“I’ll Push You” ~Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck~ Review

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Synopsis:

Two best friends, 500 miles, one wheelchair, and the challenge of a lifetime.
Friendship takes on new meaning in this true story of Justin and Patrick, born less than two days apart in the same hospital. Best friends their whole lives, they grew up together, went to school together, and were best man in each other’s weddings. When Justin was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease that robbed him of the use of his arms and legs, Patrick was there, helping to feed and care for him in ways he’d never imagined. Determined to live life to the fullest, the friends refused to give into despair or let physical limitations control what was possible for Justin.

So when Justin heard about the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile trek through Spain, he wondered aloud to Patrick whether the two of them could ever do it. Patrick’s immediate response was: “I’ll push you.”

I’ll Push You is the real-life story of this incredible journey. A travel adventure full of love, humor, and spiritual truth, it exemplifies what every friendship is meant to be and shows what it means to never find yourself alone. You’ll discover how love and faith can push past all limits—and make us the best versions of ourselves.

About the Author:

Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray have been best friends all their lives.  Together they
run The Disabled Traveler, an organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities
successfully navigate the challenges of everyday life and travel.  Their work has been
featured on NBC, ABC, Fox and Friends, the Huffington Post, People.com, Tedx,
the Meredith Vieira Show, and many other worldwide news media outlets.  I’ll Push You,
the story of their 500-mile epic pilgrimage across northern Spain, is a forthcoming
documentary film.
Justin and his wife Kirstin, are the parents of Jaden, Noah, and Lauren; Patrick is
married to Donna and they have three children: Cambria, Joshua, and Olivia.

Review:

I typically don’t reach for documentary-style books when I peruse the library shelves but I was given the opportunity to read this book and I was highly inspired and I enjoyed every page. The story of these two men was inspiring… it was uplifting…I cried, I laughed and I cheered them on through their journey. It was a fantastic read.

It is one of those books that once you start you just can’t stop. It is a page turner and it will change your life. It is a reminder to have faith, it is a reminder to lay all your cards on the table with the ones you love and it is a reminder to look beyond the hardships. Life is hard, life can knock you down but how will you handle it?

Not everyone would be able to handle the cards that Justin was dealt. It is a matter of having faith in a higher power, it is relinquishing everything to others just to make it day to day.  You can’t help but feel bad for Justin, his neuromuscular disease taking so much from him, but he is a FIGHTER! He is a man that doesn’t give up even despite the hardships that face him, he finds a way to persevere. He has the best support system anyone could ever ask for. The outlook on life that he has is impressive! It is hard to believe how far they came and how much they accomplished together.

Their journey across Spain was amazing and the way that it was written made me feel like I was there with them, through every rock, bump and mud puddle! After reading this book and seeing what they experienced and the friends they made it makes me want to put this trek (Camino de Santiago) on my bucket list! I would love to travel there and go through the same journey they did! It was an amazing journey and you should go along for the ride!

Truly an amazing story that you should check out ASAP!!!!! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book (again, not a documentary fan) BUT it is so much more that that! It is a testament to living life to the fullest and taking the bull by the horns (literally!) So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go find this book (buy links below) and read it, once you read it pass it on! Everyone needs to read this book!!!!!!!!

 

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