Burst: A Story of God's Grace When Life Falls Apart

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Like the quarterback who heads for the locker room touching fans' hands and shoulders on the way, Christ touched my smoldering head, full-body pain, terror, and Job-like vulnerability and kept moving, making things well.—from Chapter One

When a vine of vessels in Kevin Wells's brain burst one ordinary evening, his life took an unanticipated turn. The former sports journalist had dealt with infertility, adoption fraud, and the murder of his beloved uncle, Msgr. Tom Wells, but ...

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Overview

Like the quarterback who heads for the locker room touching fans' hands and shoulders on the way, Christ touched my smoldering head, full-body pain, terror, and Job-like vulnerability and kept moving, making things well.—from Chapter One

When a vine of vessels in Kevin Wells's brain burst one ordinary evening, his life took an unanticipated turn. The former sports journalist had dealt with infertility, adoption fraud, and the murder of his beloved uncle, Msgr. Tom Wells, but this was a new low. Wells fought back with good humor and persistent faith and offers hard-earned encouragement for those struggling through hard times and looking for a reason to hang on.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780867169485
  • Publisher: Saint Anthony Messenger Press & Franciscan Communications
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 146
  • Sales rank: 827,642
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

KEVIN WELLS is a former sports reporter who last wrote for the Tampa Tribune, where he covered the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team and other sports. Today he is vice president for a three-generation family masonry contracting company. He lives in Crofton, Maryland, with his wife and three children, where he is a freelance writer and active in prison ministry.
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  • Posted April 5, 2011

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    All Good Lessons

    The title is taken from the opening sentence in which Kevin Wells reports that in January of 2009 blood vessels in his brain burst "when I rested my head on my pillow for sleep." As the book unfolds, it seems equally important to pay attention to the subtitle: A Story of God's Grace when Life Falls Apart. The thing is, the brain event is but one of three major life-falling-apart situations Wells recounts. The other two are the murder of his beloved uncle and the discovery that he and his wife could not conceive a child. As a subset of that, the couple suffered disagreements over in vitro fertilization and disappointment, even an out and out scam, in the process of adopting three children. Juggling these stories, which overlapped in real time, can be tricky, especially when childhood memories and family stories are woven into the mix. But never mind. "The Story of God's Grace" provides the continuity. In flashbacks we see Wells coming from a strong Catholic family with a monsignor uncle, priest brother, and faith-filled parents. In college he was tutored in the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius, which saw him through some of the most frightening episodes related to his brain injury. He fell I love with and married a woman who shared his strong faith and Catholic roots. Each of the major painful events Wells chronicles, he and his wife survive because of their faith, and each experience deepens that faith. All good lessons for readers.

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