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May be offensive to some
Reviewed in Australia on 12 July 2016
While I thought the book gave excellent insights into the hardships and issues facing those with spinal cord injury (SCI) I think this book needs a warning to conservative Christians as some of the content is shocking and could be offensive. I know it is certainly going to be difficult for the church book club I'm in to read! Coming from a Christian theologian, albeit a liberal one, I found it surprising that it either promoted or commented uncritically on the following issues: drinking hard liquor, masturbation, sex before marriage, pornography, theft (of hospital TV time), calling God 'She', gay marriage, transgenderism, lust and swearing. Clifton's "stuff happens" theology of suffering could also offend and doesn't make for a very positive or uplifting read, although there are signs of a shift in outlook towards the end of the book and he admits from the beginning that it is not meant to inspire, but to tell his story. The account is also very graphic regarding bodily functions and medical procedures, but I found that enlightening and sympathy-inducing, more than offensive..