The Awakening of HK Derryberry by Jim Bradford with Andy Hardin, published by W Publishing Group, An Imprint of Thomas Nelson
If you are in need of seeing how God works in the lives of His children, then this is a must read. Through laughter and tears, the story of how Jim Bradford met and came to love and be a father figure to HK Derryberry is woven into a great story that covers many years of the amazing relationship between a senior citizen and a young boy who is blind, has cerebral palsy, and many other health issues.
The two met when Jim one day, for no apparent reason, turned in the opposite direction he usually went to stop for coffee, and ended up at a restaurant where HK’s grandmother worked. Because it was a weekend, and HK could not stay at home alone while grandmother Pearl worked, he was found every Saturday at a corner table, an old boom box playing as he listened to pastors preaching and sports. Jim was drawn to speak to HK and the friendship was born. What followed became weekly Saturday visits, then visits to the Bradford home, then going to church with the Bradfords to outings in the area and ultimately to schools, and other places where the two friends were invited to give talks.
Limited by his physical issues, HK continues to push forward with faith and courage and learns to read brail with his one working hand, attend high school and prepare for college. He developed from a shy young boy into an outgoing young man with an unbelievable memory and a sense of humor that kept people laughing. Because of his late start in school, his small size and physical limitations, he was behind in years from those of his own age, but that never stopped him. Through his friendship with Jim, he gained the male role model he needed since his own father was more out of the picture than in, and Jim gained a son he’d never had.
Be prepared to learn about the life, the struggles and the courage people with physical, emotional and mental limitations have. Be prepared to see how God works through it all to bring joy into the lives of those who trust Him.
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