Author: Brian Ziegler
Publisher: CrossLink, 2017
Genre: Christian memoir, inspiration
"I believe every human being has a life-defining moment; a moment so forceful, so dramatic, and so important it changes one's entire existence forever. I had my experience on May 27, 2000. My old way of living had come to an end, and it was the start of a life I never thought possible, a life I never thought I would want. This is a story about second chances, a story about God's mercy, and a story about Jesus Christ hearing the prayers of a desperate young man and changing his life forever."My Review:
Ziegler's opening lines are powerful and demonstrate his ability to tell a story, one that is uniquely his own. As you read, you discover that his encounter with God prompted a change in direction from self-absorption to a dedicated Christ-focus. Not that he has yet been perfected (there is no perfect living human), but he has certainly come a long way.
I'm going to write a bit of a spoiler here and let you know that Brian's paralysis was the result of drunk driving. While he wasn't the driver of the car, he was one of its drunken passengers. I find it rather mind-boggling therefore that Brian continues to drink to this day, perhaps in greater moderation, but still... I would have liked him to discuss his thinking on this.
I also find the book title a bit confusing. What does he mean by a 'paralyzing' redemption? Is the redemption paralyzing? I don't think so - the redemption leads to action on his part - reading the Bible, engaging in prayer, getting involved in church and in outreach activities, sharing his story with others to glorify God. I suppose his choice of title is a play on his own physical paralysis, but I think a better one could have been selected.
The book suffers from some writing flaws and would have benefited from editing and proofreading. There are numerous typos, an excessive use of quotation marks, and some disorganization in chronology. I would like to have known more about C5 injuries as compared to spinal cord injuries that result in total paralysis as Christopher Reeve's did. I would like more time to have been spent on some of the medical things and on Brian's progress. He talks about experiencing a miracle healing but it seems he continues to require medications and to experience muscle spasms, etc.
In spite of these problems, I give the book a satisfactory rating because I think the story has merit and these issues could be addressed in future printings. I'm always interested in stories of what God is doing in people's lives and how He remains in the business of transformation.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
Authors' website: https://www.facebook.com/aparalyzingredemption/
Goodreads Description: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33871420-a-paralyzing-redemption
Note: I received this book free through the Bookcrash review program in exchange for my honest review.