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Ebook Details
  • 06/2019
  • 978-1733526821 B07SW3HW43
  • 186 pages
  • $6.99
Paperback Details
  • 06/2019
  • 978-1733526807 1733526803
  • 186 pages
  • $12.99
Hardcover Details
  • 06/2019
  • 978-1733526814 1733526811
  • 186 pages
  • $25.99
Jeff Lester
Author
Living as a Dead Man
Jeff Lester, author

What would you do if you were told you had a terminal disease in your twenties and given three years to live? What would you do if your doctor told you to go home and plan your funeral? Jeff Lester, diagnosed with ALS in 1993, faced this dilemma when he was twenty-six. Unmarried and childless, he was advised to plan a party, since that's all Jeff could look forward to with the remaining part of his life.

The day Jeff Lester was diagnosed with ALS started his darkest days. Life was over in his mind at that moment. The prospects were bleak. When the doctor told Jeff that he would be lucky to see the age of thirty, so plan a big party as a pseudo funeral. What? When someone doesn't have much life experience to celebrate, that advice falls flat. Jeff was adrift in despair, thus started his winter of discontent. Who would blame him for giving up? Something happened on the way to his funeral.

GOD HAD OTHER PLANS!

Jeff's story is about the destruction of the life he expected to live then rebuilding a new, more purposeful life out of its ashes. Along the way, he weathers massive storms and overcomes what seems to most people insurmountable odds. It occurs while he endures the daily challenges created by the devastation from one of the worst diseases experienced.

Ultimately, it is a story about being led into the light emerging from the darkness that enveloped his life even before ALS entered it. Jeff learns to focus on the blessings in his life instead of what he has lost and the difficulties he faces. Jeff shares the lessons he learned and what is essential to living a happy and fulfilling life with a higher purpose.

Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Idea/Concept: An extraordinary survivor is at the heart of this poignant yet uplifting story of outliving a medical prognosis. Vibrant life emanates from every page, making this an astounding accomplishment that proves the will to live overrides all else.

Prose: Incredibly powerful, this articulate narrative explores every aspect of managing ALS, delving into the practical as well as emotional problems that arise. A straightforward use of language empowers the text, concealing little, divulging even the most uncomfortable incidents.

Originality: This day-to-day description of the devastating impact of ALS alternately enlightens and disturbs readers. Frank discussion, detailed and graphic, educates the unfamiliar, while demonstrating that no doctor’s opinion is final and a worthwhile existence is possible—an original endeavor.

Execution: Utilizing specialized computer technology, this candid memoir written by a resilient man afflicted with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, inspires and motivates. Deeply moving, often religious, the book may risk limiting its audience through its tendency to expound on Christian doctrine.

Date Submitted: November 26, 2019

Reviews
Lester, who has lived with ALS for 20 years, opens up in this affecting, wise memoir. After being diagnosed with ALS in his late 20s, Lester was given a few years to live and was advised to enjoy the time he had left. In the opening, he details his daily struggles—among them, falling due to weak limbs in the early stages and, later, learning to live on a ventilator. Turning to the joys of his life, Lester describes becoming a husband and a father to four girls, earning his master’s degree in finance, and becoming a source of support for the ALS community. Crediting his Christian faith for getting him through his darkest days, he emphasizes the importance of having a strong spiritual mindset and being grateful for everyday blessings. In the last section, he provides advice, encouragement, and inspiration to readers and lessons learned throughout his life (such as to “give as honest and unbiased opinions as [you] can then get out of the way”), ending with lists of resources for people with ALS and for those providing care for loved ones with the disease. This is a remarkable look into a life of courage, resilience, and purpose. (Self-published)
Formats
Ebook Details
  • 06/2019
  • 978-1733526821 B07SW3HW43
  • 186 pages
  • $6.99
Paperback Details
  • 06/2019
  • 978-1733526807 1733526803
  • 186 pages
  • $12.99
Hardcover Details
  • 06/2019
  • 978-1733526814 1733526811
  • 186 pages
  • $25.99

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