On a bright sunny day, the perfect temperature for riding, with few clouds in sight, Cam and Vicky set off for a nice ride through the West Coast terrain. Yet, what promised to be an enjoyable and relaxing time suddenly turned into a whirlwind of ambulance rides, hospital stays, surgeries, and permanent life adjustments.
In this book, Cam takes an approach that I have seldom seen, despite having reviewed many books on disability topics. His story is not only confined to his own experiences, but also provides coaching to those who find themselves in similar circumstances. Each chapter provides a meaninful quote, a brilliant illustration, a personal anecdote, and questions for consideration or discussion. His book does not provide pat, easy answers, but rather challenges its readers in a fresh and profound way to truly wrestle with the emotional and psychological, as well as physical impacts that a life-altering event can have.
What I appreciate most about Cam’s writing is his honesty and vulnerability. His desire to show himself the way he truly was and is now, and his passion to see others changed and positively influenced by his work. It is evident throughout Cam’s writing that he is a man of humility – not writing for self-promotion, but to give God glory.
From a personal and devotional approach, this book is inspiring and helpful in drawing out some key themes in Scripture including perseverance, discipleship, and counting the cost. From a disability angle, this book explains the physical repercussions of a damaging experience and offers practical ways to help someone in this experience, including being open to hearing stories, providing emotional support, and by doing those little “odd jobs” such as lawn care. For these reasons, it is from both a pastoral as well as a disability inclusion standpoint that I highly recommend this book to you. This book will make a brilliant addition to any home or church library and could even be included in seminaries and Bible colleges.
Another great resource that Cam provides with this book is a 'Detour Journal' to encourage readers to reflect on their own experience. Many of us know the benefits of journaling. I personally have kept a journal since the time I was a young child, and it has indeed been helpful as I look back upon some of my more stressful experiences and how God has brought me out of them. Whether you are a seasoned journaler, new to this spiritual discipline, or just eager to try it out for the first time, this spiral notebook will help you maintain a rich writing life. Each page has a quote, space for personal reflection, and journal prompts. If you aren’t much of a writer, don’t despair because, as Cam notes, journaling can also be achieved through drawing, doodling, or mind maps.
I hope that both of these resources will be a blessing in your life and help you to see God’s hand over you even in the midst of trials and storms. It is a real privilege for me to be on Cam’s book launch team, and I look forward to seeing how this book will continue to impact the lives of many for the Kingdom of God.
Deborah-Ruth Ferber is a Field Associate and regular contributor to Opening Doors. She lives in Ontario, Canada and is passionate about disability advocacy, ministry, and sharing life together. More information about Deborah is available here.