Special Needs Book Review: “A Story of Courage”

“Read this book to go along for the ride!”

“I recommend that you read To Walk With My Brother: A true story of courage, humor and love. Learn for yourself how this man, wheelchair bound for life, could express such a positive thought a short time before his death, ‘Evelyn, I never thought I would live this long. I’ve had an amazingly good life, and I’m happy.'” – Lorna d’Entremont, Special Needs Book Review

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Midwest Book Review

“A strong pick for inspirational memoir collections”
“With the power of friendship and family, even those who can’t walk can go very far in their lives…[Thornton] shares her story of her paraplegic brother who for over sixty years lived life to the fullest.” (Complete MBR Review).

Portsmouth Herald/Seacoast Online

Author’s Brother Spurred Wheel-chair Ramps at Hampton Beach.
“[Wayne] would have been pleased in the way we wrote the book,” Evelyn said. “We didn’t dwell on the doctor who gave him the shot; instead, we focused on how he overcame adversity.”
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Hampton Patch.com

Book Honors Man Who Forever Changed Beach.

“The memoir’s a true story of the writer’s brother, Wayne Thornton, who used his disability to bring wheelchair accessibility to Hampton Beach . . . To Walk with My Brother is a family narrative and a jarring primer on how much perceptions of people relying on wheelchairs have changed in recent decades.” (Read more.)

Readers’ Comments

Wayne Thornton may have spent most of his life in a wheel chair, but he certainly didn’t sit life out. To Walk With My Brother is a loving memoir written by a devoted sister of how a family steeped in Southern ways of faith and love and community, bonded together more tightly after her brother’s stinging tragedy. And the resulting family fortification influenced Wayne to never take a back seat in anything. Now, Wayne’s outlook on life has, in turn, had a lingering positive effect on his family and community and on many other people he never knew he touched.
Walt Grayson, “Look Around Mississippi,” WLBT-TV, Jackson, Mississippi

Wayne’s story is one of triumph, of an individual’s unrelenting tenacity to eliminate the physical and attitudinal barriers to a meaningful and complete life. His story is also about a family’s love and support that enriched the human spirit.
Clyde E. Terry, JD; CEO, Granite State Independent Living

The power and beauty of this book stems from the innocent and unbroken love between two brave children of God from the dark winter of heartbreak to the (everlasting) spring of rebirth. To Walk With My Brother is a lifelong journey of hope and a moving tribute to a man in which the reader becomes a welcomed sojourner.
Andrea Napolitano, Portland, Maine, lifelong friend

To Walk With My Brother will help all those who read it to have a better understanding of life. The true meaning of courage, perseverance, respect, forgiveness, and of course the love of family. A book filled with lessons and one that is hard to put down once you start reading. Five stars for sure (plus one for Wayne makes it six!) Your book made us feel as though we had known him for a lifetime. It brought tears to our eyes and gave me warm goose bumps…it helped make us just a little bit more aware of our spirituality. Thank you for making this possible.
Gail Breton

LOVED IT!!! I have to admit that I cried for the last 15 pages or so. Wayne was an incredible man!!! A true kind, gentle, classy southern gentleman. Being in a wheelchair definately made his life more complicated, but it was such a small part of who he was. I wish I had gotten to meet him. (The book made me feel like I knew him somewhat). I had the book with me on our vacations and my son would always ask, “What’s Wayne up to now?!” A true inspiration. I said a few prayers for Wayne at the end of the book, and I felt like God was telling me “Don’t you worry about Wayne, he’s right here.” And I’m sure he is.
Laurie Goldie