Tuesday, June 17, 2014
About the Book:
When Ben Underwood became blind at the age of two, anyone would have thought he faced a life full of hardship and uphill challenges—a world full of things he’d never be able to see and activities he’d never be able to enjoy.
But as far as his mom, Aquanetta Gordon, was concerned, nothing was impossible for Ben . . . and so he accomplished the incredible. Known as “the boy who could see with sound,” Ben mastered human echolocation—the ability to detect the size, shape and location of objects through the reflection of sound waves. By clicking his tongue and “seeing” the waves, Ben could ride his bike, shoot baskets, identify objects, and even play video games.
Some called it a miracle, but to Ben and Aqua, the real miracles were the otherworldly experiences God gave Ben—physical and spiritual—that others couldn’t explain.
Echoes of an Angel is the remarkable true story of how a child who seemed destined for darkness brought light to the world. It’s the story of a single mom who encouraged her son to push beyond his limits, even as her heart clenched with protective love and fear.
And it’s the story of a family’s unshakable faith . . . in God and each other.
I first heard of Ben through one of his many television interviews, but I have to admit not really paying much attention to his story. Because of his mother's love and devotion to both God and to Ben, we can discover the entire story in "Echoes of an Angel".
Aquanetta (don't you just love that name?) chronicles her early years as she grew up in a dysfunctional family structure, then went on to raise a family of her own. She hides nothing, sharing the good, the bad and the ugliness of her life before she met Jesus and includes her struggles after she accepted Christ into her life.
But the story really takes off once Ben enters. He is a miracle baby even before he loses his physical sight, and you can most definitely see God's hand on this young man. I enjoyed this book and am pleased to recommend it to you, reading buddies.
I borrowed a copy from our local library, but you can find yours in bookstores and online retailers. "Echoes of an Angel" is published by Tyndale Publishers.
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Authored by Deena Peterson at 11:52 AM