No Other Book Speaks to So Many Affected by Disease & Transplant
This award-winning story gives voice to:
- A Double Organ Recipient
- A Chronically Ill Person’s Family
- A Care-Giver
- A Living Donor
- A Donor’s Family
- A Person Who Questions What Happens When People Die
In Death Defied, Life Defined: A Miracle Man’s Memoir, Paul tells his true story and shares his secrets of survival and success.
A man who endured years of serious disease, underwent a heart and kidney transplant in 2014, and faced death numerous times – he is a walking example of fortitude. His unquenchable spirit, determination to move forward, and ability to see humor in the darkest moments, are a testament to the endurance of the human spirit. Paul’s appreciation for his caregivers, donor, and donor’s family spotlight a man committed to giving back.
There are many powerful lessons integrated into this compelling story of life, pain, and renewed purpose. Readers will find much hope and healing for their own lives through this riveting true tale.
This book will inspire readers to live a defined life – no matter what they face.
“An amazing recount of a life interrupted by crisis and redeemed by grace. Reading this memoir will both challenge and inspire those facing difficult days, revealing the healing power and intrinsic value of writing the stories that matter most. A message worthy of your time.” – Karen Jordan, author of Words That Change Everything
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What does it feel like to die?
Paul Perkins expected the final breaths of his life to feel different. Prior to a long-term illness that led to his double organ transplant, both kidney and heart, Paul didn’t want to waste his life obsessing over his death.
However, there were some after-life things he wondered about at times.
• Do we instantly wake up on the other side when we die, or do we sleep in the grave waiting for the big wake-up call?
• Is the dying process slow or is the light of life snuffed out in a blink?
• Will we feel panic or peace as we slip into the realm of the eternal unknown?
• Is there truly something beautiful waiting across a distant shore?
Paul’s questions were answered, and then confirmed a second time when his illness cost him his life at least twice, and as his doctor added, “Probably more.”
Because of the uniqueness of the book’s triple perspective, co-authored by a living donor, (Anita Agers Brooks donated her kidney in 1997), Paul’s organ recipient viewpoint, and three chapters dedicated to Paul’s donor, Cooper’s, family, plus the insights offered by some of the top physicians in America, this book attracts many people. Those with the following interests are telling us the book is impacting them powerfully:
- Those who have lost someone they loved.
- People who fear death.
- Those who are ill, especially chronically or terminally.
- People curious about organ transplantation.
- Those who sense they take life for granted, or feel as if they are stumbling through time.
Paul’s true story offers hope and encouragement. Death is not the end. For many of us, the best is yet to come. Through the transparency of his riveting narrative, Paul Perkins offers us the chance to learn what he learned without having to go through the dark and terrifying valley he trod. His words are a wake-up call. His reminders, an opportunity to intentionally live before it’s too late.