Miracle On Hammertown Road

One Man's Fall & Salvation

Non-Fiction - Spiritual/Supernatural
162 Pages
Reviewed on 11/18/2017
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Author Biography

I have been a lifelong resident of upstate New York. Although one year was spent living in Arizona. For the past 32 years I have been working as a landscaper with my brother John. I also have worked many years at my family's gas station as well as a sports coach for my local high school.I have 5 children, Logan, Lauryn, Jon, and sons Robert and James Ulysses in Heaven. My favorite activity, besides spending time with my family, is metal-detecting. When metal detecting I truly enjoy the hunt for lost treasures. Finding something is icing on the cake!!!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Miracle on Hammertown Road: One Man's Fall & Salvation is a nonfiction spiritual memoir written by Jim “Bubba” Bay and Mic Ruzich. Bay had always been bigger than his classmates in school, but when he went away to college, he decided to change that. He ran in place in the doorway of his home and managed to lose so much weight that his mom insisted on having him checked out by the family doctor when he came home on break. The weight would eventually come back during times of stress, so Bay developed the habit of walking after work. Most often, he and his brother would walk together while discussing their landscaping company’s business, but, on that one fateful night, Jim decided to walk in his neighborhood instead. While trying to avoid a car, he fell and found himself badly injured and bleeding profusely at the bottom of a ravine. Although he had broken 23 bones and fractured his skull, Bay managed to crawl back up to the road and to make his way to a neighbor’s front door. By some miracle, and with what he knew was heavenly assistance, Bay had saved his own life.

Bubba Bay's nonfiction spiritual memoir, Miracle on Hammertown Road: One Man's Fall & Salvation, is a fascinating read that will make anyone think twice about their own aches and pains, or lot in life. Bay’s story is a compelling one, especially when he talks about his own close encounter with the bright light and meeting with the being who told him he still had more work for him in this sphere of existence. Passages of Bay’s own story are interspersed with those of his family, friends, the EMT and Sheriff’s personnel who were involved in helping him, and Indira Velasquez, the neighbor who found him nearly dead and bleeding heavily on her doorstep. In one particularly moving passage, Bay describes the dreams he had while he was in a medically induced coma. His descriptions of the malevolent scarecrow, Sam, with whom he used to have wide-ranging discussions, are vividly described and eerie. Bay’s book is a triumphant one; he’s a hero in every sense of the word. I don’t think there’s anyone else I’d rather have looking out for me in a perilous situation than Jim “Bubba” Bay. His story is compelling and well-told and it’s an unforgettable one. Miracle on Hammertown Road: One Man's Fall & Salvation is most highly recommended.

Deborah Lloyd

Immediately, the reader is put on notice there is something special about Bubba’s life. “Bubba, You Should Write a Book…” is the title of the introduction. In a few paragraphs, you learn that Bubba always struggled with his weight; he lost son James Ulysses in infancy; he lost son Robert from kidney disease at age 18; and he came close to his own death on November 15, 2009. Jim “Bubba” Bay, with Mic Ruzich, summarizes his miraculous journey in the nonfictional work, Miracle on Hammertown Road: One Man’s Fall and Salvation. Jim experienced a terrifying fall off the side of this road, into a deep, rock-lined gulley. Although he suffered fractures of the skull, ribs, vertebrae and other bones, he survived the traumatic event. He also had a near-death experience, with a comforting vision of God. Jim was told he needed to stay on earth, as he had a purpose not yet fulfilled. His journey of spiritual awakening, and following the “nudges” that occurred from time to time, propelled him to share his story.

The tone of this well-written story is honest and realistic; the reader is engaged from the first page to the last. Although the story is mostly told in chronological order, Jim revisits his high school days, the deaths of his children, and the financial and emotional strains on his marriage. Jim presents his story with much humility and benevolence, as he shares his struggles, and his joys, to help others. Jim “Bubba” Bay, along with Mic Ruzich, was guided to write this enlightening book, Miracle on Hammertown Road: One Man’s Fall and Salvation. This book is a gift of faith and hope.

Jane Finch

Miracle On Hammertown Road: One Man's Fall & Salvation by Jim "Bubba" Bay and Mic Ruzich relates the true story of Jim ‘Bubba’ Bay of New York. He was in the habit of regular late night walks around the area in which he lived, giving him time to reflect on the tragedies that had occurred in his life. But on one particular night he fell down a ravine and was severely injured, receiving life-threatening injuries. It was during this time that he felt the presence of God encouraging him to find help, when really he had resigned himself to die. This is the amazing story of Jim’s encounter with God and the way it affected the rest of his life.

The book gets straight into the crux of the story from page one, so no preamble and that is quite refreshing. The events are harrowing and related extremely well. An unusual approach is to intersperse reflections and recollections from the past, and it is clear fairly quickly that the author has experienced exceptional tragedies in his life. His story is all the more remarkable by his relating his encounter and discussions with God and the way it impacted his life, an encounter that he recalls after a period of induced coma to allow his body to heal from the trauma of the injuries he received after the fall. The writing expresses well the effort and emotion, and determination he found to be able to reach help, coupled with the intermittent despair and surrender that he also felt. As a reader, I was a bit reticent about the reflections from the past at first, but soon they were anticipated and helped to shed light on the background to the author’s life and therefore added depth to the whole book. An encouragement to all journeying through dark valleys in life.