Death Defied, Life Defined, A Miracle Man’s Memoir by Paul E. Perkins, is a compelling story of Paul’s constant battle against heart failure.
While waiting for a transplant, he shares the trials and tribulations of the accompanying health, and emotional issues involved.
What becomes paramount, when the waiting becomes too much, is the sheer determination to not give up.
Through surgery after surgery, relapse after relapse, he outlines the struggles he valiantly chose to not succumb to. His weary body came close to giving up the fight until the moments when he died. These out-of-body experiences are described in detail, to the point of making the reader envious of the ‘journeys’ he travelled. They give credence to other reports of heavenly visits, and of messages of hope that the recipients are charged with sharing on their return to the earthly realm.
He gives dramatic detail of medical teams, family and friends support, all so vital in providing him with the will to continue the painful, harrowing months of waiting for much-needed organ transplants that become his only option to death.
There is much in-depth detail in this story. Paul gives greater power to his death experiences with the infinitely elaborate accounts of events leading up to each occurrence. His obvious respect for the medical teams on whose care his very life depended is obvious.
A book that cannot be ignored. A story to make you think beyond your own limitations. A tale of hope, and love, and the deep will to live.
I found it fascinating, captivating, exhausting, as I took on the weariness of his fight to survive. His overwhelming determination to overcome provided me with much food for thought, and the out-of-body episodes enthralling – I could understand his yearning to just go.
His tremendous fighting spirit left me battle-weary, but hopeful of better things to come, proven as being credible, once again.
Well worth reading.