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The Caleb Years Hardcover – May 26, 2014
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"Following this father's painful footsteps is to walk on sacred ground. But God has gifted him to eschew the maudlin. Because he never manipulates his readers, you're left free to apply the lessons he learned to your own experiences."
-- Joel Belz, Founder, World Magazine
"I have read the full account of Caleb's life in The Caleb Years, and I'm glad I did. Especially, I appreciated that David didn't offer saccharine answers. He showed the raw, up-and-down vulnerability that always accompanies such a trial."
-- Phillip Yancey, New York Times best-selling author of The Jesus I Never Knew, What's So Amazing About Grace and dozens of other books
This is a marvelous story, crafted in language honest and vivid, sure to deepen the faith and joy of the reader. --Eugene Peterson, author and translator of The Message
A compelling portrayal of a father's heart agonizing for his suffering son. This is what utter dependence on God looks like and a story that will challenge all of us. --Mark Batterson, author of The Circle Maker
David Ingerson has written a powerful book that will resonate with every parent and speak to the heart of every person who has suffered through tragedy and wrestled with their faith. --J. Michael Johnson, ESQ
From the Inside Flap
Caleb was born with several undiagnosed congenital anomalies and endured ten major surgeries. His father writes the story, saturated with both pain and prayer, but remarkably without a trace of bitterness. His marvelous witness written with such skill, crafted in language honest and vivid, will not fail to deepen the faith and joy of all who trust God.
-- Eugene H. Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, best-selling author and Translator of the The Message Bible
David Ingerson's compelling portrayal of a father's heart agonizing for his suffering son, desperate for God's intervention, graphically demonstrates faith forged in the crucible. This is what utter dependence on God looks like, and a story that will challenge all of us.
-- Mark Batterson, New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker
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Truly relatable... We all at some point face a time in our lives when we hear that little voice in the back of our minds that causes us to question if we've prayed hard enough, loud enough and even question if we've had enough passion for God to know that we need him to come to our rescue right away. We've all questioned God's ability to fix a situation based on our ability to fix it. Here in this book we learn it doesn't have to make sense to be God's plan.
If we think about it, everyone knows someone in their church or circle of friends who is in crisis. Reading this book can be a comfort and strength to the reader's own crisis. There are nagging questions of why but as Kathy Ingerson writes in the Epilogue, "Humbled, my why questions no longer seemed so important or necessary. I was no longer plagued by my anxious need to understand. I would trust in the One who had sacrificed all for me." (Page 288)
There is some challenging reading in this book but it combines with valuable insights about the life of faith for every Christian.
The Ingerson's faith is clear throughout The Caleb Years, from their prayer through the miscarriage scare, to the Holy Spirit-sent gut feeling to check out his son, and in the hands-on way that their church family supports them from the second they hear the news of Caleb's birth defects. Ingerson is straight forward with his faith in Christ, and his witness to others in the waiting rooms with their own children's health battles. He is also straightforward with the fact that he did struggle at times with fear and doubt and feelings of faithlessness that would swell behind his strong, brave front. It was somewhat refreshing that, though he could have written his story in any way he wished, leaving out many details that may cause some to gasp, "and he says he's a Christian! huh!" he chose to let his readers see himself and his family "warts and all", as they say. Good for him!
Besides his faith, the aspect that most struck me concerning Ingerson's dealings with his son's medical issues is that he didn't just sit back and let the medical world dictate (or even fail to dictate) to him what approach they would take with Caleb. Ingerson was constantly asking questions, demanding answers and updates, educating himself, introducing himself to every nurse and attendant, arranging his own doctors and appointments, and never just sitting there, blindly trusting that what one doctor said was the only answer. I love this! Perhaps I love it because it confronts the stories that have come to the surface in the last couple of years involving the mistreatment of parents, and their children, who dared to question the doctors appointed to see to the child's medical issues. Parents must be not merely involved with their child's care, but in charge of it. So many parents do not take up this role, but Ingerson would not leave it to anyone else, even for a minute, and his son's time on earth was quality because of it.
Having read a few books that describe a parent's or grandparent's experience of a child with medical handicaps, I find that such memoirs often have a somewhat awkward start, and can have a difficult end. I am sure that it may likely be attributed to having to sort through and relive the experience and emotions in order to communicate the story without getting bogged down in the beginning by the ending that you know, as the parent/author, is coming. The Caleb Years is also somewhat slow to get off the ground but once Ingerson gets the story moving, he does a great job of communicating the struggle without darkening the pages beyond readability or foreshadowing too many of the details to come. I was honestly very shocked by some of the twists their story takes.
No memoir involving the medical struggle of a child is an "easy read". I cannot even call such books "good" reads, really, but Ingerson's The Caleb Years is well done, very real, and touching.