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LocalLit book review: 'Miracle of an Ordinary Guy' by Michael Altenhoff of Plainfield

Michael Altenhoff of Plainfield wrote this book of true, inspirational stories of his cancer journey and road to healing.
Michael Altenhoff of Plainfield wrote this book of true, inspirational stories of his cancer journey and road to healing.

Many people sheltering at home in Illinois need two things:

Occupation and inspiration.

Reading is a great way to get both. This week, I'm recommending "Miracle of an Ordinary Guy," by Michael Altenhoff of Plainfield.

The prose is candid and readable; the pace of the book is quick. You could read this in one afternoon or evening, although I suggest reading it slower than that, to allow reflection over some of the simple, yet profound, wisdom Altenhoff shares.

Here is its abridged Amazon description: "Altenhoff invites you to return to God and shares his miracle that showed him the path to get there. He offers a conversational style of writing that gives the reader a sense of the mind set of anyone battling the complications of a cancer diagnosis.

"Filled with motivational insights and measurable metrics throughout his recovery that can be applied to your life, this is a book for the weary, the lost, the anxious, and the stressed out - essentially it is a book for everyone."

Although Altenhoff does chronicle his cancer journey and how the treatment that brought remission also destroyed his lungs (he has since received a double lung transplant), this book really isn't a guide for surviving cancer or feeling supported during a cancer.

It's an open, candid sharing of how one man let God develop a relationship with Altenhoff and then led Altenhoff to healing and new life in Him.

Here Altenhoff share an original prayer.

Buy "Miracle of an Ordinary Guy" on Amazon.

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