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Echoes of an Angel: The Miraculous True Story of a Boy Who Lost His Eyes but Could Still See by [Gordon, Aquanetta]
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About the Author

Robin Miles, also known as Violet Grey, is an accent specialist and award-winning narrator of over two hundred audiobooks. She was named the 2008 Best Voice in Fiction & Classics for "The Pirate's Daughter" and 2008 Best Voice in Biography & History for "Brother, I'm Dying".

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  • File Size: 9801 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Momentum (April 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E1O63MK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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At the age of two, Ben Underwood lost both of his eyes to a rare disease called bilateral retinoblastoma. Determined for him to live just like any other young man, and realizing that he has enough strikes against him as it is, his mother helps him to grow up as a normal child. Except that his way of dealing with blindness is anything but normal. Using a clicking sound to identify objects and the sizes of room, Ben is able to do, at times, more than people who have sight accomplish. By the time he hits his mid teens, Ben is motivating people around the world with his abilities.

I thought this was a powerful story of what people can do when God (and family) is on their side. The story of Ben Underwood is incredible!
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Several years ago, a friend told me the story of a young boy who had lost both eyes, but was able to lead an amazing life due to the fact that he had developed the ability to “see” through echolocation. I was amazed, and the story has never left me.

I was so surprised when I had the opportunity to read and review Echoes of an Angel, the true story of Benjamin Underwood, the young man my friend had told me about those years ago! To say I was thrilled to know more about the story behind the boy with amazing echolocation skills would be an understatement.

From the very first page of Echoes of an Angel, I was touched. The story that Ben’s mother, Aquanetta Gordon, told was at once full of joy and heartbreak.

Born the fourth child of an unwed mother in California, Ben grew up in government housing on welfare, in a home filled with struggles, sadness, and great love.

When Ben was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma, a rapidly developing cancer, at the age of two, his life was changed forever. After chemotherapy and enucleation of both eyes, Ben began “clicking”. Much to his family’s surprise, Ben had the ability to use echolocation to do what sighted children do: run, climb trees, ride bikes, skateboard, and even surf!

I was deeply touched by Echoes of an Angel, and the powerful story it told, of how God never leaves us, but is faithful, working in every detail of our lives, no matter how dark or painful the moment we are in. However, I must admit that I was uncomfortable with a recurring dream described in the book that referenced a conversation with Ben following his death.
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Echoes of an Angel is an amazing true story of the life of Ben Underwood, who lost both eyes at the young age of two. Ben's family was poor, and his mother struggled to survive with her children. However, Ben's mother Aquanetta (who is the author along with Chris Macias) was strong, and she was determined that her son would have as normal of a life as possible. Through her determination and strong faith in God, as well as some wonderful friends, family, and teachers, Ben achieved more than anyone thought possible.

Ben never used a cane-but he did ride a scooter, play video games, and did pretty much everything other children did. Ben used echolocation-'seeing' through the reflection of sound waves. He had a strong faith, and amazed everyone who heard of him. He appeared on numerous shows, including Oprah. Though unfortunately his life was cut short by cancer, he left quite a mark on this world.

Echoes of an Angel was a wonderful reminder of putting our faith in God and watching what He can do! The book contains pictures and a Discussion Guide. I received a copy of the book free from Tyndale House in exchange for my review.
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Awesome true story! Such a positive and inspiring story of a boy and his mother. Shows how positive thinking and action and faith can change one's life. I would recommend this to anyone, especially those needing inspiration to face adversity.
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What an amazing child this boy was, and still is!!!!!!!!!!!! I had seen him on TV, but never realized he was living so near to me! I am so sorry I didn't realize that, as I would have loved to have had the opportunity to meet this boy! His Mother writes a beautiful story, of love, joy, heartbreak, hard work, and wonder. I highly recommend this book to everyone! What an inspiration!! Having only seen a short bit on TV, I had no idea of what all this family went through, nor how they triumphed over such adversity! An amazing story of an amazing family!
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There's one thing I will say about this book...it was heartfelt and honest. Unlike some reviewers, I totally felt Aquanetta's pain and emotion at having to make the choice to have her child's eyes removed. As a mother, I cannot imagine how terrifying this must have been to this woman of 5 children. Aquanetta is honest about her early drug abuse and failures and I liked her no-nonsense approach to this. I didn't see it as a pity party, just this is the way it was and it was up to her to dig her way out. I read a lot of memoirs and some lack something in the story. This book is not one of those. I have the very deepest admiration and respect for this mother. She raised her son to face challenges the same as she did her sighted children. His complete independence and abilities to see through echolocation were absolutely amazing. I often feel children who are disabled overcome many issues with strong encouraging parents and that's what Aquanetta is. There is a lot of faith and scripture in this book and I admired her convictions to not stray from her faith in both her life and her writing. Ben's friend had several dreams after his death of Ben telling her that he was ok and not to worry. Regardless of how other's feel about this, I have had several dreams about members of my family who have gone before me and in all of those dreams, there was a sense they were telling me they were ok. These are dreams, nothing more, but they always bring me a great sense of peace. Great memoir. It also sent me looking for more information about Ben Underwood through a few you-tube videos. Wonderful young man.
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