At some points I did just that - I cried. Ben's story became personal to me. The author's faith as well as her son's faith. You will laugh out loud! She tells the good and the bad alike. He even gave driving and surfing a try. But her fourth child, Ben, was blessed not only with an incredible memory, but also with a love for Jesus and Jesus songs. Ben was diagnosed as having bilateral retinoblastoma - leaving Aquanetta no choice but to have both of her son's removed or have him die of the cancer.
Her own backstory is rocky drugs, homelessness , but her life became rockier after her son was diagnosed with cancer to the point where both his eyes were removed. I was so surprised when I had the opportunity to read and review Echoes of an Angel, the true story of Benjamin Underwood, the young man my friend had told me about those years ago! He seemed like a enthusiastic, charismatic kid who found joy and happiness in life. Echoes of an Angel is the remarkable true story of how a child who seemed destined for darkness brought light to the world. What a beautiful love story. It is about his life as well as his cancer. Shortly after, Bridgett and another man showed up at a local hospital. He died of a cancer recurrence when Bridgett was 13.
Gordon took time off work for Ben's medical procedures and travel. What did he do in Hawaii? Before his untimely death, he traveled the world as an inspirational speaker and did television appearances with Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey. Aquanetta is honest about her drug use an I began reading this book today and finished it today - it was a powerful book, one that pulled me in and kept me flipping - of course I am also sick so that could be another reason. She is a great mom who challenged her kids to do better, be better, even Ben when he lost his sight. I'm very glad that I got to meet Ben through her eyes and I'm saddened that he was unable to continue blessing this world with his gifts and positive outlook on life. He would click his tongue and listen to the sound waves he created to identify objects in front of him — a skill more commonly used by bats and dolphins. She also dismissed teachers and other professionals whose jobs were to help Ben achieve academic and life success.
Gordon took time off work for Ben's medical procedures and travel. What I, at first, thought would be a great book, turned out to be that and so much more. I'm glad that I know of him now. The Tsakopoulos Library Galleria is located inside the Central Library branch, 828 I Street. I can only pray that when it's my time to go that I am that at peace with my assurance of Heaven. What a beautiful love story.
She got to say goodbye. Miles provides an engaging narration. Written in first person narrative by his mother Aquanetta Gordon you learn about the remarkable journey of the family from poverty, government housing, drug addition, spiritual rebirth, discovery, celebrity and finally becoming international inspirations to families of children with life challenges. But as far as his mom, Aquanetta Gordon, was concerned, nothing was impossible for Ben. 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. It is a story, so it wouldn't feel like non-fiction. What wasn't my cup of tea was the heavy heavy God talk.
You'll be inspired to overcome your seemingly impossible situations---with God's help!. I really enjoyed listening to the audio-book version of this book while taking walks with my dog. It could have been better. Ben was befriended by Stevie Wonder, who played for the 2,000 mourners who attended his funeral. This is a true story about Ben and his mom, Aquanetta. Aqua made the most of a horrible situation and gave a life to Ben that is unbelievable.
This book reminded me to not be afraid of death. Gordon was furious and asked the professional how he would know. We as Christians must be very careful with what we believe concerning dreams, visions, and communication with the dead, and we see that God does not approve of communication with the dead 1 Samuel 28:15-19; 1 Chronicles 10:13-14; Luke 16:27-31. Wow Wow As a mother your love for your children is so great. Also, the words and sentence structure weren't too difficult. Ben is definitely a role model and lived a fantastic, meaningful life.
However when she went to church New Years Eve and was crying about the problem, her pastor told her she was surrounded by a glow and God would be with This is a remarkable true story of a mother and a boy who lost his eyes but was able by making clicking noises to walk as though he could see. Aquanetta shares the true story of her son, Ben, lets you into her heart as she lays it all on the table. First she had her children taken from her because she was a homeless drug addict. I have talked to and became friends with many blind people - both young and old. Maybe because he has worked with blind people and knows that when Ben got older he may lose his hearing or have an accident? Then with Ben she is sober and working yet passes off bad parenting as people-don't-like-the-blind.
She is a great mom who challenged her kids to do better, be better, even Ben when he lost his sight. Audio book was good, but not the best recording I've listened to. He seems so well adjusted. In fact, Ben did lose some of his senses after a surgery which impacted how he saw the world around him. For more information, 916 321-1128.