huge importance regarding their own humanity by listening to this story of a family who could be any one of us, handling an enormous burden with the dignity, compassion, courage, steadfastness and understanding I would hope God would give me if ever presented with a difficult challenge.
It is an example that there are no quick fixes in life, but instead that a life well lived is one resembling a race. The terrain twists and turns, is wrought with storms, rocky ground, pot holes, even cliffs. Thirst, hunger, pain, loneliness, and uphill fortitude are all inclusive.
The work, courage, and determination are what are rewarded here. Rewards yield mercy. No luck involved, but something greater... GRACE.
If you have a child battling some of these issues, it's a must read. If you know someone like this read this book and pass it on. It'll help you to understand the mental health issues kids today are dealing with.
If more people, in public service, knew about Tourette Syndrome and tried to be helpful and patient, there would be a much more civilized world.
If you haven't heard, or read about Tourette Syndrome, you owe it to yourself to read this book, so you can understand the torture these people go through just to live a normal life. God bless each and every person who has this disease, or ADHD, or any of the other diseases like this, that keeps them from being treated like human beings. May all the teachers, police officers and school administrators, and even doctors who don't know about this health problem, please read this book and make an effort to learn more so they can be more compassionate. And maybe, just maybe we'll find a cure. We will all be better people by reading this book. I want to thank James Patterson for writing this book and I hope he sells a million copies. Moreover; I hope a million people READ this book. It CAN make a difference.
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