Ingerson's inspirational book, 'The Caleb Years', illustrates how the devastating loss of a child can inspire hope
The desire for vengeance is a natural reaction to a senseless act of terrorism that results in the death of someone we love. The death sentence handed down to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in many ways, seems more appropriate than forcing him to spend the rest of his life locked in a tiny cell. Why? It brings closure. It is final. It closes a chapter. It gives the families of victims the opportunity to move on.
Moving ahead with one's life after a senseless tragedy is no easy task. Everybody handles it in their own unique way. When a loved one dies a senseless death, a void is created. For some, that gaping hole is filled with heartbreak and bitterness. The desire for vengeance is justifiable.
David Ingerson's moving and compelling book about the life and untimely death of his son Caleb shows us how heartbreak and bitterness can be transformed into hope and thankfulness.
To lose someone to a single act of terrorism is horrific—there is no warning. And to lose a child to chronic illness, as Ingerson's family did is agonizing—particularly when dreaded and anticipated over a span of time. But to lose a child as the result of reckless irresponsibility on the part of a blood donor is beyond words. When it happened to Ingerson, despite his raging anger, he did not seek vengeance. Instead, he took action and vowed to do something to help others prevent these types of tragedies.
'The Caleb Years' is a refreshing and inspirational account of the author’s journey through the treacherous waters of uncertainty and the deep emotional wounds parents of a chronically ill child must endure. The author’s vivid descriptions of each circumstance and deeply compelling emotion puts readers in the middle of his story. Even more importantly, this inspirational book will help readers understand their own life story.
Although we may not be able to determine the final outcome, we can decide how we are going to live each day – with hope and thankfulness or with bitterness. David Ingerson and his family, as intensely described in this inspirational story chose the way of hope--even when facing the menace of Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) and the dread of HIV. While it did not take away their pain, it did give them the strength to live with meaning.
'The Caleb Years' has received rave reviews from readers. Phillip Yancey, 'NYT' best-selling author of 'The Jesus I Never Knew' stated, “I have read the full account of Caleb’s life in The Caleb Years, and I’m glad I did. Especially, I appreciated that David didn’t offer saccharine answers. He showed the raw, up-and-down vulnerability that always accompanies such a trial.”
Eugene H. Peterson, best-selling author and Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College said "Caleb was born with several undiagnosed congenital anomalies and endured ten major surgeries. His father writes the story, saturated with both pain and prayer, but remarkably without a trace of bitterness. His marvelous witness written with such skill, crafted in language honest and vivid, will not fail to deepen the faith and joy of all who trust God."
David Ingerson is available for interviews and speaking engagements and can be reached using the information below or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 'The Caleb Years' is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Walmart and many other retail book outlets. More information, including samples from the book, testimonials, endorsements and author interviews are available at Ingerson's website.
About David Ingerson:
David P. Ingerson is an exciting communicator who has spoken to audiences around the world. During his twenty years as a U.S. Air Force officer and pilot he traveled extensively and lived abroad with his family. While living in Okinawa, Japan, he trained and led teams on short-term missions to the Philippines and Cambodia declaring the Good News with compelling, inspirational stories. As a corporate pilot he has traveled to nearly every country on five continents and takes with him great respect and appreciation for the myriad of cultures he encounters.
Having suffered his own share of trials and setbacks as an entrepreneur, he encourages both employees and customers to rise above life’s difficulties and griefs.
Given his track record of overcoming challenges, David has credibility when he exhorts others that the path to success is found and walked with intentionality and hard work rather than glamour and ease. He is genuine and passionate as he encourages his listeners to honestly admit their life’s challenges and disappointments. Through his personal inspirational story of triumph through tragedy, he spurs others to rise above life’s frustrations and overcome in spite of intimidating obstacles—even as dreadful as facing Congenital Heart Defects (CHD), HIV and grieving the death of a child.
David and his wife, Kathleen, are the parents of five children and make their home in Shreveport, Louisiana.
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