Beyond Belief

How Living with a Brain Stem Tumor Brought Faith and Purpose to Life

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
164 Pages
Reviewed on 06/17/2023
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Author Biography

Diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem tumor at age five, Kyle’s life has been full of twists and turns. Even after radiation therapy and lots of doctor visits, he still experiences the effects of his brain stem tumor daily. However, thirty years after diagnosis and thriving, Kyle has realized how precious life really is, how we cannot do it on our own, and how important it is to live on purpose with faith, focus, and flexibility.

Kyle has earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, as well as a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from California State University, Fresno. He has been the recipient of multiple awards and scholarships and is a nationally certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Kyle currently holds a position serving students in higher education.

Kyle Campbell is a Christian, a preacher, a poet, a philosopher, a professor, and an advocate… but some of his favorite identities are husband and father. Born and raised in the Central Valley of California, Kyle lives in Visalia with his wonderful wife, Lori, three amazing boys, and their dog, Macy.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Nino Lobiladze for Readers' Favorite

Kyle was just five years old when his mother noticed something was wrong with his voice—it was too high-pitched. The diagnosis was horrifying. Kyle had a brain stem glioma, a life-threatening tumor that negatively affects talking, walking, vision, and breathing. Kyle had difficulties maintaining his balance and couldn't breathe freely at high altitudes. He was so vulnerable that even school bullies protected him. He underwent radiation treatment to reduce the tumor and constantly improved his balance and speech. But Kyle wasn't alone in his battle. His parents, friends, and his church congregation stood by him, supporting and encouraging him. Kyle was an adult when he started to see God's plan behind his struggles. Beyond Belief by Kyle Campbell is a book for fans of memoirs, Christian literature, readers who deal with disabilities, and those trying to find Jesus.

Beyond Belief is a personal story and part of Kyle Campbell's ministry. This book is beautiful, meaningful, and enlightening. A great storyteller, Kyle takes us on a unique journey of self-discovery and overcoming difficulties that a person with less willpower could see as impossible. Kyle shares a clear and easy-to-understand message—as weak and imperfect as we are, we all are part of a bigger picture. Our disabilities can be a source of strength and an inspiration for others. Beyond Belief motivates us to become a better version of ourselves, for Kyle says, "How we act can preach the gospel." Kyle humbly opens up about his philosophical search for the truth. The author compares belief with knowledge to give us food for thought. Kyle's sincerity regarding his study of the Bible until the verses finally started to resonate with him was touching and inspiring. I appreciated an appealing writing style, Kyle's wonderful poems, and amazing editorial work.