Joy and Suffering

  • by Martin J. D'Amore, MD
  • Narrated by Kevin F. Spalding
  • 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Martin D'Amore and his wife are both physicians, so when they began to notice possible ALS symptoms in Marty, they desperately looked for other causes. But after many tests and meetings with experts, Marty finally got the word, he had Lou Gehrig's disease, and the clock began to tick.
ALS robs its victims of their physical abilities, from their muscular activity, to their nervous system, and, finally, their ability to even breathe. All the while, the mind remains intact. It is a brutal, often soul-crushing disease, and yet Marty has persevered and even grown as a result of ALS. Discover how Marty's battle with ALS has led him to a greater relationship with Christ, a better understanding of himself, and, finally, to great contentment and happiness.
Whether or not you or someone you love is battling ALS, this inspiring true story of love and courage will help you find joy through your sufferings.


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Marty's story is one we all should hear. And I imagine from no one better than Kevin Spalding. Marty's story is inspiring to anyone who might feel lost at times in the hustle and bustle of life, waiting for our next "big plans" to come to fruition. His words and life remind us all, that no matter how difficult the challenges we face, to count our blessings and put faith in the Lord. It is clear from the narration that Kevin's personal interaction with Marty left an emotional impact that resonates through the recording to the listener. I flew through the "pages" of this audiobook, always fascinated and always contemplating how I to manifest the lessons learned from Marty's story in my own life.
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- Michael

Inspiring, Motivating, and Sad

Where does Joy and Suffering rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks very high as it demonstrates man's will to succeed in the hardest of circumstances.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Marty, of course, was the reason this book came alive and the key intent of appreciating everything we have in this world was achieved through its pervading premise.

What does Kevin F. Spalding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Narration was great. It really did feel like Marty was speaking to me by casting his true inner voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to finish it in one setting, but wanted to grasp the full affect that ALS had on the main character through various sittings.

Any additional comments?

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

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- Daman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-06-2014
  • Publisher: Martin J. D'Amore