My Name is Bryan
by Stacy Lynn Carroll
Publisher: Pink Frog Press LLC
Published: Sept. 14. 2014
If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump too? Bryan chose to dive. Moments later, as he lay on the beach, unable to move his arms or legs, two questions ran through his mind: Would he walk again? And would he ever have kids? Based on the incredible true story of life, love, and never giving up.
"I actually love stories like this. Ones that show the power of the human spirit and what love and determination can achieve. I cried multiple times while reading this but they were a happy sort of hopeful tears. If you are looking for something uplifting and motivational read this heart-felt story of love and hope." --Inspired Kathy ;)
"You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wring your hands in frustration, and you won't be able to put it down to go to sleep as you keep waiting to read about Bryan's happily ever after. This is one of those books that stick with you long after you've finished reading it." --Bookmom
"Each chapter begins with an inspirational quote to lead the reader into the goodness, hardship, unconditional love, and humor that is Bryan's life. The 30 year journey the reader takes runs smoothly page after page. You will cry and you will laugh. You will want to hug Nedra and Bryan when you are finished." --Kriss A.
Recently out of high school, Bryan Carroll was on a river rafting trip with a group of teenagers with his parents as chaperones. Near the end of the trip there was a spot where they could dive off a cliff. Most of the others were jumping or doing flips. Bryan chose to do a beautiful swan dive. He didn’t come back up.
The others waited on the cliff for Bryan to surface so the next person could jump in. After one, then two minutes passed, one of the other young people on the shore waded out to see what had happened to Bryan and found him floating just under the surface of the water. He called to the other boys and they hurried to drag his limp body onshore.
My Name is Bryan is a true story. It is a story that will restore your belief in true love and inspire you to keep going when you want to give up. Bryan was born sometime in the late ‘50’s or early ‘60’s (the book didn’t specify) and that means that there was very little technology for the disabled in those days, unlike today. Yet Bryan was able to accomplish so much with his life, even as a quadrapledric. By nine years after his accident he was married, had an engineering degree and was the father of two children.
The story of his family as he was growing up, especially his relationship with his grandfather was very touching. The author did and excellent job of bringing each of their personalities across into the story so that we could get to know them. By the end of the book I felt like they were my friends too and I didn’t want the book to be over because I wanted to keep visiting with them.
I think that My Name is Bryan will remind readers that it is important to surround themselves with people who can support them emotionally when things are tough. Usually that would be your family, but it can be others. Giving up will never lead to success. I really liked the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Each was chosen to inspire.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves true stories, inspirational reads or just really great books. I gave My Name is Bryan 5 stars out of 5 stars. Highly recommended for all!
Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.
Author Stacy Lynn Carroll
Stacy Lynn Carroll has always loved telling stories. She started out at Utah State University where she pursued a degree in English. Go Aggies! She then finished her BA at the University of Utah (to be closer to her then boyfriend, now hubby) where she got an emphasis in creative writing. After college she worked as an administrative assistant, where she continued to write stories for the amusement of her co-workers. When her first daughter was born, and with the encouragement of a fortune cookie, she quit her job and became a full-time mommy and writer. It seemed like fate when Matt and Stacy married. She was a writer, and her father-in-law had a story that demanded to be written. She and her husband have three children, two Corgis, and a fish named Don.
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